Democrats First, Catholics Second

Sunday, April 19, AD 2015

34 Responses to Democrats First, Catholics Second

  • it is good that God is merciful. Demoncrats are bloodthirsty baby killers. 50 million and counting? Makes the Holocaust look like a Garden Party. Hope these ‘Justice and Peace’niks never ask the Almighty for justice. Sometimes I wonder where in the Hell our Church is.

  • There is some degree of irony in that the Democrat Party, which is now nothing more than organized crime, was the party that most American Catholics called their political home. The Republican Party did favor abortion at one time. Goldwater and Rockefeller were as far apart as two men could be politically and yet they both supported legal abortion.

    Ted Kennedy is the reason the Democrat Party supports legal abortion. He always used a cover story that a Catholic priest told him it was okay.

    Look at the USCCB. How many are willing to enforce Canon 915? Cardinal Burke and Bishop Bruskewitz did and they were the only ones who did. The Canadian bishops are exactly the same as their American counterparts.

    No American Catholic bishop wants to offend the almighty Federal Government in threatening excommunication because that would force them to instruct their priests to talk more about sin at Mass. Can’t have that – it’s better to talk about health care and immigration.

    I was just a kid in the 1970s and I listened to my parents tell me how bad the Republican Party was. Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy turned me off to the Donkeys before I was old enough to vote. The national GOP has its share of weenies – Boehner, etc., but they are preferable to the criminals that inhabit the Donkey Party. We get the government we deserve and we Catholic have to make the bishops understand that it isn’t Catholic to always support an ever expanding welfare state. The USA cannot afford to give every poor Latino in Central and South America housing, food, health car and clothing. Their governments have a responsibility to their people and they have failed miserably.

  • “Goldwater and Rockefeller were as far apart as two men could be politically and yet they both supported legal abortion.”

    Goldwater supported it secretly, having arranged one for a daughter in the 50’s. In Congress he always voted against abortion and owed his reelection in 1980 in a close election to fervent pro-life support. He embraced his true beliefs after his retirement and ceased to be a hero of mine as a result.

    “He always used a cover story that a Catholic priest told him it was okay.”

    That is correct:

    http://patrickmadrid.com/sons-of-perdition-how-certain-catholic-priests-turned-the-kennedys-pro-abortion/

  • It was “Father” Robert Drinan who concocted the “I’m morally opposed to abortion but I will not impose my morality…”
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    The Immaculate Conception defined as dogma in 1854 by the Catholic Church must be embraced by the Democrat or anyone else calling himself Catholic. Mary was immaculate from the very first moment of her existence as all persons are sovereign persons from the very first moment of our existence.

  • “Mary was immaculate from the very first moment of her existence as all persons are sovereign persons from the very first moment of our existence.”
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    I do not think that entire statement is incorrect. While the Blessed Virgin Mary was certainly Immaculate, we were born in original sin and hence cannot be described as Immaculate at birth. Innocent of the actual willful commitment of sin yes, but not Immaculate or free from original sin. This human condition exists prior to birth and from conception onward, hence the need for baptism after birth.

  • Please bare with me. In my devotional this teaching is appropriate for discussion on this topic. I hope you think so well; If we know God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we have eternal life. (Jn 17:3). However, if we don’t know the Lord, even if we say we do (1st Jn 2:4), we are caught up in “a great war of ignorance.” (Wisd.14:22). In this state of war and ignorance, people CELEBRATE EITHER CHILD SLAYING SACRIFICES or clandestine mysteries, or frenzied carousels in unheard-of rites, they no longer safeguard either lives or PURE WEDLOCK; but each either waylays and kills his neighbor, or aggrieves him by adultry..And faithlessness, turmoil, perjury, disturbance of good men, neglect of gratitude, besmirching of souls, unnatural lusts, disorder in marriage, adultery and shamelessness.” (Wisd. 14:23-26)

    We are to know God. (Phil.3:10).
    Ignorance of God is played out daily in our leadership, our political parties, our laws.

    Pray harder kind souls…your children deserve a better government. A better life. Not wealthier…but richer in knowledge of God.

    Peace.

    The teaching was from ONE BREAD ONE BODY. Sunday April 19th 2015.

    (emphasis was added.)

  • ….ps. The teaching ends with; We are to know God.

    My opinions followed that last statement.

  • I think Mary De Voe is reminding us that no one can be a faithful Catholic without believing life begins at conception, when saying, “Mary was immaculate from the very first moment of her existence as all persons are sovereign persons from the very first moment of our existence.” In the past, one incurred excommunication for joining the Communist Party. May I suggest the same for joining the Democratic Party?

  • Please excuse the bad email address above. Computer keyboard problem

  • You can’t be a Democrat and a TRUE Christian at the same time because their beliefs are totally contradictory to each others. It’s hypocritical to think you can be both!

  • With all of the medical info today and procedures there really is no reason to say the unborn baby is not a living person. Abortion clinics have know this all along, they just hid it and lied about it. Everyone knows that an pregnant woman has a baby inside. Someone to eat for, to watch over, to prepare for, to name. If a pregnant woman dies you lose two lives just ask anyone who loves them. Especially ask Our Lord and Savor and His Blessed Mother. They will set you straight.

  • That clip of M. Cuomo is a testament to the strength of the human will to pervert human reason. To believe whatever you want to believe..
    What vagaries of life bring some people to think what they previously thought unthinkable – I read that Ted Kennedy attended 10 different schools by the time he was 11… he was not good in school, compared unfavorably with others in family by his driven father (who had Ted’s mentally dependent sister tragically lobotomized…) When I first worked in services for developmentally disabled Ted Kennedy gave a clarion call for the human dignity and life of babies born with mental and physical handicaps– but he went from being pro-life–Goldwater arranged the abortion of his grandchild– confusion, disorientation, appeal to self-gratification. The devils’s weapons on modern souls.
    That’s when a person needs a good priest.
    To today’s “Judas” priests –
    Matthew 18.6
    ‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea.æ

  • Lisag wrote, “[T]here really is no reason to say the unborn baby is not a living person”
    Who does? The first article of the Veil Law ((Law No. 75-17 of January 1975, concerning the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy) declares, “The law guarantees respect for every human being from the outset of life. There shall be no derogation from this principle except in cases of necessity and under the conditions laid down by this Law.” This law allows an abortion to be performed before the end of the tenth week of pregnancy by a physician in an approved hospital when a woman who is “in a situation of distress” because of her pregnancy requests the abortion. If two physicians certify, after an examination, that the pregnancy poses a grave danger to the woman’s health or if a strong probability exists that the expected child will suffer from a particularly severe illness recognized as incurable, an abortion may be performed at any time.
    Similarly, in his Rethinking Life and Death (1994), Princeton bioethicist, Peter Singer insisted that “[The argument that a fetus is not alive] is a resort to a convenient fiction that turns an evidently living being into one that legally is not alive. Instead of accepting such fictions, we should recognise that the fact that a being is human, and alive, does not in itself tell us whether it is wrong to take that being’s life” and goes on to justify both abortion and infanticide, whilst being a proponent of Animal Rights, a logical consequence of his Preference Utilitarianism. In 2012 a paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, expressed similar views.

  • “The law guarantees respect for every human being from the outset of life. There shall be no derogation from this principle except in cases of necessity and under the conditions laid down by this Law.”

    Translation: the law guarantees respect for every human life except when it doesn’t.

  • It is not only abortion. The progressive agenda presumptively politicizes envy and class hatred, employs velvet-glove orgainzed brigandage, and is opposed to the eternal virtues (Faith, Hope, Love, fortitude, justice, prudence, temperance).
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    Here is a quote by George Orwell.
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    In regards to the humanistic ideal: “Man is the measure of all things and our job is to make life worth living.”
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    “But it is not necessary here to argue whether the other-worldly or the humanistic ideal is ‘higher.’ The point is that they are incompatible. One must choose between God and Man, and all ‘radicals’ and ‘progressives’ from the mildest liberal . . . have in effect chosen Man.” Orwell: “Reflections on Gandhi”
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    Th secularistic humanists (in catholic clothing) hold to a definition of “Catholic Identity” that differs from the Gospels (seems the only teaching they recognize is using government coersion to comply with St. Matthew’s “final judgment narrative”) and the pre-modernist teachings of the Church, wherein there is no emphasis on the common good, human dignity, global warming, minimum wage, social justice, death penalty, etc.
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    Again, one decreases the probability one will get into Heaven when one votes democrat.
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  • Donald McClarey.

    That double-speak reminds me of; “Let your yes mean yes and your no be no, anything more is from the evil one.”
    Going from memory here and it seems plainly simple. Killing children at will is from the evil one…and his 28 million conspirators.

  • Matthew 5:37……the above quote.

    Do we make this world complex?
    Is it due to our different interpretation of freedom that the need to double-speak is acceptable and upheld in the courthouses across the landscape?

    You who wade through endless text in case history and mans law…well God help each and every one of you. Sincerely.

  • “Translation: the law guarantees respect for every human life except when it doesn’t.”
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    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia responded that all persons must have “due process of law”. The unborn is an un-emancipated minor child with the endowed human rights of the sovereign person. Roe v. Wade never met the burden of proof that the unborn human being was not a person, the individual person protected by the Constitution, guaranteed the same legal protection as any criminal.

  • Ted Kennedy is the reason the Democrat Party supports legal abortion. He always used a cover story that a Catholic priest told him it was okay.
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    As a citizen we are all party to our country’s laws. Therefore that “If you do not like abortion do not have one” is worse than nonsense. We are all complicit and must be about preventing abortion or we are becoming participants.
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    Paul: God creates all souls in perfect innocence from the very first moment of existence. Mary was preserved from concupiscence. You and I are not. But this is not to say that you and I have not been created in perfect innocence.

  • T. Shaw: ““But it is not necessary here to argue whether the other-worldly or the humanistic ideal is ‘higher.’ The point is that they are incompatible. One must choose between God and Man, and all ‘radicals’ and ‘progressives’ from the mildest liberal . . . have in effect chosen Man.” Orwell: “Reflections on Gandhi””
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    These have not chosen man. These have rejected God. Man is next on their agenda to be eradicated.

  • William P Walsh: “” In the past, one incurred excommunication for joining the Communist Party” Thank you for clarifying my comment. I did enjoy reading it.
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    Fulton J. Sheen said that Democracy is predicated on the individual sovereign person for whom Jesus comes and who constitutes the government and state. The communist party is about the group. If you do not or cannot support the group you become irrelevant. A rational dissent that goes against the communist party is treason. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, commits treason against the communist party by speaking the Truth. The Democratic party is not longer the party of the individual sovereign person. The Democratic party has become the communist party and it has no soul, no truth, only unmitigated power and contempt for the human person. If the Catholic Church could teach what Bishop Sheen taught about communism, the Church could maintain its separation from politics and still guide souls away from perdition. Where there is a will, there is a way.

  • The human being is created in perfect innocence and procreated in concupiscence, simultaneously.
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    Atheism assumes the form of a man, the atheist, in this case a woman, and sues for sovereignty over all men. The principle of atheism or gay marriage, or communism avoids the censorship of a vice, a vice that denies human personhood, the sovereignty of the human soul and the man’s constitutional freedom by pursuing the form of a man and his innocence… kinda like the bodysnatchers, watermelons and clematis all over the place. People must realize that watermelons and clematis is no persons. Vice does not trump virtue. Principle cannot assume freedom until principle has been determined to be virtue or vice.

  • Remember Boston Congressman Father (Jesuit) Robert Drinan had a pro-abortion voting record the 10 years he served in Congress before Pope JPII disallowed priests from running for political offices. He was quoted as saying abortion “is a small issues.” His bishops originally approved his being a Democrat politician. So, if a Catholic priest can be elected to Congress when he supports abortion, what is surprising about Catholic college educated graduates being pro-abortion and getting elected to Congress?

    It is more important to half the Catholics to be Catholic Democrats; Catholic, alone, is not enough for their self identity.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour on Monday, April 20, A.D. 2015 at 6:03am (Edit)
    Lisag wrote, “[T]here really is no reason to say the unborn baby is not a living person”
    Who does?

    Tons of people.
    They’ll even argue biology with you about if an unborn child is “alive” or “human.” Eventually, you can usually get them to recognize they’re using “human” (a species) to mean “person” (a moral category), but that’s only if they don’t just start shrieking about you imposing your “morality” on them.
    (If anyone would like some sources to offer for the science part, I think I did a good job on finding objective and hard-to-attack ones for this article:
    http://www.catholicstand.com/conspiracies-catholicism-life-science/ )

  • Mary, I think you are right about the Democratic Party being the new face of communism. They are all about the group and see us not as individuals but as this or that group and all part of the herd to be managed, or by the philosopher kings with the supposed high IQs and the right degrees. They would abort us, control us, disarm us and dispossess us of what we earn. They care nothing for the sovereignty of the individual except in terms of their highly privileged selves as part of the ruling class.

  • @Foxfier; ” Eventually, you can usually get them to recognize they’re using “human” (a species) to mean “person” (a moral category)…”

    I had a year of embryology in college. I know when life begins – human life begins at conception, and as long as it is getting oxygen, nourishment and protection it grows to the point of being born, and even then it needs to be given those 3 elements in order to continue living for years afterward.

    Now, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has settled the question of human and person. I’ll quote the 14th Amendment: “All person born…and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of he United States and the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due precess of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Cows and horses are born in the U.S., are they citizens? No. What does one have to be that when born in the U.S. they are citizens? One has to be a person, first, such that when born they receive their citizenship automatically. But that is not all the 14th Amendment says. It continues:”…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    There you have it – one must be a person that when born are citizens. All animals, species, what have you, are not citizens in the U.S. because they were born here, only those humans who are persons before they are born. Being a person has nothing to do with your biological state once you are created.

  • Suggestion for a shorter phrasing:
    “If an individual, when born in the United States, would be a citizen, then that individual is constitutionally speaking a person and thus due full, equal legal protection.”
    The if/then format seems to calm folks, if it’s possible.
    I didn’t have an embryology class in college, but I did grow up on a ranch, and I’ve had three successful pregnancies and one failure.
    “Dead” and “Alive” are really bleeping different, not so much for in or out. 🙂

  • Being a person has nothing to do with your biological state once you are created.
    *big grin* I have had some fun pointing out, on Catholic blogs, that we must believe in rational non-human persons– three Persons, especially, but there’s also the angels who are not exactly known for having a biological state….

  • The cover provided to these politicians by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church here in the United States is the real scandal. Corrupt politicians? To be expected. Year after year of so-called Catholic votes going to the party of Death, the clear byproduct of the failure of Catholic leadership. Time to place the blame where it squarely belongs.

  • Foxfier, something else I learned in embryology but never really realized its significance until many years later; Our bodies are made up of three kinds of cells, endoderm, ectoderm, and mesoderm. All three kinds of cells have a destined function in building the body, but they all come out of what is called a primal cell which functions for a specific period of time dispatching the three kinds of cells until each kind of cell takes over the job of reproducing itself to build to completion the body components of the skeleton, organs and muscle/skin tissues. What I realized years later was while science was able to discover the three kinds of cells released by the primal cell, science was never able to find those three cells in the primal cell. In other words, the primal cell was composed of three cells in one.

    Aren’t we taught that we are created in the image of God – three in one?

  • The Democrat agenda is destroying the United States via divisiveness, welfare-ism, immorality (abortion, sodomy), etc.. Conclusion: the Democrat Party is corrupt.

    Most of the Bishops and priests here are Democrats as we note their interest in income redistribution, climate change, open borders combined with, not only their general failure to proclaim and enforce Catholic doctrine, but in fact their desire to weaken it, leads one to the conclusion that many of them are also corrupt.

    Now we have Pope Francis, an Obama like presence, who appears to making the corrupt Democrat agenda official teaching in the Church. God Help Us!

  • I really think the word “person” is best avoided in debates around abortion, as it really gets us nowhere.

    According to the Veil Law, « La loi garantit le respect de tout être humain dès le commencement de la vie » The context makes clear that “human being [être humain] includes the unborn. Similarly, Art 16 of the Code Civil, declares, “Legislation ensures the primacy of the person [la personne], prohibits any infringement of the latter’s dignity and guarantees respect for the human being [l’être humain] from the outset of life.” Every commentator agrees that “person” and “human being” are here synonymous and also that « l’être humain » bears the same sense, both in Art 16 and in the Loi Veil.

    “Person” also raises rather knotty (and totally irrelevant) philosophical questions around identity. In the case of monozygotic twins, which “person” was the zygote?

    Finally, “person” has acquired unfortunate connotations in modern usage, with a tendency to identify it with the Cartesian Ego. By extension, we have the “self,” which is simply a misconstrual of the reflexive pronoun. Now, the underlying error here is to think that “I” is a referring expression at all. It is not; no more than “it” is a referring expression in “it is raining.” It follows that “I am MPS” is not an identity proposition, although it is connected to an identity proposition: “this thing here is MPS,” “this thing here” being a living human body (a “person” in the sense of “the person over there,” or “Offences against the Person). “Self-consciousness” is simply reflexive (i.e. non-observational) awareness of the actions, posture, intentions &c of this body.

  • Stilbelieve, seeing as He seems to have that kind of a sense of humor, wouldn’t put it past Him!
    (Seriously, He told us that the Christ would be called ‘God walks among us’. And folks took it to be a name….)

  • I really do not see how anyone can honestly be a Democrat and faithfully be a Christian at the same time since, oh, 1992.

Need Reader Input: Who Are The Top 10 Dynamically Orthodox Catholic Bishops?

Sunday, June 3, AD 2012

 I would like some help in identifying the most active, passionate, orthodox American Catholic Bishops currently serving. It is a cultural thing that we seem to love rating everything- not a bad thing- and I have a personal interest in this topic because I want to offer my services to a Bishop who needs someone who gets the following Big Three Realities that I have been focusing on in my last three postings here at American Catholic.

 

1. The Obama Administration is threat #1 to the continuance of our Hierarchical Catholic Church- here in America and since we are a Superpower in worldly terms this could damage a big chunk of Christendom. I do not speak as an Obama-basher with Republican talking point tie-ins- I was a lifelong Democrat who only recently gave it up to become an Independent, not Republican. My realization about the Obama threat emerged slowly after being absorbed in a national Catholic Democrats listserve with some of the real heavyweights- like FOB (Friend of Barack) Vicki Kennedy. It was clear to me that Kennedy with her fellow travelers in Catholic universities, and liberal Catholic political organizations, have been intent on much much more than just getting more traction in American policies and legislation for a few political issues often neglected by the conservative-Right. There is blood in the water for the Church Hierarchy due to the notorious Minor Abuse Scandals. These prominent Catholic Dems seem intent on using whatever power they can muster to force changes in the Church to cut the Hierarchydown to size- replace the Teaching Authority with liberal Catholic college professors and liberal political activists who will “save” the Church from irrelevance among the youth. We have seen that President Obama has been systematically assisting in this process- not openly- but consider his choice of Joe Biden as VP with his pro-choice, pro-gay marriage beliefs, and Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary who is pushing contraceptives down everyone’s throats, and I suspect we’ll see that Justice Sotomayor is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage eventually. The threat to religious liberties will hit the Catholic Church Hierarchy first, with the contraceptives mandates and then gay marriage will turn the Catholic Church Catechism into Hate Literature and every orthodox Catholic into a bigot along the lines of the old school racists back in the 60’s. No one wants to be a racist- so I’m sure that Vicki Kennedy et al are counting on most American Catholics to simply abandon their Bishops’ leadership and embrace her brand of progressive Catholicism which is Obama-cool. So- me thinks the Bishops need a few folks around who see this danger and are willing to stand with the Bishops and the Catechism. I’m here to help.  Here’s a link to my piece on the Catholic Dems/Obama “conspiracy”-  http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/05/31/obama-working-willfully-to-undermine-hierarchical-catholic-church/

 

2. Having this information about the Obama-Catholic Dem elite battleplan is useful- but I am also interested in assisting a good Bishop at the parish level with practical steps- all perfectly legal- for assisting the process of cultivating a new breed of orthodox Catholic political leaders. Pope B teaches us to free ourselves from ideologies in his last encyclical- the social doctrine of the Church is the stuff we need more of in America- the reason we keep swinging wildly from Republican to Democrat in the races for political power is that at the gut level most people get that each Party has got some things right and some things wrong. There is no Party of God- even if right now the mainstream Democratic Party represents the greater threat to the Church/Christ- we are still talking about lesser evils. The Catholic social doctrine is about building civilizations of love- this is the positive vision that is the corrective of narrow ideologies which feed on anger for the most part. The way to bring Christ’s Way into the marketplace of ideas in American political thought and debate is for more fully informed and inspired Catholic voices to emerge and assume the responsibilities of leadership at every level of our society. There is so much that we could do in every parish and school-  here is my POA (Plan of Action) which I would love to bring into a parish in a diocese where the Bishop is aware and involved to guide the development- I’m not interested in being a lone ranger or riding against the wishes of the local Bishop.  Here’s the Plan-  http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/05/10/wanted-orthodox-catholic-political-leaders-time-to-get-serious/

 

3.  Finally, my long experience in the trenches of Catholic high schools has left me with many thoughts on how to inculcate a genuine Catholic identity which has a chance of being transmitted to our very distracted youth. I would love to be part of an orthodox Bishop’s team to help select passionately orthodox Catholic administrators/teachers/staff to be in place to give life witness, along with instructional guidance, to budding disciples of Christ. You can’t give what you don’t have- so if we want Catholic students to come out the other side in love, or more in love with Christ and His Church- then you don’t load up the schools with adults who are full of dissenting views from the Catechetical teachings of the Church. I’m not saying everyone has to be some kind of a stepford-wife cheerleader type of Catholic- we all have our personalities- but if you are an adult working in a Catholic school you should be someone who is thirsty to know what the Church teaches and why- especially if it pertains to your particular discipline or area of responsibility. I get into a lot more detail beyond just the staffing issue in my article below.  I am open to returning to the teaching field or entering new territory in administration under the right Bishop in a diocese that really wants to play it straight-up as a passionately Catholic institution -without being satisfied with a PR-level Catholic Identity which produces nice dog and pony shows for visiting bishops and parents- but scratch the surface and where is the love for the Church? If you fall in love with the Church you will just want to know more and more and to share more and more with the youth and everyone you meet- am I right?  Here’s the last link-  http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/04/16/a-vision-of-catholic-education-from-the-front-lines/

 

OK- if you are still with me- here is how you can help- write out up to 10 names(and email addresses if you have them!) of Dynamically Orthodox Catholic Bishops here in America- with the name of their Diocese.  You can order them according to your own rating system. I want to follow the science here and the shortest distance between two points is a straight line- I want to begin a new mission in using whatever talents I possess for the sake of Christ and His Church- I have tried to use these talents to produce something helpful to preserve and protect the Hierarchical nature of our Catholic Church- If Christ didn’t desire a Hierarchy why bother with Apostles- He could have just had disciples with no leadership inherent in the Church- but He didn’t- evidence from Scripture, history and logic all persuaded me in my Truth Quest. I don’t want to just apply for jobs blind to the leadership in a given Diocese. Leadership matters, that’s why leaders get targeted all the time, and why assassinations are so unfortunately common throughout human history. I want a meaningful mission within the Church and short of that I will do whatever I can do to provide for my wife and four young children- this is my story and why I need our Reader’s Input. Brother (Sister) can you spare a moment and share what you know? God Bless you.

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22 Responses to Need Reader Input: Who Are The Top 10 Dynamically Orthodox Catholic Bishops?

  • Perhaps we should remember the wise words of Abbé Henri Brémond, whose life (1865-1933) spanned the Jules Ferry laws of 1882 and 1886 laicising public education, the law of 1901 suppressing many religious orders and the law of 1905 on the separation of Church and State, which vested all church buildings and other property in the nation.

    “No law can affect those who believe, those who pray; prayer is silent, prayer offends no one, prayer attacks no one.” – [La prière est silencieuse, la prière n’offense personne, la prière n’agresse personne]

    His response to the Anti-Clericalism of his time were his essays, “Prière et Poésie”[ Prayer and Poetry] and “Introduction a la Philosophie de la Prière”[Introduction to the Philosophy of Prayer] His monumental work “Histoire litteraire du sentiment religieux en France depuis la fin des guerres de religion jusqu’a nos jours” [A Literary History of Religious Sentiment in France from the end of the Wars of Rekigion to our own day] published between 1913 and 1936 in 11 volumes, was based on his unrivalled knowledge of mystical writings and devotional works. His writings on poetry, symbolism and romanticism earned him election to the Académie française in 1923 and a eulogy from the French Symbolist poet, Paul Valéry.

    His influence was incalculable.

  • The current head of the USCCB, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of NY and his I-95 brother (my Archbishop) in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J Chaput. (Lori of Baltimore and Aquila of Denver deserve mention as well in my VERY short list.)

  • My only input is cautionary; the plan of action is a good idea, BUT I’d give it about a week before it’s taken over by the same folks who use “social justice” to promote abortion, theft, etc. At the absolute least, it would claim binding teachings where they don’t exist. (I recall one discussion I was having with another Catholic, who pulled the death penalty vs abortion thing– even offering a letter from the man who would become Pope saying there was a valid variety of views didn’t sway him.)

    I do love the idea of equipping people to find out what the Church teaches for themselves, and enthusiastically endorse the answer-religious-questions-kids-as/thirsty-for-theology thing. That would have made my youth a lot more interesting, and might have kept several friends from falling away from the Church. (it would also have meant I could find a babysitter from the Parish– but that’s another rant!)

    If there was a group for something like “Catholic Q&A- Last Wednesday Of The Month Snack and Chat” I’d do it. If I thought I could pull it off, I’d start one myself. (Wed because it’s the middle of the week; schedule it about 6pm. It would have to be sort of small to start with, and a computer with one of those books-on-CD collection EWTN sells would be wise; has soup to nuts of decrees, etc.)

    … Dang it, now I’ve got a post bubbling in my head for designing theology groups. Thank you.

  • Bishop Ronald Gainer of Lexington KY: not as high profile as Dolan etc, but methodically rebuilding an orthodox and dynamic diocese. Yesterday ordained 23 deacons: 3 transtional and 20 permanent.

  • Bruskewitz, Finn, Olmstead, Morlino, Aquila, Sample, Cordlione, Nienstadt, Slattery, Chaput

  • My only input is cautionary; the plan of action is a good idea, BUT I’d give it about a week before it’s taken over by the same folks who use “social justice” to promote abortion, theft, etc. At the absolute least, it would claim binding teachings where they don’t exist.

    I would go a step further Foxfier – or backward actually. I think the other side has already been doing this for many decades. The chanceries and USCCB were chock full dissenting activists with a socialist agenda who were either supported or tolerated by their bishop. I would venture to guess that even with ascension of a large number of orthodox bishops, there are still a large number of these folks in important and influential positions. Even when an orthodox bishop takes over a troubled see, he doesn’t do a housecleaning so to speak. He pushes his agenda of reform with the people he has and tries to lead the chancery operatives to fulfill his mission. The bishops have to lead, but that doesn’t mean all will follow – and many of those people still have power and influence enough to do damage.

  • Sounds good, Tim. I would echo both MichaelP71’s and Jim’s lists, adding only three more solid bishops with whom I’ve had contact: 1) Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, CA (and formerly of Baker, Oregon); 2) Bishop Kevin Vann of Ft. Worth, TX; and 3) Arch-bishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. There are undoubtedly many other good, solid bishops and auxiliaries around in the US, but they simply don’t have as high of a public profile as do these aforementioned bishops.

  • Oops! One glaring omission did just come to mind (how could we forget?) Cardinal George of Chicago, of course!

  • First of all I think Masculinity has been beat down passive aggressively both in the American Church as well as society, so if we are not willing to reject bad laws and smash the Serpents head to mush than we are bound to lose with the communist attitudes of Obama and other democratic leaders.

  • The dioceses of Wilmington Delaware seam to be getting somewhat more Orthodox but still need improving and the general public of Delaware seems very secular and the cops tend to act like gangsters in their attitudes.

  • By lose I meant lose temporarily.

  • Possibly the most important philosophical law is that because God is all knowing, all powerful, and all good we should take what he tells us seriously rather than throwing his words around like protestants who use his words to justify whatever they fancy.

  • If worst comes to worst there is just war but it would be much better if it did not have to come down to that.

  • One. I’m curious, why did it have to come to your being a Democrat “insider” before you realized your choice of political party clashed with your Catholic religion? I knew it for me when the Democrat Party officially supported and acted to make abortion-on-demand the law-of-the-land.

    Two. When are people like you going to start showing some “love” your talking about to those of us who have been battling people you have been electing to keep abortion-on-demand the law-of-the-land? And, now, thanks to Catholics like you, we have to fight to keep marriage the institution it has always been since God enacted it at the beginning of man-kind. And thanks to the 54% of Catholics like you, the U.S. bishops (equally responsible for what has continued for almost 4 decades) have to sue the President and his Administration they helped put in office just to keep our First Amendment Rights. How about showing some love to Catholics like me for realizing straight on that any organization that supports and defends the murder of innocent human beings, especially infants in the protection of their mother’s womb, could never be serious about “caring for others,” especially the “little guy?”

    Three. How about finding out why almost all the U.S. bishops adopted Cardinal Bernardin’s proposal to change the definition of “prolife,” a word coined by prolifers to counter the pro-aborts calling themselves “pro-choice?” And then, contacting those bishops still alive who voted against that change, to get their recommendations on who should be on that list of bishops you want to put together. While doing that, you ought to read the 1989 favorable biography called “Cardinal Bernardin – Easing conflicts -and battling for the soul of American Catholicism” by the cardinal’s long time friend (30 years) Eugene Kennedy. You’ll learn that that name change was a lot more political than it was spiritual. This is a quote of Bernardin’s motivation for expanding the definition to include prudential judgment issues so-call “social justice.” Page 243,244: “Not only would this move gain greater support from Catholics and others but it would keep the prolife movement from falling completely under the control of the right wing conservatives who were becoming it dominant sponsors.” How about that?! I don’t know where in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the “good” cardinal found that some how being a “right wing conservative” was evil. Maybe you know where that is?

    Anyway – how about showing some “love” for the millions of us who have removed ourselves from the sin of being in the Democrat Party, the main organization responsible for denying the right to life of God’s greatest creation – a human right by the way; and maybe perhaps an apology as well for making people like us have to fight people like you for so long?

  • Stilbelieve:

    Hold on, friend. There’s a parable about that. “Take what is yours, and go your way: I will also give to this last even as to you.” (Mt 20:14)

  • Stilbelieve:

    I’m with you!

    Nd, those people need to stop employing presumed moral superiority to advance evil and to start supporting Church teachings.

  • My own Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo should be on that list. He is the bishop who conducted the recent investigation of the women religious. He is an outstanding and holy and orthodox bishop, and I am shocked, frankly, that he hasn’t been picked in the last few years to lead a higher-profile diocese. The fact that he was chosen to lead the investigation of the women religious indicates that he is at least on someone’s radar in the Vatican.

    Were it not for the fact that Bishop Blair was the Bishop of Toledo, I doubt I would have moved my family to this part of Ohio almost 7 years ago.

  • @Escolonn

    “Hold on, friend. There’s a parable about that. ‘Take what is yours, and go your way: I will also give to this last even as to you.’ (Mt 20:14)” The text in bible has the last sentence of 20:14 reading: “What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?”

    First of all, I’m not looking for “reward.” I’m looking for evidence that this author has obtained wisdom from his experience to be of help to any bishop. The question was raised in my mind soon into reading his article. He says this in the 4th sentence:
    “I do not speak as an Obama-basher with Republican talking point tie-ins- I was a lifelong Democrat who only recently gave it up to become an Independent, not Republican.”

    Talking in a dismissive way about the only major organization that has been trying to save the babies, protect our country militarily and economically, fight for our right to pick our own doctors and make our own decisions on our medical care, defend marriage as God created it, and now have to save our First Amendment Rights to freedom of religion isn’t being a “Obama-baser” using “Republican talking point tie-ins.” It’s being an American who has “eyes to see and ears to here.”

    Second, you would think that someone who contributed with their decision-making and votes all this time to prolonging the evil of abortion-on-demand remaining the law-of-the-land, and to these newer attacks on our safety and freedoms, would be a little more contrite and humble towards those who were wise enough to see the sin of remaining in the Democrat Party much sooner in their lives then he did.

    Third, I think the verse you chose is a parable better suited for the rights of ownership to do with one’s property as one chooses and pay the wages as agreed. Verse 15 completes that thought saying: “[Or] am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?”

  • Jay, it just so happens that my own bishop, Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. is assisting with that investigation as well. He too is known for his orthodoxy and has been on the Vatican-watchers’ radar for some time, so he probably won’t be here forever!

  • Stillbelieve- I can defend my previous Democratic party membership on the grounds that I was quite active as a pro-life candidate and leader in Dems for Life- the fact is that until the 80’s the Dems were more pro-life than the Repubs- I was a Democrat long before I was Catholic- being drawn into politics at the age of 13 by the first Jimmy Carter campaign- and then basically became a believing secular liberal in my 20’s. My introduction and conversion to Catholicism came as I neared 30- in becoming Catholic I gave up previous beliefs on abortion et al- but there has always been two thoughts in my mind- first- the Republican establishment has always been like shifting sand on the issue of abortion since Reagan – lukewarm belief is never attractive as Jesus indicated in Revelation- and second- there has long been the hope that Catholic pro-life Democrats could lead the charge within the Democratic party to restore traditional moral beliefs on social issues- I took up that challenge since I figured I was well-placed as a lifelong Dem who became a Catholic convert- but identified more or less along the FDR-Democratic coalition lines- recall that American Catholics as a community tended the Democratic party way before social issues and the sexual revolution began destroying the Dems from within. Reagan was an FDR Democrat but said that the party moved away from him not the other way around.

    So- in any case- I never publicly supported any pro-choice candidates- and typically voted for third party/populist no-bodies to get around my conscience- and our hierarchy instructed us that we could not vote for a candidate because of his/her pro-choice position on abortion- but it was left open to conscience if there were other compelling reasons to vote for someone who was unfortunately pro-choice- since we are not to be single-issue voters. So- if one supposed that voting for a Republican candidate would bring on potentially nation-ending war or economic ruin and thus render the legal abortion question (in effect) moot in such an environment since no movement focused on a social issue would gain any traction during crisis times- well that would be a paradigm of thought whereupon someone with a Catholic conscience may have voted for a Democrat in some paticular national office like president.

    My own experience with being exposed to the really influential Catholic Democrats was one where I tried my best to evangelize for the orthodox teachings of the Church- to follow the Magisterium and the Bishops on all fronts and not to continue in a heterodox direction- but alas I was confronted by the truly powerful forces that drive those who have actual weight in Democratic party power politics these days- and I was asked to depart from my place of opinion sharing- and at that stage I openly left the Party and my role as a leader for florida Dems for Life- and became a NPA- non-party-affiliation- as Archbishop Chaput did according to what I read in his great book- Render Unto Caesar. So- stillbelieve- I don’t know what to apologize to you about- I think my personal history explains why I chose the paths I took- if the Church had clearly indicated that working from within the Democratic party to try to reform the party on social issues was an immoral choice- then I would have abandoned the effort years ago- I have given up on that front- but I have many good Catholic and Christian friends who are still battling from within and taking the abuse from the dominant sexual revolutionaries – I’m not of a mind to join you in heaping more abuse their way- but if this is how you interpret WWJD in your time on stage blogging then it is something that Jesus Christ will have to determine at the time of our personal judgments- and I look forward to my time with Him so that I can see where I missed His cues and promptings, or just was blind- so that I can apologize to anyone or any group of persons that I did wrong by. I am trying to “live clean” and I have been trying to follow the orthodox directives from Christ’s Church- my wish now is that the American Bishops will now make perfectly clear to all of us that taking public positions opposed to granting the right to life for the unborn, and protecting traditional marriage definitions, and respecting religious liberties- all make any candidate unfit for any Catholic to vote for or support in any capacity- and political leaders who call themselves Catholics who vote for any of the Big Three will have to forego reception of Holy Communion due to the scandal they are producing among law-abiding American citizens. That, I think, would clear up any confusion about the morality of our political choices- given the unusual extremity of our times. I still hope to be of service to our Church and to serve a strong Bishop and take guidance from him- but if you are correct and the Holy Spirit agrees then I will accept another role in my life’s work- at the end of the day I just want to be one of those ‘unprofitable servants’ in the eyes of the Lord- if digging ditches is my true talent then so be it- I will carry a shovel for Christ- that’s my heart-that is something I can know even if many who know little about me doubt it- those in my home know me and from them I draw the human consolation that helps keep one’s spirit from being taken away by the naysayers always to be found.

  • It is important to realise that, for professional politicians, party labels are largely a sham.

    In any democracy, they inevitably group themselves into two parties (or coalitions), the friends of corruption and the sowers of sedition; those who seek to profit from existing abuses and those who seek to profit from the disaffection those abuses naturally produce.

    The policies either faction espouses, primarily to attract funding, but also as a sop to the rabble, is a matter of chance and circumstance.

  • I don’t have much experience with bishops, but I would suggest two: Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, CO and Archbishop Charles Chaput, currently Archbishop of Philadelphia (formerly of Denver, CO). Both have been a strong voice for authentic Catholic teaching and activism.