Thursday, April 7, 2011

Continuing Saga of "Pedophiladelphia Story"...Marywood University, Scranton PA

This weekend a presentation by Michael Voris, Real Catholic TV was scheduled at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.  His appearance had been approved by the Board at Marywood and he was all set to go.  As of Wednesday,  April 6th, the presentation had been canceled.  The 'reason'  given was that he was "too controversial" to have on Campus.

The reason Michael Voris would be considered too controversial at Marywood is because he tends to always tell the truth about Marywood, they don't.  Former Bishop Martino had started investigating Marywood for violations of Catholic directives concerning the dispensing of Contraceptives and advocating the Homosexual lifestyle through their LGBTQ Ally group on campus.   If fact, they had listed on their website for foreign students lists of things to bring and it included contraceptives and condoms.  Here is the section from their web page.  Of course, it's not there anymore, but we have it to show you here.

This link is no longer valid.  It has been removed from their site.  They don't want information like this in the public domain.  They are supposed to be "Catholic" so this would be directly opposed to the Moral Teachings of the Catholic Church. 

Marywood University is fortunate to be located in an area of the United States where we experience all four seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) each year.  Students should keep this in mind when planning what to bring.


Americans are very particular about hygiene, and go out of their way to prevent body odors of any kind.  Thus, it is common here to use antiperspirants, deodorants, cologne, perfume, aftershave, mouthwash, scented or deodorant soaps, etc.  Please note that is virtually impossible to find natural fiber toothbrushes here.
Many of the items below are available in the United States, but students should bring enough to get to their destination and allow time to settle and get oriented: Please check with your airline for any restrictions. Currently most airlines state passengers must keep liquids carried on board in containers no larger the 100 milliliters and kept in a small plastic bag that is able to be sealed.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Hair care products
  • Shaving products
  • Tissues (travel packs are extremely useful)
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons, pads
  • Contraceptives/condoms
  • Contact lens supplies
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen
  • Lip balm
  • Over-the-counter cold remedies, anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Band aids
  • Topical anti-infectant
  • Nail clipper (remember to pack anything sharp in your suitcase)
  • Insect repellent  
As you can see, they really don't want Michael Voris there to disrupt their program of corrupting young Catholic minds.  They go way beyond just the moral aspects of the Church's teachings as well.

The Catholic Church does not permit "Liturgical Dance" in the Sanctuary unless it is directly related to the custom and practice of the Country from which it originates.  It is not permitted in the US.  Well, it seems that doesn't matter to either Marywood or Bishop Bambera, who took over from Bishop Martino.  You know, the one who's answer I posted on the previous "Philadelphia" posting 

Well, here is a pic from The Catholic Light and article from  The Rockin Traddy Blog that will ask a good question. 

And the Article:
Would you start a Victorian Dance Ensemble if you would never be able to go to a Victorian ball and dance? Would you start a Victorian Dance Ensemble if you knew that Victorian Dance was considered a "dancing abuse"?
Well, that's apparently what some of the IHM "sisters" at Marywood University have done. No, they won't be dressed up like Scarlett O'Hara.
They have started a "Liturgical Dance Ensemble". The Diocese of Scranton, while having its share of liturgical abuses has been relatively unscathed by "liturgical dance".
It would seem our new Bishop is looking to fix that oversight.
At a Christmas concert held at the cathedral of all places, two supposedly Catholic nuns sashayed to and fro about the cathedral in an attempt to highlight their spirituality and creativeness.
Plus it has come to my attention that the good sisters have been prancing during actual Masses, but I have not been able to confirm this.
With few exceptions, the Holy See has said "no" to liturgical dance. James Akin, in his book Mass Confusion, notes that the Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, in an authoritative 1975 document, cited specific cultures in which liturgical dance has enhanced the liturgy and reflected the religious values of those cultures. But liturgical dance has never been part of the liturgical tradition of the Latin Church, and never been deemed appropriate in the West. The documents states: "Conciliar decisions have often condemned the religious dance because it conduces little to worship and because it could degenerate into disorders." The document adds that pseudo-ballet, or "interpretive dance," which has been tried in liturgy, is also prohibited.
So what's the point?
Why bother starting a "Liturgical Dance Ensemble" if you know you cannot dance liturgically?
Similarly, why would start an organization called "Women Priests" when you know a woman cannot be a priest? There's something more at work here.    

It would seem that Marywood falls into that wonderful category of  "Catholic In Name Only" schools we keep harping on.  Bishop Bambera is truly not an adequate replacement for the forthright and diligent Bishop Martino.  In fact, he seems to want to do everything he can to "get along" with all the different factions at play in the Diocese rather than be a Shepard and lead. 

A good example of this would be the discussion he had with Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J." about the scheduled talk given by Sara Bendoraitis, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at American University. Ms. Bendoraitis belongs to the Facebook group “AU (American University) Students for Choice,” a group that supports abortion rights. 

Ms. Bendoraitis obviously supports positions that are contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. For this reason, Bishop Bambera has expressed concern to Father Pilarz about the University hosting this speaker.
Father Pilarz has informed the Bishop that he will attend the lecture to ensure that the principles of Catholic teaching are upheld.
Bishop Bambera cited his obligation to ensure that authentic Catholic teaching is being provided in all Catholic institutions in the Diocese, and that viewpoints in opposition to this teaching are not being presented as acceptable alternatives."(The Times Leader).

Well, she gave her talk...she expounded her beliefs about abortion and Fr. Pilarz sat there silent.  (from The Valley Advantage . com)  "Members of the university community who attended Thursday's event, which was not open to the public, said the Rev. Pilarz gave opening remarks that focused on Catholic teaching about inclusiveness and never interceded during the presentation."

So much for The Diocese of Scranton and Bishop Bambera.   How does this make you feel Cardinal Rigali?  Want more?  Maybe you should have answered my letter with a little more than Pablum from a subordinate.  We in the pews really don't like being lied to...especially from someone who is supposed to be our Shepard.  The Chaff will be consumed by the Fire and the Church that results from the burning will be stronger and more brilliant than you could imagine.  

More to come on "Pedophiadelphia"

Jesus Is Lord!

Tim M

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