Monday, December 31, 2012

Christ The King...Not Christ The "Kitten".

The following article was originally published by Dr. Peter Kreeft on Sept 12,2012.  It is long, but REALLY puts the facts out there for your edification.  As we are entering a New Year, I thought it would be a good idea to see what we face.
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

> "Whenever I speak of [spiritual warfare], they are stunned and
silent, as if they have suddenly entered another world. They have.
They have gone past the warm fuzzies, the fur coats of psychologydisguised-
as-religion, into a world where they meet Christ the King,
not Christ the Kitten."
> >
The Winning Strategy
>
> Dr. Peter Kreeft | September 1, 2012 | Boston College
>
> To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1)
that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or
strategies can defeat him.
>
> You cannot win a war (1) if you simply sew peace banners on a
battlefield, (2) if you fight civil wars against your allies, or (3) if you
use the wrong weapons.
>
> Here is a three point checklist for the culture wars.
>
> 1. We Are at War
>
> If you dont know that our entire civilization is in crisis, I hope you
had a nice vacation on the moon.
>
> Many minds do seem moonstruck, however, blissfully unaware of
the crisis especially the intellectuals, who are supposed to be the
most on top of current events. I was dumbfounded to read a cover
article in Time devoted to the question: Why is everything getting
better? Why is life so good today? Why does everybody feel so
satisfied about the quality of life? Time never questioned the
assumption, it just wondered why the music on the Titanic sounded
so nice.
>
> It turned out, on reading the article, that every single aspect of life
that was mentioned, every single reason for life getting better, was
economic. People are richer. End of discussion. Perhaps Time is
just Playboy with clothes on. For one kind of playboy, the world is
one great big whorehouse. For another kind, its one great big piggy
bank. For both, things are getting better and better.
>
> There is a scientific refutation of the Pig Philosophy: the
statistical fact that suicide, the most in-your-face index of
unhappiness, is directly proportionate to wealth. The richer you are,
the richer your family is, and the richer your country is, the more
likely it is that you will find life so good that you will choose to blow
your brains apart.
>
> Suicide among pre-adults has increased 5000% since the happy
days of the 50s. If suicide, especially among the coming generation,
is not an index of crisis, nothing is.
>
> Night is falling. What Chuck Colson has labeled a new Dark Ages
is looming. And its Brave New World proved to be only a Cowardl
Old Dream. We can see this now, at the end of the century of
genocide that was christened the Christian century at its birth.
>
> Weve had prophets who warned us: Kierkegaard, 150 years ago, in
The Present Age; and Spengler, 100 years ago, in The Decline of the
West; and Aldous Huxley, seventy years ago, in Brave New
World;and C. S. Lewis, forty years ago, in The Abolition of Man; and
above all our popes: Leo XIII and Pius IX and Pius X and above all
John Paul the Great, the greatest man in the world, the greatest man
of the worst century. He had even more chutzpah than Ronald
Reagan, who dared to call Them the evil empire: He called Us the
culture of death. Thats our culture, and his, including Italy, with the
lowest birth rate in the world, and Poland, which now wants to
share in the rest of the Wests abortion holocaust.
>
> If the God of life does not respond to this culture of death with
judgment, God is not God. If God does not honor the blood of the
hundreds of millions of innocent victims then the God of the Bible,
the God of Israel, the God of orphans and widows, the Defender of
the defenseless, is a man-made myth, a fairy tale.
>
> But is not God forgiving? He is, but the unrepentant refuse
forgiveness. How can forgiveness be received by a moral relativist
who denies that there is anything to forgive except a lack of selfesteem,
nothing to judge but judgmentalism? How can a Pharisee
or a pop psychologist be saved?
>
> But is not God compassionate?
>
He is not compassionate to Moloch and Baal and Ashtaroth, and to
Caananites
who do their work, who cause their children to walk through the fire.
> Perhaps your God isthe God of your dreams, the God of your
religious preferencebut not the God revealed in the Bible. But is not
the God of the Bible revealed most fully and finally in the New
> Testament rather than the Old? In sweet and gentle Jesus rather
thanwrathful and warlike Jehovah?
>
> The opposition is heretical: the old Gnostic-Manichaean-
Marcionite heresy, as immortal as the demons who inspired it. For I
and the Father are one. The opposition between nice Jesus and
nasty Jehovah denies the very essence of Christianity: Christs
identity as the Son of God. Lets remember our theology and our
biology: like Father, like Son.
>
> But is not God a lover rather than a warrior?
>
> No, God is a lover who is a warrior. The question fails to
understand what love is, what the love that God is, is. Love is at war
with hate, betrayal, selfishness, and all loves enemies. Love fights.
Ask any parent. Yuppie-love, like puppy-love, may be merely
compassion (the fashionable word today), but father-love and
mother-love are war. In fact, every page of the Bible bristles with
spears, from Genesis 3 through Revelation 20. The road from
Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained is soaked in blood. At the very
center of the story is a cross, a symbol of conflict if there ever was
one. The theme of spiritual warfare is never absent in scripture, and
never absent in the life and writings of a singlesaint. But it is never
present in the religious education of any of my Catholic students at
Boston College. Whenever I speak of it, they are stunned and silent,
as if they have suddenly entered another world. They have. They
have gone past the warm fuzzies, the fur coats of psychologydisguised-
as-religion, into a world where they meet Christ the
> King, not Christ the Kitten.
>
> Welcome back from the moon, kids.
>
> Where is the culture of death coming from? Here. America is the
center of the culture of death. America is the worlds one and only
cultural superpower.
>
> If I havent shocked you yet, I will now. Do you know what Muslims
call us? They call us The Great Satan. And do you know what I call
them? I call them right.
>
> But America has the most just, and moral, and wise, and biblical
historical and constitutional foundation in all the world. America is
one of the most religious countries in the world. The Church is big
and rich and free in America.
>
> Yes. Just like ancient Israel. And if God still loves his Church in
America, he will soon make it small and poor and persecuted, as he
did to ancient Israel, so that he can keep it alive. If he loves us, he
will prune us, and we will bleed, and the blood of the martyrs will be
the seed of the Church again, and a second spring will comebut not
without blood. It never happens without blood, sacrifice, and
suffering. The continuation of Christs workif it is really Christs work
and not a comfortable counterfeit can never happen without the
Cross.
>
> I dont mean merely that Western civilization will die. Thats a piece
of trivia. I mean eternal souls will die. Billions of Ramons and
Vladamirs and Janes and Tiffanies will go to Hell. Thats whats at
stake in this war: not just whether America will become a banana
republic, or whether well forget Shakespeare, or even whether some
nuclear terrorist will incinerate half of humanity, but whether our
children and our childrens children will see God forever. Thats
whats at stake in Hollywood versus America. Thats why we must
wake up and smell the rotting souls. Knowing we are at war is the
first requirement for winning it.
>
> The next thing we must do to win a war is to know our enemy.
>
> 2. Our Enemy
>
> Who is our enemy?
>
> Not Protestants. For almost half a millennium, many of us thought
our enemies were Protestant heretics, and addressed that problem
by consigning their bodies to battlefields and their souls to Hell.
(Echoes of this strategy can still be heard in Northern Ireland.)
Gradually, the light dawned: Protestants are not our enemies, they
are our separated brethren.
> They will fight with us. Not Jews. For almost two millennia many
of us thought that, and did such Christless things to our fathers in
the faith that we made it almost impossible for the Jews to see their
God the true Godin us.
>
> Not Muslims, who are often more loyal to their half-Christ than we
are to our whole Christ, who often live more godly lives following
their fallible scriptures and their fallible prophet than we do
following our infallible scriptures and our infallible prophet.
>
> The same is true of the Mormons and the Jehovahs Witnesses
and the Quakers.
>
> Our enemies are not the liberals. For one thing, the term is almost
> meaninglessly flexible. For another, its a political term, not a
religious one. Whatever is good or bad about political liberalism, its
neither the cause nor the cure of our present spiritual decay.
Spiritual wars are not decided by whether welfare checks increase
or decrease.
>
> Our enemies are not anti-Catholic bigots who want to crucify us.
They are the ones were trying to save. They are our patients, not
our disease. Our word for them is Christs: Father, forgive them, for
they know not what they do. We say this of the Chinese communist
totalitarians who imprison and persecute Catholics, and to the
Sudanese Muslim terrorists who enslave and murder Catholics.
They are not our enemies, they are our patients. We are Christs
nurses. The patients think the nurses are their enemies, but
> the nurses know better.
>
> Our enemies are not even the media of the culture of death, not
even Ted Turner or Larry Flynt or Howard Stern or Disney or Time-
Warner. They too are victims, patients, though on a rampage
against the hospital, poisoning other patients. But the poisoners
are our patients too. So are homosexual activists, feminist witches,
and abortionists. We go into gutters and pick up the spiritually
dying and kiss those who spit at us, if we are cells in our Lords
Body. If we do not physically go into gutters, we go into spiritual
gutters, for we go where the need is.
>
> Our enemies are not heretics within the Church, cafeteria
Catholics, Kennedy Catholics, I Did It My Way Catholics. They are
also our patients, though they are Quislings. They are the victims of
our enemy, not our enemy.
>
> Our enemies are not theologians in so-called Catholic theology
departments who have sold their souls for thirty pieces of
scholarship and prefer the plaudits of their peers to the praise of
God. They are also our patients.
>
> Our enemy is not even the few really bad priests and bishops,
candidates for Christs Millstone of the Month Award, the modern
Pharisees. They too are victims, in need of healing.
>
> Who, then, is our enemy?
>
> There are two answers. All the saints and popes throughout the
Churchs history have given the same two answers, for these
answers come from the Word of God on paper in the New Testament
and the Word of God in flesh in Jesus Christ.
>
> Yet they are not well known. In fact, the first answer is almost
never mentioned today. Not once in my life have I ever heard a
homily on it, or a lecture by a Catholic theologian.
>
> Our enemies are demons. Fallen angels. Evil spirits.
>
> So says Jesus Christ: Do not fear those who can kill the body and
then has no more power over you. I will tell you whom to fear. Fear
him who has power to destroy both body and soul in Hell.
>
> So says St. Peter, the first pope: The Devil, like a roaring lion, is
going through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Resist him,
steadfast in the faith.
>
> So says St. Paul: We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities and powers of wickedness in high places.
>
> So said Pope Leo the XIII, who received a vision of the 20th
century that history has proved terrifyingly true. He saw Satan, at
the beginning of time, allowed one century in which to do his worst
work, and he chose the 20th. This pope with the name and heart of
a lion was so overcome by the terror of this vision that he fell into a
trance. When he awoke, he composed a prayer for the whole Church
to use to get it through the 20th century. The prayer was widely
known and prayed after every Mass until the 60s: exactly
when the Church was struck with that incomparably swift disaster
that we have not yet named (but which future historians will), the
disaster that has destroyed a third of our priests, two-thirds of our
nuns, and nine-tenths of our childrens theological knowledge; the
disaster that has turned the faith of our fathers into the doubts of
our dissenters, the wine of the Gospel into the water of
psychobabble.
>
> The restoration of the Church, and thus the world, might well
begin with the restoration of the Lions prayer and the Lions vision,
because this is the vision of all the popes and all the saints and our
Lord himself: the vision of a real Hell, a real Satan, and real spiritual
warfare.
>
> I said there were two enemies. The second is even more terrifying
than the first. There is one nightmare even more terrible than being
chased and caught and tortured by the Devil. That is the nightmare
of becoming a devil. The horror outside your soul is terrible
enough; how can you bear to face the horror inside your soul?
>
> What is the horror inside your soul? Sin. All sin is the Devils work,
> though he usually uses the flesh and the world as hisinstruments.
Sin means inviting the Devil in. And we do it. Thats the only reason
why he can do his awful work; God wont let him do it without our
free consent. And thats why the Church is weak and the world is
dying: because we are not saints.
>
> 3. The Weapon
>
> And thus we have our third Necessary Thing: the weapon that will
win the war and defeat our enemy.
>
> All it takes is saints. Can you imagine what twelve more Mother
Teresas would do for the world? Can you imagine what would
happen if just twelve readers of this article offere Christ 100% of
their hearts and held back nothing, absolutely nothing?
>
> No, you cant imagine it, any more than anyone could imagine how
twelve nice Jewish boys could conquer the Roman Empire. You
can’t imagine it, but you can do it. You can become a saint.
Absolutely no one and nothing can stop you. It is your free choice.
Here is one of the truest and most terrifying sentences I have ever
read (from William Laws Serious Call): If you will look into your own
heart in complete honesty, you must admit that there is one and
only one reason why you are not a saint: you do not wholly want to
be.
>
> That insight is terrifying because it is an indictment. But it is also
> thrillingly hopeful because it is an offer, an open door. Each of us
can become a saint. We really can.
>
> What holds us back? Fear of paying the price.
>
> What is the price? The answer is simple. T.S. Eliot defines the
Christian life as: A condition of complete simplicity/Costing not less
than/Everything. The price is everything: 100%. A worse martyrdom
than the quick noose or stake: the martyrdom of dying daily, dying
to all your desires and plans, including your plans about how to
become a saint. A blank check to God. Complete submission, islam,
fiat, Marys thing. Look what that simple Mary-thing did 2000 years
ago: It brought God down and saved the world.
>
> It was meant to continue.
>
> If we do that Mary-thing and only if we do that then all our
apostolates will work: our missioning and catechizing and fathering
and mothering and teaching and studying and nursing and
businessing and priesting and bishoping everything.
>
> A bishop asked one of the priests of his diocese for
recommendations on ways to increase vocations. The priest
replied: The best way to attract men in this diocese to the
priesthood, Your Excellency, would be your canonization.
>
> Why not yours?
>>

Sunday, October 21, 2012

WISDOM......A Timely Homily On Being CATHOLIC

A friend of mine sent this to me with the request that it be published.  It really brings home the truth about the upcoming election...You are Catholic or you are Not.  There is NO MIDDLE GROUND.  I have scanned the original pages and will put them up as received, so all is there.  The Parish is in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, I'm told.  Please read this and comment as it is really important to tell ALL your "Catholic" friends to be really Catholic this election.
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M





































The formatting may be a little off, and for that I apologize.  For some reason, the last page is larger than the others, but the content is very viable.
Please tell all your friends about it.  Thank you.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Another "Catholic" Bishop Really May Not Be

Daniel M. Boland, PhD sent me an e-mail of a correspondence  that concerns a very grave topic...one that this "Bishop" has apparently overlooked or has conveniently decided to "look the other way."  My hope is that he has just overlooked the issue and that he is not one of 'those' who is really not a Catholic Bishop but just calls himself one.  I'm afraid I can't be as polite as Dr. Boland. I keep remembering the words of Jeremiah.  Here is the letter Dr. Boland sent to "Bishop"  Patrick McGrath, Diocese of San Jose, San Jose, CA.


Thursday, September 06, 2012
The Most Rev. Patrick McGrath
Diocese of San Jose
San Jose, CA

My Dear Bishop McGrath:

I write to express my profound concern about an advertisement on your diocesan web site announcing an “election workshop by Sister Simone Campbell.”

I enclose an article from today’s California Catholic explaining some of the reasons for my concern. To mention only one issue (of many), her prominent presence at the Democratic Convention and her support for the Democratic Platform (a pro-abortion/pro-gay-marriage document which initially eliminated all references to Almighty God) should instantly disqualify her from any recommendation by a Bishop of the Catholic Church or his official voice. I do not mention  Sister Simone’s connection to several other groups which openly express disdain for the Magisterium, of which you, in union with the Holy Father, are a member and which is supposed to safeguard the Thesaurus Ecclesiae, including the moral right to life of unborn children, a moral right Sister Simone evades by employing the same duplicitous language used by President Obama that such consideration is above her pay grade. To hear such a statement from a professed religious  woman of the Catholic Church is, in my judgment, despicable.

Sister’s Simone’s upcoming appearance at a diocesan-sponsored event – which, one may conclude, has your support -- is, to say the least, astonishing to those of us who still struggle daily to maintain our sense of Catholic balance and propriety in these difficult and offensive times through which the entire Church has lived for decades. The Church still experiences revelations of moral erosion and spiritual chaos; the credibility and judgment of our bishops has been severely – severely – tested and too often found wanting. The disappointment and shock of countless laity cannot be adequately expressed. We are a Church Suffering.

What has been most profoundly harmed is the trust of the laity to look to our episcopal leadership and find therein a stable, reliable and unwavering example of accountability, wisdom and, hopefully, simple common sense. Unfortunately, many of us no longer look with reassurance to the hierarchy for such leadership. We hold to our Faith as best we can but we do so not with confidence but with hope that we will be blessed with bishops and priests who will not be further swayed (for any reason) from the fundamental message of the Gospel; men who are willing to stand uncompromisingly for the Mens Ecclesiae; men who recognize every moment that further compromise and appeasement with immoral trends in our culture – and with the duplicitous people who substitute political power for moral behavior -- are intolerable for Catholics. Our leaders must act on the belief that politically correct principles such as 1) moral equivalence and 2) tolerance for evil in the name of some sort of muddled “fairness” must not – must not -- overcome the fundamentals of our faith and morals.

Consequently, I must say to you -- with all the charity I can muster – that your support of Sister Simone’s appearance at a Catholic college in your jurisdiction is not – is definitely not -- the sort of principled episcopal leadership one hopes for from the Magisterium, the kind of leadership we must have at the very heart of the Church if we are not to continue down the path of undermining her sacred identity from within, thus further disillusioning a weary laity and granting approval to our moral enemies.

Sister Simone’s recalcitrant challenges to magisterial authority and solid moral theology have been made repeatedly and abundantly clear, her divergent allegiances sufficiently articulated. Thus, it is astonishing to find her featured as a moral-political consultant by the Catholic Diocese of San Jose to the Catholic people of San Jose.

Finally, Your Excellency, please accept my comments in the spirit of deep concern and fidelity with which I write. I am a life-long Catholic; I intend no undue offense to you. At the same instant, I deeply believe this letter is essential, if only as a matter of fraternal charity and if only to point out that authentic scandal may well result from your support for a speaker who does not represent the Catholic Faith and most assuredly does not express concern for the most innocent and vulnerable of all God's creatures.

God knows the Church does not need more “pseudo-Catholic voices” who undermine the faith and morals of the Faithful. We have had too much of people such as Mrs. Pelosi, Senators Biden, Durbin, Kerry, Mrs. Sebelius and the roster of other faux “Catholics” who openly besmirch the Church while episcopal leadership -- whose logic now falters and whose delays now tax all comprehension –  after many years, still does nothing.  

May God bless us one and all.


Daniel M. Boland

 May God have mercy on us all!!
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"Jesuits" Prove They are Satanic...Not at All Catholic...Not In The LEAST!

In the past, I have taken a lot of flack for my attacks on "Catholic" schools that have the ALLY and LGBTQ groups on their campuses and they complain that these are mere support groups to help "straight" students understand the problem of homosexuality.  Well, I guess the following article from The Cardinal Newman Society will prove beyond any shadow of a doubt what I've been saying is true.  This holds true for MANY so-called "Catholic" colleges and high schools, for that matter. So, here is part of the article as posted...the above link will get you to the Cardinal Newman Site if you wish to donate.  The Article:


This goes WAY over the line!‏



Dear friend of Catholic education,

A serious scandal has been averted... at least in part!

Thanks to God, and to your prayers and support for The Cardinal Newman Society's work...


...Loyola Marymount University (LMU) appears to have canceled its fundraiser for the plaintiffs in a Supreme Court case to legalize same-sex "marriage."

It's difficult to imagine a more blatant betrayal of the Church!

But our work is not done...

...because LMU still plans to present a student and faculty reading of the play "8", which promotes gay "marriage"--just without collecting donations.

And there is more to come!  As the 2012-13 academic year is just getting started, so are the scandals at wayward Catholic colleges.

I am writing to urge your help in alerting Catholic families, the media and Catholic blogs, and the bishops about the LMU travesty and similar concerns.  By "shining the light," we can do much to put an end to such scandals!

Please pass on the following details to others.  And please...

...your prayers and immediate donation can help us expose this scandal and others, while assisting college leaders to renew faithful Catholic higher education.

So what's the story with LMU?  You may recall that California voters approved "Proposition 8" four years ago to defend marriage.  Outrageously, two San Francisco judges struck down the law this year.

The Catholic bishops condemned the ruling, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan lamented:

"The people of California deserve better.  Our nation deserves better.  Marriage deserves better."

Well, the same could be said of Loyola Marymount University.

The organization behind the lawsuit against Proposition 8, now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, is the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), an aggressive opponent of traditional marriage laws.

So how can it be possible that a Jesuit Catholic university planned to raise funds for this radical group, and will present a play that advocates same-sex "marriage"?

Sadly, it's true.  On September 7, the university will present the pro-gay "marriage" play "8" on its Los Angeles campus.  And yes, it originally announced that it would collect donations for AFER.

This week, The Cardinal Newman Society contacted LMU's president and public affairs office to inform them that we intended to expose their plans, but hoped they might cancel the event.  Yesterday LMU changed the event description and erased any mention of fundraising, but the play is still scheduled for September 7...

...unless we can put a stop to it!  For 19 years, The Cardinal Newman Society has stood for fidelity and authentic Catholic identity by "shining the light" on Catholic campuses, with documented success.

Our campaigns have led to significant declines in scandalous commencement speakers and Vagina Monologues performances... prompted two secularized colleges to drop the "Catholic" label... and spurred on reforms at other Catholic colleges....

With regard to the LMU incident, we are already communicating with LMU's president and public affairs office, with the continued hope they might put a stop to this play.

And we have also alerted the appropriate bishops, informing them who is behind this scandal.


Incredibly, it is not just a few rogue professors behind this event!  A University office and entire academic departments are to blame.

Sponsors include the LMU Faculty and Staff Gay-Straight Network (which is officially recognized by the University), the Department of Communication Studies, and the Department of Theater Arts and Dance.

The Office of LGBT Student Services, which organizes social events for homosexual students, also was advertised as an original co-sponsor and the primary contact for the play.  But after The Cardinal Newman Society raised concerns...

...LMU quietly removed LGBT Student Services from the sponsor list and deleted contact information for the LGBT Services director.

This may be a desperate attempt to represent the play as an academic event sponsored only by faculty, and somehow protected by academic freedom.

They can run from the truth, but they can't hide the stain of this scandal!

With your help, I promise that The Cardinal Newman Society will remain vigilant and "shine the light" while promoting authentic Catholic education.

And I promise to keep you updated on the LMU situation....


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Patrick J. Reilly
Founder & President
The Cardinal Newman Society


This is not an isolated incident.  As I have said in other posts, U of Dayton and Xavier of Cincinnati, Georgetown, Boston College...the list goes on and on and on. For more info on the "Gay Marriage" situation, go to  National Organization for Marriage and give them the support they need.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is Dolan For Real? (He's not really a "Catholic Cardinal", is he?)

The following quote is from an article on National Review:

"Cardinal Dolan welcomed the fact that there is a Catholic on each party’s ticket. “Do you not think it’s a cause for celebration in the Catholic community in the United States of America that the two vice-presidential candidates are Catholic? Did you ever think it would come to this?

“We’ve got two men who — and you can disagree with one of them or both of them — say they take their faith seriously, who don’t try to hide it, and who say, ‘Hey, my Catholic upbringing and my Catholic formation influences the way I think.’ Not bad. Not bad.” 

President John F. Kennedy, Dolan observed, “couldn’t say, ‘My religion will affect my public policy.’ He couldn’t say, ‘My Catholic faith is going to have an impact on the way I govern.’ In fact, he almost had to say the opposite. And now you’ve got two guys . . . who were picked because their Catholicism was attractive.”

Well, I guess Cardinal Dolan doesn't know the difference between a Catholic and an Abortion loving, Contraceptive approving, Death panel advocate Vice President that has been used by this administration as the whipping boy for "Catholics".

Come on, folks.  Does Dolan really think there are two Catholics in this Political fracas?  Ryan is the only one who is Catholic.  And as soon as Dolan glad hands Obama as he did Cuomo he becomes a shill for the Obama Campaign...no matter what he says or how he acts.  They want this Al Smith Dinner to lend legitimacy to the Obama Campaign once again.  And once again, Dolan is their boy.  But to this quote from him...my God man...WAKE UP!!!

It's time for The Vatican to disband the USCCB and start handling the affairs of the Catholic Church here in America as they do in other countries. A real good example are the "nuns".  It's time, Pope Benedict, to wear "The Shoes of the Fisherman"!!!

And if you REALlY want to get an earful, go to Carol McKinley at The Tenth Crusade and join the fight.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M    

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Selling Out Catholics

Once again we "Orthodox Catholics" have been "sold out" by the USCCB, namely "Cardinal (two-face) Dolan" and on the Feast of The Assumption, at that.  In order to understand exactly what I mean by this statement, I'm putting a LINK to the so-called reason for Dolan giving the Al Smith dinner...he did the same thing for Cuomo as well.

Rome should really take a look at dissolving these "Appeasement Bishops" and get true Shepard's in place.  You can't deal with Satan.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim

P.S.  Just for the record, here is President Obama's PRO-Abortion Record, Cardinal Dolan...in case you've forgotten, or just don't want to know.Go Here to SEE the TRUTH.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Separation Of Faith And Reason"...Sycamore Group Newsletter

We have once again privileged to be able to post the Newsletter in it's entirety.  God Bless those courageous folks fighting for Catholic Education.
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim

 NOTRE DAME, IN — In our last bulletin we gave you the account of major fault lines in the Catholic identity of the University by two 2012 graduates and Irish Rover principals. In this bulletin we bring you the perspective of a prominent long-time member of the faculty, Professor Alfred Freddoso. In the next bulletin, we will provide Dr. Walter Nicgorski’s analysis of how this formerly robustly Catholic school got into this fix and what it should do now. And among our concluding “Notes” here, among other items of interest we recount recent developments in the Obama contraception/abortifacient controversy.
Dr. Alfred Freddoso, Notre Dame’s John and Jean Oesterle Professor of Thomistic Studies, has been a prominent member of the faculty for over three decades. His oft-cited characterization of Notre Dame as “something like a public school in a Catholic neighborhood” is a pithy summary of his illuminating introduction to Law Professor Emeritus Charles E. Rice’s instructive book, “What Happened to Notre Dame?”
We reproduce below key passages from Dr. Freddoso’s introduction. You will find the entire introduction together with the first chapter of Dr. Rice’s book here and can order the book from St. Augustine’s Press at a 25% discount for Sycamore subscribers here with the code “SYCAMORE.”
Dr. Freddoso leads into his explanation of what he means by both “public school” and “Catholic neighborhood” by summarizing the “historical trends” that he witnessed through over 30 years.
[T]he university’s steadily intensifying and often frustrated aspiration to be regarded as a major player in the American educational scene; the concomitant segmentation of faith from reason; the deterioration of the core curriculum into a series of disjointed “course distribution requirements” guided by no comprehensive conception of what an educated Catholic should know; the easy transition from a faculty dominated by “progressive” Catholics to a faculty more and more dominated by people ignorant of the intellectual ramifications of the Catholic faith; the concomitant marginalization of faculty who professed allegiance to, or even admiration for, the present-day successors of the Apostles; and a succession of high-level administrators lacking in a philosophical vision of Catholic higher education and intent on diffusing throughout the university a pragmatic mentality at once both bureaucratic and corporate. In addition, there had been a series of “incidents” — stretching from the Land O’Lakes Statement and the university’s coziness with the Rockefeller Foundation in the mid-1960’s to the tiresomely recurring debate over the Vagina Monologues in the first decade of the 21st century — which had served to put more and more strain on the relationship between the university and the Church it claimed to be serving and even to be “doing the thinking for,” to cite one astonishingly presumptuous catchphrase used by the university to promote itself. Rice recounts these incidents as well.
Notre Dame is nevertheless, Professor Freddoso says, “a wonderful place in many ways” where he is “deeply grateful” to have spent so many years. “It is in some obvious sense Catholic,” “a university that is more open to (or, at worst, more tolerant of) Catholic faith and practice than any other national private university I know of.” But “what it is not … is a Catholic university, i.e., an institution where the Catholic faith pervades and enriches, and is enriched by, the intellectual life on campus.”
Dr. Freddoso’s explanation of what he means shows why so many alumni and others continue to think of Notre Dame as an authentically Catholic university and why they are quite wrong.
This [characterization] might sound appalling to some, but it is, I submit, what the vast majority of present-day administrators, faculty members, students, and alumni mean when they sincerely, though mistakenly, claim that Notre Dame is a Catholic university. For they assume … that the Catholic character of the university is borne almost entirely by the “neighborhood,” i.e., by the university’s sacramental life and associated activities such as retreats, bible study groups, sacramental preparation courses, etc.; by various good works and service projects …; by a set of faith-inspired rules governing campus life …; and by the sheer number of … manifestations of Catholicism such as the statute of Our Lady atop the Golden Dome, Sacred Heart Basilica, the Grotto, the “Touchdown Jesus” mural, and scores of statues found all over the “neighborhood.” It is here that virtually all of a student’s moral and spiritual formation, if any, will take place. This is where “faith” resides on campus; this is where the “heart” is educated, to use another of the catchphrases.
The classroom or laboratory, by contrast, is a wholly different venue …. This is where “reason” resides and where “the mind” is educated, and it has little or nothing to do with Catholicism. (It is no accident that the newest science building … contains no noteworthy religious symbols in general and no noteworthy Catholic symbols in particular. That’s the way the science faculty wanted it.) [Emphasis supplied.]
To be sure, there are a number of professors outside the theology department … who can … provide a student who chooses his or her courses very carefully with something resembling a Catholic education. Moreover, there are more professors of this sort than one would ordinarily expect to find at a national private university in the United States. Nevertheless, they constitute only a small percentage of the total faculty, and their conviction that a Catholic student’s intellectual life should be fully integrated with his or her Catholic beliefs and practices is very much a minority view. Most faculty members would, to the contrary, be deeply disturbed by the prospect of having doctrinally orthodox Catholicism intrude itself into the classroom. [Emphasis supplied.]
While, as Professor Freddoso says, this hollowness at the core of the University is invisible to the great majority of alumni, it is obvious to anyone who understands, as we have repeatedly stressed, that the proportion of Catholic faculty has fallen so low that it no longer meets the test of Catholic identity the university has set for itself in its Mission Statement. Our discovery of this central fact triggered, and continues to fuel, Sycamore Trust. We will soon review again in detail the phenomenon of this radically diminished Catholic faculty. Watch for the bulletin.
NOTES
  • Contraception/abortifacient mandate – a Catholic employer prevails. The first win in the multi-court litigation over the Obama administration’s contraception/abortifacient mandate went to Catholic owners of a private business. Colorado federal district judge John L. Kane (a Carter appointee) barred the government from enforcing the mandate pending a full hearing. While the ruling is not final, the judge’s interpretation of the religious freedom statute is very favorable to the plaintiffs. To be sure, he gave no indication of how he might dispose of the government’s argument that neither a corporation nor its family owners can assert a religious liberty claim in connection with the corporation’s business. An appeal in any event seems likely.
  • Religious institutions’ complaints dismissed as premature. In contrast to these private parties, religiously affiliated plaintiffs have a one-year grace period for complying, and as a result two lawsuits have so far been dismissed (see, Journal Star and Belmont Abbey v. Kathleen Sebelius) as premature. The administration has represented that the regulation will be modified to try to meet objections. If the Notre Dame court follows suit, Notre Dame’s complaint will be either dismissed or suspended pending final administration action. It is impossible to predict with assurance the final form of the mandate. Lengthy administrative proceedings still lie ahead.
  • Notre Dame graduate students channel Georgetown’s Sandra Fluke. Some Notre Dame graduate students are collecting signatures on a petition opposing Father Jenkins’s decision to sue. They do not, thank goodness, echo the jaw-dropping congressional testimony of the remarkable Sandra Fluke of Georgetown Law School that 40% of her female fellow students reported they “struggle financially” because contraception “can cost a woman over $3000” during law school. Rather, the Notre Dame students say it’s “doubtful” the bishops and religious leaders like Fr. Jenkins understand the Church’s teaching and that, moreover, Notre Dame’s lawyers and all the attorneys aligned with them don’t understand the law. Festooned with faux learning, the petition is an embarrassment that has been shredded by Professor Richard Garnett of the Law School. Happily, the petition has gained scant traction so far — less than 100 signatories and only about a score of faculty members. Nor has Father Jenkins followed the lead of the President of Georgetown, who applauded Ms. Fluke for “speaking in the tradition of the deepest values we share.”
  • Bill Kirk to Ave Maria. We congratulate Ave Maria University for securing the services of Bill Kirk as Vice President of Student Affairs and General Counsel. He leaves his position as Director of Administration And Corporate Counsel at the prominent Chicago engineering and architectural firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. We have recounted before the dark circumstances of Notre Dame’s lamentable dismissal of this faithful and courageous officer after 23 years of dedicated service, and we will not return to this painful episode again. Notre Dame’s self-inflicted loss and scarred reputation is Ave Maria’s signal gain. (A reminder: Elizabeth Kirk, a Sycamore board member and Notre Dame graduate, is former Associate Director of the Center for Ethics & Culture and continues on the board of the Notre Dame Fund to Protect of Human Life.)
  • A deserved mulligan for a valuable faculty member. In a recent Washington Post report about the resignation of several CCD teachers in the Arlington Virginia diocese in protest against the bishop's requirement of an oath of fidelity to Pope and bishops, Father Ronald Nuzzi, the director of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE ), was reported as invoking an unhappy illustration of how bishops sometimes err: a photo of German bishops giving the Nazi salute. (He also said, unexceptionably, that bishops "want Catholic institutions to be staffed by people who not only teach what the church teaches but whose 'whole life will bear witness.'") The Cardinal Newman Society and others have understandably criticized Father Nuzzi. (We note, though, silence from the ND faculty members who called for Bishop Daniel Jenky's ouster from the ND board because he said President Obama, in restricting religious liberty, has begun "following down a similar path” to Hitler.) But we know and respect Father Nuzzi; the ACE program he heads is one of the best at Notre Dame; and we are glad to have had an exchange with him in which he expressed his regret for this "ill-advised comparison." We think Father deserves the mulligan we all wish for ourselves, as well as support for the good work he and his associates do in the ACE program. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Reading From The Book Of The Prophet Jeremiah

I have started this Post with the beginning of the Readings from Mass on Sunday, July 22, 2012 for a very specific reason...the reading is as follows:

Jeremiah 23: 1-6
"Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord.  Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my people:  You have scattered my sheep and driven them away.  You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.  I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply.  I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing, says the Lord.
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord/ when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;/as king he shall reign and govern wisely;/ he shall do what is just and right in the land. / In his days Judah shall be saved./ Israel shall dwell in security./ This is the name they give him:/ "The Lord our Justice."


The word of the Lord.

The above reading points to the failing of the leaders to keep the house of the Lord in order and faithful...exactly the same failings of our current Bishops.  Some of them are down right Satanic in their disdain for Catholicism.  And to the Bishops, you know who you are.  We have outlined some who don't care one bit for the souls of their charges or they wouldn't let the lack of teaching about sin and the punishment for sin go unheralded. They support organizations that promote Contraceptives and Abortion and say they don't give money to these groups...We have proven otherwise, yet they continue to bury their head in the sand and make unholy alliances with the likes of the Abortionists and then deny any deals when we actually have them on record and film, here.  This is really quite a link.


 These Bishops range in area from Albany NY, Scranton PA, Cincinnati OH, Syracuse NY, San Francisco CA, Washington D.C.(and he's a Cardinal) and the list goes on and on and on.  We all know of the unfaithful Bishops because they allow unfaithful "Catholic" (in name only) colleges to exist without any oversight or reprimand for their false teachings.  We have profiled many of these colleges and will continue to do so with God's help and direction in order to bring the truth of the false teachings to Faithful Catholics.  I have stated what Jesus has said before and will say it again..."To those to whom much is given, much will be required."

Pope Benedict has just done something quite extraordinary...he stripped a college of it's Catholic Identity.  The full article can be found at The Cardinal Newman Society's Blog  and also more info here, as well.

It's about time!   A word of warning to the local "Bishops"...you could be next.  To what part of Jeremiah's book do YOU belong, gentlemen, and how will you account for your stewardship of His sheep?  And by the way dear Bishops...have a look at your apathy on the side of my Blog...nice pics, huh?

Just a little side-note about those pictures...we had a comment that came in on one of the Posts that said how "disgusting" and "horrible" they thought they were.  Good.  That's exactly what they are supposed to say.  Look at them folks and then pray God's justice is swift.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bishop "Milktoast" and the Diocese of Scranton

For those of you who don't know off whom I speak, his name is Bambera...he was appointed by the now gone-and-resigned-in disgrace "Cardinal Rigali".  I guess I don't have to say anymore, but those of you who know me realize that "just ain't so".

Bishop Martino, who was basically fired from his job for actually doing his job had gone after the four so-called "Catholic" colleges in his Diocese for not following the rules and dictates of the Roman Catholic Church.  These violations can be further investigated  here since nothing has changed...well...I guess that's not really true.

Bambera has allowed U of Scranton to go along untouched even after it has been disclosed that they (The Jesuits) support the HHS contraceptive mandate and actually already have it available in their medical insurance programs.  Oh, and they support Abortion as well.  Evidence of this comes from the mouth of the Medical School director at Creighton University as evidenced by the article from The Cardinal Newman Society that shows they lie at every turn.  So much for Bambera's credibility.  There's MORE!


Misericordia camp promotes diversity

What does that mean?  Bishop Martino had gone after these nuns for the promotion of the homosexual agenda and actually promoting sames sex "marriage".  Well, nothing seems to have changed here as the Article in the Times Tribune doesn't say anything at all about teaching Catholic Values to these students. Not only that, but they actively promote the homosexual agenda.  Evidence of this is found at about 3 minutes into this video from Times Tribune and this is supposed to be a CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY!  And, they promote the "peace sign" which is actually a sign of Satanic ritual.  Don't believe me?  Go HERE and WATCH!

Then we have Kings College.  Nothing new here...want a non-catholic gay oriented promiscuous education, this is the place.  Contraceptives freely given and abound on campus.  Bambera....NOTHING.  He even lauds the 4 "Catholic" universities in his diocese as "Faithful".  Faithful to what?  Killing the unborn...Sodomy...carcinogenic drugs given to female students in order to stop pregnancy?

The only difference between these schools and say ...Shippensburg is the fact that they don't have "Morning After Pill" vending machines.  Or do they?  Maybe someone would like to let me know that bit of info...the schools sure won't say.

And then we have the Wicca group at Marywood. The IHM's.   Need I say more.  Yoga teaching, contraceptive pushing nuns that love to hold Rome in contempt.  It's no wonder they don't like the interference from Rome...ruins their "perfect little gay-loving world".  We have put their pics up in the past, and we will put up some new ones in the future.  This is the LINK that will get you to the previous Post.

What is the purpose of this Post?  To remind everyone that you need a Bishop that will lead as a Shepard.  Bambera is not a "Good Shepard".  He just stands there wringing his hands saying "woe is me, woe is me"..Believe me when I say he is absolutely correct. And what of the four schools?  They laugh in his face for his lack of leadership.  It's a pity, really.  Think of all the souls lost to Hell because he didn't do his job. Maybe Archbishop Chaput in Philly could find a REAL Bishop to head up Scranton.  After all,  Bambera gives The Eucharist to Abortion Supporters and lawmakers such as Casey and shows total disregard for Canon 915.  Actually, that's grounds for removal as Bishop.  And one more thing...there are very specific things that must take place at the Mass in order for the Bread and Wine to be transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus.  Is Bambera doing it right or are all those people just getting the bread and a little wine?  Might want to question that...huh?

As Jesus said..."to those to whom much is given, much will be expected".  

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

University of Dayton Still Suporting Obama

One would think that after all the problems Obama has created for Catholic Colleges that a school like U of Dayton, a Marianist College that calls itself Catholic would get the message...oh...wait a minute...their not "Catholic"...they support the LGBT lifestyle and are PROUD of it. They support and have instructors that say Sodomy isn't a sin.  That's funny...really...Sodom and Gomorrah were totally annihilated by God for just that practice.  Maybe the Marianists don't know about the Bible...maybe they think it's great story and don't really believe it.  Maybe they are finally proving that they aren't really "Catholic" anymore.

Wake up Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr...Hell has more clergy than you think.  This school needs to be stripped of it's Catholic Identity as it is teaching Heresy.  You condone it by not stopping it.  You will be held accountable.  As Jesus Said."To those that have been given much, much will be expected".

What brought this about at this point in time?  The following article from "The Flyer News"...the campus newspaper.

Students, Democratic outreach director unite to support LGBT rights
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The University of Dayton College Democrats partnered with Spectrum Wednesday, April 11, in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge for a campus Pride Week student dialogue.

Spectrum is UD's gay-straight alliance group.

Guest speaker Jeff Marootian, director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender outreach for the Democratic National Committee, spoke about various LGBT issues and the upcoming presidential election. Marootian said President Barack Obama's administration has advanced the rights of the LGBT community.

"It's really an honor for me to come to be among students who are active, who are engaged, who want to be a part of what's happening," Marootian said. "That for me is a far greater honor than it is for you to have me come to your campus."

Marootian cited the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and Obama's stance against the Defense of Marriage Act as two examples of the president's support of the LGBT community.

"There has been significant progress under this president on a number of issues specific to each area of our community," Marootian said.

Members of both the College Democrats and the LGBT community voiced their support for the president after the event.

"I know as a member of the LGBT community myself, it's really imperative that I understand exactly what Obama is going to do," said junior Spanish and philosophy major Parker Ritchie.

Ritchie said it's important to remember that campaign issues are about more than money.

"A lot of people on campus, when I talk to them, are really concerned about these fiscal issues, and I think what it comes down to is really trying to make people see the social side of it," Ritchie said. "Come the months leading up to Obama's election, it will be trying to get my friends to see how this election is more about just their pockets, it's about my life."

Student Government Association vice president and senior communications major Elizabeth Reeves said the event was a positive experience for the UD community.

"Political beliefs aside, I think that this event was just important to have on our campus because it really reinforced the university values of contributing to the common good," Reeves said.
 So...I guess nothing has changed since our previous posts, here and here and here and here.
Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Notre Dame...Again

The following come from Dr. Dan Boland, PhD.  Things are really getting hot at ND and it's beginning to smell.
The Post:

 

Attempting to advance the ball, the President of the University of Notre Dame drops it…

Let me say very clearly what this lawsuit is not about:  it is not about preventing women from having access to contraception, nor even about preventing the Government from providing such services.  Many of our faculty, staff and students—both Catholic and non-Catholic—have made conscientious decisions to use contraceptives.  As we assert the right to follow our conscience, we respect their right to follow theirs.
This is part of what the President of the University of Notre Dame (UND), the Reverend John Jenkins, CSC, had to say in a statement explaining his decision that UND would file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.  The lawsuit concerns the so-called “Obamacare mandate” promulgated by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, who just happens to be a UND honorary degree recipient.
The explanation, posted to Fr. Jenkins’ page on the official UND website, articulates a position that many Catholics are familiar with and take for granted.  That is, as long as in their consciences Catholics believe that conduct contrary to Church moral teaching is moral, they are free to engage in that immoral conduct because they believe it is moral.


The Motley Monk is no moral theologian or canon lawyer, but he is able to read and is saddened in reading Fr. Jenkins’ comments.
Why?
Fr. Jenkins contradicts long-standing, Magisterially defined Catholic moral teaching concerning artificial contraception (cf. 1989 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “The moral norm of ‘Humanae Vitae’ and pastoral duty“).  In sum, Catholics do not possess a “right” to conscientiously dissent from defined Catholic moral teaching concerning the use of artificial  contraception.  After all, in the Catholic view, “rights” devolve not from man—bolstered by science, theology, and the social sciences or public opinion—but from God.
For a President of a Catholic university or college—especially one who is an ordained priest—to state otherwise promotes a false impression, ultimately creating or furthering serious confusion and ambiguity among the Catholic faithful, in particular. Rather than upholding the Church’s credibility in teaching matters concerning faith and morals, statements like that of Fr. Jenkins only provide ammunition to those who are opposed to the Church’s teaching.
It would have helped Fr. Jenkins had he grasped, in particular, the meaning of the CDF document’s reiteration of Pope Paul VI’s words to priests:
Worth recalling here are the words which Paul VI addressed to priests: “It is  your principal duty—We are speaking especially to you who teach moral theology—to expound the Church’s teaching with regard to marriage in its entirety and with complete frankness. In the performance of your ministry you must be the first to give an example of that sincere obedience, inward as well as outward, which is due to the Magisterium of the Church, For, as you know, the Pastors of the Church enjoy a special light of the Holy Spirit in teaching the  truth (cf. Lumen Gentium, n. 25)” (Humanae Vitae, n. 26).
Priests are called to lead by defending the Church and its moral teaching, calling the faithful to greater fidelity to the truth as defined by the Magisterium.  This is especially true of priests who are appointed to lead Catholic universities and colleges.
While The Motley Monk applauds Fr. Jenkins in his attempt to advance the ball upfield in the U.S. Catholic Church’s current battle with the Obama administration concerning religious liberty, The Motley Monk thinks Fr. Jenkins dropped the ball when it came to his statement explaining his rationale.


And people wonder why the critics contend that U.S. Catholic higher education is “Catholic in Name Only”?


Jesus Is Lord!
Tim 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

RIGHT-TO-LIFE "LITE" AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

We have something very poignant from Dr. Dan Boland that really needs to be put out there.  The name of this post is the title of the piece from Bill Dotterwich who was there.  Here is the article in its entirety from Dr. Boland.

RIGHT-TO-LIFE  "LITE"  AT  THE  UNIVERSITY  OF  NOTRE DAME
Last Wednesday, April 25, at a dinner attended by hundreds of pro-life advocates from across the United States, the second annual Evangelium Vitae medal, recognizing outstanding service in the defense of human life, was awarded to Helen Alvare, an internationally recognized and acclaimed right-to-life activist.  The dinner was held at the University of Notre Dame, following a Mass celebrated in the Sacred Heart Basilica by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend.  In only its second year, the Evangelium Vitae medal has gained national recognition at least on a par with the Laetare medal.
Sadly (and tellingly), not a single representative of the Notre Dame administration or the board of trustees attended the event, although all had been invited.  Most ignored the invitation, not even offering the courtesy of a reply.  Those that replied offered no reason for declining the invitation.  The Notre Dame publicity machine carefully sidestepped the event, both on the ND website and in its daily news bulletins.
This reaction is symptomatic of the state of pro-life affairs at Notre Dame.  There is a core of militant right-to-life activism at Notre Dame, sustained largely in the Student  RTL club, the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life, and certain individuals who have the courage to swim upstream in the river of popular culture.  To the greatest degree, however, any pro-life mantle which the administration may claim can be characterized as “pro-life lite”, a position that professes belief in the sacredness and value of all born and unborn life, but which avoids evangelizing that belief, and does not framework daily decisions against that belief.  “Pro-life lite” advocates are unwilling to make the cultural tradeoffs that militancy demands, or to risk their standing (in the case of ND, read U.S. News and World Report rankings) in the eyes of the secular world.  At Notre Dame, it seems that the real University position on right-to-life activism is one of tolerance, not support, and one of “whole cloth” (corporal works of mercy, etc.) rather than a particular concern for the unborn.  Certain minimal University manifestations of right-to-life support seem therefore to be born mainly of public relations interests.  If right-to-life affairs received a tenth of the focus and funding that gender and sexual identity matters get at Notre Dame, the University could perhaps assert some sort of leadership role in pro-life activism that would justify a claim of thriving Catholic Character.  Instead, right to life activism has been largely marginalized, even to the point of withdrawing funding from the Center for Ethics and Culture.
In the final analysis, the core of Catholic identity must be a brave and unwavering commitment to the defense of all human life, and especially the unborn and newly born, who are uniquely defenseless.  Currently, there are many descriptive phrases that come to mind when Notre Dame is mentioned, but “pro-life” is not one of them.  The pro-life student leaders on campus arrive at Notre Dame already formed that way, by their families, parish life, and prior schools.  Few “conversions” to right-to-life activism occur at Notre Dame.
This will all change when the leadership at Notre Dame decides to become militantly pro-life, not just benignly pro life.  Is there not a single trustee or fellow who sees this, and will speak up?  So far, it appears not.
Were the Notre Dame administration to step up and adopt a militant and evangelistic right-to-life character which backdropped all its daily decisions,  including those involving the composition of the faculty, questions about the declining Catholic character of Notre Dame would soon disappear.  Use of the bully pulpit of the Notre Dame presidency to publicly and consistently advocate for the protection of the unborn would be the most Catholic thing the University could do, and would be recognized as such by the public, thereby validating any administration claim to a position of national Catholic leadership.

 
Daniel M. Boland, PhD


Monday, April 2, 2012

Notre Dame Awards Grants for Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage Internships... Once Again From Dr. Boland

Again Notre Dame shows how Non-Catholic it has become.  The really bad part about it is Fr. Jenkins is not at all remorseful...but then anyone who would give an honorary degree to the most abortion-loving president this country has ever known can't be Catholic, can he?  Article follows:

Notre Dame Awards Grants for Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage Internships

A grant program at the University of Notre Dame has paid expenses for students interning at organizations that advocate abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
The Gender Studies Program at Notre Dame offers competitive grants through its Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies to undergraduate students who have secured unpaid summer internships to “gain valuable work experience.” Student applicants must make “a persuasive case” for funding to help offset living expenses while working full-time without pay. Typical awards are $2,500.
Notre Dame’s website identifies grant recipients who worked at the Minnesota Women’s Consortium in 2010, the New England chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and the Resource Center Dallas in 2009, and the National Organization for Women in 2008.
Both the Minnesota Women’s Consortium and the National Organization for Women are pro-abortion organizations, and both also support same-sex marriage. NOW’s activism is well-known, but evidence of its radical agenda can be found here.
As for the Consortium, the Notre Dame website readily acknowledges that the Consortium’s members include Planned Parenthood. But Notre Dame does not reveal other members including Compassion & Choices of Minnesota (an advocate for physician-assisted suicide), the Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, National Organization for Women-Minnesota, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, Pro-Choice Resources, and others. The Consortium’s board of directors includes representatives from NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and National Organization for Women-Minnesota.
The Consortium’s “Women’s Action Plan” includes several “possible actions” in support of “reproductive freedom,” including support for federal family planning initiatives, upholding Roe v. Wade, opposing constitutional amendments and legislation restricting abortion, and support for “pro-choice” candidates. The plan proposes action to oppose a state effort to amend the constitution in support of marriage and urges “legal recognition for same-sex couples”.
Worst of all, the Consortium’s website actually provides contact information to obtain ”abortion services“.
The Anti-Defamation League has supported same-sex marriage. Notre Dame describes the student’s internship as combatting “sexism, racism and heterosexism.”
The Resource Center Dallas, which serves area homosexual residents, also supports same-sex marriage. In 2012 it has been lobbying Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to support the demise of the family (see here and here and here).
These new revelations–previously noted by blogger Kathy Schiffer–follow earlier concerns that Notre Dame’s website touts past internships of political science students at the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Human Rights Watch, and more. That listing titled “Summer Internship Opportunities” remains on Notre Dame’s website with the disclaimer, “Listing here does not constitute an endorsement of the mission of [sic] agenda of these organizations by the department or the University.” Pontius Pilate couldn’t have said it better.
Notre Dame’s Office of the President has issued emails attacking TFP, which revealed the website listing last month, because TFP incorrectly claimed that Notre Dame “offers pro-abortion ‘internship opportunities.’” In fact, as the University clarified, it does not “offer” the internships but instead identifies past internships that students may have secured independent of the University. Absent from the emails is any assurance from President Father John Jenkins, CSC, that the University will erase inappropriate internships from the website.
 
Daniel M. Boland, PhD

Sunday, March 18, 2012

FR. JENKINS...IT'S TIME TO BE A "CATHOLIC PRIEST"!!!

The following is a letter from Dr. Dan Boland, printed here with his permission, to a "so-called" Catholic Priest who is the president of Notre Dame University. (No Caps on president for a reason).  Contact Fr. Jenkins and make him do his duty...and to Fr. Jenkins, a word of caution...Jesus has said "To those to whom much is given, much will be expected."  I don't want to be there when you have to account for your actions.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M


17 March 2012
 
Personal Letter to Rev. John Jenkins, CSC
President, University of Notre Dame
 
My Dear Fr. Jenkins:
 
As we all know, the HHS Mandates released several weeks ago by the Obama Administration seek to marginalize the legal freedoms and moral principles of our beloved Church. In unparalleled fashion, Mr. Obama also seeks to facilitate the schism which has rent the American Catholic community in two. But it gets worse.
 
Today (March 17) we learn that an additional moral challenge has been thrust upon us by the Obama Administration. The Health and Human Services Department has added the further demand that college student health care plans will be treated like employees’ plans — making them subject to the same mandate the Obama administration put in place that has upset pro-life groups for its violation of religious liberties and fundamental Catholic morality. Now Notre Dame must also include our undergraduates.
 
I have written you before, but I am prompted to do so again. With many others, I have already asked you to come forward and speak as a Catholic priest and as President of our University. I have before urged you to add your voice and influence to the chorus of faithful Bishops, priests, religious and laity which has arisen in a unified defense of the Church's God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to moral self-definition and to the free exercise of our Catholic religion.
 
Incidentally, when I say "our Catholic religion," I refer to the Catholic religion as defined by the Magisterium of the Church -- the Catholic Bishops in union with our Holy Father. I do not include persons whose disdain for fundamental Catholic theology is apparent; e.g. persons such as Notre Dame faculty member Dr. Gary Guttman, whose contempt for the hierarchy and Church tradition is simply stunning.
 
Several weeks ago, I did receive a computerized response from your office, the same response you sent to many others. Rather than address the grave issues we Catholics now face, your response avoided the issues. It merely reminded us that you had been briefly praised by Cardinal Dolan. The response attempted to inflate the Cardinal's comment into an indication that your leadership was vigorous, timely and forthright. But this distasteful stretch of the Cardinal's words served only as an embarrassment to you and to the University, adding further emphases to the fact that your defense of the Church was barely discernible. Since then, the American Church has heard nothing from you.
 
That computerized response added no luster to you or to the University. It did not stamp you as an involved and dedicated leader with uncompromising fortitude and timely courage. It was not the action of a moral exemplar whose first priority is for the good of the Church.
 
In fact, in light of all that has since happened, your response only underscores the additional questions of why you continue to prolong your silence, why you delay, why you avoid any statement, why you refuse to act.
 
All Catholics are now compelled to confront the present crises which Mr. Obama has ignited. As we do so, we must always be aware that the aggressive confrontation which Mr. Obama has chosen is a delicate and dangerous form of human interaction. As we respond, we Catholics (unlike our enemies) must choose to walk a cautious line between fact and emotion, between fairness and excess, between reasoned expression of principle and careless, rash judgment, between moral tradition and secular expediency, between the demands of Christian virtue and the crass, unprincipled tactics of morally indifferent politicians such as Mr. Obama who possesses great power and influence.
 
We Catholics must walk that delicate line between Charity and prudence on the one hand, and the demands of truth and rational evidence on the other. We are called upon to be leaven within a culture of death led by Mr. Obama and his followers who are dedicated to preventing and destroying life and exploiting the unborn even in the form of embryonic stem cell research.
 
We Catholics are, at times, inspired -- even required -- to stand up in public for our moral values and to articulate clearly those principles which our enemies despise and are doing their best to eradicate. That is what our Faith now requires of us all, laity and clergy. Nothing has ever been as clear as is this challenge to us all.
 
So, once again I ask that you finally step forward as befits the President of the most prominent Catholic institution in America.
 
Your prolonged silence in this and other prominent instances stands in stark and worrisome contrast to the unqualified, pro-abortion statements made by several Notre Dame faculty members.
 
We who respect the Catholic Faith and the University's historic Catholic traditions cannot but be deeply concerned that pro-abortion statements have been made by several Notre Dame faculty members. Academic freedom is a valid consideration, to be sure, but even academic freedom is not without its proper limits. It is commonly agreed that academic freedom should allow a professor (or student) to speak only within the recognized limits of her/his professional expertise. Academic freedom is not -- not -- a license to attack an opponent at will or permission to make outrageous comments which strike at the heart of an organization's fundamental principles. Academic freedom does not preclude a response from those whose ethical values or moral beliefs are thus disparaged, such as a response from you or your spokesperson.
 
These outspoken pro-abortion Notre Dame faculty persons have expressed their support for abortion and their gratuitous disdain for the Magisterium. They have done so time and again without a single word from you or from members of your Administration. This customary silence on your part offends even the most liberal understanding of academic freedom and even suggests your official indifference to blatant moral insults to the Church -- but there is more.
 
We also recall your firm opposition to the pro-life actions of the ND88. We recall your support -- for more than two years -- for the prosecution of these pro-life persons, and we recall misleading comments made by University spokespersons in an attempt to exonerate other demonstrators.
 
We recall your energetic but utterly confounding defense of an appointee to the University's Board of Trustees when her financial support for several pro-abortion agencies was discovered. We recall the swift and generous defense of this appointment which was also promulgated by Mr. Richard Notebaert, Chairman of the University Fellows. You and Mr. Notebaert were quick to officially defend this person but did not extend the same concern to the morally-admirable pro-life actions of the ND88.
 
One cannot help but wonder what priorities do indeed take precedent.
 
We further recall your adulation of Mr. Obama when you awarded him an honorary Doctorate. We recall your recurring statement (inexplicably repeated several times over the past two years) that you would again grant Mr. Obama the same honor; this, despite what you now know of his aggressive pro-abortion, anti-Catholic behavior.
 
Many people are caught in nagging wonderment as to why you would proceed with such energy in areas involving the defense of -- or, worse, the open celebration of -- pro-abortion politicians, spokespersons, lawmakers, faculty members and donors whilst hesitating for so long to speak in proud unity with Catholics who defend the Church and the unborn (including those who defend the moral rights of embryonic stem cells).
 
Finally, I recognize that as I discuss these issues, my comments may strike some people as "judgmental." Being judgmental in this time of secularist political correctness has become taboo (although one would certainly not think so by the anti-magisterial/pro-abortion comments of faculty persons such as Dr. Guttman). Indeed, one often hears the politically correct dictum that one is not supposed to say anything judgmental.
 
I believe this dictum is both logically inane and morally absurd, especially for a believing and informed Catholic. This dictum attempts to deny -- even stigmatize -- the fact that the ability and the responsibility to make proper and informed moral judgments are incumbent on every intelligent Catholic. We are blessed with the intellectual power to discern good from evil and sin from virtue, to determine what is moral from what is immoral. We are required to define right from wrong. We are urged by the Gospel to offer our neighbor the grace of fraternal correction. We are commanded to offer one another encouragement to timely and proper moral action.
 
Sometimes making and articulating such judgments is an awkward process; human beings are involved, human dignity is at stake. At the same instant, it is morally untenable that we should look away when evidence insists that we should speak. It is good to risk offending another person -- especially recalcitrant and resolved evildoers -- when a Higher Good is involved. Prudence should not becloud responsibility nor temperance rationalize denial.
 
Moreover, obvious facts (even unpleasant ones) and reasoned conclusions are responsibilities of the morally involved Catholic. Standing up for our Faith does not allow passivity or appeasement, dalliance or equivocation.
 
There are times when keeping the peace is less charitable, less just, less important than moving the Church to militant action. Now is such a time.
 
There are times when moral principles are so clear that we must -- we simply must -- act as moral exemplars. Now is such a time.
 
There is a point beyond which even Charity no longer allows us to remain silent, tolerant or passive. Now is such a time.
 
Indeed, there are times when Charity demands that we speak with conviction and without hesitation. Now is such a time.
 
When we are pushed beyond the margins of human law and the demands of divine law, then morality and sound reason require action, lest we slip into collusion by omission and avoidance. After a certain period, reasonable tolerance and charitable restraint become destructive if we who know better still remain silent.
 
Now is surely such a time.
 
Many Catholic leaders -- even Catholic teenagers and many Notre Dame faculty and students -- openly speak in unison against the Obama Administration's attempts to neuter and overwhelm the Church. Your continued silence and unseemly absence from the public forum now reflect ungracious timidity, not timely commitment. Your hesitation suggests you are unwilling to exert the power and influence of your office as President of a great University. It is as if you deliberately resist the prophetic responsibility which your office as President of Notre Dame thrusts upon you.
 
With prayerful urgency, I call upon you one last time: wait no longer. Come forward. Now is the appointed time.
 
Daniel M. Boland, PhD
ND Class of 1956