Wednesday, September 10, 2014


It seems that Cardinal Dolan has really stirred up a hornets nest.  Maybe he should do as everyone suggests and pull out of the Catholic Bashing St. Patrick's Day Parade...God knows it's not about St Patrick anymore!

Once again, we have been granted a privileged to re-print an An Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan.  This is the link to Catholic Citizens.Org of Illinois.  They have given us permission to print their letter. God Bless Them!  Without further ado:

 Catholic Citizens of Illinois, 106 Calendar Court, PMB #122, La Grange, IL 60525-2325
An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan
September 5, 2014
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
1011 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Your Eminence,
We were dismayed and discouraged to read that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York will now include organizations that openly oppose the Catholic teaching concerning human sexuality.  After years of resisting the pressure from gays and big donors as well as the pretense of public support, the parade committee has caved in to their bullying and unreasonable demands.  Additionally, we are disappointed that you have agreed to be the Grand Marshall of the parade.
We are fully aware that there are good and holy people with homosexual inclinations that are striving to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which we are all called to do.  However, no one can deceive themselves that the national and international “gay” organizations are striving for that lifestyle.  One need only look at the “gay” pride parades around the world and see the public nudity and simulation of sex acts to know that they are portraying  an “in your face” demand that such acts be normalized and that we approve of them.
We understand your deference to those who are on the planning committee for the parade and your efforts to not be “judgmental. “  However, we ask you to put aside those concerns, knowing that your primary duty as Cardinal is to act as a “Shepherd of the Faithful,” secondary in authority to that of the Pope.
We implore you to withdraw as Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of the great probability of misunderstandings, confusion and scandal among the faithful.  It is likely that many will believe that the Church has changed her teaching that homosexual acts are “disordered” and “can never be approved” and even worse, they may assume that you support such acts.  Does the statement of Jesus about scandalizing little ones no longer apply?
We write this letter to you as faithful Catholics and we look to you to give the example of what a true Shepherd must be.  We offer our prayers that the Holy Spirit will inspire you and guide you in this important decision. 
Mary Anne Hackett, President
For the Board of Directors and Members of
Catholic Citizens of Illinois 

Monday, September 8, 2014

"You've Been Dolanized!"

What is really perplexing to us here is the fact that Cardinal Dolan actually thinks he's acting as a Catholic Prelate should Act.  Do you all remember the when Jesus brought out His "Woe to You..." diatribe against the Pharisees and Scribes? Isn't what Cardinal Dolan doing sort of reminiscent of the same thing that the Pharisees and Scribes were doing?

We don't normally get involved in the political aspects of what these folks do unless they are truly bad.  Want a refresher on Dolan?  How about This One?
Or maybe This One?  And of course, there is always This One!

Well, now there is a new one to look at.  The hits just keep on coming.  When is The Vatican going to realize the USCCB is not doing it's job.  When are they going to wake up to the fact that the USCCB is using the Catholic Church as a "political tool" to destroy it's credibility in the US and turn Catholics away from the Church of Rome?  This new one?  "You've Been Dolanized!"  Rod Dreher has put up a Post on The American Conservative that goes into detail of what happened and the capitulation of Dolan.

Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington posted on that archdiocese's website a short commentary stating that it was time for the Church to withdraw support for events like this...the Archdiocese took down the post.  Go figure.  I guess they aren't as "Catholic" as they seem.  That's why we put the links to the stories above so all can go here and read all about it.

We will be posting this on our sister Blog Non Faithful Catholics as well.
Thank you all for reading and as always

Jesus Is Lord!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

You And I are Members

Once in a great while, someone sends us something that is strictly political in nature.  We strive to keep this Blog focused on it stated path.  This is one time we felt it had to deviate from it's norm.  The article tells a that is very meaningful for us all.  We'd like to hear some comments on it, even if you aren't an American.
Jesus Is Lord!

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam . We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America ; we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner , America , and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the "Hope and Change" which in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies."

You youngsters have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don't like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the "Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid.' Now you're paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom.

This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2014 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we're going, and in 2014 we're going to the polls by the millions.

This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Eric Holder. It belongs to "We the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired Brigade."

Footnote: This is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on. I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great county.

Can you feel the ground shaking???

              It's not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE.

You and I are Members, Don't Delete, Just Read and Pass on

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We have received permission from to post this story in it's entirety.  My thanks to Steven Ertelt the Editor of LifeNews for his permission.
Read it and Weep...Please pray for the end of Abortion.  Even our "CINO" schools don't care about the unborn.  Look at Georgetown or Boston College.

The SHOCKING truth: 1.72 BILLION abortions worldwide.

Dear Readers,

Thank you very much for the strong level of support you showed LifeNews this past week. Because of your donations and financial support, we are now 39% of the way to our $50,000 goal for our April fundraising campaign.
But with 13 days out of the month so far, we're just behind the pace we need to be to finish the month at our goal. 
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I want to give you an additional reason to support LifeNews, and help you understand one of the ways in which your financial support will help us.
While most readers are Americans, the largest growing percentage of our readership consists of people who live across the globe and are fighting abortion battles large and small in their own countries.
Although the United States has seen 57 million abortions since 1973 when Roe v. Wade ushered in an era of abortion on demand, abortion on a worldwide scale is even more of a travesty. Did you know that more than 1.72 billion abortions have taken place worldwide over the last 40 years? There have been 336 million abortions in China alone.
Recognizing the need to fight pro-life battles across the globe, LifeNews is pushing hard, with your support, to reach new readers on an international level. We definitely need your support to make this possible!
To further the goal of protecting unborn children internationally, LifeNews has stepped up its coverage of international pro-life issues. To help us accomplish this, we've brought on board a new writer who understands firsthand the ways in which the abortion industry is pushing abortions globally.
Cora Sherlock is the Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign, a lobby group which has been working for over 30 years to keep Ireland abortion-free. She will be blogging on a range of pro-life issues at LifeNews, to help keep our readers informed about her group's efforts to keep legalized abortion out of Ireland.
"I am honored and delighted to be joining the team at LifeNews, which does such a wonderful job of delivering pro-life news in a timely and professional way," she says.
Sherlock adds: "The pro-life cause in Ireland suffered a huge setback in 2013 when the Government ignored all the peer reviewed medical evidence and introduced a law allowing abortion up to birth for women with suicidal ideation. While we are dismayed that Ireland is no longer abortion free, the pro-life battle here is far from lost. We are determined to have this unjust and inhumane law repealed before it becomes embedded."
"I look forward to reporting on this ongoing battle for readers of LifeNews as the pro-life movement in Ireland intensifies its efforts to overturn the new law," she concludes.
That 1.72 billion abortion number is absolutely staggering. It continues to grow day by day and LifeNews is determined to do everything possible to help our pro-life friends around the world.
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Thank you and may God bless you and your family.

Sincerely for Life,

Steven Ertelt, Editor

Friday, February 21, 2014

Catholic Leader Warns--if gov't 'mandates evil,' then 'civil disobedience' likely

The following is printed with permission from the "Conservative Examiner".  We appreciate their cooperation in letting us post their article.


Conservative Examiner
February 15, 2014

"The more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes ..."

Although widely ignored by most of the American media, as well as many of his brother priests doing their best to distance themselves from him, one of the leading Catholic clerics in the United States has warned Barack Obama that the more "government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes," as reported by the right-of-center Cybercast News Service ( on Feb. 14, 2014.

Perhaps his clerical collar belies his American Indian warrior heritage, but never known to hold back in his criticisms of many of Barack Obama's decisions and policies, Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput (pronounced "chap-you") was blunt and straightforward in stating what he's labeled "government mandated evil" forced on the American people.

Considered by more than a few conservative and traditionally-minded Catholics as one of the few American clerics with the fortitude to make a public stance in defense of basic Catholic teaching, His Excellency was asked in an interview with

    “What should Catholics do in the face of government mandates that would force them to act against key tenets of the Faith?”

Unlike many Catholic priests and bishops who are careful to parse their words, fearful of being labeled as either insensitive or too harsh, the Archbishop's response both mirrored correct Catholic teaching as well as giving a blunt yet likely conclusion to the legal edicts forced on the populace:

    “Catholics have a duty to respect legitimate authority and pray for our political leaders, whether we personally care for them or not. The Church seeks to cooperate with public officials because we’re a community of citizens as well as believers.”

    “But there are limits, and the more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.

The Archbishop has a long history of defending Christianity in the face of repressive governmental mandates.”

During his interview with he hammered "an unfriendly political class" and the apathetic "distracted attention and indifference" of fellow Christians when he stated that "'government pressure on religious communities has clearly increased.' Which is why, he says, that religious freedom must not be taken for granted, but be 'vigorously defended' in the nation’s courts and state houses."

In a clear case of speaking truth to power, Archbishop Chaput held little back when he frankly stated:

    “I think President Obama’s recent prayer breakfast comments about religious freedom were interesting but also curious, because in practice, the people who staff his administration have been the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory.”

    “There’s a very odd disconnect in praising religious freedom while the Justice Department goes after the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

Only in America ...

The Kansas native is also a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Tribe on his mother's side, and French Canadian on his father's.

His Potawatomi name is "the wind that rustles the leaves of the tree" while his Sioux name is "good eagle."

On his French side he is directly descended from Saint King Louis IX of France.

Archbishop Chaput is only the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States, and the first American Indian archbishop ever.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Aborted Fetal Products---New List

In the past we posted an article from Children of God For Life on the use of Aborted Baby Parts in food research.  In June of 2013, they have posted a NEW LIST of the companies and products that were on the list and that STILL ARE on the list.  Here is the listing from Children of God for Life:

U.S. Aborted Fetal Products - Updated June 2013
Children of God for Life
Senomyx Partner/ Products Developed & Discovered With Aborted Fetal Cell Lines
Pepsi Beverages
No longer on the boycott list! Senomyx will not use aborted fetal cells in any of the PEPSICO research & development.
Kraft - Cadbury Adams LLC
No longer on the boycott list! As of December 27, 2011 Kraft ended their contract with Senomyx and no product was brought to the market.

Firmenich: Product List undisclosed
Ajinomoto: North America spices and seasonings
 Aji-No-Moto – Umani seasoning
 Hondashi – Flavor Seasoning
 Techno-A – Savory Seasoning
Nestles Products
 All refrigerated coffee creamers
 Maggi Brand instant soups, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasoning, instant noodles
Products That Contain Aborted Fetal Cells, Proteins, DNA
Neocutis Anti-Aging Skin Creams
This company produces anti wrinkle creams that contain cells from a 14 week gestation aborted male baby. Following is the list of the creams:
 Bio-Gel, Prevedem, Journee
 Bio-Serum, Lumiere
 Bio Restorative Skin Cream

Vaccines Containing Aborted Fetal Material And the Manufacturers:
 Adenovirus 5,7 (Barr Laboratories )
 MMR II: Measles + Mumps + Rubella (Merck)
 ProQuad: MMR + Chickenpox (Merck)
 Varivax: Chickenpox (Merck)
 Pentacel: Polio + DTaP + HiB – (Sanofi Pasteur)
 Vaqta: Hepatitis-A (Merck)
 Havrix: Hepatitis-A (Glaxo SmithKline)
 Twinrix: Hepatitis-A and B combo (Glaxo)
 Zostavax: Shingles (Merck)
 Imovax: Rabies (Sanofi Pasteur)
 Acambis 1000: Smallpox (Acambis)
Other medicines:
 rhFVIII, rhFVIX: Hemophilia (Octapharma)
 G-CSF: White blood cell stimulant(Octapharma)
 Pulmozyme: Cystic Fibrosis (Genentech)
 Enbrel: Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amgen)
Note: Moral options exist for Rabies, Polio, Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Smallpox. Separate moral options currently not available for Measles and Mumps.
For more information visit the complete US/CANADA list of vaccines and medicines at:

A successful Boycott is one where the company actually changes it's policy.  The list above is how it really does work.
God Bless the work of the Children of God for Life.

Jesus Is Lord!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

21 Things We Do at The Sign of The Cross‏

We have been privileged to be allowed to post this really wonderful piece on "The Sign Of The Cross" by Stephen Beale at Catholic Exchange and we are proud to add Catholic Exchange to our Blog Family.  We were so impressed by this article that we felt it should go as far as we could help it go.  Please enjoy the reading and let the author know how much you liked it by visiting his Site and leaving him a comment.  While there, you might want to read other articles he has written.  May God Bless you all for the New Year.

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross


The Sign of the Cross is a simple gesture yet a profound expression of faith for both Catholic and Orthodox Christians. As Catholics, it’s something we do when we enter a church, after we receive Communion, before meals, and every time we pray. But what exactly are we doing when we make the Sign of the Cross? Here are 21 things: 1. Pray. We begin and end our prayers with the Sign of the Cross, perhaps not realizing that the sign is itself a prayer. If prayer, at its core, is “an uprising of the mind to God,” as St. John Damascene put it, then the Sign of the Cross assuredly qualifies. “No empty gesture, the sign of the cross is a potent prayer that engages the Holy Spirit as the divine advocate and agent of our successful Christian living,” writes Bert Ghezzi.
2. Open ourselves to grace. As a sacramental, the Sign of the Cross prepares us for receiving God’s blessing and disposes us to cooperate with His grace, according to Ghezzi.
3. Sanctify the day. As an act repeated throughout the key moments of each day, the Sign of the Cross sanctifies our day. “At every forward step and movement, at every going in and out, when we put on our clothes and shoes, when we bathe, when we sit at table, when we light the lamps, on couch, on seat, in all the ordinary actions of daily life, we trace upon the forehead the sign,” wrote Tertullian.
4. Commit the whole self to Christ. In moving our hands from our foreheads to our hearts and then both shoulders, we are asking God’s blessing for our mind, our passions and desires, our very bodies. In other words, the Sign of the Cross commits us, body and soul, mind and heart, to Christ. (I’m paraphrasing this Russian Orthodox writer.) “Let it take in your whole being—body, soul, mind, will, thoughts, feelings, your doing and not-doing—and by signing it with the cross strengthen and consecrate the whole in the strength of Christ, in the name of the triune God,” said twentieth century theologian Romano Guardini.
5. Recall the Incarnation. Our movement is downward, from our foreheads to our chest “because Christ descended from the heavens to the earth,” Pope Innocent III wrote in his instructions on making the Sign of the Cross. Holding two fingers together—either the thumb with the ring finger or with index finger—also represents the two natures of Christ.
6. Remember the Passion of Our Lord. Fundamentally, in tracing out the outlines of a cross on ourselves, we are remembering Christ’s crucifixion. This remembrance is deepened if we keep our right hand open, using all five fingers to make the sign—corresponding to the Five Wounds of Christ.
7. Affirm the Trinity. In invoking the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we are affirming our belief in a triune God. This is also reinforced by using three fingers to make the sign, according to Pope Innocent III.
8. Focus our prayer on God. One of the temptations in prayer is to address it to God as we conceive of Him—the man upstairs, our buddy, a sort of cosmic genie, etc. When this happens, our prayer becomes more about us than an encounter with the living God. The Sign of the Cross immediately focuses us on the true God, according to Ghezzi: “When we invoke the Trinity, we fix our attention on the God who made us, not on the God we have made. We fling our images aside and address our prayers to God as he has revealed himself to be: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
9. Affirm the procession of Son and Spirit. In first lifting our hand to our forehead we recall that the Father is the first person the Trinity. In lowering our hand we “express that the Son proceeds from the Father.” And, in ending with the Holy Spirit, we signify that the Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, according to Francis de Sales.
10. Confess our faith. In affirming our belief in the Incarnation, the crucifixion, and the Trinity, we are making a sort of mini-confession of faith in words and gestures, proclaiming the core truths of the creed.
11. Invoke the power of God’s name. In Scripture, God’s name carries power. In Philippians 2:10, St. Paul tells us that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” And, in John 14:13-14, Jesus Himself said, “And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
12. Crucify ourselves with Christ. Whoever wishes to follow Christ “must deny himself” and “take up his cross” as Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 16:24. “I have been crucified with Christ,” St. Paul writes in Galatians 2:19. “Proclaiming the sign of the cross proclaims our yes to this condition of discipleship,” Ghezzi writes.
13. Ask for support in our suffering. In crossing our shoulders we ask God “to support us—to shoulder us—in our suffering,” Ghezzi writes.
14. Reaffirm our baptism. In using the same words with which we were baptized, the Sign of the Cross is a “summing up and re-acceptance of our baptism,” according to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
15. Reverse the curse. The Sign of the Cross recalls the forgiveness of sins and the reversal of the Fall by passing “from the left side of the curse to the right of blessing,” according to de Sales. The movement from left to right also signifies our future passage from present misery to future glory just as Christ “crossed over from death to life and from Hades to Paradise,” Pope Innocent II wrote.
16. Remake ourselves in Christ’s image. In Colossians 3, St. Paul uses the image of clothing to describe how our sinful natures are transformed in Christ. We are to take off the old self and put on the self “which is being renewed … in the image of its creator,” Paul tells us. The Church Fathers saw a connection between this verse and the stripping of Christ on the cross, “teaching that stripping off our old nature in baptism and putting on a new one was a participation in Christ’s stripping at his crucifixion,” Ghezzi writes. He concludes that we can view the Sign of the Cross as “our way of participating in Christ’s stripping at the Crucifixion and his being clothed in glory at his resurrection.” Thus, in making the Sign of the Cross, we are radically identifying ourselves with the entirety of the crucifixion event—not just those parts of it we can accept or that our palatable to our sensibilities.
17. Mark ourselves for Christ. In ancient Greek, the word for sign was sphragis, which was also a mark of ownership, according to Ghezzi. “For example, a shepherd marked his sheep as his property with a brand that he called a sphragis,” Ghezzi writes. In making the Sign of the Cross, we mark ourselves as belong to Christ, our true shepherd.
18. Soldier on for Christ. The sphragis was also the term for a general’s name that would be tattooed on his soldiers, according to Ghezzi. This too is an apt metaphor for the Christian life: while we can be compared to sheep in the sense of following Christ as our shepherd we are not called to be sheepish. We instead are called to be soldiers of Christ. As St. Paul wrote in Ephesians 6, “Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. … take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
19. Ward off the devil. The Sign of the Cross is one of the very weapons we use in that battle with the devil. As one medieval preacher named Aelfric declared, “A man may wave about wonderfully with his hands without creating any blessing unless he make the sign of the cross. But, if he do, the fiend will soon be frightened on account of the victorious token.” In another statement, attributed to St. John Chrysostom, demons are said to “fly away” at the Sign of the Cross “dreading it as a staff that they are beaten with.” (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia.)
20. Seal ourselves in the Spirit. In the New Testament, the word sphragis, mentioned above, is also sometimes translated as seal, as in 2 Corinthians 1:22, where St. Paul writes that, “the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God; he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.” In making the Sign of the Cross, we are once again sealing ourselves in the Spirit, invoking His powerful intervention in our lives.
21. Witness to others. As a gesture often made in public, the Sign of the Cross is a simple way to witness our faith to others. “Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are in the way, and when we are still,” wrote St. Cyril of Jerusalem.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Impossible Reform of Catholic Universities---Part 2

Little did we know that this post would generate the comments it did, but because they are profound and also directly affect a previous School excoriated, we felt it necessary to publish the comments as a Post rather than a comment.  More people can read it this way and see just how bad the University of Dayton has become.  We have lots on this so-called "Catholic school" (Here) as it happens to be my Alma Mater, much to my dismay.  It used to be really Catholic. My hat's off to this person...seems I'm not the only one totally offended by Anti-Catholic Rhetoric and from a "Marian" University.  You folks better watch out...Mary might just get mad. 

Here are the comments.  Please let us know what you think. The Writer of these comments has forwarded us the entire text of the correspondence she received from U of Dayton.  She has called herself Mrs. Catholic, so we shall honor her request and print it as same. 

Jesus Is Lord!
Tim M

(Mrs. Catholic) Reform must happen...I'll probably be dead before it happens, unfortunately. Last year I was in disbelief when I saw that the U. of Dayton had presented a play called Bare. I caught sight of it online and did a quick check on it. What I watched made me ill. I immediately sent an email to the President of the University asking how this horrible choice of productions was made during Lent. He gave my response to another...which I have copied here along with my response back to him.

Dear Mrs. Catholic,

Dr. Curran asked me to respond to your note of concern about a theatre production on campus.

I appreciate how deeply you care about the University of Dayton.  I want to assure you that the University of Dayton's theatre program engaged in a great deal of thought and conversation before scheduling "bare."

The mission of a Catholic university is to engage people around difficult questions of faith and culture. Some students in Catholic high schools do struggle with their faith and homosexuality. As a university, we welcome dialogue on difficult issues like this. We scheduled two discussions with cast and audiences after the performances to talk about the issues the musical raises in light of Catholic teachings.

In the theatre department's judgment, the musical does not present an argument that homosexuality is normative or that the church's moral teachings are flawed. The production explores students' experiences of conflict and confusion, both within and among themselves. Like most works of art, it seeks to prompt reflection rather than to present answers.

Like all Catholic universities, we follow the call of the U.S. Catholic bishops in the document, Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers:

Respect for the God-given dignity of all persons means the recognition of human rights and responsibilities. The teachings of the Church make it clear that the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and that all of us must strive to eliminate any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence against them (cf. The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1986, no. 10).
It is not sufficient only to avoid unjust discrimination.  Homosexual persons "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358).

It was the hope of our theatre department that the musical would contribute to the discussion of the acceptance of all people; it did not intend to denigrate the church's teachings.

Again, thank you for your thoughtful letter.


My response...

Dear Dr. Saliba,

Thank you for responding to my concerns.  It is unfortunate that your response is quite inadequate.  Personally, I would like the names and titles of those who initiated Bare, those who engaged in a great deal of thought and conversation.  I would like to know if those same persons are faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and I would not hasten to add that it is doubtful that they are for this production is not art.

Which brings me to your comment, " most works of art..."  I ask you if both you and Dr. Curran were completely aware of the contents of Bare prior to "bringing" it to you University?  It would not qualify as mocks the Bride of Christ.  This link may help you to understand art vs. the perverted teachings presented in this program.  If this link does not work, I have tried to attach a copy of the document.

You also stated:
"The mission of a Catholic university is to engage people around difficult questions of faith and culture. Some students in Catholic high schools do struggle with their faith and homosexuality. As a university, we welcome dialogue on difficult issues like this."
I would wholeheartedly agree with your mission and welcoming difficult dialogues; however, as a Catholic University, I would hope that your mission is to lead all students and staff to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  Bare does not lead to God, but rather mocks Him.  Did you watch it in its entirety?  You defend this?

Finally, you have selected as few words from the USCCB site as suited your left out most of the important and virtuous aspects of what our Bishops have stated.  How dare you Sir!  Or, perhaps you overlooked these...

The Church seeks to enable every person to live out the universal call to holiness. Persons with a(n) homosexual inclination ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully. This will unavoidably involve much struggle and self-mastery, for following Jesus always means following the way of the Cross.... The Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Penance are essential sources of consolation and aid on this path.

The Necessity for Training in Virtue
There is another kind of “therapy” or healing of which we all stand in need, regardless of whether one is attracted to the same or the opposite sex: Every person needs training in the virtues. To acquire a virtue—to become temperate, brave, just, or prudent—we must repeatedly perform acts that embody that virtue, acts that we accomplish with the help of the Holy Spirit and with the guidance and encouragement of our teachers in virtue. In our society, chastity is a particular virtue that requires special effort. All people, whether married or single, are called to chaste living. Chaste living overcomes disordered human desires such as lust and results in the expression of one’s sexual desires in harmony with God’s will. “Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being.”18
It is sad to note that in our society violation of chastity and the pervasive human suffering and unhappiness that follow in its wake are not uncommon. Many families experience firsthand the human devastation that results when marriage vows are broken, or the human heartbreak that can lie in the wake of sexual promiscuity. Chaste living is an affirmation of all that is human, and is the will of God. It is we who suffer when we violate the dictates of our own human nature.
The acquisition of virtues requires a sustained effort and repeated actions. As the ancient philosophers recognized, the more one repeats good actions, the more one’s passions (such as love, anger, and fear) become shaped in accord with good action. It becomes easier to perform good actions.
I need not quote the entire beauty of the Catholic Church's teaching...but the perverted program of Bare in no way will affirm chaste living, virtue, nor growth in holiness.
I am saddened to hear that a College claiming to be Roman Catholic would promote such opposition to our Sacraments, our Lord and His Bride.  I will pray for those souls who were exposed to such lies--shame on all of those who approved Bare--I will also pray for them as well.  I will not be recommending the University of Dayton to anyone seeking a Roman Catholic College.

In His Service,

All I can say is...WOW and let it go at that!
Jesus Is Lord!