Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nothing New…..just Pay, Pray and Obey!

     It has been far too long since I posted an entry on this blog --  over two and a half years!  I do believe that I was hoping to see some radical change in the Catholic Church in that time period.

     However, other than a new Pope, not much has changed from the viewpoint of an American Catholic layman.  This viewpoint was reinforced earlier this week by a PBS Frontline show on television that reminded us of the dire state of affairs in the Church.  There was a hopeful portrayal of the new Pope Francis; but, let's face it: he really hasn't done much except, possibly, start to reconstruct the Curia.

     Pope Francis has done next to nothing about the priests' sexual abuse of children!  Popes who can fly around in helicopters can certainly move more quickly in firing errant bishops and clergy!  Episode after episode of arrogant, self-serving Catholic hierarchy and clergy have appeared since I last penned an entry to this blog.  I have read several books on church problems since then and, yet, the Pope(s) have continued to allow the sexually sadistic scoundrels of the Catholic hierarchy to get away unscathed!

     Are we, the laity, really that stupid and passive to allow this to continue ad infinitum?

     When will lay Catholics finally revolt and bring the Catholic church to its knees so that it can be rebuilt as Christ would want it to be?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's Been a Long Time and the Situation Just Worsens........

     My last blog entry was just about a year ago.  I had concerns that the blog was turning into an angry rant and that it had become too repetitious of the deteriorating situation in the Catholic Church.

     Since then, I have switched to a Mac and changed the blog name somewhat.  Apparently, the only good news in a year is the new iMac.  The Church continues on its trajectory to hell....Ireland has been repeatedly scandalized in the last, the Irish Papal Nuncio was recalled to the Vatican a millisecond or two before the Irish government kicked him out.....the Vatican continues to condemn Catholic theological scholars, while sheltering clerical/ hierarchical child abusers.....the Pope and his corrupt crony cardinals doggedly march the Catholic Church back to the time of Constantine while, imminently, saddling the faithful with an incomprehensibly awkward new version of the Missal.....Vatican II is a phantasm to be buried and forgotten!  The Catholic Church is returning, irrevocably and unremittingly, to pay, pray and obey!

     One seemingly good, but not hopeful, change, is that Archie. Kaput is leaving Colorado to boss around the faithful folks in (Fil)ladelphia, where the church is up to its steeples in legal problems arising from the ever-pervasive clerical child abuse.  Given the current zeitgeist, he will be replaced in Denver by an even worse cleric.  After all,  that's exactly what the Vatican did in my old stomping grounds of Los Angeles this year!

     Two must read books for concerned American Catholics that I finished recently are:

          "Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church"
                    by Jason Berry

          "The Pope's War: Why Ratzinger's Secret Crusade has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be            
                    by Matthew Fox

     Read 'em and weep,  anxious Catholics.....The "sheep" wouldn't dare to crack the covers of these books......if they ever read any book about the Catholic Church, at all!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Cracks in the Hard-Boiled Egg of Roman Catholicism?

Is it possible?  Here are some recent forthright commentaries, actually published, on the sad state of affairs in the Roman Catholic Church:


Thanks to the publishers and to Bishop Kevin Dowling and Father James Martin, SJ  for these courageous writings!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Circle the Wagons......

So here we are.....Now the Pope may be involved in the spreading clerical sexual abuse crisis!

Year in and year out, the lying and obfuscation continues and intensifies, not only among the American Catholic hierarchy, but, in addition, among the hierarchies of Europe and, even, the Vatican! Yet, yesterday, at the 11:30 Easter Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lakewood, Colorado, no mention was made of the mess the Catholic Church is in. Blythly the clergy goes on, as if nothing has happened, the idea being to gloss it over and forget the sexual abuses of the priests and others in positions of authority in the Church. Clearly, over the years, the clergy, particularly the bishops, archbishops, cardinals, et al regard the laity as completely stupid!

It's way past time for dramatic, radical and revolutionary changes in the Catholic Church.
How about this:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Furthermore.....On Dolan's "Anti-Catholicism"

By way of reinforcement.....From the National Catholic Reporter:

Thank you, Tom Roberts, for your angry, but accurate, view:

and thank you, Joe Ferullo, for your clarifying perspective:

and from Clark Hoyt of the New York Times, the official response to Dolan:

Clearly, I am not alone, as a Catholic, in my annoyance at Dolan's unwarranted attack on Maureen Dowd and the New York Times......and my continuing disappointment in the American Catholic hierarchy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New York's Dolan: Archbishop of Paranoia ?

Last week , Maureen Dowd wrote a marvelous commentary on the plight of American Catholic nuns:

which precipitated an outrageous response from Timothy Dolan, the new archbishop of New York:

Why is it that the American Catholic bishops seem to interpret every questioning or unfavorable comment about some aspect of the church as "anti-Catholic"? When will we of the American Catholic laity finally understand that no questions, no challenges of the Church are allowed? The bishops want us to forget about the priests' sexual abuse of children around the world and their widespread homosexuality and violations of the vows of celibacy. They are incensed that we do not blind ourselves to the continuing lies and deceit of the hierarchy. After all, they are the spiritual authorities, the so-called "magisterium"; they claim to know what is best for us, the mere laity, the "sheep"! How often must the bishops remind us that our duty is to "pay, pray and obey"?

Dolan's essay on anti-Catholicism is nonsense. It is disturbing that, as evidenced by so many comments following his diatribe, among the laity, there are still so many dumb sheep. Fortunately, Laurie Goodstein's thoughtful rebuttal stands out among the comments as fair and quietly, but justifiably, indignant.

Dolan missed the point of Maureen Dowd's column. Those of us who grew up with dedicated nuns as teachers and benefited from their sacrifices understand and applaud Ms. Dowd. Clerical misogynistic mandarins, like Dolan, view the women of the Catholic Church solely as servants. Their profound ignorance of women, presumably as a result of clerical celibacy and homosexuality, persists to the detriment of us all. This serves as one more example of the bishops, in their unChrist-like way, continuing their crusade to destroy the outcome of the Second Vatican Council and to subjugate the laity, once again, to spiritual serfdom, while driving the Catholic Church back to the Middle Ages.