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Fighting Old Battles

April 4th, 2011 · 32 Comments

As the years pass by, I try to guard against the less attractive aspects of aging. On one hiking trip I heard my (female) guides discussing the problems that LOMP caused among male hikers. I asked what that was, and they explained it was Late Onset Male Pregnancy. That was the last straw – I went on a vegan diet.


I have also observed that people continue to fight the battles of their youth even after conditions have changed completely or the battles have been won. My late father in law could not believe that European communism had fallen. He thought it was all, including the suicides of several convinced Communists, a ruse.


I have tried to guard against this phenomenon in myself in the question of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. I wish the battle were won, that the Church had cleaned house and was fully determined never to let such corruption occur again.


However Benedict’s failure to act against egregious enablers among the hierarchy– Cardinal Sodano and Bishop McCormack spring to mine – is a bad sign, and then came Philadelphia. Rigali thought he could ignore the pledges he had made in the Dallas charter and leave two dozen priests in ministry who had highly convincing  accusations against them. After discussing the situation with those close to it, all I could think is that episcopal arrogance was untouched – Rigali thought that he could create a smokescreen and everyone (including the auditors) would believe what he said, because after all, he was a Cardinal.


The entire process of reform and audits is largely meaningless, a mere paper exercise – bishops do what they want to do, and what they want to do is continue in business as usual. The auditors and review boards see only what the bishops let them see; somehow in some inexplicable way everything looks perfect. However the grand juries disagree. Until a bishop (or preferably a Cardinal) enjoys the hospitality of some state penal institution, nothing will really change.


The situation among religious orders in even worse. Because of their national and international structure, it is harder for a local district attorney to investigate them.


So the battle continues, and it is too soon to declare victory.

Tags: clergy sex abuse scandal

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 david clohessy // Apr 4, 2011 at 7:45 am

    You are absolutely right Lee.

    David Clohessy, Director, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (7234 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63143), 314 566 9790 cell (SNAPclohessy@aol.com

  • 2 John Farrell // Apr 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Well said.

  • 3 Jack Barry // Apr 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Fully agree. Your observation on local DA limitations due to national (interstate) and international complexities applies also to some bishops’ activities with abusers. One conclusion appears to be that it is essential to get federal action complementary to the work of the Philadelphia DAs and the like. They can’t do it alone.

  • 4 John Shuster // Apr 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

    In the face of attacks on their children and the resultant episcopal arrogance, why do Catholics go into rote codependency mode? I believe they have been taught that the security of their spiritual future requires such behaviour. If they want to be OK for eternity, they have to be codependent to an abusive institution and act like addicts to a spiritual drug cartel. This is spiritual and intellectual abuse. I believe education is the key to change. People will think and act freely once they understand theology and can reclaim themselves at a spiritual level. If you want to change the grocery store, change the way that people eat.

  • 5 thomas tucker // Apr 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    One way to get them to change is thru prison terms.
    The other way is via the power of the purse. We really need to pursue a policy of no contributions to the Church until there are substantive zero-tolerance policies. The people in Philadelphia should stop donations right now until there is change. Furthermore, there should be lay members of every seminary admission board, and on any comittee that gives the green light for ordination.

  • 6 Jeannie Guzman // Apr 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Yes, the battle continues! This time it is in New Hampshire where the Majority Leader of the House has stated on Facebook that Bishop McCormack is a “Pedophile Pimp.” Because Bishop John McCormack’s name sounded familiar, so I did some research and just finished seeing the documentary, “Hand of God” for the umpteenth time. Yes, McCormack was undeniably “a pimp,” particularly in the case of one of his classmates, Fr. Birmingham, whom he had a hand in transferring from one parish to another. I had to ask myself, “How many times has a similar scenario taken place in every archdiocese in the States and Canada” (question mark broken). Unfortunately, many have been fighting this battle for almost 10 years, some longer, and we have yet to see any progress. Bishops and cardinals are treated with respect for their positions, as they repeatedly lie through their teeth and set up one “board” after another. I long for the day to see one of them trade in their beautiful, costly vestments for an orange jumpsuit. That day won’t come soon enough!

  • 7 Mary // Apr 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Leon you are absolutely correct on the Church abuse topic , but let’s not give a free pass to the “communism is dead crowd ” Please!

    Our Lady told us at Fatima that communism would spread it’s errors.It has ,no matter how much we want to be believe it is the
    “New Springtime” for the Church and world.

    Communism appealed to the masses because it imbedded in the psyche that equality meant we all have our share of the pie equally. But that will always be a lie. It is what Freemasonry hailed as the solution from the time of the French Revolution.Our Founding Fathers also seemed to spout the same but who really sees our Constitution as the wonderous thing we were taught it was now?

    The truth is no matter what governance one exists under ,we are not all equal. We are only considered so to God. Just as in the Catholic Church structure, the arrogance of the majority of elites rests on manipulation of the masses. They have lost their Faith because they do not take to heart what Christ taught.So whether you call it the globalist agenda, freemasonic /communism , capitalism, fascism or distributism.
    It all washes out the same in the end as long as those in authority sense they are somehow better, more intellegent and free to manipulate the populace for their own personal gain.

    If the values of the ruling classes are not based on Love of God and neighbor, society is doomed to repeat and repeat the errors of communism.

    Sadly the Heirarchy of the Church, and Cardinal Ratzinger in particular , did not put the “lowly” individual victims at the forefront for care and love. Instead, he wrote letters praising Bishops for not turning in the abusive clerics to legal authorities and at the same time refused to defrock even when one Bishop pleaded him to do so as evidenced in court documents.He cited it was for the good of the Church.What church? Certainly NOT the Mystical Body of Christ!

    How is this different from the lies the people in Japan are currently hearing about the radiation threat to their health? How is it different from the propaganda we have been dealt by our own governing leaders? Or for that matter the globalists billionaires who invest in GMO Monsanto, drug companies and big oil corporations or who profit from gold mines and diamond mines at the expense of the endigenous wage slaves?
    They sit on the boards of big corporate power, they join The Club of Rome, The Bilderburg Group, The CFR , the CNP and the Trilateral Commission. They form and profit from the big UN Departments of Sustainable Development, yet everything gets worse. The wars erupt, oil and radiation accidents kill off life, and people cannot find employment.

    The manipulators for profit and power are here to stay.Our only recourse is to expose them as the liars, frauds and murderers they are and to PRAY that God intervenes to save us.
    A rose by any other name smells the same and when it stinks money instead of God given natural nourishment is at it’s roots.

  • 8 Crowhill // Apr 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I continue to believe that there won’t be any meaningful reform until the laity stop giving.

    Cut off their money and they’ll take notice. Anything short of that is just talk and won’t accomplish anything.

  • 9 Veronica // Apr 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Why should anything change?

    The useful idiots in the pews refinanced their homes and took out loans so they could give money to our diocese to pay off the lawsuits.

    Once that happened, I knew nothing would change. The priests were able to “guilt trip” everyone. I was there when they did it. Many sermons berating us for trying to “punish the church” by withholding money from the weekly donations. And then they dragged in an obviously homosexual priest from D.C. to give us a talk. That was the end for me.

    Nothing will change as long as the Catholics in the pews continue to finance them.

  • 10 Mary // Apr 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    A friend who does a good job of exposing the liars……..
    April 1, 2011
    New lies for old — The USCCB and New Ways Ministry
    By Randy Engel


    In his classic work New Lies For Old — The Communist Strategy of Deception and Disinformation, ex-KGB Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn defines “strategic disinformation” as “a systematic effort to disseminate false information and to distort or withhold information so as to misrepresent the real situation, in, and policies of, the communist world and thereby to confuse, deceive, and influence the noncommunist world, to jeopardize its policies, and to induce Western adversaries to contribute unwittingly to the achievement of communist objectives.” [1]

    Over the last 40 years, a similar program of strategic disinformation and deception has been waged against faithful Catholics in America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference (NCCB/USCC), known today as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

    From day one, with malice and forethought, the NCCB/USCC, a creature of the Second Vatican Council (although its roots go back to the pre-Conciliar era), has been systematically attacking and undermining Catholic dogma, faith, and morals, thereby creating a climate of confusion, deception, and apostasy among rank and file Catholics.

    And there is no area in which the USCCB’s disinformation program has been more successful than in the realm of Catholic sexual morality as it applies to homosexuality and pederasty — the main driving forces behind the clerical sex abuse scandal in AmChurch today. [2]

    USCCB disinformation on New Ways Ministry

    A recent case in point is the March 11, 2011, statement by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, which was issued in response to a booklet titled “Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach,” by New Ways Ministry Executive Director Francis DeBernardo.

    The USCCB joint statement signed by Chairmen Donald Cardinal Wuerl and Bishop Salvatore Cordileone for their respective Committees reaffirmed an earlier statement made on February 12, 2010, by USCCB President Francis Cardinal George, OMI, concerning the non-Catholicity of New Ways Ministry, a pro-homosexual organization.

    Cardinal George’s February news release issued by the USCCB Media Department was prompted by New Ways’ attack on the Catholic Church for its opposition, limited as it was, to homosexual and lesbian “marriages.”

    It was a masterpiece of deception and disinformation.

    George stated that since New Ways’ founding in 1977 (actually 1978) by Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SSND, and Salvatorian priest Rev. Robert Nugent, “serious questions have been raised about the group’s adherence to Church teachings on homosexuality.” He also noted that in 1984, Archbishop James Hickey of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., ordered New Ways out of the Archdiocese, and Rome instructed the dynamic duo to separate themselves from the organization. Further, he explained that in 1999, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) permanently prohibited both Gramick and Nugent from any pastoral work dealing with homosexuals.

    All these statements are true.

    So, if they are true, why do I say that the Cardinal’s remarks served as a vehicle for disinformation? Because it was what the Cardinal failed to say that was critical, not what he did say about New Ways.

    Not only did Cardinal George fail to explain the true political and subversive nature of New Ways, he also failed to acknowledge the role that the USCCB, the organization of which he was president, has played in the meteoric rise of New Ways in AmChurch. This column is intended to make up for this sin of omission.

    New Ways not a “ministry”

    The essential thing to remember about New Ways is that it is not a “ministry” in any sense of the word. It is a political entity that is only incidentally religious — that is, it uses religion solely for political ends designed to subvert Catholic opposition to sodomy and other forms of sexual perversion.

    According to Gramick and Nugent, New Ways exists “to explore and develop those areas that for many remain formidable obstacles to an acceptance of homosexual identity and expression as potentially morally good and healthy as heterosexuality in the Judaeo-Christian scheme.” [3]

    Both founders were working for the homosexual group Dignity and the pro-Marxist Quixote Center when New Ways was incorporated in 1978.

    In 1974, William Cardinal Baum had withdrawn Nugent’s faculties for the Archdiocese of Washington. At this point, Nugent left the diocesan priesthood to join the “gay-friendly” Salvatorians.

    In 1984, Cardinal Hickey kicked New Ways out of the D.C. Archdiocese, and the Holy See attempted to force the superiors of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and Salvatorians to make Gramick and Nugent relinquish their leadership position in New Ways. It did not work.

    Both continued to work behind the scenes of New Ways. Together, Gramick and Nugent helped set up several front organizations including the Center for Homophobia Education, Catholic Parents Network, and the Catholic Coalition for Gay Civil Rights, one of the most powerful “gay” lobbying organizations in AmChurch, funded largely by Catholic religious congregations including the SSND and the Salvatorians. [4]

    DeBernardo, an avowed homosexual, was hired as Executive Director to replace Gramick and Nugent. He was a former reporter for The Tablet, the diocesan weekly for the Diocese of Brooklyn, headed at the time by homosexual Bishop Francis John Mugavero. Mugavero, who gave his blessings to a diocesan religious order of sodomites called the St. Matthew Community, was credited with inspiring the name — New Ways Ministry. [5]

    Among the politically-savvy serving on the Board of New Ways was another avowed homosexual, Xavieran Brother Joseph Izzo, who kept tabs on sodomites in the American hierarchy — knowledge that proved helpful in gaining access to the corridors of power at the NCCB/USCC, which already had a large contingent of homosexual prelates in key organizational positions dating back to its creation decades before. [6]

    Rev. Paul K. Thomas, a self-identified homosexual priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, was, and remains, a New Ways Board member. For many years he resided at 637 Dover Street, Baltimore, which just happened to be Nugent’s address up until 2001. [7]

    New Ways gains access to the NCCB/USCC

    From its earliest days, New Ways, unlike its Catholic opposition, routinely had access to AmChurch’s national bureaucracy and its resources.

    For example, Nugent was appointed a consultant for “sexual minorities” by the NCCB/USCC. He was also credited with writing the section on “Single Young Adult Sexual Minorities” found in the USCC’s Department of Education publication Planning for Single Young Adult Ministry: Directives for Ministerial Outreach. New Ways has been permitted to distribute its “gay” propaganda at official NCCB/USCC conferences.

    Nugent was one of three homosexual clerics who helped draft the infamous pastoral letter “Always Our Children.” Before the Administrative Committee of the NCCB released the pro-”gay” document on September 30, 1997, Gramick bragged that she had seen the highly secret minutes of the bishops’ November 1997 executive session during which the document was discussed and it seemed to her that “most bishops are behind the pastoral.” Access is the name of the game, and New Ways has always had access to the NCCB/USCC and the USCCB.

    AmChurch bishops back New Ways

    Nor has New Ways ever lacked for support from the American hierarchy.

    Among the well-known backers of New Ways have been Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop Rembert Weakland, and Bishops and Auxiliary Bishops Joseph A.. Fiorenza, Thomas Gumbleton, Walter Sullivan, Matthew Clark, Kenneth J. Povish, John J. McRaith, Thomas J. Costello, Charles Buswell, Joseph Symons, Kenneth Untener, Francis A. Quinn, Leroy T. Mattheisen, Gerald O’Keefe, Joseph L. Imesch, Lawrence L. McNamara, William A. Hughes, Robert F. Morneau, Raymond A. Lucker, William Friend, John S. Cummins, John J. Snyder, Francis P. Murphy, Frank J. Rodimer, Peter A. Rosazza, and last but not least Donald W. Wuerl, former Bishop of Pittsburgh and current Archbishop of Washington, D.C., mentioned earlier in this article.

    Wuerl’s open door policy for Dignity and New Ways

    When Wuerl became Bishop of Pittsburgh, replacing Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua, who become Archbishop of Philadelphia, he permitted Dignity/Pittsburgh homosexual “Masses” to continue for eight more years in not one but two parishes — St. Elizabeth in the Strip District and St. Pamphilus in Beechview. According to Ann Rodgers-Melnick, a besotted reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Banning Dignity was a sad moment for Wuerl.” [8]

    Under Wuerl’s watch, the Pittsburgh Diocese became a stomping ground for nationally-known doctrinal and moral miscreants, including Matthew Fox, Raymond Brown, and howling feminists Rosemary Radford Ruether and Monica Hellwig. [9]

    New Ways road show comes to Pittsburgh

    In mid-October 1991, Gramick and Nugent brought their “Homophobia in Religion and Society” road show to four Catholic dioceses in Southwest Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh Diocese. [10]

    They came armed with letters of recommendation to the Ordinaries of the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Altoona-Johnstown, and Youngstown (Ohio) from five AmChurch bishops who wanted their names kept secret. Here are their names:
    * Bishop Kenneth J. Povish, Diocese of Lansing, Mich. (deceased)

    * Bishop John McRaith, Diocese of Owensboro, Ky.

    * Aux. Bishop Thomas Costello, Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y.

    * Bishop Francis A. Quinn, Diocese of Sacramento, Calif.

    * Bishop Eugene J. Gerber (deceased), head of the Wichita Diocese, who provided a letter of recommendation to Gramick and Nugent in 1990, but it was later withdrawn from circulation. [11]

    USCL opposes New Ways

    Opposition to the Gramick/Nugent pro-homosexual presentation in the Pittsburgh Diocese was organized by the U.S. Coalition for Life, directed by yours truly. The USCL media blitz attracted the attention of the secular press, and in a pre-conference interview with the Pittsburgh Press, an unhappy Nugent whined to a reporter that USCL Director Randy Engel was exhibiting “a classic case of homophobia.” Nugent assured the reporter that he and Gramick intended to uphold the positive things that the Church says about gay and lesbian people and that they would present the views of revisionist theologians right alongside official church teachings.

    The New Ways Pittsburgh workshop was scheduled for October 12, 1991, at St. Mary’s Convent on the Carlow College campus operated by the Sisters of Mercy.

    The President of Carlow College defended the workshop on homophobia. In a curt letter to the USCL, Sister Sheila Carney, RSM, declared, “Our hosting of this program constitutes neither ‘a violation of Vatican directives on homosexuality’ nor a ‘homosexualist scandal at St. Mary’s Convent in Pittsburgh,’ as your [USCL] memo suggests.” “It is, rather, reflective of our community’s commitment to promote the dignity of all persons,” she concluded. The public relations director for the college stated that every member of the Mercy community was behind Nugent and Gramick, and that “Randy Engel is the only one who has objected to it.”

    Bishop Wuerl backs New Ways

    Father Ronald Lengwin, the official spokesman for Bishop Donald Wuerl, told a Wanderer reporter that Wuerl was not convinced the workshop would violate Church doctrine. “We have been assured,” said Lengwin, “that the presentation would not be contrary to the teaching of the Church. We live within that level of trust.”

    “Level of trust?” You’ve got to be kidding.

    By 1991, when the road show came to Pittsburgh, the pro-sodomite activities of New Ways were so notorious that the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes had already established a special commission in the United States to “render a judgment as to the clarity and orthodoxy” of Gramick and Nugent’s presentation on the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. [12]

    Lengwin added that Bishop Wuerl could not cancel the program because it was being held on property owned by the Sisters of Mercy and it was not church property.

    This is, of course, sheer nonsense. All religious orders remain in a diocese at the good pleasure of the Ordinary of the diocese and it was within Wuerl’s power, had he chosen to exercise it, to tell the Sisters of Mercy to cancel the event or, at the very least, relocate the workshop off campus.

    In any case, the New Ways road show came and went, and Bishop Wuerl remained silent… until his March 11, 2011, statement issued on behalf of the USCCB Committee on Doctrine. [13]

    The Maida Commission and beyond

    Although it was created in March of 1988, the Maida Commission was not reactivated until January 24, 1994 — a period of five years and nine months, during which time Gramick and Nugent were running footloose and fancy free throughout numerous U.S. dioceses and abroad, peddling their doctrinal and moral poison.

    The Maida Commission’s ill-conceived and ill-fated investigation concluded in early 1996, when the Final Commission Report was filed with the Holy See. The Report praised Gramick and Nugent’s “courage and zeal” and “love and compassion,” in their “important and needed ministry,” but alas, the Commission found their works “problematic” and doctrinally ambiguous, deficient, and erroneous.

    In the meantime, because of unresolved grave doctrinal questions related to Gramick and Nugent’s writings, the case had been transferred from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life to the CDF, headed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

    The Vatican finally acts

    On July 13, 1999, twenty-one years after Gramick and Nugent had created New Ways, and the homosexual colonization of AmChurch’s male and female religious congregations was complete, the CDF publicly released its “Notification” concerning the final disposition on the matter.

    Gramick and Nugent were permanently prohibited from any and all pastoral work with homosexuals (emphasis added).

    Nugent, who unlike Gramick, the more “manly” of the two, agreed to make a “Profession of Faith” supporting the Church’s teachings in opposition to homosexuality, was permitted to retain his priestly faculties, but was forbidden to preach and administer the sacraments for homosexual gatherings.

    Today, Nugent resides at St. John the Baptist Church in New Freedom, Penna., although he spends much of his time abroad in England and Ireland, and visiting the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, an international ecumenical institute for theological research and pastoral studies. His latest book, Silence Speaks: Teilhard de Chardin, Yves Congar, John Courtney Murray, and Thomas Merton, was recently advertised in the Harrisburg diocesan paper, The Catholic Witness.

    Gramick joins Sisters of Loretto

    In August 2001, Gramick announced that she had left the School Sisters of Notre Dame and joined the equally liberal Sisters of Loretto based in Denver, which has its own homosexual ministry. The sisters established a “Sr. Jeannine Gay Ministry Fund,” to enable Gramick to continue to campaign for the legitimization of sodomy, lesbianism, and an ever-expanding litany of sexual perversions.

    On January 14, 2005, The National Catholic Reporter ran a story by Gramick titled “Finding empathy for Shanley — Nun says Christian response goes beyond guilt or innocence,” an apologia for the notorious criminal pederast and homosexual Fr. Paul Shanley, who for more than 30 years was able to live out his NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Lover Association) fantasies with immunity, with the blessings of three Boston princes of the Church — Richard Cardinal Cushing, Humberto Cardinal Medeiros, and Bernard Cardinal Law.

    Gramick’s bombshell did not sit well with victims of clerical sexual abuse, who, if the truth be known, have never been the object of any real concern by New Ways or its founders.

    More recently, Gramick has been traveling the world campaigning for homosexual rights, including the “right to marry,” and pushing a documentary on her life and mission called In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith.

    Any faithful Catholic who has been holding his breath waiting for the USCCB or the Vatican to rein in the rebellious nun has long since died and been buried.

    The USCCB continues to support pro-homosexual “ministries,” with many larger dioceses like New York and San Francisco having established actual homosexual parishes such as St. Francis Xavier Parish in Manhattan and Most Holy Redeemer in the Castro District. The Ordinary for New York is the USCCB’s new President, Archbishop Timothy Dolan. The Ordinary for San Francisco is Archbishop George H. Niederauer, former housemate of the Prefect for the CDF, William Cardinal Levada.

    As for Cardinal George, his continued scandalous support for the pro-homosexual ministry Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach program (AGLO) — which he permitted to extend into the suburbs of Chicago in 2004 — makes his criticism of New Ways ludicrous, to say the least.

    Ratzinger smiles on Gramick

    As for Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XV, what can I say? Perhaps, it’s better if I let Gramick explain his position on the matter.

    On Sunday, 2008, the Malta Times ran an interview with Gramick titled “The Unlikely Rebel,” by Ariadne Massa. The overseas interview was later reprinted in the Spring 2008 issue of Bondings, the official publication of New Ways, with an appropriately provocative sado/masochist title. [14]

    Gramick told Massa that she was a member of the National Coalition of American Nuns, which backed marriage and all the sacraments for gays. She denied that Natural Law prohibits sodomy and lesbian acts. “These arguments are based on plumbing… one sexual organ fits in another… that’s ridiculous! This is a very male-based theology,” she said.

    When the Maltese reporter asked Gramick if she feared being excommunicated by the Vatican for her radical pro-homosexual agenda, the sister replied, “No.”

    Gramick then told Massa about an incident which occurred during the CDF’s investigation into her and Nugent’s controversial ministry. She said that her provincial with the School Sisters of Notre Dame recommended that she and Gramick make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the foundress of the order to pray for a miracle. “Through sheer coincidence, travelling on the plane between Rome and Munich was Cardinal Ratzinger himself,” Gramick said.

    “My superior went up to him and said, ‘Sr. Jeannine is a very good sister. We’re very afraid she’s going to get excommunicated.’” And he replied, “Oh, no no… it’s not that level of doctrine.” “She (Gramick) laughs, admitting that her miracle had happened on the plane,” said Massa.

    Now it is a matter of public record that the doctrinal problems of Gramick and Nugent concerning the morality of homosexuality were so grave and complex that the matter had to be transferred from the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes to the CDF. But, Gramick tells us that, Ratzinger, the future pope, said that “it’s not that level of doctrine.”

    Perhaps at his next impromptu media talk, Benedict XV can enlighten American Catholics as to why the CDF has failed to monitor and enforce the prohibitions against the pro-abort, pro-homosexual, “Father-Mother God” sister.

    An apology from the USCCB?

    At the same time, perhaps the new President of the USCCB, Archbishop Archbishop Dolan of New York, with the assistance of Cardinal George and Cardinal Wuerl and Bishop Cordileone, can draft a short public apology for the 40 years of disinformation, deception, misdeeds, and misery that the USCCB, along with its liberal allies in the hierarchy and what passes for religious orders these days, have inflicted upon faithful Catholics in the United States, especially with regard to its failure to uphold and promote and teach the Catholic Church’s teachings on the grave sins of homosexuality and its handmaiden, pederasty — homosexuality in its most pervasive and universal form.

    Living in an age of organized perversion, it is all the more necessary that Catholics, indeed all civilized human beings, remember that the initial reaction of a normal person to perversion is one of shame and disgust. To shun perversions is a normal subconscious mental defense against contamination. When disgust and repulsion turn to sympathy, the normal individual becomes defenseless in the face of the perversion.

    USCCB pro-homosexual actions and publications which promote an inordinate and false “compassion” for individuals caught up in the vice of sodomy have weakened Catholic opposition to the perversion, and rendered many Catholics defenseless before the onslaught of the Homosexual Collective.

    The USCCB is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. The obvious long-term solution is to put the mad dog down.


    [1] Anatoliy Golitsyn, New Lies For Old, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1984, p. 5.

    [2] Pederasty is a sexual relationship or sexual act between an adolescent youth and an adult male in which the boy is usually used as a passive partner. For a detailed study of the important difference between pederasty and pedophilia see “Pedophilia, Pederasty and Male Intergenerational Sex,” Randy Engel, The Rite of Sodomy, New Engel Publishing, Export, Penna., 2006, pp.443-467.

    [3] Engel, Rite of Sodomy, pp. 666-667.

    [4] Ibid., pp. 1019-1021.

    [5] Ibid., pp. 1012-1013.

    [6] Ibid., p. 1012 .

    [7] Ibid., p. 1022 .

    [8] Ibid., p. 713.

    [9] Ibid., 713.

    [10] Ibid., pp. 1054-1056.

    [11] Ibid., p. 1055.

    [12] Ibid. p. 1024.

    [13] Fr. Donald Wuerl’s intimate relationship with pederast/homosexual John Cardinal Wright is explored in Engel, The Rite of Sodomy, pp. 688-714.

    [14] Bondings, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring, 2008.

    © Randy Engel

  • 11 Joseph D'Hippolito // Apr 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Crowhill, I disagree. People have stoppped giving money but nothing has changed. People have even stopped going to Mass and have left the Church entirely, but nothing has changed.

    The problem is that the bishops are so isolated from any sense of reality, moral and otherwise, that such tactics won’t have any effect. They effectively worship their own status and power. This isn’t a recent problem, and it isn’t just a Catholic problem; just read 1 Samuel 2: 12-36 or Ezekiel 34. Until that status and power are directly threatened, they won’t act.

    Just look at the Reformation. Do you seriously think that the Council of Trent would have met or Loyola would have founded the Jesuits if the Protestants weren’t making headway? For that matter, just look at the sham of the Irish “visitations” or the special meeting that Bishop Gregory convened on this issue.

    Remember, however, that God is not mocked. These apostate bastards will be fitted for asbestos swimwear sooner than they can imagine!

  • 12 Gabe, CA // Apr 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    How true this article is!! I agree that the only ways to cause change are with prison sentences and withholding of money at individual churches. These are the ONLY things that will make the cardinals and bishops see that things have to change. WE, the ordinary Catholics in the pews, have to be the ones to hold them accountable.

  • 13 Mere Catholic // Apr 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I agree with Crowhill. There are ways to support the poor without filling the Bishops’ treasury. I haven’t found it difficult to stop acknowledging the annual appeal from our diocesan bishop. What is difficult, however, is my desire to support my parish. We are blessed by a good flock of priests who toil day and night amidst dwindling offerings from the collection basket. I still give a weekly offering, but not without wondering how much of it ends up in the chancery offices.

  • 14 Rainey // Apr 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Isn’t this what the “Catholics Come Home” campaign is all about? Bishops whose coffers are becoming uncomfortably empty desperately want more warm bodies to show up to church and fill up the collection baskets.

    I scoff at the whole campaign because I truly believe that if the church wants Catholics to “come home”, they need to provide a home that is worth coming back to—not one that is riddled with child molesters and hierarchs who continue to cover for them.

    Start throwing those guilty of such crimes (bishops and cardinals included) into jail where they belong, and I think perhaps more Catholics would indeed come home. Until then, this campaign rings hollow.

    Churches all over NH have their “Catholics Come Home” banners flying. What a joke–come home to a diocese run by a facilitator of child molestation! Come join us as we defend the indefensible! Give your money so we can buy the good bishop a cozy upscale townhouse in an expensive zip code!

  • 15 Crowhill // Apr 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    JDH — could it be that it just hasn’t gotten hot enough for them yet? I agree that the bishops are somewhat divorced from reality, but there will come a point when reality will catch up with them. It has a way of doing that.

    Mere Catholic — you are faced with a difficult choice. I suspect that the diocese takes what they want first, and your parish gets the leftovers. You might want to ask your pastor. Another solution might be to give directly to your local priests — completely apart from the church offering.

  • 16 Vickie // Apr 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    The other way to bipass giving money to the Archdioscese is to pay for things the parish needs doing or sponsor a child to go the school.
    One parish that I attended did beautiful renovation job -you could pay for a particular window or confessional or whatever.

  • 17 Mary // Apr 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Sadly the hard working decent priests are caught in the middle. They pledge allegiance to the Local Ordinary who controls the church properties. Not enough finacial support to the Diocesan coffer means a parish closing in many cases.
    What’s left? In order to be in designated in “union with the magisterium” the perception is that one must be under the Local Ordinary despite the well known fact he may allow.do and say everything possible to warrant the title ,’Apostate”.
    Of course there are those priests who realize that the Magisterium really means what has always been authentic Church teaching by way of Dogma and Doctrine, but the “Movements” like Opus Dei and the Legion of Christ have had much to do with blurring that basic truth. According to their standards even flagrant heretical actions of a sitting Pope must be explained away . Like publicly kissing the holy book of a religion that denies the Divinity of Jesus Christ.

  • 18 Anonymous // Apr 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    …the “Movements” like Opus Dei and the Legion of Christ have had much to do with blurring … truth. According to their standards even flagrant heretical actions of a sitting Pope must be explained away . Like publicly kissing the holy book of a religion that denies the Divinity of Jesus Christ.

    No, Mary, that’s what people like Mark Shea, Jimmy Akin, Deal Hudson, Karl Keating and the whole Catholic apologetics-industrial complex are for.

  • 19 Joseph D'Hippolito // Apr 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    …the “Movements” like Opus Dei and the Legion of Christ have had much to do with blurring … truth. According to their standards even flagrant heretical actions of a sitting Pope must be explained away . Like publicly kissing the holy book of a religion that denies the Divinity of Jesus Christ.

    No, Mary, that’s what people like Mark Shea, Jimmy Akin, Deal Hudson, Karl Keating and the whole Catholic apologetics-industrial complex are for.

  • 20 Tony de New York // Apr 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    “Until a bishop (or preferably a Cardinal) enjoys the hospitality of some state penal institution, nothing will really change.”


  • 21 Sardath // Apr 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Mary writes: “In order to be in designated in “union with the magisterium” the perception is that one must be under the Local Ordinary despite the well known fact he may allow, do and say everything possible to warrant the title ,’Apostate’.”

    It is more than just a matter of perception; for the most part this is, in fact, the way the Catholic Church has worked almost from the beginning. Cyprian of Carthage, a third-century saint and martyr who is commemorated in the canon of the Mass, famously stated that “whoever is not with the bishop is not in the Church”. In saying this he was not just giving his own personal opinion; he was accurately reflecting the consensus of the magisterium in his own time–and it remains the official position of the Catholic Church to this day.

    Hence, according to Canon Law, if someone refuses to be in communion with those who are themselves in communion with the Holy See, he is by definition a schismatic, and therefore out of the Church. Consequently, if you find yourself saddled with a bishop who is a manifest heretic or apostate, or of such appalling character and/or behavior that he is a disgrace to his office (and of course there have been many such bishops in the history of the Church), you really have no recourse except to appeal to Rome–which in virtually all cases does nothing, except perhaps to upbraid you for being a bad Catholic by causing problems for your poor overworked bishop.

    This creates a real dilemma for those who wish to be both Catholic and Christian. Scripture says that we are not to associate with any Christian who is flagrantly immoral–”not even to eat with such a one.” But this raises an obvious question: If we are not even to share a common meal with such people, how can we possibly share the Eucharist with them, and even receive it from their hands?

    The official answer, of course, is that this is none of our business. We should, they tell us, simply trust that the Church knows what it is doing; and if the Pope and his courtiers choose to allow a corrupt bishop to lord it over his flock and ravage them, we must assume that this is the will of the Holy Spirit and submit to it with docility.

    Somehow I doubt this is anything at all like what Jesus had in mind when he founded his Church, or that he instructed Peter to run things this way after he was gone. But it is what the Church became very early in its existence, and despite centuries of efforts at reform it always seems to come back to the same place again.

    The conclusion to be drawn from this fact is left as an exercise for the reader.

  • 22 Mary // Apr 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Joseph, Follow the money and you will see who funds the apologetic-industrial complex.
    Who really owns the publishing companies for their books and news articles and even the “catholic” you tube and media outlets.
    It gets very interesting .Research who owns or funds Ignatius, Sophia and Scepter Press . National Catholic Register ,owned by the LC, just sold to EWTN. Arroyo’s offices are in the Opus Dei owned communication Center in DC, Zenit News , run by the LC. See who is behind Legatus it is mind boggling. Read who owns the
    Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
    Follow the money and the agenda becomes clear.
    I know of only one person aside from bloggers that does her own inverstigative research and publishing. Randy Engel. Leon seems to do the same. Steve Brady was good also.I wish he was still in the fight.A good read……..

  • 23 Mary // Apr 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

    It also appears that thos who had great hopes that the Legion would be revamped by Monsignor Scicluna of the CDF are becoming disillusioned.
    Severing the billions that the LC leadership has control of is a hard cut, even if they did know Maciel had six illigit children and concubines to support.
    According to one news release,Carlos Slim, the friend of Bill Gates who invested heavily in Monsanto, and the wealthiest man in the world still intends on supporting the LC schools despite the revealed public scandals.
    When it comes to making money it seems that any principles of Faith and Beliefs can be adjusted to fit one’s conscience.

  • 24 Mary // Apr 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    A few examples
    Hit Men For Opus Dei January 2006
    Mark Shea,Scott Hahn.

    Then we have Voris,
    “Voris was wrong when he sought to promote the money/power cult of Opus Dei as the answer to the Church’s problems”.See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjIKZxfY6D4&feature=related

    First we have to ask why Opus Dei priests go to Lay people for Spiritual Direction? One priest voiced his concern to me and asked,’Who is really running the organization since the Spiritual Direction seems based on a pyramidal organizational structure of the Lodges?”
    “Inside Opus Dei, most priests have lay spiritual directors….”

  • 25 Father Michael Koening // Apr 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    With regards to Sardath’s point that bishops have demanded the faithful’s allegiance since the early centuries; was it not the case in the pre-Constantinian period that the standards to which bishops were held were very high? Indeed, many became martyrs. Was it also not the case that bishops who did “go bad” could be deposed?

    Hmmm, a bit different from present circumstances.

  • 26 Sardath // Apr 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Fr. Michael: In the early centuries bishops could not even be appointed without the consent of both clergy and laity, and if bishops were especially bad the clergy and laity could depose them.

    But over the centuries all this was lost–first the power to depose, then the voice of the laity, and eventually even the voice of the clergy. Now the whole process is centralized in Rome and handled in utter secrecy, so that no one except the Pope and his courtiers know what is going on or why a particular person was made a bishop (or not).

    Such a system–centralized power, pervasive secrecy, and total lack of accountability–is a perfect prescription for every sort of chicanery and corruption imaginable. And that, of course, is what we have been seeing for a long time.

  • 27 Crowhill // Apr 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Mary, that NOR article on Shea and Hahn sounds just plain nutty.

  • 28 Mary // Apr 13, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Sardeth, It was St John Crysostom who said “Hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops”.
    At one time to be chosen filled the priest with fear for the awesome responsibility of so many souls.
    The qualifications for Early Church governance are in the Scriptures. How improved the situation might be if they were followe today.

  • 29 Mary // Apr 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Crowhill, It sounds nutty only because the writer assumes the reader has read the articles he is alluding to. i.e. Hahn did write that the Holy Ghost was of a feminine gender. He was a member of Opus Dei prior to becoming a Catholic . The background of the others is also assumed to be understood by the writer. i think his point is that the cults within the church have been financed to preach and teach to the cradle catholics and are under the impression none have been catechized.

  • 30 Crowhill // Apr 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve read about the controversy.

    Scott Hahn is actually a personal friend of mine, and while he does have some interesting theological theories, the idea that he would endorse lesbianism is just plain nutty, no matter what NOR says.

    What would you have? No matter what gender you make the Holy Spirit — masculine, feminine or neuter — you can always make it sound like you’re endorsing some perverted sexual practice.

    Isn’t it all easily avoided by pointing out that the incarnation did not involve sex?

  • 31 Janice Fox // Apr 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Mary, now I am confused. How could Hahn had been a member of Opus Dei prior to becoming a Catholic? Is not Opus Dei a Roman Catholic organization? Do they have a non Catholic wing? Are they unable to received converts into the Church?

  • 32 Mary // Apr 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Janice , It appears opus dei will take any denomination in as Cooperators . The break from anything I have known to be Catholic is that they are not necessarily interested in converting people to the Christianity of the Catholic Faith. However, they do seem to be interested in money , power and political influence. I have a very old edition of ,
    ” Imitation of Christ ” by a’Kempis and found it most interesting that he referred to his spiritual methodology as ,”The Way”, which Escriva later claimed as his own.
    “The Rabbi, who is a Cooperator of Opus Dei, said he wanted to demonstrate his special affection for the organization founded by Josemaria Escriva. “Opus Dei members helped me, right from the beginning of my [rabbinic] seminary studies, to persevere in my [rabbinic] vocation,” he said, “and I have also seen them do it with other rabbis, for which I am deeply grateful.”
    While some people say the catholic church changes with the times as a living entity, I have to wonder if this is the same Catholic church I was raised and catechized in?
    Jesus Christ is the same today as He was before and always will be .Correct? And while Jesus ,Mary and Joseph were good Jews, we were taught that Jesus gave us a new Covenant in the New Testament. I thought that was what Roman Catholicism was supposed to be evangelizing for so where when and why did it change ?

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