Saturday, January 31, 2015

565. Shaking the Tree at O.L.V. - Parte Cuatro. .....................ASS. of United States Catholic Priests, ..................."We are a Church movement." ............................. SWAG and Fr. Norman Langenbrunner

To break down the word, it means (Secretly We Are Gay). 
It is also a word that means the way you represent yourself; baggy clothes, shitty hats, small and basically a way to say your afraid to come out of the closet.

Weird huh. SWAG. But that's who is reporting on a group, who has a 
"founding  member" named Fr. Norm Langenbrunner.

 Newton Snookers

Hello There,
     Today I'd like to talk about 
Father Norman Langenbrunner. I stumbled across Fr. Norm as I was looking for info about Fr. Helmut Schuller. Helmut was calling for disobedience in the Catholic Church. You can find pictures Here. You may know some of the nuns that attended. I believe Fr. Norm attended also. 
     Fr, Langenbrunner reports:
On the evening of his public talk, Schüller also met with a group of Cincinnati-area priests to discuss the Initiative and to affirm that 
"Wir sind eine Kirche bewegung" 
(We are a Church movement).

There are approximately 45 priests in the Cincinnati area who are members of the US version of the Initiative, that is, the Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP). There are similar associations of priests in IrelandAustraliaEngland, and Germany.

Though some US hierarchs have forbidden Schüller to speak in church-owned buildings during his tour, his audiences have numbered some 250 in New York, 500 in Boston, 350 in Philadelphia, 500 in Chicago, and the 300 in Cincinnati.

Who sponsored this event ?

Progressive catholics and 
LGBT advocacy groups.

It is interesting to note what is available in an on-line search for
"AUSCP Norman Langenbrunner".
I found this at "A Country Priest .com":

The current edition of The SWAG reproduces a blog post by

Fr Norm Langenbrunner, one of the founding members of the newly formed 
Association of United States Catholic Priests.

The AUSCP styles itself as an association of ‘Vatican II priests’ who wish to keep alive the Spirit of the Council. 

When you click on and read the blog post referred to, you find:

AUSCP began in August of 2011 when 27 priests from 15 dioceses in 11 states plus one Religious Order priest met to found an association with two major goals: 1) to offer fraternal support to priests and 2) to create a collegial voice.

Most priests (many laity) know that there is a division among priests in the United States, basically three groups or "cohorts" of priests modeling their theology and ministry on Pope John XXIII/Vatican II, Pope John Paul II, or Pope Benedict XVI.

If you log onto the about us page on the 
ASS of U.S. catholic priests you will find:

" The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests was founded by twenty-seven priests hailing from 15 (arch)diocese(s) and 11 states at St. Mary’s Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois in 2011... Since that historic gathering, the Association has held three national Assemblies, gathering hundreds of priests from across the country and has grown to more than 1000 members."

To put that into perspective, the number of Catholic priests in 2014 is about 38,275.
That means the membership in the 
Ass of US catholic priests is less than 3% 
of the Catholic Priests in the United States.

To further put that into perspective, the
people who celebrate the intrinsically disordered lifestyle of Lebianism, Gayness, Bisexuality and Transgendering make up less than 3% of the population of the United States.

Further searches about Fr. Norman Langenbrunner reveal that he signed a petition supporting Fr. Tony Flanery. Fr. Norman Langenbrunner is also concerned about how the Vatican has treated Fr. Roy Bourgeois and Fr. Bill Brennan, S.J. 

Please understand, Fr. Norman Langenbrunner supports these 3 priests in ways that our "Our Church" does not.

Why was Fr. Flannery Censured ? We found the answer in Fr. Z's blog.
It is understood that the particular remarks that aroused concern in the Vatican were in a 2010 article in which Fr Flannery wrote: “I no longer believe that the priesthood, as we currently have it in the Church, originated with Jesus[Yep.  That’s heresy.]
“More likely that sometime after Jesus, a select and privileged group within the community who had abrogated power and authority to themselves, interpreted the occasion of the Last Supper in a manner that suited their own agenda”.  
In 2009 Fr Flannery wrote: “The second basic change would be to break the inherent connection, long part of traditional Catholic teaching, between sexual activity and marriage. To continue to hold that sex outside marriage is always sinful is in my view a mistake……. we break the rigid connection between sexual activity and marriage, allowing for appropriate sexual relationships between people who are not married when the quality of the relationship merits it.  [Yep.  That’s heresy.  And it probably aims at condoning, if not promoting, homosexual acts.]


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kenneth C. Haugk, "Antagonists in the Church". .............Not Exactly Christian Literature.

About the Author
Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., is an

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

pastor and clinical psychologist, and is founder of the Stephen Series system of lay caring ministry. 
He is executive director of 
a Transdenominational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri.

with approximately 5 million members, has passed repeated resolutions to welcome gay and lesbian people since 1991.

Catholic teaching is apposed to this teaching and so is our 
Holy Father Francis.

Fr. Mark Burger, the pastor of Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church, has installed Stephen Ministries in the parish.

     If you disagree with what Fr. Mark believes, you will quickly find out how Kenneth C. Haugk wants pastor's to treat a "dissenter". You will be treated as an outsider and a "troll".

If you are a Neopagan leader
community organizer, online forum moderator, or just someone bewildered by the astonishingly destructive behavior that people in our overlapping subcultures can inflict upon one another — run, do not walk, to your nearest Christian bookstore (yes, that’s what I said) and buy this book!

We don't think you should buy this book.
We posted this report as a reference to show how not to treat your fellow man.

“If I had read this book 30 years ago, many, many mistakes might have been avoided and Neopagan Druidism would be much further along in its evolution. In fact, if this book have been read by most of our ‘old timers’ three decades ago, our community would be easily ten or twenty times its current size and far more effective at influencing the mainstream death culture. Tens of thousands of lives — and species — might have been saved and the environmental crisis significantly slowed down. Instead, we spent literally millions of hours fighting unending battles with antagonists inside our own community who never intended to ‘fight fair’ because what they really wanted was the attention we gave them and the joy of destruction for its own sake.”

Kenneth Haugk defines antagonists as follows: “Individuals who, on the basis of nonsubstantive evidence, go out of their way to make insatiable demands, usually attacking the person or performance of others.  These attacks are selfish in nature, tearing down rather than building up, and are frequently directed against those in a leadership capacity.”  Antagonists are in the church but not limited to the church–they also exist in all other areas of society, from Elk Lodges to business places to school boards to 501(c)3’s.
Haugk says that antagonists rarely, if ever, change:
“No amount of accommodation on your part (or on the part of a group or a congregation as a whole) will ever suffice.  Instead of calming antagonists down, attempts at appeasement encourage them to make more demands.  Many antagonists fight on until there is nothing left but rubble.  Sometimes even that does not stop them” (p. 26, Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1988).
“Major [the 2nd of 3 levels of antagonism; in order of severity: moderate, major, hard-core] antagonists are not neurotic.  Neurotics experience anxiety, possibly guilt, and a great deal of dissatisfaction with their problems, and they have a desire to change.  Major antagonists do not” (29).
“Antagonists are antagonists by nature.  If they were not antagonistic in your congregation, they would be antagonistic at another one.  It is their personality…  Antagonists frequently exhibit the psychological defense mechanism known asdisplacement, in which the focus of behaviors is shifted to someone other than the individual who first elicited them… for various reasons the antagonist finds it difficult to direct these behaviors toward the original object…. Church antagonists displace their angry and hostile behaviors onto people in the congregation who too often are easy, available, vulnerable targets” (38).
“An antagonist’s repentance and acceptance of forgiveness is of great moment both on earth and in heaven.  It is something earnestly to hope and pray for… so that the relationship can be healed.  The grim fact, however, is that most antagonists neither expect nor want forgiveness.  They are simply not interested in the healing that forgiveness can bring” (50).
“Although recommending counseling sounds worthwhile on the surface, it is inadvisable.  [B]ecause of their personality makeup, antagonists very rarely follow through on the referral.  If they view everyone else as wrong and themselves as right, why should they seek help?” (112).
“Can an antagonist change?  Certainly.  Change can happen, even when it seems impossible… because God is a living, active God.  But the issue is not possibility–it is likelihood and actually…  The fact is that antagonists tend not to change” (156).
[Commenting on Titus 3:10-11:] “The apostolic guidance is clear: when confronted with an antagonist, face the probability that change simply will not occur” (51).
For a gripping account of what a hard-core antagonist is like, read The Devil in Pew Number Seven, by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo.   The book is about the lengths church member Mr. Watts goes to, over a 5 year period, to antagonize Rebecca’s parents, Pastor Robert and Ramona Nichols, to drive them from the church.  At the end of his life, Mr. Watts doesrepent of his evil behavior, by means of a letter of apology to Rebecca.  So antagonists, even of the hard-core variety, can change.  Haugk’s point, though, is such change doesn’t come easy, and shouldn’t be presumed upon when dealing with an antagonist.
So how does one deal with an antagonist?
First, Haugk asserts that the absolutely wrong way to deal with an antagonist is to ignore their behavior and hope it goes away. It won’t.  Unchecked, their antagonism will only get worse.
Second, Haugk says that everyone in a church congregation must stand together in dealing with an antagonist. It is obvious, though, that the church leaders, because of their role, bear the greatest responsibility in facing an antagonist.  In describing how leaders can successfully deal with an antagonist, Haugk uses the image of a phalanx, an ancient Greek military formation in which soldiers stood shoulder to shoulder with their touching shields forming an impenetrable barrier.  Because an antagonist likes to divide and conquer, keeping an antagonist from finding “cracks between the shields” is essential.  The way the leaders can keep their phalanx impenetrable is by keeping up strong communication between each other.  If the antagonist communicates with one of the leaders, that leader immediately lets all the other leaders know.  In order to completely shutdown the antagonist’s destructive behavior, the leaders must all agree that the antagonist is never to be dealt with individually.  (NB: This can be a hard agreement to achieve, because invariably one leader will think it’s okay “just this once” to deal individually with the antagonist.  It’s never okay.  Every individual dealing with the antagonist is a crack in the phalanx through which the antagonist can divide and conquer).
Third, Haugk encourages the congregation’s leaders, the pastor, and the denominational leaders to use every ounce of the power vested in them to stand against and hopefully neutralize the antagonist.  This, of course, applies only to a situation where an antagonist is active and wreaking havoc (as opposed to a dormant antagonist–Haugk gives separate suggestions for how to deal with a dormant antagonist in chapter 13).  Disciplinary procedures vary denomination to denomination, but whatever your specific disciplinary procedure is, Haugk urges you to carry it out faithfully and to the end when dealing with an active antagonist.
Additionally, Haugk gives some pointers for dealing with antagonists:
§                                 Act professionally
§                                 Keep your distance (don’t share intimate information about yourself)
§                                 Be accurate
§                                 Avoid excessively praising them (which feeds their ego and inadvertently helps them build a strong following)
§                                 Discourage their nomination to leadership
§                                 Wait for the right moment before directly challenging them
§                                 Be firm, but don’t argue with them (it’s pointless and just fuels the fire)
§                                 Because response encourages them, maintain an impervious attitude to their attacks
§                                 Don’t call a special committee to deal with them; doing so only increases the apparent credibility of their accusations
§                                 If possible, do not meet with them at all.  If you must meet with them, let them come to you to schedule the meeting, and you pick the location, start time, and finish time, and stick to those boundaries.  (Going to them to schedule a meeting, e.g. to attempt to reconcile, only communicates to them weakness, which they will capitalize on.)
§                                 Give them eye contact (it communicates strength)
§                                 Take notes at every meeting with them
§                                 Document their behavior
§                                 Don’t use the pulpit/church newsletter/etc. to deal with their behavior
§                                 Know Robert’s Rules of Order, and use that knowledge, and your authority, to the fullest
Reading all of this sounds rather bleak, doesn’t it?  You may wonder (like I did) if an active antagonist in a church really warrants such a serious, even militaristic, response.  Haugk repeatedly says, “Yes!”  Dealing with an antagonist is different from any other pastoral care situation, where kindness and forgiveness rule the day.  Even though it feels unnatural in the church, Haugk insists that an unshakable resolve and full use of one’s authority is the only effective way to deal with an active antagonist.  “Congregations often make every effort to avoid putting [disciplinary procedures] into practice.  In many situations in life, a caution like this is undoubtedly healthy.  The admonition of Christ still rings in our ears: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone…” (John 8:7).  In the case of antagonists, this reluctance is extremely unfortunate and inappropriate.  Once you have determined that you are dealing with an antagonist, you no longer need be so cautious; indeed, you must not be” (155).  Haugk is saying that the antagonist is a different animal altogether.  In the practice of our faith, we must be willing to leave the 99 sheep safe in the pen and to do whatever it takes to bring in the one lost sheep.  But the antagonist is not a sheep, he (or she) is a wolf, often in sheep’s clothing.  Our only responsibility toward wolves is to keep them away from the sheep.

And going back to what was said earlier, the fact that wolves can change doesn’t mean that we let them run loose through the sheep pen while we hope and pray that they do.  Instead, we keep the wolves contained while we hope and pray for them to repent and accept Christ’s forgiveness–which would be of great moment both on earth and in heaven.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fr. Roy Bourgeois - Catholic Women Priest's

Maryknoll Priest Faces Removal from the Priesthood;
Receives Second Canonical Warning for His
Support of Women’s Equality in the Catholic Church

Roman Catholic Womenpriests

For Immediate Release
August 8, 2011

Under pressure from the Vatican, the Maryknoll Catholic religious order has issued a second canonical warning to Fr. Roy Bourgeois stating he will be dismissed from the order and his priesthood if he does not recant his support for women priests.
Fr. Roy responded to this latest threat: “As people of faith we believe in the primacy of conscience. Our conscience gives us a sense of right and wrong and urges us to do what is right, what is just. What you are asking me to do in your letter is not possible without betraying my conscience. In essence, you are telling me to lie. This I cannot do, therefore I will not recant. I firmly believe that the exclusion of women from the priesthood is a grave injustice against women, against our Church, and against our God.”
"The culture of bullying within the Catholic Church cannot be tolerated any longer," said, Erin Hanna, Executive Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference. “It is contrary to the gospel itself to bully and dismiss faithful priests who dare to break the silence in support of women's rightful role in the Church.”
“Jesus himself welcomed women as well as men into ministerial leadership,” said Jim FitzGerald, Call To Action’s Executive Director. “It is a shame that our church does not do likewise.”
"The Vatican does not excommunicate the pedophile-priests who have raped and sodomized Catholic youth, or punish the bishops who covered up these crimes. Yet, now in this outrageous action they stand ready to defrock Fr. Roy, priest of the people and prophet for justice who has served God for over 40 years as a well-known peace and justice activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee” said Bridget Mary Meehan, from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Suzanne Thiel of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA affirmed: “Regardless of personal consequences, Fr. Roy refuses to be cowed by men who support an unjust law that knowingly discriminates against half the Body of Christ. He sees the face of Jesus in his sisters.” An online petition, sponsored by the Association of Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Call To Action USA, and Roman Catholic Womenpriests–USA, Women's Ordination Conference, and co-sponsored by 15 church-justice organizations, has garnered over 8,000 signatures of Catholics across the globe and continues to build momentum.

Response to Second Canonical Warning sent to Fr. Roy Bourgeois

Roman Catholic Womenpriests

AUGUST 8, 2011
From: Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Inc
Contact – Eileen DiFranco, 267-258-6966,, (East)
Alice Iaquinta, 262-306-8722,, (Midwest),
Patricia Sandall, 760-448-6189,, (West) 
Womenpriests are saddened and angered that Fr. Roy Bourgeois will be dismissed from the Maryknoll order and expelled from the priesthood solely because of his support for the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic church.
To remain a priest and a member of the Maryknoll order, Bourgeois must recant, according to the demands of The Maryknoll Community in a document dated July 27, 2011. The demand was ordered by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Vatican and the Maryknolls insist that Bourgeois deny his conscience about his support of women’s ordination in order to remain a member of the order and a priest.
Maryknoll order Superior General, Fr. Edward M. Dougherty, states in the letter to Fr. Bourgeois, “You were warned at that time of possible dismissal if you continued your campaign in favor of women priests and failed to recant publicly your position on this matter.”
Fr. Bourgeois insists that he must be true to his conscience, in accordance with theCatechism of the Catholic Church. He says that in the final analysis, one’s conscience is one’s ultimate authority and must be followed.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests believes the Vatican and Maryknoll Order actions are unconscionable. In the light of the world wide sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic church and the subsequent lack of accountability and consequences for bishops and others responsible for intentional and systematic cover ups, the threats made to Roy Bourgeois become even more reprehensible and indefensible.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Inc., once again, stands in solidarity with Fr. Roy. RCWP encourages all who are outraged by Vatican and Maryknoll actions to contact the Maryknoll order, the Vatican and the US Apostolic Nunciature, to protest their lack of courage and integrity, their injustice to Fr. Roy and lack of justice for all women in the church.

Maryknoll Directs Roy Bourgeois to Recant or Be Laicized

Roman Catholic Womenpriests
Contact – Eileen DiFranco, 267-258-6966,,   (East)
Alice Iaquinta, 262-306-8722,,  (Midwest),
Patricia Sandall, 760-448-6189,,  (West)

For Immediate Release

Edward M. Dougherty, the Superior General of the Maryknoll order has given
Father Roy Bourgeois fifteen days to recant his public support of women’s
ordination.  Labeling support of his sisters in ministry as “contumacy” and
accusing him of giving “grave scandal” to the Christian faithful, Dougherty has
threatened Bourgeois with both dismissal from the order and laicization.

The behavior of the Maryknoll order and of Father Dougherty stand in stark
contrast to the Erie Benedictine sisters and their superior, Sister Christine
Vladimirov who stood behind Sister Joan Chittister in 2002 when she was directed
to refrain from speaking at the first world wide conference held in support of
women’s ordination. When the Vatican threatened penalties for disobeying the
order not to speak, the Benedictines responded to the Vatican saying that
whatever punishment the Vatican meted out to Sister Joan should be applied to
all of the sisters. The Vatican backed down.

Roman Catholic Womenpriests urge all people of good will to stand behind Father
Roy Bourgeois, a true champion of peace and justice, who refused to be cowed by
men who support an unjust law that knowingly and persistently discriminates
against half of the Body of Christ.  Father Roy has acted as a true Imago Dei by
speaking truth to power, regardless of the consequences. He has seen the face of
Jesus in his sisters.

RCWP urges everyone who does not support this punitive, threatening action
toward Fr. Roy to write to Edward Dougherty, M.M., Superior General of the
Maryknoll Brothers and Fathers, at P.O. Box 305, Maryknoll, New York 10545-0305,
to express their support for Fr. Roy, a man who faithfully walked in the
footsteps of Jesus everyday of his ordained life.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Progressive Catholics

16,000 U.S. Catholics Respond to Pope Francis' Call for Input on Family Issues

In November 2013 fifteen U.S. Catholic organizations responded to the Vatican’s call for bishops globally to survey Catholics on family issues.  While bishops’ conferences throughout Europe and Asia made their surveys public, the U.S. bishops put forth no unified effort to survey the laity. 
The online questionnaire was completed by more that 16,000 Catholics in English and Spanish, and inspired a similar survey used in Ireland.
Analyzed independently by Dr. Peter J. Fagan, M.Div., PhD., from the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland, the survey results highlight 7 core issues of concern:
  •  Pastoral care urgently needed
  •  Pedagogical/evangelism challenges
  •  Separated, divorced and remarried Catholics
  •  Same-sex marriage
  •  Women in the Church
  •  Sexual abuse scandals
  •  Skepticism and hope
Fifty-three percent of  survey respondents self-identified as weekly Mass-goers. This is a higher Mass attendance than the overall U.S. Catholic average of thirty-one percent in 2011 (D’Antonio et al., 2013). Deborah Rose-Milavec, Executive Director of FutureChurch, one of the organizing groups remarked, “this finding indicates that respondents are deeply engaged Catholics who care about their Church.”
In December a short summary of the quantitative data and a document containing each and every written comment and response was sent to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary of the Synod on the Bishops and the Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB.
The full analysis of this survey was delivered to the U.S. cardinals attending this week’s consistory in preparation for the Synod on the Family in October 2014, and to Cardinal Baldisseri. The report is available in full, online:
Linda Pinto, Coordinator of Catholic Organizations for Renewal, a leadership forum of US organizations inspired by Vatican II, noted: "Canon Law (212.3) gives church citizens the ‘right, indeed at times, the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest their views on matters which concern the good of the Church.’ The tremendous response to this survey shows just how much wisdom Catholics are ready to share with Church leaders."
Kate Conmy, Assistant Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference, remarked: “It is crushing to read that the majority (55 %) of respondents judge that the Church has been  unsuccessful in proposing a manner of praying within the family that can withstand life’s complexities and today’s culture.”
Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, an organization of LGBT Catholics and supporters, said, “One of the saddest things the survey revealed is how many people feel pain due to Church teaching about relationships and families. Nearly three-quarters (74.5%) of respondents said couples are aware when their relationships are not accepted by the Church, and almost 70% (69.5%) said these couples feel marginalized. Over a third (35.2%) characterized their dioceses as ‘hostile and condemning’ towards same-sex couples. These numbers are tragic and heart-breaking. It indicates a deep pastoral crisis in our Church, and is a good indication of why we see so many people leaving the Church.”
"Once again, Catholics made clear their needs and hopes for a just and inclusive Church,” said Jim Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Call To Action. “These significant survey findings must lead to substantial changes for the good of the church we love."
Dr. Fagan concludes his 16-page analysis with summarizing the “one near-universal hope” for the respondents to this survey, by quoting Pope Francis: “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium, #114).

Organizational sponsors of the survey project include American Catholic Council, Call To Action, Catholic Church Reform, CORPUS, DignityUSA, Federation of Christian Ministries/Roman Catholic Faith Community Council, Fortunate Families, FutureChurch, New Ways Ministry, RAPPORT, Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Ordination Conference, Voice of the Faithful, Women's Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual (WATER) and Women's Ordination Conference.  

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

564. Father Mark Burger: Shaking the Tree at O.L.V. Parte Tres. The Dogs of War /The Hounds From Hell ?

Attics Of My Life

Lyrics: Robert Hunter

Music: Jerry Garcia
In the attics of my life
Full of cloudy dreams unreal
Full of tastes no tongue can know
And lights no eye can see
When there was no ear to hear
You sang to me

I have spent my life
Seeking all that's still unsung
Bent my ear to hear the tune
And closed my eyes to see
When there were no strings to play
You played to me

In the book of love's own dreams
Where all the print is blood
Where all the pages are my days
And all my lights grow old

When I had no wings to fly
You flew to me
You flew to me

In the secret space of dreams
Where I dreaming lay amazed
When the secrets all are told
And the petals all unfold

     He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot—and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? “Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?

Newton Snookers

     Great poem, huh. What were you doing in 1976 ?  Some music, Click Here, might help you remember.

     It's a weird thing to say after reading that poem, isn't it. There will probably be spelling and grammar errors throughout, also.

     My brain doesn't work like yours, but that should be obvious and most people don't consider that fact as they go through their day.

     I've been thinking about something I read in the Our Lady of Visitation bulletin a couple of days ago. Fr. Mark Burger posted his thought for the week. It was a story about WW2 Russian bomb dogs. Apparently the Russians trained dogs to blow up German tanks. When the dogs were put into action, the dogs ran under their own tanks or jumped back into the Russian trenches with the bombs that were strapped to the dogs backs; It didn't work so well, right. So what ? Well Mark writes, 

     Heady stuff eh ?
Not exactly. If you are not familiar with WW2 you would not know who Joseph Stalin was. After Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) died, Stalin outmaneuvered his rivals for control of the party. Once in power, he collectivized farming and had potential enemies executed or sent to forced labor camps. Stalin aligned with the United States and Britain in World War II (1939-1945) but afterward engaged in an increasingly tense relationship with the West known as the Cold War (1946-1991).

Click Here
     Again, interesting, but why have I put all these stories together ? Well, I need your help. You have to protect your family; especially this year. You need to read your church bulletin and pay attention. 
     Relativism:  the belief that different things are true, right, etc., for different people or at different times, a view that ethical truths depend on the individuals and groups holding them.
Click Here

     Our Holy Father, Pope Francis stated recently: "ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family." ..."It is not born of the dream that we have with God from prayer, or from the mission that God gives us; it comes from outside, and that's why I say it is colonization," the pope said, adding that it referred to "materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality. "Discussing the term "ideological colonization" with reporters after the event, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila noted that African bishops had told him foreign aid to their countries was sometimes offered on the condition that they accept "alien" views of sexuality and marriage.

Click Here
   During a press briefing later that evening the head of the Holy See press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, confirmed to  journalists that this “colonization” of which Pope Francis spoke refers in part to gay marriage. “I think that it is well-known that the perspective of the Church about the family is that the family is based on the union of the marriage of a man and a woman.”
For Catholics, the family is “the union of the man and the woman, and the children that come from this union,” the spokesman added. “If there are persons that desire to have community in other ways… this is not for us a family.”...Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, who was on the panel at the press briefing, cited concerns raised during last October's Synod on the Family by bishops and laypeople, particularly from Africa, about the attempt to use foreign aid to impose Western views of marriage and sexuality.
According to these bishops, foreign aid is “oftentimes is linked to some measures that the receiving country is somehow forced to accept,” the cardinal said.  “Some of the conditions for the aid seem to be an acceptance or a welcoming of some views regarding marriage, or sexuality, or what, which could be alien to the vision of the receiving country or culture.”...“We will continue preaching what the Church teaches,” Cardinal Tagle told journalists. “With or without the law, we continue our mission.”

Click Here
     In August, last year, Father Francis, also visited Korea. He warned against not only formal, philosophical relativism, but the “everyday practical relativism which almost imperceptibly saps our ‎sense of identity.” 
…Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs who died in a wave of persecution in the 18th century, in which the Vatican estimates about 10,000 were killed.
... Pope Francis said, “They knew the cost of discipleship ... and were willing to make great sacrifices.”...“They challenge us to think about what, if anything, we ourselves would be willing to die for,”.

     Only Christ was perfect, right. When you see something that makes you uncomfortable, or you don't understand, check it out. Do something about it; Open your mouth; Politely question. If the person you would like to talk to won't answer ask yourself why ? 

     Maybe they are shy. Maybe they are deaf; Maybe they can't see. 

     They aren't Jesus though, and neither is Father Mark Burger. Why does he speak in Parables; Meditation, the Desert Fathers, Thomas Merton ? 

'This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.'

Mark is not Christ; He is not beyond reproach, or "tough love". 
No one is. Not even yours truly.

What do you see ?

Check out the bulletin below.
Why does Father Mark Burger invite Fr. Hartnett to his parish ?
Why does he invite Gillian Ahlgren to his parish ?
I guess to know exactly you would have had to "gather" with the 30 some odd people who attended their talk; Maybe not. 

     If you read what I posted above, you would know, with your own eyes, using your own brain, that something is not "Kosher".

     Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, would not approve of this.
Quite frankly our own Archbishop Schnurr, would not approve of this.

     You need to look further to find out why.

     We did.

     It has become the most depressing thing, aside from the funeral of my father, that I have ever done.

     Works of mercy can be directed not only toward the needs of the body, but the needs of the soul as well. Indeed, the most serious form of poverty of all can be the poverty of the spirit, not only because it drains life of all energy, joy, and sense of purpose, but also because it is the one kind of poverty that can last forever. 

561. Our Lady of Visitation Cincy: Shaking the Tree Parte Uno - Who is Fr. Dan Hartnett ?

562. By their fruits you will know them: Shaking the Tree at O.LV. Parte Dos - Who is Gillian Ahglren ?