What is Truth?

Jesus-Pilate

By Charlie Johnston

As is often the case, the reproduction of my letter to Pope Francis concerning the Bishop Robert Finn situation will have to wait another day. Whenever I have something of some weight, I have to play with it over and over and just do not want to print it until I feel reasonably content that what I write is clearly what I intend. In the meantime, I publish here, in its entirety, a post Bishop Rene Gracida put up on his website, Abyssum. It is a letter from a Priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph:

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“No one has won anything here; we’ve all lost.”

Posted: 29 Apr 2015 03:12 PM PDT

From the Blog, SAINT LOUIS CATHOLIC

[I am honored to be able to publish here the text of a letter from a priest who shall remain anonymous, writing to Catholics about the resignation of His Excellency Robert Finn. It says it as well as it can be said. It has been edited  slightly to remove some personal references; the substance is his – Abyssum]
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“As you all know, Bishop Finn has resigned … This comes after a long, bitter, nasty campaign by many of our brothers and sisters, who, for whatever reason, were convinced that he needed to go. … It is now, therefore, time to say a few things in the open during this time of sorrow for him, and for our diocese.
First of all, for the instigators of this unfortunate event, the issue was never the Ratigan affair. There were definitely mistakes made in handling the situation by people who, it turned out, were in over their heads, but there was never any malice, or impulse to cover up anything. I will not recount the story here, but I will say this: If this had happened on another, more popular bishop’s watch, the aftermath we have seen would not have occurred, because the motivation for the mob-scene that ensued was Bishop Finn’s fidelity to a classical concept of the church, not the cover-up of any misconduct.
For years before the bishop’s arrival, there had been in place a bleak outlook on the future shape of the church, a church without many priests, a church run “out of necessity” by laypeople, lay administrators, with priests as the sacramental suppliers, not leaders. It was said a lack of vocations was the reason for the new organizational principles adopted here, but, in fact, the lack of vocations was self-inflicted. Certain radicalized theologians and catechetical experts after the council had predicted a priest-less church, and some labored to bring this to fruition. In the’90’s in our diocese we sometimes had less than 5 seminarians in any given year, and this reality was used to prop up the idea that the post-Vatican II church was meant to be a new church, with a new organizational chart.
Bishop Finn, as most modern, younger bishops after the council, decisively rejected this depressive scenario, put much less money into programs established for the bleak future, and, instead, put money and resources into the development of priestly vocations, and we have seen the result. We will have 10 new priests in this fiscal year, and have had many in the past several years. Though we will ordain so many, we have more men applying right now than the number we’re ordaining.
People complain that these young priest candidates are conservative, and that the Vocations Office is recruiting only conservative seminarians. This is untrue. [The office has] never had an ideological litmus test for incoming students. What is true is that service in the church, dating back into the early ‘90’s, …was attractive to young men who loved the church, knew she was 2000 years old, loved her traditions and teachings, and hadn’t grown up in the ‘60’s time of turmoil. In other words, they were not, as a group, like their elders. And, as the men in my generation, they are allowed to be who they are. The vocations truly, were always there. The lack was in my generation’s insistence that the young men hold the same ideologies as we did. I saw many a young man turned away from the seminary in the early days for not having the “correct” leanings and attitudes. May God have mercy on us for our hubris and over-weaning pride.
Those who are celebrating the departure of Bishop Finn now began their work long ago, not because of the Ratigan case, but because Bishop Finn rejected their view of church reality. He was an “arch-conservative,” “pre-Vatican II,” “trying to take us back to the medieval church,” all these bits of nonsense that covered up the real truth: Post-conciliar ego and pride, the belief that we finally knew more than those thousands of saints who had gone before us, had led to the destruction of much of our church, the loss of clergy and religious, compromise with the world, especially in moral matters, the endangering of our families and children, and our own spiritual bankruptcy. The “Springtime of the Church of Vatican II” has never come, because we, in our smug superiority, had severed our connection with our past and Catholic Tradition. The tree cannot flower without its roots intact.
One of the most disturbing things I have seen in my years as a priest is the glee and meanness of many of our brothers and sisters in the aftermath of Bishop Finn’s resignation. Champagne corks popped, celebrations begun, more mean and vicious things said by people whose Lord Jesus said to them, “Love one another.” There is no forbearance or forgiveness for this man who plead no contest to a politically motivated charge filed by an ambitious prosecutor with strong ties to the abortion industry, so that he might save his local church the pain and cost of a public trial. The statute used to prosecute Bishop Finn was not even applicable to what happened, but such is our legal and political society. He is a man who loves and cherishes children, and would never for one minute hazard them for any reason. … But the outrage of many was managed by the designs of a few, and here we are.
What has this whole thing done to us? Is our love and respect conditional? [One person] put up a post on Facebook, “I hope Bishop Finn rots in Hell forever.” We have become mean, low and self-involved. The vicious attacks by Christians against Christians that we see day to day have become the norm. Whatever happened to praying for your enemy, blessing those who persecute you? Who are we and what have we become? No one has won anything here; we’ve all lost. An honorable man has been unjustly disgraced, and we have sacrificed his dignity and our own in a rush to punish and destroy; things antithetical to everything our common faith represents.
If any good is to come of this, it must come from the grace of God in the humble hearts of His faithful children. Let us learn the lessons again from Christ who is meek and humble of heart. His yoke is easy and His burden light. Let us not take upon ourselves the heavy yoke of hate and spite; they, in the end, are too much for us to bear without us losing everything the Lord wishes to give us. May God’s peace give us clean and humble hearts.
In the Sacred Heart of our Crucified Lord !!!
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I also have to put up this piece about how the American Administration has blocked the visitor visa for an Iraqi Catholic Nun who was to come with a group to discuss the situation in Iraq in Washington. The nun is part of a larger group of minorities who are being persecuted in Iraq by ISIS. She holds two disticntions: she is the only one in the group who is Christian – and she is the only one whose visa request was rejected by this administration. The stated reason for her rejection is that the administration fears she will stay and become an illegal immigrant – and you know how tough this administration is on illegal immigration. Perhaps the best plan for her would be to fly to Mexico and then drive on up.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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116 Responses to What is Truth?

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Sad that the priest wrote anonymously. Sad, too, that the Cardinal of Los Angeles is still in good standing, and many other bishops who did far worse. When you think that a grand total of 6 months went by, with many actions taking place, he wasn’t exactly covering up. It almost feels like a setup from within.

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  2. Rosie says:

    I also feel struck at the outcome of Bishop Finn. When he was sent to Kansas several years back, reading his bio, my first thoughts were…”they are going to eat this good man alive!”. And so it seems. Not to mention AB Cordilione of SF. And now, the passing of our beloved Father Nicholas Gruner, a die hard advocate of our Blessed Mother and Fatima, who also has gone through so much. It seems, we are getting ready for a full frontal attack, and I do not see too many people ready, or aware. And I find very little safe harbor in our current church and the “good shepherds”. However, our Lord will use all this and I pray we realize what amazing love he has offered us, when it is so dark we cannot see our hands in front of our face. Thank you, Charlie for all you do.

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    • Maria says:

      Bishop Finn is the bishop of Kansas City, MO. Archbishop Naumann is the archbishop of Kansas City, KS and he has become the interim bishop for KCMO in Bishop Finn’s absence. Many of us supported and still support Bishop Finn. May God keep him strong in these evil times.

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  3. Christina says:

    “Perhaps the best plan for her would be to fly to Mexico and then drive on up.” I don’t know if it is the ridiculousness of my day or if this is hysterically funny, but I am laughing my butt off here. Thanks for the levity!

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  4. Becky-TN says:

    So sad and unfortunate!

    God help us!

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  5. Charlie, the system thinks this will be like shooting fish in a barrel. Anyone who has read the Book of Esther knows that they are gravely mistaken. I am tasting anti-Catholicism in my own body from my own flesh and blood. In fact I have been like the proverbial canary in the mine since the day I appeared in EWTN in December of 2005. Good bye employment, friends, the little family love I could buy with the money I used to earn, etc. Like C.S. Lewis once wrote: “no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.” All of a sudden the warm embrace of American liberty, that I had compared so many times to the oppression of my country of origin, became an ominous wave of suspicion. I lived in Boston for 22 years and not one friend of that “age” survived my newly found Conservatism nor my Catholicism. Add to that the fact that I had walked into a Church divided by a silent schism: not all priests could be trusted, not all Catholics believed what I believed. Self catechized as I was, even my baptism had to be a miracle. I was received in the Church in England because none of the parishes I had visited were too enthusiastic about receiving me. I had to suffer my own ostracism early and even today when I post something in Facebook there is always someone who wants clarifications. It happened recently when I recommended someone to do something Maximilian Kolbe used to do. I was immediately called up by the Ultra Catholic Pure Thought Police and my words were quickly twisted into something I never said or meant. That person was immediately dismissed from my account. I had enough of the “holier than thou” attitude at this point. I don’t have to explain my actions to each post V2 ignoramus. I say this not out of pride but out of frustration. Another example: I have been attending the same parish here in BA for three years and I haven’t made one single friend in spite of trying to be more social. I am sick and tired of this dryness but “it is all sea and islands now” and save for the grace of God there go I. Recently after leaving the confessional I saw the priest take a peek out to try to catch a glimpse of my face. Not that I had any particular horrible sins to confess but I suspect the man wanted to know who was this man who insisted in confessing according to the proper rite (here it is common to go straight into the absolution without asking for any act of contrition or imposing any penance.)
    Good men like Bishop Finn will have to bear the brunt of the attacks of the “church of Sodom” while the air is getting unbearably thick but that is the kind of tyranny that we are falling under. Some people are waiting for some kind of Hollywood Antichrist or a literal mark on the forehead and hand but that may be a deception, the real oppression, the real intrusion in everyone’s life began long ago while we were asleep oblivious to the approaching danger. The same happened to Mordechai in the book of Esther but God was watching all the while and He turned ungratefulness and shame into glory first and then made the arms of the Jews strong so that they could defeat their enemies. God does not change and the story of Esther and Mordechai is a model of the very thing we are going through now. The story ends well for us but right now we are sort of in the middle pages. Courage and blessings to Bishop Finn and to all the faithful priests of Jesus. Shame and defeat to the synagogue of satan.

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    • Patricia says:

      Carlos,
      As a born again conservative Catholic, not having gone to church for many years from high school to early thirties, I can tell you I did survive the coming out as a conservative Catholic in my hometown of a suburb of Boston. Because I am home grown and from a large family, people did have to put up with me. That may be the difference. But maybe also, at this stage in life, I am rather comfortable in my own skin and frankly do not care what people think anymore.

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      • charliej373 says:

        I accept people for what they are if they are of good will. I expect the same. If that is agreeable, we can be friends. If not, then not so much. A good friend of mine spent several years as the national spokesman for the American Atheists Assn. It did keep our conversations lively.

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      • Patricia, I agree with you. But being an immigrant with a funny name did not help me much. I am kind of thick-skinned but I still get tired of the whole charade. I met a wonderful priest in Lynn who volunteered to be my godfather. Through a miracle of sorts I was baptized in London’s Most Precious Blood of Christ Cathedral on Assumption Day 2001. Less than a month after the world would be changed forever on September 11. I was in Boston in my office in East Boston, only a stone throw from Logan Airport. The TV was on and I got to see the smoke coming out of the first tower. I had clients there and on Pine St also. Little did I know it was the beginning of the end for my small business. I moved to Virginia no long after that. I could not go through the Callahan tunnel thinking of a terrorist attack of some sort. Once I took a cab and the driver stopped to do his ablutions on a tiny carpet interrupting the North End traffic (Hanover St) and I thought “this nut could have all kinds of mischief in his mind” etc. Then I would go to Mass and hear that Jesus “encouraged people to share. He never multiplied actual loaves of bread” etc. and then my thoughts would be more like “no one is minding the store!” Imagine I had to survive Fr Geoghan and his gang without the benefit of a strong, mature faith. It seems to me, obviously God carried me through. He is still doing it in spite of my rather big shortcomings. Keep the Faith in that part of the world, you are an apostle in a strange “bzah” land :o)

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        • Patricia says:

          Carlos,
          My comment was meant as an encouragement that some of us have been in your position and did survive. But as I said people had to put up with me because I am a native of the neighborhood. I can see that you would be in a more difficult position. I should have been clearer. My latter point is that at this stage in life and at the times we live in, I do not care what people think of my religion. However, I am a lot more circumspect about it than I was in my thirties and forties. 🙂

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    • Petra says:

      Carlos – Our Savior said, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.,,,” John 15:18-20
      Remember, the satan leaves those he already owns alone. He only harasses those who do damage to his kingdom. The more he attacks, the more you must assume you are doing damage to his kingdom. I hope you know we are praying for you, because you seem to be a force the satan definitely does not like.
      I expect Our Lord sees how this wears on you, and maybe how tired you are. I’ll make sure to say some extra prayers for you to help you persevere.
      As the world darkens, only the Light of Christ will illuminate the path for us.

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      • connie says:

        I like your response, Petra. It seems to me, Carlos, that you are a very kind and sensitive man. I too will offer up prayers to strenghten and heartenyou and all who suffer in this way even by “our own”.

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      • Have you heard the nightly nightmare of Padre Pio. Every night he had to fight a black beast with a sword. Through the years the sword got smaller and the beast grew larger. One night Jesus sent him to fight a now enormous beast. Poor Pio asked for the sword and Jesus told him “no sword tonight, Pio.” Our saint defeated the beast with his bare hands but he learned that the strength had come from Jesus. That was the last time he had the nightmare. Without even daring to compare myself to Padre Pio I can see the problems are growing but somehow I am always provided with some means to defeat the latest attack. The more it happens the weaker I get but as I get weaker something in me grows stronger. I compare this to the words of St John the Baptist: “He must increase, and I must decrease.” By the way you are the third person to tell me that in the last few days. “Remember, the satan leaves those he already owns alone. He only harasses those who do damage to his kingdom. The more he attacks, the more you must assume you are doing damage to his kingdom.” Very encouraging words. I am working as much as I can but there are many distractions. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Know that I am praying for Charlie and all of you here too. Good night and God bless.

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    • mmbev says:

      Carlos:

      You cannot see our faces. You cannot see the smile and joy is our eyes when we see your name, knowing that the truth of who you are is going to be shared with us in words. You cannot know of how much we would be deprived if you were not here, one of us. You would miss out on being part of this “family”, and, oh, how much we would miss.

      But here you are,.Here you expose the truth of your real self as each of us do too. We love you and embrace you for the gift of all that you are. A family lost; a family found. You are tightly woven into the embrace of the golden web of Our Lady, just as we are. You life is being written here, where truth is told and loved and respected.

      You may never see us, BUT HERE WE STAND. WE BELONG TO YOU AND YOU BELONG TO US.

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      • I wish I could press “like” a zillion times 🙂

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        • Kati says:

          I wish I could press it that many times too, Carlos! Hang in there with a smile because I think the satan is horribly frustrated with you and scared. God is preparing you for bigger and better things. 😉

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        • Crystal Sullivan says:

          That is as beautiful a reply as I have ever seen. I love you all, but today, MMBev! you are my rock star.

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        • jaykay says:

          MM Bev, you said it👍 Carlos, be strong, brother. You are, of course, but this is just a sort of a “man-hug” (you know, the sort that we guys are embarrassed about doing, so we put in all the thumps on the back) to keep you going. An Irish man-hug usually results in a trip to the pub but, well, that’s probably not feasible just now since I’m in Ireland and you’re… not. But I’ll have a pint for you later. There. Sorted 😊 🍺

          Today is First Saturday. The three children were persecuted by Portugal’s atheistic/masonic authorities, yet in truth those in power were only a minority and the underlying faith of the people was solid. Within ten years they were gone. I won’t go into subsequent Portuguese history, but there’s a lesson there about imposed tyrannies. In 1985 I was in Berlin, and that Wall looked solid. 1995, not so much. Keep strong, Friends. First Saturday.

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          • Very good JK! My maternal grandmother comes from a Cork family (arrived here in 1846) I have plenty of Irish relatives and friends so I’ve been taught the Irish ways. We will have that pint one day in Eire or here in Buenos Aires where we have one or two good Irish pubs!

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      • Michelle says:

        I love that, mmbev. A family lost; a family found. My sentiment, exactly. It gives me much comfort and joy to be part of the TDL family. Extra prayers for you, Carlos.

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      • Fran says:

        That made me so sad to read, Carlos, that you looked for friends for three years in your parish, and didn’t find them! I hope and pray that I never overlook someone who is looking for friendship, and your comment will make me more aware of that. I consider you, and everyone here a friend. If you lived close by, I’d invite you over for an Italian meal, and a glass of wine!
        One of the things I look forward to in heaven, is that everyone there will be a friend!

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        • Loved your invitation! We Catholics would do well to copy the Evangelicals in making an effort to be close friends of all our brothers and sisters. And I’ll definitely stop by one day for that Italian meal and wine! God bless.

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    • marie says:

      Dear Carlos, I first ‘met’ you several years ago on Father Gordon’s “These Stone Walls”. I admired the way your comments were always encouraging and supportive and how much you empathised with his situation, while at the same time eloquently expressing your disgust at his unjust situation. I admire you even more now that I know that you have suffered so much yourself, yet were able to put aside your own personal difficulties and reach out to Father Gordon.

      As for friendship, I feel sure you have many unknown friends around the world, among whom I would consider it an honour to be included. I’m praying for you. Que Dios te bendiga.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Carlos — I just sent you a “Friend Request” on Facebook. I am Ellen C. Neufeld. I hope we can link up. 🙂

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    • SteveBC says:

      Hang in there, Carlos! And for any reader in a similar situation, I think you can assume you are in all our thoughts as well, for the same reasons. 🙂

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    • Mick says:

      Carlos, aunque no viva yo en Buenos Aires, te pido que me consideres ser tu amiga. Que Dios te bendiga ahora y para siempre, mi amigo. (Yeah, my Spanish is rusty; but I’m confident that you caught my drift.) 🙂

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  6. Mark says:

    Unfortunately the west left Truth a bit ago. I can hardly wait to see if Marriage is redefined as between any two (or more) persons here in the US. Given a Judge in NY recently declared a primate, as I understand it, a person with legal standing, it could get even stranger! The irony of of Pontius Pilate, acting as a judge (John 18:38) asking “What is truth”, is being relived today with our judges not knowing “truth”. Heaven help us.

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  7. Marita says:

    Dear Carlos,

    Your comment touched me to the core. I felt like crying when reading about the rejection from those who should be your brothers and sisters in Christ. In my past I was rejected by people as well and couldn’t make any friends and I kept wondering why? The only friends I have now are much older than me and they are dear people I met years ago on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I haven’t had any friend my age since I was in grade school, but the wonderful friends I have now make up for all that.
    When I was reading your post I kept thinking about an article Spirit Daily had one day last week about people being rejected because they are not of this world. I went back and got the link to that article because when I read it I felt like God was answering that question I always asked him, why can’t I make any friends. Here is your answer too. http://www.spiritdaily.net/worldjohn.htm
    If the link doesn’t work just go to SD and click on Archives and then click on April 23. The article is titled “Tension and rejection may be because “you are not of this world.”

    God bless, I can’t wait to meet you in Heaven. I’ll be your friend!!!!!

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  8. Donna says:

    Carlos, my heart was aching for Bishop Finn. And then I read your post. I want to make you tea and hear your story. I want to be your sister in Christ. What has happened to us? God have mercy on us all.

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    • To those Jesus truly loves, He reserves the choicest splinters of the Cross. Bishop Finn must be very close to the Divine Heart. Imagine the humiliation and pain of both Mary and Jesus. Those gawkers and mockers were their neighbors. I have a personal theory that people that suffer humiliation and pain at the hands of the Church are like stars that irradiate the love of Christ, accepting that awful treatment as others would accept glory and praise. We still crucify people in this day and age and yet we call ourselves Christians.

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    • Kati says:

      Donna…wonderful!!! I’d like to join with tea too…peppermint tea. Hmmmm, I wonder if Carlos prefers Mate? 😀

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  9. Paul says:

    It’s all disturbing, but the part that gets me most is the denial of the visa to the nun…praying for her and the disturbed individual that orchestrated that now.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That one hit me like a fist, too, Paul. Such petty malice…it is both contemptible and pathetic at the same time. Can you imagine the impoverished, embittered mindset of people who think the way to flex their muscles is to abuse a nun who has faced death regularly? I don’t know whether to spit on them or light a candle for them.

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      • May that candle should be lighted under their pew (smile) after all that is the part of their body they appear to be thinking with, and therefore the one more in need of illumination!
        Here in BA there was once a young Navy officer who executed two nuns (both shot in the back) because they were suspected of aiding the leftist guerrillas. One can follow orders but never to dishonor one’s uniform, one’s flag, one’s family name. Many times I wonder what happened to that young man, forty something years ago. One thing satan does to his followers is make them like him. If I was that nun, I would put that rejection stamp in a frame. Her eyes are probably too saintly to look upon the North American Sodom our poor nation has become.

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      • mmbev says:

        Personally, when I read about it, my inclination focused just on the first. Then I thought I’d best pray about that. I still think both is a good choice. However, they are too far away for the first, so I guess we are stuck with the second.

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      • EllenChris says:

        Myself, I would say: “Spit first, then light the candle.” 😉

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        • charliej373 says:

          Ha Ellen, I was thinking I might do both. Once a friend who was running for governor and I were on the same stage in a litany of speakers. One fellow had just insulted me or the Senate candidate I was speaking for. I pleasantly said “Bless you” to the offender – and my friend shortly burst out laughing. Later he explained that he heard what I muttered immediately under my breath after the bless you part, which was, “…and the horse you rode in on.”

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          • CrewDog says:

            This No Visa for Nun Story has “Legs” and, I believe, has a “Silver Lining”! I just heard Glenn Beck make a Big Deal out of it and it’s hitting the Talk Radio, InterNet and Blogosphere Big-Time. Another embarrassing incident for Obama & Administration that will have to be “Walked-Back” and corrected. There is is no reasonable excuse for this action! Just another glaring example of the Democrat Party Machine demonstrating their disdain for Christians in general and Catholic’s in particular!! …… unfortunately 43% of USA “Catholics” will still Vote Democrat nonetheless ;-(
            GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • EllenChris says:

            Good one.

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      • Irish7 says:

        I totally agree guys. That one really got me too….in a deep way. It struck me how much thing have changed in 7 years. The Bush Admin encouraged people of faith at every turn…bent over backwards to do so. Pres. Bush would have given this nun a hero’s welcome (hypothetically of course since he wouldn’t have created the situation leading to her persecution). A gathering of thousands of Bush Administration appointees felt like a church picnic…so many devout Catholics, Evangelicals and Jews. In contrast, Obama’s people party with Beyoncé. Striking. And you know what really bothers me is that George Bush is a principled Christian man of goodwill who defended Christians with valor and you know when things got tough Christians jumped ship in droves and largely deserted him. Christians grumbled maliciously right along with the secular mob even as he carried our water. That has always really bothered me. I think we will be held to account for that. But I digress. Yeah the nun thing hurts.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Bothered me, too, Irish. I once was one of several speakers at a large Lincoln Day Dinner in Central Western Illinois. Speaker after speaker at this Republican function spoke with disdain about Pres. Bush. It irritated me…so when I went up, I said good things about Lincoln and Reagan – two of our native sons, but then added defiantly that there was another Republican President I had great admiration for…that he had made some mistakes, but that he was passionate about protecting America and Americans and did so with fortitude while being viciously villainized…and that I admired and was proud to be associated with Pres. George W. Bush. I was astonished – along with everyone else on the dais – as the hall erupted into a sustained standing ovation. Needless to say, the remaining speakers after me took no swipes at Bush. But I, too, consider it disreputable cowardice that so many who demand courage in their politicians, dump on Bush even though he was nearly precisely what they seek in an official on conservative and Christian actions…and they dump on him just because they don’t want people to talk ugly about them. It is contemptible.

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          • Irish7 says:

            Ahhhhhh…thank you!! “Proud to be associated with Pres. George W. Bush”. That is perfect and a balm to my spirit. I’m so looking forward to vindication for these people once sanity is restored after the Rescue.

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  10. Jacquie says:

    Carlos,
    Persecution of various kinds from within the Church seems to be getting worse! It is painful and difficult. Having experienced this along side my deacon husband I can say hurt and surprise were the most obvious feelings. But Jesus said, “If they persecute me..So also you” or something close (Doing this from memory). But who persecuted Him? The “Church” of his day. Those in power, the so called leaders who led others in their error in judgement.
    That doesn’t mean it is easier. Maybe our expectation of acceptance and encouragement makes the hurt more painful.
    Take heart! We are with you!
    Jacquie

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    • Thank you Jacquie, I did not expect this outpouring of support and great reflections. This blog is very different from other similar Catholic venues. I can tell there is a good spirit here and I am very happy I found you. I read once in the revelations to Blessed Katherine Emmerich that in the last days God would have special men and women who would help feed the Church with truth. Some would be unknown to all but a small part of the Church. That seems to be happening here. God bless!

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      • Vladimir, Slovakia says:

        Hi Carlos,
        the things you have said in your responses to the Bishop Finns predicament remind me of the words of the New Testament, “they will persecute you and will think they are serving God” or so it goes, citing from my memory.
        I know what is to be an immigrant, a foreigner in a strange land, trying to communicate with the locals after the Holy Mass, especially if you see everybody gets up to go for the Holy Communion and you never see a priest sitting in the confessional. And everyobody receives the Body of Jesus in their hands… and you dont. Or when they omit parts of the Holy Mass, like here, in Austria, especially older priests.
        Once I came to the new priest from Rome, who served the Holy Mass as it should be served and thanked him for serving it properly. He was surprised by such a strange thank you.
        A long time ago I have lived in Canadian Toronto /the eighties/ where we had our own, Slovak Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, where the services were according to whatever I was used to in my homecountry. Or to a Portugese, Fillipino or Polish and Byzantine Catholic churches since I knew I would be distraught by the English language services by local priests.
        Sorry to say that, but the impact of the wrong reading of the VCII and the changes made to the Old Rite allowed for the anomalies we have seen and unfortunately still see at some places in the West that we would need at least three popes like Benedetto XVI and Pope Francis to undo… I just hope the Storm will eradicate all this nonsense from the Western blindness towards God himself and His Sanctity. Hey, I am not throwing everyody in the West in one bag, that would be a misunderstanding, I am just commenting my experiences. I dont want to be judgemntal either, I rather pray for such priests and those who support them in these ways.
        I have to thank God for the protection from all those anomalies in the churches, like throwing altars out, having the Tabernacle in a different room, etc. under the Communist rule. When you walk in any of the older Churches in Eastern Europe, you will see them as those of yours in America in the 50. Beautiful, full of sanctity and awe and peace. Maybe it is time for you, Carlos, to start to attend a Filipino church or some Byzantine Rite one. Honestly I am a Roman Catholic from the outside and Byzantine Catholic /Greek Catholic/ from within.
        May God bless you, Carlos. If you would not have any attacs laid against you, you would not be on the right track, or something is fishy.
        At the moment I think I was led to desert by our Lord since the incredible disgust by an old forgetful lady against my being a care taker of her husband with dementia, is something what Jesus must have felt as well, but the difference in His case was it was from His own nation. I am a foreigner who legally works for a family that needs somebody to take care of their parents. The lady tries everything to rid of their 2 caretakers, since weare two and change every fortnight. But no sweat, I take things as they come and I have such an incredible protection from Heaven, man, you would not believe it.
        I believe this is what we shall experience thru the Storm when we trust God, an incredible protection and help. I have more time to pray here than at home with 6 kids, so I pray. Boy, you should know how many attacks we go thru, especially against the health of the kids. One or two day fevers of 39 Celsius are nothing new, stomach problems for a day, like darts thrown at them. Well, I just smile as I and my family know who is the author of all those “pleasantries”.
        Carlos, amigo, I will keep you and all in my prayers at least while I am here, near Vienna. God bless you all, my American + friends, brothers and sisters in Jesus.
        And John, I admire you for whatever you are doing for people you have never met and seen. It iss just a sheer trust on your part. Be blessed.
        Vladimir, Slovakia

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        • Wow! Vladimir, great to hear from you from one of my favorite cities in the world. You have written about something I mention often, about trusting in supernatural protection. We must prepare and have something ready if we can but if we cannot prepare beforehand Divine Providence will supply what is missing. Many prophets in the past have been sustained or delivered by supernatural means. One anecdote: on a certain day I ran completely out of food after running out of money too. I had tea bags and some sugar so I thought my breakfast was going to be a cup of tea. My thoughts were focused on something not very spiritual: doughnuts! As I was getting ready to make some tea I heard a noise in the corridor. I looked through the peephole and there was nothing there but just to make sure I opened the door to peek out. At that time I discovered a rather large shopping bag resting next to my door threshold. Inside there were six doughnuts, four baloney sandwiches, two cans of Coke,and some fruit (apples and oranges) there was also some instant coffee. I looked around and I found no one. I waited for about 30 minutes thinking the mistake would be discovered and someone would come looking for the misplaced bag. No one ever reclaimed it. I must admit the doughnuts did not make it to the full hour 🙂 It was my guardian angel I am sure. Divine Providence never fails.

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        • Mick says:

          God bless you, too, Vladimir; and thanks for your prayers.

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  11. Ignacio says:

    Don’t know whether to spit or light a candle 🙂 brilliant just brilliant. I love your humanity how bright it shines through your words. So easy to confuse holiness of life with niceness and pious actions. Paul was a lion he had to be because love carries a cross and dies upon it. I often read his letters and have fallen in love with his true life his humanity born anew in Christ. Charlie how much you echoe St Paul. Carlos have no fear because those around you will see your strength and that light granted you in painful circumstances will be a source of hope as the storm deepens. A great reversal approaches and those at the front well they better get used to seeing from the back. Lift your lamp high and be amazed at what the Lord does in our day.

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    • connie says:

      Ignacio, I often think of Jesus Our Lord himself AND St. Paul when I read Charlie’s posts/comments and I think of the disciples and apostles of the Early Church when I read these comments from these beautiful souls on this site. My heart soars and is stirred up to put my soul on fire at times and at other times(as one of you stated earlier)my heart receives a healing balm because of the beautiful souls here on Charlie’s website. I would love,love,love to meet all of you this side of heaven but am content to hope in joyful anticipation for when, God willing, I can meet you all in Heaven!!!!

      Charlie you have taught us not to put God ina box but instead be ready and watchful for the Lord to act in new and surprising ways. It boggle my mind sometomes how He uses this technology to manifest Himself for our benefit. I am so grateful to God for His loving providence in so many ways. I could go on and on but I will say only this: may God continue to be Glorified by all of you!!!

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  12. mmbev says:

    I cannot contain my laughter and it is making it really hard for me to type. I closed, returned to inbox and clicked on “Renew America Newsletter”, and there before my wondering eyes……..was this title to an article.

    April 30, 2015
    Justice Alito: Why not let 4 lawyers marry one another?
    CNS NEWS

    I’m afraid that I find the title so delicious that I am not going to read it, just in case there is something in it that might spoil my appreciation and delight.

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    • NancyA says:

      Just imagine the joy and serenity in that home of four married lawyers. Ha, HA!

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    • Vladimir, Slovakia says:

      Hello, Bev,
      since I follow Spiritdaily a lot, I know the humor behind these words… Bingo, I say. Lots of blessings to BBC – beautiful British Columbia. How do you like the Sorowful Mother card? I hope you have got it.
      Vladimir

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      • mmbev says:

        Vladimir, I do so owe you an apology. I not only appreciated it, but also St. Joseph, whose Feast Day this is. (And he is one of the patrons of Canada, I believe.)

        You will get a reply personally yet! I have found I both love and hate summer coming. With the extra yard work, I find I am sleeping even more!

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      • Mick says:

        Ha, Vladimir! I should have read your comment before I wrote my comment to Ed above. Then it wouldn’t have looked like I tried to steal your “bingo” line. 🙂

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    • Normally when faced with a question like that, the attorney must be ready to explain a distinction. In this case attorney Mary Bonauto launches into a something so incomprehensible that Justice Scalia (who is a very intelligent man by the way) is compelled to say “Well, I didn’t understand your answer.” Here is the –quite funny– rambling response by Bonauto:

      “There’d be two. One is whether the State would even say that that is such a thing as a marriage, but then beyond that, there are definitely going to be concerns about coercion and consent and disrupting family relationships when you start talking about multiple persons. But I want to also just go back to the wait and see question for a moment, if I may. Because…–“

      We are used to see that Liberal logic has very short legs tightly wrapped inside the bag of ideology. That is why their arguments jump all over the place trying to override logic and common sense with simple necessity. Her explanation shows that (a) she is poorly prepared, (b) she skipped too many of those Philosophy of Law classes. That response should have been carefully prepared.

      Notice these are the brainiacs our own laziness allowed to positions of leadership in society. In the next Christian civilization let us be more careful in weeding out the idiots from universities, sending them to work on a farm where they can be happy and learn some intelligence from common farm animals.

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      • mmbev says:

        Once again, you have nailed it, Carlos. With regard to Liberal’s statements, I have to say that it is English, and I can understand the individual words. But for the life of me I cannot comprehend the idiocy of what they are saying. It’s neither rational or sane most of the time.

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    • Mick says:

      Ha, MMBev! I saw that article a couple of days ago, and I did read it (I couldn’t help myself). I guarantee that you’d get a kick out of it. It really was funny.

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  13. Kathleen Wimmer says:

    I must wonder if the Pope will be moved by this impassioned letter? We, here in Belleville have seen similar treatment by self absorbed priests towards our Bishop. As a result, in the last few years, he just keeps his head down. I keep hoping he will more forcefully address the continued weaking of true Catholic teaching I the diocese.

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  14. Phillip Frank says:

    That beast Padre Pio fought was a demon who was being distracted buy St Pio as he interceded for us as a victim soul.
    Pay special attention to your faith sufferings as you too are distracting demons as willing victims to aid our fellow man cruelly afflicted buy these enemies. Better we suffer a little for them than they end up in eternity suffering much more than we can ever imagine! At the same time, we as filthy rags, are being made white as we are dipped in Christ’s blood and wrung out clean.

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    • Lord forgive us our offenses towards you and towards each other. Help us to have deep sorrow for sin and reveal to us ways and means of amending our lives. Have mercy on your people us, Christians, who are called by your name. Give each of us a contrite heart; give us your virtues of humility and loving kindness particularly towards the destitute and persecuted Christians. Lord heal those who are infected. And protect us from the dangers of this terrible disease. We realized we’ve been erring and drifting away from you. Spare us and should you decide to extend our length of days on this earth help us to surrender our hearts, our minds and our wills to you. Use us Lord as instruments of your peace and justice. In your mighty name Jesus, we pray. AMEN!
      — Prayer by Sister E.

      I think this prayer sums up my thoughts. Sister was praying for those affected by the latest outbreak of the bubonic plague but we can ask for the same protection against other “plagues” including spiritual ones. Your comment was very insightful in my case. All my life I have noticed there is a “force” frustrating nearly everything I try to do. Thanks to your comment I noticed also that Padre Pio is a very similar case. Every time he achieved something he had to see it attacked by his own, accusations against him came from inside and outside the Church, he prevailed in every case but only after some struggle. In that sense I see a parallel (sans the miracles and the obvious sanctity of the man.) Very good insight. Thank you, Phillip.

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      • connie says:

        And for that reason( among many others), I consider St Padre Pio a very powerful intercessor against the attacks of the evil one, along with St Benedict.

        On another subject, can anyone tell me why us Americans have not talked about or began an impeachment process on Obama? I remember there being serious talk about impeaching Clinton but really don’t remember what happened with that.

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      • Petra says:

        Carlos, it came to me that your life for the past little while has been like the life of Job. You came to the Church, and then things started falling apart, and then, no friends or spiritual companions, and then one woe after another. Job’s wife was no help at all, and neither were his friends. He was basically going through his suffering alone, without human help. God permitted it all for His greater glory. Job’s faithfulness, his true love of God, which was mightily tested, resulted in greater glory for God, greater humility for Job, but also blessing for Job.
        God’s ways are not our ways. Hang in there, in spite of the great trial you are under. You bring glory to God by staying within His will while suffering. I am praying for you.

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  15. Mary Anne says:

    I am signed up for daily emails from St. Faustina’s diary. This is today’s….
    Today I was awakened by a great storm. The wind was raging, and it was raining in torrents, thunderbolts striking again and again. I began to pray that the storm would do no harm, when I heard the words: “Say the chaplet I have taught you, and the storm will cease”. I began immediately to say the chaplet and hadn’t even finished it when the storm suddenly ceased, and I heard the words: “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will” (Diary, 1731).
    Also…as of today…May 1…I am officially enrolled in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular! =)) If you are not yet, you should!!! See your priest and he will do it.

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    • Paul says:

      Hi Mary Anne…what’s the website to sign up for that?

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      • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

        Paul,
        A priest must enroll you. It is a simple, but powerful, little ceremony. I had my adult children enrolled soon after they became Catholic. I asked our pastor, and he was able to do perform the ceremony in church just a little bit before the weeknight evening Mass at my former parish.

        It looks like you can receive one free blessed scapular from here: http://olmcshrine.org/join (I just ordered one today, so I can’t vouche for the site, but it looks legitimate.) Once you are enrolled, and your first scapular is blessed in that ceremony, subsequent scapulars you purchase to replace worn out ones (you bury or burn the old ones) do not need to be blessed. Here is a link for the prayers for an enrollment ceremony from ewtn, so I think it would be a legitimate enrollment: https://www.ewtn.com/library/PRAYER/BRWNSCAP.TXT I think my pastor, though, already had the prayers and information on how to enroll when I asked for my daughters (I was enrolled, I am pretty sure, at my First Communion circa 1965 or 1966. Does anyone else remember that? It would be such a good practice to do that again.)

        May Our Lady of Mt. Carmel bless you on your search and desire to be enrolled!

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      • connie says:

        I didn’t see a reply to you Paul regarding the brown scapular(although I may be in a segway line below one) so I found this website, though I am sure there are others: http://www.freebrownscapular.com/brown_scapular_enrollment.html

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Mary-Anne. I refused to wear the Brown Scapular for such a long time…because I thought I did not need it. I thought the “Rosary”is enough for me. I kept rejecting the inner urge to wear it and I left it in my bedroom. One morning, I was having a shower. After my brief shower, I was gobsmacked to see my rejected brown scapular on the bath mat. I said , ” Impossible.” It was laid in a proper order, neatly. I was so shocked. I immediately knew that it was Our Lady putting it and wanted me to wear her brown cloth. From that day, i still wear her Brown Scapular daily. I now understand that Brown Scapular and rosary go together. Our Lady of Fatima held the brown scapular and rosary when appearing to the three children as noted.

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  16. Bob says:

    Here is Jonathan Cahn on this abomination before the supreme court. He is not restrained in his speech even to the powerful.
    http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/jonathan-cahn-follow-baal-and-go-to-hell/

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  17. Lynette says:

    This will be the time when people in retrospect will look at our diocese of KC/St. Joseph and see the beginning of some very good things here, due exactly to the good leadership skills and insight of dear Bishop Finn. These men and women, who were against him from the very minute they got word of who was coming to KC, told him what they could and would do, and they succeeded, or so they think in their darkened minds. The Shawn Ratigan incident just gave them the opportunity and the press they needed. They blocked the way in some things, but he led the way to many good things while here, working where he could, in what I believe to be great humility, despite the growing and continuous onslaught. Despite all the appeals to Peace and Justice, worldly justice has not been served in his case and, regarding peace, the diocese is now split more than it ever has been. The good news is, most of these folks that had worked feverishly and in the darkened corners for a laity-led institution are growing older and they have not reproduced themselves. We heard the words from a well-known EWTN preacher a fews ago when describing them, “spiritual geldings”, as they are not attractive and they cannot reproduce. Their heyday is short. But Bishop Finn’s work is showing good fruit now and the harvest will be great in future generations. His reward is not here and now, but his enemies are reveling in theirs. May God have mercy on all of us and not give any of us what we deserve. Back to the catacombs, perhaps, for a time.

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  18. Donette says:

    And then of course we have the venerable Supreme Court Justice, Ginsberg, providing her legal argument for her position on same sex marriage.

    “During Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments in the Supreme Court, several of the Court’s conservative members suggested that same-sex couples should not be given equal marriage rights because these couples have not enjoyed those rights for most of the past. As Justice Antonin Scalia summed up this argument, “for millennia, not a single society” supported marriage equality, and that somehow exempted same-sex couples from the Constitution’s promise of equal protection of the law.

    Not long after her conservative colleagues raised this argument, however, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained exactly why marriage was long understood to be incompatible with homosexuality in just five sentences:

    [Same-sex couples] wouldn’t be asking for this relief if the law of marriage was what it was a millennium ago. I mean, it wasn’t possible. Same-sex unions would not have opted into the pattern of marriage, which was a relationship, a dominant and a subordinate relationship. Yes, it was marriage between a man and a woman, but the man decided where the couple would be domiciled; it was her obligation to follow him.

    There was a change in the institution of marriage to make it egalitarian when it wasn’t egalitarian. And same-sex unions wouldn’t — wouldn’t fit into what marriage was once.

    Justice Ginsburg’s point was that, until surprisingly recently, the legal institution of marriage was defined in terms of gender roles. According to Sir William Blackstone, an eighteenth century English jurist whose works are still frequently cited today to explain the common law principles we inherited from our former colonial rulers, “[t]he very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband; under whose wing, protection and cover, she performs everything.” As late as 1887, fully one third of the states did not permit women to control their earnings. And married women could not even withhold consent to sex with their husband until shockingly recently.

    Under the common law, “by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract the wife hath given herself up in this kind unto her husband,” and this consent was something “she cannot retract.” The first successful prosecution in the United States of a husband who raped his wife did not occur until the late 1970s.

    So American marriage law, and the English law that it was derived from, presumed that the wife was both financially and sexual subservient to the husband. In a world where marriage is defined as a union between a dominant man and a submissive woman, each fulfilling unique gender roles, the case for marriage discrimination is clear. How can both the dominant male role and the submissive female role be carried out in a marital union if the union does not include one man and one woman? This, according to Justice Ginsburg, is why marriage was understood to exclude same-sex couples for so many centuries.

    But marriage is no longer bound to antiquated gender roles. And when those gender roles are removed, the case for marriage discrimination breaks down.”

    My first problem was this Jewish lady spoke from English law and not from Mosaic law. But then she might be of the Kabala studies. I don’t know. I have read that in their beliefs that homosexuality is acceptable when the consenting adults are not of their faith. I don’t know that either. Perhaps Charlie might be able to enlighten us on that aspect.

    I might not spit as so many here have done so because my mouth gets so dry from the rot I am fed daily on the news therefore I don’t have enough saliva to spit. It also might be because I have my tongue twisted in a knot to prevent me from saying what I think but my thought is close to spit. It begins with bull and the firsts two consonants sp of spit are changed to sh.

    Of course there is the old saying that if you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your bull … So many are practicing that old saying today.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Fascinating. Thanks for the analysis, Donette.

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    • Petra says:

      It seems Honorable Judge Ginsberg is quoting feminist theory here – the feminists’ take on history and marriage, which are some of the most negative and harsh views of marriage I have ever heard, and seem to be based on a narrow reading of history. In any case, it’s the reality of marriage that was actually lived by real men and women throughout the millennia. I hope, I just hope, (well, actually, I’m praying to Our Lord) our Justices are not going to rely on feminist ideology to guide their decision.
      Truthfully, from the statements Donette quoted above, it seems to me Judge Ginsberg was somewhat equivocal in the statements she made, as if she and others of her ilk see a weakness in them that mitigates against their general agenda.
      She said, “But marriage is no longer bound to antiquated gender roles.” If that’s true, then maybe all the protections written into the law for women and children with regards to marriage (which are the “benefits” the gay activists are really after: Social Security benefits when the spouse dies, pensions benefits when the spouse dies, automatic inheritance and property rights, spousal insurance rates, medical next-of-kin decision making rights, to name a few) are also antiquated, and need to be reworked. I am sure the feminists do not want that kind of equality, which may be why Judge Ginsberg was careful to limit her statements to marriage so-called discrimination.
      I’m with you Donette. The whole thing is so perverse, if it wasn’t so important to our society, I’d close my eyes and ears and walk away.

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      • Petra says:

        Opps! I reread what I wrote before I hit “post,” but I still got it wrong!
        I said, “…in any case, it’s the reality of marriage that was actually lived by real men and women throughout the millennia.”
        I meant to say, “…in any case, it’s NOT the reality of marriage that was actually lived by real men and women throughout the millennia.” 🙂

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  19. malachi99 says:

    Just thought I’d let the gang know that our baby boy, Leo Michael, was born today before lunchtime. Prayers much appreciated as the boy will have to have some corrective therapy for his feet (billateral talipes, club foot, not too severe though). Whilst I was in shock for a few hours after birth due to worry over his little feet I’m a bit more relaxed now and thankful to God for another healthy babe born in the world.
    God bless you all.

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  20. Julia says:

    Charlie, thank you for sharing information about Bishop Finn in a previous post. Because of your article; I started including him by name in my prayer for individual Priests and Bishops. Now it feels like he is being asked by God to share more fully In the sufferings of Jesus.

    An innocent mans sufferings are a powerhouse in the hands of God. May God grant Bishop Finn the grace to forgive those who sentenced him so cruelly, that their souls may be saved too.

    And Carlos, and others who are mistreated, you are in the same Team with Bishop Finn. Living a True Martyrdom of the heart. You know, I feel Pope Emeritus Benedict is in the Team too.

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    • Recently I was visited by a friend, our friendship goes back almost 40 years. He is a communist now of the kind some call “progressive” but I still use their old name. He came to see me and we shared a cup of tea. On the table, just by mere chance, there was a copy of one of my books. He was intrigued and asked to see it. Then he asked why was I writing those books. I told him that I like to do it for the glory of God and also I make a few dollars on each, not much but enough to pay the electric/water/gas bills. He then responded: “but there must be a propaganda reason to do it?” I responded that only in the original Latin sense of that word (propaganda=propagation) because I wanted to propagate the Catholic Faith to the best of my ability. Then he asked “for what?” and I responded: “so everyone will know the truth about Jesus.” He immediately responded “But … Carlos … truth does not exist!” and I fired back “So what you just said is then a lie?” He had a look on his face between angry and puzzled. I went on to explain to him that principle of non-contradiction saying that any statement should be at least consistent with itself and then gave him some examples of fallacious statements: “truth does not exists”; “all generalizations are bad”; “do not trust ANYONE”; etc. explaining as I went on how those statements were not consistent with themselves and how they violated the logical principle of non-contradiction.
      He responded “Not everything is logical, sometimes we have to forget about logic” and quickly grabbed his coat and car key and very politely thanked me for tea and left. I am very sorry for him because I could see murder in his eyes for a second. Lenin said that there will be always “useful idiots” ready to do what they are told to satisfy the leadership. This friend of mine is now seeing me as a dangerous enemy. In the old Soviet Union he would be snitching on me. No compassion, just a completely illogical hate for reason, truth, God.

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  21. SteveBC says:

    What is Truth? I think it apropos to provide the following link to the recently published “Statement of the Joint PAS/PASS Workshop on Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility” issued by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences after the UN and the Vatican met. Here’s the link:
    http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/accademia/en/events/2014/sustainable/statement.html

    If you read it, pay close attention to the language and consider this question: “Which individuals or which institutions will make everything come out right?”

    I suspect the answer is governments and environmental NGOs. We can all guess where that will take us, can’t we? How much of this will require strong “collective action?” How much coercive power will need to be gathered and wielded by global, regional and national governments to force individuals to toe the global line? And what is truth when all this is based on false claims and corrupted “science” as well as money sliding greasily through favored hands?

    I must wonder what Pope Francis will do. If he buys into the global fairness language, is he not advancing the social justice theme? If he buys into the language that focuses on global efforts to redistribute wealth and globally funded and operated programs to lift up the poor, is he actually helping the poor, or is he backing the parts of our global society which lean toward Liberation Theology and regressive Progressivism?

    Will the UN be granted the right to tax the people of the world to advance these intentions, allowing one of the most corrupt and unaccountable organizations on the planet to aggrandize itself even further than it already has? And look at the signatories, 90% of which are academics. What is their bias? We are not informed. If it’s the same as in universities here in the US and Europe, they are heavily biased toward the themes they wrote about here, and their language is no accident. If they are experts in climate change “science”, who pays them? If they are not experts in climate science, what gives them the right to speak authoritatively on this subject?

    Where in here is the family? Where in here is even a nod to the source of individual freedom and inalienable human rights which flow from the Judeo-Christian tradition and exist in our world because of it? Where is voluntary charity? Where is free expression, free action? Do the taxed “givers” learn to be generous or resentful? Do the recipients of global handouts learn gratitude or entitlement? Why should we think that those to be charged with making all these good things happen actually will succeed in generating a good outcome when they are the same type of people as those who have run Detroit into the ground?

    I will be watching with real interest to see what Pope Francis actually does with this. Can he thread the needle on a secular issue he probably knows little about, or will he fall for the lovely language? Stay tuned, folks, and fasten your seatbelt.

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    • Mack says:

      They didn’t even mention God except for a perfunctory nod in the last sentence. The statement focuses on how great we are with all our technology, so we can solve these problems. Isn’t that the spirit of the anti Christ? No matter, this statement will be little noticed and quickly forgotten.

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  22. CrewDog says:

    The Truth is …. The tolerant Left-Wing Politicians and their Media are totally intolerant of YOUR Orthodox Christian/Jewish Beliefs …… and, it appears, that THEY sense some kind of “Struggle” is imminent and THEY are becoming more frantic in their “mission” to Shut-Down & Shut-Up citizens that “cling” to the Faith, Traditions and Morality (Constitution/Bill of Rights) of our Founding Fathers …. Religious & Civil!!
    An old retired Marine e-Buddy of mine “Signs-Off” with RNS: Resist! Never Submit!
    Perhaps we should combine his “Sign-Off with Bishop Fulton Sheen’s heading of JMJ: Jesus, Mary and Joseph?

    “Exclusive: Conservative Leaders Blast CBS News over Anti-Christian Bigotry”
    http://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2015/05/01/exclusive-conservative-leaders-blast-cbs-news-over-antichristian-bigotry-

    “Six years after Notre Dame speech, Obama’s ‘common ground’ claim questioned”
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/six-years-after-notre-dame-speech-obamas-common-ground-claim-questioned-83883/

    “APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS NATIVITY SCENE BAN IN SANTA MONICA”
    http://www.breitbart.com/california/2015/05/01/appeals-court-upholds-nativity-scene-ban-in-santa-monica/

    “Hillary Clinton: Force Christians to Change Their Religious Views to Support Abortion”
    http://www.lifenews.com/2015/04/27/hillary-clinton-force-christians-to-change-their-religious-views-to-support-abortion/

    “TALK-SHOW HOSTS AND RELIGION”
    http://www.catholicleague.org/talk-show-hosts-religion/
    http://www.catholicleague.org/mind-joy-behar/

    “KANSAS CITY STAR GETS INTRUSIVE”
    http://www.catholicleague.org/kansas-city-star-gets-intrusi

    JMJ-RNS

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Crew Dog,
      I like your new sign off of “JMJ-RNS,” but please don’t let that stop you from including your signature variations of “GOD SAVE ALL HERE!” I like those so much!

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  23. Carmel says:

    Just saw this on Spirit Daily: the Black Hermits have been told – by the Bishop – to leave the Diocese of Northampton (UK) because one of the hermits, Br Damon, has been distributing legal leaflets that teach about the moral law in relation to marriage, thus “bringing the diocese into disrepute”. See their website: http://www.trumpeteer.co.uk. Please pray for them

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  24. connie says:

    Here is a wonderful example pf our young military being a sign of hope: Naval Academy midshipmen, caught in Baltimore protests, direct families to safety
    http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ph-ac-cn-riots-0428-20150427,0,5977193.story

    BTW, missing everyone here and remembering all in prayer. The word “pounded” seems to be coming up in people’s conversations more and more it seems to me. Maybe it is just because that is what I have been feeling like- being pounded. And kinda like once you see a notice a white truck, now everywhere “white trucks appear!” HA HA!. So, consequently, I am very behind on my reading here at Charlie’s Place. But trying to regroup and recoup on a Sunday afternoon, doing alittle reading while I can. I can say this though, despite all the pounding, it seems as if I have graces needed to not fret or worry so much, just do what i can, as i am able focusing on the job at hand. I am offering up more and more problems to Our Lady of Tepeyec under the Miraculous Trust Prayer to Our Lord and truly I am even finding joy and peace while going about my business more and more easily, which, frankly, for me is not my normal way of dealing- I tend to obsess and dwell on things so that I can become sick with worry. So Every now and then I find myself marveling at how I am just taking all these things in stride more easily than I have ever done before!!!!Thank You Jesus and Thank you Mother Mary- this is your doing not mine.!

    Also, I want to say that we had a very scary and tragic event a few months ago, which I think in part caused my husband’s heart attack. Well, first of all I gave the heart attack and all its ensuing upheaval, fear, etc over to Our Lady of Tepeyec and many miracles, graces, blessings came from That episode but the former event also seemed to dissolve into nothings except perhaps blessings and small miracles also. So I am basically givng praise reports. Someone a while back, gave an excellent suggestion of writing down all prayer requests/dates each time we pray the Prayer of Miraculous Trust, and so I have been doing that and hope to give more praise reports in the future. Maybe we could make a new category in the future if we get enough of these? I don’t know, I just like to see and be a part of signs of hope because it reinvigorates MY hope( and faith and love).

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  25. gwen5559 says:

    Our Catholic radio station is asking for messages of support for Bishop Finn. I was hoping that my friends here will send love, support and prayers to our wonderful Bishop. Thanks!

    World Apostolate of Fatima
    The World Apostolate of Fatima is pleased to support this request:

    The Catholic Radio Network is working on a special project to honor and thank Bishop Robert Finn for his past service in the KC-SJ Diocese. Testimonials in support of Bishop Fin will be organized and presented to him in written form as a gift of gratitude and encouragement. Additionally, some testimonials will be recorded and played on the air on KEXS AM1090.

    Please prayerfully consider being a part of this project and if so, please reply to this e-mail with your answer to the following question:

    “How did Bishop Finn bring Christ to you or you to Christ?”

    With your response, indicate clearly whether you want us to sign your name or if you prefer to remain anonymous. The deadline for sending testimonials is Thursday, May 7, 2015. Your favorable response to this e-mail gives permission to The Catholic Radio Network to use all (or part) of the response on the air and in book form.

    Send your reply to jmjroper@catholicexchange.com

    Please feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested in contributing.

    In addition, please keep Bishop Finn, Archbishop Naumann, and the appointment of a new Bishop in the KC-SJ Diocese in your daily prayers.

    National Website: http://www.wafusa.org
    KC-SJ Website: http://www.pray4america.net
    Email: pray4america.net@gmail.com
    Mailing Address: World Apostolate of Fatima
    P.O. Box 901188
    Kansas City, MO

    World Apostolate of Fatima – Kansas City/St. Joseph Division · P.O. Box 33028 · Kansas City, MO 64114 · USA

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  26. Kris says:

    Greetings all.. I am somewhat back on my feet after surgery for a very unhappy gallbladder. I will not miss it although it served me well, but farewell ! Lying in bed after coming out of anesthesia gives some interesting insights to a person. I was SO grateful to be breathing although my abdomen hurt so that taking a deep breath sent me into spasms. Yet the feeling of oxygen filling me was so profound after first waking up I really can’t explain to anyone. I just cried a little tear and told Jesus and our Lady thank you. It did not stop there. Ever since I have noted how much people all around me are doing. The little things we just don’t pay attention to most of the time. As I have gained back my strength I have been so grateful for the amazing processes we do everyday that have to kick back in once anesthesia and pain meds are weened from the body. Grateful that they kicked back in and no more trips to the doctors was necessary. The most profound thing hit me as we’ll, if we take care of the person who needs to be taken care of ,God will provide the means for the other things as necessity comes along. My husband and I run our own business and since October last year we have spent equal time trying to take care of work and taking care of our son who has special needs. For six months we refocused all our energies on him and had to tell ourselves we would be okay because God is asking us to tend to our son now in a most focused way. We were a bit trepedatious because of this. In my mind I would express it as, we’ll if we don’t tend to the customer how are we going to make bills etc. yet right away I also knew if I did what God put in front of me then He would need to take of the rest. And that is how it happened. It just seemed everything went okay and our energies were well spent doing the next right thing. Our son is better and we have this new care taking process that my husband and I have developed we work well together. Then enter my surgery. So once again I found myself saying just do what God has put in front of you. I am pondering these lessons in relation to the storm and believe God is pruning us and training us.
    On to bishop Finn. I will tell you my family came from KC St. Joseph diocese. We know the players and the horrible political intrigue that swirled around his coming the subterfuge that has happened and the amazing legacy of new priests that will always be his gift to the future Church. My heart is broken. I read several times the letter from the priest that says it all ” No one has won. We have ALL lost”. And he is SPOT on! I read the letter to my family and the discussion afterward was most heartening. We all agreed there were no winners although there are great celebrations amongst those who think they did! Champagne corks are flying! We were talking about the scene in Dante’s Inferno where the souls of the wrathfully shredded each other for all eternity. Shredded each other. Human beings eating and tearing each other up justifying all because of a supposed/real injustice. There is never an end game just the shredding. The body of Christ is doing this to our head. He hung on a cross and we ran up shredding his body demanding not justice anymore but revenge and vitriolic words poured out such as that terrible wish for bishop Finn to live I hell for all eternity. Oh the question does beg answering, what have we become? How has wrath taken over? Can we self correct? Will it take the storm to correct us? In the mean time I hear the words of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary ” see this heart that loves so much and is so little loved”. God lead us

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    • connie says:

      Kris, thanks for sharing what you just went through. It was agood reminder for me to leave those things which seem pressing(due to fear) to God and just do what He has put right in front of you. It takes Completly Trusting in God to take care of all else if we but “take the next right step”. Just today, I gave in to worry and did not do what was right in front of me but instead turned to do something because of fear. My day was fried! Everything after that was a huge struggle- very frustrating. Now I have to go to the Lord and tell Him that I am sorry that I did not TRUST in Him but instead leaned on my own understanding. I truly wish I would have done what you did, as you said “yet right away I also knew if I did what God put in front of me then He would need to take of the rest. And that is how it happened. It just seemed everything went okay and our energies were well spent doing the next right thing.” Really needed to be reminded of that!
      ,
      I am glad that all is well for you after surgery, that your son is doing well, and that your business is too. God Bless You!

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      • Kris says:

        Thank you as well. I really feel more peaceful just focusing on who the most needy is and taking care of that. God does take care of the rest.

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  27. Michelle says:

    Hillary White (always a good read) at Lifesite News just published an article entitled “Bishop Finn and Cardinal Danneels: Two Different Responses to Abuse ‘Cover-ups.” Here’s the link if any are interested. https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bishop-finn-and-cardinal-danneels-two-different-responses-to-abuse-cover-up?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=247c0c2baf-LifeSiteNews_com_US_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-247c0c2baf-397489893
    It just makes the comparison of how the “progressive” cardinal is protected and the “conservative” bishop is ostracized.

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  28. CrewDog says:

    Comments!?:
    “The First Church Of Convenience And Politically Correct Feel Good Services”
    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/05/16/the-first-church-of-convenience-and-politically-correct-feel-good-services/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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