English Bishop to Pope Francis on Child Abuse: Accountability & Supervision Required For Priests…

English Bishop to Pope Francis on Child Abuse: Accountability & Supervision Required For Priests…

Letter of Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth (pictured below)
to His Holiness Pope Francis

22nd August 2018

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
Vatican City


Most Holy Father,


I am writing in the light of the terrible scandals of the abuse of minors by clergy revealed by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. To these can be added the scandals in Chile, Australia, Ireland and now here in England too, in light of the Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse. Clerical sex abuse seems to be a world-wide phenomenon in the Church. As a Catholic and a Bishop, these revelations fill me with deep sorrow and shame. I pray for the healing of the poor victims. I pray for the forgiveness of the perpetrators. I pray too for myself, and for all our clergy and people, that by our penance we will grow in holiness.

I wanted to make a constructive suggestion. Would it be possible to call an Extraordinary Synod on the Life and Ministry of Clergy? The Synod might begin with a ‘congress,’ attended by the bishops but formed of laity and others expert in the clergy abuse scandals and in the safeguarding of children and the vulnerable. The fruits of this could then be taken forward into a Synod of Bishops proper. I suggest the Synod be devoted to the identity of being a priest/bishop, to devising guidance on life-style and supports for celibacy, to proposing a rule of life for priests/bishops and to establishing appropriate forms of priestly/episcopal accountability and supervision. Canon Law could then be revised in the light of the outcomes and each Diocese be required to apply it by developing its own Directory for Clergy.

As a Bishop, I seem to have few tools to facilitate the day to day management of clergy. For example, when I was a seminary formator, we spent several years devising a balanced system of annual assessments and scrutiny, based on Pastores Dabo Vobis, to help an individual student take responsibility for his formation. By contrast, once ordained, priests/bishops have few formal ongoing assessments or ministerial supervision. It ought to be possible to devise mechanisms to help bishops in their responsibilities towards clergy and to help clergy realise they are not ‘lone operatives’ but ministers accountable to the direction and leadership of the diocese – nihil sine episcopo.

Most Holy Father, please be assured of my prayers for you in your daunting ministry. I look forward to meeting you soon for the Ad Limina.

In Corde Iesu

+Philip

Bishop of Portsmouth

Read report appending the above letter here

Comment

Bishop Egan’s initiative is to be warmly welcomed.  At last a prelate showing the need for practical steps to end this scandal of clerical sexual abuse of young people.  Will the Pope take up his suggestion though?  And what sorts of “mechanism” and “rule of life” would YOU like to see adopted for priests?  How might priests react to the introduction of measures of accountability and supervision, having become used to the kind of laxity we have seen in the seminaries (none left in Scotland, as a result) and in their priestly lifestyle.  They seem to be a law unto themselves at the moment.  How might they react to restrictions being imposed on them now? Is it too late? Or,  as the saying goes, is it never too late?  

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven,      pray for us! 

Comments (113)

  • gabriel syme

    Bishop Athanasius Schneider has issued a letter about ++Vigano’s testimony.
    It is hosted on Fr Z’s site, along with a podcast audio file of Fr Z reading +Schneider’s letter aloud.

    I think +Schneider seems remarkably positive about what will happen now – hopefully he knows something we do not!

    Here is the text (my emphasis – about what happens next) and link to source.

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2018/08/podcazt-167-reflection-of-bp-athanasius-schneider-about-the-vigano-testimony/

    Reflection about the “Testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò from August 22, 2018

    By Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider

    It is a rare and an extremely grave fact in Church History that a bishop accuses publicly and specifically a reigning Pope. In a recently published document (from August 22, 2018) Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò testifies, that since five years, Pope Francis had known two facts: that Cardinal Theodor McCarrick committed sex offenses against seminarians and against his subordinates, and that there are sanctions, which Pope Benedict XVI imposed on him. Furthermore, Archbishop Viganò confirmed his statement by a sacred oath invoking the name of God. There is, therefore, no reasonable and plausible cause to doubt the truth content of the document of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

    Catholics all over the world, the simple faithful, the “little ones”, are deeply shocked and scandalized about recently disclosed grave cases in which Church authorities covered and protected clerics who committed sexual offenses against minors and against their own subordinates. Such an historical situation, which the Church is experiencing in our days, requires absolute transparency on all levels of Church’s hierarchy, and in first place evidently on behalf of the Pope.

    It is completely insufficient and unconvincing, that Church authorities continue to formulate general appeals for a zero tolerance in the cases of clerical sexual abuses and for a stop of covering such cases. Equally insufficient are the stereotyped pleas for forgiveness on behalf of Church authorities. Such appeals for zero tolerance and pleas for forgiveness will become credible only if the authorities of the Roman Curia will lay the cards on the table, giving the names and surnames of all those in the Roman Curia – independent of their rank and title – who covered the cases of sexual abuse of minors and of subordinates.

    From the document of Archbishop Viganò one can draw the following conclusions:

    (1) That the Holy See and the Pope himself will start to cleanse uncompromisingly the Roman Curia and the episcopate from homosexual cliques and networks. (2) That the Pope will proclaim unambiguously the Divine doctrine about the grievously sinful character of homosexual acts. (3) That there will be issued peremptory and detailed norms, which will prevent the ordination of men with a homosexual tendency. (4) That the Pope restores the purity and unambiguity of the entire Catholic doctrine in teaching and preaching. (5) That there will be restored in the Church through papal and episcopal teaching and through practical norms the ever valid Christian ascesis: the exercises of fasting, of corporal penitence, of abnegations. (6) That there will be restored in the Church the spirit and the praxis of reparation and expiation for sins committed. (7) That there will start in the Church a securely guaranteed selection process of candidates to the episcopacy, who are demonstrably true men of God; and that it would be better to leave the dioceses several years without a bishop rather than to appoint a candidate who is not a true man of God in prayer, in doctrine and in moral life. (8) That there will start in the Church a movement especially among cardinals, bishops and priests to renounce any compromise and any flirt with the world.

    One would not be surprised, when the mainstream oligarchical international media, which promote homosexuality and moral depravity, will start to denigrate the person of Archbishop Viganò and to let disappear the core issue of his document in the sand.

    In midst of the spreading of Luther’s heresy and the deep moral crisis of a considerable part of the clergy and especially of the Roman Curia, Pope Adrian VI wrote the following astonishingly frank words, addressed to the Imperial Diet of Nuremberg in 1522: “We know, that for some time many abominations, abuses in ecclesiastical affairs, and violations of rights have taken place in the Holy See; and that all things have been perverted into bad. From the head the corruption has passed to the limbs, from the Pope to the prelates: we have all departed; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

    Ruthlessness and transparency in detecting and in confessing the evils in the life of the Church will help to initiate an efficient process of spiritual and moral purification and renewal. Before condemning others, every clerical office holder in the Church, regardless of rank and title, should ask himself in the presence of God, if he himself had in some way covered sexual abuses. Should he discover himself guilty, he should confess it publicly, for the Word of God admonishes him: “Be not ashamed to acknowledge your guilt” (Sir 4:26). For, as Saint Peter, the first Pope, wrote, “the time has come for the judging, starting with the house (the church) of God” (1 Peter 4:17).

    + Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

    August 27, 2018 at 10:21 pm
    • gabriel syme

      Further to the above, +Schneider does not comment on the possibility of Francis resigning, but equally he only mentions “the Pope” (not “Pope Francis”) when discussing his expectations.

      August 27, 2018 at 10:25 pm
  • Athanasius

    I’m very pleased by this letter of Bishop Schneider because it adds credence to the statement of Archbishop Vigano. A few more senior voices added to these and we might yet see a real change for the better take place.

    August 27, 2018 at 10:51 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Here is a sermon (from yesterday) about the scandal, by Fr John Lankeit (Phoneix USA). He masterfully links the plethora of problems affecting the Church and highlights similarities with the Gospel.

    Quite long at 25 mins, but worth a watch I thought.

    https://youtu.be/BOXPRpfjbtM

    August 27, 2018 at 11:10 pm
    • Therese

      What a wonderful sermon. Thank you for posting it – it’s good to know that there are still great priests out there who are unafraid to preach the Truth.

      August 28, 2018 at 9:35 am
  • gabriel syme

    Bishops Olmsted (Phoenix), Morlino (Madison) and Barron (LA) have now all issued statements calling for a full investigation and affirming the integrity of Archbishop Vigano.

    August 28, 2018 at 8:06 am
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      I have quoted Bishop Olmsted in our newsletter in the past, in the context of kneeling to receive Holy Communion: “If we could see Who it is Whom we receive” Bishop Olmsted said: “we would not kneel, we would crawl.”

      August 28, 2018 at 9:35 am
  • gabriel syme

    Fr Z has printed a text from Aldo Maria Valli, the Vatican journalist whom Archbishop Vigano approached with his revelations.

    When the Archbishop informed him that the lavender networks of complicity and cover-up had reached unimaginable heights both in Rome and the USA, he asked how this could be:

    “And the response the Archbishop gave froze my blood, “Because those fissures Paul VI talked about, through which the smoke of Satan would enter into the house of God, have become an abyss. The devil is at work on a huge scale. And not to admit it, or to turn your face in another direction, would be our greatest sin.”

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2018/08/italian-journalist-how-archbishop-vigano-gave-me-his-memo-heres-why-i-decided-to-publish-it/

    August 28, 2018 at 8:49 am
    • gabriel syme

      The Valii report above also says that ++Vigano has gone into hiding abroad and, in a report for EWTN, Edward Pentin confirms this and states that ++Vigano fears for his safety and that his life is in danger.

      Edward Pentin’s video report:

      August 28, 2018 at 9:20 am
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        WOW! Things are definitely hotting up. I get the feeling that he WILL have to go – resignation, abdication whatever … JUST GO! That’s my tuppence worth to the latest revelations. Oh and “thank you Archbishop Vigano!”

        Seriously, it is very worrying that the whistleblower archbishop is fearing for his safety. Anyone who has read the shocking book about the sudden death of Pope John Paul I, (In God’s Name, I think is the title) knows that it’s not beyond possibility that Archbishop Vigano’s life IS in danger now.

        For the record, when I first heard about the above mentioned book, I dismissed it as anti-Catholic propaganda. Over the years, and re-reading it with a more informed eye (albeit correcting the motive – the writer was misinformed enough to think the murderer did so because he was afraid the new pope was going to change the teaching on contraception to make it acceptable, as if any orthodox Catholic would see murder as the solution to that, or any other issue!) But, re-reading it with a much more informed eye, I can now see, lamentably, that it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that murder would be on the minds of the men doing the Devil’s work within the Vatican walls.

        So, let’s include Archbishop Vigano in our prayers – it would be a shock too far if he did, indeed, lose his life in suspicious circumstances.

        August 28, 2018 at 9:29 am
      • Margaret USA

        Dear Madame Editor,

        First of all, I must apologize for my long absence. Providentially, Gabriel Syme found me and brought me back to CT. 😀

        Second, you are correct. In God’s Name by David Yallop is the title of the book on the death of Pope John Paul I.

        Third, Lifesite News has a petition for those who want to support ++Vigano:

        https://lifepetitions.com/petition/pledge-of-support-pray-for-archbishop-vigano

        I signed it and hope the entire CT family signs it too.

        Yours in Christ the King,

        Margaret 🇺🇸

        September 3, 2018 at 4:18 am
      • editor

        Margaret USA,

        You HAVE been missed, believe me. I’m curious, though, that Gabriel Syme “found” you and “brought you back” to us…

        Sounds like you’re the Prodigal Daughter – I hope your absence was not due to anything untoward any of us has (I’m sure, unwillingly) said to offend you.

        Thank you for the petition which I will sign, though, most of the time when I go through the motions of signing these petitions I get a message to say I’ve already signed!

        Minutes later…

        I hadn’t signed before – it took my signature, so thank you again for posting the link. I encourage all bloggers to sign.

        September 3, 2018 at 9:28 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Hopefully the Lavender Mafia understands that if Abp. Vigano turns up dead somewhere, that would not only be their immediate doom, but would also confirm everything the brave Archbishop stated. But rational thinking does not appear to be their strong point…..

        I’m going to say a Rosary for him.

        August 28, 2018 at 4:07 pm
      • John

        Yes I agree he certainly needs our prayers, Abp Vigano is the same person that exposed money laundering at the Vatican Bank.
        2) That in turn leads to the vatileaks scandal.
        3)That leads to Benedict to ask 3 trusted cardinals to form a secret investigation
        4) those 3 cardinals expose moral rot in the Vatican, in a 300 page dossier which I suspect will NEVER be published.

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q2HSJ6cbMY

        August 28, 2018 at 4:48 pm
      • editor

        John,

        Thank you for posting that very informative video.

        Clearly, Archbishop Vigano is playing a leading role in exposing the rottenness of this pontificate. Let’s hope the fact that his claims are being verified by other prelates, will help rid the Church of this Pope who is a walking scandal.

        August 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm
  • Helen

    This carry on is really very disturbing indeed. I prayed hard last night for the Church and today I’ve come around to praying for those perverts because, despite my personal revulsion and wish to see them burn in Hell, God loves them and Jesus died for them too. So may His will be done!

    August 28, 2018 at 4:33 pm
  • editor

    Here’s a post which St Miguel wants you all to read but he has been having problems with WordPress, so emailed it to me to post for him.

    Ed: Upshot – even Michael VORIS has dropped his papolatrism! Priceless!

    Church Militant Statement on the Pope – YouTube (only NOW is the laity allowed to criticise the Pope! But don’t be fooled by his false distinction between theology and morality: can’t bring himself to say “I’ve been wrong, and compounded the crisis by my cover up of the significance of this awful pope’s words and actions. I have, in effect, been lying to my many followers, who have gullibly accepted my UN-Catholic belief that it is wrong to criticise a pope.)

    Michael Voris calling for POPE to sack his cohorts and then he himself to resign !!!
    {Ed: yes, he’s catching up now that it is more fashionable to do so…)

    Why did Pope Benedict Resign? McCarrick, Vigano and Vatican Bank Scandals Explained in Detail – YouTube
    (this one has already been posted by John above, but, since repetition is the mother of education, I’ll obey St Miguel and post it here, as well!)

    St. Miguel

    August 28, 2018 at 4:44 pm
    • Helen

      Well whatever Michael Voris’ past papolatrism, that video is brilliant. Hard hitting and to the point. I admire him for backing down.

      August 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm
      • editor

        Helen

        He didn’t back down. He justified his previous error by saying it wasn’t an error. He said we can’t criticise the Pope for his “theology” but we can for his error on moral teaching, because we’re ALL bound by morality, not theology (I paraphrase his nonsense).

        So, er… the moral law… isn’t GOD’S (i.e. theological) law? We’re not bound to believe all the theological doctrines denied by this pontiff? Really?

        Sorry, but the memory of his nastiness towards those who were speaking out from almost the beginning of this papacy, is still vivid in my mind. That Voris had come late to the meeting (of minds) doesn’t impress me one bit.

        There were a number of theories as to why he suddenly attacked people like Michael Matt with whom he had previously been friendly, and the SSPX, calling them schismatic over and over and over, but the one that got my attention was the link with cash. If he became too “traditional”, it would be goodbye to his big bucks donors. Now, I’m guessing, his big buck donors are catching on… after all, when a former US nuncio, backed by several cardinals, dishes the dirt on Francis, that’s gotta be OK, doesn’t it?

        No, I’m less than impressed. He’s an orator – no doubt about it. But it’s the authentic Catholic bit that I can’t believe. Sorry. Hope I’m wrong, but it’ll take more than an 8 minutes speech, however “brilliant” to convince me. Oh, and remembering his emphasis on the need to respect the Pope – I’d love to see his definition of “respect” given the personal remarks contained in that video! Priceless.

        August 28, 2018 at 5:22 pm
      • Michaela

        I agree. Michael Voris didn’t take the same view about morality when the gay activist Fr Timothy Radcliffe was promoted by Pope Francis. One Peter Five reported it at the time, so I give an extract below:

        “But this is where things get strange. In a report on the recent appointment — made by Pope Francis — of the same Fr. Radcliffe, Church Militant did an admirable job of reminding readers of his radical offenses. Yet no questions were asked about the pope’s responsibility in making such an appointment. The “nexus” that “more and more faithful are beginning to see” was not mentioned again – even though more and more of them are also beginning to see that same nexus in Rome, not just in their dioceses. There was nothing about “aghast” or “enraged” Catholics in the report. Just the facts. Almost a week later, the silence continues.

        Voris has no qualms when discussing the poor decisions of “cardinals and archbishops”. So why, when that same sodomy-supporting priest is empowered by the Bishop of Rome — the pope — is there total silence on the man who made the decision? The answer is that Church Militant has a zero-tolerance policy on papal criticism in the public sphere:

        It is our judgment that most Catholics should neither read nor have easy access to articles and essays that could be judged critical of the Pope. Such writings should be published and reserved for those capable of engaging them without risk of damage to their faith in the Church and the Vicar of Christ. We make these recommendations for the same reasons that we discourage people from visiting sedevacantist and pornography web sites: they are potential occasions of sin, from which masters of the spiritual life are unanimous in their recommendation of “flight” rather than “fight.” They lead people to think or do things they would not otherwise have thought or done and, almost without exception, those things are harmful to one’s spiritual life. At least one priest has described web sites containing such articles and encouraging such themes as “ecclesiastical porn” …We call it “spiritual pornography.”

        And this next bit, IMHO, shows how Voris just does not understand the genuinely Catholic response to this crisis, which is to know the problem and so avoid the danger of being led astray – he is actually advocating the same cover-up that he’s criticising the Pope for, LOL! The next bit is:-

        “[H]ow is a Catholic better off believing bad things about the Church, whether those things be true or false, and how should a Catholic respond to those things? If someone believes that the Catholic Church has become a bad place to be, what is that person supposed to do? Join another Church? Break away from the visible, corrupt Catholic Church and form an alternative, allegedly more faithful version of the Catholic Church (see CMRI and SSPX)? Leave the Catholic Church and join a more faithful Evangelical Christian assembly? Give up on religion entirely and go the “I’m spiritual but not religious” crowd? Organize “Recognize and Resist” movements within the Catholic Church and relentlessly attack Her from the inside? Seek Church reform via some kind of coup d’etat and replace current leadership with … what?

        None of these responses is authentically Catholic. Each is facilitated and encouraged by papal criticism almost indistinguishable from what is found in the writings of virulent anti­Catholic apologists… “
        https://onepeterfive.com/can-a-catholic-criticize-the-pope/

        I agree he’s a great speaker but I am afraid I put him in the class of those career Catholics who write a speak about the crisis for a living but there’s no depth to their position.

        August 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm
      • editor

        Exactly. He’s kept his policy of no criticism of the Pope through all the immorality so that’s patently NOT the reason for his about turn.

        August 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        I think this would explain his change of perspective: $$$$$$$. Also, I’d wager he is afraid of all this mushrooming outrage turning against him for his ridiculous papolatry, resulting in his loss of website traffic. In other words: $$$$$$$.

        August 28, 2018 at 11:15 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        You’ve done it again…

        https://www.freepik.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/01d-1.gif

        August 28, 2018 at 11:38 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor,

        I was wondering why I’ve had a headache all evening….

        August 29, 2018 at 3:23 am
  • editor

    N O T I C E . . .

    would the person who keeps attempting to blog here but will not be permitted to do so because he is one of those numpties who thinks the pope is not the pope and he doesn’t appear to realise that by spreading this nonsense abroad, he is letting the Pope off the hook. Do you really want this man to be tried at his judgment as “Bergoglio” when the damage he is doing, he is doing as Pope Francis. Think, think, think, and when you’ve done that, think again. We don’t DO “Francis is an anti-pope” here. So, either read and abide by our House Rules or blog off er… elsewhere.

    In summary, please stop submitting posts with tell-tale usernames and your own dodgy blog linked. If you try to blog here again, you will be blacklisted. Be warned.

    In due course, it may be that this horrendous pontificate will be declared null and void or whatever, but since none of us has the authority to decide that, we prefer to spend our time fruitfully exposing what is going on, correcting errors, and using all the resources at our disposal so to do, all the while reminding ourselves of the need to pray for Pope Francis, who definitely is at grave spiritual risk of spending eternity in Hell. That should exercise your Catholic militancy much MUCH more than whether or not he was validly elected. Gerragrip.

    A recurring theme at Fatima was the need to pray for the Pope. Let’s do that, instead of dissecting the last conclave. Gerranothergrip.

    August 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm
  • Athanasius

    Where’s Cardinal Burke on this one? I thought he might add his voice.

    August 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm
    • Michaela

      Athanasius,

      Cardinal Burke supported ++ Vigano two days ago
      https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-responds-to-former-us-nuncios-explosive-letter-about-pope-fr

      It’s been given much commentary, I think because he’s not saying much, really. I find him a disappointment, I’m afraid.

      August 28, 2018 at 10:58 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Michaela and Athanasius,

        I don’t expect much from Cardinal Burke anymore. He seems to be too paralyzed by this crisis to do anything except give a few speeches.

        August 28, 2018 at 11:12 pm
      • Athanasius

        Michaela

        Thanks for that. I hadn’t seen the report on Cardinal Burke’s comments. I agree with you and others that he simply doesn’t do enough. As a Prince of the Church he could do a lot more.

        August 29, 2018 at 12:04 am
  • RCAVictor

    Editor,

    If Francis is so stunned by Voris’ about-face that he resigns (NOT!!!), do I still have to write my article????

    August 28, 2018 at 11:24 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Definitely! There’s no way out!

      August 28, 2018 at 11:36 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Bishop Paprocki of Springfield (Illinois, USA) has said Francis’ response of refusing to say anything is “not adequate”.

    Rorate Caeli thinks a movement has begun and the taboo of criticising the Pope directly has gone. But, that there will be no change until more Bishops speak up.

    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2018/08/separating-wuerls-from-men.html#more

    Mostly this has been a list of solid US Bishops speaking out, with hopefully more to come.

    However it’s disappointing that, as usual, the Cardinals as a group have offered very little so far. Sad to think that careerist considerations are likely a large part of that, for some. But what of Brandmuller, Mueller, Sarah etc?

    I think Francis’ regime just needs a good shove and it will collapse like a house of cards. Then all the sheep (“Bishops”) will rush to rally around whoever did the shoving.

    August 28, 2018 at 11:44 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Cardinal Cupich has seized the opportunity to ram home another own goal for Team Francis:

    “The Pope has a bigger agenda,” Cardinal Cupich said. “He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.”

    Shocking. Obviously hoping the “environment” and “migrants” buzzwords will take some heat off – desperate stuff.

    But he seems to be indicating that they are prepared to try to “tough it out” with his rabbit hole comment.

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/cardinal-cupich-pope-bigger-agenda_Chicago-491855581.html

    August 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm
    • Athanasius

      Gabriel Syme

      It’s tragic that they think the Church is on this earth to save the environment and help migrants. Sanctifying souls is the primary duty of the Church, a fact long silenced by these Socialist prelates.

      August 29, 2018 at 12:08 am
      • gabriel syme

        Athanasius and RCAVictor,

        Amazingly, this morning I have learned that ~12 days ago a satirical evangelical protestant site “babylon bee” produced a joke article which Cupich’s “serious” interview almost replicated:

        Pope Says He Will Address Sex Abuse Scandal Once He’s Finished Talking About Climate Change

        https://babylonbee.com/news/pope-says-he-will-address-sex-abuse-scandal-once-hes-finished-talking-about-climate-change/

        This was meant to be a joke, yet now Cupich has come out and said essentially the same thing and expects to be taken seriously.

        It shows that the current leadership really is beyond parody.

        August 29, 2018 at 8:08 am
    • RCAVictor

      Gabriel Syme,

      There’s a post on Canon212 that the Twitter comments on Cdl. Cupich are running 11:1 against him. He appears not to understand that every time he opens his mouth he is digging his own grave deeper.

      August 29, 2018 at 3:21 am
    • gabriel syme

      Some more reaction to Cupich’s embarrassing interview:

      https://twitter.com/LeonHWolf/status/1034544052098813952

      August 29, 2018 at 8:09 am
  • John

    This sermon should be preached this Sunday in every Catholic Church. It should open a lot of people’s eyes!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0MMiI_UGUVY&feature=youtu.be

    August 29, 2018 at 10:45 am
    • Helen

      John, an inspiring sermon. Thanks for posting it. Who is the priest, do you know?

      August 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm
      • John

        Sorry Helen I don’t know who the priest was. If there was more priests preaching sermons as good, maybe there would not have been as big a crisis in the church.

        August 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Apparently Francis said he is not stepping down, at his wednesday audience.

    https://twitter.com/RorateCaeli/status/1034763755857567744

    However, it seems the crowd has different ideas and some of those assembled in St Peters square were chanting “Vigano”. (I am at work and so havent watched the video yet myself).

    https://twitter.com/ProtecttheFaith/status/1034763866989838336

    August 29, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    • Josephine

      I just wish they’d chanted like that much earlier.

      August 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    • Deacon Augustine

      I wish I had taken note of the time stamp at 1h 04.30 earlier!!!! Might have saved me a wasted half hour looking for it! 😉

      August 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    LOL, Deacon – I almost did the same thing!

    Here is the modernists’ take on Archbishop Vigano – it’s all a plot to oust Francis, LOL!
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/29/vatican-whistle-blower-renews-attacks-pope-francis-disgraced/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_androidshare_ArL5YTLZnVQg

    August 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm
    • Lionel

      The problem is that Pope Francis does not listen to people who do not share his ideas!…

      August 30, 2018 at 9:10 am
    • Lionel

      THIS POPE IS HURTING THE CHURCH!

      August 30, 2018 at 9:19 am
    • Lionel

      …He is for “dialogue” as long as you agree with him!…

      August 30, 2018 at 9:34 am
  • editor

    Latest shocking news about Pope Francis’ scandalously lax attitude to child abusers – click here to read

    August 29, 2018 at 11:18 pm
    • Lionel

      Editor,
      “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that this will not take place in winter… If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them” (Mark 13:14-20 ).

      “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

      August 30, 2018 at 9:03 am
  • westminsterfly

    Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere – brilliant video by Michael Matt on this problem:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=hazEPlCkzIE

    September 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm
  • gabriel syme

    The Master of Ceremonies at Cardinal Wuerl’s Cathedral, a Deacon Garcia, has informed the Cardinal that he will no longer assist at any masses involving the Cardinal. He also says Wuerl should resign amid the current scandals.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/09/09/catholic-clergyman-calls-on-wuerl-to-resign-and-says-hell-refuse-to-participate-in-mass-with-him/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d5924a75ebd9

    September 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm

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