La Chiesa Cattolica, a vostro comodo (The Catholic Church, at your convenience)
By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
TEA WITH MARIELENA… Today’s brew: Strange mixture of aromatic herbs
Tea drinkers can stop practicing tasseography. There is nothing to decipher in “Pope” Francis’s statements. It’s all very clear. Denouncing abortion, homosexual “marriage” and contraception, is simply not his cup of tea.
This is why I decided to title this commentary, “La Chiesa Cattolica, a vostro comodo” (The Catholic Church, at your convenience)– as a reflection on the statements made by “Pope” Francis during an interview,on August 19, with Antonio Spadaro S.I, Director of La Civiltà Cattolica.The interview was published on September 19.
Two original excerpts, in Italian, and my translations, are presented below.
EXCERPTS FROM INTERVIEW OF “POPE” FRANCIS, CONDUCTED IN ITALIAN:
«La Chiesa a volte si è fatta rinchiudere in piccole cose, in piccoli precetti».
«Non possiamo insistere solo sulle questioni legate ad aborto, matrimonio omosessuale e uso dei metodi contraccettivi. Questo non è possibile. Io non ho parlato molto di queste cose, e questo mi è stato rimproverato. Ma quando se ne parla, bisogna parlarne inun contesto. Il parere della Chiesa, del resto, lo si conosce, e io sono figlio della Chiesa, ma non è necessario parlarne in continuazione».
TRANSLATION FROM ITALIAN INTO ENGLISH (courtesy of Marielena Montesino de Stuart):
“The Church has at times locked itself in small things, in small precepts.”
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, homosexual marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and for this I have been reprimanded. But when we speak about these issues, it is necessary to speak about them in a context. The viewpoint of the Church, moreover, is known, and I am a son of the Church, but it is not necessary to speak about it [the viewpoint] continuously.”
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STOP your farcical “pro-life” proclamations from your gilded offices at the 16th century Palazzo della Cancelleria — and from the Ritz Carlton!
Cardinal Raymond Burke says that Irish Catholic politicians who support abortion should not receive Holy Communion. Good, it’s about time; however, this is not the first time he makes this public proclamation. Remember John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign? Was anything done about it? NO. In fact, pro-abortion John Kerry, along with pro-abortion Chris Dodd and pro-abortion Ted Kennedy, received Holy Communion at none other than Benedict XVI’s Papal Mass in Washington DC, on April 17, 2008. http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive//ldn/2008/apr/08041707.
Cardinal Burke may not have been responsible for these three pro-abortion politicians receiving Holy Communion; however, his double-standard, as explained below, does not lend credibility to the recent admonition he issued to Irish politicians.
It appears that Cardinal Burke looks the other way– and ‘breaks bread’ with certain wealthy lay Catholics, in so-called “conservative” circles, who honor pro-abortion billionaire/politicians in exchange for money, while apparently ignoring the following Catholic guidelines:
“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” [emphasis added]– From Catholics in Political Life (USCCB 2004).
Thomas S. Monaghan is the Catholic Founder and Chancellor of Ave Maria University. On November 5, 2009 a pro-abortion billionaire/politician was honored on the campus of Ave Maria University– in exchange for a gift of $4 million. This billionaire/politician also has a notorious history of giving breathtaking financial support to pro-abortion politicians—including Barack Obama. Ironically, he also funds children’s hospitals. This is typical of powerful individuals without a well formed conscience. They cannot make consistent moral and ethical choices.
Following the honoring ceremony a huge building was erected on campus, bearing the name of this pro-abortion billionaire/politician, thus honoring him in perpetuity. It is my opinion, that this large building stands as a reminder to society, of the erosion of what it means to be pro-life. In spite of this scenario– Monaghan considers himself qualified to serve on the Advisory Board of the Ave Maria Mutual Funds– which meets “regularly to review the Funds’ moral standards and criteria.”
Legatus is an organization founded by Thomas S. Monaghan “designed exclusively for top-ranking Catholic business leaders and their spouses“.
Did Cardinal Burke issue the same public admonition at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, regarding Holy Communion? Has he administered the same public medicine to “conservative” wealthy lay Catholics in positions of leadership, who honor pro-abortion billionaire/politicians in exchange for money? Please, Cardinal Burke— inquiring Catholic minds want to know!
Cardinal Burke’s words mean nothing. His actions—and the company he keeps– speak loud and clear. It is nauseating to see powerful members of the Church’s hierarchy issuing farcical proclamations against abortion. The innocent unborn being murdered, deserve better.
This is a tragic reality for Roman Catholics who may not be aware of the double-standards practiced by some of the Church’s highest ranking prelates—considering that Cardinal Raymond Burke is the current Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura—which is the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church– apart from the Pope himself.
Of course… for those who are unable to make moral distinctions, it is often easier to dismiss or ignore the facts. But those who have the courage to stand for truth must never be afraid. They must always stand on the side of God.
As a practicing Roman Catholic – I must say – that if Cardinal Raymond Burke is considered about the best that we have in the leadership of the Catholic Church—then God help us all.
There is turbulence all around us, as we see society descend further into materialistic atheism, while the lives of millions of innocent babies are threatened by abortion. Our hearts are broken—but we must remain determined to defend innocent human life, without exceptions, until the Kingdom of Christ– and His love–rule this earth.
In 1492, after victory over Muslim rule, Isabella I (la Católica) understood that it was up to her to pursue the germinative idea of greatness for Spain, under a recently united, albeit poor Christian Spain.
Today, it is important to remember this extraordinary woman– and her aspiration to bring great honor and glory to her nation, a patriotic virtue which is being lost more and more, as the world succumbs to Socialism.
We also honor the courageous man who served under this crown– and sailed into the unknown, changing forever our sense of taste, smell and our view of the world.
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THE IMPOSTORS: FATHER GROESCHEL, CARDINAL DOLAN: The List Grows
As a practicing Roman Catholic I have written articles about the “modernist” corruption inside the Catholic Church. The series is titled “The Impostors“. I have chosen to remain a Catholic and expose the corruption– because I do not believe in running away. The Church is holy– THE MODERNISTS AND IMPOSTORS WITHIN, ARE NOT. THE TIME HAS COME TO EXPOSE WHO THEY ARE AND RUN THEM OUT–MUCH LIKE WE HAVE TO EXPOSE AND RUN OUT OF WASHINGTON DC THE GLOBALIST IMPOSTORS ACTING AS LEGISLATORS, WHO ARE DESTROYING AMERICA FROM WITHIN.
Today’s news about another impostor, Father Benedict Groeschel, is not surprising. In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Groeschel claimed (among several barbaric remarks) that in a lot of pedophilia cases, the youngster is the “seducer”. After the scandal grew legs– the usual apology was issued. What’s new? Not only are these individuals incompetent as priests– but their duplicity is alarming.
Father Groeschel has been a member of the Ave Maria University Board of Trustees. Groeschel has been paraded around Ave Maria (including inside the K-12 school). You would think they were parading a saint. But for those of us who know full well who these “impostors” are– Groeschel is NO SAINT– and CERTAINLY no voice for tradition or orthodoxy.
Now, watch the spin unfold before your very eyes– with the suggestion of senility, as a result of his morally bankrupt and offensive remarks. Please don’t be fooled by the damage-control. Groeschel is an extremely articulate psychologist– and may I add– astute, experienced, engaged and media-savvy. The accident that is being used as an excuse for his remarks took place YEARS AGO– after which HE REMAINED EXTREMELY ACTIVE IN MEDIA WORK. They also claim he had a stroke– but that certainly has not kept him from articulating his analysis of pedophilia as an experienced psychologist.
You see, lately these impostors are repackaged as being senile– and then suddenly, they die– as in the scandal involving Cardinal Bevilacqua in Philadelphia, who was managing millions (if not billions) of dollars for Benedict XVI’s Papal Foundation, while those protecting him claimed he was senile. A very convenient excuse indeed– after overwhelming accusations surfaced regarding Bevilacqua’s involvement in covering up the sexual abuse of countless children. When the District Attorney of Philadelphia turned up the heat– Bevilacqua turned up dead.
Then, there are the lay Catholics who look the other way, as they ride the coattails of the Church’s hierarchy in hopes of landing plum jobs. Others network with Bishops and Cardinals in order to sell lectures, projects and programs– with the arrogant excuse that “they are making a difference”– while ignoring compelling reports of sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy– as well as cover-ups. The real “difference” that needs to be made is to denounce these monsters and impostors. But you see, Catholicism has become a lucrative business– a buyer-beware minefield where many charlatans prey on well-intentioned Catholics.
CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN
Now, let’s take a look at Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York)– who is paraded as the “new breed” of conservative Cardinals coming out of the Holy See. YES… “THE” CARDINAL DOLAN WHO OFFERED THE CLOSING PRAYERS AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION LAST NIGHT.
For those of you who think that Cardinal Dolan is a hero of conservatism– THINK AGAIN. Watch the following video, where he ENTHUSIASTICALLY greets the Gay and Lesbian groups inside St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in New York City– a long-running-openly-Gay Parish. CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO SEE THE ST. FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH WEBSITE: http://www.sfxavier.org/wordpress/parish-groups/gay-catholics/
OH YES… Cardinal Dolan is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Cardinal-Archbishop of New York. As in Washington DC, the current corruption inside the Catholic Church begins at the top– and flows down.
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