Retreat? Reality Check! You’re Being Flanked!

Just more of the same awesomeness from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone this week!  After a nice week and a half of quiet, Sam Singer and his ilk are back tilting at the windmills.  They’ve been spinning (AKA lying) about how the Archbishop can’t show his face in San Francisco and has “retreat[ed] to the suburbs” (  Sam cites the Archbishop’s speaking engagement in Santa Clara to 500 people a couple of weeks ago as an example of him cowering in a corner or something.  Ahem!  The Archbishop has been speaking all over the country lately, not to mention ordaining a great group of awesome, young, faithful priests the last two weekends right in the belly of the beast.  I suppose it’s got to be a bit depressing for the “100 Prominent CatholicsTM,” but they might want to come back to this beautiful place we call reality.  I think people can figure out that our Archbishop has now become a well sought after speaker – so yeah, he hasn’t been here every day.  I believe he’s doing this little thing called his job. I guess they might just be hoping people didn’t notice?

This week, Sam’s Spinners (my new pet name for them) have tried to chomp down on the Archbishop’s comments made on “gender ideology” at the Sacra Liturgia conference.  Yep, it’s got me scratching my head, too.  Was this a shock to them?  I mean, the Pope has spoken about it, too.  Haven’t read the Archbishop’s great speech yet?  Here it is:  Now, some are saying he was smug for pointing out that the list of “gender identies” has grown along with the insanity. Somewhere (although I haven’t seen a direct quote) he noted the acronym for “not heterosexual” keeps growing.  Do they always consider reality smug?  Maybe they consider pointing to something predicted to happen and having that prophecy fulfilled a problem?  Not really sure, but you don’t have to be a psychic to have seen that one coming.  I believe the reference to “alphabet soup” was actually coined by the types opposed to the Archbishop.

So, no, the Church doesn’t agree with transgenderism.  Shocked?  I’m reasonably sure you knew.  With the news of the week, why would anyone be shocked that the Archbishop would refer to it?  How does he differ from Pope Francis’ belief about transgenderism?  He doesn’t.  What is a bit shocking (although the stupidity of some doesn’t really shock me anymore) is that those who have appealed to the Holy Father to remove the Archbishop (and the publications that support that effort – AKA National Catholic Fishwrap) would make a thing out of this, since the same Holy Father said (as reported in the same National Catholic Fishwrap):

“Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings,” he continues.  “Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.”

With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator,” the pope says. “The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate.”

“God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth,” Francis says. “The design of the Creator is written in nature.”

Again, the Holy Father and Archbishop Cordileone are on the same page.  Quite frankly, it’s pretty darn funny that those appealing to the Pope to remove the Archbishop are so “offended” that the Archbishop points to the schizophrenia in society that results in the acceptance of transgenderism, when the Pope Francis put nuclear arms and “gender theory” on the same plane!  They just don’t seem to get that the Archbishop is echoing the Holy Father.

By the way, big thumbs up to the Holy Father!  Thanks for pointing out what the liberals don’t seem to understand they are saying about God.  Now, to be fair, some of these liberals are atheists, so I’m not including them here.  However, the Christian ones (which include the ones whining about the Archbishop and saying he’s not following Jesus’ teachings) are saying that God creates mistakes (or accidents, as Pope Francis puts it).  Yes, they never come right out and say it, but that’s what they believe, or at least they’ve never actually thought it through, which is entirely possible.  Think about it: Bruce Jenner thinks that God blew it.  He believes God puts women in men’s bodies and vice versa.  What?  Was God tired that day?  Sleeping on the job?  He knows the number of hairs on their heads but just forgot which sex they were?  At least the atheists are more intellectually honest.  They just say there is no God and it’s all random.

Just to further ruin Sam’s Spinners’ day, this was also noted in the same article linked above:

Francis’ remarks on gender theory in the book follow similar remarks he made in a press conference on the papal plane in January in which he criticized what he called “ideological colonization” of less developed countries by those with more resources.

Recounting the story of a public education minister he knew who was offered money to construct new schools for the poor, Francis said that, to receive the money, the minister had to agree to use a course book with students that taught gender theory.

“This is the ideological colonization,” the pope said. “It colonizes the people with an idea that changes, or wants to change, a mentality or a structure.”

“It is not new, this,” he continued.  “The same was done by the dictators of the last century.  They came with their own doctrine — think of the Balilla [youth groups of Fascist Italy], think of the Hitler Youth.”

Oh-ho-ho-ho, “100 Prominent CatholicsTM!”  In case you didn’t catch that, the Holy Father just called you dictators like the ones who ran the Balilla and Hitler Youth!  Don’t blame me!  You’re the ones trying to use your money and power to oust the Archbishop who is trying to follow the Pope.  I believe he also called you Herod earlier in the article, but I’ll leave you to read that yourselves.

One last little depressing thing for Singer, the Concerned Parents, and the “100 Prominent CatholicsTM” club…This recent little speech kind of blows the whole “The Archbishop is retreating because we’re so awesome!” thing out of the water – again.  Sorry!  Archbishop Cordileone is going to speak the truth and he’s going to support the teachings of the Holy Father no matter what “gotcha moments” you think you can make of that.  When trying to get the Pope to do your bidding, you might actually want to know what HE says before you bash the Archbishop for saying the same thing.  That’s really just one of your downfalls in life.  You don’t have a clue what the Church or the Holy Father teaches.


10 thoughts on “Retreat? Reality Check! You’re Being Flanked!

  1. Man Mom, you say it so much nicer and better than me. But if you think about it, what can any faithful Church leader do to unravel the harm caused by false or lax teaching over the last fifty years, other that to continue to speak out? Maybe take the most outlandish public examples and admonish them in private according to Canon Law and then do what Christ told his followers if they persist, treat them like heathens and publicans. But a single bishop or priest cannot do that for every person even if they wanted. There are too many “bad” Catholics. It’s an impracticable, almost impossible task. The Church has no choice but to rebuild, one priest, one believer at a time, and let the biological solution have its way. Bishops and priests can still apply the spiritual works of mercy every day when they see the need. And the faithful can too, and keep on pressing, encouraging, and praying.

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    1. I’m just not one to say nothing can be done. What’s the phrase? Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God? I’m in California so things always look bleak. Other places – the Faith is flourishing. Hope! Hope! Hope!


  2. Reblogged this on Deaconjohn1987's Blog and commented:
    Thanks to Mad Mom for another excllent, must read, post! As she says: “That’s really just one of your downfalls in life. You don’t have a clue what the Church or the Holy Father teaches.” Wake-up ‘100 Prominent Catholics’ and see the Light!

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  3. It’s really telling that in the Sacra Liturgia address of around 6770 words, the media focus was on His Excellency’s comments on gender–which were contained in two non-contiguous paragraphs amounting to a total of 486 words! (Most of the focus was on the first paragraph that spoke of gender identity– 208 words!)

    The rest of the talk was filled with information that is probably new to the Prominent Catholics™ type who are complaining. They would benefit from studying it.

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  4. Bravo! Speaking as a permanent deacon, you hit the nail on their heads. I wish we had a blog “One Mad Dad!” for I am one. Fortunately in Southern California we don’t have to put up with much of that yet. Keep up the good work!

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  5. With a hat tip to Ralph Martin from his book “Will Many be Saved?”:

    “Yet doubtless there are but few who are saved” – Augustine

    “Those who are saved are in the minority.” – Thomas Aquinas

    “The number of the elect is so small-so small-that were we to know how small it is, we should faint away with grief.” – Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort

    And for those non-Catholics who consider themselves Christians, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, et. al. said similar.

    Of course, Jesus Christ said as much, as did Paul, and the OT prophets…

    Preach on Archbishop Cordileone

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    1. Boy, every time I see quotes like these it almost causes me to despair.

      Have mercy on me O Lord, for I have sinned.

      Catechist K ev

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