WWFD? Take a Look!

Here’s a little clue that the media, the LGTBXYZ crowd, etc., might just not know what the heck they’re talking about when it comes to Pope Francis. We’ve all heard “Who Am I to Judge?” spew out of their mouths and onto our laptops ad nauseam, but with a severe lack of context. Those folks might want to read this article (http://news.yahoo.com/pope-shows-no-mercy-blasts-rome-mayor-pretend-201914363.html) and do a little bit of honest soul searching before trying to use Pope Francis to tear down the Church.

Here are some highlights:

Rome (AFP) – Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”.


“He pretends to be Catholic, it came on him all of a sudden. It doesn’t happen like that,” Francis said.

The pope’s cutting comments on the politician — who observers say rubbed the pontiff up the wrong way with his vocal support of gay marriage and euthanasia — came as Francis returned from a barnstorming visit to the United States and Cuba.

Asked on the flight home if the pope had invited Marino, Francis said, “I didn’t invite the mayor. Is that clear? I asked the organisers and they didn’t invite him either.”

The thing is, the Pope is Bishop of Rome. He is the head of Marino’s world. Isn’t it interesting to see how the Holy Father handles the flock of his own diocese? It’s not a shock to me, but I think it’s probably a shock to those who think same-sex marriage and euthanasia are A-OK.

“If the most popular man in the world takes down one of the least popular in Italy, that says that all the rules of the game have been thrown up in the air, including possibly those of mercy,” said the Turin daily, La Stampa.

The Italian media apparently doesn’t quite get it, either. Mercy doesn’t mean letting sin slide. It means giving God’s forgiveness to the contrite. It means correcting error. It means teaching truth. It doesn’t mean flinging the sheep into the world of moral relevancy where everyone gets to decide what sin means to them. It isn’t the warm fuzzy place people think it is. Just ask the child who never learns the street is a dangerous place and gets hit by a car.

Next time the media wants to contrast Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop Chaput, Bishop Paproki, etc., with the Holy Father, they might want to notice how similar they are. The answer to the trite question of “What would Francis do?” is exactly what these bishops are doing: trying to keep their flock from error.


Screed of the Week

<Sarcasm>Gee, what a surprise</Sarcasm> (seriously, they really need a sarcasm font), the Pope visits America, and the liberal media is in overdrive trying to show how much Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Pope Francis differ. I’m not really sure what the fixation is as of late, though. I really thought these last few weeks would have been all about Archbishop Chaput, since he was the one in charge of the World Meeting of Families. Instinctively, you would think that he would be the person to go after, but for some reason, there’s still a huge obsession with Archbishop Cordileone. I think this shows just how important he is to the Catholic landscape in America. The latest diatribe against Archbishop Cordileone comes courtesy of the San Francisco “Comicle” (http://bit.ly/2bNomwh):

S.F. archbishop quiet on pope’s pet issue: income inequality

By Joe Garofoli

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone waits to process…

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone isn’t shy about taking bold public stances on national issues like same-sex marriage. But he’s been reticent to use his bully pulpit to speak as loudly about income inequality, the most pressing concern in San Francisco — and Pope Francis’ pet issue.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t remember any bishop, archbishop, or cardinal speaking about every hot-button topic on the same day, or even in the same year! What is Joe Garofoli’s proof that the archbishop is reticent? Zero, as usual. Proof really isn’t necessary for liberals, though. Do you think Joe bothered to ask for an interview or a statement before penning this piece?

Francis is using his six-day tour of the U.S. to urge clergy to advocate on behalf of the poor. In a speech to 300 American bishops this week in Washington, the pope told Catholic leaders to “face the challenging issues of our time.” In the first-ever papal address to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Francis lauded Dorothy Day, an American who founded the Catholic Worker Movement, for her standing up for the poor.

“Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints,” Francis said. Cordileone has spoken forcefully about other social ills, but some of the region’s leading politicians say Cordileone hasn’t been involved with their efforts to tackle the area’s affordability crisis.

The statewide Catholic Conference of Bishops supported state Sen. Mark Leno’s failed attempt to raise California’s minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2016. Leno, D-San Francisco, wished Cordileone would have raised his voice on an issue so pressing to many in his diocese, which includes San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties.

“We needed every strong voice on that,” Leno said.

I don’t remember the city holding a restorative justice conference (http://www.reentryaction.org/conference). Using Leno’s logic, does that mean they don’t care about it? Are they reticent to use their “bully pulpit” on that issue? Hmmmmmm?????

Cordileone has not worked directly with Mayor Ed Lee’s office on affordability issues, though the city’s Interfaith Council, which includes Catholic congregations, has.

I don’t remember the Pope working directly with Ed Lee’s office either. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t support the issue. I’m reasonably sure Ed Lee’s office has spent more time hassling the Archbishop than asking for his help.  Personally, I think far more would get done in San Francisco without Ed Lee’s involvement.

In March, the archdiocese became the subject of national ridicule when sprinklers at St. Mary’s Cathedral were turned on homeless people sleeping in its doorways.

National ridicule? Yeah, that was on everyone’s lips. Puh-lease! Has the city of San Francisco suffered public ridicule for its power washing of the homeless Monday through Friday on Market Street? (Let’s hope that has been paused for the drought, or maybe  just because it’s evil!) This is a severe over-dramatization. The reality is that one side of the Cathedral (the not very trafficked side of the Cathedral where people do drugs and defecate) was sprinkled to keep that from happening. Meanwhile, the WHOLE rest of the property was free and clear to the homeless.

‘Wedge issues’

“You have an archbishop who is on a different page from the pope when it comes to” income inequality, said Supervisor David Campos, who proposed a moratorium on market rate housing development in the Mission District. “I haven’t heard him talk about it at all. Instead, his focus has been on wedge issues, like same-sex marriage.”

Hey, David Campos, have you actually talked to the Archbishop on income inequality, or could it be that you are just speculating? Nah, couldn’t possibly be that (Dang! Where’s that sarcasm font again?)! I’m pretty sure you don’t know what page he’s on.  Let me explain this to you, Mr. Campos: the Archbishop speaks on many Catholic issues, including marriage, morality, sin, etc., whether or not they are popular.

“San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone waits to process…

Cordileone became a national figure by speaking out against same-sex marriage. He helped raise $1.5 million to put Proposition 8 on the 2008 state ballot and then rallied evangelical Christians and Mormons to help pass the measure that banned same-sex marriage in California. He referred to gay nuptials as “the ultimate attack of the Evil One,” and has emerged as the point man in national demonstrations against same-sex marriage through the powerful U.S. Conference of Bishops, on which he chairs the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

What??? I have never heard of this (except for 1,000 other articles). New material, people! Can you PLEASE write about something new and earth shattering, for once? I mean, really! Who in this country (and beyond) has not heard this before?

Though Francis has not changed church policy on same-sex marriage, he has focused much of his attention elsewhere. On other issues, Cordileone has joined him.

Well, nice of you to acknowledge that Pope Francis has not changed Church doctrine. That said, you blew it with the term “policy”.  It’s not a policy, it’s a truth which cannot change.  There’s no need for the Holy Father to focus on Church teaching that cannot and will not change every time he speaks. He speaks to the universal Church. We already know this. The bishops in the United States? They have an obligation to make the teaching on marriage known to all under their care, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, especially when people are being persecuted for their belief on marriage right in their dioceses. Of course, Archbishop Cordileone has joined the Pope on the Church’s teaching on marriage, as well as many other issues. In fact, can you name one issue on which they have differed? Anyone? Again, do I expect Archbishop Cordileone to mention every single doctrine and social teaching of the Catholic Church in the next day, week, year, decade? Nope. Let’s flip this around on San Francisco’s self-important politicians. Do they address all the social ills of the City all the time? Nope, not even close.

From his perch as leader of the 560,000-member Archdiocese of San Francisco, Cordileone has also spoken out on immigration. About 46 percent of the diocese’s members are Latino, including many new immigrants.

Perch? Can you be more snide, Joe?

In July, he wrote a letter to both the Senate and House Judiciary committees when they were holding hearings on immigration. Amid national debate ignited by the San Francisco slaying of Kathryn Steinle, allegedly by an immigrant facing deportation, Cordileone urged lawmakers not to use the crime to scapegoat all immigrants.

“It is also important that we recognize that the vast majority of immigrants — both those with and without papers — are not a violent threat to society and so should not be subject to guilt by association,” Cordileone wrote. “In fact, statistics show that immigrant communities are by and large safe and that a cooperative relationship between law enforcement and those communities enhances public safety and reduces crime.”

He’s called for immigration reform and supports the left-leaning preference for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

You’d think they Chronicle might be singing his praises on this one just a little more, but no. They want to browbeat him into accepting their complete social doctrine, not just the ones that are in keeping with the Catholic Church. Thou shalt not deviate from the teachings of the San Francisco social scene!

Cordileone’s supporters say the archbishop cares deeply about the region’s housing and affordability crisis, particularly as it affects low-income people and immigrants. But, they say, he has chosen to do his work behind the scenes.

Focus on social concerns

Two years ago, Cordileone created an Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns and tapped Auxiliary Bishop William Justice as the diocese’s point person for income inequality. That group has spent the past months organizing at the parish level, especially on immigration and eviction issues, said Lorena Melgarejo, coordinator of Parish Organizing.

The group has trained thousands of local parishioners on how to advocate for themselves and others on housing rights, Melgarejo said. It has organized monthly immigration rights Masses in the Mission, where legal advocates work with parishioners after the service, and held demonstrations at Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices and on behalf of parishioners who have been evicted.

Cordileone’s backers also point to the efforts of organizations like Catholic Charities, which work to aid the poor.

Jennifer Martinez, executive director of the San Francisco Organizing Project, which has advocated on immigration and housing issues for three decades, said even though Cordileone hasn’t been on the street himself, “the archbishop has been very supportive of our work to make sure that people have a safe and stable home.”

“The archbishop is leading this work — it’s not his words, it’s his actions,” said Melgarejo, who aside from her work at the diocese has been a longtime labor activist in San Francisco. “It goes beyond the homilies and the preaching and the church. It’s about how do we walk our faith outside of the church walls.”

What the what? We’re at the end of the article and we see this now? Maybe they don’t think anyone reads the end of their articles?

So why isn’t the archbishop talking about income inequality, a topic few dispute in San Francisco, with the same vigor with which he rails on same-sex marriage, an attitude that won’t win many converts in San Francisco?

It might be because you guys keep repeating the same silly canards over and over again, and he has to expend such an exhaustive amount of time defending himself over silly things that the Comicle brings up every other day, like sprinklers? Nah, that couldn’t be it. Joe Garofoli and his ilk act like they want the Archbishop to speak more, yet they spend ninety percent of their time trying to muzzle him with ridiculous accusations along the lines of the Archbishop being the evil groundskeeper who lives to drench homeless people.

That might change this fall, his backers say.

“We need to get him in the front more,” Melgarejo said. “Soon, you may see it.”

That really depends entirely on you and you ilk, Mr. Garofoli. You can let the Archbishop work with his staff in peace, or you can keep up with your useless attempts to see him ditch Church teachings for YOUR social doctrine. It’s up to you.

Martyrdom Doesn’t Become You! (Or You Ain’t a Martyr)

Oh, the drama…


Priest sanctioned after appearing at women’s ordination gathering

Two days after appearing at a women’s ordination conference in Philadelphia, Precious Blood Fr. Jack McClure said today he has been told he can no longer celebrate Mass at Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco where he has been pastor and parochial vicar for the past 15 months.

According to McClure, he was informed by Precious Blood Father and Most Holy Redeemer pastor Matthew Link that the secretary for San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said McClure can no longer celebrate Mass beyond the end of this month.

McClure said his last Mass will be Sunday, Sept. 27.

“I feel bad about this. I feel bad for the parish. I feel bad about this silencing,” said McClure. “But I want to make it known I appreciate the generosity Archbishop Cordileone has shown me and my religious community for allowing us to serve in his archdiocese. However, in conscience I needed to break my silence.”

Silencing? Please. Fr. McClure is not a diocesan priest, he’s a Precious Blood priest. His order or the Vatican has to deal with him. He can’t be “silenced” by that mean old Archbishop Cordileone, who, by the way, Fr. McClure says is generous. Fr. McClure simply serves at the Archbishop’s allowance, and he is now no longer allowed. Oh, and by the way, he had already resigned from Most Holy Redeemer (as you will read later). As a swan song on his way out the door, he chose to participate in something that contradicts Catholic doctrine. Lo and behold, the Archbishop chose to be the Archbishop. Are we shocked? Nope. The Church has spoken on women’s ordination. Pope Francis has even said, multiple times, on the subject of ordaining women, “the door is closed.” It’s an over 2,000 year-old dead horse. No matter how many times you whack it, it’ll still remain dead.

And another thing, you might want to study up on the parameters of the “primacy of conscience” before you try to use that argument.


1783 Conscience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings.

1784 The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults. The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.

1785 In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path,54 we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord’s Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church.55

Back to McClure…

The result of this new development, McClure said, is not all bad. “I feel the pain of being silenced,” he said, “and in this silencing I am beginning to feel the deep pain women feel all over the church.”

Can you say wannabe martyr? Again, if you’ve been silenced, Fr. McClure, it wasn’t by Archbishop Cordileone, and, I might add, you’re doing a poor job of being silent. Also, who are all of these women experiencing “deep pain”? Could it possibly be the women you’ve led to believe could one day become priests? That is all on you. Personally, most women I know – single, religious or married – aren’t sitting in a corner crying over this. We’ve fully embraced our true vocations, and they are not men’s vocations. None of us has this narcissistic victim status that these 60+ year old babes have created for themselves.

He said he came to the Philadelphia conference in the spirit of the dialog he said Pope Francis had called for in the church. “I really feel I want to participate in this dialog,” he said.

Perhaps you missed this so I’ll say it again: The. Door. Is. Closed. So tell me again how Pope Francis wants to dialog on “women priests?”

McClure and Link began their ministry at Most Holy Redeemer parish, located in the San Francisco Castro district, in July 2014. The parish had been looking for priests, and Link approached the archdiocese with the idea of allowing him and McClure to come to Most Holy Redeemer to serve as a team.

I’ve had brief dealings with Fr. Link, and in those dealings, I’ve never found him to say anything contrary to the Church. Maybe others have had different experiences, but I have no beef with him. I was also glad to see that he didn’t offer a position on the “women’s ordination” situation. I hope he is being a true pastor to those at Most Holy Redeemer!

Most Holy Redeemer has a history of being a “welcoming” parish, and over the years it has attracted many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, some of whom have felt unwelcome in other Catholic parishes.

It would be so much nicer if it was known to be a Catholic parish. For those of you who don’t understand San Franciscan “Catholicism,” welcoming usually means “hardly follows any Catholic teachings and rails against most of them.”

McClure, 71, initially served as pastor at Most Holy Redeemer. Link took over as pastor last July 1. Since then McClure has served as parochial vicar.

Just before traveling to Philadelphia, McClure submitted a resignation letter to Link, relinquishing his position as parochial vicar. His intention had been to move across the San Francisco Bay, live in Berkeley, and help out on weekends at Most Holy Redeemer, offering support to Link as he could. The Precious Blood Fathers have a residence and small community in Berkeley.

So, even before his WOW trip, he had resigned from full time service at MHR.

Then it gets interesting (http://www.donotlink.com/gs02).

If you’ll note, over at the Women’s Ordination Conference, they were spewing that he resigned after being “silenced,” which isn’t true. They also say that Archbishop Cordileone abused his power. In what way, ladies? Fr. McClure decided to publicly support something that goes against a doctrine of the Catholic Church, yet somehow it would be an abuse of power to say, “You know how you resigned but were going to come back and help on weekends? No need after you decided to publicly dissent against Church teaching.” They, Fr. McClure included, all knew that this is what is supposed to happen after priests come out in public support of women’s ordination. No shocker. By the way, did you note the list the WOC gave of priests who have been sanctioned?

“I am no longer able to be ‘on call’ during the week for MHR pastoral needs as required of a Parochial Vicar,” McClure wrote Link Sept. 17. “As you know, [Precious Blood Provincial] Fr. Joe Nassal has asked me to have a presence in our CPPS Berkeley Community.”

However, following conversations Link said he had with San Francisco archdiocesan staff over the weekend, McClure will no longer be able to celebrate Mass at any time at Most Holy Redeemer beyond the end of this month.

Link said he had spoken with several members of the archdiocesan staff, including Vicar for Clergy Fr. Raymund M. Reyes.

Asked for a comment Link said: “It’s tough.”

I bet it is tough for Fr. Link. He’s got to run the whole show by himself. Too bad Fr. McClure didn’t think about that.

Cordileone, late Monday, issued the following statement:  “I’m very pleased with the pastoral care that Fr. McClure gave to the community at Most Holy Redeemer, and also that he has the opportunity to serve his order’s Berkeley Community nearby.”

A kind statement from His Excellency (might be nice if NcR used his actual title), as usual.

McClure appeared at the WOW conference on a panel of three men, Tony Flannery, Roy Bourgeois and Paul Collins, all priests who have been dismissed, excommunicated or forced to resign based on their support for women’s ordination.

So, this isn’t the shocker that it’s been made out to be. Fr. McClure knew quite well what he was getting himself into. Feigning dismay can’t really be done here by the WOC or by Fr. McClure.

Before McClure spoke he asked the women to join him in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to help guide him as he spoke. He cited scripture, which told a story of Jesus walking with women. He talked about Pope Francis’ call to dialog. He told the women he wanted to support them in their efforts to end discrimination.

Discrimination? What discrimination are you talking about? The one where God made us male and female? Let’s be real. Men will never be mothers, nuns or sisters, and we women are never going to be fathers or priests. These are all vocations that correspond with how God created us. I really wish you’d stop telling people that it’s anything different. The seeds of confusion you sow, Fr. McClure, are what cause strife and put enmity between women and the Church instituted by Christ.

Miriam Duignan, a member of the WOW leadership team, said today she felt bad about the McClure sanctions. “I don’t want him to be homeless. I don’t want him to be an outcast. It’s crazy.”

Said Duignan: “I am shocked that our church is still capable of causing this kind of harm — to punish a 71-year-old man for saying publicly what thousands of priests are saying privately all over the world.”

Oh, my gosh, Miriam. Again with the dramatic lies? Fr. McClure is not going to be homeless, nor is he being cast out from his order. You an turn off the waterworks.  He’s moving to Berkeley to be with his order, which was planned even before the public dissent which is probably just became a chance for a set up of the Archbishop. Personally, for Fr. McClure’s sake, I’m glad this happened. It gives him time for a change of heart before he enters eternal life! Here’s his order’s opportunity for a teachable moment.

The Next Two Weeks Are Happening, People!

People recently have been asking my thoughts on the Synod of Bishops on the Family. To be quite honest, I’m trying not to think about it, mainly because the majority of the new additions to the synod annoy the heck out of me. To annoy me a tad bit more, my guy (Archbishop Cordileone) didn’t get invited to the synod, even though he was one of the picks of our USCCB. Heaven forbid the guy who we Catholic Americans think of as “the marriage guy” goes to a synod on the family! Quite frankly, if I were him, I would probably consider it a gift not to be invited to the dysfunctional family dinner, but as a member of the laity, I do not. My dream is that Pope Francis sits everyone down and lets them all talk, and then he tells the troubled children to go to the corner and think about things for a while. Wouldn’t that be lovely? I would like to point out, though, that it’s never too late to invite Archbishop Cordileone to the table, Holy Father. Maybe Archbishop Cordileone could be the keynote speaker? Heck, maybe that’s what you’ve had planned all along! I’ve heard none speak better on the subject. The rest of us might want to contact the Apostolic Nuncio’s office and ask him to let the Holy Father know that you think it would be a smashing idea! In case you didn’t know, he has an email address: nuntiususa@nuntiususa.org. Now, some of you might think I’m kidding, but I’m serious. Archbishop Vigano is a lovely man, and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind letting the Holy Father know of such a fantastic idea! To those of you who are saying “It’ll neeeevvveerrr work!”, it definitely won’t if you never do anything! #meetthelaity

At least I can be consoled that more than half of the American bishops are solid. Then there are the African guys! Still, I may just opt to tune out for the next few weeks and sit in a corner rocking back and forth, although my stupid human nature will likely have me looking for reports like people look at a car wreck. Will it be a disaster or won’t it? I suppose the World Meeting of Families will probably give us a little glimpse into how Pope Francis will handle things at the “family dinner,” because it doesn’t get more dysfunctional than Catholics in America. Actually, who am I kidding? Catholics in Germany are way ahead of us on the disaster scale.

In reality, the synod is just an advisory committee. I’m really not as incredibly worried as most of the Catholics around me. What’s the point? I hope it turns out to be an amazing smack down of liberals who would try to ruin marriage, but I’m actually expecting a whole lot of nothing. Well, I guess not nothing. It looks like some of the Germans might fling off into the abyss. Sadly, they’re likely already there anyway, and we might end up with a whole lot of solid German bishops in their wake. That would be awesome, but since it’s far more fashionable to subvert the Church from within, I’m afraid they’re going to be there for the duration. They’ll just pout and do whatever they can to undermine things for as long as they can. If not, and they lead a nice little schism, we’ll probably just compare them to that other German guy who revolted and also had some trouble with marriage in a few different areas. “Those who fail to learn history…blah, blah, blah.” They just make it too easy. (Insert long sigh!)

Anyway, the hysteria over the upcoming synod is just not super high in my house. Like I said, it’s more of an annoyance. My thoughts are more like, “How will Pope Francis be misquoted today and how long will I have to hear it this time?” or “How in the heck will the National catholic Fishwrap spin this one?” or “No you stupid media pundit! ‘Gay marriage” will not be allowed.” In a nutshell, the same things I yell at my TV or news feed on a daily basis.

My real fear has more to do with the “World Meeting of Families” and assassination attempts or terrorist plots. For all of Pew’s research on supposedly disinterested Catholics, a bazillion of them are descending on Philadelphia. I’ve got a lot of friends and family going to that one, and the crowd control reports I’m hearing and seeing are crazy! It’s going to be chaotic and wall-to-wall people. In other words, it’s a perfect target. Muslim terrorists could kill two birds with one stone. May God guide our law enforcement agencies to keep everyone safe. May God also give us a super-pleasant surprise for both of these two events! Last but not least, may God thwart dissent at every turn!

Let’s Turn This Ship Around!

Who thinks Archbishop Cordileone is awesome? This girl! Well, me and all of the faithful Catholics in the United States! Here’s his latest effort to turn the ship away from the iceberg before it is sunk. Sadly, the elitist 100 Prominent Catholics ™ and their ilk are going to be none to happy about this one. This is from the from September 11, 2015 issue of Catholic San Francisco’s High School Information Booklet.  See: http://catholic-sf.org/ns.php?newsid=4&id=63807

For Catholics each child has a human nature, that is, a body tightly linked to a soul. Every child has the same basic organs – heart, skin, bones, brain, etc. The soul, however, is unique to each child, in part because it is what makes Mary Jane distinct from Mary Lou. Children have capabilities that can be developed in a variety of ways. Some skills will develop pretty much just by social interaction. For others, such as reading, writing, making rhymes, or learning about nature, children have to be challenged and cajoled in order to reach high levels of performance.

Does this sound familiar to you? If you’re a Catholic who studies the Faith, it should, but those protesting Archbishop Cordileone might not be so sure. I’m also sure the “Concerned Parents and Teachers” will be foaming at the mouth against the Archbishop without knowing they’re really railing, once again, against the Catechism (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_P1B.HTM).

The body, as God created it, is linked to the soul, but that is being challenged by dissenters at every turn lately. It seems that society is just fine tearing apart the body and the soul and putting them at odds with each other.

Catholic schools challenge students in two ways. First, as is the case for all schools – public or private – each teacher helps students “stretch their academic capabilities.” That is, the teacher uses different motivations to help a student find satisfaction in high accomplishment: Writing more complex sentences, reading more challenging books, memorizing poems, or doing mathematics in one’s head, not only on paper. All teachers do that.

In a Catholic school, the teacher also challenges the student to develop a relationship with God, the source of his or her human nature. The Catholic school teacher knows the child has a soul which the Holy Spirit can guide and foster a love for Christ and others. The closer the child moves to Christ and develops as a student, the more the student becomes like Christ, the new Adam, the new person who lets Christ lead the child to loving others and great academic accomplishments.

Woot! He’s kind enough to say the “Catholic school teacher knows” the child has a soul, but in reality, a good chunk of them don’t seem to think the soul is a priority. They teach the children to BECOME their sin instead of encouraging them to rightly form their conscience so they become more Christ-centered and less “me centered.”

I know he’s hoping and praying they eventually get it, for their sakes and for the sake of their students. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had entire schools with this mission? That’s what it used to be and what it’s always supposed to have been.

In Catholic schools, the goal includes not only excellence in reading, writing, and math but also growth in talking to Christ and letting Christ lead the child to full human development. In short, teachers in Catholic schools show students how to accept grace and love from Christ in their lives.

Amen, Your Excellency, amen! Let the real education begin! These goals are what are most important in this temporary life to gain everlasting life!

Understanding: When Did That Become a Bad Thing?

This. Is. Amazing! (http://bit.ly/2bRU34T) The title is mistaken at best or maybe downright disingenuous: “Here Is The Loyalty Pledge Philly Catholic Schools Are Making Parents Sign.” Interestingly enough, the document already had a title: “Memorandum of Understanding”.  Of course, they had to change the title because it doesn’t fit the narrative they’ve got going for Archbishop Chaput.

One has to ask, why doesn’t Philly Magazine think it’s a good thing for parents sending their kids to a Catholic school to understand what the schools are all about? If I were the Archbishop, I would want people to understand that. Why would anyone have a problem with it? Nobody is “making” anyone sign the document. People are free to attend a Catholic school, and they are free not to. No guns to anyone’s head. That said, if they are going to attend, they darn well better be prepared to adhere to the rules of a Catholic school and support the Catholic identity of said school. After all, it’s not a Protestant school. It’s not a Muslim school. It’s a Catholic school, for goodness sake.

The key is really in the very last line of the memo. We know that Catholic schools accept families of different faiths. The Catholic Church doesn’t expect them to convert to attend the school. However, they do expect them to:

… pledge support for the Catholic identity and mission of this school and by enrolling my child I commit myself to uphold all principles and policies that govern the Catholic School.

Let’s go over that again. The Church expects them to support the fact that it’s a Catholic school. Duh! If you don’t want to respect this fact, what should you do?  How about finding a school that doesn’t make you uncomfortable?  It also asks them to uphold the principles and policies that govern the school. Again, if you can’t do that, why the heck would you want them there anyway? I mean, it’s a little crazy to say, “I hate the teachings of the Church, therefore I’m going to put them in a Catholic school,” isn’t it?!? It’s a whole other thing to say “Well, I don’t agree with all of the teachings of the Catholic Church, but I respect the right of the school to teach Catholicism by word and deed.” What sane person would expect any less?

I think this would be a lovely thing for the Catholic schools in the Bay Area! Maybe Archbishop Cordileone could insert this somewhere in a parental handbook but the teachers should have something similar.  I’m reasonably sure the “Concerned Parents” crowd would be none too pleased. They would probably decry it as draconian to ask them to say they understand it’s a Catholic school and that they will not try to undermine that. Oh, the horrors!

There Were T-Shirts??? Where’s Mine?!

I’ve been busy getting school started, sending kids off to college, etc., so I’ve been letting a lot of stories pass me by. I couldn’t let this one go by, however, without comment. It is a rather weird, long, and outdated story from Newsweek which half-heartedly attempts to pit Pope Francis against Archbishop Cordileone. It was almost schizophrenic, but probably more like a kid who got extra credit if he managed to pad his paper enough to get to 10 pages. I know for a fact Newsweek’s little project was started back in May or June, which might be why it’s reporting such old news, but wow! You could have left most of it out, because “been there, done that” BY EVERYONE ELSE! Lots of snipping, so go here for the whole thing: http://www.newsweek.com/2015/09/18/whos-better-catholic-pope-francis-archdiocese-cordileon-370451.html

Popes don’t have batting averages, their work resisting easy quantification: Souls Saved Per Mass, Doctrinal Clarifications Per Encyclical, that sort of thing. But one measure does seem especially telling about the tenure of Pope Francis, and it is the frequency with which his face and words appear on T-shirts. You can announce that Francis is your homeboy or ask, What would Francis do (i.e., WWFD)? Francis-themed T-shirts sport his thrilling response to a question about gays: “Who am I to judge?” There’s one depicting Francis in the style of Shepard Fairey’s famous poster for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, with “pope” replacing “hope.” There’s even an “Atheists for Pope Francis” T-shirt. The Beatles may have been bigger than Jesus Christ, but Pope Francis is bigger than the Beatles.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Pope Francis. That said, I think the liberals and the media like him, because he’s anyone but Pope Benedict. They certainly don’t like him because of his comments on “gender theory” or anything like that, but they seem quite willing to let comments on those things slide and cling to “Who am I to judge?”, which actually had nothing to do with gay marriage.

Let the snipping begin!

Others worried that the newly elected pope had been far too timid during the “dirty war” of his native Argentina, questioning his role in the kidnapping of two Jesuit priests. The New Yorker called him “an Argentine with a cloudy past.”

This is really just the liberal journalists hedging their bets. Can’t you just see the news rooms back then? “Well Bob, he’s a Jesuit and not a European, so we have every reason to hope he’s a liberal. Still, we really should plant some seeds of doubt in peoples’ minds, just in case he turns out to be conservative.”

He has shunned the resplendent vestments of his office, selecting a five-year-old Ford Focus for his vehicle and a modest guesthouse for his quarters; he has made entreaties to divorced Catholics and even suggested that it was not his place to judge gay ones; he has lamented global warming and income inequality, at times sounding like Bernie Sanders’s running mate.

Oh, yeah, the Pope is for abortion, euthanasia, and transgenderism, too. They’re twins! Seriously, come on, guys! Read the documents of the Church. Democrats aren’t wrong in ALL things, just most, and no, Pope Francis differs from them on way more thing than he agrees. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t love us all though!

And here’s where Newsweek really starts falling behind the times. If they were into current news at Newsweek, I would think they’d be focusing on Archbishop Chaput. Maybe they’re going with Newsyear now?

Lately, another Catholic prelate has been making news in the United States, for different reasons. His name is Salvatore J. Cordileone, and he presides over the archdiocese of San Francisco, home to 432,163 Catholics. Nobody in the Bay Area is wearing T-shirts emblazoned with his face.

Wait a darn minute!!! There were t-shirts??? Where’s mine??? I would totally wear one! In fact, the vast majority of my friends (except maybe those I went to Catholic high school with) would wear one, too. In fact, I may start selling them so I can afford a laptop that doesn’t freeze every few minutes!!!

Really, trying to insinuate nobody in the Bay Area loves Archbishop Cordileone would be way, way off base. Even people who disagree with him love him. People who aren’t even Catholic love him. My gosh! Get a grip Newsweek! I thought you were about news more than narrative?

In February, an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle deemed “unnecessary and offensive” his attempt to subject teachers at archdiocesan high schools to an antediluvian morality code that reached into their private lives.

Antediluvian? Nice word. Too bad you don’t know how to use it. I’m pretty sure that most of the Church documents were written after the time of Noah. In fact, a good chunk on sexuality has been written in the last 40 years. No, not antediluvian. Quite modern, really. It’s pretty much a simple morality code that is needed to counter the anti-morality folks who have been left to their own devices in San Francisco for too many years.

“This was done as a real insult to San Francisco,” a gay Catholic told me when I visited the city, which had been accustomed to archbishops who tempered their views on homosexuality with an awareness of the city’s history as a gay refuge.

And yet, it was not an insult to Our Lord and the Church he established. I guess that point might be wasted on Alexander Nazaryan from Newsweek. Methinks he misses the fact that the Catholic Church is not there to assuage San Francisco.

Cordileone has little use for such moderation, and he has paid a price. Whether marching against gay marriage in Washington, D.C., or telling Catholic schoolteachers in San Francisco that gay sex and masturbation are “gravely evil,” Cordileone has been as thoroughly demonized as Francis has been exalted. To hear some tell it, the two barely belong to the same church.

Yeah, he has been so thoroughly demonized that a Facebook page in support of him has more members than his “opposition,” and dozens more join every week (because I watch stuff like that). The demonization attempt has apparently failed with most of his flock.

In the first week of June, for example, the pope paid for dozens of indigent souls to travel from Rome to Northern Italy, to stand personal witness before the Shroud of Turin. Cordileone, meanwhile, was in Manhattan, making a transparent attack on Caitlyn Jenner, whose Vanity Fair cover had made news just days before. “The clear biological fact is that a human being is born either male or female,” he said, adding that the erosion of traditional marriage would result in “a reversion to the paganism of old, but with unique, postmodern variations on its themes, such as the practice of child sacrifice, the worship of feminine deities or the cult of priestesses.”

Well, there’s some selective reporting. Even San Francisco news outlets reported this little story: “Pope Francis Compares Transgender People To Nuclear Weapons In New Book” (http://www.donotlink.com/gnn0). (I’d just like to point out that the improper use of capital letters was not mine! It’s the homeschool mom in me.)

So, Archbishop Cordileone espouses science, history and some Church teachings, and the Pope compares transgenderism to nuclear weapons, yet the media chooses to villainize just Archbishop Cordileone???

While Francis wants to attract new members to the church, doctrinal conservatives want a return to the Latin Mass and a more strident condemnation of non-procreative sexual behaviors.

Two words Newsweek – nuclear weapons!

Francis will make his first trip to the United States this fall, in what will surely prove a voyage rife with adulation; he will no doubt make many Catholics in the Bay Area wish their archbishop was the cuddly Jesuit, not the grim canon lawyer.

Grim? It’s very clear not much time has been spent with the Archbishop!

“Absolutely nothing the archbishop has said is inconsistent with what Pope Francis says and teaches,” says prominent Catholic observer George Weigel, “although it may be inconsistent with media fictions about the pope.”

AMEN, George Weigel! After pages of Newsweek telling us the Pope and the Archbishop are miles apart, they finally (accidentally?) start throwing a little truth in there! It was very little, however, because then they go on to tell some tall tales.

 Cordileone recently bathed the poor too. This past spring, a local CBS affiliate reported that the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, the seat of the San Franciscan archdiocese, had “installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways.”

I’m utterly shocked they didn’t claim that Cordileone noticed the homeless needed washing while he was personally washing the windows and trimming the bushes! For the umpteenth time, use some common sense! The Archbishop isn’t the one who maintains the property and makes such decisions.

Joy is not exactly what gay Catholics experienced upon learning that Cordileone would be their archbishop.

Now that would be true, but for others in the San Francisco Archdiocese, it was downright euphoria! Tears of joy were definitely shed by many of the SF faithful. Granted, the Oakland faithful were crying tears of sorrow, but they got a good bishop soon afterward.

Two years later, the “top anti-gay” is the top target of liberal Catholics in the Bay Area.

Uh, and we think this just started? He wasn’t liked by liberals when he was in San Diego or Oakland, either. Why? Because he wasn’t going to break with Church teachings to please the whiners.

In late April, opponents of Cordileone took an extraordinary measure, placing a full-page advertisement in the Chronicle

Newsweek! Is there ANYONE who hasn’t already reported on this already??? Somebody got to this party super late!

In a statement several pages in length responding both directly and not to questions I sent him, Cordileone told me that “the current situation is not an excuse for Christians to run and hide. Christians are called to be ‘salt and light’ and the church is required to be engaged in society. She may not withdraw.”

And this, my friends, is why we love him so!

 Vatican II was the church of Peter and Paul preparing to enter the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Clearly Alexander is a Beatles fan, because this is reference number two. I’m snipping his Church “history” since Vatican II.

Salvatore Cordileone’s Catholicism matured in the church of John Paul II. He studied canon law in Rome but eventually returned to his native Southern California. During the 1990s, he was pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico, on the Mexican border. He was known as Father Sam, wore a beard and appears to have been widely liked.” In a 2009 interview, Cordileone recalled how he would jog along the Mexican border, watching day laborers waiting for a bus to take them into the United States. He spoke about holding an annual Mass “for the undocumented migrants living in the canyons north of San Diego and working in the flower fields.”

But then “Father Sam” became the “Father of Prop 8,” the anti-gay marriage measure that made him a hero and villain.

I’m not sure if this reporter actually realizes it, but he’s pointing out what we’ve been pointing out all along. Archbishop Cordileone is a good man who is being vilified for remaining faithful to the teachings of the Church.

“Prop 8 elevated Cordileone’s stature in the Holy See of Benedict XVI, who had once called homosexuality an “intrinsic moral evil.” Cordileone would use similar language—“gravely evil”

Wrong! Pope Benedict and Archbishop Cordileone didn’t come up with this out of the blue. The Church calls homosexual acts intrinsically evil. Must we go over that again?

“Pope Francis isn’t asking us to change the timeless teachings of the Gospel,” Cordileone told me. “On the contrary, he wants us to be bold in proclaiming them.” This is a diplomatic way of pointing to the disconnect between how some in the secular world see Francis and how the clergy itself has absorbed his bifurcated papal persona.

To nonbelievers, he is a renegade who will soon ordain female priests and fly a rainbow flag from Vatican spires. To more perspicacious observers, he is a skilled custodian of Catholicism’s image who is acutely aware of how his words and deeds will play beyond the Vatican’s ramparts. If he is vastly superior to Cordileone in any single regard, it is that of public relations.

In other words, the Archbishop is speaking the truth!

Nancy Pelosi, the liberal congresswoman from San Francisco, warned Cordileone in a letter that the March for Marriage would be “venom disguised as virtue.” He went anyway.

It always cracks me up that Nancy Pelosi and her ilk think she has any influence on faithful Catholics. Mrs. Pelosi, you are idiocy disguised as a congresswoman.

This past winter, the archbishop took on the allegedly lax morality plaguing Catholic schools,

Wait! Is anyone really under the impression that the Catholic schools in the San Francisco Archdiocese are the bastion of Catholic morality??? There’s no “allegedly” about it. There’s been lax morality all over the diocese for a LONG time!

[I]ntroducing new language into the faculty and staff handbook for the four archdiocesan high schools in San Francisco and Marin County under his direct control. The first draft of the new handbook included more than a dozen “affirm and believe” statements, many of which focused on sex:

[We] reject direct, intentional abortion and recognize that any well-formed conscience always rejects direct, intentional abortion; we are not “pro-choice”

[We] affirm that chaste living necessarily requires abstinence from all sexual intimacy outside of marriage

We accept the Church’s teaching that all extra-marital sexual relationships are gravely evil and that these include adultery, masturbation, fornication, the viewing of pornography and homosexual relations.

Everyone within the Catholic schools would be “expected to arrange and conduct their lives so as not to visibly contradict, undermine or deny these truths.” The new handbook counseled its subjects to “refrain from public support of any cause or issue that is explicitly or implicitly contrary to that which the Catholic Church holds to be true.”

This raised obvious, troubling questions. Would a teacher at a Catholic high school who posted on Facebook about his wife’s successful fertility treatments be subject to discipline? What about a female teacher who tweeted about the blissed-out weekend she spent with her girlfriend in Point Reyes?

Blissed-out weekend? I would hope she’d be fired just for using that term! Maybe, just maybe, it might be nice if teachers (and really, everyone else) kept their immoral private lives private. I think we’ve been saying this all along! And yes, ladies and gents, homosexual relations are immoral according to Church teachings. Surprise!

“Our schools are not seminaries,” complains Sal Curcio, who was raised in the Catholic Church in the Bronx and now teaches religion at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. “Teachers are starting to feel like they have to decide between conscience and paycheck.”

No, Sal. “Our schools” are not seminaries. If you have to decide between your conscience and your paycheck, that’s your issue. The Archbishop is doing his job. How about you do the one you were hired to do, which is to teach the kids Catholicism and not contradict those teachings in public? If you didn’t know that, you might want to crack open Canon Law every once in a while.  It does govern the Catholic Church and all.

And yet they were not mollified, convinced that Cordileone had only hidden his sword behind his back. “He is a cultural warrior in the extreme,” said a retired religion teacher, Jim McGarry. He added that Cordileone “doesn’t represent the tradition; the tradition is much richer than that.”

Hello! They’ll never be mollified. They want complete approval of their lifestyles, and they will try to take anyone down who tells them “no.”  And who are you, Jim, to decide what represents tradition in the Catholic Church?  Sadly, this is the muck we hear from the religion teachers and the reason why we needed a “morality clause.”

As if rehashing of this old news wasn’t bad enough, we’re now going to move onto Star of the Sea, Fr. Driscoll, and Fr. Illo. At this point, rather than spill an ocean of ink myself, I will refer you to my archives: https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/.

“Illo has other supporters.”

Yes, he has MANY of them, which is why Star of the Sea is thriving and reached their Bishop’s Appeal quota in a matter of weeks, while the liberal parishes of the diocese still struggle to do so. He’s also raised money to put in an adoration chapel which drives the liberals NUTS! They are just downright afraid of what adoration of the Blessed Sacrament might do for the San Francisco Archdiocese. It’s like sprinkling the devil with holy water. I have little doubt Star of the Sea and her wonderful priests will continue to be attacked, because some folks are just really predictable.

Among them is the Reverend Joseph D. Fessio, an avuncular Jesuit who vociferously defends Catholic doctrine against liberal encroachments.

Is it just me or did somebody get a thesaurus for his birthday?

Liberal Catholics have two options: They can rationalize away some of the church’s sexual morality codes while tuning out others, finding some scrappy foothold on the rock of faith. Or they can leave.

Why do we only have two options? How about the one where they study the Faith, embrace it, make a good confession, and move on? Nobody has to be terminally liberal, and that’s what it is: terminal. Instead, they can embrace the perennial teachings of Christ’s Church and have everlasting life!

Skipping over the USF crony part other than noting that he at least calls the media on their portrayal of “liberal Francis”. There was at least truth with that.

He has done virtually nothing to change the policies of the church to match his more compassionate rhetoric.

Apostasy, though, is not quite as easy as switching your gym membership. Some will remain with the church of their youth, even if its doctrine sometimes feels like a personal affront. I met with the group Dignity SF, an organization of LGBT Catholics, and asked how they could remain part of a faith that seems to loathe them. In response, one of the four men gathered (he asked me not to use his name) read from the writings of a Catholic scholar: “Above the pope as an expression of the binding claim of church authority stands one’s own conscience, which has to be obeyed first of all, if need be against the demands of church authority.”

Umm, can you quote that Church teaching on the primacy of conscience to us? You might want to read it in its entirety rather than the bumper sticker edition. Primacy of conscience has a formula to it that they are missing.

Those words were written in 1968 by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict and gay-marriage opponent; the “primacy of conscience” argument, as it is known, is often used by gay Catholics to reconcile their faith with the explicit homophobia of the Vatican. Critics, however, charge that the words are being taken out of context.

Right, because they are! Now here’s how easy it is. This link is for you, Dignity SF: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a6.htm. Now, do you have a link you can post that supports YOUR interpretation?

Appeals to conscience have also been deployed by doctrinal conservatives who fear Francis is a renegade straying from his flock. Cardinal Burke, often regarded as the most vociferous conservative prelate in the American church, has said he would “resist” any attempts by Francis to liberalize Catholic doctrine on social issues. “The pope does not have the power to change teaching, doctrine,” Burke said.

Holy smokes! Really?! First, Cardinal Burke has rightly formed his conscience around Church teaching. If only Dignity SF would do the same. Next, seems rather lame to report on a situation not likely to happen. “Imagine If” is a fun board game, but it has nothing to do with reality.

Archbishop Cordileone has served food at the Wednesday night dinners. He knows the church is home to gay Catholics, yet everyone I spoke to said he takes great pleasure in the event.

His visits to MHR are hints of a persona more complex than that of the self-righteous homophobe. Another hint was his willingness to meet with gay Catholic groups while in Washington for the March for Marriage last year. “May more bishops follow his lead in personally learning more about Catholic LGBT people and advocates,” wrote New Ways Executive Director Francis DeBernardo. He was not talking about Pope Francis.

Sure, let’s bury these down at the bottom!

Cordileone told me he has learned about the power of “personal encounter.… When you get to know someone on a human level, see that they are human just like you and have similar struggles and the same deepest yearnings, you cannot hate them.” He added, “Most people benefit from hindsight, and I’m certainly one of them.”

Wouldn’t it be totally awesome if the Archbishop’s detractors would take this approach, too?  Might be nice if you also heeded this advice, Mr. Nazaryan, before you call someone grim.

Back to Pope Francis:

Others, though, were less impressed by the decree of clemency. “The supposedly radical change in the Vatican’s approach to abortion is being dramatically overblown in the press,” wrote the traditionalist Notre Dame theology professor John C. Cavidini in the New York Daily News. Cavidini argued that “the change proposed here is pastoral in nature, not doctrinal. It is intended to emphasize that the Church is an agent of mercy, primarily, and not an agent of condemnation.” Abortion remains a sin, it is just that sinners will have a slightly easier time achieving absolution.

More truth!

Certainly, the liberal Catholics of San Francisco would welcome an archbishop in the mold of the current pope.

Mmmm…probably not so much.

But how serious, really, is Francis about discarding the more hidebound elements of Catholic doctrine? Will he ordain female priests? Will he welcome gays? Is his gentle touch merely a personal affect, or does it portend a more significant shift within the Vatican?

In order: he’s not (it’s not possible); he won’t (it’s not possible); we all welcome “gays”; and probably just a personal affect, but only time would tell.

This pope is a superb communicator.

I’m not so sure I totally agree with that, but I don’t think he has an intent contrary to doctrine.

He winks at his two disparate constituencies, like a politician hoping to win votes in the liberal cities with one message and the conservative hinterlands with another. Both sides are made to feel that they are getting the real Francis.

…or maybe he’s trying different ways to bolster the faith of all?

Cordileone, conversely, can be grating, offensive, flat-footed and righteous in the most elemental sense. He knows what God wants from him, and it isn’t flattering headlines.

Worst. Summation. Ever. It’s like he didn’t actually pay attention to some of what he wrote. He did nail the last sentence, though. If only more of our prelates did the same! #cardinalcordileone

Pew Kinda Stinks!

Yeah, yeah, I know! Cheesy title, but I couldn’t resist, plus I’ve spent hours in the car with my kids this long weekend, so it kind of goes to my state of mind.

Over at Pew Forum (not to be confused with PewSitter.com – I like them!), they’re crunching numbers as usual. They haven’t always crunched the Catholic numbers well (http://nineteensixty-four.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-island-of-misfit-polls.html), and I’m sure they’ll continue in that fashion. Why? I’m not entirely sure.

They’ve posted their latest lengthy report on Catholics (http://www.donotlink.com/gks1), over which I’m sure the usual news outlets will be drooling, along with NcR (National catholic Reporter, for those who are new). NcR has probably already written 10 articles just on the title alone telling us why the Pope should abandon doctrine based on Pew’s “findings.” What do Pew’s findings, the media and NcR have to do with the Catholic Church? Not a whole heck of a lot.

They did have quite an interesting “admission” near the beginning of their report, though:

As with attitudes about family arrangements, Catholics who report attending Mass regularly are more likely than other Catholics to accept church teachings about the sinfulness of certain sexual behaviors and living arrangements. For example, most Catholics who attend Mass at least once a week say homosexual behavior is a sin, and nearly half say cohabitation and remarriage after a divorce without an annulment are sinful. Among Catholics who attend Mass less often, fewer view these behaviors and living arrangements as sinful. Regular Mass-attending Catholics are also more likely than other Catholics to say the church should not allow cohabiting Catholics or divorced Catholics who have remarried without obtaining an annulment to receive Communion.

You have got to be kidding me! You mean to tell me that Catholics who follow the teachings of the Church actually believe in the teachings of the Church??? And those who don’t follow the teachings of the Church do not believe in the teachings of the Church??? No way! That would just be too weird! Seriously, see where my questioning of the point of such exercises comes from? Thousands of hours of research, and they come that conclusion? However, I do give kudos to Pew here for not slaughtering the actual Church teaching by saying “homosexual behavior” rather than “homosexuality.” FINALLY, someone gets it right! Was it really that hard? (I’m talking to you, NcR!)

I’d bet Pew just wants to stay relevant, just as I’m sure NcR and the rest of the media want the Church to be a democracy. Hate to break it to you people, but it’s not. You’d think they’d have learned this after Humane Vitae (http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html). How long have we heard, “Most Catholics think this, or most Catholics want that,” yet the Church’s teachings on life and contraception remained the same? Oh, yeah, forever! An individual Catholic’s views on the faith are totally irrelevant to the TRUTH, which, of course, is what the doctrines are.

It matters not how many think this sin is really a sin or that sin is not. A sin is a sin because it is, not because so many people think it may be. Divorce and re-marriage is not peachy, no matter how many people practice it. Women priests can’t ever be a reality, no matter what the “Nuns on the Bus” say. Etc., etc., etc.

Time and again, the faithful ask the question: “Why do people want to be associated with the Church, put their kids in Catholic school, etc., if they don’t like the teachings of the Church?” The short answer is, Satan! Satan doesn’t just try to destroy the Church from the outside, he also tries to subvert it from within. Sadly, many Catholics are all too willing to help. Will he be successful? We’ve read the end of the book, and no, he won’t. This isn’t to say he won’t pick people off, but he won’t win in the end, and he knows it. This Pew Forum report reminded me of this:

“In the face of so much evil at work in the world, the differences separating Catholics from each other and even Catholics from other Christians and other faiths shouldn’t occupy as much energy as they do. We have a common enemy, and it’s trying to destroy faith and destroy families, since it knows it can’t destroy the Church is itself. Convincing the world he didn’t exist was Satan’s most powerful act, but shattering Christian unity and fomenting discord runs a close second. We can’t fight him and each other at the same time.”