This Is Your Brain on Neo Kathlyk-ism: Ave Maria U Prez Attacks Cdl Burke and Abp Vigano, Defends Don Bergoglione

Ave Maria University president issues statement in support of Pope Francis

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey issued a statement Wednesday in support of Pope Francis, who was accused last week of knowing of allegations of sexual abuse in the church and failing to take action.

The accusation was made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., via a 7,000-word letter.

Towey said the “choreographed chorus of support” of the archbishop’s manifesto was troubling and that calls for the pope’s resignation are “wildly divisive and patently wrong.”

A letter written by the former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. is raising questions about whether the pope knew about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, but rehabilitated him anyway. (Aug. 27) AP

In his statement, Towey described the matter as a “rift between Pope Francis and some conservative members of the Church hierarchy.”

“Conservative Catholics may legitimately disagree with Pope Francis’ take on everything from the environment and capitalism, to marriage and family,” Towey wrote. “Such dissent is healthy for the Church when properly channeled and respectfully communicated.

“But when Church dissent becomes openly hostile and rebellious, and some members of the hierarchy assert their opinions as if they were elected pope instead of Francis, faithful Catholics like our students will rally to the Supreme Pontiff’s defense.”

“Ave Maria University is rightly known for our unqualified fidelity to the Church,” he wrote. “We do this not because we are conservative (we are) but because this is the requirement of discipleship.”

Read Towey’s full statement here.

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7 comments on “This Is Your Brain on Neo Kathlyk-ism: Ave Maria U Prez Attacks Cdl Burke and Abp Vigano, Defends Don Bergoglione

  1. [Sed contra from Fr. Michael Orsi, the Chaplain and Research Fellow in Law and Religion at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida]

    “Maybe the Pope has to go, too”: Catholic priest demands resignations of bishops and cardinals

    Dorothy Cummings McLean

    NAPLES, Florida, August 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A parish priest in Florida has delivered a searing homily exposing some uncomfortable truths about the ongoing clergy abuse crisis and offering advice to his shocked congregation about how they can help resolve the situation.

    “Ask for resignations,” said Fr Michael Orsi , the parochial vicar of St. Agnes Church, to his parishioners at Masses on August 18 and 19. Fr Orsi is also the host of Action for Life TV, Christian Television Network (CTN). “Some bishops and some cardinals have to go. Maybe the pope has to go, too. Because when you start telling people ‘Who am I to judge?’, that’s where the problem is. Nobody wants to make a judgement anymore [of] what’s right [or] what’s wrong.”

    “That’s not good theology,” he thundered. “It’s not Catholic, it’s not moral, it’s not human. You [have to] make judgements.”

    Orsi said that the ongoing crisis, involving new revelations about both cover-ups of clerical sex abuse of minors and of seductions of seminarians by superiors, was “horrendous.”

    “There has been nothing so tragic since the Protestant Reformation,” he said. “This is a very serious issue. It will not go away in one generation or two generations. The Church will never be the same.”

    After denouncing bishops’ transfer of predatory priests from place to place over the years as “unconscionable”, Orsi took a hard look at who the majority of victims were: adolescent boys.

    “These cases are involved with homosexuality,” he said flatly. “Now I know a lot of people are going to [say], ‘How dare you say that about homosexuals? That’s not politically correct.’ Let me be clear about that. I’m not saying that all homosexuals are pedophiles….But what I am saying is that, for the most part, these 95% of cases were where … the clergy involved were after young men. And these young men found themselves in situations where they could not give any kind of free consent.”

    The priest explained that priests have power over people, especially young people who haven’t yet come to a firm understanding of who they are sexually, and are therefore vulnerable. A boy without a father at home can be particularly vulnerable, for sometimes a priest who steps in to be his “father image” involves him in homosexual activity, which leads to further sexual confusion. This has led to depression, difficulty in the abused boys’ future marriages, and even suicide.

    “These cases are criminal. They are a crime. And those cases therefore call for justice. There should be punishment,” Orsi said.

    The second category of homosexual abuse Orsi discussed concerned seminarians.

    “Reports are also coming out now from places like Honduras and Chile that the seminaries are [full of] homosexual people,” he said. “I’m not saying homosexual people are bad or evil. I’m just telling you what has happened. And in these circumstances you have some very vulnerable young men.”

    He acknowledged that the situation of young men over 18 is different from that of minors, but although criminal law does not apply to the seduction of adult men, the moral law still applies. Grooming seminarians is a form of abuse, the priest said.

    “It’s taking advantage of someone who’s in a lower position … and is flattered by a priest, a seminary rector, a bishop or a cardinal who takes special interest in them,” Orsi explained.

    “It’s so flattering,” he continued.”Then there are of course the little promises or little gifts that might be dangling in front of [the seminarian]: ‘You belong in Rome’; ‘Gee, one day YOU might become a bishop’; ‘How would you like to spend a weekend with me at my summer house?’ And all of a sudden, you have a young man who feels himself mesmerized and caught up in a situation which he would never have accepted in the past.”

    “It’s awful,” Orsi said. “There is no word to explain how sad I am to have to speak to you like this tonight.”

    “Like brings on like”

    The situation the Church is in, he believes, has been caused by tolerance of, and therefore the proliferation of, sexually active homosexuals in the priesthood.

    “Once you begin to allow homosexual behaviour in the seminaries, the heterosexual people, they leave. And it becomes a very comfortable situation for those people who are psycho-sexually confused, immature or have decided that they are indeed homosexual,” Orsi said.

    The first lesson in organization theory is that “like brings on like”, and so the boss brings “on people who are like him”, the priest explained.

    “So religious orders have a high number of homosexuals,” he said. “Chancery offices have a high number of people who are like the boss in some places. And of course some seminaries have gained a reputation as a place where homosexuals can feel comfortable.”

    Orsi shared that he had read that 10% of priests have homosexual proclivities, in contrast to 2% of the general population. There were gasps in the congregation after he revealed that it is believed 40% of bishops are themselves homosexuals.

    “Now this is dangerous territory I’m treading on,” said the priest. “I’ve been there before. And if I don’t tell you the truth, well, I have to answer to God. You get to my age… you worry about what’s coming.”

    As well as demanding resignations of high-ranking clerics, including–perhaps–the pope, laypeople should pray for the Church but also take charge of her clean-up because, Orsi said, priests won’t.

    “You know why?” he asked. “It’s their job. It’s their meal ticket. Nobody wants to lose their job. Nobody wants to be on the outs with the people who are on the ins.”

    “Some priests have to be white martyrs”

    Nevertheless, he said, there have to be priests who are willing to be “white martyrs”–martyrs who aren’t necessarily killed for the faith, but who are made to suffer.

    “Some priests have to be white martyrs,” Orsi stated. “Speak the truth, take the consequences. You know that God will take care of those faithful to him.”

    Saying that the mess would not be cleared up in his or his congregation’s lifetimes, Orsi nevertheless ended his homily with a message of hope:

    “The Church IS the Bride of Christ,” he said. “The Church will be purified–in God’s time. And when Christ comes again, he will lead His spotless Bride and present her to His Father. And those who will be faithful will live with Him forever.”

    • More! More! Encore!

      We need more priests to speak out like this. It’s long overdue. He’s arming his flock, exactly as is necessary:

      “As well as demanding resignations of high-ranking clerics, including–perhaps–the pope, laypeople should pray for the Church but also take charge of her clean-up because, Orsi said, priests won’t.”

  2. Steve Ray, apparently a “rock star” with the NO cult, informed Patrick Coffin, a Catholic? Answers “rock star,” that he is resigning as a regent (board member) of Ave Maria U and going directly to Ave Maria U founder Tom Monaghan with this outrage, is burning his bridges with Ave Maria U and is flat-out p’d off over Towey’s blind toadyism.

    More fun daily! Popcorn time! 😎

    • Tom Monaghan already “burned his bridges”[an exaggeration] with Ave Maria University; that is, he shifted support (financial and otherwise) from the University (which is succeeding) to the Law School (an independent entity), which was floundering – in order to buoy it up. The effort has not yet been very successful except for the American Bar Association to remove its previous sanction against the School because of its lax admissions standards as well as the its return to the annual US News & World Report ranking system (from which it had disappeared) although still at the fourth (lowest) tier of US law schools.

      Monaghan still gives an occasional speech at or on behalf of the University.

  3. Ave Maria University Prez Supports Prelates Accused of Sexual Abuse Cover-up

    “Zero tolerance, President Towey. Remember? Either apologize or resign!”

    Written by Michael Matt | Editor – 8/30/18

    In yet another stunning example of the fact that merely offering the Traditional Latin Mass does not make Traditionalists out of neo-Catholics, Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, has joined the effort to “shoot the messenger” who’s making credible accusations of sexual abuse and cover-ups against Catholic prelates.

    Apparently “unqualified fidelity to the Church” means “blind cult attitude, and proud!” to Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University.

    REMNANT COMMENT: Now, let me get this straight: A credible accusation of sexual abuse, predatory behavior and ecclesial cover-up, leveled by a former nuncio of the Holy See, is — according to the president of this upstart university — nothing more than a “personal attack” which is “wildly divisive” and “patently wrong”. One wonders how many kids and seminarians will have to be sexually assaulted before President Towey takes this seriously.

    This is a surprising statement coming from Ave Maria since, as everyone knows, many of these little Catholic schools are already under the gun for allegedly not doing enough to protect their students from sexual predators on campus. Up until this point, I had considered those charges unfounded. Now I’m not so sure, at least in the case of Ave Maria.

    After all, Archbishop Vigano has put his entire career on the line and is now in hiding, fearful for his life–such was the urgency and seriousness of his attempt to expose a massive coverup for sexual predators. Now why would he do that if there isn’t at the very least a strong possibility that his accusations are well founded and based on facts?

    n any case, that the president of a tiny university in South Florida would take it upon himself to dismiss such credible charges of sexual abuse leveled, not by some anti-Catholic hack but by a Vatican nuncio — taken seriously by everyone from EWTN to Fox News to even the New York Times– is as arrogant as it is dangerous.

    Pardon me, President Towey, but who exactly do you think you are! What about the victims? Is your university somehow up to the task of launching an investigation of Archbishop Vigano’s charges to make absolutely certain he’s not, in fact, telling the truth? Has your investigation already taken place? What evidence can you provide to support your contention that Archbishop Vigano’s efforts to protect victims of sexual abuse are “wild and wrong”?

    If you have no evidence, then by what authority do you make such reckless dismissals of a highly-respected Archbishop’s accusations—accusations, by the way, which the Church’s own statutes insist must be considered “credible”, given the rank and reputation of the accuser.

    And if you succeed in silencing this messenger, then what? We’ll never know the truth. So if Francis is innocent, why not call for a full investigation of these charges in order to clear the Holy Father’s name? Why are you so afraid of the truth? Why are you trying to cover this up in a classic case of shooting the messenger?

    And another thing: After such a pompous display of virtue signaling and total disregard for truth, for the reputations of two princes of the Church and for the suffering of potential victims of sexual abuse, why would any parent consider putting his or her child in Ave Maria University?

    In fact, until the President of Ave Maria retracts his statement and publicly apologizes to both Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Vigano, we who have supported Ave Maria enthusiastically in the past will cease to endorse AMU as a Catholic option for higher learning, similar to Christendom College, Franciscan University, Thomas Aquinas College, Wyoming Catholic, etc.

    Ave Maria is out, and we call on the Newman Guide to remove this university from its list until it establishes a reputation for greater concern for the victims of sexual abuse.

    Zero tolerance, President Towey. Remember? Either apologize or resign!

  4. These clowns are at it again?
    The president of a fly-by-night college in the swamps of Florida could not possibly know whether the charges against the Pope are false or true or whether there were gave grounds for Bishop Vigano to make such allegations public. Hence, it is reckless and imprudent to issue such a statement, presuming to know better than an apostolic nuncio who was on the scene and privy to relevant communications relating to crimes. But when your campus already has had a Jonestown atmosphere, it is crazy to demonstrate how eager you are to drink the Bergoglian Kool-Aid. Modernist Ultramontane papolatry on behalf of the modernist heretic Bergoglio is the worst caricature of a brain-dead modernist gone over the cliff. Pope Francis is easily the WORST pope in the modern era and a disgraceful and disgusting heretic who also now appears to have been an enabler of predatory homo perverts among the modernist clergy. May his reign be short.

  5. “Publicly Calling for the Pope to Resign Is Crossing the Line”

    EWTN – Published on Aug 30, 2018

    Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University, defends his statement criticizing those calling for Pope Francis to resign following accusations against the Holy Father by a former Holy See diplomat. The statement was “not just defending Pope Francis, it was defending Peter,” he says. “Publicly calling for the Pope to resign is crossing the line.”

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