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Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

March 25, 2017
By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Pope Francis has condemned clericalism repeatedly, insisting that it goes hand in hand with corruption. Russell Shaw, an expert on the subject, writes that the “illness” of clericalism has been with us for so long “that most of us take it for granted. In fact, we’re clericalists ourselves.”
Just what is this thing called “clericalism,” anyway? In one sense, it’s reminiscent of Justice Potter Stewart’s observation about hard-core pornography: “Perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly [defining it],” he wrote, “but I know it when I see it” (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964).
In that spirit, Pope Francis has seen “clericalism” in the corruption endemic to his native Latin America, as well as in the “rigorism” of his critics who are (to say the least) uncomfortable with his theological ambivalence.
Well, for Pope Francis, the term might just refer to people he doesn’t like; but historically, “clericalism” refers to misperceptions regarding the clerical state, and, as a result, confusion regarding both the clerical and the lay calling.
Clericalism is a “caricature,” Shaw continues. “It fosters an ecclesiastical caste system in which clerics comprise the dominant elite, with lay people serving as a passive, inert mass of spear-carriers tasked with receiving clerical tutelage and doing what they’re told.”
Shaw’s perceptive insight goes a long way to explain the situation in the American Church today, because clericalism spawns two popular myths: first, that the only way to have a truly religious calling is to work in an official capacity in the institutional Church; and second, that the opinions of clerics are superior to those of the laity, not only on matters of faith and morals, but on prudential questions regarding social and political issues as well.
According to Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, such questions belong in the realm of the laity. However, instead of encouraging the laity in our efforts to meet that challenge, today’s bishops are eagerly encouraging us to fill positions in the institutional Church.
Kevin Cardinal Farrell, who heads the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Family, Laity and Life, tells bishops visiting Rome “that they need to get lay people into the Church . . . holding jobs in the Church. For instance, I mean running the educational system, or the financial system . . . the only thing that’s off the table at this moment is ordaining women to the priesthood! Everything else is open.”
And he assures his interviewer that “Pope Francis told me expressly he would like to see more lay people over here.”
As bishop of Dallas, Farrell derided the “cowboy mentality” of his flock, and hinted that many of them weren’t very smart, either. Now, as the Vatican’s point man on the laity, he wants them to work for the Vatican — ironically, where they will always be under the supervision of a cleric!
So we have two “caricatures” of clericalism, both of which command the “inert mass” of the laity to lay down “passively” and let the clericalists speak for all Catholics, even on the wide range of issues which the Church’s own law accords to the laity (Lumen Gentium, nn. 30 ff; Code of Canon Law, n. 212).
The post-Vatican II era was supposed to be “the Age of the Laity,” but when it comes to America’s bishops, Shaw’s words have fallen on deaf ears. At best, we can surmise that episcopal sentiment has triumphed over common sense.
Consider Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who in 2008 hailed Obama’s victory as “a great step forward for humanity and a sign that in the United States the problem of racial discrimination has been overcome.” This optimism provided a springboard for the bishops’ support of Obama’s welfare-state agenda for the next eight years, even while millions of real Catholics were being persecuted by his radical regime.
Obama repeatedly betrayed the bishops’ trust, yet they soldiered on: USCCB President Timothy Cardinal Dolan pleaded on national television in 2013 (Meet the Press, December 1, 2013) that they wanted to be Obama’s cheerleaders on comprehensive health care reform, but couldn’t be if that included morally objectionable components. This was even as Obama was launching attack after attack on the Church, on the family, on life, education, health care, and virtually every aspect of American society.
Cardinal Dolan’s candor was refreshing. He admitted that the bishops had lost credibility due to their cover-ups of clerical homosexual abuse that spanned several decades. He also frankly admitted that this weakness contributed to the years of silence on the part of the bishops regarding the unpopular moral teachings of the Church, especially Humanae Vitae (Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2012).
Into this vacuum of authority strolled Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, who became popular with the mainstream media with her “Nuns on the Bus” road show in 2012. Since they were not involved in the scandals, America’s women religious have escaped, for the most part, the sustained criticism aimed at the bishops. However, instead of using the opportunity to teach the truths of the faith with renewed clarity, today’s dissident activists among women religious have instead drawn down the reservoir of goodwill that the nation once felt for the devoted sisters of an age long gone, using it instead to advance their radical political agenda.
As a result, Sr. Simone squandered a golden opportunity, and embraced Obama’s agenda even more brazenly than the bishops did.
Here we see clericalism’s core contradiction: Sr, Simone’s is just another leftist wrapped in the slippery Marxist dialectic.
Consider: It is Simone’s fellow feminist dissenters in religious garb who have criticized, so long and so hard, those “Old Men In Rome” whose “patriarchy” is so pathetic, so anachronistic, so unjust — you get the picture. In that, they were supposedly condemning clericalism.
And yet — now she’s just one of those “Old Women On The Bus.”
Yes, the busybody nun is easily seduced by the temptation to indulge in the same tired clericalism of those heirarchs whom her sisterhood reviles: hypocrisy enthroned, she wraps herself in the hijacked trappings of Catholic authority, throwing Catholic moral teaching under the bus as she spouts pro-LGBT, pro-women’s “ordination” blather and wows the gaggle of vulgar viragos marching on Washington, blasphemously conferring upon their salacity a bawdy blessing, assuring them with a wink that their hateful poison has infected Catholic institutions too.
No wonder they cheered.
In a recent interview with the Jesuit America magazine, Sr. Simone doesn’t even bother to mention Jesus. Her mission is all about neighborhood organizing, supporting the Obama agenda, and branding it with a purloined “Catholic” label.
In her latest political foray, she insists that Congress preserve Obamacare’s destructive agenda, labeling her opinions as “Commandments,” just in case the public has forgotten that, after all, she is zealously “religious.”
Meanwhile, the bishops are silent. A word from them and they’d be slapped down with the usual epithets. “Our credibility is shredded,” said the bishops’ leader on Child Protection (USA Today, September 5, 2012).
And here Mr. Shaw is relevant once more: “Finally, unpleasant though it is, it’s necessary to face up to the link between clericalism and the scandal of clergy sex abuse. Clericalism plainly doesn’t cause sex abuse, any more than sex abuse causes clericalism. But the two things fit together hand in glove. Secrecy explains why.”
And one of the best-kept secrets of the entire foul abuse scandals is this: While a relatively small percentage of priests were criminally abusers, a majority of America’s bishops were guilty of covering up for them, in some cases even actively enabling them, all the while keeping their jobs, costing the faithful billions and inflicting a profound moral wound on the Church that will take decades, if not centuries, to heal.
For now, the prospects for that healing are not promising: leading bishops recently announced that their highest foreign policy priority is Global Warming. Domestically, they continue to insist on amnesty for illegal aliens, preserving the worst features of Obamacare, and continuing the influx into the country of unaccompanied minors and Muslim “refugees” — all programs for which the bishops’ welfare agencies have received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year under Obama.
Wherein lies another well-kept secret: In addition to their taxpayer support, the USCCB taxes each diocese — and ultimately the people in the pews of every American parish — through the “diocesan assessment” and the “Cathedraticum,” respectively — without ever consulting the laity on the political and social advocacy that they are paying for. Moreover, federal law forbids the use of taxpayer funding for lobbyists, public relations firms, fundraising experts, and legislative staff. The bill for those expenses is sent to the people in the pews.
As Shaw says, we’re clericalists ourselves — and we are its victims.
What is to be done? It’s up to the laity. The thousands of bureaucrats at the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Charities, USA, are constantly asking Congress — in the name of the laity — for more federal funding. After all, as their budgets reveal, these entities are little more than federal government subsidiaries with nice Catholic labels. In the pews or in our taxes, the meek, passive laity must pay for it all, period.
Until we don’t.

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German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

[Laying the groundwork for the ordination of “viri probati” (and “mulieres probatae”?)?]

Catholic World News – March 27, 2017

Instead of closing parishes because of a shortage of priests, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has proposed to appoint lay people to administer parishes.

Cardinal Marx said that lay-run parishes would provide the German archdiocese with a way of “remaining visible locally” despite the clergy shortage. “The local Church is most significant,” he said. “We would waste a great many opportunities if we were to withdraw from our territorial roots.”

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Mexico City archdiocese: ‘immoral’ to help build Trump’s border wall

Mexico City archdiocese: ‘immoral’ to help build Trump’s border wall

[Will AmChurch follow suit?]

Catholic World News – March 27, 2017

An editorial in the newspaper of the Mexico City archdiocese has argued that helping to build the border wall proposed by American President Donald Trump would be immoral.

The wall would be “a serious affront to dignity,” the editorial in Desde la Fe contends. The paper criticized the Mexican government for a “tepid” reaction to statements by some Mexican corporations that they would be willing to bid on the Trump project.

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Pope Francis is playing with fire. Hell fire.

Pope Francis is playing with fire. Hell fire.

John-Henry Westen

March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – For months the Vatican has been sending Catholics a steady stream of indications that Pope Francis agrees with the modernists’ view allowing Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.

We had his signature on a letter supporting the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We had testimony to the Pope’s view by Germany’s Cardinal Marx, one of the Pope’s Council of 9 Cardinals. We had the Maltese bishops say so. We had the chief interpreter of legislative texts at the Vatican say so. And we’ve seen numerous articles published in the Vatican newspaper advocating this break with Tradition.

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Cardinal Burke: Vatican hosting pro-abort population control activist was ‘simply a scandal’

Cardinal Burke: Vatican hosting pro-abort population control activist was ‘simply a scandal’

Claire Chretien

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia, March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke said it’s “simply a scandal” that pro-abortion and pro-contraception population control activist Paul Ehrlich was given a platform at a recent Vatican conference.

Burke was speaking on Friday to a standing room only crowd at St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church as part of its distinguished speaker series. He fielded questions at the end of his talk.

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Cd. Burke confirms: No correction of Francis forthcoming

Cd. Burke confirms: No correction of Francis forthcoming

[Hat-tip to Canon212: “Verrecchio: I’m no longer expecting an awful lot to come from this dubia dust up”]

Louie Verrecchio
March 27, 2017

Catholic social media is all abuzz with news that Cardinal Burke, squashing rumors to the contrary, has confirmed that the long awaited “formal act of correction” of Francis is still on track.

Don’t you believe it.

During an engagement at a Washington, D.C. area parish on Friday evening, Cardinal Burke was asked what he and the other Dubia Brothers will do if Francis fails to provide an official response to the five dubium that were submitted to him over six months ago.

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Pope Francis Before the Most Blessed Sacrament: “He did not kneel, remove his pileolus, and assume an attitude of prayer”

Pope Francis Before the Most Blessed Sacrament: “He did not kneel, remove his pileolus, and assume an attitude of prayer”

[Hat-tip to gpmtrad]

Text / translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred
3/26/17

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Pope Francis sat in the crypt of Milan Cathedral before the Most Blessed Sacrament: “He did not kneel, sat, not once did he remove his pileolous and assume an attitude of prayer”

(Milan) In the context of his visit to Milan today and the meeting with the clergy of the Archdiocese in the Cathedral of Milan, Pope Franziskus spent some time before the Blessed Sacrament. “He does not kneel, but sits down on a beautiful chair surrounded by other prelates who stand …” Thus, Antonio Socci criticized the scene, which provoked criticism from different sides.

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Correction [Yes or No]?

Correction [Yes or No]?

From Gloria.TV News on the 27th of March 2017

The blog Anonimi della Croce insists that there will be no corrections of the controversial document Amoris Laetitia, although Cardinal Burke has again announced during a talk in a parish in Springfield, Virginia on March 24 that a correction will be necessary if Pope Francis does not answer the doubts of the four Cardinals.

[References]

So there I was … and maybe you expected
Date: 25/03/2017
Author: Fra Cristoforo
Google translation of anonimidellacroce.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/spiffero-xxiv-bis-tanto-vi-dovevo-e-forse-vi-aspettavate-di-fra-cristoforo/

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Crisis – and Opportunity?

Crisis – and Opportunity?

In Europe and the U.S. there was once a substantial a body of influential Christian humanism, now failing without theism.

Robert Royal
3/27/17

The Vatican hosted a rather melancholy event last week: the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which set the Old World on the rocky path to today’s European Union. In one way, that the event took place at the Vatican suggests that, even among European elites, Christianity is still not entirely dead. But in another, it underscores just how confused the European project is now.

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A CARDINAL, A MONSIGNOR AND A PRIEST

A CARDINAL, A MONSIGNOR AND A PRIEST

They did more than just walk into a bar.

March 27, 2017

[Video will be posted when available]

TRANSCRIPT

This Vortex is coming to you from the New York archdiocese, where lots of questions about various issues remain covered up by officials. Before we get into many of them, let’s make clear from the outset that we sent an email to Joe Zwilling, communications director for New York, asking him for comment. As he usually does, the director of communications refused to engage in any communication, choosing instead to ignore the email.

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Fr Frank the widower priest, what in Sam Hill is going on here?

Fr Frank the widower priest, what in Sam Hill is going on here?

The Boston Globe calls this “a story of bedrock faith and a priestly calling”:
After leaving the priesthood for love, a return to the altar:

Frank Daly left the priesthood to get married in 1978. After his wife died two years ago, he was allowed to resume his calling.

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Father Daly was greeted after he celebrated [second “first”] Mass at South Boston’s Gate of Heaven Church.

[An example of the “viri probati” that FrankenPope wants for his married priesthood?]

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Neither Walls Nor Bridges For Migrants, But Doors. To Be Opened and Closed, With Discernment

Neither Walls Nor Bridges For Migrants, But Doors. To Be Opened and Closed, With Discernment

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[“Not walls but bridges”; hat-tip to Oakes Spalding at Mahound’s Paradise]

Sandro Magister
27 mar 2017

“It is the greatest tragedy since that of the second world war”: this is how Pope Francis a few days ago defined the phenomenon of migration, which is extraordinarily close to his heart and on which he comments nonstop.

Welcome is his dogma, albeit in proportion to the “capacities” of each country to “integrate” the newcomers. And “not walls but bridges” is the watchword that he repeats often, as an admonition to the Church and to states.

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THIS makes George Carlin’s ‘Buddy Christ’ seem ‘traditionalist’

THIS makes George Carlin’s ‘Buddy Christ’ seem ‘traditionalist’

[“Truth is stranger than fiction”]

POSTED BY PERTINACIOUS PAPIST ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

You all remember [AQ moderator Tom: I don’t, because I never saw the movie and never wish to] how George Carlin played a bishop in the movie Dogma and announced that the crucifix, though a time-honored symbol of our faith and highly recognizable, was being retired by Holy Mother Church as a wholly depressing image of our Lord crucified. Christ didn’t come to earth to “give us the willies,” says the bishop. He came “to help us out.” “He was a booster.” And with that take on our Lord, he introduces and unveils a new, more inspiring image of … ‘The Buddy Christ.’

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USCCCP Releases Amnesty Screed After Illegals Brutalize Young Girl

USCCCP Releases Amnesty Screed After Illegals Brutalize Young Girl

POSTED BY RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM ON FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

The entire nation has heard what happened a few days ago at Rockville High School, less than a half-hour’s drive from my own home. A 14-yr-old girl was brutally raped by two immigrants, with at least one of them here illegally and facing deportation due to another crime. Although the immigrants are 17 and 18 years old, they were allowed to register in that school as freshmen. Of course the lame-stream media did their best to cover up the illegal status of the thugs but thanks to the internet the truth is out. I don’t have time in this post to go into details. Suffice it to say that county and school officials are in major cover-up mode since they do hope to have Maryland declared a “sanctuary state”. The Superintendent of Schools has gone so far as to accuse concerned parents of being racists and xenophobes. Governor Hogan is demanding answers from Montgomery County – as well he should. We pray for that poor young lady as she recovers from the trauma of her brutal rape. If there is one thin silver lining to this cloud, it may be the awakening of the parents and some citizens; at least one woman is rethinking her former liberalism. Let us remember this in 2018. We must vote out that entire school board, certainly that superintendent and those in Annapolis who are behind this cockamamie “sanctuary state” crap.

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