This is from the Boston Globe, owned or once owned by The New York Times. Pope Francis has enjoyed immense popularity with the secular news media and the media and world in general, but I think it is safe to assume that Pope Francis has been knocked off that pedestal. Stunningly so, actually. If the wedding stunt was a ploy to deflect, it doesn't seem to have worked.
Pope Francis, company man
BostonGlobe.com21 hours ago
Let the record show that the promise of Pope Francis died in
Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 18, in the year of our Lord 2018. When Pope
Francis slandered victims of sexual abuse, ironically by accusing those
very victims of slandering a Chilean bishop who was complicit in that
abuse, he confirmed what some critics have said all along, what I have
always resisted embracing: Pope Francis is a company man, no better than
his predecessors when it comes to siding with the institutional Roman
Catholic Church against any who would criticize it or those, even
children, who have been victimized by it. By saying he needs to see
proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the abuse
perpetrated by the Rev. Fernando Karadima, Francis has shown himself to
be the Vatican’s newest Doubting Thomas. ...
In the post below this one, I jested, tongue in cheek of course, that I would start using pot incense to fill my church to 100% of parishioners attending Mass.
But in a midwestern parish, they do use gimmicks and they have seen increases in Mass attendance.
I can see using gimmicks to get kids to come to youth programs and CCD. And we know that kids themselves can be a gimmick to get their parents to come to Mass and go to Confession when we do family sorts of things and tell the kids that they are the ones to help their parents to put behind them their mortal sins of not participating in the Mass each Sunday and compounding their mortal sin when they don't bring their children to Mass.
I am into have many "ministries" or activities in the parish to keep people engaged and to show outreach to those in need. I love the idea of small groups in homes for faith formation and programs geared to every age group.
But I am sad we have to resort to these things when the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is what should get Catholics and keep them coming. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we experience in an unbloody and eternal way the One Sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary. And then, we are are encouraged to receive the Most Sacred Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion if we are in a state of grace. And the gift of being returned to the state of grace is the Sacrament of Confession.
If only the glory and majesty of our Lord and the magnificence, transcendence, awe and wonder of our Liturgies would keep them coming week after week, day after day, we wouldn't have to resort to flimsy gimmicks like the ones below at Christ the King parish in a midwestern diocese:
This is what they do:
Sent weekly e-mails to all of our parishioners inviting them to celebrate the Eucharist.
Put a flyer in everyone’s mailbox.
Each week, at one of the Masses, we had a well-known parishioner give a short presentation on “What CK Means to Me.”
Sports Mass and pizza party.
One of the organizations sponsored Saturday night Mass and pizza separate from the Sports Mass.
Debut of our new student choir.
Each week offered anyone in the school a special prize if they had a picture taken with one of the priests at Sunday Mass: out-of-uniform pass or homework pass.
On the last Sunday of October, if 75% of a particular classroom came to Mass, the classroom was given a treat and game time with Fr. Matt or me. If 90% of the class came to Mass, then the whole classroom got a pizza party. It was great to see the kids encouraging each other to go to Mass.
A number of families told me that after 4–5 weeks of going to Mass, that future attendance was moving from a “hope to” to a priority.
Pot churches proliferate as states ease access to marijuana
By Barbara Feder Ostrov Kaiser Health News
The Coachella Valley Church in San Jose, Calif., which offers marijuana as a “sacrament,” is among a growing number of similar churches nationwide. The churches are vexing local officials, who contend they’re simply marijuana dispensaries in disguise, operating outside of the regulations that govern other providers. (Barbara Feder Ostrov/Kaiser Health News/TNS)
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Services at the Coachella Valley Church begin and end with the Lord’s Prayer.
In between, there is the sacrament.
“Breathe deep and blow harder,” intoned Pastor Grant Atwell after distributing small marijuana joints to 20 worshippers on a recent Sunday afternoon. “Nail the insight down, whether you get it from marijuana or prayer. Consider what in your own life you are thankful for.”
A middle-aged man wearing a “Jesus Loves You” baseball cap piped up. “Thank you, God, for the weed,” he called out. “I’m thankful for the spirit of cannabis,” a woman echoed from the back. “I am grateful to be alive,” said another young woman.
The small room, painted black and gold and decorated with crosses and Rastafarian symbols, filled with pungent smoke after an hour-long service of Christian prayers, self-help slogans and inspirational quotes led by Atwell, a Campbell, Calif., massage therapist and photographer.
Despite its mainstream Christian trappings, the Coachella Valley Church describes itself as a Rastafarian church, something that’s tough to define. Rastafari is a political and religious movement that originated in Jamaica. Combining elements of Christianity, pan-Africanism and mysticism, the movement has no central authority. Adherents use marijuana in their rituals.
The church’s leaders say they believe that religious freedom laws give them the right to offer marijuana to visitors without a doctor’s recommendation – and without having to abide by any other regulations. Some courts and local authorities beg to differ.
As more states ease access to marijuana, churches that offer pot as a sacrament are proliferating, competing with medical marijuana dispensaries and even pot shops in the few states that have legalized recreational weed. While some of them claim Rastafari affiliation, others link themselves to Native American religious traditions.
The churches are vexing local officials, who say that they’re simply dispensaries in disguise, skirting the rules that govern other marijuana providers, such as requirements to pay taxes.
In California, which legalized medical marijuana in 1996 and, as of New Year’s Day, now allows sales of recreational marijuana, churches tied to marijuana use have recently popped up in Oakland, Roseville, Modesto, San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County and the Southern California desert city of Coachella (no connection to the San Jose church). A few have been shut down by law enforcement.
“I’m not going to say they’re not churches, but to the extent that they’re distributing marijuana, they’re an illegal dispensary, in my view,” said San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle. Doyle has requested a permanent legal injunction to stop the Coachella Valley Church from providing marijuana, and a court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22. He recently got a court order to shut down operations of a similar church, the Oklevueha Native American Church of South Bay, he said.
Nationally, such churches have opened in Indiana, where marijuana remains illegal, and Michigan, where medical marijuana is allowed. Even in Colorado, which legalized pot in 2012, the “International Church of Cannabis” is testing the limits of state and city rules on consuming marijuana in public.
Marijuana churches typically require people to purchase a membership, then give or sell them marijuana and related products. They may ask for ID such as a driver’s license but don’t require a doctor’s recommendation or medical marijuana identification card. They’re relying on court rulings that made it possible for some groups, including Native Americans, to use federally banned drugs like peyote in their religious ceremonies. (A coalition of Native American churches has disavowed Oklevueha churches that claim marijuana as their sacrament.)
Despite these rulings, courts have thus far rejected religious groups’ right to use marijuana, which is still illegal at the federal level, according to Douglas Laycock, a University of Virginia Law School professor specializing in religious liberty issues.
“Marijuana churches have brought religious liberty claims for years, and they have always lost,” Laycock said. “Marijuana is a huge recreational drug, and a religious exception … would make enforcement nearly impossible. So the courts have always found a compelling government interest in marijuana enforcement.”
Yet, Laycock said, as more states legalize marijuana, courts may regard marijuana churches’ rights more favorably.
“Legalization changes everything,” he said. “Religious use may not violate state law in some of these states. And if it does, legalizing recreational use but not religious use clearly discriminates against religion.”
SANTIAGO — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”
The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.
“As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all,” tweeted Barros’ most vocal accuser, Juan Carlos Cruz. “These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims. Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty.”
The Karadima scandal dominated Francis’ visit to Chile and the overall issue of sex abuse and church cover-up was likely to factor into his three-day trip to Peru that began late Thursday.
Karadima’s victims reported to church authorities as early as 2002 that he would kiss and fondle them in the swank Santiago parish he ran, but officials refused to believe them. Only when the victims went public with their accusations in 2010 did the Vatican launch an investigation that led to Karadima being removed from ministry.
The emeritus archbishop of Santiago subsequently apologized for having refused to believe the victims from the start.
Francis reopened the wounds of the scandal in 2015 when he named Barros, a protege of Karadima, as bishop of the southern diocese of Osorno. Karadima’s victims say Barros knew of the abuse, having seen it, but did nothing. Barros has denied the allegations.
His appointment outraged Chileans, badly divided the Osorno diocese and further undermined the church’s already shaky credibility in the country.
Our bishop just issued recommendations concerning the horrible flu season we are having in our diocese. Here it is (my comments/rants at the end):
To all priests and deacons,
Given the severity of the flu this season across the United States, particularly in the State of Georgia and bordering states, pastors may decide to suspend distributing the Eucharist in sharing a common cup. The option of course could be to continue to offer the precious blood by cup and people can make their own choice whether they wish to share it or not, which is the normal practice.But if pastors decide to suspend the use of the cup, it must be understood that it is only a temporary precaution against the spread of influenza. This should not be used as an opportunity to discontinue the use of the cup at the end of this epidemic. Proper catechesis should be utilized if there is a suspension of the cup.
This decision will be left up to each individual pastor as to when such a practice will begin and end.
The same will hold true to those congregations that have the custom of holding hands during the Our Father.
People who have the symptoms or the diagnosis of the flu should also be instructed to stay home on the weekend rather than come to Mass for fulfillment of an obligation.
I would also appreciate taking precautions by not mingling with large crowds of people on weekends and washing hands frequently.
My comments/rants: I hate when things fall on me. I like to blame others. That's number one. But in addition to this I can't stand the fact that we provide the common chalice to the congregation knowing full well that germs, viruses and other diseases can be spread regardless of the flu season that is more severe than usual.
Why is this? Because when the laity received permission to have the common chalice in the early 1970's there was reluctance on their part to drink from the chalice, so the first method was intinction which was wonderful. I remember it full well.
But then those damn, rigid liturgists said intinction wasn't biblical and that it was like "dunking donuts" and thus not reverent! So they insisted that intinction be dropped (please note, there was no official requiest from Rome to stop intinction because it is still allowed even in the new GIRM!!!
But to convince the laity they should drink from the common chalice these damn rigid liturgists told us to tell a lie that wiping the rim of the chalice with a purificator and turning the chalice would eliminate any risk of contagion. This is a lie (bald or bold face?).
But the other ideology this damn, rigid liturgists wanted to foist onto the liturgy was the proliferation of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Make no mistake, this was the goal, for better or for worse.
And intinction meant the communicant couldn't receive in the hand and that ideology was more important than health and preserving reverence for Holy Communion. I have been ranting about the danger of the spread of contagion for longer than I can remember.
Will it take multi million dollar lawsuits to end it, to create zero tolerance for the common chalice? History tells us yes!
In the meantime, those bishops and priests at Vatican papal Masses do not ever drink from the common chalice but in fact intinct with papal approbation. When will we learn from the Holy Father and Rome? And no,I will not ban the common chalice at St. Anne's but warn people as our bishop recommends. Only when there is a consistent band based upon common sense will I abolish the common chalice and resort to intinction!
Of course the couple was living as husband and wife in a civil union for the past 8 years because of circumstances beyond their control? Yes, there are dramatic circumstances to be sure, but for 8 years????? But what about the paperwork? What about proving neither had previous valid marriages? What about proving they are baptized? What about marriage preparation.What about going to Confession prior to the con-validation of a civil union?I know, I know, I am a legalist doctor of the law putting protocol and law above humans and their needs, wants and desires. I am a horrible priest!
But this is cool, no? The first pope in history ever to bless a marriage on a flight in a jet plane! From the National Catholic Register:
Paula Podest and Carlos
Ciuffardi, married by Pope Francis aboard the papal plane en route to
Iquique, Chile, Jan. 18. Below, their marriage certificate drawn up by
cardinals who accompanied the Pope on his flight. (Alvaro de Juana/CNA)
| Jan. 18, 2018
Love Is in the Air: Pope Francis Marries Couple Mid-Flight During Chile Visit
The Holy Father blessed the civilly married flight attendants' marriage during a flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — In his five
years in office, Pope Francis gained a reputation for tossing protocol
and embracing spontaneity. Today, he did it again with another papal
first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago
According to journalists traveling with the Pope, the couple — Paula
Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi — went to the Pope during the Jan. 18 flight
to ask for his blessing.
The couple told Francis they had been civilly married, but had not
been able to get married in the Church because their parish was
destroyed in the massive 8.8 earthquake that rocked Santiago in 2010.
In response, the Pope offered to marry them on the spot. Ignacio
Cueto, owner of the airline company, LATAM, was a witness in the
According to Ciuffardi, who spoke briefly with journalists after the
ceremony, the Pope asked the couple if they were married yet, and when
they explained why they hadn't been married in the Church, he said, “Do
you want to get married?”
The Holy Father, Ciuffardi said, asked them “Are you sure, absolutely
sure?” They said Yes, gave the Pope Podest's ring and asked Cueto if he
would be a witness. The Pope then blessed the ring, placed their hands
together, offered some brief reflections and pronounced them husband and
According to Ciuffardi, Francis told them what happened “was historic,” because “never has a Pope married a couple on a plane.”
Referring to the rings, Francis jested that they shouldn’t be too
tight, because “they would be a torture,” nor too loose, because they
might lose them.
they didn't have an official marriage certificate to sign, Pope Francis
asked the cardinals with him to draft one, so they grabbed a piece of
blank copy paper and each signed their names and what role they played
in the ceremony. One of the cardinals also signed as a witness.
The Pope also gave the couple two rosaries, Podest received a white rosary and Ciuffardi a black one.
The couple — who have two children, Rafaela, 6 and Isabela, 3 — said
they will be traveling with the Pope to Iquique, and from there will
take a different flight to another destination, and will celebrate
“It was something historic, really. Very exciting,” Ciuffardi said.
“What he told us was very important: He told us 'this is the sacrament
that the world needs, the sacrament of marriage. Hopefully, this will
motivate couples around the world to get married.’”
During Hawaii missile alert, Honolulu Catholic bishop led a penance rite
On Saturday, as Hawaii residents were jolted by an alert of an
incoming ballistic missile, a priest was distributing Holy Communion to a
group of Catholics celebrating Mass in a chapel owned by the Diocese of
Honolulu. Suddenly, a deacon interrupted him and held up a cellphone
showing the incoming missile alert that went out shortly after 8 a.m. It
urged people to seek immediate shelter. In the era of Kim Jong Un,
residents of the Aloha State know all too well that it can take less
than 30 minutes for an incoming missile to travel from North Korea to
Hawaii. Despite the possibility of impending doom, the Rev. Mark
Gantley, who was leading the Mass, didn’t mention the alert to
worshipers or stop ...
There had to be serious serious problems in the Church prior to Vatican
II (I am talking about clergy and religious only) because how would you
explain the devistation that occurred.
Look at the priesthood in
1963 and the look at it in 1966. Totally different. The same priest in
1963 said Mass reverently and was neatly dressed and conducted himself
as a gentleman and a CATHOLIC priest. Fast forward to 1965 and the same
man has long hair, is taking incredible liberties with the Mass, is
questioning everything and is open to any crazy thing that comes down
the road accept the truths of the Faith.
Let’s say that picture
in the article of the Sisters of St. Joseph was taken in the early
1960’s. By the end of the decade the majority of those sisters were
militants who openly opposed the Faith and corrupted the innocent
children in their care with their nonsense. Something is wrong with
Stable people do not completely change their way of thinking and way of life so radically in so short a time as one year.
at the history of the Church in those days. There is a major difference
in the Catholicism of 1963 compared to that of 1965. I am convinced
that what happened was no accident. Destruction like that had to have
been carefully planned years in advance. Using reason dictates that the
decline that what we have seen happen so rapidly in the Church,
literally from 1 year to another was diabolical and planned. What other
explaination is there? The Holy Spirit is NOT the author of destruction
and confusion or surprises. The Holy Spirit is a rational divine being
not a sentimental feel good Jesuitical hippie from Latin America.
the outside the Church looked wonderful but there is no way solidly
formed nuns went from being Sr. Mary Benedict in a full length habit one
year, to swigging Peggy in jeans and picket signs the next. That’s
kind of behaviour is not how a mature well balanced adult behaves. It’s
just not. The problems must have been extremely severe.
My comments: The period which anonymous refers to, 1963 to 1966 or better yet 1968 has interesting demographics for the priesthood and religious life. There were a huge number of very young priests and religious many of whom entered seminary or convents at the age of 14 if not younger. What kept them in line and mature looking was the strict discipline of the Church and their superiors who were older and seasoned. They had strict maternal and paternal supervisors and they had to tow the line or be kicked out.
Thus when Vatican II's tornado hit, everything that underpinned the strict and sometimes authoritarianism of the priesthood and religoius life was swept away as though a fire department hose washed away the foundations of the seminaries, convents, priesthood and seminary life.
Those in formation and newly ordained or professed let loose as the yoke of authority and yes, authoritarianism was removed.
In my seminary which was the strictest in American UNTIL 1968, the revolution began when the long time rector who preferred the discipline was publicly disobeyed and without repercussions to the seminarians. Over what, you might ask? Coke machines added to the seminary. They won! Then everything began to change and more freedoms came and by 1970 this seminary was unrecognizable as the same one prior to 1968. I arrived in 1976 and I can tell you it was chaos to say the least but everyone was excited about the rampant changes happening and so quickly.
Of course the same anti-authority, anti-institutional, anti-law, anti-law enforcement was happening in America which prior to 1968 was a very strict, patriotic and authority oriented society.
The young won the day and the old were booted and humiliated.
VATICAN II BROUGHT ON A NEW TRIUMPHALISM AND ARROGANCE UNSEEN PRIOR TO VATICAN II. CHANGE ALWAYS MEANT NEW AND IMPROVED WHEN IN FACT IT WAS NOT IMPROVED BUT IT WAS CHANGE.
THE CHURCH BECAME MORE DEMOCRATIC AND MOST MAJOR CHANGES IN RELIGIOUS LIFE OCCURRED THROUGH VOTES OF YOUNG MEMBERS WHO ONCE THEY CHANGED THEIR ORDERS FOR THE WORST, DEPARTED BY GETTING MARRIED OR SIMPLY LIVING SECULAR LIVES.
THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF PARISH LIFE THROUGH COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES DEFORMED PARISHES AND THEIR LITURGIES AND TURNED AUTHORITY UPSIDE DOWN.
MOST OF THIS WAS WELL MEANING AND NOT MEAN SPIRITED. BUT IT WAS A DISASTER THAT HAPPENED OVER NIGHT AND BECAUSE OF THE YOUNG WHO WERE IMMATURE AND THE INSTITUTIONAL CHURCH SAYING "GO FOR IT AND EXPERIMENT AND HAVE A GAY OLD TIME IN THE PROCESS!"
Here you go, statistical proof that the liberalizing forces of Vatican II, be that in fact or in spirit, destroyed the high percentage of Catholics, in this case women, who attend Mass!
This photo is independent of the story from CNS below but tells us of the malaise in the Catholic Church in Chile. This is a photo of Pope Francis' meeting with youth in Chile. It is sad and very telling. Even Pope Benedict would have had more kids and Pope St. John Paul II....sad to say the least! The popemobile is toward the left side of the photo as Pope Francis makes his triumphal tour around the throngs!
Survey: Only 24% of Catholic Women Attend Mass Weekly
CNS News15 hours ago
(CNSNews.com) -- A new survey shows that only 24% of Catholic
women of all ages in America attend Mass once a week -- Sunday Mass
attendance is mandatory in Catholic teaching -- but for those women born
prior to the liberal reforms of Vatican II, a higher percentage
(53%) of them go to Mass weekly. The survey, conducted Aug. 3 - 24,
2017, was carried out by CARA (Center for Applied Research), a social
science division at Georgetown University. CARA interviewed 1,508
self-identifying Catholic women by telephone and online. The results
were released this week. The survey results indictae there are 37.3
million Catholic females in the United States, among which 28.8 million
are adults. When asked, ...
2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.
Below are the winners of the 2017 Fake News Awards.
1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
2. ABC News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.
3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
(via Fox News)
4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.
6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.
7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.
9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.
11. And last, but not least: "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!
While the media spent 90% of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results:
1. The economy has created nearly 2 million jobs and gained over $8 trillion in wealth since the President’s inauguration.
2. African Americans and Hispanics are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in recorded history.
3. The President signed historic tax cuts and relief for hardworking Americans not seen since President Reagan.
4. President Trump’s plan to cut regulations has exceeded “2 out for every 1 in” mandate, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every one new regulatory action.
5. The President has unleashed an American energy boom by ending Obama-era regulations, approving the Keystone pipeline, auctioning off millions of new acres for energy exploration, and opening up ANWR.
6. ISIS is in retreat, having been crushed in Iraq and Syria.
7. President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and instructed the State Department to begin to relocate the Embassy.
8. With President Trump’s encouragement, more member nations are paying their fair share for the common defense in the NATO alliance.
9. Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the VA to fire failing employees and establishes safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
10. President Trump kept his promise and appointed Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The abuse crisis is primarily a function of the clericalism of the pope and the college of bishops in union with the pope. And not just today's pope and bishops but popes and bishops in general. It is the arrogance of being more concerned with priest abusers, the arrogance of trying to forgive, heal and most egregiously of reintegrating into ministry those guilty of harming the young.
When Pope Francis or any bishop tries to make equal the suffering or victimization of innocent priests in being stereotyped with the perverted priests, this shows a callousness to those who were abused and often in horrific ways and by a "God" figure which compounds the physical, spiritual and mental harm.
When there is zero tolerance of bishops who put priests before victims or potential victims and the pope who alone can mandate this by being a doctor of canon law and then backing up law with swift action toward offending bishops, we will be on the right track.
“Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down?” Farrow asks
King. “Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t
I feel some sort of outrage that after all these years, being ignored
and disbelieved and tossed aside?”
Farrow has alleged for years that she suffered abuse
from Allen as a child and tells King that now it’s “on them” whether or
not people want to believe her. She says all she can do is “speak my
truth and hope” when it comes to whether or not people will side with
her or Allen.
“I hope that somebody will believe me instead of just hearing it,” Farrow said.
Farrow has been making headlines recently for calling
out celebrities in the midst of the #MeToo and Time’s Up
anti-harassment movements. She specifically criticized Justin Timberlake
and Blake Lively for being advocates against sexual harassment and abuse, despite the fact they have both worked with Allen and continue to support him.
In recent weeks, many actors who have worked with
Allen in the past have come forward to express their regrets over the
decision in light of Farrow’s allegation. Farrow has thanked each one
for their statements, including Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Griffin
Newman, and David Krumholtz. Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet are
the stars of Allen’s new film, set to premiere later this year, and
they both have vowed to donate their salary to the Time’s Up legal
Farrow’s full interview on “CBS This Morning” will air tomorrow. Watch the first-look preview below.
Don't get me wrong. The pre-Vatican II Church had its warts and pimples just as the post-Vatican II Church has its cancers. Some of the first changes after Vatican II were nun's habits being made a bit more comfortable, but still habits. The 1965 Roman Missal was still the Tridentine Mass and the laity were called to holiness just as the clergy and religious were.
But then, the dismantling occur in the spirit of Vatican II to change the face, look and identity of Catholics and their instituions and to wipe out all the cultural aspects of Catholicism which acted as a sort of glue for truly holy Catholics and others less so.
The Mass was universal and there wasn't the tribalism we have today in its celebration and the multi-languages of people that everyone insists needs to be in their parish too. But here are some recollections of the Church of the past and her glory days all positive except the first one which misses the mark and comes from an adolescent mentality persevered in the person's present old age.
Rita Ferrone of Praytell tells of her negative experience of a nicer time in the Church which you can compare with five others who actually knew the nicer time in the Church:
I’d like to just add a note of experience that may be a bit different
from others, but no less valid. When I think about the Catholic past as I
experienced it in the supposed time of flourishing (when there were a
lot of people populating church institutions), it wasn’t always rosy.
There was a lot of emphasis on discipline but not so much on justice.
People lied a lot to prop up the systems they inhabited. There was
considerable tribalism among Catholics, and a good bit of ethnic
clannishness that was cloaked in Catholicism but did not result in a
whole lot of charity, beyond care for me and mine. There was
scrupulosity, and a sense that the worst sins were sexual. I got a fine
education in Catholic schools, but the number of my classmates who were
there just to avoid the public schools’ problems and not for any
religious loyalty, were many. Scoffers abounded within these groups. We
had big institutions, but frequently the individuals moving through
those institutions got an experience not of grace but of harshness.
That’s why people left. I think that all this contributed to people
falling away, and ultimately to the failure of the system. And this is
quite apart from the scandalous sex abuse crisis which emerged to shock
and drive even more people away. There were genuine, caring, faith
filled people in the mix, but there was a lot of other stuff going on.
My sense is that the faithful minority is still around. So I wonder if
what we mourn in losing the big institutions is a cultural clout which
is no longer ours to command, and yet, look around: there is probably as
much grace and blessing for our time, only it is taking different
The National Catholic Register has this wonderful recollection of the good old days by people who knew but they are not long for this world, so it is great to have them tell us:
5 Prominent Catholics Reflect on the Church of Their Youth
Joe Scheidler, Bishop Rene Gracida, Alice von Hildebrand, Msgr. Peter Wilkinson and Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz recall their Christian upbringing Jim Graves
Alice von Hildebrand (born 1923), philosopher, author, speaker
[I grew up in Belgium in the 1920s and 30s, and the country] was very Catholic, and my family was very involved with the Church. My grandfather, in fact, was a very prominent Catholic in Belgium. He was the founder of a publication that Cardinal Silvio Oddi [1910-2001] once called the most Catholic newspaper in Europe. I was blessed to go to the best Catholic schools, and was able to visit many magnificent churches in Brussels. The churches had such magnificent religious paintings; I learned much about the Faith by contemplating them. I had access to the best Catholic textbooks as a child. I’d come home with a 450-page volume in small print and I knew the whole thing. I became a daily communicant as a teenager. The country was as Catholic as it could be and I received a superb Catholic education. … [Unfortunately, today] I can only tell you that Belgium has apostatized from A to Z. I haven’t been there for 20 years. It would bring me to tears. I had a niece there that was given assisted suicide and afterward given a Catholic funeral Mass. If I were to go back, I would just shed tears from morning to night.
Bishop Rene Gracida (born 1923), retired Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas
I was born in New Orleans. My mother was French American Cajun, my father Mexican. He had fled from Mexico to escape religious persecution. I grew up during the Great Depression, and my father did almost anything he could to support the family. I had one sister, born four years ahead of me. My mother was a very devout Catholic; my father less so. I had a great uncle who was a vicar general of a diocese in Mexico, and he was very strict. Because of him, my father had an antipathy toward the Catholic clergy. He was not happy when I became a monk! … I remember reading The Last of the Mohicans as a teenager, and developing a special interest in the Jesuit martyrs. Years later, when I entered the Benedictine monastery, I had to propose three names to my archabbot, one of which he’d pick to be my religious name for the rest of my life. The first I chose was the Jesuit martyr Rene Goupil [1608-42, a French Jesuit lay missionary martyred by Iroquois Indians]. To my great pleasure, the name was approved.
Joe Scheidler (born 1927), Chicago pro-life activist
I grew up in Hartford City, Indiana, which is near Muncie. I was one of six children. My father was a successful businessman involved in all sorts of things: making ice, bottling, ice cream, coal, operating three theaters and a farm. He came out okay from the Great Depression because he had four things people had to have: ice, coal, pop and ice cream. We were committed Catholics. We went to Mass and said the Rosary daily. One of my uncles was a bishop and two others were priests; two of my cousins were priests as well. I was an altar boy, and wanted to be a priest myself. I thought that was the way I could be closest to Christ, and I wanted to be as close to Christ as I could be. I entered the seminary when I was 25, and studied for the diocesan priesthood for three years. Then I became a Benedictine monk for four years. I completed all the necessary studies and formation to become a priest, but decided it was not my calling. It was heartbreaking to leave the seminary, but believed God had other plans for me. My mother was devastated, but my father never thought I had a vocation. I married my wife Ann in 1965, and we went on to have seven children.
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz (born 1935), retired Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska
I grew up in a devout Catholic home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My father worked as a grocer. We attended Mass and said the Rosary daily, had regular prayers and went to Catholic schools. We had sacramentals all over our house and priests and religious regularly visited our home. An associate pastor at our local parish, St. Wenceslaus, was a family friend who went fishing in the lakes of Wisconsin with me and my father. I was ordained a priest in 1960, a year ahead of the rest of my class. My only sibling became a nun.
Msgr. Peter Wilkinson (born 1940), retired Roman Catholic priest of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and a convert who was formerly a bishop in the Continuing Anglican movement
[The Anglican Church in Victoria] was strong. That was the 1940s and 50s, and many people were active in the Anglican Church. About 75 percent of the residents were Anglican. As a teenager, I’d go to services at Christ Church Cathedral and the only seats would be in the gallery. I attended an Anglo-Catholic parish [emphasizing Anglicans’ Roman Catholic heritage] with a beautiful traditional liturgy. It is the liturgy I came to love. When I graduated from university, I made an arrangement with the Anglican Bishop of Victoria to go to an Anglo-Catholic seminary in England operated by the Community of the Resurrection. It was while in London that I became interested in religious life. I read a book by an Anglican religious who was a Franciscan friar. I thought, “That’s what life is about, being a Catholic Christian.” I wanted to be a priest and religious and experience the beauty and joy of Catholicism. … [My opinion of the Roman Catholic Church in my youth] was good. Most of the devotional books we used were based on Roman Catholic books. I didn’t understand the doctrine of papal infallibility, but once you do understand it, it’s a no brainer. But much of what we did was the same as Roman Catholicism: Mass, praying the divine office, confession, private prayer.
Residents welcome neighbor with open arms (and wings)
Neighborhood first noticed wood stork on Jan. 10
BY JOSH RAYBURN
GENERAL OGLESTORK HANGING AROUND THE ARDSLEY PARK/CHATHAM CRESCENT NEIGHBORHOOD. (KAY KOLGAKLIS LITCHFIELD PHOTO)
Residents of Savannah’s Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent neighborhood have been keeping their eyes on a new arrival.
It’s not because the guy (Or it could be a woman. We’re not really sure.) has a broken-down vehicle in the yard or drum kits, guitars and amplifiers signifying the dreaded presence of a rock band.
Nope. This stranger has wings.
Neighbors first noticed a wood stork in the area on Jan.
10. The stork’s appearance so enamored the community that members took to their community Facebook page to name it General Oglestork.
“Whereas, We wish to recognize the significance of Savannah’s founder, Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, and bestow his namesake upon our newest resident,” Nick Palumbo, Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Neighborhood Association president, wrote in an official proclamation.
Diana Churchill, who writes the Birder’s Eye View column for Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com, says wood storks are fairly common in our area — just not in Ardsley Park.
“They are quite common on Skidaway Island, around Tybee,” Churchill said. “Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge south of us has about the largest nesting colony in the area. Some nested last spring at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.”
So if you see General Oglestork the next time you’re in the area, say hi – and thank him for the squares.
In other words, celebrities and media figures could learn from today's Holy Mother Church! I would recommend Virtus trading for all of "Hollywood and New York" elites!
One by one, actors seeking separation from Woody Allen
NEW YORK — A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allenand his next film in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Allen film to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse: Time’s Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. The breakout star of Call Me By Your Name announced on Instagram that he didn’t want to profit from his work on Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, which wrapped shooting in the fall.
“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Chalamet.
He didn’t want to profit from his work on Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, which wrapped shooting in the fall.
“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Chalamet.
Chalamet is just the latest cast member of an Allen production to express regret or guilt about being professionally associated with the director. In recent weeks, Rebecca Hall(A Rainy Day in New York, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Ellen Page (To Rome With Love), David Krumholtz (Wonder Wheel) and Griffith Newman (A Rainy Day in New York) have all in some way distanced themselves from Allen or vowed that they wouldn’t work with him again.
The rising chorus suggests the road ahead for Allen may be particularly challenging, even for a director whose personal controversies have for decades made him an alternatively beloved and reviled figure in movies.
Damon apologizes after backlash to comments
NEW YORK — Matt Damon says the backlash for his comments on sexual misconduct was helpful.
Weeks ago, Damon told outlets that there were varying degrees of misconduct and that the punishment should reflect that. But he was criticized by some, including ex-girlfriend Minnie Driver.
In an interview with the AP on Tuesday, Damon said he wishes he had listened more before offering his thoughts, and that he “doesn’t want to further anybody’s pain.”
He said he’s sorry and added that the feedback on his comments has been “very helpful.”
Several years ago I use to scuba dive. On one dive I experienced some distress that could have led to my drowning. Fortunately someone saw I was in difficulties about 110 feet down in the ocean. I was on the verge of passing out. As the person rescuing me started to take me to the surface, I really felt that I was going to drown. I regretted that I had not called my mother that day, then I thought, what the hell, I should be praying a good act of contrition, which I did.
Thus in near-death experiences, it is good to see I am in good company!
It started out as a regular Saturday morning for most Hawaiians, including Dallas and Monica Carter and their five children. Monica was getting breakfast ready for the kids before a busy day when the warning blared across smartphone screens throughout the island: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. It was the same kind of warnings Hawaiians are used to receiving for tsunamis and hurricanes – the kind of warning they’re used to heeding. “That was quite terrifying, of course,” Dallas Carter, a theology lecturer for the Diocese of Honolulu, told CNA. Immediately, Dallas and Monica sprang into action, albeit in different ways. Looking back, “it was a great dynamic to see how we reacted together but in different ways to the same crisis,” he said. Dallas said he had four thoughts once he had processed the alert. The first was: “Oh (no) I haven’t gone to confession yet!” It was Saturday, and the family often goes on Sundays before Mass. “Number two was, ok, how do I do this perfect contrition thing? Number three was we have to get the kids praying rosary, and number four was ‘where’s my whiskey,’” he recalled.