Bishop McKnight Speaks.

We hesitate to even associate his name with this blog and certainly no one has had a chance to meet him but Bishop Shawn McKnight gave a talk in 2015 entitled “On the Identity of the Deacon” that diagnoses what went wrong over the last 20 years in the Diocese of Jefferson City.  You can find the two part recording on Youtube.  It’s interesting material but the part most pertinent to the laity, especially in the Jefferson City Diocese,  begins around the 14:00 mark of the second video.

It’s worth listening all the way to the end.  Understand that his talk was not directed at any Bishop in particular, it just happens to have relevance here.  The Diocese of Jefferson City is a gem in many ways and it has a lot of talented and devoted priests and laity.  Just continuing to attend Mass and donate after the 2002 scandal is a sign of true devotion to the Church.  It’s been a really hard time for priests who are now guilty until proven innocent, and despised by a lot of the non-Christian population.  In Jefferson City alone there are three parishes with perpetual Eucharistic adoration and there has been perpetual adoration for decades in at least one parish in the Diocese, namely the Cathedral itself.  Keep in mind that the Archdiocese of Boston with it’s 4,147,275 people and 1,949,219 (47%) Catholic population just brought back perpetual adoration in 2012 for the first time in 40 years.  We have people willing to donate millions of dollars at a time to support Catholic schools and local parish initiatives, and many volunteers at every parish.  The laity have various charisms but this Diocese had the ability to stifle the best of them.  The way that process worked was for the Bishop or more likely a Chancery official to give permission (often where permission wasn’t even needed) for some lay initiative but in a way that would make it impossible to accomplish or too distant for more than a few to profit from.  In the end the arrogance that these petty intrigues bred led to the eruption of the Process we’ve been chronicling.  A Process that was disliked by parents, professors, pastors, LGBT groups, principals, a lot of national Catholic media outlets, and probably the Vatican itself since Bishop Gaydos has to administer the Diocese until February 6th only as an administrator.  His authority as Bishop has been removed.  If you didn’t have the correct agenda here then your concerns didn’t matter to the Chancery.  What that agenda actually was has yet to be revealed because they couldn’t openly contradict Church teaching but the Transgender Process is a good clue.  With that we leave you with the balanced comments of Bishop Shawn McKnight:

14:00  “They saw his vision, liked his vision, chose to follow him . . . .rather than forcing people to do what they don’t want to do”

“Charism . . . endowed with the power to do something”    (The Holy Spirit gives the lay people power to do things.)

“Not even a Bishop gets to determine who has what charism, that comes from God.”

(Stifling those charisms hurts the Church)

18:00 “What is under the aegis of the priest/pastor. . .the Bishop. . .is how to get them to work together, that’s what creates the power of the Church.”

(NOT stifling the Holy Spirit by suppressing these charisms because they don’t fit a certain agenda.)

24:50 “A Person raising a family is feeling more and more disenfranchised, separated from those who have power and authority.”   (In this Diocese disenfranchisement grew and then finally fully ripened in the Transgender Process)

28:00  “Not only are Bishops to be informed what are the real needs of the people . . . are you even aware?. . .But also to show their concern.”  (Worse than that is being fully aware and purposely denying them their rights and needs.)

“The Laity have the right and sometimes the duty to make known their opinion on matters which concern the good of the Church”    (Something impossible to do here until the internet age)

 “They have a right to be heard, not to make decisions. . .(this) should be done with respect for the truth.” (True dialogue)

“Some want to run all the way to the left and create a Democratic Church.”  (We just want the Bishop to adhere to the Magisterium and not contradict the truth)

Hopefully we can leave these things in the past and move on.  In conclusion we ask you to pray for our priests who are closer to the sadness of the Church than anyone.  Remember that they have had to do a lot of this dirty work for two decades which is why they take their first parish assignment with an enthusiasm which quickly fades as they feel the pressure to conform to the system, all the while their own charisms are stifled.  If they were to buck the system they would lose the equivalent of their job and their family.  Or on the other hand some are left to their own personal temptations with no fatherly encouragement.  In any family the sons will practice any vice the father practices, condones, or encourages.  Who’s at fault in that situation?   Meanwhile they represent a Church that uncomfortably contradicts the increasingly hostile culture of death.  They either contradict the Church or the culture of death and neither is easy for a soul.  They all deserve a good spiritual father and a lot of prayers.

 

New Bishop named for Jefferson City Diocese.

Wichita Priest Named Bishop for Jefferson City Diocese

For once we send you to the Diocesan website for more information on Bishop McKnight

Notice at the bottom of the Diocesan article this little snippet:  “The Diocese of Jefferson City comprises 22,127 square miles. It has a total population of 920,234 people of which 81,958 or 11 percent, are Catholic.”  It used to be higher than 11 percent if it’s even that high now, possibly double that.  Lets pray things head back in that direction.

Fr. McKnight makes his statement here.  Here are some relevant parts of the statement, highlights are ours:

“I am especially keen to learn how we are evangelizing those in our community, especially the youth, and how we are promotinga culture of vocations among them.  I anticipate that there will be opportunities for me to hear from the priests, deacons, religious and laity about your hopes and aspirations for our church.”

       We hope so.  Ask the laity the state of things here, there has been little or no dialogue with them up to this point.  Parents hope and aspire to raise Catholic children and avoid the destruction this culture wreaks upon so many young people, wishing for the clergy to at minimum leave them alone, administer sacraments, and not make things harder. 

“I can look back now and recognize more clearly how important my
social environment enabled me to hear the call to the ministerial
priesthood, and how it empowered me to respond in faith.”
      We think Catholic School social environment is very important, and that it’s under attack.  After February 6th our new Bishop will have a chance to interview his potential staff and then make decisions confirming how important that social environment really is to him.
    Here are some good goals in the statement:
“-To foster a healthy, unified and resilient presbyterate for a flourishing, united and resilient church.”
      The lay parents and some of the Chancery staff and clergy aren’t unified on a major moral issue.  A Bishop can’t leave the staff and conditions as they are and achieve this goal.   
“-To prioritize the pastoral care of the family.”
      The LGBT/Transgender process disrupts Catholic families. 
 “-To have a passion for evangelization, especially of our youth.”
     We need God’s help accomplishing this.  One could start by administering the sacrament of Confirmation before the age of puberty.  The almost complete absence of Junior High and High School children from Sunday Masses and the confession line is a clue that their faith becomes shaky early.  If the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit can’t help this problem then preaching to them won’t either.  The world usually has more appealing preaching, ask anyone who’s been on Facebook or been to a rave or a rock concert.  We’d remind every parent that even most Catholic school kids are absent from Sunday Mass and that NORMAL for kids now is to not mention God.  Denying him is celebrated in this culture.  And unfortunately for parents in an anti-God culture by nature it’s very difficult to overcome a person’s need to conform to the group. 
 “-To take seriously the moral commitment the bishops of the United States
have made in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”
  The Transgender agenda is the opposite of protecting children and young people from abuse.
“I hope and pray that in being a bishop for you, you may tangibly see my personal
faith and love for Christ, and for you
his people.”
     We pray this includes the lay parents and children because they are God’s people too.  
“I ask for your prayers for me and Bishop Gaydos in this time of transition between now and my ordination and installation on February 6th in St. Joseph Cathedral.”
     We all should add this man to a daily Rosary, along with all the Clergy of the Diocese.  Transfer of power can be a stressful time for hierarchical organizations, like a legal discovery process for the first time in 20 years.  People have to explain their actions and also decide whether to take a risk and try to hide things or to reveal them.   That is before the question becomes: what did you know and when did you know it?  

 

St. Joseph Cathedral School Handbook: A reference manual for principals and school board members.

St. Joseph Cathedral School Parent and Student Handbook

For reference you can turn to this handbook in crafting a policy in your school, key points are made on Page 65:

ADHERENCE WITH CATHOLIC TEACHING ON SEXUALITY
Students may not advocate, celebrate, or express same-sex attraction in such a way as to
cause confusion or distraction in the context of Catholic school classes, activities, or
events.
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their
biological gender.

 

Helias President Fr. Stephen Jones takes a defiant stand against. . . . whistleblowers and pen names.

Being a cleric or employee under the influence of our Bishop must have a distorting affect on the mind because these men can’t stop running into the buzz saw of social media for all the wrong reasons.  Social media commentary doesn’t seem to add to the dignity of the priesthood at all.  Keep in mind when you read this that there are many things posted on Facebook daily that you may ignore but when public figures with authority over your children make comments about school policy regarding sex, gender, bullying, and abuse then every parent is on a need to know basis.  Leaders who try to hide these things deserve to be pilloried.  Sadly Fr. Stephen Jones recently stepped into the line of fire.

Fr. Jones is the President of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, MO.  http://heliascatholic.com/aboutus.php His position makes him a mandatory reporter of child abuse and the priestly office the Church gave him requires him to protect the souls of the children in his care from child abuse.  One would think then that he would also inform his staff and parents about potential physical and spiritual threats to the students.  Not so, and he’s defiantly proud of it (The bold highlighting is ours):

https://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Jones/725980228

Stephen Jones

From time to time I receive “anonymous” letter in my role as president of Helias Catholic. Today, I received one such letter with a return address which read “A Concerned Parent/Diocese of Jefferson City” (as did the president, vp, and treasurer of our Advisory Council). When I read the letter, I agreed with the content 100%but I threw it (and those addressed to the others) straight in the trash. Why? Because I will not respond to or act on “anonymous” letters, even if I agree with the person(s). If you don’t have the gumption to put a name to your concern or complaint then I will not take it seriously. Put a name to it and we will talk, work together, and solve problems. Just sayin’

He’s referencing what we presume is a letter like this from “A Concerned Parent.” Here:  School Board Letter. Here’s what we can logically conclude from his comments:

1. He’s upset about the missing name on a letter recommending a policy that was issued in response to the Diocesan Transgender Process, a process that the Diocese and it’s priests didn’t think parents needed to know about.  Isn’t the pot calling the kettle black here?  Maybe the writer felt he didn’t need to know their name? Is that wrong?  If so is it then wrong of the Diocese to do the same?

2.  The letter asks him and the board to consider adopting a policy that he 100% agrees with so why does he need to talk to the writer, work with them, or solve problems with them?  You have the authority, whatever happened to just doing your job?  Take the time you waste on Facebook and have a meeting with your Advisory board about the policy you 100% agree with.  Or use Facebook to inform parents about the comings out at Helias that make this policy necessary. Helias parents and Jefferson City Facebook users have been treated to all sorts of revealing things about Helias students lately yet at the same time there was nothing to acknowledge those things from the leader of the school.

3.  If you have tried to Dialogue with the Bishop, the Chancery, your priest, or your principal then in most cases things probably didn’t go the way Fr. Jones said they would.  Did they talk to you, work with you, or solve problems with you?  No? Wait a second, did they refuse to speak with you about it?

4.  He threw away mail addressed to someone else, mail he agreed with, that was sent to his own Advisory Board members.  But then again they may not be on a need to know basis either.  The board may well remember how much Bishop Gaydos thought they needed to know when it came time to hire a new President at Helias.

5.  He either never learned or is willfully ignoring the purpose and hazards of being a whistle blower.  Even the secular government has laws protecting whistle blowers. Those laws tell you that a whistle blower might expect retribution.

6.  He didn’t learn American History before becoming President of a Catholic high school because “During the debates over the design and ratification of the United States Constitution, in 1787 and 1788, a large number of writers in the popular press used pseudonyms. This list shows some of the more important commentaries and the (known or presumed) authors responsible for them. Note: the identity of the person behind several of these pseudonyms is not known for certain.”  Hey, if those men didn’t have the gumption to put a name to their concern or complaint then maybe they shouldn’t have been taken any more seriously than King George took the Declaration of Independence.

7.  English class at Helias is devoid of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Silence Dogood (Benjamin Franklin), and hundreds of other famous writers who didn’t have the gumption to use their own names. 

8.  He and his clerical supporters are confusing a pseudonym who wrote about publicly verifiable information with the concept of an anonymous and unverifiable accusation.  No, you shouldn’t make a major decision based on anonymous accusations that can only be confirmed by the anonymous writer.  Yes, you should make major decisions based on information from an anonymous whistle blower who reveals information that can be verified.  If you’ve verified the truth and you agree with it 100% then it’s time to act.  The children and parents aren’t guilty here, they need protection.  Instead though we get legalistic excuses for not taking action.

9.  Items 5, 6, and 7 are really just lighthearted logical conclusions one might draw but the true root of this outburst is there for all to see.  It’s the outward projection of internal guilt from the failure to have the gumption to accept the path to martyrdom and sign a name to a policy the Bishop would oppose.  And, make no mistake, he has no problem threatening these men as Fr. Frank found out.  These priests are paid by the Diocese and that money is the stick used to keep them in line.  They really wish to remain anonymous, to avoid speaking about this issue, and so they are angry at those who can remain anonymous while forcing them to face tough issues. They could hand off their cross to children if those pesky anonymous writers would leave things alone.  Their job is to embrace the cross but since many of the faithful received their greatest cross from the clergy it’s not surprising that as a group they’d receive a little push back from lay parents.  Our remaining priests are under a lot of pressure from their Bishop and also from our society and their own confused flocks.  Everyone should pray for them because, though it is their job to defend children, it is a very hard job and will make them unpopular with the outside world.  A Church that is in this much turmoil is also probably really short on prayers for it’s priests, so right when they need help the most that help is the least likely to be given.

Gentlemen it’s time to get off of Facebook and take a defiant moral stance on something that actually matters.  Help the parents carry the cross instead of adding weight to it.  Just sayin’

Here’s a snippet from an email forwarded to us that raises some interesting points:

“Another thing that I noticed is that they are publicly using the excuse that an anonymous letter will not receive due attention (even if the content is true and verifiable) simply because it is anonymous.  The irony is that personally signed letters that are true and verifiable also go unaddressed, they just don’t announce that publicly.  I have lots of proof of that.
The final comment I would like to make is that there is a very humorous trend that I have noticed in the institutional Church.  The word dialogue is used frequently and in almost every case it is in reference to reaching out towards those who disagree with the Church.  However, they never, and I mean never, dialogue with those that believe in the importance of Truth and fidelity.  Dialogue has become a clear indicator of an unfaithful cleric or Church leader that has sympathies for or is engaged in some form of heresy or infidelity.  What they are saying is that they want to engage in discussions on how to change, ignore, undermine or otherwise dismiss Truth.”

Catholic (Diocese) Stewardship Appeal. Don’t do it.

Read this again:   CSA Scripture Quotes

By now all Catholics in the Diocese have received a letter asking for donations to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal.  This is the main fundraiser for the Diocese.  No, not for the Diocese as in “everyone in the Diocese including school age parents.”  This money goes to the Chancery.  That letter quotes scripture implying that we Catholics are all one and need to share with each other.  “The community of believers was of one heart and one mind. . .they had everything in common.” (Acts 4:32)  But we’re not of one heart and one mind because the Chancery has a secret process that they feel parents don’t need to know about and they refuse to dialogue about it.  They have some skeletons in their closet that they feel the rest of us don’t need to know about.  The only thing they want to share is your money.  They remind us of that Apostle in the New Testament who kept the purse, wasn’t that Judas?

That is reason enough to refrain from giving this year but they double down and give you more.  Stewardship you say?  How’s that working out for you?

One thing they refuse to publish in their fundraising brochure is a statistic about how many priests and seminarians our Diocese has.  Even they admit things are dire.   Parish Bulletin announcement 10-27-17

CSA Media     “The CSA allows us to keep up with new ways people connect today.  We maintain a Facebook page, a YouTube channel, and a redesigned website.  We are initiating twitter and Instagram accounts.  The Catholic Missourian will be getting an online edition.  Our Communications spread the Gospel and strengthen our One Family.

NONE of these media have been used to explain the Bishop’s new Transgender Process.  Since Fr. Joe Corel was so excited to roll out the new Transgender Process why hasn’t he used all these new media to actually, you know, roll it out?  So you’re left thinking that the Chancery and the Bishop don’t need $2,000,00 to show you what not to do.  Besides the fact that any 12 year old girl has most of these media accounts because they only require an internet connection, the Chancery is also either hiding things from the faithful or they are incompetent at using their media platforms.  We’ll go with hiding things for $2,000,000 Alex.

Finally, read this financial marvel:  CSA Pie Chart

“Mission Advancement”  Their evangelizing with media obviously doesn’t include their secret mission to advance the LGBT/Transgender agenda.

“Formation”  Look around your parish for any properly formed Catholic teenagers, Hispanic Catholics, or priestly vocations and you’ll see how effective $1,037,000 in shared wealth isn’t in this Diocese.

“Chancery Staff Services” You’ve already know how effective we feel these people have been, and sadly the revolutionaries up there detract from the ordinary staff who are probably stifled in doing their jobs.  Nevertheless more money won’t solve that problem any more than it has solved problems in the public schools.

“Outreach Services”   Assistance to parishes in need would be a good idea, although many wealthy parishes deposit money with the Diocese for the same purpose and the general understanding in the Diocese is that much of the money on deposit has been spent by the Chancery and cannot be returned to the parishes that deposited it.  Probably not spent on needy parishes either.  Sort of like an insolvent bank.

There’s no reason to donate to a spiritually, morally, and financially insolvent bureaucracy that keeps secrets about children from the very parents expected to fund the bureaucracy.  They won’t learn as long as you enable them so don’t do it. 

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Collegiality Vs. Cronyism

Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues.  Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other’s abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office.  When the common purpose becomes the advancement of the leader’s individual goals at the expense of the organization’s then a more descriptive word would be cronyism.

After letter writing, phone calls, pilgrimages, and a rosary rally there is still silence from the hierarchy about Bishop’s Gaydos’ Process.  If you contact Archbishop Carlson or Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre will just refer you back to Bishop Gaydos.  Pope Francis is 5,000 miles away and only hears about such things if his own Nuncio or Bishops inform him, unless a huge public scandal should erupt, this issue apparently no longer being a huge public scandal in America.  The Bishops depend on each other for promotion and are loath to interfere with their Brother Bishops even in severe cases of abuse.  This is apparently not what Jesus and his Church intended though.  On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we recall that The Council of Trent issued the Decree Concerning Reformation and in Chapter 18 it instructs Bishops to establish seminary colleges to instruct new priests.   To show they were serious the council Fathers included this section in Chapter 18: “But if the prelates of cathedral and other greater churches should be negligent in erecting the said seminary, and in preserving the same, and should refuse to pay their share; it will be the duty of the archbishop sharply to rebuke the bishop, and to compel him to comply with all the matters aforesaid, and of the provincial synod [to rebuke and compel in like manner] the archbishop, and earnestly to take care that this holy and pious work be, wherever it is possible, as soon as possible proceeded with.”  This is rather like a proposed solution for cronyism:  cronyism is self-perpetuating; cronyism then begets a culture of cronyism. This can only be apprehended by a comprehensive, effective, and enforced legal code, with empowered government agencies which can effect prosecutions in the courts.

The concept of proper governance exists in the Church but like many things it has simply been ignored.  Nevertheless, should a public scandal erupt, Archbishop Carlson and Cardinal Christophe Pierre have been contacted beforehand about their duty to govern the Church and to at least to inform the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops.  500 years ago it took a very severe division of Christendom to rouse the Bishops to action, this time corruption and indifference seems to be leading to a general collapse in Church attendance of any kind with no catalyst for reform on the horizon.

Catholic Missourian Editor Jay Nies on Bishop Gaydos’ refusal to dialogue, (He doesn’t hear you)

This video comes from an Church Militant news report and article about a rosary rally held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Jefferson City, MO on Saturday October 7th.  The occasion was the holy Mass at the end of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference.  Bishop Gaydos, Archbishop Carlson, and Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre presided at the Mass.  The placards indicate that the rosary was held to stop the process of slipping the LGBT/Transgender agenda into Diocesan Catholic Schools.  Keep in mind that Bishop Gaydos’ 17 page document includes in the title the words “A Pastoral Process of Accompaniment and Dialogue”  The Chancery has been open about not wanting parents to know about the process.  In this video the priests process out with the Bishops behind them but when the Bishops see people praying the rosary they don’t dialogue, rather they retreat into the Cathedral.  The man with his back to the camera is Catholic Missourian Editor Jay Nies, he’s apparently waiting to snap a picture of the Bishops.  When they don’t come out Jay turns and angrily tells those praying the rosary “He doesn’t hear you.”  Now if he means that God doesn’t hear the prayers he’s confused because his God is omnipotent and hears everyone.  If he means that Bishop Gaydos doesn’t hear them then he is telling the truth because Bishop Gaydos won’t listen, he refuses to dialogue with anyone who disagrees with him and refuses to listen to parents.  Jay Nies is in charge of making sure that none of this is ever reported in The Catholic Missourian.  It’s a little creepy how uncomfortable this rosary rally made him.  If anyone at the Chancery has any other career ending comments to make please report to the front desk.

This fall Bishop Gaydos, Jay Nies, and the Chancery staff who wrote the 17 page document are asking for $2,000,000 in donations from parents and parishioners of every parish in a campaign they call the “Catholic Stewardship Appeal.”  They’ve got quite an attitude for a group who lives off the charity of others.  If you think this is the proper way to treat your donors and you also support their agenda then by all means give them some money.  Maybe, though, you can think of some less privileged people who truly need your help.  Those people might hear you when you speak.

 

Archbishop Carlson documents his own inaction in the face of child rape.

Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis can’t remember if he knew it was mandatory to report statutory rape.  Just to be clear, even if he didn’t know he was a mandatory reporter of rape, as a cleric and moral authority he had an obligation to past and potential future victims to report rape.  That’s why society has passed laws requiring abuse to be reported.  One need not be Catholic to understand that something is wrong and that a rapist is a danger to children.

But there is in fact a document that says he did know  something and like a certain Diocese of Jefferson City LGBT/Transgender Process document it was confidential at the time.   Here’s the heading:

Memo to:  Archbishop John R. Roach

From: Bishop Carlson

Subject: Father Tom Adamson

In summary Gregory Riedle was serving 13 months in prison for rape but he himself was abused by Father Tom Adamson.  Gregory’s parents were upset that their son was in prison but Father Adamson received no punishment and in fact was still allowed to see their son.  The parents reminded Bishop Carlson (Now Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis) that it was illegal for priests to have sex with 14 year old boys and that the statute of limitations wouldn’t expire for another 2.5 years. Knowing and admitting to each other that a crime was committed, did Bishop Carlson or Archbishop Roach contact police?  No, but they sure documented their own inaction well.  These kind of people are methodical in what they do and if they produce a 17 page document they know what it means even if they want you to think it means something else.

Watch the deposition again knowing about this 1984 rape document, is he really telling the truth there?  Are the leaders of the Diocese of Jefferson City telling the truth?

Guess who played this role in the St. Louis Archdiocese a few years later?

 

Occult Behaviour in the Church.

Occult:       “to shut off from view or exposure :cover, eclipse”

Occult behaviour has crept into the Church in various forms but one form involves covering up crimes of the clergy against children.   People have desired to protect the Church from bad publicity for some time and some Bishops did succeed in covering up awful things for a long time.  The problem was that the cover up of evil meant that evil men weren’t rooted out of the Church and their sins continued to hurt other people.  Evil men like their crimes to be occulted.  After all the damage this has done to the Church, can there still be Catholics who think it’s a good idea to hide evil for some supposed collective good?

The other problem with this occult behavior regarding evil crimes is that it denies innocent wronged individuals justice and protection for the sake of the ephemeral collective good.  The Church teaches that her members are the Body of Christ. Allowing evil to remain hidden and to continue damages the Body of Christ by harming it one member at a time, while often later being revealed anyway. This means that it damages the collective good spiritually while growing worse, eventually doing even more damage to the reputation of the Church than it would have if revealed early on.

One offshoot of this occult attitude is the opinion some people have that the Jefferson City Diocese Transgender process shouldn’t be publicized to the lay faithful or the general public.  The thought here must be that the clerics and the hierarchy are the only ones who have the authority or ability to deal with such things.  In the last 50 years how did that work out with other forms of child abuse?  Since the children in question belong to the lay parents they have the responsibility to form them and protect them.  Parents can’t do that if threats to their children remain occult.  Furthermore, how in the world can the hierarchy alone solve these problems if they originated them?  Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  “Who will guard the guards themselves?” -Juvenal Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–348).

Occulting a dangerous Process in the Church post 2002 is as Jay Leno said on the Battle of the Jaywalk Allstars:  “So you saw it was wrong and you decided to go with it?”

In fact the State of Missouri has laws punishing the covering up of abuse, https://dss.mo.gov/cd/pdf/guidelines_can_reports.pdf

The Church ought not be outdone by secular laws.

The skeletons in the closet often come out on their own anyway but lets not be occult about it along the way.  skeleton-in-the-closet

Pedophile Priest With HIV who Raped 30 Children Forgiven by Church: A Possible Hoax.

http://www.alternativenewsnetwork.net/pedophile-priest-hiv-raped-30-children-forgiven-church/

That article appears to be a hoax, according to patheos.com

The deposition of Archbishop Carlson and the child rape cases behind it are not a hoax.

The Patheos article makes a good point:  “Maybe the bigger story is how the Church has been so awful with regards to its handling of child abuse cases and rape scandals that the public’s first reaction to hearing about Ataulfo’s alleged acquittal was, “Yeah, it’s probably true. The Church would totally do something like that.” That’s something the Church will have to continue to fix moving forward.”

This is important because what Bishop Gaydos proposes in his process includes child abuse.  http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-the-lgbt-agenda-is-an-active-threat-to-our-children/

 

 

Archbishop Robert Carlson didn’t know that not reporting sex with children was a crime.*

*And is apparently the only adult alive who doesn’t know, or remember if he knew, the term “Statutory Rape.”  Clergy unaware of the term please see the definition here.

It is important to know who your Church leaders are and why we oppose their radical process.  According to NBC News, with information taken from a video deposition before a sexual abuse trial, Archbishop Carlson doesn’t know if he knew at the time that failure to report priests having sex with children was a crime back in the 80’s when “Carlson’s role at the time was to investigate abuse claims.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/st-louis-archbishop-didnt-know-sex-children-was-crime-n127291

Here is the video of a short segment of his deposition where he basically states that he doesn’t know if he knew what statutory rape was or whether or not he was obligated to report it to the police.  Youtube also has the full 3 hour deposition if you can stomach it.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=upW7SHAjSEA

You can’t flunk this quiz:

  1. We can conclude from his deposition that Archbishop Carlson either:

A. Was so incompetent that he didn’t know the law surrounding the statutory rapes he was investigating, or was so clerical as to be completely dismissive of civil laws at the time.  

B. Lied up to 193 times in the deposition

C. Is suffering from long term memory loss or dementia. 

D. Has powerful friends to protect.

E. All of the above.

Any of the above should be disqualifying for the office he holds and the power he wields over schools in each Diocese over which he is the Regional Metropolitan.

So naturally, since he didn’t know it was a crime, he “admitted in his deposition that he never personally went to police, even when a clergy member admitted to inappropriate behavior.*”  We know for a fact that he knew children were raped and molested but we can’t say for sure if he knew that rape was illegal.  Maybe civil law just wasn’t on his radar at the time.

*Priests sexually assaulting children is indeed inappropriate behavior, to put it extremely mildly.

Regardless of his personal piety at this time these responses should throw up a huge red flag.  This is the man that is the direct authority over Bishop John Gaydos and the man who Gaydos stayed with for some time this last May.  That is why it matters not just what the LGBT/Transgender process says but who is behind it and why they are pushing it.  If you support the process you should still be very concerned about who is pushing it and why and what the skeletons in their closets will mean for that agenda.  These aren’t the people you will want to come out of the closet on your side.  Despite the continued media coverage and local pressure the Chancery and the Bishop have not budged on the issue and will not dialogue about it.  We can’t help but wonder just how much filth would have to be revealed to convince them to do the right thing.  These two Bishops control a very large school system and have authority over what happens in their schools and it matters very much what they do and think about the abuse of children.  And as you can see in the deposition it mattered to a lot of abused children what Carlson thought about telling the truth to police, and how dismissive he might have been about civil law.

In the early Church the Roman Martyrs would refuse to offer a pinch of incense to the Emperor.  Some local authorities would allow them not to offer the pinch but rather only let it be written that they did.  These Christians would refuse to even let it be written that they did something that they did not do and they would be tortured to death for their defense of that truth.  These videos show the opposite of that martyrdom, and in this current hierarchy a man is apparently promoted for such coverups.   Reading the lives of the saints is edifying: people courageously undergoing torture for their beliefs.  Out of that courage the Church thrived.  Reading the lives of those involved in this process has quite the opposite affect: it is spiritually corrosive.  Out of their corrosive behavior the Church shrinks.

Despite how severe these posts may seem we have hesitated to make this blog too personal beyond the scope and time of the current process.  We’ve avoided a lot of skeletons that are simply a matter of public record.  But if child abuse is the topic the Diocese wishes to be stubborn on then we can only take their lead.  For the children who were abused things already were very personal.  Four months has been plenty of time for the process leaders to listen to families, yet they will not.  Four months is also plenty of time for people to begin to talk and connect the dots to their own stories.  The more media coverage there is, the more people talk.  The potential spiritual and physical abuse of children should be the final straw for every parent in the Diocese.  It would be better for there to be no Church here than to have a Church that condones and promotes forms of physical and spiritual abuse thereby scandalizing Catholics and others alike so that they wouldn’t consider being Catholic.  The Catholic Church lost entire countries to Protestantism for 500 years partly due to scandals 500 years ago, generations of families.  Large numbers of abused and fallen away Catholics in this Diocese have decided the same over the last few decades.  One thing you will rarely encounter: parents who pull their kids from Catholic schools but then return them and families who leave the Church due to scandal but then return.  When there is scandal and nothing is done about it the problem grows so that when it erupts people are lost to the schools and the Church for good.  That, more than temporarily restricting donations, threatens the existence of the Catholic schools.

 

 

 

How Catholics Can Welcome LGBT Believers

The Wall Street Journal

How Catholics Can Welcome LGBT Believers

It’s possible to stay faithful to the church’s teachings without turning away millions.

By Cardinal Robert Sarah

The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community. This criticism deserves a reply—not to defend the Church’s practices reflexively, but to determine whether we, as the Lord’s disciples, are reaching out effectively to a group in need. Christians must always strive to follow the new commandment Jesus gave at the Last Supper: “Love one another, even as I have loved you.”

To love someone as Christ loves us means to love that person in the truth. “For this I was born,” Jesus told Pontius Pilate, “to bear witness to the truth.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects this insistence on honesty, stating that the church’s message to the world must “reveal in all clarity the joy and demands of the way of Christ.”

Those who speak on behalf of the church must be faithful to the unchanging teachings of Christ, because only through living in harmony with God’s creative design do people find deep and lasting fulfillment. Jesus described his own message in these terms, saying in the Gospel of John: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Catholics believe that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the church draws its teachings upon the truths of Christ’s message.

Among Catholic priests, one of the most outspoken critics of the church’s message with regard to sexuality is Father James Martin, an American Jesuit. In his book “Building a Bridge,” published earlier this year, he repeats the common criticism that Catholics have been harshly critical of homosexuality while neglecting the importance of sexual integrity among all of its followers.

Father Martin is correct to argue that there should not be any double standard with regard to the virtue of chastity, which, challenging as it may be, is part of the good news of Jesus Christ for all Christians. For the unmarried—no matter their attractions—faithful chastity requires abstention from sex.

This might seem a high standard, especially today. Yet it would be contrary to the wisdom and goodness of Christ to require something that cannot be achieved. Jesus calls us to this virtue because he has made our hearts for purity, just as he has made our minds for truth. With God’s grace and our perseverance, chastity is not only possible, but it will also become the source for true freedom.

We do not need to look far to see the sad consequences of the rejection of God’s plan for human intimacy and love. The sexual liberation the world promotes does not deliver its promise. Rather, promiscuity is the cause of so much needless suffering, of broken hearts, of loneliness, and of treatment of others as means for sexual gratification. As a mother, the church seeks to protect her children from the harm of sin, as an expression of her pastoral charity.

In her teaching about homosexuality, the church guides her followers by distinguishing their identities from their attractions and actions. First there are the people themselves, who are always good because they are children of God. Then there are same-sex attractions, which are not sinful if not willed or acted upon but are nevertheless at odds with human nature. And finally there are same-sex relations, which are gravely sinful and harmful to the well-being of those who partake in them. People who identify as members of the LGBT community are owed this truth in charity, especially from clergy who speak on behalf of the church about this complex and difficult topic.

It is my prayer that the world will finally heed the voices of Christians who experience same-sex attractions and who have discovered peace and joy by living the truth of the Gospel. I have been blessed by my encounters with them, and their witness moves me deeply. I wrote the foreword to one such testimony, Daniel Mattson’s book, “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace,” with the hope of making his and similar voices better heard.

These men and women testify to the power of grace, the nobility and resilience of the human heart, and the truth of the church’s teaching on homosexuality. In many cases, they have lived apart from the Gospel for a period but have been reconciled to Christ and his church. Their lives are not easy or without sacrifice. Their same-sex inclinations have not been vanquished. But they have discovered the beauty of chastity and of chaste friendships. Their example deserves respect and attention, because they have much to teach all of us about how to better welcome and accompany our brothers and sisters in authentic pastoral charity.

Cardinal Sarah is prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Appeared in the September 1, 2017, print edition.

Seminarians in a mostly rural Diocese? It’s possible. They’re out there.

Lincoln Seminarians

Do you think the blog has been harsh towards the Bishop and his staff?  How few seminarians and how many closed parishes would warrant a red alert?  Lincoln is truly a “mostly rural” Diocese and it has 42 seminarians.  That is 14 times as many as Jefferson City had over the summer.  As you can see, it is possible for our rural parishes to have priests of their own and for urban parishes to have multiple priests.  Regardless of the reasons our leaders give for handling seminarians the way they do the result ends up being hard on the lay people and the few priests left in regular parishes.  You’ve surely heard the homilies here haranguing the lay people for not giving the Church seminarians.  Who formed the lay people in this Diocese to do what they do, wasn’t it the clergy and the Bishop?  Nevertheless the people probably do raise priests but they probably don’t fit the mold the Diocese is looking for.  In that vein this blog post is very insightful about the differences in generational piety: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2017/08/the-young-want-the-patrimony-of-which-they-have-been-defrauded/

There aren’t Traditional Latin Masses to be found in this Diocese, maybe one somewhere, so you couldn’t say that we have a larger group of “Tradional” Catholics in the Diocese of Jefferson City.  However, those young enough to have been raised after the 60’s are of a different mold than the elderly revolutionaries at the Chancery.  And generally speaking the parents of school aged children are those younger Catholics.  Probably the best line in that post explaining why parents are so upset about the Bishop’s Process is this:

In a 2010 address, Archbishop Augustine DiNoia described the experiences of these young traditionalists. “My sense is that these twenty- and thirty-somethings have been radicalised by their experience … in a way that we were not.” After “God-knows-what kinds of personal and social experiences”, they have come to know “moral chaos, personally and socially, and they want no part of it”. A sense of narrow escape guides their vocations. “It is as if they had gone to the edge of an abyss and pulled back.”

We don’t need more chaos in our lives and we have no obligation to pay the Diocese to create it.  Would the last Jefferson City seminarian please turn out the lights for Fr. Joe Corel?

Joe Corel Picture

Uh Oh.

Leaks. . . . .and Resistance. 

Church Militant’s source said, “Principals throughout the diocese do not support the diocesan plan. The bishop called his staff to a meeting two weeks after the news broke to chastise them for their poor handling of the matter.” The source added, “The only person left defending this policy is the bishop himself. Everyone who was involved in its development has sought to distance themselves from it.”

The National Catholic Reporter, hijackers, and some very bad math.

     The National Catholic Reporter published this article on the Diocese of Jefferson City LGBT/transgender process, an article which no one from either side seems to like except Sr. Elizabeth Youngs.  She is only unhappy that parents and lay Catholics found out about it: “Among the worriers are several blogs and websites, which Superintendent of Catholic Schools Sr. Elizabeth Youngs, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, says started posting a “hijacked” copy of the document, which was meant as internal guidance for pastors and principals only.”  And they would have gotten away with it too if Scooby Doo and his friends hadn’t uncovered their plot.  Ruh Roh Shaggy, when the Diocese has it’s annual capital campaign this fall you would be excused for thinking the were selling you shares in the South Sea Trading Company, ““For carrying-on an undertaking of great advantage but no-one to know what it is!!”  Hijacking is stealing airplanes or ships and making them take a different course, which means that she is implying that information was stolen from her and that it is stealing to inform people of what the Chancery says and does.  Dialogue is theft if it contains meaning they wish to conceal.  Good is bad and bad is good you know.  These people are so arrogant and clerical that they really think they have unlimited authority over your children, that the clergy is the Church, and that it belongs to them to do with as they wish.  Folks, the Church is the body of Christ, all baptized believers, and these people exceed the authority delegated to them by the Jesus they claim to serve because Church moral law applies to them as much as anyone else.

     Dear Sister Elizabeth, please have the courtesy to inform parents before upending 2000 years of Catholic morality in education, please dialogue with parents.  “Those at the chancery claim that in the spirit of Pope Francis they are enlisting a spirit of dialogue and accompaniment,” Presberg said. “Well, there was no dialogue for the parents who have kids in the school already; and a lot of them feel extremely unaccompanied.”

In the spirit of the great South Sea Bubble we wish to point out, again, this recycled bit of very bad math:  “Hundreds of opponents attend monthly vigils near the cathedral, and the diocese has received dozens of concerned letters and phone calls.”  So you are telling us that hundreds of people drive from all over the Diocese to attend a rosary vigil and yet only dozens have written or called?

The math of Church attendance is even more, well, bad.  It’s powerful weak.  But wait, they simply wish to evangelize at all costs!  At the cost of annihilation.  Fr. Joe Corel Weighs in:  “However, Corel said, “It would almost be inconsistent to say you cannot enroll these children no matter what. If the purpose and nature of a Catholic school is to evangelize and reach out, then our stance when we visit with someone is ‘How do we bring you in?'”   Besides the very questionable idea of letting the clergy in this Diocese make decisions about homosexuality and children, Fr. Joe Corel and Bishop Gaydos haven’t brought anyone IN but they’ve helped a lot of people come OUTThey have overseen the Diocese as nearly 60% of the Catholic population left the Church along with almost the entirety of the cohort under age 30.   If you are older than 30 look around at the empty pews and recall how many people attended mass in rural parishes up into the 1980’s.  Do you remember standing room only Masses at urban parishes up until around 2002?  If senior citizens now outnumber children in your parish then the decline will accelerate.  Two things you will rarely see at Mass in this Diocese are teenagers and anyone in their 20’s.  That’s not a natural human population, it’s rather the opposite of the normal population pyramid.  Young people apparently find this Diocesan Church and the clercy unattractive.  They might try to argue that the decline is the result of the decline of the rural population in the last few decades but this cannot be the cause.  Examine the urban parishes in the two largest cities in the Diocese, Columbia and Jefferson City.  Keep in mind that this isn’t the rural South, there was a dominant Catholic population in Cole and Osage counties and a strong Catholic population throughout the Diocese, look at the Census map. One of the bright red Catholic counties in the middle of the state is Cole County, home to Jefferson City and the Cathedral.  The Population of Columbia grew from 36,650 in 1960 to 120,612 currently.  Jefferson City grew from 28,228 in 1960 to 43,013 currently.  Columbia tripled in size and Jefferson City grew by 50% (Boone County grew 220% while Cole County, home to Jefferson City, grew by 88%, Columbia annexed more land than the City of Jefferson which makes Columbia appear to grow much faster comparatively.)  Yet currently there are the same number of parishes as there were in 1960.  A healthy Church would have at least 50% more parishes and maybe even double the number.  Instead Mass attendance since the 90’s is down 40-50% and two Jefferson City parishes recently reduced the number of Sunday Mass times.  In one sense only are they evangelizing people to new parishes:  they are growing “parishes” with names like Concord Baptist Church and The Crossing.  They’ve grown large partly by absorbing fallen away Catholics.  If you interview those people you will often find devout people who were scandalized by abuse, ignored, or who were thirsty for truth even if it was only part of the truth.  Watching the obstinacy and intrigue of the Chancery should give a reader of this blog some empathy for those believers.  A word to those churches though, we have very few faithful for you to poach anymore, you are on your own in this anti-Christian culture.  Good luck to you all and to the leaders of the Diocese.

Now, knowing all of that, you can begin to understand what a betrayal it is for Bishop Gaydos, John DeLaPorte, Fr. Joe Corel, Sister Elizabeth, and Sister Julie to stand on their failure and open the Church and Catholic Schools up to a process that has been a disaster for other churches.   Membership at mainline Protestant Churches has declined precipitously, see here, and here.   These are Churches that ordain openly gay ministers and embrace the physical acts that have come to define the Gay lifestyle.  Wherever you stand on the debate about the sinfulness of those acts the indisputable fact is that most people don’t commit those acts and most Christians aren’t interested in attending a Church that considers them good.  A Christian Church that embraces homosexual acts is like a mirage in the desert, once one reaches it it ceases to exist.  It’s sterility self erases.  At the head of this Process stands Bishop John Gaydos, what does he think about the annihilation of the Catholic Church?