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Archbishop Theodore McCarrick To Residence In The St. Fidelis Friary In Victoria, Kansas.

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick To Residence In The St. Fidelis Friary In Victoria, Kansas.

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to residence in the St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, Kan.

SALINA, Kan. – The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has announced that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick will be residing at the St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, Kan., to live a life of prayer and penance.

Archbishop McCarrick is excluded from any public appearances and ministry. The Diocese of Salina is not incurring any costs during this arrangement.

Out of consideration for the peace of the community at St. Fidelis Friary, respect for the privacy of this arrangement is requested. Thank you.

The Salina Diocese adheres to Safe Environment procedures; anyone harmed by Church personnel should immediately report the matter to the Salina Diocesan Office of Safety and Security Hotline at (785) 825-0865 or reportabuse@salinadiocese.org, so that the diocese can offer assistance with healing and reconciliation.

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Why I said “Yes”
By Most Reverend Gerald L. Vincke

Bishop, Diocese of Salina.

The Church needs to be open, honest and transparent.

On September 13, 2018, I received a phone call from His Eminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. After brief pleasantries, he got right to the point. He asked for my permission for Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to reside at the St. Fidelis Capuchin Friary in Victoria, Kansas, to live a life of prayer and penance.

Archbishop McCarrick is 88 years old. Cardinal Wuerl already received permission for this arrangement from Father Christopher Popravek, the provincial of the Capuchin Friary in Denver. I said, “yes.”

I realize this decision will be offensive and hurtful to many people. Archbishop McCarrick is, in many ways, at the forefront of the recent firestorm in the Church. Many of us are confused and angry by what Archbishop McCarrick is alleged to have done several decades ago.

The Holy See stated on July 28 that Pope Francis “accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”  Please know that I agreed to this arrangement with the understanding that Archbishop McCarrick is excluded from any public appearances and ministry. Our diocese is not incurring any cost in this arrangement. I believe in justice. 

Recently, the administrative committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated their support of a full investigation into the allegations surrounding Archbishop McCarrick. The committee has recommended that the investigation be done by lay experts in relevant fields, including law enforcement and social services. Currently, a timeline for that investigation is unknown. 

I also believe in mercy. In saying “yes,” I had to reconcile my own feelings of disappointment, anger and even resentment toward Archbishop McCarrick. I had to turn to Christ for guidance. Jesus is rich in mercy. He did not come to give us permission to sin, he came to forgive our sins. We know that Christ has compassion and mercy for all who repent of their sins. The cross is a place of love and mercy. It is not a place of retribution. If our actions do not have mercy, then how can it be of the Church?

Jesus reminds us to “be merciful, just as our Father is merciful.” Many years ago, I received a relic of Saint Maria Goretti, who was canonized in 1950. When Maria was almost 12 years old, she was attacked by a 19-year-old man named Allesandro Serenilli. After she rebuffed his sexual advances, Allessandro stabbed her 14 times. On her deathbed, Maria’s last words were, “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.” She forgave her assailant. Yet, there was also justice. Allesandro spent a number of years in prison. During this time, he had a deep conversion and spent the rest of his life in a monastery. I have the relic of Saint Maria Goretti beside the tabernacle in my chapel with a prayer that I say often. The opening line is “Dear Saint Maria Goretti, your heart was so full of mercy that you gladly forgave your assassin and prayed that he might be saved.” I think Saint Maria Goretti is a saint today because she forgave Allesandro.

Sometimes, it can take a long time to forgive.

At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to say how deeply sorry I am to all the victims of abuse. My heart aches for you and your families. I am unable to comprehend the extent of your suffering. Sadly, many times the victims did not receive an adequate response from the Church regarding the abuse they endured and the life-long pain and suffering that accompanies such evil. As a Church, we are extremely sorry and ask for forgiveness. Because of the courage and perseverance of the victims who came forward, they have become the source of much needed change in our Church and our culture. I pray that this may bring about greater purification and healing for our world.

This is a difficult time for the Church. This purification of the Church by God is painful, but much needed. We need the eyes of faith as we suffer through this. 

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey (Lumen Fidei #57).” Jesus is with us as light in the midst of darkness. 

We trust that God will bring good out of this situation. Please join me in praying for Archbishop McCarrick as he now leads a life of prayer and penance. Most of all, let us pray for all victims of abuse so they may experience the healing presence of Jesus and the tenderness and compassion of our Blessed Mother.

Chicago Catholic Parish Burns An LGBT Rainbow Flag – Parish Priest Gives Reasons. 

Chicago Catholic Parish Burns An LGBT Rainbow Flag – Parish Priest Gives Reasons. 

Parishioners of Resurrection Parish in Chicago, Illinois, held a rainbow flag-burning event in mid-September, cutting up and setting on fire an LGBT flag that once hung in the sanctuary at the parish’s first Mass. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 29, the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels, but the Chicago archdiocese — heeding complaints by gay activists — called the pastor, Fr. Paul John Kalchik, and ordered him not to hold the event. A handful of parishioners took things into their own hands and decided they would burn the flag themselves. 

In this homily given Sept. 16, Fr. Kalchik explains why the parish burned the LGBT flag.

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As events have unfolded over the last month, we find the Church engulfed in a great battle. Many cardinals, bishops and even the Pope seem to be living double lives. They, at times, speak eloquently about the Faith and present themselves as men striving for holiness. But then the records show they are either living very sinful lives or have covered up for others who do so, leaving them to prey on more victims.

And also, when asked to speak about the abuse, they play it down; they are more concerned with global warming, migrant issues and fake homophobia than their real mission of saving souls. Thusly, many of the faithful have found themselves shaken, deeply disturbed, because the institutional Church has been revealed to be a sham. The Church is at war, but this war is anything but civil.

A week ago, I was threatened with removal of my faculties to serve as a priest by those in charge at the archdiocese. They told me in no uncertain terms that we could not burn a rainbow banner as it would be offensive to the gay community. 

A week ago, I was threatened with removal of my faculties to serve as a priest by those in charge at the archdiocese. 

This does not scare me. Over the course of my life, I have been to Hell and back a couple times over. I recognize what is evil and have vowed to God to take steps to thwart that evil. God grants authority, and I follow my conscience, formed by His law. The gay banner superimposed over Our Lord’s Cross, a symbol of Our Lord’s Passion, had to go.

Instead of a public display, which had every chance of turning violent, based on many hate-filled profane phone calls, the banner was burned privately, with a small group of our regular adorers of the Blessed Sacrament assisting in cutting it to pieces. Then, a prayer of exorcism was said over this diabolic thing, and it was burnt in a blessed fire and reduced to ash.

Please re-read for yourself today the full story of the Fall of Man as described in the Book of Genesis, chapter three. And please, please take note of how the serpent operates. He is a liar, but he is not a blatant liar. Look closely at how he slightly twists the truth, ever so slightly, ever so deviously. Listen and hear Satan’s tender words of response to Eve’s inquiries: “You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.”

And as we all know, Adam and Eve eat of the tree and their eyes were opened, and they came to know what was good and bad, and as a result of their disobedience to Almighty God, they died and all their progeny after them. The devil has been and is one subtle liar; he twists the truth ever so slightly to make the bad seem good, to get people to succumb to temptation and sin, to their detriment and to their damnation.

Homosexual acts, sex outside of marriage, abortion, contraception, euthanasia are all great evils, which the devil has persuaded many people to accept as OK over the last 50 years, by an entire series of lies, all subtle, all little, all devious and all evil. In regard to abortion, this one lie is still ringing in my ears from three weeks ago, from an anti-Kavanaugh protest here in Chicago in Federal Plaza.

These pro-abortion, anti-Kavanaugh protesters shouted in addition to their vulgarities: “A baby is not a baby till it’s born!” 

What rot and what a lie. As St. John Paul II said, “Human life is sacred from conception through natural death.” As a man who was born at barely three pounds and a full month premature, this misconception for me is easy to spot and to know its author is the devil.

The homosexual thing is a different matter.

Let’s start with how the rainbow itself, a sign of God’s promised protection for his faithful. It has been usurped to promote homosexual sex as sanctioned by Almighty God. Scripture is absolutely clear on this matter: “A man lying with a man is an abomination, and gravely sinful.” Homosexual activity is described as sinful in the Old Testament, and this is also crystal clear in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, Sodom, from which we get the word for male-on-male sex, sodomy, is destroyed. The homoheretics, however, will tell you their sin was a “lack of hospitality.”

In the New Testament, please check out St. Paul‘s first letter to the Corinthians (6:111). Saint Paul, perhaps the world’s most eloquent writer, leaves no room for misinterpretation. “Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor boy prostitutes, nor sodomites, nor thieves … will inherit the Kingdom of God.” How does a shepherd of the Church ignore that teaching?

So Scripture is crystal clear, and our Tradition is crystal clear — so what is the problem with this teaching today? Why have so many jettisoned all reason and come to accept the gay agenda? “Oh yeah, those two are a gay couple; they are married. Their marriage is no different from anyone else’s. Why shouldn’t they be able to adopt children? Love is love.”

Come on, wake up and smell the coffee. Wake up! Over the last 50 years, the devil has been working ever so quietly, ever so subtly spreading little lies, so much so that today the culture has come to accept this very unnatural behavior lock, stock and barrel. A lot of people have come to accept a lot of rot as truth as compared to what Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition tell us.

Let’s get back for a moment to Resurrection Parish’s gay cross banner, which hung proudly, covering the real crucifix on our reredos at the Mass of Consecration. Simply stated, it was an instrument of propaganda to promote in a sly way the acceptance of sodomy as OK, in direct opposition to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Long story short, that is why this sacrilegious work of art was burned.

People who, for whatever reason, have developed a same-sex attraction have a heavy cross to bear, but they need to hear the truth and accept living a chaste lifestyle.

Sodomy is not OK — it is sinful and it is evil. People who, for whatever reason, have developed a same-sex attraction have a heavy cross to bear, but they need to hear the truth and accept living a chaste lifestyle.

A second subtle lie much published by the gay lobby is that the Church is “homophobic,” and that “homophobia” is the real sin, and God forbid a straight person hurt the feelings of a homosexual.

“You know they are all God’s Children.” True, they are God’s children, as is everyone on the planet. Love the sinner, hate the sin applies here. I have never once known of a credible case of someone attacking a person physically or verbally in church because they had a same-sex attraction, whereas I know hundreds of cases of homosexual predators preying on people — myself included. So please, please, put all the subtle lies out of your head, ignore all the devil’s propaganda, like our gay banner was, and get down to work and pray.

Our first defense in this war against the devil is prayer. Say your Rosaries, say your Hail Marys, Our Fathers, read Sacred Scripture and pray, pray as earnestly as you can and as sincerely as you can. And as St. Peter said in his first letter, be vigilant and remember the devil is a lion prowling waiting to devour, and he will devour you if you let your guard down.  

What is our second defense in this war against the devil? A good confession, followed by the reception of Holy Communion. You might feel like me these days, completely helpless and at wit’s end, with events unfolding as they are, but a good confession followed by the reception of Holy Communion will give you the peace you need for the duration of this spiritual battle.

Just think of it: If all of us, the faithful remnant, make a good confession in this next week and receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, think of how powerful our prayers will be in purifying our Church around and healing the wounds made to the Body of Christ. Let’s make our personal purity our number one priority, and after all of our hearts are remade, we can work on restructuring our Church and restoring right leadership.

Father Paul Kalchik is pastor of Resurrection Parish in Chicago, Illinois.

French Catholic Priest Accused Of Sexual Molestation Kills Himself In Church. 

French Catholic Priest Accused Of Sexual Molestation Kills Himself In Church. 


A 38-year-old French priest committed suicide in his church in Rouen, a northern French town, after being accused of molesting a young woman, local prosecutors and police sources said on Wednesday.


JeanBaptiste Sèbe killed himself on Tuesday in the church north of Rouen amid allegations from a local mother that her grown-up daughter had been a victim of “indecent behaviour and sexual assault,” a police source said.

The initial complaint was made to the archbishop of Rouen, and “police were not notified prior to the suicide,” the source added, stressing that investigators remained “very cautious at this stage.”

Local prosecutor Etienne Thieffry confirmed that an investigation was underway into “the exact reasons for the suicide” at the Saint-Jean XXIII church.

At this point, no complaint has been filed,” Thieffry said.

A spokesman for the Rouen diocese, Eric de la Bourdonnaye, told the AFP news agency he could “neither confirm nor deny these reports.”

The Catholic Church has been shaken by a string of paedophile scandals over the past 25 years.

It was rocked in August by a devastating US report on child sex abuse which accused more than 300 “predator” priests of abusing more than 1,000 minors over seven decades in the state of Pennsylvania.

The most senior French Catholic cleric to be caught up in scandal is Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who is to go on trial in January for allegedly covering up for a priest accused of abusing boy scouts in the Lyon area in the 1980s.

-(with AFP)

Breaking News! Catholic Priest Drowns After Saving His Friend With His Life Jacket.

Breaking News! Catholic Priest Drowns After Saving His Friend With His Life Jacket.


BREAKING NEWS…….

SAD….

Rev. Fr. Charles Chukwukelue Ebele, the Parish Priest of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Inoma Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra state Nigeria, lost his life on the 15th of September, as the speed boat he was travelling on capsized in River Niger, and as at the time of this report, his body is yet to be found. 

According to an eye witness, the deceased priest was in the same boat with another priest friend of his, when the incident happened. And because he gave his life jacket to his Friend, he was helpless when the boat capsized.

The Anambra State Emergency Agency (SEMA) has been notified about the mishap and they are doing everything possible to recover the corpse.

May God grant him eternal rest, and also give the entire members of his family, his parishioners and Olumbanasa Catholic Community the fortitude to bear this irreparable and pathetic loss….

RIP Father, may God grant you eternal rest…..Amen. 

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