Editorial

All Is Not Well With the USCCB

We of The Defenders of the Faith are sometimes criticized for being uncharitable toward some of our bishops and priests. However, being confrontational is not the same as being uncharitable. Our Lord who ate with sinners also confronted them. Love demands confrontation because it cannot rest if the beloved is entangled in evil. Love seeks the good of the beloved, and this means getting tough at times in order to extricate the beloved from evil. The price we pay for our failure to confront our shepherds is this: they are no longer able to point out the right path and have lost the respect of those who look to them for guidance. This article will give some examples of this in regard to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Please pass it on to your bishop.

It has been three years since the so-called “sex scandal” (the 9/11 of the Catholic Church), and nothing has been done by our bishops except the implementation of some scandalous sex education programs aimed at our children in the parochial schools. The bishops are still in a state of denial and have done next to nothing to correct the actual cause of the problem. To elect as president of the USCCB, Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, only adds fuel to the fire of this scandal. Bishop Skystad has been known for protecting, covering up, and making lame excuses for homosexual sex offenders in his diocese for years. In the area of finance, Skylstad recently filed Chapter 11, declaring his diocese bankrupt as a result of all the sexual abuse lawsuits. Former Spokane prosecutor Donald Brockett has called for Skylstad’s ouster as Bishop, saying he lacks the vision and even the ethics to lead an organization that serves as a moral compass for Catholics. What can the faithful Catholic think of the bishops of the USCCB when they elect this man as their president?

Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick blamed the media and partisan activists for unjustly attacking U.S. Roman Catholic bishops who spoke out this election year on whether dissenting Catholic politicians should receive Communion. He accused these partisan activists of spreading internal dissension among church leaders when McCarrick himself is the actual cause of the dissension. His handling of the issue has been pathetic. At the meeting of bishops in June he deliberately kept secret a letter from Cardinal Ratzinger instructing the bishops on the proper attitude toward a dissenting politician. He twisted the Cardinal’s words to suit his own objectives and basically told each bishop to “do your own thing.” He refused to follow Canon 950, saying he was “uncomfortable” denying communion to a “Catholic” politician even if the politician were obstinately and publicly disobeying the teaching of the church. Of course, orthodox prelates such as Bishop Burke followed the Code of Canon Law which is to be expected. McCarrick promised to make a definite statement after the November elections and then did no such thing. He didn’t even speak of it at the USCCB meeting. McCarrick then blames everyone else for the dissension. The word hypocrite comes quickly to mind. One of a number of useless USCCB committee meetings conclude with:

One of a number of useless USCCB committee meetings conclude with:

The Consultation also discussed the state of Jewish-Catholic relations in the wake of the film, "The Passion of the Christ," which caused such deep and understandable concern within the Jewish community world-wide. The film, it was noted, was in reality a modern version of the notorious medieval Passion Plays which so often over the centuries have triggered riots against the Jews of Europe.” In other words the committee referred to the Catholic masterpiece, The Passion of the Christ, as being "notorious." The Passion of the Christ has probably done more to uplift the Catholic spirit than all of the actions of the US bishops conferences combined.

Many of us wonder why our bishops are so concerned with offending Jews that they must defame a man who risked everything to produce this movie. Where in this commentary from our “Catholic” bishops is there any indication whatsoever of Christ's admonition to His disciples at the end of the Gospel of Matthew to convert the world to the ONE TRUE FAITH, which is the only reason the Catholic Church exists? What can the faithful Catholic think of this committee for making such a ludicrous statement when there has not been one reported incident of any anti-Jewish action as a result of this film? This is the same committee that stole a copy of The Passion script before the movie was filmed and demanded the studio make changes according to their politically correct version of the passion. Gibson threatened to sue and to the credit of the USCCB they have disavowed the committee’s original statement.

The above are simply my thoughts. The following are some other thoughts picked up off the Internet regarding what the faithful Catholic thinks of the USCCB:
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"I have watched the NCCB conference for years...and years...took notes, discussed it with what friends I could find that were interested...very few...wrote about it. I hoped, prayed...thought about it endlessly. I've changed...I've given up on the bishops. Entirely! That's not to say there aren't a few, a very few good men among them and perhaps a few more that are essentially good but just discombobulated, whatever."
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"It's not that I think they've gone mad, exactly. Rather I've concluded that they are a cluster of little plastic bureaucrats, so set on keeping their personal boats steady that they refuse even to try to look good to the stunned faithful and the suspicious world. Hypocrisy would be an enormous improvement! Clearly, they don't even realize how incorrigible they look. Their stupidity is absolutely breathtaking. They shame their offices, and deserve all the scorn and contempt with which they are regarded. Dear God, please send us apostles!"
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"They are pathetic. Bishop Wilton Gregory got choked up sniffled and wiped tears from his eyes at his resignation speech. WE are the ones who should CRY at having such miserable, wretched shepherds telling each other what a good job they have done handling the sex scandal crisis! Reminded me of the Academy Awards! Everyone gushing about their performances and crying!"
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"How is it humanly possible that the US bishops would have the gall to pick a person who condones the killing of unborn children to be a member of the National Review Board? To make matters worse, she is proud of her support of the American holocaust. WOW! Need more proof that most American bishops really couldn't care less of the plight of God's innocent children in the womb, who are slaughtered unmercifully. This latest shenanigan by the US bishops is just terrible. Because of these pathetic shepherds, most Catholics do not know right from wrong."
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"I'm saying that most bishops do not think that children in the womb are real people, until they are born. There is no other reason for their pathetic actions to save the lives of God's innocent children. Well, there is one other, but I hope and pray it is not the reason and that is the big bucks they receive from the likes of the Kerry's, Kennedy's and all of the other pro-abortion Catholic politicians."

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My only comment – Please pray for our bishops, priests subservient to them, and the faithful Catholics, who are, at the very least, embarrassed by the action of the USCCB

Jim Fritz

 

 

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