Once again the intelligence of our parishioners has been questioned! In our parish bulletin we were presented with an article by a Mr. Eugene Kennedy, a retired professor of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago.

In the article Kennedy proposes "cardinals-at-large who deserve the honor not for where, but for who, they are." Canon Law does not require a person to be a priest in order to be named a cardinal, but it does require that the person named has to be a man!

His first proposal for cardinal is Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, former president of Notre Dame University (ND). During Fr. Hesburghs' reign at ND, the Ford Foundation gave $6,000,000 to the University as a grant. The Ford Foundation is one of the most active pro abortion and population control groups on the Life scene! In 1962 his assistant contacted the Rockefeller Foundation, (another group famous for anti-life ideals) and called for a secret meeting to be held at ND, discussing artificial contraception, and attempting to change Church teaching on it. The archives of the Rockefeller Foundation revealed the letter, and the call that it be held at ND, because Cardinal Spellman would not permit Fr. O'Brien of ND to come to NYC for the meetings. The memo used the words "secret meetings". The Rockefeller Foundation donated $5,000 in 1962 to finance the meetings.

Fr. Hesburgh is also famous for the "Land 'O Lakes" statement, denying anybody, including the Catholic Church any right at all to control what is taught at a private school.

Also during his reign the male dormitories were opened to women, and worse yet, active dissent against the teaching of humane vitae was not only countenanced, but also encouraged. Kennedy calls him the greatest priest in the American Catholic Church! Fr. Hesburgh was also a great admirer of Fr. Richard McBrien, whom we will discuss later.

Next named is Msgr. Jack Egan of Chicago. Egan is known as the 'god father' of the Call to Action group, known for their dissent against Church teaching on homosexuality, abortion, artificial contraception, divorce and remarriage, a hierarchical Church, and the ordination of women to the priesthood. He backed 'people', not Papacy!

Next we find Theresa Kane. You may remember her interruption of a talk by Pope John Paul II at the National Shrine in 1979. She stood up and addressed the Pope on female ordination, thereby disrupting his presentation; 'nuf said!

Patricia Crowley is mentioned as a candidate. True, she was a member of the Papal Birth Control Commission, but she was there as a representative in favor of abortion and birth control. She represented the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundations and was the recipient of their largesse at a later date.

Father Richard McBrien is also one of the candidates chosen. He is an author, and among his books is Catholicism, which received a critical review questioning a few of his beliefs as expressed in his book. Fr. McBrien questioned the impeccability of Jesus.

He asked; was Jesus capable of sinning, and chose not to sin, or was He unable to sin? Sin, being an evil, cannot be done by God, for God is not capable of evil.

He also contested the theological, doctrinal and historical status of belief in the virginal conception of Jesus.

The review went on to remark that he treated the perpetual virginity of Mary in a "purely descriptive and never systematic" manner. He doesn't sound like cardinal material to me!

The review board was headed by Archbishop Pilarczyk of the NCCB.

We come now to another gem of a candidate; Thomas Fox, publisher of the National Catholic Reporter; not to be confused with the National Catholic Register, which is a totally orthodox publication. His publication dissents from too many of the teachings of the Church to list here. One of his favorite priests is a Fr. Richard Rohr, who is a great proponent of the 'enneagram' a system of predicting the future using numbers. (I seem to recall something about not "having strange gods before me", but I guess that doesn't apply here) The NCCB said that: "In the US, he is one of the most influential promoters of the enneagram."

He frequently speaks at "Amchurch" meetings on homosexuality, and has been known to preside at the wedding of a lesbian couple! Thomas Fox considers him a 'fair haired boy' which speaks volumes about where this proposed cardinal stands relative to authentic Church teaching.

We next come to the screen star, Martin Sheen. Kennedy refers to him as a man of his convictions who represents those Catholics who: "walk the walk rather than just talk the talk." Yeah, sure! I wonder why he was so active in support of the presidential candidate who vowed to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would uphold Roe vs Wade, and who would continue to knock down State Legislation which bans partial birth abortion?

Sr. Jeannine Gramick is also mentioned as a candidate. She is the nun who defied Pope John Paul IIs' prohibition against counseling active homosexuals because of her rejection of Church teaching on the immorality of the active homosexual life-style.

Fr. Andrew Greeley is mentioned in the proposals. I would never permit my children or my grandchildren to read his books because of their content. Years ago his books would be 'indexed' and not suggested reading by Catholics.

The article ended with a statement by Mr. Kennedy; "There won't be any greater Catholics or better Christians on the pope's (sic) own list."

This article in our bulletin shows a common thread throughout; the list contains people who object to the stand of the Church on homosexuality, birth control, abortion, female ordination, and dogmas of the Church on divinity and the perpetual virginity of our Blessed Mother. These are also the topics that are never discussed from the pulpits of so many of our Churches. Don't you ever wonder why not?

We, the staff of The Defender do our best to pass authentic Church teaching to our readers. It is not just our opinion; it is the teaching of the Magisterium, and must be obeyed by all who call themselves Catholic!

Fred Paschall



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