Hero Award - Bishop Robert Vasa
Hero Award - Archbishop John Vlazny" Kennedy
Millstone Award - Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney
The Attack on the Pope
Barrels of ink have been used to attack Pope Benedict XVI during the past few months using unsubstantiated evidence and innuendos. The bigotry of the New York Times is well known, but even the Associated Press joined the feeding frenzy. They along with others like Newsweek and the Time magazines displayed the most obvious bigotry and radical bias imaginable. An article in Newsweek displayed all the objectivity of an interview of patrons at a local bar. Time had an article in which mention of the Inquisition appeared within the first ten words.
The accusations began with of a priest in Wisconsin during the mid-70s, over 30 years ago. The Vatican did not learn of the case until 1996. Because Cardinal Ratzinger was the head of the office contacted at the time, the frantic press tried to link him to the incident. They could provide no evidence he knew of the incident, and even if he had, he would have had to allow for an investigation. While the inquiry was in progress, the priest died. Filled with righteous indignation, the press, ignoring his death and the incomplete investigation, demanded to know why he was not defrocked.
The Times stated that Church officials did not report abuses by the priests. At that time prevailing wisdom indicated sexual predators could be rehabilitated through therapy, and most organizations, secular as well as religious, send offenders away to be treated. The Church, as well as other organizations, has since learned this is not often effective and has since changed its mode of operation. At this time the Catholic Church, at least here in the US, has one of the best-written and enforced procedures to prevent child abuse.
The manipulation of evidence to implicate Pope Benedict XVI in this scandal exposed the journalist radical bias. They news media dug deeply to bring a 1996 incident of priestly abuse to the front page, yet completely ignored the number of school teachers (and journalists) accused of sexual abusing children. Six schoolteachers were accused of child abuse during the week when the attack on the Pope began, yet there was no cry for the overhaul of the education system. Notice of the abuses appeared only in local papers.
Why the unprecedented attack on the Pope? Why this phenomenal obsession? Why this violation of normal journalistic standards? Is it because he stands for family and religious values? Does he twinge the conscious of these journalists? Do they see him as a threat to their adulterous and homosexual way of living?
The Pope is under attack because journalists and their masters fear he will win this battle against an evil society. Evil forces want to destroy his credibility so he will not succeed. The journalists continue to flay away, but the Pope keeps working toward renewal of the Faith.
In 2006 the Pope warned the West not to commit demographic suicide. He visualized the collapse of Europe due to contraceptives and homosexuality. Christian Europe may be past the point of no return with its low birth rate.
In 2007 the Pope gave a speech concerning returning the Church to the more pious days of old. He said the old liturgy was valid and he permitted the use of the old Mass when requested. Many Cardinals objected to this speech. The Pope not only must fight the forces of evil in the world, but a group of ‘Progressive’ Cardinals as well. At times he must even fight some of the extreme conservatives who feel he is not conservative enough.
In 2008 the Pope revealed that Father Marciel Marciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, after decades of cover-ups inside the order, had sexually abused seminarians and fathered at least one child. Pope Benedict XVI agreed to forgo a canonical hearing and remanded the erring priest to a reserved life of penitence and prayer, relinquishing any form of public ministry. Father Marciel followed the direction of the Church. He lived the remainder of his life as a penitent and died on January 30, 2008, at the age of 87. Pope Benedict will restructure the Legion and will rewrite the order's statutes and redefine the military-like culture which led its members to maintain a code of secrecy.
In 2010, as part of a homily to close the ‘Year of the Priest’, Pope Benedict XVI stated that Secular Humanism has seeped onto the Church. He likened this to the Sacred Heart of Jesus being pierced with a sword. He said in this parched world Christians should be given life-giving waters through the sacraments, inspirational radio and newsletters and other means.
More recently he stated the Church too must use the shepherd’s rod; the rod with which he protects the Faith against those who falsify it and lead the flock astray. Love cannot flourish in the Church if heresy is allowed to spread, and the Faith is twisted and chipped away as if it were something that we ourselves had invented.
Pope Benedict XVI is attaching the heresy we have seen come into the Church. Why does this infuriate the media? They hate to see success in the church they fear and despise.
Hero Award - Bishop Robert Vasa
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President, Human Life International wrote an excellent article in Spirit & Life® and on their website www.hli.org, giving Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon, a ‘Hero Award’ for yanking the title "Catholic" from a hospital in his diocese that actually refuses to be Catholic.
St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon, routinely practiced surgical sterilization against the Church's clear prohibition of this practice. The bishop could not convince the hospital administration to change practices; so simply yanked the Catholic name and insignia from the building, leaving the cross on top to remind them of their failure to live up to the challenge of the Cross.
The president of the healthcare chain, James Diegel, said the hospital had "an obligation to provide comprehensive health care services to our patients while remaining true to our values of compassion and caring for all." As Fr. Euteneuer said, “This sounds like slimy Planned Parenthood language if you ask me. Outside of the fact that sterilization is the direct mutilation of an organ of the body and is not true health-care, the Church condemns the act in no uncertain terms as immoral. Well, the bishop was right not to tolerate that kind of nonsense -- and the Church is stronger for it! One hates to think how many other nominally Catholic hospitals are getting away with the same thing due to lack of honest Church investigations into their practices.“
Fr. Euteneuer goes on to say, “What a refreshing development in episcopal leadership! In fact, Lent is probably the perfect time for such an act to take place because it is an exercise of discipline and courage, which we love to see in our prelates. Bishops who are true shepherds, and not politicians, strengthen us and enliven our faith -- thank you, Bishop Vasa!”
Hero Award - Archbishop John Vlazny
On the last day of March, Archbishop John Vlazny published a letter for the faithful, encouraging them to give serious consideration to canceling their subscriptions to The Oregonian newspaper. His words come in response to inflammatory and egregiously ignorant editorials, articles, and cartoons about the Church published in The Oregonian. His complaints are directed toward the secular media and The Oregonian in particular. In addition, he complains about the lack of taste the publication has shown during our holiest season and the hostility it has supported in its editorials.
Congratulations to Archbishop John Vlazny for ‘Defending the Faith’ against the biased, sleazy journalism so pervasive in today’s media.
Millstone Award - Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney