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Posted on 01/25/2014 12:55:13 PM PST by ebb tide
A Jesuit parish priest who marched in a homosexual parade is now citing Pope Francis to protest the dismissal of an Eastside Catholic High School vice principal following his same-sex marriage, according to the priests Facebook site.
In December, The Cardinal Newman Society reported on the forced resignation of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda at a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Students at Eastside Catholic High School subsequently created a petition at Change.org, calling on the Catholic Church to end its opposition to same-sex marriage. The students are also reportedly planning a Z day nationwide protest on January 31 to support Zmuda and urge a change in Church teaching.
In light of the burgeoning protests, Father John Whitney, S.J., wrote in his piece entitled The Acts of the Orange and Blue Apostles that he believes Pope Francis would approve of the students protests and that they are an example that other Catholics should follow:
Over the last year, and especially as I have listened to Pope Francis speak of the need for uproar by religious, or call young people to make a mess in their dioceses. Like many, I have been refreshed and renewed not by some great doctrinal changes, but by the absence of fear expressed in the words of the Holy Father; by his trust in the workings of the Holy Spirit and his passion for courageous acts of faitheven acts that risk error or end in failure. For Francis, it seems, the timidity of tightly held borders, the safe-harbor of accepted opinion and doctrinal purity risks a greater sina greater loss to the Churchthan the dangerous paths of love and welcome. Ships may be safe within the harbor, but that is not what ships are for. Like the Church of Acts, Francis calls todays Church to a fearless proclamation of Christ and the Gospel, even though trying to understand such a proclamation may lead us to conflict and disruption.
In the last few weeks, the students of Eastside Catholic High School, and their companions from other schools in the area, have given us an example of the kind of passionate discernment, motivated by the Gospel, that characterizes an important dimension of Catholic educationand, indeed, should characterize our faith both in and out of school. Regardless of the particulars of this situation (and personnel issues may have complexities I do not know), these students have spoken up as products of Catholic education, as women and men motivated by the Spirit and by their own experience of grace. Though it is a painful time, their teachers and their parents should be proud of the Gospel spirit that has been planted in these young hearts. Likewise, we in the broader Church should be grateful for the mess these young people bring, and should listen with compassion and openness to the Spirit that moves within them. Their love, their gentleness, their quest to make of the Church the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people, demands more than the silence of authority; it demands communion and engagement with the Churchi.e., education, direction, dialoguesince their spirit is a sign of the Church and is life-blood for the Church. May we engage, with fearless love, at the side of our younger sisters and brothers; and may we trust in the God whose Church we are all becoming.
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Fr. Whitney defended his marching in the Seattle gay pride parade in his parish bulletin and invited parishioners to join him. In that bulletin, he compared the Churchs teaching to Old Testament dietary restrictions.
In a 2012 interview with NPR, he called the bishops position defending traditional marriage a denial of civil rights.
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Did Francis lighten up?
This intolerant and backwards religious teaching should not be acceptable. The Bible is quite clear about the corrupt nature of homosexuality and homosexual acts. There is no place for it in the church.
Not likely. Were there any for this?: A Jesuit parish priest who marched in a homosexual parade...
Modern Rome has more than 7 hills -- the Vatican is on the 8th and is outside the walls of ancient rome in any case
As usual, several misguided Jesuits, for the past several decades, spout their own interpretation of the Gospels and what previous Popes, including the latest, Pope Francis, has said. Simply put, the Church continues to condemn homosexual acts (and premarital sex,masturbation, contraception, abortion, etc.) but not the homosexual himself, whom for whatever reason, has leanings or attractions to the same sex. Just as the church does not condemn heterosexuals who have leanings towards members of the opposite sex but who refrain from committing sexual acts outside of marriage. Another words, we are all sinners, corrupted, impure, broken, and in need of redemption. We need to refrain from all sins. Condemn the sin, not the sinner, however if the sinner does not repent or condones or promotes sinful behavior, then he remains in sin and likely condemned. That hasn’t changed in two thousand years, and won’t, if a church remains truthful to the Gospels and the Bible in general, last time I checked.
NYC has only one hill - we call it “uptown.” Well, we have Murray Hill but that actually is pretty flattened out after two centuries of building.
That said, awful story.
They are just following their rock star Catholic politicians pelosi, biden and the cuomos...
How many hills does San Francisco have?
The Jesuit order of today is not the Jesuit order that was founded by Ignatius Loyola or even the Jesuit order of forty years ago. If the parishioners of Whitney’s parish were smart they would find another Catholic parish until the archbishop arranges his removal. Also unless the Pope removes homosexuals from the clergy, the vile molestation of young boys by decadent homosexual priests will continue.
San Francisco has 1. Down hill all the way.
My church and school growing up was run by the Jesuits(thought the teachers were Dominican nuns). They were intellectual, but not, at that time immoral. To my knowledge, that is. I never heard of choir boys or altar boys getting diddled.
The thought of this Pope meeting with obama scares me.
Hate to say it, but they’ll probably hit it right off.
Now, as Bishop of Rome, he seems to have lightened up even more.
For years, I have strongly suspected that the pastor of Seattle’s Roman Catholic cathedral (St. James) is gay - he very much looks the part, and he has tolerated openly gay - and newly elected mayor - Ed Murray to receive communion for many years.
It is ultimately the responsibility of the Archbishop to uphold, defend and teach the Catholic faith. It may be painful. Many will leave, some parishes and schools will close but it is far better than tolerating heresy and misleading the faithful.
Keep in mind that the Vatican has no enforceable means of subpoenaing evidence or witnesses, and is not going to toss out priests on the basis of allegations alone. Of course, and rightly, there's the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But as soon as there's credible evidence, out they go.
Do click on the link, it's enlightening. Pope Benedict took huge and courageous initiatives which generally didn't get publicity at the time. And now there are homosexuals, and people in the mafia, and people in the "homosexual mafia" who probably want to kill Pope Francis.
Watch and pray.
How many hills in Pelosi’s city of S.F.? I’m tempted to guess the number is about 666, give or take a sand dune.
It could be two sexually involved men or two lesbians, but in itself it would not imply sexual relations.
This legislation, as I understand it, was a non-starter in Argentina.
Sexual dissenters, however, are still being excommunicated by Pope Francis (LINK).
The archbishop doesn’t seem to be showing much leadership. I admit I have been avoiding this issue because it angers me so much, but I have seen no headlines in the local paper indicating that the archbishop has forcefully defended Catholic teaching. Maybe I’ve missed it, but it has been tepid enough that it CAN be missed.
The world will be watching Seattle. It would seem this Jesuit Whitney and people like him will lead a “Catholic” mob to pressure a Catholic educational institution to accept as a Teacher and role model to Catholic youth, a man who openly violates Catholic doctrine. How the Archbishop and ultimately the Pope deals with this challenge will be telling.
It has been known for many years that in some localities - particularly in the US - Catholic institutions have been captured by liberals with only a passing allegiance to church doctrine, and in many cases an active opposition to it. There is also a very strong gay presence in the clergy, the schools, and the bureaucracies. I think that is obviously the case here in Seattle. If a local archbishop unequivocally asserted Catholic doctrine in this environment, he would probably have to shut down half of the churches and most of the schools.
The only defense you can make of the Archbishop’s lack of public speech is that thus far Eastern Christian has done the right thing. This man has left the school and the “independent board” of Eastern Christian has not placed the institution in violation of Catholic doctrine. If it does, then he must act or he will be clearly negligent. This Jesuit Whitney is carefully parsing his words, pushing the envelope and comes close to misleading his parish into heresy. When he does, he too will need to be removed.
If I recall correctly, Saint John was astonished when the identity of the Harlot was reviled to him. I am not sure whether that argues for her being Rome, or not. Since this is a post-Rapture event, I don’t expect to be here to find out. Nor do I expect Pope Francis or Pope Benedict to be here either. With true saints removed from the Roman Catholic Church, the “Gay Lobby” would have quite a nice time. At least for 3 1/2 years.
A Jesuit! Enough said. Remember those kooks the Berrigan brothers? Think back. Alot of crazy stuff came out of the Jesuits. They are an elitest group who think they are superior to everyone else. Look at this goof trying to twist the Pope’s words to fit his agenda.
Fr.Daniel Berrigan (ow 93) is a Jesuit. His brother, Philip, was a Josephite priest for 20 years, then left the order and married. He is now deceased
Thanks! I wonder how God holds them in his memory.
If he can't teach truth, then what's the point of keep such churches and schools open? They just spread the infection.
I'm quite aware of pope- emiritus Benedict's actions, and I miss him dearly. However, Pope Benedict is not mentioned in the article; the article is all about Francis enabling a pro-homo Jesuit.
Pope Francis has recently promoted a well known twinkle-toes, Monsignor Battista Ricca to Prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion, while, at the same time, removing the Superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and putting the fox, Fr. Volpi in position to destroy that religious order.
And Cardinal Burke's replacement is another unfortunate personnel decision:
" So. Our Christmas present from the Holy Father is none other than Donald Cardinal Wuerl, who will now be more influential than he ever was in appointing new Bishops. George Neumyer writes about the smug Cardinal at the American Spectator. The "Jadot Faction" has returned with a vengeance. It was the extremely strange Jean Jadot who gave us such exemplary prelates as John Quinn, Kenneth Untener, Raymond Hunthausen, Peter Gerety, Bernard Law, James Hickey and Rembert Weakland among other notables. These men were called Jadot's, well....."boys". I wonder why? Now we have the homo-friendly Donald Wuerl influencing new Bishops. His decisions will be with us for a long time. Apparently that certain Mafia in the Church - the one that Pope Francis said that he would see what he could do about it - is still more than a little influential. He has risen to the position because of his service to the Church we are told. One example of that service was his public humiliation and hounding of a good priest for refusing Holy Communion to an obnoxious, extremely fat and loud-mouthed lesbian Buddhist last year. Why do men such as Wuerl rise to such prominence in the Holy Catholic Church? "
Wuerl, Ricca, O’Malley, Maradiaga, Volpi, etc.
At least the Bishop of Rome is consistent in his promotions of liberals.
The above is a reference to Pope Francis, quoted by this pro-homosexualist Jesuit, Fr.John Whitney. This does not show Francis "enabling" a Whitney, but rather Whitney trying to use Francis.
Read it again: a "fearless proclamation of Christ and the Gospel" does not equal advocacy of sodomy, and making an "uproar" for the Lord, does not mean creating a moral catastrophe for the Church.
In short, this whole thing is on Whitney, not on Pope Francis.
On your second point: you claim that POpe Francis promoted a "well-known twinkletoes, Msgr. Ricca."
Unless you know with moral certainty that Ricca is a sodomite, this statement of yours constitutes slander by insinuation (since I assume that by "twinkletoes" you mean "sodomite," not Irish step dancer.) It requires, from you or anyone who repeats it, not just repentance but restitution.
I know with certainty that Ricca is a sodomite.
The intimacy of the relations between Ricca and Haari was so open as to scandalize numerous bishops, priests, and laity of that little South American country, not last the sisters who attended to the nunciature.
The new nuncio, Janusz Bolonek of Poland, who arrived in Montevideo at the beginning of 2000, also found that ménage intolerable immediately, and informed the Vatican authorities about it, insisting repeatedly to Haari that he should leave. But to no use, given his connections with Ricca.
In early 2001 Ricca also got into a scrape over his reckless conduct. One day, having gone as on other occasions - in spite of the warnings he had received - to Bulevar Artigas, to a meeting place for homosexuals, he was beaten and had to call some priests to take him back to the nunciature, with his face swollen.
On this score, I was told by three sources in Argentina that the Times basically got it right: Bergoglio did, in fact, favor civil unions.
That was confirmed on background by two senior officials of the bishops’ conference in Argentina, both of whom worked with Bergoglio and took part in the behind-the-scenes discussions as the conference tried to shape its position.
“Bergoglio supported civil unions,” one of those officials told me.
Mariano de Vedia, a veteran journalist for La Nación, has covered church/state issues in Argentina for years and said he could confirm Bergoglio’s position had been correctly described in the Times account.
Guillermo Villarreal, a Catholic journalist in Argentina, said it was well known at the time that Bergoglio’s moderate position was opposed by Archbishop Héctor Rubén Agüer of La Plata, the leader of the hawks. The difference was not over whether to oppose gay marriage, but how ferociously to do so and whether there was room for a compromise on civil unions.
Villareal described the standoff over gay [sic] marriage as the only vote Bergoglio ever lost during his six years as president of the conference. [N.B. The “vote” was a majority of the Bishops’ Conference in Argentina overruling the then-Cardinal’s civil union endorsement.]
"In effect, some of these 'bosses' have hatched against Jorge Mario Bergoglio the cruelest and most subtle deception since he was elected pope.
"They kept in the dark important information that, if he had known it before, would have kept him from appointing Monsignor Battista Ricca "prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion.
[Ricca] won Bergoglio's trust in another guise, initially as director of the residence on Via della Scrofa at which the archbishop of Buenos Aries stayed during his visits to Rome, and now also as director of the Domus Sanctæ Marthæ (!!) in which Francis has chosen to live as pope.
"Before the appointment, Francis had been shown, as is customary, the personal file on Ricca, in which he had not found anything unseemly. He had also heard from various personalities of the curia, and none of them had raised objections.
"Just one week after appointing the prelate, however, during the same days in which he was meeting with the apostolic nuncios who had come to Rome from all over the world, the pope became aware, from multiple sources, of some episodes from Ricca's past previously unknown to him and such as to bring serious harm to the pope himself and to his intention of reform.
Sadness over having been kept in the dark with regard to such grave matters, and the intention to remedy the appointment he had made, albeit not definitive but ad interim": these were the sentiments expressed by Pope Francis once he was aware of those matters.
From the rest of the L'Espresso article, it looks like this Ricca is a kingpin, a heavily-connected ringleader of the "Gay Lobby." Nauseating.
Watch and pray.
So should we ignore the published reports of this man's activities because we haven't observed his illicit behavior firsthand? Perhaps we should also give Bill Clinton the benefit of the doubt. Let's not set the standard for public figures so ridiculously high that we ignore multiple published reports out of misplaced scruples. This man's behavior is well-known, yet Pope Francis appointed him. What does that tell us about his judgement?
I agree the pope was probably tricked. But why has the Pope continued to retain Ricca in his current positions?
If you will look at my previous post (above) you'll see that L'Espresso puts forward evidence that Pope Francis was the victim of this man's network of lies --- the Holy Father was not negligent,nor acting on poor judgment, but rather betrayed by advisors who deceived him.
It's frightening: Pope Francis decided not to live in the previous Papal apartment because it was undoubtedly wired --- and he ends up at Domus Sanctae Marthae, "managed" by none other than Msgr. Ricca!
Again I say, frightening.
Ricca no doubt knows he's been outed (he reads Italian like everybody else) but the question is, how do you know the next guy in line isn't his secret ally?
I've even heard that Pope Francis might just close the IOR. Desperate times, desperate measures.
Watch and pray.
In 2006, Pope Benedict removed Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ from his position and ordered him to a life of prayer and penance. This order was due to Maciel’s past sexual sins, not ongoing ones.
Bishop of Rome, Francis, apparently has different plans for homos under his jurisdiction.
Watch and pray.
So why were you so quick to accuse me of slander and demanding not only my repentance, but restitution?
It’s obvious that the spirit of insanity and evil is abroad in the Church no less than before Benedict.
In fact, the reaction to Francis’s many imprudent statements makes clear how much hatred of Benedict there has been in the Church, just waiting to come out in the open.
And now he’s writing an encyclical on the environment! Who wants to bet that he’ll denounce the kleptocrats behind the Global Warming Hoax?
Or who wants to bet that it will be another gift to be exploited by the eugenicists and other fascists?
Obviously, when he was elected Pope, he was replaced by a double.