Magisterial Fidelity
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Carol M. McKinley



cmmckinley@aol.com




Saturday, August 05, 2006 :::
 

``It was a good meeting," said Kennedy, who was reached by telephone moments after the meeting, which lasted an hour and a half. Kennedy declined to comment on what was discussed and whether future meetings were planned

WHAT??? No press release saying Cardinal Sean and the Voice of the Faithful are now mutually collaborating? Sounds like they bussled passed the reporters and ran like rats to their cars.



Terrence C. Donilon, spokesman for the archdiocese, described the meeting as ``a helpful conversation about important issues and the continued renewal of parish life in the archdiocese."

Yeah. They're still banned.

No statements by Doniloon about how vibrant they are, no statements about how the Cardinal appreciates them, they've got nothing to run with to Bishop Murphy's (and other) diocese to insist that he lift the ban in Rockville Center and stop "demonizing" & "tearing down" heresy and apostacy, no future meeting Michael Paulson/Globe can use to give VOTF legitimacy.

I think we can be satisfied with that end.

My enemies can like it or lump it - but that's what I have to offer the Church. Bravo to all who helped that goal get accomplished.


::: posted by prolife pundits at 5:28 AM

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Friday, August 04, 2006 :::
 
Good story to start your Friday with...

On a Saturday afternoon, in Washington, D.C., Senator John Kerry's
campaign manager visited the Cardinal of the Catholic cathedral. He
told the Cardinal that John Kerry would be attending the next day's
mass, and he asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Kerry to the
congregation and say a few words that would include calling Kerry a saint.

The Cardinal replied, "No. I don't really like the man, and there are
issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over certain of Kerry's views."

Kerry's manager then said, "Look. I'll write a check here and now for a
donation of $100,000 to your church if you'll just tell the congregation
you see Kerry as a saint."

The Cardinal thought about it and said, "Well, the church can use the
money, so I'll work your request into tomorrow's sermon."

As Kerry's campaign manager promised, Senator Kerry appeared for the
Sunday sermon and seated himself prominently at the edge of the main isle.
And, during the sermon, as promised, the Cardinal pointed out that
Senator Kerry was present. Then the Cardinal went on to explain to the
congregation -- "While Senator Kerry's presence is probably an honor to
some, he is not my favorite person. Some of his views are contrary to
those of the church, and he tends to flip-flop on many other views.
John Kerry is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a thumb sucker, and a
nit-wit.

John Kerry is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief.

John Kerry is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally
witnessed. He turned on his buddies in Vietnam. He wrote a book and
portrayed himself in the best light when he was a traitor to his fellow
servicemen.

He has lied about his military record and had the gall to put himself in
for a medal (including one that does not even exist). He married for
money and is using it to lie to the American people. He also has a
reputation for shirking his senatorial obligations both here, in
Washington, and in Massachusetts. He simply is not to be trusted."

The Cardinal completed his view of Kerry with, "But, when compared to
Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator Kerry is a saint."


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Wednesday, August 02, 2006 :::
 
Dear Friends in Christ,

I am sending you the following letter which I've placed in the hands of the Vicar General, Fr. Erikson, the Papal Nuncio, CDF, the Vatican, various media sources, my email list of priests and Bishops throughout the country. I have also enclosed a letter I sent out to the Cardinal and Vicar General, VOTF leaders, etc., early in the week.

Would you please take a moment to fax or call the Vicar General at the following number and express your desire to hold them accountable for the protection of children and our Deposit of Faith which we are entitled to under Canon Law?

Fr. Erikson may be reached at 617-254-0100

Fax - 617-783-4564

Thank you - Carol McKinley


Dear Fr. Erikson,

As promised, I have put together some background information on Voice of the Faithful which nobody in the truth believes is new information to anybody at the Chancery. Quite honestly, I believe if you open the filing cabinets and closets, the piles of papers documenting the victimization of spiritual abusers feigning sacraments, misguiding consciences, promoting amorality and immorality to adults and children, taking positions discrediting doctrine and dogma of our religion most likely double the size of that which documents the sexual abusers.

It is incredulous to continuously have to take time out of our lives and away from our children because we've again found chancery officials collaborating with Michael Paulson so the Cardinal can re-invigorate the formal and material heretics "helping" us out on the parish level and in their "living rooms" while the Chancery pleads ignorant.

I decided to clip quotes, rather than pdf - less work for me and easier to spread around the Internet.

I also promised you a list of questions which I believe you should take the precious time to find out the answers to, and report on it in the Pilot so everyone will know what each of the individuals who came answered the questions and how that formed your opinion about what to do with the paper piles at the Chancery of formal complaints about the people in Voice of the Faithful.

1. What sinful actions do you believe require the Sacramental absolution of the Church?
2. Do you believe Catholics are allowed artificial contraception?
3. Do you accept the definition of adultery as defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
4. If a woman has had an abortion, what actions must she take to cure her excommunication?
5. If a 14 or 15 year old child tells you they are sexually active, what actions would you take?
6. Is a 14 or 15 year old child who believes they consented to the sexuality, a victim of statutory rape?
7. Do you believe you get to decide what 14 and 15 year olds are victims of statutory rape and what 14 and 15 year olds are not victims of statutory rape?
8. If you or any members of Voice of the Faithful have failed to report the State a 14 or 15 year old who has revealed they are sexually active - are they in violation of the law or diocesan policies to protect children?
9. How many VOTF members are working with Anthony Rizzutto to decide what gets reported to the Commonwealth?
10. Who has the power to perform Sacraments?
11. Is the Pope's teaching authority infallible?
12. How does one inform one's conscience?


Thank you in advance for taking the time to find out the answers to these questions and informing yourself of the situation we have in the RCAB.

In the following article, the Cardinal said:


http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/10/23/church_turns_to_critic_to_aid_catholic_schools/

''Everybody is a Catholic who wants to be on board and wants to help the church,"

One of the many VOTF women helping him, Susan Troy, "on board" feigning and simulating the sacraments, wrote the following:

http://www.votf.org/vineyard/July27_2006/bookreview1.html

In his book A Voice of Their Own: the Authority of the Local Parish, William A. Clark has written a powerful, inspiring, contemporary, ecclesiology based on a rich theological and practical examination of the life and authority of the local parish, of the authority of concrete human experience. Clark articulates the experience of so many Catholics who find the “real” church, the “genuine” church, to be the church they experience/experienced at the parish level. Clark helps us see that the universal Church is embodied in every local parish, and that every local parish defines the universal Church. Mutual respect and a renewed sense of mission should flow from this understanding.

Eileen McNamara, a Boston columnist wrote the following about Susan Troy:

http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/stories/012702_mcnamara.htm

There is no pretense here that Troy is a priest in the ordained sense; the bread these women break is consecrated by nothing more, or less, than their faith. The conviction that Troy is a priest in the spiritual sense comes not from any formal validation by the church but from the affirmation of those in her living room.

Those broader discussions are unlikely to occur at a chancery now in crisis mode, but they are on the agenda in Troy's suburban living room, where the Weston Jesuit School of Theology graduate leads a gathering of women in the liturgy on the first Monday of every month.

Here is a photograph of Susan Troy sitting beside Cardinal O'Malley taken by an archdiocesan photographer at her classes up at St. John's seminary where she is enrolled in the Archdiocesan Masters of Divinity program:

(I'll try to put up photo later- - not working right now)

Jan Leary of VOTF's steering Committee, who also has leadership positions in heterodox and apostate groups such as Call to Action, Women's Ordination Conference, Save our Sacraments, Massachusetts Women Church operations discussion and actions group meetings in our diocesan parish basements which were grandfathered prior to Cardinal Law's ban:

http://www.voiceofthefaithful.org/Educating_Ourselves/readings.html

Also, please join us on Tuesday evenings at 7PM, when our VORenewal "Discussion & Action" Group meets, along with other VOTF Working Groups. During our meetings, VORenewal members consider various and diverse topics related to the mission and goals of VOTF. For more information on these meetings, contact Jan Leary at JanVOTF@aol.com.

Here is their latest round of talks about emerging models:

http://www.votfnj.org/

Saturday, October 28, 2006
Emerging Models of Church
Location: TBA
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
An exploration of how faithful Catholics are practicing their faith while honoring their consciences, intelligence, and integrity.
Panelists include:

Rev. James Callan
Rev. Mary Ramerman
Spiritus Christi Church, Rochester, NY; Old Catholic Church

http://www.spirituschristi.org/history.html



On August 13, 1998, Bishop Matthew Clark, under pressure from Rome, removed Fr. Jim Callan as administrator after 22 years at Corpus Christi Church. The Vatican had trouble with three practices dear to the heart of Corpus Christi parishioners: the prominent role of women on the altar, the blessing of gay unions, and the offering of communion to those who were not Catholic....On October 15, Mary Ramerman was fired from her position as associate pastor...In protest of Mary’s firing, several women in the parish put on purple stoles, a symbol of women’s ordination, and continued to stand at the altar week after week...

By Christmas Eve, many people had decided they wanted to form a new community that would be inclusive. Disillusioned by the December 14 firing of the “saints,” the folks who had devoted their lives to serving the poor, parishioners wanted to move on and stop battling the diocese.

I would like to know what is going to be done about finding out from Jean Marchant what families were told she had the power to give the papal indulgence to dying relatives, and what restitution is going to be made to those families? Have you asked her the names of the people she used her position to withhold the last Rites of the Church validly from dying people? If not, that needs to be done. It is you duty to find out how many other women the Archdiocese is "letting help" at the invitation of the Cardinal as he dismissed the piles of papers we sent in documenting it for two years.

Here are several more articles with important quotes:

http://atheism.about.com/b/a/209229.htm


“We’re here to revive a very ancient tradition where the laity are intimately involved in the designation of the archbishop,” said local Voice of the Faithful leader Jim Jenkins.

Selecting a new bishop is the Voice of the Faithful’s focus right now. “Sexual abuse is not the biggest crisis in our church,” Vance-Trembath said. “A bishop’s deceit is the crisis -- because bishops did not tell the truth about priests abusing children. If we can have a say in who becomes bishop and what qualities they must have, we can end that crisis.”

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/08/17/editorial_wwwed1b17.html

The sex abuse was a symptom of a disease, which is an underlying system of absolute power and no accountability by the Church hierarchy. The early Christian church wasn't a monarchy or a dictatorship. The early American Catholic Church was more democratic. One diocese in South Carolina had a legislature with two houses - one for the clergy and the other for the laity. Only later were the laity disenfranchised. The laity is 99 percent of the Church. We need to return to those early models.

http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/hudson/voiceofthefaithful.html

** Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought at Temple University. Well-known for his work in the formation of a "global ethic" with dissenting theologian Hans Kung, Swidler is also the founder of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (www.arcc-catholic-rights.org). As the chair of the association's constitution international drafting committee, he's responsible for drawing up a constitution for a more "democratic" church which includes the proposal for elected leaders; term limits for those leaders; a legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government; and opening up leadership positions to all people, including "women and minorities."

** James Carroll, columnist for the Boston Globe. Carroll, a self-proclaimed Catholic, was ordained a priest in 1969 but left the priesthood in 1974 and married before his laicization, effectively excommunicating himself. His columns in the Globe confirm that he believes in contraception, abortion, and women's ordination. Additionally, he rejects numerous fundamental Church teachings, such as the divinity of Jesus Christ. In a July 16 column, Carroll stated that at the VOTF convention, "deeper questions must be confronted as well -- the role of the laity in church governance, assumptions of sexual morality, the place of women, the pathologies of clericallism, the 'creeping infallibility' that corrupts church teaching."

** Debra Haffner, a member and former president of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). SIECUS promotes guidelines for sex education for children grades K-12, guidelines which approve of children ages 5-8 being taught that masturbation and homosexuality are acceptable practices. Not only that, they also urge that 12- to 15-year-olds be taught how to obtain and use contraceptives.

Haffner is also the cofounder of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing (www.religionproject.org). The institute's "Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing" calls for "theological reflection that integrates the wisdom of excluded, often silenced peoples, and insights about sexuality from medicine, social science, the arts and humanities; full inclusion of women and sexual minorities in congregational life, including their ordination and the blessing of same sex unions...[and] support for those who challenge sexual oppression and who work for justice within their congregations and denomination." Haffner has also been quoted as saying, "No matter what gender orientation you have -- bisexual, transgender -- no matter what sex you are, no matter what age you are, no matter what marital status you are, no matter what sexual orientation you are, you have a right to sex."

Fr. Erikson, How safe do you personally believe this for our children to be under the tutelage of VOTF members who believe these ideas and are now working with Anthony Rizzuto telling children what sexual touches are safe?

Do you personally believe that Mr. Rizzutto has the duty, in the face of the documentation many parents have sent him for many years about morally and sexually confused laity and priests, to examine the ideas of each and every individual he and the Archbishop have empowered to teach what touches are sexually safe?


Do you personally believe, Father, that people teaching children that they can tell a consensual act by the pleasurable feeling the touches bring out, whether they love that person, and whether at the time of the sexual encounter they believe they are consenting with their free will are safe environments for children? I do not know anybody who says they are skilled in protecting children from abusers who would answer in the affirmative, except for Cardinal O'Malley and Anthony Rizzutto and the feminists they brought who have side-car missions of promoting the legalization of prostitution and safe sex for children who are working to partner them with like-minded children while referring them to clinics who provide contraception and medical care when they get diseases or become pregnant.

** Tom Groome, professor of theology at Boston College. Groome gave an interview to BBC 4 World Forum on the sex-abuse scandal in which he commented on the Church: "Catholic Christians are...distinguishing between their faith in the tradition and their faith in the institution.... The Church is terribly important to us, but we won't exaggerate the importance, as it were, of the institution." On priestly celibacy and women's ordination: "I think that [priestly celibacy] has to be revisited, likewise the exclusion of women from ministry has to be rethought. But that's not a liberal position...." On ecclesial hierarchy: "I would love to see an overhaul in how our bishops are chosen because right now they're chosen by a kind of subterfuge -- a kind of backroom politics." And finally, on the pope: "I do think that the problem of an enfeebled pope becomes fairly trransparent, especially when the Church faces such a tragedy in a crisis time as we are in at the moment."

** Michele Dillon, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Dillon has published several books, including Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland; Gay and Lesbian Catholics; and Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power, a work focusing on why "pro-change" Catholics (such as those who support abortion, women's ordination, and homosexuality) remain in the Church.


http://www.votf.org/vineyard/Dec1_2005/kinkel.html

That’s when the Vatican has said it will issue regulations banning men who are actively homosexual or have “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” from the priesthood. Catholic seminarians — priests in training — who say they are gay will be ordained, under the new rules, only if they have not had sex with another man for four years.

As a former priest who left the church to marry and raise a family, I am sadly sympathetic to gay priests who may quit rather than put up with these absurd and unenforceable homophobic requirements for ordination.



http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/hudson/voiceofthefaithful2.html



I've talked with several people who attended VOTF meetings. Contrary to what Post claims, they didn't find the open and welcoming atmosphere that VOTF touts; rather, when they tried to voice their traditional Catholic views, they were either silenced or booed right out of the meeting. Others found a similar dead-end on the VOTF message board, which was shut down shortly after criticism of the organization was raised. If anyone should be charged with "distortion," it's VOTF itself, whose claims of openness to all opinions are demonstrably untrue.



For example, the VOTF website (www.votf.org) lists some "highly recommended" reading for people struggling with the scandal, including Anthony Massimini's "Discerning the Spirit: A Guide to Renewing and Restructuring the Church." Massimini has an agenda, make no mistake about it. Take, for example, his comments on the defining characteristics of the Church hierarchy. He states that the present scandal has evolved from the hierarchy's "ignorance of the human body and sex; a mindset that degrades women and marriage; [and] a spiritually distorted, psychologically troubled view of celibacy."



http://www.staycatholic.com/fidelity_of_votf_questioned.htm

Newton, Mass. – New questions about the fidelity of the reform group Voice of the Faithful have arisen following a one-day meeting June 7 of 45 Boston-area Voice affiliates. According to a June 7 press release from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, keynote speaker Paul Lakeland, professor of religious studies at Connecticut’s Fairfield University, told the Newton gathering that Catholics were "suffocating from structural oppression" and advocated the abolition of the College of Cardinals, the ordination of women as deacons and lay participation in the election of bishops. And, Lakeland predicted, future priests would consist of "some married, some not; some straight, some gay, some women, some not."

Previous letter below:

``In response to a request by representatives of Voice of the Faithful, Cardinal Sean and Father Richard M. Erikson , vicar general and moderator of the curia, will meet with those representatives," O'Malley's spokesman, Terrence C. Donilon , wrote in an e-mail. ``By way of the request, the VOTF representatives expressed a desire to be helpful to the Archdiocese. Cardinal Sean continues to demonstrate a willingness and openness to dialogue, and is committed to vibrant parish life throughout the church of Boston. We welcome the participation of all people who wish to assist with this work."

Father - My prayers are with you for Friday's meeting. If there's anything any one of us who has been working for the protection of children up at the Massachusetts Legislature, in our communities and schools for decades, please let us know. Open up any drawer or closet, perhaps look under the carpets - and you'll find papers, three ring binders, books, reports, executive summaries, power point presentations, articles with the information and our names all over them.

In Christ, Carol McKinley


::: posted by prolife pundits at 11:37 AM

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006 :::
 
I'm putting together my package to send out the attorneys, faxes, - - and the email encouraging you to phone into the Vicar General's office and help him to understand how we feel about their validation of Voices of the Piglets.

Tomorrow!


::: posted by prolife pundits at 8:40 PM

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I'm going to be doing some fundraising for myself and my family in the next month or so. I'm hoping to raise $5000. to help with some backload of bills I've been carrying since I lost my job last September. I was out of work only for about six weeks but we're all living on the edge here in Massachusetts. I have a great job that I love but I'm still trying to catch up to the zero income during that period of time...the winter was a tough one.

I fell behind in my mortgage and have had to make up for it in nine payments that made my mortgage astronomical - and then other things got behind. I only have two more hefty payments left - - but the other things are way behind and you know how huffy the electric company gets, etc.

One of the priests in the diocese has been telling me to do some fundraising on the blog and I've been resisting for a lot of reasons...I know readers are struggling in this economy and I never wanted to make a profit off what I'm doing.



On the financial, I hope that while I was away you placed your situation to the attention of your readers; pride is a horrible thing. I think they would at least bail you out to catch up on arrear. Every one must know that you spend so much time on your unpaid cyber ministry, to the detriment of bringing in the lettuce.



Donations can be sent to:
Carol McKinley
41 Lady Slipper Circle
Pembroke, MA 02359

If you prefer to send it through a 501 C 3 - you can send it to Catholic Pundit Watch at the same address.

Thanks to anyone who can contribute anything towards the goal.


::: posted by prolife pundits at 8:29 PM

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Will we ever see the end of McCarrick's drivel?

Here's his response to George Weigel's fabulous column Truth at the 50 Yard Line

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick frequently told his favorite John Paul II story: the story of the Pope walking up the center aisle of Newark cathedral in October 1995, touching people on both sides. This, Cardinal McCarrick suggested, was how priests and bishops ought to act — sticking to the “middle,” in order to be in touch with everyone. Or, as he told National Public Radio, “the job of a priest always forces you to the middle...We’ve got to be in the middle so that we don’t let those on the left or the right get lost.”

Fail to teach the faith to generations was his mantra, and everyone trying to hold to the flock and faith he lost to Christ in every parish wishes he'd get lost.

McCarrick's response to Weigel's column is right out of the Stephen King novel:
McCarrick, who said that through his column that Weigel is guilty of, "deceptive journalism, if not worse," wrote in his letter to the readers of Commonweal that people should, "avoid name calling and personal attacks and be careful that what we say is always true both in its expression and its implication." "Sometimes…it truly is important to set the record straight in the face of half-truths," McCarrick said.

How much more asinine is he going to look before Christ sets the record straight in the face of his half-truths?

That priests and bishops must be able to minister to people across the spectrum of reasonable theological and political opinion goes, or should go, with out saying," Weigel wrote in his article. "That priests and bishops can be true ministers to the Gospel by thinking and acting as if every question were a football field on which truth lies a the fifty-yard line is another matter entirely."

BRAVO


::: posted by prolife pundits at 8:01 PM

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Deal's E-letter on Friday's Meeting

Deal W. Hudson

In This Issue:

Archdiocese of Boston Entertains Dissenters by Deal W. Hudson



The Boston Globe reports that on Friday Cardinal Sean O'Malley will meet with members of the dissenting group Voice of the Faithful. A spokesman for the Archdiocese, however, explained that the meeting does not represent a change in policy regarding VOTF.

Voice of the Faithful is presently forbidden from meeting in Boston parishes.

Catholics in the Boston area, who have been battling the Voice of the Faithful since its inception, are concerned that this meeting will give the group credibility. Leaders of Voice of the Faithful are already claiming a symbolic victory.

Carol McKinley, a founder of the group Faithful Voice, has been Boston's leading lay critic of Catholic dissent. She is deeply disturbed by the Cardinal's decision: "Boston Catholics are appalled by continued statements from the Archdiocese giving the appearance that the Cardinal welcomes a group with a side-car mission that is heretical and invalid sacramentally. We're in real trouble."

Voice of the Faithful began in Boston over four years ago during the sex abuse scandal. From the beginning the group was closely associated with dissenters and leaders of the far left in the Catholic Church. For example, Jim Muller, the VOTF founder, issued a public letter calling for a national convention to ratify a constitution for an American Catholic Church separated from the authority of the Vatican.

Subsequent leadership, notably president Jim Post, tried to address similar issues under the banner of seeking "structural change." But most ecclesial leadership had already recognized VOTF's true intent and shut their doors. Only a handful of chanceries and parishes in the United States will host their meetings.

The latest reinvention of VOTF, as represented by their Web site, is an attempt to recover the outrage generated by the sex abuse scandal. The Web site also contains clear assurances of VOTF's obedience to Church teaching and Vatican authority. Their long-awaited statement on the meaning of "structural change" is innocuous and reflects nothing of the debate the group has expressed through its media coverage over the past four years.

C. J. Doyle, another leading critic of dissent in Boston, heads the Catholic Action League. Doyle says VOTF has little life outside its coverage in the Boston newspaper: "I hope the Archdiocese will do nothing to extend life support to this dying organization of left wing revolutionaries posing as Catholics. This organization has no public existence outside of Michael Paulson's articles in the Boston Globe."

VOTF has retained some presence in Boston because it receives moral support from institutions like Harvard and Boston College and financial backing from well-connected Catholic business leaders who agree with their dissenting attitude toward Church authority. A good example is O'Malley's appointment of Jack Connors, Jr., a prominent businessman and highly vocal critic of the archdiocese, to oversee the renewal of parochial education. Business leaders like Connors also sit on the board of Boston's Catholic Charities, an organization necessary to the survival of archdiocesan social ministries.

The appointment of Connors by Cardinal O'Malley was the first of several notable appointments that have been questioned by lay Catholics in Boston. Another example is the appointment of Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, as director of the office of Pastoral Ministry. She is a well-known heterodox nun who has worked closely with Jean Marchant, who earlier this week resigned from a position in O'Malley's cabinet. Marchant revealed that she had been secretly ordained last year and has been "quietly blessing" the sick and performing "Masses."



William Cousins, a long-time resident of the Boston area and Knight of Malta, comments, "I am hoping that Cardinal O'Malley will tell them what the rules are. In other words, that their desire to change the structure and doctrines of the Church is out of bounds. I am also very concerned about what he's saying to the relatives of the people who were given invalid sacraments by the woman health-care cabinet officer."

Whether the Archdiocese will release any information on the meeting is unknown. However, you can be sure that Voice of the Faithful will be telling the press how much their point of view is appreciated by the Cardinal.

Cardinal O'Malley's meeting with VOTF not only gives them credibility but also gives them the opportunity to represent the meeting any way that serves their purpose.


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Several of you have commented and emailed about the Thornbird post below.

I do not know the identity of the priests. This is gossip that a reader passed on that he plucked off the internet. It's not exactly unprecedented in this diocese.

There are some comments below about the orthodoxy of the priest and the supposed hypocrisy.

Look - there's two kinds of priests -

"Liberal" priest: Sins, embraces temptation, and tells others to take pride in sins.
"Orthodox" priest: Sins and confesses his sins, avoids temptation, tells others not to sin.

If it's true, that orthodox priests who have fallen to temptation and are leaving the priesthood - it only shows a profound lack of spiritual leadership and care coming out of the Chancery who are too busy pulling publicity stunts to notice.



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Monday, July 31, 2006 :::
 
The following is a rumor buzzing around town:

Email from a friend this morning:


Boston is getting another blow this coming week. It seems that two priests will be announcing that they are leaving the priesthood because of relationships they have cultivated with women. (How bad are things when you’re relieved it’s a woman?)


::: posted by prolife pundits at 7:14 AM

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Sunday, July 30, 2006 :::
 
I'm quickly posting the letter I sent off to Fr. Erikson, the Cardinal, a few members of the media,including Paulson, VOTF leaders, a few priests, Bishops this morning

I am putting together a second letter with specific instructions to fax, call Fr. Erikson - and with some suggestions on thing to say about their upcoming meeting with VOTF & that Donilon should be fired.


``In response to a request by representatives of Voice of the Faithful, Cardinal Sean and Father Richard M. Erikson , vicar general and moderator of the curia, will meet with those representatives," O'Malley's spokesman, Terrence C. Donilon , wrote in an e-mail. ``By way of the request, the VOTF representatives expressed a desire to be helpful to the Archdiocese. Cardinal Sean continues to demonstrate a willingness and openness to dialogue, and is committed to vibrant parish life throughout the church of Boston. We welcome the participation of all people who wish to assist with this work."



Dear Father Erikson:

Sincere welcome to the Archdiocese of Boston.

I have blind copied both you and the archbishop in this email, as I have cc'd the leadership at VOTF, Michael Paulson and a media production company who is doing a documentary about a monsignor in Illinois encountering the activities of VOTF & SNAP in his parish. I will also be forwarding the email to my national contact list of priests, bishops, laity and media sources. I will be asking the laity to contact your office with their observations and concerns. I will also be faxing a copy of this email to the diocesan attorneys, the Office for the Protection of Children at the USCCB, the CDF and other contacts at the Vatican. I have cc'd the Pope's email address as well.

I realize that you are new to the diocese and not responsible for what has gone on in the past, but as I'm sure you must know, the authentic Catholic Religion is under siege in nearly every parish in your care. I know of no parish on the entire South Shore where a family practicing their faith can go, where they can be confident that at any time either a dissenting priest or parochial vicar, a wear the pants dissenting woman or nun, will not ambush the liturgy to say or do something in an attempt to enlighten our children that they may inform their consciences by listening to the heretics and apostates who have enlightened theirs. They quote them, they pass out their literature, they invite them in to speak and teach their philosophies and they encourage their train of thought.

I have opened up the paper now two days in a row to find the most alarming statements attributed to Chancery officials.

In one article, a woman who has been teaching heresy for decades, appointed to the health care cabinet position by Cardinal Law and subsequently kept in that position despite numerous complaints - - a woman who is involved in a second marriage to an ex-priest (quite possibly invalid), 'ordained' by a schismatic female prelate representing herself as having the power to administer the papal indulgence at the hour of death - - who by her own admission has been "quietly" anointing people instead of calling a priest to administer viaticum - - the following statement was made in response by the diocese:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/07/28/making_a_stand_for_women_priests/



O'Malley's spokesman, Terrence C. Donilon, said in a statement. ``We greatly appreciate Ms. Marchant's many years of service in healthcare ministry. The archdiocese greatly values the ministry of lay and religious women. Their contributions are vital to the life and mission of the church."

Am I to understand that those of us whose dying parents and relatives who have been foolishly charmed into believing that what she is doing is valid sacramentally, and died without the Last Rites of our Church (the pardon for all the sins they had committed in their lives), that you "greatly value" what she has done and you consider her contributions "vital" to the life and mission of Christ's Church?

If you are unaware of how traumatizing that statement is to people who understand the authentic faith, I certainly would be happy to give you my own personal experiences with my mother who was medflighted to Brigham & Women's hospital in a coma with a broken neck. She was "blessed" by a priest who had been removed from a parish by Cardinal Law for working with a woman in a ministry together which had feigned sacraments. I luckily had access to a priest who was willing to come and administer the official sacrament of the Church to her. As bad as I knew things were, I had no idea this was going on. When I explained my experience to the undertaker, he told me this was the norm in hospitals in Massachusetts - lay chaplains have wormed their way into positions where they can hijack the Sacrament of the sick. It's frightening that you greatly value these kinds "contributions" by feminists stampeding our faith.

In the second article, it now comes to light (again) that the archdiocese intends to publicly give the impression that the religious and immoral theology Voice of the Faithful has spent articulating inside of our parishes (and across the country for the last four years) is the "dialogue" that our families and children should be open to listening to.

You intend to uproot and scatter our children from the fidelity of parents who have willingly stood up in their communities and told them not to welcome VOTF's "assistance" to form their discernment in their faith?

Are you going to do this in the name of peace, charity, healing and unity? Surely, you know how this will fracture children from parents who have been teaching them to exclude VOTF's dissent. Why would you want to give the public impression that you are willing to listen to them but parents who tell their children to refuse to are somehow being uncharitable? Do you not know the hand-to-hand combat this will cause us in our families? Parishes?

This isn't Christ-like, it is the cowardice of a hireling. In order to do it, you are going to have to disconnect that the last fourty years of what we've been listening to them teach is somehow immaterial to the people who show up on Friday.

I'm here to remind you that anyone in their right mind knows it's not - anymore than if Catholics for Free Choice or the Man Boy Love Association showed up to "assist you".

Does the Cardinal actually again intend to ignore the paper trail demonstrating the gross and widespread infidelity to the Sacramental, liturgical, sexual and moral teachings of the Church by the individual members of Voice of the Faithful who have made their infidelity patently clear on the parish level for the last 40 years? He intends to "welcome their participation in teaching and evangelizing without carefully examining what it is that makes them "vibrant"?

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/07/29/omalley_will_meet_voice_of_the_faithful/

O'Malley's spokesman, Terrence C. Donilon , wrote in an e-mail. ``By way of the request, the VOTF representatives expressed a desire to be helpful to the Archdiocese. Cardinal Sean continues to demonstrate a willingness and openness to dialogue, and is committed to vibrant parish life throughout the church of Boston. We welcome the participation of all people who wish to assist with this work."


I am appalled by the insensitivity of continued archdiocesan statements that give the appearance that the diocese makes no effort to find out whether the individuals you are empowering to teach and "assist" you, also have histories of side-car missions that are heretical, Sacramentally invalid and even sometimes Kinsey-llike in nature. You could not be unaware of the danger of placing individuals whose intention it is to teach precepts that base sexual permission on the pleasures of physical sensations. I reject the notion that anyone would be unaware that this is the concept Paul Shanley used to teach people how think out of the box and how that caused the actions of people under his tutelage. Such ideologists empower perversion.

Am I to understand that the archdiocese greatly values the 'ministry' of any ideology that shows up to "help" you and you consider such contributions vital to the life and mission of the church?

I would also ask that you prepare for your meeting by running a Lexis Nexis on Fr. Chris Coyne's treatment by Voice of the Faithful members at Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton. There you will find how their charity works when they insist on a climate that rejects the tenets of the faith. Many of us have been equally treated and abused, and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders as a result of their conduct. I want to state for the record, that this is the type of conduct that you are knowingly empowering.

For the record, I intend to put together a package of the evidence and send it to diocesan attorneys, certified mail, return receipt requested. It will also contain questions which I believe are crucial for you to take the time to ask the individual who present themselves to your office for "healing" and "hope".

I will pdf a copy and email it to you for your own information.

Here's to hoping you muffle Mr. Donilon's incessant inanity and you instead prepare your own statement and release it to the press; that you prepare a statement of fidelity specific to the teachings of the Church about the sanctity of life, sexual morality, how one informs one's conscience, what actions require the Sacramental absolution of the Church and "who" has that power and authority, the infallibility of the pope, etc., which you will ask the VOTF individuals to sign when you see them on Friday.

Carol McKinley


::: posted by prolife pundits at 1:57 PM

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