American Bishops I Admire

 

Jesus as gentle shepherd
Beside Still Waters – Greg Olsen

By Charlie Johnston

A week and a half into the accusations leveled by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, some patterns are becoming clear. Vigano and those who support him cite verifiable evidence, facts and timetables. The defenders of the Pope just smear the accusers and try to change the subject. Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich said we don’t have time for this because there is important political work to be done on climate change and immigration. God save us from Bishops who think their primary job is to be junior politicians. The Pope took the opportunity in a homily to explain that Jesus responded to accusations with silence – and then smeared those who ask him to respond to the allegations as people who just want to divide. Well, let’s see, Jesus was accused of things like speaking the beatitudes with authority, performing healing miracles, and intimating that He was the Messiah. The Pope is accused of knowingly promoting and covering for men credibly accused of homosexual molestation, child rape, and creating a culture of assault and oppression. Yeah…all the same thing.

I know that things can sometimes be different than they seem, but unless the Pope and his defenders come up with something besides smears, deflection, and smarmily playing the martyr, I am going to presume the allegations are substantially correct. They actually make sense of a lot of strange things that have been going on at the top levels of the Vatican for some years now.

I was enthused early on about Pope Francis. As I noted, he had the swashbuckling style I had expected of the Pope of the Storm. For the last year and a half, when anyone asks me if I still believe he is the Pope of the Storm, I say that I certainly do, but have no certainty that he is the Pope of the Triumph. I was told that “…the Old World would be re-evangelized from the New World.” I regarded Pope Francis’ as the beginning of the fulfillment of that prophecy. I suppose that if the purpose of him being there was to reveal the rot that has infected the hierarchy, that is true in a way I did not expect…but that is a bit of a reach. I have come to think it more likely that the enshrinement and procession of Our Lady of America is the key to that prophecy and that glorious renewal. Once again, Dan Lynch has been tirelessly promoting her. (He is in the closing stages of his summer funding appeal. If you have a little extra, help him out. He has been a source of hope and fidelity to the faith for many).

For several years now, LifeSite News has been doing great work – reporting both on the life issues and on troubles in the Catholic Church. I do not regret giving things the most innocent construction I could for as long as I could do so in good conscience, but I do want to note that they were accurately describing serious problems two years ago. I have added a link to their site on the menu at the top right of the page. I have also added a link to Dr. Robert Moynihan’s “Inside the Vatican,” the best, most balanced site I have found on the subject. I have subscribed to his newsletter for several years. Unfortunately, there is a lag time between his letters and when they appear on his site. I find the latest letter, #51 (which is not up on the site as of this writing), to be particularly damaging to the Vatican’s stonewall strategy. Some wag said today that, whether on the Potomac or the Tiber, a swamp is a swamp. Yes, indeed, and I want both of them cleaned up.

As much as I want all the swamps cleaned up, I think it a good thing to reflect on some noble shepherds in our Church. Though it is by no means a comprehensive list, I have 17 Bishops in America whose work I am familiar with and who I admire and trust. LifeSite News has launched a bold new project, the website, “Faithful Shepherds.” It tells where each American Bishop stands on nine critical issues – whether they support Church teaching or not. It is a work in progress, but already it has a lot of critical information up. A donation to this site would be a helpful beginning to informing the faithful. Already, it is MUCH more comprehensive than my little list. When it is finished, it will be indispensable to Catholics who are serious about fidelity to the faith.

And now, in alphabetical order, the Bishops in America I most trust:

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver: It is serendipitous that my own Bishop should be, alphabetically, the first on this list. His homilies are always solid, meaty and orthodox. He is a leader of great courage. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay “marriage,” Aquila did not stick his finger to the wind to see how it was blowing. He issued an energetic defense of marriage and the family just a couple of days after the ruling. A little over two years ago, he organized and led the Jericho March which brought 2,000 people out to march around Planned Parenthood. He is not known for being a back-slapper, but when the faith needs to be defended, you can count on him to be at the front of the line. I pray in thanksgiving for having him as my Bishop, particularly in these times. Of course, he is the Bishop who convened the investigation into me several years ago. At the time, I was followed closely and constantly by a howling mob of critics. The Archdiocesan Board did NOT just listen to the critics’ description of what I said – they actually did the hard work of reading my actual words. They knew I was orthodox and obedient to legitimate authority. But, as with any controversial matter, the easiest course would have been to just shut me up. While putting some very mild restrictions on me, the Archbishop left me free to write and speak on these subjects, while offering some cautionary words. That, in itself, was a courageous decision. It guaranteed the howling mob would keep howling. I sure am glad to live in Denver.

Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Alabama: Bishop Baker was briefly my Bishop – in the year before I set out on my pilgrimage. EWTN is located in his Diocese. I was once a guest at a luncheon at the Cenacalo in Birmingham, a project launched by Baker. It is a residential project to help men who have suffered from addictions to right themselves, to give them a new hope and a new life through Christ. All the men knew Baker, but that was not what most impressed me. Rather, as he walked around the table speaking with each of them, he knew them each by name. It was clear he had spent some time with and personally knew every man at that lunch. I do not expect Baker to lead any large theological charges, but he has become for me the very archetype of a truly pastoral Bishop. I don’t know whether he is an enthusiast for St. John Vianney, but I know that whenever I think of him, I think of Vianney, too.

Cardinal Raymond Burke: What needs to be said? Burke is the very icon of orthodoxy and charity. When, under Pope Benedict, he was the primary mover on the appointment of Bishops in America, we got nothing but solidly orthodox men who lived their faith with fidelity. Burke has lived fidelity to the faith, even as he has been restrained and charitable. If you have not actually read it, read the Dubia he and three other Cardinals submitted to Pope Francis. It was respectful and deferential even as it sought answers that Cardinals of the Church have the solemn right to receive. Then, as now, all the Cardinals who dared ask questions only got scorn and smears, not answers.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia: Chaput was the sitting Bishop of Denver when I launched my pilgrimage – and the Bishop who I thought I would be submitting to. He has been the popular and steady voice of orthodoxy in America. He has written several books expounding the faith, each of which are clearly written, simply stated, and filled with solid and hopeful teaching on both doctrine and how to authentically live the faith with fidelity.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco: Talk about being in the belly of the beast! Cordileone has done such controversial things in San Francisco as insist that Catholic Schools be faithful to Catholic Doctrine. You should have heard the howls of outrage! He stood his ground. He stands foursquare with Catholic teaching on all issues – most courageously on marriage and the family, and the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. I hope his patron is St. Patrick – for San Francisco is almost as pagan as Ireland was…and there are a lot of snakes to be driven out.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York: I know some will be surprised at this one. Cardinal Dolan made some significant missteps with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York (the issue being, what else, homosexual activists in the parade). We have a close mutual friend and I have watched Dolan since he was in St. Louis. He is a solidly orthodox Bishop with some rare political skills (which he overestimated on the parade issue). In Vigano’s statement, he said that Pope Francis accepted Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation only because Dolan had forced his hand by announcing that a formal investigation had found credible charges that McCarrick had molested adolescent boys. During the time when he was briefly Archbishop of Milwaukee following the disgraced Bishop Rembert Weakland, Dolan accomplished a lot to rehabilitate that Diocese and seed it with orthodox Priests. He has not quite got his mojo and swagger back, but I am convinced he will – and that he is gutsy and has the heart of a shepherd. He is a gifted and important advocate for orthodoxy. I pray he takes the lessons needed from the purification on the parade and returns to prominence.

Bishop Robert Finn: Finn is the former Bishop of Kansas City, Missouri who was ousted because of his supposed mishandling of an abuse case. I did some investigative reporting because the controversy seemed pretty thin on facts. Finn made a few bobbles, but the reality is that if every abuse case had been handled as he handled it in his Diocese, we would not have a problem, much less a crisis, on our hands. No, Finn’s offense was that he was orthodox. He was getting a large number of vocations, (which always seems to be the case when a Bishop maintains fidelity to the faith). Local pro-abortion politicians, the National Catholic Reporter (NOT the National Catholic Register) and every harbinger of the left was screaming for Finn’s head from the time he arrived. He kept faith. What really frosts me is that, at the same time Pope Francis put a target on Finn’s back, he was allegedly covering for, elevating, and removing sanctions from actual vicious predators in cassocks. I pray that Bishop Finn will fully return to ministry after the Church is cleansed of all this ugliness.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles: When Gomez went to LA, he stepped into what I think is the biggest viper pit in the country. For years, homosexual activists held sway over the ordinations office. I sometimes disagree with Gomez on the best way to deal with immigration and the occasional other issue. His heart is true and devoted to the faith, though. We have some close, mutual friends, and I know that, confronted with a staggering mess of disorder, he has focused on developing solidly orthodox Priests through the Seminary. It leaves him open to criticism from some on other areas, but I believe it is a strategy that will pay dividends for LA and all of southern California.

Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida of Corpus Christi: Regular readers know what a rewarding friendship I have with Gracida. He has become, in these last years, a serious traditionalist. It makes a lot of sense to me that a man who has lived through both eras in the Church would hearken back to the way things were in an earlier, more honest time. I love the rare occasions we get to visit in person, as he is very shrewd and sharp. He challenges, thus refining, my thought processes. Once, while sitting privately with me, he asked my thoughts on a tack he had taken, worrying whether it had been right or not. He misted up with worry over it. He speaks boldly, as a leader should, but I wish all could see how tender his heart is and how very seriously he takes his responsibility to minister to the faithful. When the terrible situation arose with young Joey Cronin years ago, it was Bishop Gracida who verified the facts on the ground, ministered to the family, and helped make sure that hospital did not pull the plug on the young man. It is a source of great joy to have such a friendship at this stage of my life.

Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin: After the McCarrick Scandal broke, Morlino was one of the first to speak plainly and bluntly on the culture of corruption and decadence that has overtaken a chunk of the hierarchy. He has taken firm leadership – not by any plotting and scheming, but the way it should be done: by speaking and acting boldly and courageously on behalf of doing the right thing and living fidelity to the faith. He is destined for important things in a reformed and renewed Church, largely because he was full-throated on behalf of reform before it was cool. Fr. Richard Heilman, who is leading the charge on the Novena for Our Nation, is a Priest in Morlino’s Diocese. It is no coincidence that God has harnessed these two together in these times.

Archbishop Emeritus John Myers of Newark: When I first heard of the McCarrick scandal I was horrified. You see, I had known Myers 20 years ago when he was the Bishop of Peoria – and we had even collaborated on a few things. He was solidly orthodox and his Diocese produced an amazing number of vocations. In fact, he was often targeted for slurs by the modernist National Catholic Reporter because of his orthodoxy. He was at the heart of developing the Pastoral Provision in America, the protocol for bringing former Anglican Priests into the Catholic Priesthood. I deeply admired him. But as Bishop of Newark, he had to have known about McCarrick. That is what horrified me. I kept my mouth shut. And then, just about a week ago, an acquaintance mentioned quietly that Myers was one of the men who briefed Vigano early on. He tried to expose the rot. I breathed a sigh of relief, for that was the character of the man I knew two decades ago.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS: Naumann first came to my attention because he was one of the few men of stature who rose to the defense of Bishop Finn, when Finn was being tried for preaching while orthodox. It took guts when a lynch mob of the far left, aided and abetted by modernist clerics was looking for heads to mount on their pikes. I was delighted when, last year, Naumann ran against Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich to head the US Bishops’ pro-life committee. Normally in such a case, other Bishops defer to a Cardinal. That would have been a travesty in this case, for Cupich has been the single, most active Bishop in the country in restricting Priests from participating in pro-life activities and activism. Not only did Naumann do the unthinkable in running against a sitting Cardinal: he won. Naumann walks softly but carries a big stick.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix: Olmsted has been a beacon of orthodoxy in the southwestern United States for several years now. I have watched several of his magnificent homilies on video over the years. When the McCarrick Mafia tried to smear Vigano rather than responding to the actual allegations, Olmsted rose quickly to his defense. I have never met Olmsted, but as with all the Bishops I list here, I know some Priests and others under his authority who speak glowingly of his leadership. And ha! If a Priest is a friend of mine, you know he is orthodox.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois: Paprocki is one of the most notably outspoken and bluntly orthodox Bishops in the country, both on big things and little. The moment I became enamored of him was shortly after his appointment. More than a few Catholic Churches in central Illinois had succumbed to modernism in Church architecture – and moved the Eucharistic Tabernacle (the place where Christ’s body is stored) to side altars or rooms. Paprocki ordered that the tabernacle be returned to the center of the sanctuary in all Churches in his Diocese. It is the center of worship and that is where it belongs (except in the Cathedral Church in each Diocese, where it is placed in a separate chapel all its own). Paprocki has been involved in a few dust-ups with modernists, both in the Church and in the secular world. When he was a young man, he was an exuberant hockey player – and I understand he still plays in an adult league. This is what those modernists who want to play smash-mouth with Paprocki don’t understand: he thinks that’s just good fun.

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland: Sample first came to my attention about a year into Pope Francis’ tenure. A friend of mine had been to the Vatican on business and told me an official, talking about the strategy for appointing Bishops in America, had said, “we don’t need any more Samples or Cordileones.” Since I thought Cordileone was exactly what we DID need more of, I checked into Sample. He was outspokenly clear and faithful to Church teaching on sexuality, marriage and family life. Since then I have gotten to know several people who work closely with him. I was delighted to see he was outspoken in calling for a full investigation into the scandals. While retaining the right to make final decisions, he has said that the investigations should be led by the laity. My sentiments, exactly.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas: Strickland was one of the first to demand a full investigation into Vigano’s accusations and has spoken passionately about cleansing the Church. He did not wait to see which way the winds were blowing. I will confess to some surprise, as he is from Texas. Texas has the most vicious anti-life law for people who are sick in the nation: hospitals can decide to deny basic sustenance to any patient they choose – and with 10 days notice, the family is powerless to appeal that death penalty for the innocent. It is as bad as England. Worse, that hideous law has the support of the Texas Bishops Conference. In a parody of reason, the Conference calls it a “balancing” of patients’ rights and doctors’ right of conscience. Evil nonsense: a doctor may have the right not to treat someone, but he does NOT have the right to refuse to let him be treated by someone else and insist he be killed by neglect. Just as bad, the Conference directed Parishes in the state NOT to work with Texas Right to Life, the only pro-life organization in the state that has fought that law – and largely BECAUSE it fights that law, doing the good work that Bishops in Texas refuse to do. (Since that decision, I have done substantial advisory work with Texas Right to Life). I am delighted to see a Bishop in Texas take a stand for something so clearly right and just, but I will remain a bit dubious until I see the Bishops there stand for life once more and quit persecuting those who do. But this surely brings a glimmer of hope.

Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa: I have some mutual friends with Vasa, who all testify to his fidelity and orthodoxy. What really moved me, though, was when I toured the sites of some of the fires that devastated Santa Rosa a year ago, burning entire neighborhoods to the ground. Because of hideously high housing prices in California, the state was very ineffective at helping those displaced by the fire find temporary housing. (California is big on collecting taxes, but not so big on helping those in real need with actual services). Vasa and his diocese took the lead in helping relieve the suffering, setting up an innovative matching program to pair displaced people with others who were willing to open their homes to them for a time. I know from the testimony of my friends of his fidelity to the faith; I know from my own observations of his gentle pastoral leadership.

 

I have been somewhat cynically pleased to see that some Bishops who prided themselves on their political progressivism are suddenly reborn as orthodox reformers.  Many who have often been seen signaling to the press that they don’t actually believe all this Catholic superstition are suddenly born-again. I welcome their help, but they have a lot of wood to chop before I will believe it is more than just trying to anticipate the winds of public opinion. Still, it is a sign that public opinion is firmly set on reform.

Before the Novena for Our Nation began, I said frequently that I thought it might be the most important public devotion of my lifetime. When people asked me why, I could not say except that we seem poised for a great confrontation. Here we are. It is not too late to join in these great, sustained prayers for our country, our world, and our Church.

Again, this list is not comprehensive at all. It is just a list of those whose work I have had some familiarity with – and whose work has led me to admire them. There are more than a few others for whom I have deep affection, but these top the list for me. For a more comprehensive list of men committed to the faith, check out the Faithful Shepherds site.

 

258 thoughts on “American Bishops I Admire

    1. If I read Deacon Garcia’s letter correctly, he states
      “…he cannot in good conscience attend to Bishop Whurl personnally, as an assisting Deacon or a master of ceremony”.

      As Deacons work dirctly for the Bishop does this mean Deacon Garcia in effect resigns himself?

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      1. I didn’t read it as a resignation letter, Sean. The deacon simply refuses to serve the Cardinal Archbishop and asks him to resign. An extraordinary move, but these are not ordinary times. We shall see what develops.

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    2. Wow, Beckita. What a letter! Time will tell if he will resign.
      I shall keep my head down, my hand to the plow and do the work God has given me to the best of my ability one right step at a time. Often times I have tears in my eyes as I ponder all of this and my heart weeps for our beloved church.

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  1. This may be off topic a bit. I have been following TNRS and A Sign of Hope for about 2 years and I trust the opinions expressed here. I lean traditional but since I’m in a small parish, in rural MT, 99% of my exposure has been to the Novus Ordo. I did attend a very reverent Novus Ordo, ad orientum Mass in July and wish I lived closer to that parish, but I don’t. I have been praying the 54 day Rosary, and praying specifically for priests in my diocese; and the last month for Bishops and Cardinals by name on each Ave bead.

    I am so frustrated with various Catholic news/blogs/YouTube in terms of what to believe. As Charlie listed Bishops he trusted, I would like some input on news/blogs/websites that can be trusted. I read some of the articles on Big Pulpit daily. I feel comfortable with those. But then I sometimes get led down rabbit holes of Church Militant, What Catholics Believe, The Remnant and find myself becoming unsettled. I am reading ‘To the Priests, Our Ladies Beloved Sons’ by Fr. Gobbi, but find myself wondering about that, MMP, since I recently saw that Gobbi felt the year 2000 was critical. Also, the meditations demand supporting the Pope, and these days, that is difficult. I understand basically that all I can do is attend Mass, go to Confession and pray the Rosary and LOH. That keeps me grounded.

    Up to a year and half ago, I had a trusted confessor (actually he told me about Charlie), but then he was moved, and then we moved to a new area and that Church is liberal and now they have had a change of priest. (For the better I think). But because the Pastor is not a resident priest, there is only daily Mass on Sunday and twice a week and the Church is locked otherwise. (I miss Adoration).
    I guess I’m just looking for some opinions on the above mentioned sites and MMP.

    Thank you for your time in answering.

    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda. Welcome to commenting. Just curious if you might live in the Diocese of Helena. If so, I wonder if you live close to the city where a river runs through it (where I live).

      As far as Fr. Gobbi goes, the priest for whom I provide care started more than 90 MMP cenacles and the one in our city met for 23 years until we began combining some prayer groups to gather forces in one group. No doubt, the trickiest part of any prophecy is correct interpretation. After having read through the locutions many times, I believe have been and are living them.

      I don’t know if you do Facebook. If so, there’s a closed group that formed after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report was released and the members there share many good resources. Another person on FB to follow is Janet E. Smith who is a wonderful theologian and posts recent articles about the crisis in which we find ourselves. Hope this helps. God bless you and all who focus.

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    2. I would like that too.
      When I peeped out from under the mantle of the Blessed Mother and read an article on a liberal website it shook me.
      Today’s reading from the 54 day novena is especially important we pray for ourselves.
      “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)

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      1. Happy New Year. I am hopeful as tommorrow commences the second 27 day Novena prayer of ‘thanksgiving’ it is truly a blessed time for us. Today’s first reading at mass.

        Catholic Study Bible

        1 Corinthians 5:1-8

        1 It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife.

        2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

        3 For though absent in body I am present in spirit, and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment

        4 in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,

        5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

        6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

        7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed.

        8 Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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  2. 10 September MILINET: Articles for Christians
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    Big Brother Socialism by whatever name called (Liberalism, Progressive, Social Democrat, Communist) can NOT allow God Fearing & Believing People to coexist as Government = god in Socialist States. ………… and we have almost 150 years of History proving that Socialism is an Evil Failure wherever it has been tried!! ….. Venezuela being the latest horrid example along with Chicago, California, ………… Plug in your “Favorite” Democrat Party controlled area …………………..! ;-(

    Group: Officials destroying crosses, burning bibles in China
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/group-officials-destroying-crosses-burning-bibles-china-57717206

    China outlaws large underground Protestant church in Beijing
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-religion/china-outlaws-large-underground-protestant-church-in-beijing-idUSKCN1LQ07W

    Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang face ‘political indoctrination’: Human Rights Watch
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang-rights/muslim-minority-in-chinas-xinjiang-face-political-indoctrination-human-rights-watch-idUSKCN1LQ01F

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  3. Hi Charlie! I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately…(do I ever NOT think of Charlie a lot…lol) but I’ve been seeing how Obamma is really out and about now to get votes in November so that they can impeach Trump. Just sort of interesting with your prophesy of no election 2016 and what ramifications this upcoming election could do to harm Our presidential process.

    Also, Patrick Madrid just spoke of a red heffer that was born in Israel which they say points to “end times.” So much going on…whew… next right step… I still re-read the quote you gave to Teri long ago:

    “Teri, we are the only hands God has in this world. When yo do the little that is right in front of you, God abundantly multiplies your efforts. When we contemplate how big the problems are and how little we are, it can lead us to despair. Break it down. When I began my pilgrimage, the journey was massive. If I had worried each day about the thousand of miles I had yet to walk and how weak I was, I would not have lasted a week. I set that out of my mind. I worried about the five to 15 miles I could make today…and always put a premium on interactions with other people. I would stop for days at times to visit with someone I had met…or to enjoy a particularly nice copse of woods. And so it was a joyful pilgrimage even though often very challenging. But it would have been a misery if I had focused on all that must be done with how very little I was able to do in a day.

    Stop worrying about the big problems. Focus on the little right in front of you and do that well. If you do, you will find not just peace, but joy. If you focus on how much there is to be done, you will simply get frightened by the waves around you and begin to sink. I can tell you that, but you must discipline yourself to live it to find that I am telling you the truth. Joy or misery in the midst of this Storm – that choice is literally yours.” – Charlie Johnston

    That is really spot on, eh Charlie, and all TNRS!

    God save us all as Crew Dog often says! TNRS xoxo

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  4. haha… Crew Dog’s post was right b4 mine… i was in error.. it’s not… Gad save us all…rather…GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!! 😉
    hehe.. I’ll get it one of these days Crew Dog. I’m a bit dyslexic I’m afraid

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  5. This morning I have read a new posting on http://www.spiritdaily.com entitled “Last year, out of 40,000 priests, just six allegations” (I don’t remember the nationally known priest’s name who gave this homily on the clerical abuse, judge for yourself, this long homily is the most informative analysis on the clerical homosexual crisis I have ever read.) I would highly recommend it.

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  6. Wow, what a bunch of stuff thrown into the goulash pot in this writing. One thing is apparent. Some of us have opinions and some are backed up with facts. Seems like much is unfolding minute by minute as other sources with opinions and facts are adding to the ever growing pot of goulash. However, let us not forget that God has a plan. I believe apologies are needed to individuals and the ASOH family and then forgiveness must be rendered. We should all pray that His will, not ours, be done. We should also ask that He tell us the next right step to take. If we don’t we may fall into the evil ones traps of anger and dissention. God bless all.

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  7. I thought the most important point Fr. made was that many of the 1000 abuses charged were allegations and not ever proven. The Pittsburg report was very poorly done and did not substantiate most of the accusations it made.

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  8. This is a headline on Lifesite news this morning: EWSCATHOLIC CHURCHWed Sep 12, 2018 – 7:28 pm EST

    Pope Francis attacked and stonewalled sex abuse victims while archbishop of Buenos Aires

    Oh my word. Just Awful. Lord, please help us.

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