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Can You Help – a film about Catholic persecution

A young filmmaker that I’ve known for several years, Mr. Matthew Herbertz, is working on a short film that has a lot of potential.The topic is something that interests me a great deal, and I think it will interest most of you as well – a world where Ca…

Mozart’s Requiem, Monday, November 3rd, 7 pm, Holy Rosary

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"Kindness"

“Brothers and sisters: Be kind to one another” (Ephesians 4:32)When I was in school, we had teachers and coaches that let us do whatever we wanted.  We liked it, but we didn’t respect them.When I was in high school, we had teachers and coache…

My flights last week reminded me of this…there’s a few of these guys on every plane!

Side note – the comedian on here is a guy I grew up with.  Bravo sir!

I prefer electrons to humans

“The older dictators fell because they never could supply their subjects with enough bread, enough circuses, enough miracles and mysteries. Nor did they possess a really effective system of mind-manipulation.  Under a scientific dictator, educatio…

Pharisee: "Jesus, you’re, like, so awesome, and you’re like the best EH-Vuhr!"

(but in my heart I want to kill you!)

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A Humorous Story

I hope this makes you smile!Today I spoke at my alma mater, Roncalli High School, with 300 freshmen about the Theology of the Body.  I was asked to do the same thing five years ago, the first year I was a priest, and I said yes then as well.Import…

How to Distort the Synod – Quote Priests Like Fr. James Martin, SJ

I have been saddened to see a priest who is an editor of a national magazine saying things that are highly misleading, and thus providing fodder for all those looking to paint a completely distorted picture of the Synod on the Famly.

Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit, edits the national magazine America, and has been saying things that the national media have been quoting quite fervently.

One such statement from Fr. Martin is the following:

A stunning change in the way the church speaks about gay people. Synod document speaks of their “gifts” in parishes: http://t.co/t3dWC3Z8aN
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 13, 2014

Did the Church ever say people living with same-sex attraction don’t have any gifts?  Can he point to where the Church USED to say that?  Of course not.

Instead, Fr. Martin irresponsibly perpetuates a gigantic myth – namely that the Church “used to hate gays but are now warming up to them.”  It is extremely irresponsible for a priest to perpetuate this myth because it is wrong on so many levels.

“gay people” is such a simplistic and false term.  Does Fr, Martin mean:
1) people living with same sex attraction
or
2) people having homosexual sex

EITHER WAY – even if a person is in a state of mortal sin – the Church doesn’t say such people HAVE NO GIFTS!

Wouldn’t that be a fascinating statement: “The Catholic Church would like to declare that those who are in a state of mortal sin have no gifts”, or, even worse, “those who are in a state of mortal sin are not welcome.”  It is sad to see a priest of the Church perpetuate these childish myths.  Perhaps it helps sell books, though?

Also from the desk of Fr. Martin:

The Holy Spirit is afoot. And alive. And active. And present to us as a church. And, most of all, as ever, the Holy Spirit is unpredictable.
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 14, 2014

We all struggle with humility in our own ways, but to put oneself forward as knowing when the Spirit is afoot and when it isn’t so much afoot is not a power most claim for themselves.

We can’t, in the same tweet, simultaneously PREDICT what the Holy Spirit is doing while saying it is UNpredictable.

The Synod and the Media

We are being given yet another reminder that the Holy Spirit is, without a doubt, unquestionably steering and protecting the Church, because, as per usual, there’s no other way to explain how this is all being held together.

I want to comment on one aspect of the Synod as a guy “in the trenches” who has actual real life parishioners who are asking really key questions about what is going on in the Synod because the topics of the Synod are VERY important to them in their situations in life.
The Synod has two things going on with regards to the media, and the fact that both are happening at the same time is, in my mind, highly problematic.
1) No one is allowed to know what is actually being said in the discussions themselves
2) Attendees of the Synod are being encouraged to talk with the media
For the sake of the people I minister to, I hope one or both of these change, and here’s why:
We are currently relying on a telephone game to get the word out on the Synod, and the telephone currently has two relayers - 
1) Anonymous Synod attendees
2) Media folks
I challenge anyone to please draw up a more disastrous way to have news about the Synod trickle down to the average lay Catholic.
The most disturbing tweet I’ve seen on this entire Synod is the following:

+Filoni says there was some “surprise” in his small group about mid-term report and “perplexity” about media coverage #Synod14
— Catholic News Svc (@CatholicNewsSvc) October 14, 2014

So let’s recap:
1) We have the media telling our story for us
2) We can’t fact check the spin because we aren’t releasing what actually is being said
3) We have bishops that are surprised that the media isn’t getting it right

*Insert face into open palms*

I would have thought, after the Humanae Vitae rollout debacle (that we’re still dealing with), we would have learned our lesson about letting anonymous sources and the media get the “truth” out.

But again, on a positive note, we are left with yet another reminder that the Holy Spirit is definitely steering this ship, because if the Catholic Church wasn’t being protected by God, it would have surely sunk by now.

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