Category: The Catholic Church (Page 1 of 4)
Although I agree with most of what Mr. Pack teaches I don’t agree with everything but this is pretty informative teaching about the Sabbath day God commands us to observe and what day it falls on.
By Carmine Sabia
Published April 24, 2020 at 5:33pm
The world has become a frightening place in the past few months and many people have even speculated that the end of the world is nigh.
And Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, did not help to assuage those fears when, on Earth Day, he advised the billions of Catholics around the world to ask forgiveness from the earth in a screed that sounded more akin to a New Age movement speech than a Christian one.
“In today’s celebration of Earth Day,” he said on Wednesday, “we are called to renew our sense of sacred respect for the earth, for it is not just our home but also God’s home,” Zenit reported.
For starters, God’s home is heaven. The earth is God’s creation and our (current) home. But that is the least of the issues Francis’ speech.
“Because of our selfishness we have failed in our responsibility to be guardians and stewards of the earth,” he said.
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“We have polluted and we have despoiled it, endangering our very lives. For this reason, various international and local movements have sprung up in order to appeal to our consciences.
“I deeply appreciate these initiatives; still it will be necessary for our children to take to the streets to teach us the obvious: we have no future if we destroy the very environment that sustains us,” Francis said.
Being good stewards of the earth that God gave us is a noble cause, even if the pope is advising children to “take to the streets” to teach us the error of our ways.
“We have failed to care for the earth, our garden home; we have failed to care for our brothers and sisters,” he continued.
“We have sinned against the earth, against our neighbors, and ultimately against the Creator, the benevolent Father who provides for everyone, and desires us to live in communion and flourish together.
“And how does the earth react? There is a Spanish saying that is very clear,” he went on. “It says: ‘God forgives always; we men forgive sometimes; the earth never forgives.’ The earth never forgives: If we have despoiled the earth, the response will be very bad.”
What is this, Buddhism?
This is where the pope went off the deep end. The earth is not conscious and it does not and cannot forgive.
The earth is a rock floating through space — an inanimate rock that has on it everything we need to sustain human life.
But one cannot “sin” against a rock. And one cannot ask for forgiveness or be granted forgiveness from a rock.
The earth and its bounty was provided to us by God Almighty and he is whom we should both thank and ask for forgiveness of when we sin.
This pope, as he often does, used his speech to make a political statement that aligns with the leftists of the world.
“At the same time, we need an ecological conversion that can find expression in concrete actions. As a single and interdependent family, we require a common plan in order to avert the threats to our common home,” he said.
“I would like to support concerted action also on the national and local levels. It will help if people at all levels of society come together to create a popular movement ‘from below.’
“The Earth Day we are celebrating today was itself born in precisely this way. We can each contribute in our own small way,” he said.
Yes, as Christians, we should take care of the many gifts God has given us, including the earth, but that does not mean we have to go on a radical leftist agenda to do it.
It has been many years since the pope was widely considered a political figure, and he should not be dipping his toe into that arena again.
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Featured:-Cardinal “Timothy Dolan” Claims Every Religious Institution Has A Similar History Of Sexual Sin Consistent With What The Catholic Church Is Guilty Of?
By Donald Bohanon added 10/29/2019
Catholic Cardinal “Timothy Dolan” in the video above inaccurately and dishonestly makes the claim that all churches and religious establishments, in so many words, have a history of widespread sexual molestation of children that spans decades and centuries.
But truthfully that is simply a big satanic lie, and at the very least grossly dishonest and inaccurate. Cardinal Dolan needs to speak for himself and his own corrupt organization because that statement doesn’t apply to all religious institutions.
To be fair there are a number of false religious institutions that have been responsible for some form of sexual sin and or sexual exploitation of men, women, and children.
But primarily because they don’t teach or follow the commandments and word of God as a whole, but rather preach against it. And instead, falsely and ignorantly preach and teach faith as the only requirement
And because of this, they operate without and reject instruction from God for proper moral behavior and assistance from the Holy Spirit. Not understanding the basic biblical truth that no-one can live a righteous life in accordance with God’s standards without the assistance from both instruction from God, and power and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
And you only receive God’s Holy Spirit by obeying his commandments and his word -St John 14:15-17. But even with that, I know of no other religious institution that has exhibited the behavior and widespread documented sexual abuse of children the Catholic Church has.
The Catholic Church honestly, and unfortunately, stands alone as a beacon and example of a profound corrupt false religious institution. With documented exploits and perverse sexual behavior that rival any religious institution before or after.
The fact that so much debased, perverse sexual behavior, is now being revealed and uncovered. It makes you wonder how many incidents of child molestation exist that we don’t know about? When you consider we are now only scratching the surface.
In fact, the only time it appears the Catholic Church attempts to walk the straight and narrow is when the spotlight is shed on it. And even with the spotlight shined on them they still appear to have extreme difficulty behaving themselves like righteous individuals. But if the light needs to be shined on you for you to behave yourself in a way that’s consistent with scripture then you aren’t righteous.
The righteous don’t need the spotlight shined on them to behave appropriately or live righteously. The wicked and hypocrites act holy in public but engage in abominable sin secretly. That’s not the definition of a righteous man or organization. And that type of behavior, unfortunately, leads to destruction Job 27:8, Matthew 24:51, Hebrews 6:6-8, Hebrews 10:26-31,
I also think it’s important to point out, in the true churches of God, you would be hardpressed to find a consistent long term pattern of pastors and members even breaking some of the more basic commandments.
Much less a consistent long term pattern of engaging in some of the more offensive abominable sins like homosexuality/pedophilia. Because they work hard to live by and follow a biblical standard that is clearly outlined in God’s word. And is a requirement for all those who are sincere and committed to following God and his way of life. You won’t find a widespread culture of hypocrisy and blatant open rebellion against the commandments and the Bible in the true churches of God.
They’re not perfect obviously, but because they work hard at being perfect like their father in heaven is perfect and as they are commanded by Christ to work to attain perfection – Matthew 5:48. In addition to following God’s instruction and being led and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, they are more apt to produce fruit and righteous character consistent with what’s outlined in scripture. As opposed to those who falsely and ignorantly reject that instruction and preach obedience is not a requirement and only faith is sufficient.
But yet the Catholic Church has a documented history of engaging in this kind of debased behavior that spans decades and even centuries. And they now claim the problem has suddenly been rectified? But the Catholic Churches’ history, reputation, and perverse sexual exploits speak volumes. And tends to signify, represent, and speak to a lifestyle statement and choice, as opposed to stumbling or an occasional sinful error.
Based on its history and what the Bible says about the institution. Putting absolute trust back in an institution that has betrayed and preyed on its most vulnerable and innocent lay members for centuries.
And has brought nothing but shame and reproach on the name of God for centuries, in my opinion, would be a grave and very costly mistake. They’ve shown you for hundreds of years who they really are without missing a beat or step, and without any change in behavior or direction, but yet you still refuse to believe them?
The same thing applies to the homosexual community and their largely unreported massive child molestation exploits. The problem in the Catholic Church is actually a massive, hidden, unrestrained homosexual culture, which is fueling a massive child molestation epidemic. Both the Catholic Church and the homosexual community have repeatedly on a consistent basis shown you who they really are. But yet you choose to just simply disregard what you see? Jesus Christ open their eyes before its too late.
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CHICAGO – Nearly 400 Catholic clergy members in Illinois have been accused of sexual misconduct, but church officials have only informed congregants of a fraction of those who have faced allegations, according to attorneys who represented clergy sex abuse victims across the USA.
A 182-page report, published Wednesday by the Minnesota-based law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates, includes the names, background information, photos and assignment histories of each accused clergy member.
“The danger of sexual abuse in Illinois is clearly a problem of today, not just the past,” the report concludes. “This will continue to be a danger until the identities and histories of sexually abusive clerics, religious employees and seminarians are made public.”
Anderson said he hopes the report will push church leaders to publicly identify hundreds more clergy who faced allegations.
The men named in the report worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield. Dioceses’ officials pushed back on the report’s findings.
The Archdiocese of Chicago, which serves about 2.1 million Catholics, said it “does not “police itself.”
“It reports all allegations to the civil authorities, regardless of the date of the alleged abuse, whether the priest is a diocesan priest or religious order priest, and whether the priest is alive or dead,” the archdiocese said in a statement.
Andrew Hansen, a spokesman for the Springfield Diocese, dismissed the report as “an impressive professional marketing brochure.”
He noted one of the priests listed in the report, Rev. Frank Martinez, had spent about six weeks in 1985 working as a hospital chaplain in the central Illinois diocese before resigning his position.
The following year Martinez, who was assigned to a parish in Buffalo, Iowa, was accused of propositioning a 15-year-old boy in an Iowa motel room. Martinez was removed from the ministry in 2004. In 2008, he was included on a list by the Davenport Diocese of 24 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.
“(The report) does not represent, as Mr. Anderson suggests, a thorough and diligent review of the publicly available facts, and it is highly misleading and irresponsible,” Hansen said.
The Rockford Diocese said in a statement it has not disclosed allegations against many of the clergy on Anderson’s list “because the accusations either have not been substantiated or are completely without merit.”Joliet Diocese officials also said that allegations against some named on Anderson’s list have not been substantiated.
“The list includes a number of priests, living and deceased who, at one time or another provided some ministry within the Diocese of Joliet at some point during their priesthood, but are not priests of the Diocese of Joliet,” the Joliet Diocese said in a statement.
Rockford Diocese officials said they were unaware that one former priest named on the list, Rev. Ivan Rovira, had been found to have committed sexual abuse of a child after he left Northern Illinois in the early 1970s. The Brownsville, Texas Diocese earlier this year placed Rovira on its list of “clergy with credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.”
Rovira admitted to Brownsville Diocese officials in 2002 that he had sexually abused a boy during his time working in Texas. He was forced to leave the ministry, and later fled to Mexico, according to the Anderson report.
“Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list, and the list covers the time frame of 1908, when this diocese was established, to the present,” the Rockford Diocese said in its statement. “An allegation against a priest who had an assignment in this diocese but belongs to a religious order or other diocese is referred to the religious order or other diocese to which the priest belongs and is under its jurisdiction.”
Attorneys culled the names of the clergy named in the report from legal settlements and news reports detailing claims of child sexual abuse. Although lawsuits were filed involving many of the alleged perpetrators, the majority of the claims against the individuals were settled, according to the report.
“We’ve chosen to reveal this information, because the Catholic bishops and religious orders who are in charge and have this information . . . have chosen to conceal it,” Anderson said.
The six Catholic dioceses of Illinois released the names of 185 clergy members who church officials determined were credibly accused of sexual abuse. The Anderson list includes those who were identified by the Illinois dioceses and more than 200 additional priests and deacons.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who left office in January, issued a preliminary report in December that found there are at least 500 clergy from Illinois’ dioceses who have faced allegations of abuse. The church has not publicly acknowledged or thoroughly investigated those claims, Madigan’s report found. She did not name those accused of misconduct.
Madigan launched her investigation in August after a landmark Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed claims against more than 300 “predator priests” who had abused at least 1,000 victims over roughly six decades. The former Illinois attorney general said her office was flooded with hundreds of emails and calls from people alleging they were victims of abuse by clergy in Illinois in the aftermath of the Pennsylvania report.
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Madigan is one of at least 14 state attorney generals who have confirmed investigations or reviews after the Pennsylvania report. Madigan’s successor, Kwame Raoul, said before he took office in January that he was committed to continuing the investigation.
“By choosing not to thoroughly investigate allegations, the Catholic Church has failed in its moral obligation to provide survivors, parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois,” Madigan said.
Weeks after Madigan released her report, Anderson, along with other attorneys and clergy sex abuse survivors, launched the “Fight for 500” initiative calling on the Illinois dioceses to release the names of clergy.
The list published Wednesday includes priests and deacons whose affiliations in some cases date back decades. Many of the accused have died.
The report notes the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled a civil lawsuit in 2007 alleging the Rev. Robert Boley accosted a young girl in the 1980s. Boley moved to a Chicago parish in 1989 and also served at parishes in Darien, Ill., Englewood, N.J., and Louisville, Ky.
“As of 2007, it was believed that Fr. Boley was residing at the Carmelite House in Joliet, Illinois, and working in their archives,” the report says. “Fr. Boley’s current whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.”
In another case, the report says David Stalzer, an ordained priest in the Joliet diocese, faced a civil lawsuit in 1993, in which he was accused of child sexual abuse while he was working at a diocese parish.
“It is believed that Fr. Stalzer returned to active duty later that year under supervision and purportedly with limited contact with children,” according to the report.
The suit was dismissed in 1994 after the accuser dropped out of sight, according to the Joliet Herald-News. Stalzer died in 2001.
The list includes one priest who is in active ministry, Anderson said.
The priest, who is assigned to a parish on Chicago’s North Side, was temporarily removed from his position in December 2013 after the archdiocese received reports of him molesting a child at another Chicago-area parish where he worked 20 years earlier.
The Chicago Archdiocese reinstated the priest into active ministry months later, after law enforcement found insufficient evidence to prosecute him.
Days after he was reinstated, another man came forward and said he saw the same priest molest a teenage boy at a suburban fitness center. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation, but the claim was never substantiated no charges were filed.
Anderson defended putting the priest on the list even though authorities had not corroborated the allegations.
“(He) may be innocent, but given the fact that are two public allegations that have been made against him, we feel and believe that it needs to be publicly disclosed as somebody who has been publicly accused and not adjudicated,” Anderson said.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconduct