'Don't Go After the Good Guys'

May 2006

The Church is in a mess, and the liberal Catholics are our foes. Presumably, our Church is led at the highest levels by conservative Catholics, but they usually will take no action against dissenting Catholics. They are afraid of the culture, the media, the politicians, and their own Catholic people. They fear men, not the Lord. One of the Cardinal Virtues is Fortitude (i.e., courage), and one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is also Fortitude. The problem isn't so much the dissenting Catholics; it's the people on our side who will do nothing, or even abet the liberals.

A perfect case in point was the St. Valentine's Day Blessing Ceremony for people in love at the Cathedral Church in Vienna, headed by Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn, a moderate conservative, a big fan of Hans Urs von Balthasar (not surprisingly), and who was considered "papabile" at the last Conclave.

The Rector of the Cathedral Church in Vienna, Fr. Anton Faber (according to Katholische Nachrichten, Feb. 20), "explicitly" welcomed homosexuals to the St. Valentine's Day Blessing Ceremony. Fr. Faber was questioned by a reporter, who asked if the Cardinal approved the blessings of homosexuals. Fr. Faber said yes, it was "approved" by Cardinal Schoenborn.

An unidentified parishioner at the Cathedral said that the Church proposes holy Confession for those with homosexual feelings and practicing homosexuals. How right he was. It's amazing -- although perhaps not -- when an ordinary parishioner knows Catholic doctrine better than the Cardinal.


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Amen to both of your comments. It is one of the most difficult, thankless things to do. And it proves that humility is a tough virtue to practice, as witness the extreme rarity of cases where a man replies with a heartfelt "I was wrong; you are right. Thank you for setting me straight on this matter." Posted by: Mike Ezzo
July 17, 2006 09:14 PM EDT
Those who do not speak out against public scandal are only sanctioning its spread. When good men do nothing, blah, blah, blah---but it is true. It is outrageous that a Catholic priest or bishop would publicly bless homosexuals as such. In so doing, he gives the impression of approval of homosexuality. He should, instead be directing them to the confessional and to the various Catholic organizations that provide help and counseling to get homosexuals out of their deathstyle. Here is what I would like to see: A public declaration from the American bishops, and the bishops of the world, calling on homsexuals to repent, to seek counseling/medical help, and to return to Holy Mother Church so that they may do everything possible to save their souls. And they could include in that declaration those bishops and priests who condone homosexuality. Eternity in Heaven; that is all that matters. ... Posted by: Chapman
July 12, 2006 12:56 PM EDT
Dear NOR:

Those who are brave enough to expose the rot from within are always accused of extremism and the usual "lack of charity". Correction of brothers is a spiritual work of mercy and one of the most difficult to perform.
Posted by: Caroline
June 28, 2006 01:46 PM EDT
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