My dear Catholic Brothers and Sisters:

The authority of the Apostles is handed down by Jesus. As the laity, we make up the One Body of Christ, but “we” are not the Head, which is made up of the hierarchy.

We laity do not shepherd the faithful; we do not teach on matters of faith and morals with the same authority as the Apostles; we are not responsible as they are for the salvation of souls.

Author: Bybierre; Source: Wikimedia Commons

Today there are a great many supposed shepherds who have absolutely no heart for their flocks. Only one thing matters to them: fleecing and sinking their craven teeth into victim sheep.

You know who I am talking about.

One such wolf prefers sheep to rabbits in their holes.

Another coos “Nighty-night, baby”.

There is one who tells our sons to call him “Uncle”.

Still another accuses dissenting sheep of crimes against the Holy Spirit.

Then there is one who commissioned a mural in his cathedral of himself in the throes of homoerotic ecstasy.

Several pretend to have pioneered protections, gaining fame and accolades along the way.

Such shepherds do not bother to leave the flock, save to devour lost sheep. If the sheep is returned, it is beaten, bruised and bloodied.

Wolves, all!

We know the victims, or perhaps have been prey ourselves. There can be no bigger agenda than for true shepherds, and all who work in service of them, to stop this evil.

It is not surprising that lay men and women in this present crisis — so justifiably outraged and rightfully fed up — are looking for ways to “force change”, “bring about action”, or “take control”. However, none of this, no matter how well-planned, will succeed.

The sheep cannot oversee the shepherds, because that is not the model Christ instituted. To suggest a new model that overturns the authority of the successors of the Apostles is to throw away the structure we have been given, which would have the effect of rendering the Church no longer the Church.

There is a distinction between proposing to eliminate the authority of the successors of the Apostles (which we cannot do) and rejecting individuals who have apostatized (which we can do).

Thus, the only path to change is for the sheep to utterly reject every wolf cloaked as a shepherd, who no longer merits the office he holds. These unrepentant monsters have no right to make us their victims.

We can’t control the wolves, but we can run from them. We can’t punish them, but we can reject them. We can’t force them to stop, but we can stop furnishing them resources. We can’t shepherd ourselves, but shepherds need a flock; without one, they are no longer shepherds.

This “nuclear option” is the only viable choice that we have: to deprive the wolves of willing flocks and to make ourselves pilgrims in search of true shepherds.

As for the wolves, the exposed must be expelled. Protectors, collaborators and cooperators of theirs can go also. They already are burdened by millstones. Let them be thrown into the sea.

Only then can healing actually begin.


The Church in Chains


This never was about effective policies, background checks or workshops on protecting the vulnerable. This never was about the Church’s moral teachings (except as a means to undermine them). This never was about the holiness of 98% of the faithful.

Rather, this was always about personal complicity with evil. This was always about select individuals with homosexual (or otherwise disordered) tendencies who found in the Church a safe haven within which to operate as predators. This was always about planting rot from the core, and letting it seep throughout the Body.

Our Lady isn’t just the Untier of Knots. She, with the Holy Spirit, is the Breaker of Chains. Just as St. Peter and St. Paul were miraculously freed from their literal chains, so too can the Church be liberated from this suffering.

It begins by letting the bishops of Lilliput be pruned to the ground like the thorn bushes and thistles that they are. This is the work of our true Apostles, which must be supported by the whole of the faithful.

Huzzah to Bishop-Elect Robert Barron…..

The only downside to his appointment as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the vacancy created at Mundelein Seminary. Bishop-elect Barron is one of the very few “celebrity” priests who I really, tremendously admire. His video series, Catholicism, is one of the masterpieces of the New Evangelization. He will be (I expect) a Courageous Bishop. Pray for him!

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Francis Cardinal George — perhaps the only true one-time “American Papabile” — R.I.P.

The Statement from the Archdiocese of Chicago:

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I had the privilege and honor of being received into the Church along with my wife by Cardinal George at the Easter Vigil in 2000. He generously made time to visit our RCIA group when we were both candidates and later, as sponsors, and I was able to meet him and chat with him briefly several times. I was impressed by his brilliance, and humility. This is sad news.

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 12.37.14 PMA lot of good Chicago Catholics noticed his appearance on the Loggia of St. Peter’s after the election of Benedict XVI in 2005. His expression was described as pensive or anxious, and reporters later asked him what it was that he was feeling or thinking in the moment that he was caught on camera.

My recollection is that Cardinal George answered that looking out onto the square, he reflected how the various man-made institutions had come and faded into mere memory over the life of the Church — the Roman Empire, the various European kingdoms, and all the other great powers that at one point or another seemed virtually indestructible. “Where are they now?”, he asked. Only the Church survived when other forces appeared so much more unstoppable.

This answer never put an end to speculation that he had received some votes in the conclave, enough to pray for Benedict to have a long pontificate. By any stretch, it would have been amazing for an American cardinal to receive any votes, much less a block of them. If true, by the time of the 2013 conclave he most likely was more serene, aware that his cancer and age would save him from such a burden. But a number of Chicago Catholics, including myself, would not have been dismayed at all, but rather delighted (and confident in the Holy Spirit’s guidance) with a Pope George.

Huzzah for SF Abp. Cordileone!

A group of eight California legislators, Democrats, sent this absurdity to the Archbishop this week. It’s cloaked in euphemism and makes no logical sense. In response, His Excellency sent this, and says:

…would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general? On the other hand, if you knew a brilliant campaign manager who, although a Republican, was willing to work for you and not speak or act in public contrary to you or your party – would you hire such a person? If your answer to the first question is “no,” and to the second question is “yes,” then we are actually in agreement on the principal point in debate here.
Now let’s say that this campaign manager you hired, despite promises to the contrary, starts speaking critically of your party and favorably of your running opponent, and so you decide to fire the person. Would you have done this because you hate all Republicans outright, or because this individual, who happens to be a Republican, violated the trust given to you and acted contrary to your mission? If the latter, then we are again in agreement on this principle.
My point is: I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission. I simply ask the same respect from you.

Exactly. Courageous bishops. We need them, and they need our prayers. And the Archbishop deserves our support and three “Huzzahs” for defending Catholic identity in the most vitriolic and pagan region of the country. He’s holding the line against powerful forces that do not fight clean. They don’t just want to win; they want to destroy. Thanks be to God, for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (who appointed the Archbishop), and for Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

See what prayer and steady breathing can accomplish?!?

The Bishops are making their voices heard at the Synod on the Family. That midway Relatio is going to need to be substantially rewritten, they say. And, the English version apparently suffers from some “problems in translation.”

Keep breathing and keep praying.

Concerned about the Current Synod on Families?

You’re in good company. Read this. Pray. Maybe even fast a little. Go to the Sacraments. Confession. Mass. Breathe. This isn’t about doctrine. This is about pastoral approach.

“Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”


Concerning Apostolic Authority and Demonic Possession

It’s a very telling sign of the times that in the past year, Satanists are now openly conducting “black masses”. First was the one a few months ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and this Saturday there is one scheduled in a civic auditorium in Oklahoma City, where a consecrated host was to be used until the Archbishop filed a lawsuit against the Satanic church to recover it.

A black mass is an “inversion” of the Catholic mass. It should be somewhat shocking to us that some Satanists have more faith in the Real Presence than Catholics do; a black mass isn’t truly one without a consecrated host. The demons who surround these Satanists know what they are doing and they know who and what they attack by what they do.

This should tell us something about Catholicism. When Satan or one of his minions attempts to mock Christ, their primary action is not to take the Bible and stomp on it. They don’t steal water from the Baptist church and pee in it. They don’t abscond with tracts from the Jehovah’s Witnesses and deface them. They don’t sneak into Mormon temples and make off with their special garments for use in Satanic rituals.

Satanists steal the Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, which they desecrate in a variety of ways during their “black mass”. 

Satan, his demons, and those people he imprisons to serve him on earth know that the Church has the authority to send evil back to Hell. Satan and his demons must respect the Church’s authority, because her authority comes from Jesus himself.

14785140495_f9104640ed_oIn Matthew 16:19, Jesus gives authority over his Church to St. Peter, the first pope: “Whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Jesus gives the power to all the apostles at 18:18: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Jesus “cast out the spirits with his word, and he healed all that were sick” (Matthew 8:16). Sometimes Jesus exorcised from a distance (Matthew 15:22; Mark 7:25). Sometimes the demons recognized Him as “the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24). He gave the Apostles the authority to cast out demons in His name. (Matthew 10:1 and 8; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1; 10:17).

Consider this article concerning Tulsa exorcist Monsignor Patrick Brankin, who was appointed the exorcist for the Diocese of Tulsa about four years ago. Before he was appointed, he was asked to investigate a case because the diocese “was unable to find an exorcist to handle it”. Msgr. Brankin went to visit the afflicted person “even though he had not yet been appointed as an exorcist.” On the first visit:

He found the person crouched in a corner of a room.

Brankin said the demon in the person immediately recognized him as a priest, without looking at him, and pronounced smugly that it knew Brankin had not been given the authority to exorcise it.

That scared me,” Brankin said. [I’ll bet it did. Imagine sharing a room with a powerful, unknown malevolence that knows there’s nothing you can do.]

Months later, after undergoing exorcism training in Rome, working with an experienced exorcist, and being “given faculties” (commissioned) as an exorcist, Brankin returned. This time, he said, the demon said it knew he had been given faculties and feared him.

The victim was successfully exorcised and is living a healthy Christian life, Brankin said.

Demons don’t fear priests on their own; but a priest who acts under the authority of his bishop — a successor of the Apostles — is to be feared, because it is the same authority that Jesus gave and it can send a demon straight back to Hell.

If Authority granted by Jesus to the Church compels obedience by demons and Satan himself, what can we say when tasked with obedience to the Church ourselves? Shall we dissent? Shall it be the same “Non serviam” uttered by Lucifer?

In contrast to angels and demons (i.e., fallen angels), we humans are capable of disobeying God and the authority granted His Church, because God gives us that freedom. But He gives us freedom so that we might “choose the good”; He will hold us accountable for how we use the freedom He gives.

Fr. Longenecker is a Voice of Reason…..

On the whole Pope Francis/Card. Bergoglio and Bishop Tony Palmer controversy. My suspicion (without basis of any kind) is that Bishop Palmer must have done and said quite enough to Francis to indicate that he already was a Catholic: a believer in the True Presence, affirming the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, etc., etc., but that there was a most fruitful way for that conversion to publicly unfold, which did not come about due to his tragic death.

He’s the Pope! How can you assume what happened behind closed doors?

Francis Cardinal George on the Good News…..

And Joy, and the New Evangelization:

Joy cannot be found in falsehood. A Jesus of our own invention cannot save. The true Jesus has risen from the dead. Free from all limitations, he acts now through the sacraments of the church. This is the connection between evangelization and Eucharist. We preach a Eucharistic Christ.

Read the rest, here.

Pray for His Eminence, and for his successor.