Friday, September 4, 2009

Personal Aside: Com’on Cardinal O’Malley, We Catholic Sheep Aren’t as Dumb as You Think.


The latest prelate who flunked the test between standing up to a powerful media-centric Irish Democratic family and doing was is right, issued a statement yesterday trying to justify himself. Like a few other prelates and so-called princes of the Church, Sean Cardinal O’Malley thinks he can bluff us, aided by the pro-abortion Boston Globe with ran his statement approvingly.

Given Ted Kennedy’s long hostility to supporting the cause of life…his support of the horrendous partial birth abortion procedure…and his advocacy of gay rights and embryonic stem cell “research”—and given the precedents the Church is supposed to follow about burying publicly unrepentant heretics—O’Malley, like some other archbishops who seek to justify their pragmatism, issued a statement on his blog full of parsing-parsing-parsing which has become the strategy of choice for evasive clerical apologists when their spines turn to spaghetti when confronted by political power, liberal media and big dough—in the case of the powerful Kennedys all three.

If you need to catch up, read my article yesterday. Warning against “harsh judgments” and attributing “the worst motives” to people with whom Catholics have disagreements, O’Malley said “these attitudes and practices do irreparable damage to the communion of the Church.” By which he means applying to the Kennedys the standard that the church has long prescribed. “If any cause is motivated by judgment, anger or vindictiveness,” he added, “it will be doomed to marginalization and failure.”

Really now, O’Malley? Do you think that your weaseling to the pro-abort Kennedys and Obama won’t embolden other Catholic pols to thumb their noses at the moral law? Of course it will: and O’Malley knows better. He’s just another flabby ordained pol who wants to make his tenure easier in heavily Democratic Boston by smiling on the Kennedys…that and not alienating a flock of contributors and media who are in denial about the real nature of this family which has used its influence to override key aspects of Church theology and the moral and natural law.

“Our ability to change people’s hearts and help them to grasp the dignity of each and every life from the first moment of conception to the last moment of natural death , is directly related to our ability to increase love and unity in the church for our proclamation of the truth is hindered when we are divided and fighting with each other,” he sonorously intoned.

Save it, O’Malley and spare us your sanctimony. You had your chance to make a statement…in support of a dictum that for many centuries has ruled that the church of Christ is empowered to proscribe and prescribe in any area of human conduct that touches on the commandments of God.

You had your chance, you were given a test. And you flunked—out of timidity, lack of courage and resolve. Nothing less. So don’t prattle to us about “unity.” The Founder of this Church didn’t come to this world preaching unity.

He said [Luke 12:49-53] “I have come to bring fire on the earth and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Replete in the New Testament are examples where by preaching the truth He created division—for right purpose: to cleanse hearts…

“A division arose among the crowd because of Him.”—John 7:43.

“Some were saying…but others were saying…and there was division among them.” John 9:16.

“So once again a division arose among the Jews because of [His] words.” John 10:19.

Save it for the Boston media and your big contributors. You flunked the test and you know it.


  1. As a preacher said this year at my parish's novena to our patron saint, "Nice guys don't get crucified." Too many of our wimpy prelates are either trying to be nice guys or are afraid of being crucified.

  2. You may be hitting your stride again.

  3. What we need are more Bishops like Excellency Joseph Martino. I know I would love to live in a Diocese where He shepherds his people.

  4. . . . . on this Kennedy funeral thing.

  5. Great post again Mr. Roeser.
    I wonder how many people in Chicago who realize the fraud of the Kennedy's and the horrible imprimatur of the cowardly church "leaders" , realize the same in the windy city with the Daley Political mafia and the silence of the Church.

  6. A man who devotes his life work to ensuring the slaughter of innocents in the womb gets a Catholic Cardinal – no, two – for his funeral? What an absolute and utter disgrace. Yes, the Successor of Peter is in Rome, but the Successors of Judas are in America.

  7. Bravo - you have said everything I wanted to!! If we had had brave, courageous bishops and priests back in the 70's willing to stand against the world we might be living in a different world today. But instead they continue to want to please the world and not their God. May He have mercy on us all.

  8. You can take comfort in knowing that the Lord sees all--not a sparrow falls outside the sight of the Our Lord. May he grant to you the full measure of truth and justice you so crave in this life, in the eternal disposition of your soul in the next.