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Tiny Tears Dolls, Fearful Catholics & Gibson
Tiny Tears Dolls
I just read Anarchists, Jewish, and Protestant Reactions to your articles. Well, rest assured those who write for TIA have the faith and do enough that - if and when the enemies of the U.S.A. take over the country - you'll be hunted down. Hopefully, I will be recognized as a true Catholic then too. The Novus Ordo crowd will be left alone, at least for awhile. Then after that they won't be needed any longer...
My prayer is I don't become what your detractors are and I hope they won't be put down - unless its on a prayer and penance list.
If you need donations for some tiny tears dolls so these people can receive one; please post a request for donations.
Our Lady of Good Success, Pray for Us
Mother Mariana De Jesus, Pray for Us
Petition of Resistance
Can interested lay people sign We Resist You To The Face as an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI?
I agree with Marian Horvat's latest article Poor Pope Benedict Syndrome.
The Editor responds:
The book containing the declaration We Resist You to the Face was sent several times to the Vatican - to John Paul II and to the Cardinal Secretary of State, then Angelo Sodano. This book was also sent to some Cardinals of the Roman Curia. One of them - late Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte - delivered it personally to John Paul II with the recommendation that he read it as the Pope was leaving for Castelgandolfo on a vacation. JPII told the Cardinal he would read it right away. We don't know if he did.
During these past nine years, this was the only indirect response from the Vatican we received from our declaration. No one contacted us to enter into dialogue or discussions.
Given this precedent, we believe that a petition would have a similar result: it would simply be ignored.
Poor Benedict Syndrome
Congratulations on your fearlessly outspoken article about Benedict XVI.
May the Blessed Trinity guide us and give us the strength to follow that guidance in all things.
Fearful Catholics Favor Church's Enemies
Thank you for your recent articles showing the wrong positions of Benedict in the Holy Land (here, here and here). You are one of the few traditionalists reporting the truth.
Here is an excerpt from the decree of beatification of St. Joan of Arc which I found on Elena Vidal's blog, Tea at Trianon. I think it is very appropriate for those who are taking the correct 'but lonely' stand of resistance to the false teachings and actions of the post-Conciliar Church:
In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men... All the strength of Satan's reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would
not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries.
Pope St. Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908"
Viva Cristo Rey!
On the Letter to Gibson
Frank Scanlon's open letter to Mel Gibson is a thoughtful and charitable act. As a Catholic and also one who suffers from bipolar disorder, I believe Mel has all the hallmarks of a bipolar disorder. I am no doctor or psychologist, but as a former investigator of child sexual abuse and other abuse, and as a coordinator of domestic violence programs, and a long time sufferer, I know the signs. I will not point out the same in Mr. Gibson's behaviors to prevent gossiping about another's peccadilloes and behaviors.
While some purists might groan and say, "everything's an 'illness' today," we need to look deeper into the level of assault by the Devil against souls. We also need to realize that many of our great Saints suffered from similar disorders that probably made them greater Saints with stronger character than if they had been 'normal.' What we need to understand is that these disorders are merely different ways of being in the world. We are so made for a specific purpose. We had better not "bury" this talent!
The Devil's assault against souls begins with a separation of the man from God. This is so easily achieved by the use of so-called 'mental disorder' which creates doubt in the faithful man with the disorder, "Am I Judas?" We feel a strong sense of failure and betrayal as we separate from Our Beloved Lord. Without help, we drift so far away that we have lost our faith. The response is simply more than medication, therapy, and work on behaviors and cognition. The response requires Christ and through Him our hand out to others, for the Greater Glory of God and in His Holy Name.
Mr. Gibson requires this response now. He perhaps should avail himself of Catholic-based support groups such as the ones I am helping to launch here in northern Maine, and hopefully, God willing, elsewhere. We who suffer from these strange gifts from God can become quite strong in our management of our "symptoms." I again applaud Mr. Scanlon's letter and urge Mr. Gibson, if he becomes aware of this, to seek support from other true Catholics who have been adrift in a similar boat.
Even though we agree with you when you say that the Devil takes advantage of diseases to foster his plan of perdition, we don't concur with your affirmation that Mr. Gibson's public scandal would be justified by a supposed bipolar disorder that you diagnose. We believe that a mental disorder never justifies a moral scandal unless the person is absolutely mad, which is not the case of Mr. Gibson.
We also don't endorse your superficial qualification of "pecadilloes" to describe Mr. Gibson's actions of divorcing his wife, abandonning his family and appearing in public with a concubine. We believe it is a public scandal and should be considered as such by Catholics, as sufficiently explained elsewhere on this website in articles regarding Catholic Morals.
TIA correspondence desk
Memphis Bishop Steib
I am a conservative orthodox Catholic who just recently discovered your website. I am heartsick over what the American Catholic Church has become in its loss of a moral compass and Catholic identity. I feel hopeless and alone but your website has given me hope that I am not the only one who feels this way. I was a part of the liberal progressivist Church most of my life, but recent events such as the continued mishandling of the pedophilia scandals and the welcoming of a pro-death politician at Notre Dame opened my eyes to what the Church really is today.
In reading some of the archived articles on your website, I discovered the one about bishop Steib of the Memphis Diocese, the false shepherd. How right you are!
In case you are not aware of another of his unforgivable and disgraceful comments, I want to call your attention to what he said just before the November elections. He stated that we Catholics should not reduce the election to one issue. By that statement he tacitly gave permission to thousands of Catholics in his flock to vote for the pro-death candidate, since the one-issue was obviously abortion and on a broader scale the entire sanctity of life.
I was so upset by this speech which was reprinted in a national Catholic publication (I forget which one for the moment) that I wrote to the bishop about my concerns. I first received a reply from his mouthpiece, Fr. Geaney, who, of course, defended his boss. Unsatisfied, I wrote again demanding that the bishop retract or at least explain his stance. I received a second reply from the mouthpiece in which he took the elitist position that I am probably just a whining malcontent who should be ignored.
I have sent several more missives but with no response whatsoever. I wish I could complain to a higher authority, but sadly, the higher authorities are in lockstep with this bishop. Bishop Steib is certainly not a godly man and needs to be replaced.
Thank you for your website.
Posted May 28, 2009
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