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Guadalupe, Rude Youth & Homo Card. Wright
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
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Rude Nieces & Nephews
Hello Mr. Atila,
Could you address this matter of constantly saying "sorry" for every little thing? I have nieces who are in the public school system and they do this constantly, but obviously they aren't really sorry for anything, as they can be quite rude and aggressive with my sister and her husband, and even me if I cross them. My nephews are not quite as bad about this, but they don't seem to engage with anything but their computers.
Also, I don't understand this new rudeness and vulgarity. My nephews and also nieces will belch at the table and laugh. If I make any correction, they roll their eyes like I am a straight-laced, old-fashioned aunt who is completely out of it. I am at the point I don't want to be around them anymore, but my sister tells me to have patience as they are really deep down "good kids." My husband and I have convinced them to go to the Latin Mass, but it doesn't seem to make much difference in the general behavior of the children.
I know you are from Brazil. Are the youth there the same? Since it is a Catholic country, I would expect things to be better, maybe not so much disrespect for authority. That is another thing, my nieces get furious when anyone "disrespects" them but they don't think they owe any respect to adults. They ridicule their parents and teachers constantly.
Things have changed so much since my sister and I were young - we would never do this. I can't understand how she allows it. I'm so frustrated I'm thinking of just stop inviting them over anymore. My husband says to just cut them out of our lives since it bothers me so much, but that is hard for me because my sister and I have always been close and my husband and I don't have any children.
Maybe you can give me some Catholic orientation. I thank you for listening at any rate, and also thank you for your good work. I read your site and especially like the
What People are Commenting
. Your answers are always to the point and well stated.
The editor responds:
Hello Mrs. S.M.G.,
I thank you for your consideration and support.
The situation you describe is truly a sad one. I believe that it was a good move for you to convince your nephews and nieces to go to the Latin Mass. It shows that you have a good influence on them and this is reason for hope. Other desirable changes may come from that beneficial start.
I think that the rudeness and vulgar behavior of your relatives are not particular problems of your family; rather, it reflects a mentality that has spread universally among the modern youth, inculcated by the educational system, the media and the movie industry. The
of today’s youth has been produced artificially. It is what we call the
Revolution in the tendencies
. It exists everywhere, in Brazil in the same way as in the U.S..
To counter this general trend, we should consider the youth we know not as the agents of the evil behavior they display, but as the victims of a process being made by bad forces acting in society.
So, my suggestion to you is to be patient and try to change their behavior, more by your good example than by your lectures. If this constant good example is accompanied by supernatural grace, your work can produce the hoped-for fruit of changing them.
You see, therefore, that constant prayers are also necessary for you and your husband to attain that change in your nephews and nieces.
I hope you will be successful in this initiative.
Atila S. Guimarães
‘Card. Wright Was a Homosexual’
Dear Friends in Christ,
Kenneth Woodward of
fame confirms Cardinal Wright as a Homosexual Prelate [see highlighted area] Cardinal Wright was one of more than 40 bishops and Cardinals named in
The Rite of Sodomy
published in 2006.
New Charges of Homosexuality in the Church.
But the Pope Is Silent, and Blames “Clericalism”
31 October 2018 – At the closing of the synod on Saturday, October 27, Jorge Mario Bergoglio once again identified the “Great Accuser,” Satan, as the ultimate author of the accusations unleashed against him, the pope, in order to strike out in reality against “Mother Church”:
“This is why it is time to defend the Mother. […] Because the Accuser in attacking us is attacking the Mother, but the Mother is not to be touched.”
With this Francis justified yet again his silence in the face of the accusation - publicly addressed to him by Archbishop
Carlo Maria Viganò
, former nuncio in the United States - of having long kept with him as a trusted advisor a cardinal such as the American
, even though like many both in and outside of the Vatican he knew about his homosexual activity with seminarians and young people.
But there is another silence to which the pope constantly adheres. And it is on the homosexuality practiced by many churchmen. Francis never mentions it when he denounces the scourge of sexual abuse. What is instead at the origin of everything, he maintains, is “clericalism.” Even the final document of the synod, in the paragraphs concerning abuse, makes this judgment of Francis its own, and defines clericalism as “an elitist and exclusive vision of vocation, which interprets the ministry received as a power to be exercised rather than a free and generous service.”
They are a silence and a diagnosis, these of the pope, that are meeting with strong criticism above all in the United States, where public opinion both Catholic and not, both progressive and conservative, is more active than ever in reclaiming truth and transparency.
One particularly revealing expression of this public opinion is the article that came out on October 26  - right when the synod was wrapping up - in
, a storied magazine of “liberal” American Catholicism, written by Kenneth L. Woodward, for 38 years the esteemed vaticanista of
In Woodward’s judgment, the McCarrick case is revealing of the extent to which homosexuality is really rampant among churchmen, on all levels, as already documented starting in 2003 by the famous
report of the Jay College of Criminal Justice
, according to which “eight out of ten reported abuses by priests over the past 70 years were cases of males abusing other males.”
Therefore “one would have to be either blind or dishonest,” Woodward writes, to reject as “homophobia” the denunciation of the role of homosexuality in the abuse scandal.
In his decades of work as a vaticanista, Woodward recalls having collected innumerable accounts not only of individual cases of homosexuality but of genuine “networks” of support and complicity among churchmen living a double life, in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and other dioceses. In Chicago, the priest Andrew Greeley, one of the most widely read sociologists and writers in the United States, publicly denounced the presence of gay circles in the offices of the diocese, which was managed by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, his friend and a highly influential leader of the progressive wing of the American Catholic Church.
But even the Vatican curia was infected, Woodward further recalls. And he cites the case of John J. Wright (1909–1979), for ten years the bishop of Pittsburgh and in 1961 the founder of an “oratory” for young university students in that diocese that drew in homosexual priests like bees to honey. Wright was a brilliant intellectual, hosted by “liberal” journals including
, but orthodox in doctrine, and Paul VI called him to Rome in 1969 to head the Vatican congregation for the clergy, making him a cardinal. And yet many knew about his double life with young lovers, precisely while he was overseeing the formation of Catholic priests all over the world.
Not only that. Among those today who “would surely know the truth” about him - Woodward continues - is Cardinal Donald Wuerl, until a few weeks ago the powerful archbishop of Washington, he too accused of having “covered up” cases of abuse, but granted his retirement by Francis with moving expressions of esteem. Wuerl was Wright’s personal secretary when he was bishop of Pittsburgh, and he also remained “closer to the cardinal than the hair on his head,” to the point of assisting him at the conclave of 1978 that elected John Paul II.
Woodward does not cite other specific cases of homosexuality practiced by dignitaries of the Roman curia. But a reliable illustration came out in Italy in 1999 in a whistle-blowing book entitled
Gone with the wind in the Vatican
, by an anonymous author who was later identified as the curial monsignor Luigi Marinelli, who died the next year. It tells about the career of an American prelate with a weakness for young people, who was called to Rome at the Vatican congregation for bishops and then was sent back to his country as the head of an important diocese that was visited for the first time by a pope, John Paul II, on one of his journeys, and was then promoted to an even more prominent diocese and made a cardinal, and finally retired for reasons of age. Or one reads in it about a high-level diplomat who put together agreements on the most complicated fronts, from Israel to Vietnam, from China to Venezuela. Recent events have added to this cross section, which in recent years seems to be on the rise, not in decline.
In the United States they are called “lavender lobbies,” the homosexual networks that permeate seminaries, dioceses, chanceries. The trouble, Woodward writes, is that “no one in the Catholic hierarchy seems eager to investigate,” not even after ex-nuncio Viganò took the lid off the scandal and held Pope Francis himself answerable.
“Total transparency is probably too much to expect. But if structural reforms are necessary to protect the young from abuse, the scandals of the summer of 2018 ought to be seen as spurs to thoughtful action, not occasions for fruitless displays of anger, shock, shame, and despair. The danger of clerical double lives – of secrets that can be used as weapons to protect other secrets – should now be clear to everyone. There will be clerical hypocrisy as long as there is a church, but we can and should do more to combat it.”
Certainly neither silence nor improperly sounding the alarm against “clericalism” can lead to more transparency and to an elimination of the scourge. (English translation by Matthew Sherry, Ballwin, Missouri, U.S.A.)
Posted November 27, 2018
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