Below is an article that appeared on the Catholic Register’s website today. Some of the remarks by the Archbishop are absolutely astounding.
I take particular exception to the last comment where the Archbishop targets “bloggers” and tells us that we’re “not part of the Church“. Now, I don’t how many Catholic blogs are covering this on a daily basis or even regularly, but it’s a pretty safe bet that his Grace was referring to this blog and yours truly, given my involvement in the D&P abortion scandal thusfar.
If what he says is true, then I’ve been de facto excommunicated. (LifeSiteNews gets off because they are not a blog. They’re a news organization with a rather substantial budget for a web-based news service, although admittedly their budget is not even close to what D&P scams Catholics for. Perhaps that will change after this fiasco runs its course. In fact, why don’t you consider making a donation right now to reward them for their fidelity to the Church and the Gospel of Life. Lord knows fidelity among Catholic leadership today needs to be encouraged and supported.)
So, folks, there you have it.
I’m no longer Catholic. I’ve been cut off. And I didn’t even get a trial. No charges. No witnesses. No evidence.
If we’re not part of the hierarchy, we don’t count. We’re not part of the church; we’re not Catholic.
Then again, are we surprised that such a judgement is reached when D&P gets a free pass?
I will be posting my rebuttal to Msgr. Weisgerber’s remarks (denoted in red below) tomorrow at lunch time…along with an apologia of how to remain Catholic when our bishops scandalize and persecute us.
Peace of Jesus,
John “Not Part of the Church” Pacheco
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s Mexican partners were “imprudent” when they signed a civil society submission to the United Nations on human rights, but Canada’s bishops have found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Development and Peace or its partners, Archbishop James Weisgerber has declared. The report into allegations made by LifeSiteNews.com that Development and Peace funded Mexican groups lobbying in favour of legal abortion will include recommendations for tighter protocols on future partnerships, but those recommendations won’t be revealed until all the bishops have had a chance to read the report, said the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president.
Weisgerber reversed his earlier decision not to speak about the investigation findings before all the bishops had read the report, prepared by two bishops who travelled to Mexico April 15 to 18 to speak to Development and Peace partners and to Mexican bishops.
“This thing is heating up,” he said. “Before we release all the recommendations, I’m just giving an overall impression — given the fact that the group found no difficulty.”
Development and Peace is prepared to re-examine its protocols for engaging partners, said spokeswoman Wanda Potrykus. But it’s not as if it just hands money out with no strings attached, she said.
“Anything we allocate money to, we have written reports that have to be submitted showing how the money was spent and whether it was spent as it was intended,” said Potrykus.
The archdiocese of Toronto won’t decide whether it will release ShareLife money to Development and Peace before the report has been read by all the bishops and the CCCBhas agreed on a course of action, said spokesman Neil MacCarthy. Archbishop Thomas Collins has vowed that no ShareLife money will go to Development and Peace if there is evidence it is helping fund pro-abortion advocacy.
But, MacCarthy added, “We also recognize that we need to make a decision on the 2009 allocation before the end of our fiscal year, which is July 31.”
“I would hope on the basis of that (report) the dioceses would give their money,” said Weisgerber.
Weisgerber is urging Catholics to turn to their bishops rather than blogs and web sites when it comes to defining who or what is Catholic.
“People are taking interpretations and making them fact. People are believing these facts as though they were indisputable, when clearly they are very disputable,” said Weisgerber. “They are interpretations from a political standpoint.”
It is not necessary that Development and Peace work only with groups that espouse Catholic moral teaching, said Weisgerber.
“It is also very clear from the direction given by Pope John XXIII and by the (Second Vatican) Council that the church is to work with other people — but not, in a sense, blindly,” he said.
Weisgerber used the example of yearly Vatican contributions to UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children with which the Vatican has disagreed on contraception and abortion policy. Vatican donations are earmarked for specific programs or projects which reflect Vatican priorities.
“We give money to projects, not to organizations,” he said.
The bishops are seeking clarification on a letter sent from the president of the Peruvian bishops’ Commission on Family, Childhood and Life to Weisgerber. The May 28 letter from Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren Anselmi claims three Development and Peace partners in Peru are “very committed with the pro-abortion movement here in Peru.”
“For this to come, again from a commission to me and to be released to the public before I receive the letter — there’s an agenda at work here,” Weisgerber said.
Weisgerber regrets the controversy has distracted people from the bishops’ development agency’s core purpose.
“Our first responsibility … is to help poor people,” he said.
The role of web sites in stirring controversy has become a challenge for bishops.
“These bloggers who claim to be more Catholic than anyone — I think first of all they’re not part of the church, they’re not Catholic in the sense that they have no mandate, they have no authority, they have no accountability. And they speak very, very definitively about what it means to be Catholic, and they’re followed by so many people… the bishops I think take a more reasoned approach to the whole thing.” (Source)
UPDATE: READ MY RESPONSE HERE: