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There’s a better chance of the bishops gutting Development & Peace….which is to say none at all.

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Yes it is.

National churches – like the ones that exist in all but name today – need to be disbanded.  That one move might very well save the West.  Get rid of it….at least in the rich western countries. Let the Africans and Asians keep them, but for the corrupt West, OUT!

 

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Warning against some of the bureaucratic trends of “truth by committee” in the Church’s organisation, Cardinal Burke said, “Simply by the way these conferences work, it can be years before some kind of effective direction is given, and then oftentimes because this direction is discussed and debated, it can get very watered down.” 

He emphasized that the involvement of the bishops should be constant, and not merely a matter of issuing a statement once. “We’re not writing term papers here where you make reference to an earlier document and that’s sufficient.” In public life, he said, the message has to be stated and re-stated and kept up to date.

“I think the lay faithful in the parishes and in the dioceses need to go to their bishops and priests and urge them to give that pastoral leadership that they’re called to give on this very critical issue. Yes the laity have their part, a very significant part in all the various areas of public life to give witness to the Gospel but they depend upon their priests and bishops to give that teaching and example, how to confront the situation.” 

“They need leadership. That’s what it’s all about.”  …(Source)

 And herein lies the problem:  a false and distorted view of collegiality which destroys the responsibility and duties of an individual bishop.  Cardinal Burke has said what everyone else can see.  Episcopal conferences have been a noose around the Church’s neck.  It’s become a bureaucratic nightmare which has made diocesan bishop nothing more than functionaries of the Borg.    If Pope Francis really wants to ignite a revolution in the Church, he can make one simple move that would do it:  abolish and forbid these conferences.  In a stroke of a pen and the words “You’re on your own, fellas”, we could see a flourishing of the new evangelization overnight.

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And rightly so.

Good to see that decent, family people and even the Government of Canada recognize courage and integrity.

Others?

Not so much.

I said, not so much.

Then again, one needs to understand these virtues to be able to model them.

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The show must go on.

There’s a “program” in Haiti, but curiously no group is mentionedWhy could that ever be?

Check out their slide show:

Slide 2:  90 partners, 22 countries.  Big reduction from the over 300 “partners” they had.

Slide 6:  D&P down to $7.4 Million?  What happened to the $35 Million Budget?

Slides 3-6:  7 themes, but sadly no mention of the Unborn.  They. just. can’t. do. it.   They can’t even mention the word ‘abortion’ – even if they didn’t allocate any money to fighting it.  It grates them.  It’s not their problem.  Human Dignity, after all, has its limits.

Trees are more important than the unborn.  They get a mention and some money.  The unborn get nothing except more of the same.

D&P still has not come clean…4 years to the month since their scandal broke.

And the bishops have done little more than smoke screen it away.  But we won’t forget and we won’t let them forget.

Shame. Maximum shame.

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ROME, Jan. 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI says Catholic agencies must sometimes refuse partnerships that would even indirectly support activities opposed to the Christian view of the human person.

We must exercise a critical vigilance and at times refuse funding and collaborations that, directly or indirectly, favour actions or projects that are at odds with Christian anthropology,” the Pope stressed in a Jan. 19th address to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and its president, Cardinal Robert Sarah, in excerpts released by the Vatican Information Service….

Precisely.

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Questions and concerns have been raised following recent media reports about a statement that had been made in Canada by the Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X that “the Jews” are the “enemies of the Church”. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops notes that such remarks are not in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church. As the spokesperson for the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., has said when commenting on the statement, “It is absolutely unacceptable, impossible, to define the Jews as enemies of the Church.”

The Second Vatican Council taught in Nostra Aetate, its Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (no. 4): “God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their Fathers; he does not repent of the gifts he makes or of the calls he issues – such is the witness of the Apostle [Paul]…. [T]he Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel’s spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.” This teaching has been reiterated time and time again by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops denounces all forms of anti-Semitism, and rejects assertions such as those reported to have been made by the Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X, which is a schismatic group not in communion with the Catholic Church. (Source)

It’s not so much that they state the occasional truth.  It’s the selective, convenient truth that they state that’s the problem.  It’s usually very convenient and very politically correct.

They wouldn’t be caught dead supporting anti-Semitic comments and those who make them, even when those persons are not in Communion with the Catholic Church.  They’re sure to let us all know that they are not in Communion with us.  But, when it comes to distancing themselves from their own social justice agency and the support of the pro-abort pimps in the Global South, it’s like take it easy, man, and let’s not jump to any conclusions, eh!?

They denounce the schismatics, only to refuse to apply that label to themselves when they, in their parallel Canadian magisterium, treacherously dissented from Humanae Vitae and have never, ever repented of it. In fact, they have refused to do it on at least one occasion.

And such is the bitter complaint of Faithful Catholics when it concerns the two-faced ecclesiastical establishment that runs CanChurch today.  How brave they are when meting out the condemnations against wayward Catholics whose liturgical, doctrinal, and moral tastes they detest, but oh what a great latitude in forgiveness and forbearance that they have for the ocean of liberal dissent and destruction that has drowned the Church in filth and perversion and the death of the innocents these past 50 years!

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Amid the ongoing revelations of dissenting partners still being funded by Development and Peace, there are some signs of hope too.

The recent resignation of a “theologian” at D&P, Michel Beaudin, provides valuable insight into their internal struggles. Beaudin wrote an interminable resignation letter that reads mainly like a rant, but which also reveals some useful insider information. Key takeaways:

  • Good riddance to Beaudin who really doesn’t understand Church teaching and refuses to assent to it. He notably denigrates Pope Benedict’s Caritas  in veritate and resents the fact that self-avowed pro-choice Fr. Arriaga (remember him?) got booted out of Ottawa by Archbishop Prendergast.
  • The Canadian bishops are quietly but persistently trying too wrestle D&P from the clutches of the Spirit of Vatican II generation that they begot.
  • Dissenters are being isolated and muscled out of the organization. Apparently 22 employees have left since May 2012, which is a big chunk of their overall staff. Beaudin likens it to a “coup”. Resistance appears futile.
  • Fr. Thomas Rosica was tasked with writing the new rules of engagement with partners, called “Partnership Policy Framework”. We’ll have to keep an eye on that.

Sadly, the situation is far from resolved and the internal fight continues. So the boycott on donations must continue, especially since dissenting partners are still on the payroll.

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The motu proprio continues the Church’s ongoing reflection on how best to exercise its diaconia or service for those in need.

Here’s something to reflect on: 

1) Stop giving money to pro-abort pimps,

2) Try a little transparency by revealing the identity of the groups that you give Catholic money to. 

I suppose the Borg thinks these are unreasonable demands.

p.s. More bureuacracy, business as usual.  Looks like the biological solution is the only way out of this mess.

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It’s never a happy day when people get laid off, but a downsizing of the CCCB bureaucracy is long overdue and will be good for the long-term health of the Church.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops today issued the following comment regarding the recent reorganization of its personnel:

(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is presently completing the second of a three-phase, multi-year restructuring process. In the first phase, the Conference’s own governance was revised, leading to the reorganization of its Commissions, committees and leadership structures. In the second, staffing was adapted to this new structure, leading to the elimination of 18 positions and the creation of three new positions. In the third phase, funding policy will be reviewed and institutional bylaws revised. This restructuring process aims to make the CCCB more efficient, less costly and better equipped, in order to implement the projects to which the Bishops of Canada are committed as a whole, as well as to assist in supporting the ministry of Bishops in their dioceses across the country.

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According to their most recent filing with the Canada Revenue Agency, the CCCB had 58 full-time employees and 7 part-time employees in 2011. So a net reduction of 15 positions is quite significant.

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I received this email from the CCCB publications office:

Economic realities beyond our control have led the Bishops of Canada to make a difficult decision. In the coming days, important changes will be implemented which will affect the manner in which orders are processed. We will no longer be processing orders on-site and will transfer these operations to an off-site location here in Ontario.

From 11:59 pm on Friday, October 26 until 12:00 am, November 6, 2012 our Order taking service will be closed. Neither live nor automated orders will be taken during this period. We regret this inconvenience. However, except for this brief period, no further difficulties should be encountered in this process. We thank you for your valued patronage and look forward to serving you for many years to come.

CCCB Publications

While this release is about as non-transparent as everything else the CCCB does, it appears they’re feeling some sort of money crunch, at least in the publications office, if not elsewhere in the bureaucracy. Perhaps the collection of the “Needs of the Church in Canada” wasn’t so good? ;-)

I take no pleasure in anybody losing their job, but sometimes it takes a bit of trauma to rouse people from their slumber.

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I sense a rant coming on.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) put out a press release this week:

Major Canadian delegation will be in Rome for the Canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn Mass in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, October 21, 2012.  Blessed Kateri will be the first Indigenous woman from North America to be canonized. Approximately 1500 Canadian pilgrims are expected to participate in the celebrations in Rome, the majority from the First Nations and other Indigenous communities, as well as 17 Canadian Bishops.
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Salt + Light Television will broadcast live both the Canonization Mass and the Mass of Thanksgiving. (Source)

There’s nothing wrong here, of course. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was an amazing young woman, full of faith, compassion and humility. It’s always a great joy to celebrate the life of a Saint and to give thanks to God for the wonderful blessings He poured out on her, and on us through her intercession. We should definitely celebrate this event.

But the excerpt above got me thinking. Do you notice how the bishops can massively mobilize when it’s time for a celebration, but how so many of them languish at glacier speed when it comes to sacrifice, like say, the annual March for Life? Ottawa is a lot closer than Rome, and you don’t even have to change your currency or dig out those pesky voltage adapters. Yet, there seem to be a million impediments and excuses when the March rolls around each year. Um… er… uh… I already have a commitment for… er… the Blessing of Vehicles at St. Ford parish. 

Maybe his Grace should bless a vehicle and drive it down the 401 to the March.

Some bishops attend faithfully each year and have become fixtures on the pro-lfe circuit, like Archbishop Prendergast and Cardinal Collins. God bless ‘em. But for most of the CCCB, it’s more miss than hit. I don’t have an official count, but somehow I doubt that we got 17 bishops at the March for Life in Ottawa this past May.

And Salt and Light TV sure didn’t broadcast it live, unlike EWTN which broadcasts the U.S. March for Life live through TV, radio and live streaming on the Internet. Was Father Thomas Rosica too busy with other projects, like interviewing that excommunicated dissenting ex-priest and calling him “a faithful, deeply devoted Catholic?” Everybody has their priorities, I suppose.

In the case of the Alberta bishops, we’re talking about receding glacier speed, since they actually boycotted the March for Life in the last two years. We had more pro-aborts than Alberta bishops showing up at the March.

They can sure talk the talk. A month before the March, back in April 2012, the CCCB issued Elements of a National Pastoral Initiative for Life and the Family. It called for “Participation of members of the CCCB in the National March for Life (Ottawa) and comparable local events, and encouragement addressed to all members of the Church to participate.” Looks awesome on paper, eh? But it seems that most bishops discarded their own memo with the junk mail. They probably placed it in the same trash bin as the excellent brochure published by their own pro-life organization, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), that explains that the morning-after pill and birth control pills can be abortifacients — you know, those same pills that the CCCB covers as part of their staff health insurance plan.

That’s why we shouldn’t get too excited when we see promising promises on paper. We’ve seen more lip-service than you can shake a chapstick at.

Ostensibly, Christ has many friends in His glorious Resurrection, but darn few in His Crucifixion.

It’s all very sad. Bishops have been given amazing authority and spiritual gifts to accomplish great things, if only they would move beyond the role of diocesan administrator and become the Apostles they’re supposed to be.

So it’s with mixed feelings that I’ll be thinking about soon-to-be Saint Kateri this weekend. While she certainly deserves the pomp and circumstance, I suspect that this humble virgin would have preferred that the Canadian bishops save their Air Miles for the March for Life.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.

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Gunn said back in 2005, the CCCB had developed a strategy to work ecumenically on social justice issues since all churches were alike in feeling a financial pinch. Gunn raised concerns about a continued CCCB presence on the CCC’s justice and peace committee and on the KAIROS board. “How are we going to maintain those ecumenical contacts and participations that allowed us to do social justice work together?” he asked…(Source)

While I don’t particularly celebrate that people lose their jobs, I am more than thrilled that social justice is getting the axe somewhat.

Why is it that the bleeding hearts cry out for the government to meet the needs of “the poor”, but when it comes to their own back pocket they pull the plug?  Why is that?  One rule for them and one rule for the rest of us?

The “Needs of the Canadian Church” are not being met!  And for that, my dear Busters, we can be most grateful.

That’s what you get for not being transparent and honest with pro-lifers.  You cannot expect us to fund you when you give us the back of your hand.

There’s money out here, but you’re not getting it because we’re sick and tired of your management.

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Indeed.  And so those bishops who fail to ADEQUATELY and SUFFICIENTLY instruct the Faithful and the general public about such truths are equally culpable.

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This Sunday is the annual collection for the “Needs of the Church in Canada”. The name sounds really nice and all, but it’s really just a collection to pay for the bureaucracy at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Oh, and it also pays for the contraceptives and morning-after pills of the CCCB staff. Didn’t you know?

You may recall that a journalist from the Montreal newspaper La Presse broke a story a few months ago in which he reported that the CCCB covers contraceptives and the morning-after pill as part of its health insurance plan for staff. The story was published in February 2012, in the wake of the controversy in the US whereby Obama had just announced the HHS Mandate on birth control. Perhaps the journalist was curious to see how Canadian bishops were positioned on this issue in light of the robust opposition of the US bishops to Obama. Read the rest of this entry »

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So today is the anniversary of the issuance of the Winnipeg Statement.  I don’t find it a coincidence at all that our country and Church is in the midst of a crisis because of it.

If you listen to what’s happening over at the Plenary, you won’t be shocked to learn that some periti are trying to turn the New Evangelization into a New Plan for Social Justice.

It’s all very sad…and sadder still that it’s not getting lighter but darker in Canada.

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….”Separation of church and state has become separation of faith values from society, yet our mission is to preach the word of God to all and to be a constant sign of God’s loving presence through social ministry,” he said. “Let us not be afraid of the totalitarianism of political correctness and speak the truth regardless of whom we might offend, whether it is on same-sex marriage or on the genocide of abortion….” (Source)

A great many Canadian bishops needed to hear this.

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“They didn’t disagree with the theme… They just thought some of the actions might be perceived as partisan and political and they expressed their concerns to us.”

So it’s all about perception and the politics of getting their money back.  Meanwhile, the unborn are totally ignored in their “internal struggle”.

This is disgusting.

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The relationship between Kenney and the bishops has been contentious in the past, with Kenney firing back at a letter from the CCCB’s justice and peace commission critical of anti-human smuggling legislation the commission feared risked harming refugees more than smugglers. Kenney accused the bishops of relying on bureaucrats who “cut-and-pasted” talking points from immigration advocacy groups.

Frankly, I trust Jason Kenny to apply Catholic social principles to the issue of immigration and refugees more than I do the bishops whose social justice clique is little more than the NDP with collars.   Massive fraud and terrorist activity seems to be completely off the radar with these bishops.  Can’t see any of the bishops being blamed when Canada has a major terrorist attack inflicted on it, can you?  That’s why the politicians do the politics and the bishops are supposed to do the religion.  Bleeding hearts don’t run countries.

The meetings on the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace have an hour dedicated to reports by the bishops on the agency’s board and from the Standing Committee for Development and Peace. (Source)

I wonder if we’ll see this on Salt + Light TV?   Boy, the ratings would sure sky-rocket during that hour.  But alas, that is likely not to be — unless, of course, our mole there gets us the audio that I’m hoping for.   Then it’s going to be a bonanza here at Socon or Bust.

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Today, Socon or Bust brings our readers the 56th anti-life partner of Development and Peace.   Readers can avail themselves of the entire list here

This revelation comes on the heels of LifeSite News’ report on Partner #55 just last week, and before that there was Partner #54.   But who’s counting?  Actually, we are counting.  And it’s a good thing too because these kind of things can get lost in the hazy, crazy religion of “social justice”.  We want to make sure that our readers have the facts and the numbers, since you’re not going to get them from the lapdog press or the CCCB which still thinks we are dealing with a “few” organizations.

And just so everyone is acutely aware, Partners 54, 55, and 56 come AFTER the CCCB’s pledge to clean up Development & Peace.   If you were convinced that the Bishops were actually serious about cleaning out the stalls at Development & Peace, we have a question for you:  “so…uh…how’s that workin’ for ya?

Let’s get down to business….

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