And that stuff about helping the poor. He means, you know, actually rolling up your sleeves and helping the poor, rather than signing a self-righteous e-petition against some government adjustment to the benefits system. (Source)
And there, my friends, is the difference between the real deal of Pope Francis and the counterfeit that the Canadian Church supports.
What does that mean in practise? Canadian Catholics would hear in those words a particular urgency, as the annual collection for their overseas development agency — Development and Peace — is being taken up in these days. The desire of Francis for a Church that does not abandon the proclamation of Jesus Christ to become only a charitable agency would challenge the standard operating procedure at Development and Peace for decades, where the Christian faith has been downplayed in favour of generic good works. (Source)
Well, Father. Here’s the thing. LifeSite News, this blog, and a smattering of other blogs have covered this story from the get-go. We’ve striven to bring this scandal to the public’s attention and, for the most part, we’ve been left dangling by the bishops and their bureaucratic CCCB Borg. (Note to the Borg: the clean-up of the bureaucratization of the Church does not just need to happen in Rome). There’s not one single bishop in this country who has come to our defense in public – not one, even though LSN and ‘Bust been slandered and lied about by D&P and by the Quebec press. Not a single peep. All we’ve seen is the circling of the wagons and official support for Development & Peace. Whoops…that’s not entirely correct. My apologies. LSN has been banned twice by the CCCB’s otherwise useless Plenary – more evidence of the dialogue envisioned by Vatican II, no doubt. Read the rest of this entry »
Jesuit Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa told Canadians last week that while the new pope is all about ‘social justice’, it may not be the flavor of social justice that people associate with Latin America.
Prendergast said that former Cardinal Bergoglio, as the Argentinean Provincial at that time, took a “very strong stance that the Jesuits should stay out of political issues and certainly not take up the liberationist theology.” (Source)
Well, done, your Grace. Now it’s time to turn around and take a good, long look at Development & Peace. It’s not enough to simply extol the Pope. As Jesus says, “Go and do the same.” D&P has lots of problems….not just its pro-abortion-pushing partners.
Right from the Authentic Social Justice Playbook. Without Jesus, you might as well be Melinda Gates. The Social Justice crowd would be well advised to take the blinkers off and stop drinking too much champagne. The cold, hard reality is that Pope Francis is a reformer of social justice, not its lackey.
The path of the Church always entails difficulties, the Pope said, and Church leaders should be prepared to embrace them. He explained that “when we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess a Christ without the Cross… we aren’t disciples of the Lord.”The Pontiff warned the cardinals that in this case: “We are worldly. We are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord.”
“Pope Francis is a man of great spirituality who is known for his commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy as well as for his simplicity of life,” Rev. Sirico said. “Like Benedict XVI, he combines concern for the poor with an insistence that it’s not the Church’s responsibility to be a political actor or to prescribe precise solutions to economic problems. In that regard, he’s a model for all Catholic bishops and clergy throughout the world.” (Source)
He is a Latin American Jesuit with a huge heart for Social Justice, and yet distanced himself early on from currents of “Liberation Theology,” which would have us practice the Gospel seen through a Marxist prism. Such a stance may have made him unpopular in his seminary days. It takes humility to buck trends and stick to the truth. It takes humility to recognize your own weakness and ask for prayers. It takes humility to live humbly as a prince of the Church. (Source)
In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: “Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” He has also insisted that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children. This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church’s tone was reminiscent of “medieval times and the Inquisition”. (Source)
He consistently preaches a message of compassion towards the poor, but some observers would like him to place a greater emphasis on issues of social justice. Rather than articulating positions on matters of political economy, Bergoglio prefers to emphasize spirituality and holiness, believing that this will naturally lead to greater concern for the suffering of the poor. He has, however, voiced support for social programs, and publicly challenged free-market policies. (Source)
This election is significant for two reasons.
1) We have a “social justice” Pope which will bring respectability back to the phrase – firstly, in bringing respect for life and true marriage back into the “social justice” equation and secondly, putting another nail in “Liberation Theology”. While there might be some premature excitement among the social justice crowd, this Pope is going to really, really be a disappointment to them – at least on the political front.
2) He’s a Jesuit. Maybe there’s going to be a real reform of that once formerly great Society.
I still can’t get over this: “Francis, rebuild my Church.”
I just checked my box of envelopes and it turns out that the collection for Development and Peace is taking place this weekend at St. Patrick’s Basilica.
Don’t be played for a fool. Find out when your parish is doing the D&P collection. If you’re not sure, withhold donations until the end of Lent, at which point you can make a large donation to compensate for the weeks you missed.
PEMBROKE, Ontario, March 7, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Canadian bishop is committed to withholding all funding from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as the organization remains enmeshed in an abortion funding scandal.
For the third year in a row, Bishop Michael Mulhall of Pembroke has urged that the faithful to contribute to other worthy Catholic apostolates in the developing world that have been vetted by the diocese instead.
News of the bishop’s decision comes as LifeSiteNews.com has launched a new project urging prayerful support of the effort of Canada’s Bishops to reform Development and Peace. The Charity in Truth Project, based at CharityinTruth.ca, is raising awareness about the ongoing D&P scandal with a video, petition, and other resources.
In a February 20, 2013, letter to the faithful, Bishop Mulhall wrote, “We will continue with the practice of sharing the collection with religious communities and apostolates that have a connection with the diocese to be used in their efforts with the poor.”… (Source)
Mulhall is the only bishop in Canada who’s got the guts to do as he ought. The only one.
Benedict’s pontificate, while comparably much shorter than JPII,will have been considered a revolution for the Church.
The implementation of Benedict’s new law will resuscitate true voluntary charity after a century-long Church alliance with a government that has now turned against it in fury. But do not expect it to be welcomed. Leaders of these Church bureaucracies (including the colleges and universities) will undoubtedly insist that Intima Ecclesiae Natura changes nothing, that they need the money, and that they are already obeying it anyway.
Unfortunately, they aren’t. But it will be a brave bishop who will hold their feet to the fire; and it will take a brave pope who will guide, support, and instruct those bishops with love, fortitude, and perseverance. After all, billions and billions of dollars are at stake—a drop in the bucket to the feds, but critical to funding Church institutions as they are run today.
And that is why those institutions will change dramatically as Intima Ecclesiae Natura is implemented in coming years, and the Church renounces government funding (as bishops in Illinois and Oklahoma already have). Once those “golden handcuffs” are removed, liberated Catholic bishops will also be able to implement existing Canon Law regarding public scandal. Raymond Cardinal Burke, who heads the Vatican’s highest court, insisted earlier this month that, if a Catholic politician “support[s] legislation which fosters abortion or other intrinsic evils, then he should be refused Holy Communion.”
Such steps are taken not only to bring the supporter of “grave moral evil” back to the Church, but also to avoid “the grave sin of sacrilege,” as well as to prevent public scandal, since failure to act “gives the impression that the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion is not firm.”… (Source)
One wonders when this is going to come into play in Canada with Development & Peace. My guess: not bloody well soon enough. I fear it’s more of the same.
My dear readers, we can clearly see that once the Church is financially tied to the State, the Church just becomes another organ of it. We’ve lost our moral power. We’ve lost our independence. We’ve lost our prophetic voice. We’ve lost the respect of our society. We’ve become comfortable and minor professional bureaucrats of the State.
We’re bought and paid for like a prostitute – a cheap version of a televangelist with a Roman collar, peddling “social justice” instead of the other fraudster who does the health and wealth “Gospel”.
Socialism is triumphant where the Church is subordinate and dependent on the State for its missionary work. It needs to end. It must end. And it has to end. Right now.
We need to renounce that ring.
“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.
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.
…In his post, Duceppe says he has supported D&P “for years” but stopped this year because the organization has too closely aligned itself with the Vatican’s moral stance on contraception and abortion, and the Harper government’s “ideological obsession” that is “inspired by a certain religious right.”…(Source)
I don’t know what is a greater indictment….the actual evidence against Development & Peace or the fact that proto-Communist, Gilles Duceppe supported them all these years. I actually think the latter is more damning.
You’re known by the company you keep, friends. That’s a maxim the Left likes to use a lot…but hey, this street goes both ways.
D&P is getting purged….inside and out. This is going to be a looooooooong surgical operation, but it’s getting done. And by my watch, my prediction will probably be about right….it’s gonna take 10 years. The first 4 were spent exposing…the last 6 will be spent unwinding.
Either way, the D&P might want to continue on with their trajectory, but it won’t last forever. They’re peeling support every day.
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….
And they you are folks. The former head honcho of the social justice industry in the Catholic Church just slips in with the International Star Chamber wannabes, The Elders. I mean, seriously, what a pathetic, stereotypical name they picked for themselves. It’s more comical than anything else.
These, my friends, are the kind of people who have been major powerbrokers in the Catholic Church during the past 40 years. It’s precisely the reason why the Church and the Culture are in the gutter. And it’s precisely the reason that we must continue to expunge them everywhere and anywhere we see them in the Church.
When one reads something like this, one is struck in awe and amazement of how so completely lost our Canadian episcopacy is in navel gazing questions of the 1960s:
“Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist…calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be.”
The great joy with which families from all over the world congregated in Milan indicates that, despite all impressions to the contrary, the family is still strong and vibrant today. But there is no denying the crisis that threatens it to its foundations – especially in the western world. It was noticeable that the Synod repeatedly emphasized the significance, for the transmission of the faith, of the family as the authentic setting in which to hand on the blueprint of human existence. This is something we learn by living it with others and suffering it with others. So it became clear that the question of the family is not just about a particular social construct, but about man himself – about what he is and what it takes to be authentically human. The challenges involved are manifold. First of all there is the question of the human capacity to make a commitment or to avoid commitment. Can one bind oneself for a lifetime? Does this correspond to man’s nature? Does it not contradict his freedom and the scope of his self-realization? Does man become himself by living for himself alone and only entering into relationships with others when he can break them off again at any time? Is lifelong commitment antithetical to freedom? Is commitment also worth suffering for? Man’s refusal to make any commitment – which is becoming increasingly widespread as a result of a false understanding of freedom and self-realization as well as the desire to escape suffering – means that man remains closed in on himself and keeps his “I” ultimately for himself, without really rising above it. Yet only in self-giving does man find himself, and only by opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family, only by letting himself be changed through suffering, does he discover the breadth of his humanity. When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.
The Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper. While up to now we regarded a false understanding of the nature of human freedom as one cause of the crisis of the family, it is now becoming clear that the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question. He quotes the famous saying of Simone de Beauvoir: “one is not born a woman, one becomes so” (on ne naît pas femme, on le devient). These words lay the foundation for what is put forward today under the term “gender” as a new philosophy of sexuality. According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society. The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves. According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God. This very duality as something previously given is what is now disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto society did this, now we decide for ourselves. Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be. Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him. Bernheim shows that now, perforce, from being a subject of rights, the child has become an object to which people have a right and which they have a right to obtain. When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man.
The CCCB is in the final stages of drafting a document that will guide Development and Peace’s activities. It will be released in early 2013. Controversy has buffeted Development and Peace over some of its overseas partners since 2009 allegations that the development agency funded projects operated by groups, or affiliated with groups, that supported abortion.
“There are divergent opinions out there,” Smith said.
Yeah, just like there are divergent opinions on whether religious freedom is really under attack. It’s all a matter of perspective and definition, after all.
“What did become clear in those conversations is that what I’ve been reading about in the mainstream media is not representative of the broader Development and Peace membership I have seen,” Smith said.
“What I’ve seen confirmed is a real passion for the mission of Development and Peace to help out, to reach out to the poor and to advocate on their behalf. I met a real desire for them to be in communion with the bishops as they do so.”…(Source)
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.