As Socon or Bust readers who have been following the Development & Peace Abortion Scandal know too well, Fr. Rosica and Salt + Light helped stoke the scandal to new heights by stage-managing Msgr. James Weisgerber’s appearances on their various programs. Readers will also recall the jaw-dropping declaration from the Archbishop that Catholic Bloggers who were shining the light on Development & Peace’s abortion partners weren’t really Catholic or even part of the Church. Here’s what he said:
“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)
Why is this significant to Fr. Rosica’s Marshmallow Lecture Tour against LifeSiteNews? Because in his interview on Across the Nation with Bob Dunning, Father Rosica said something remarkably similar:
I question whether or not they belong to the Catholic Church. Are such people Catholic? Part of our Catholic structure is the structure of the Church being united with the bishops and when we have people drawing up lists of good bishops or bad bishops, good priests or bad priests – this is sinful. Let’s admit and this is how the devil triumphs and this is how the opposition will win their cause.
Can you imagine for a moment, dear readers, what Fr. Rosica’s reaction would be if his opponents were to dare and question his Catholicity in such a fashion? And isn’t it curious how Fr. Rosica is taking a page out of what Msgr. Weisgerber alleged earlier by denying the Catholicity of his opponents? On the other hand, what if it were the other way around? What if Msgr. Weisgerber was really taking a page out of what Fr. Rosica believes about independent Catholic news sources. If that were the case, it puts a whole new slant on the Development & Peace abortion scandal and who is really in control, n’est pas?
All of this talk of “unity” and “shunning division” that Father Rosica likes to trumpet appears to be just empty rhetoric to score “euphemism points”. If you don’t know what I mean by “euphemism points”, just think of what the phrase “human rights” means in Canada today, and you’ll get a fairly accurate picture. If Fr. Rosica is casting aspersions and doubts into people’s minds about his opponents’ fidelity to the Church, can he really be said to be concerned with the unity he so badly wants to preserve? Nevertheless, Jesus isn’t interested in Fr. Rosica’s kind of unity anyway. That’s why He reminded His disciples of the sword He brings with Him. And the sword of truth will always cut through the phony unity and euphemistic bilge which is spilled by false teaching. He should heed Benedict’s instruction on exposing scandal and putting things right:
“The words of the Bible and of the Church fathers rang in my ears, those sharp condemnations of shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflicts, that let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty, and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problems and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive.” (Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger), Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the End of the Millennium, 1997)
Father Rosica also needs to carefully weigh his view of “Catholic Structure” as he calls it above, as well as the “unity with the bishops” he commends us to. The ultimate question at hand is whether we should be honouring pro-abortion politicians at Church-sponsored events – whether they are liturgical or academic or in any official venue whatsoever. The only answer the Catholic Bishops have given on this question thusfar has been a resounding NO!
The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions. (Source)
Further reports of U.S. Catholic bishops condemning the Notre Dame scandal are continuing to surface after the school’s commencement exercises Sunday, where President Obama offered the commencement address and received an honorary law degree. There are now 83 U.S. bishops known to have condemned Notre Dame’s decision to honor the deeply pro-abortion president….(Source)
If Father Rosica wants to be unified with the Bishops, he should practice what he preaches and drop his support for public scandal.
And as for being Catholic, you will never hear Catholic pro-lifers saying that John Paul II’s tastes “were not my tastes“ without appropriate clarification. (Just what did you mean by that precisely, Father?) And you will never see us giving cover to a notorious dissenter and excommunicated priest like Gregory Baum, who was arguably Canada’s staunchest and most influential opponent of Humane Vitae, and who even openly advocated for same-sex “marriage“.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones…or else they might soon find that a small smooth one was responsible for the shattered glass which now surrounds them.