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+ Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone (San Francisco) 11.08.2012 We induct Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, newly appointed to the San Fancisco archsiocese, to our Hall of Honor, for his courage and intergrity to support and defend Church teaching (God’s teaching) on sexuality. As he is entering a lion’s den of one of the most perverted territories on the planet, the demons anhd perverts will be hot on his back. He will need an extraordinary amount of prayer cover and support. We applaud your integrity and courage, Bishop, and we will be praying for you. Here is the story: San Francisco archdiocese bans drag queens from parish; gay group indignant by Kathleen Gilbert SAN FRANCISCO, August 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group helping homosexuals recover from drug and alcohol abuse has canceled a fundraiser on Catholic parish grounds in protest, after the church said it would no longer allow drag queens in such events. The Castro County Club said it was disappointed in the new policy at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, located in the Castro district of San Francisco, a change that was handed down from the archdiocesan level. The famously liberal Bay area was rocked last month by Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, a staunch and outspoken defender of Catholic teaching on sexuality, to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The archdiocese had previously been a source of scandal to conservative Catholics through its frequent engagement with the gay rights community. The club lamented the loss of venue for the drag queens, which had held previous fundraisers on parish grounds. In previous years, we have had Ivy Drip and Heklina, both well-known entertainers and community fundraisers, serve as emcees of the event, and we felt we could not in good conscience abide by the church’s new policy, the board said. The archdiocese has a history of scandal involving the local gay rights community. In 2007, Archbishop George Niederauer apologized after he was filmed giving Holy Communion to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of men in flamboyant nun outfits whose mockery of Catholic culture is a staple at local homosexual events. Most Holy Redeemer Parish has frequently stood at the center of the controversy, hosting gay pride masses and sending a contingent to the city’s obscene Pride Weekend and gay pride parade. Most Holy Redeemer’s new pastor, the Reverend Brian Costello, said that he was big on compromising and praised the club’s positive work in the community, but said the group would not work with me. This May, Costello took over for Rev. Steve Meriwether, who famously supported the church’s celebration of the homosexual lifestyle. Meriwether, a former archdiocesan chancellor, used to bless gay pride participants with holy water and was demoted after hosting the transgendered Sisters for a lewd bingo fundraiser whose prizes included pornographic DVDs and sex toys. Costello said he had offered to continue hosting the fundraiser as long as no drag queens were present. It was all or nothing. And they got nothing, he said, according to the Bay Area Reporter. The pastor said we have had bad experiences with the drag queens, not only in church, but also the [social] hall. Meanwhile, gay rights advocates are voicing alarm over the arrival of Archbishop-elect Cordileone, who as head of the Diocese of Oakland was a prominent force behind Proposition 8, the state’s amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The bishop also issued an ultimatum earlier this year to the Oakland-based national Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry, telling the group after a year of talks that he would declare the group not authentically Catholic if it refused to endorse traditional Church teaching on sexuality. The Chicago-based Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM), a group dedicated to changing church teaching to welcome open homosexuality, has also weighed in on the changes at the archdiocese that was once one of its closest allies. The group once praised outgoing Archbishop George Niederauer as appearing to defus[e] homophobia in his archdiocese. Co-founder Joe Murray noted that, although homophobia in the church existed prior to this event, the change foreshadows a new level of conflict. The appointment of Archbishop-elect Cordileone has brought this matter to a head, said Murray. Bishop Cordileone is scheduled officially to take the reins at San Francisco on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Category: Bishops | No Comments » Tags: Archbishop José Guadalupe Martin Rabago 05.08.2011 Archbishop José Guadalupe Martin Rabago is inducted into the Hall of Honor for having the courage to stand up for modesty and insist that his parishioners dress appropriately at Mass. We are reminded of the statement of St. John Chrysostom in his Homilies on the Gospel of Matthew, written 1600 years ago, but even more pertinent for today: You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment. … When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body but the soul. And it is not to enemies you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but you do so out of foolish vanity and pride. Here is the story about the Archbishop: Mexico City (CNA) – The Archbishop of León, Mexico, is calling on Catholics to dress modestly at Mass. If you have any respect for this place (a church), dress appropriately, Archbishop José Guadalupe Martin Rabago told reporters after Mass on July 24. Criticism of the archbishop’s comments came after local newspapers featured photos of posters at some parishes in León that said, Respect God’s house. Don’t come dressed like this. The posters said women should not come to church dressed in miniskirts, sleeveless shirts, or low-cut blouses. According to the newspaper Correo, the archbishop said women ought to know what they should wear and when. They know that for a wedding or a quinceañera they should dress one way, and for a trip to the beach they should dress another. The archbishop said men need to dress appropriately at Mass as well. Some men show up at church dressed in way that is undignified, wearing shorts or sandals. The place they are in requires something else, he said. Archbishop Martin Rabago said the media should not focus exclusively on what the Catholic Church says about how people should dress, as many evangelical churches require their congregations to come to church in a suit and tie. He dismissed charges that his comments were misogynistic. This is not a misogynist attitude of any sort, he said. I am simply asking for the dignity and decorum that this place calls for, that is all. Category: Bishops | No Comments » Tags: Bishop Tobin 22.07.2011 Bishop Tobin of Providence, RI is inducted into our Hall of Honor for his courageous stand on the teaching of the Church on the Most Holy Eucharist and notorious public sinners. Earlier this year Bishop Tobin informed Congressman Patrick Kennedy that he could not receive Communion. The dissenting congressman decided not to run for Congress next term. Category: Bishops | No Comments » Tags: Bishop Robert Vasa 22.07.2011 Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon is inducted into our Hall of Honor for his courageous decision to yank the title Catholic from St. Charles Hospital in Bend, OR earlier this year. The hospital was providing surgical sterilization, a violation of Catholic teaching which states that the direct mutilation of an organ of the body and is not true health. The hospital refused to change their practice after extensive efforts of the Bishop to convince to conform to Catholic teaching. Thus, the Bishop yanked the Catholic name and insignia from the building. They were allowed to keep the Cross on the building but was reminded of their failure to live up to the challenge of the Cross. James Deigel, president of the healthcare chain, said that the hospital had an obligation to provide comprehensive health care services to our patients while remaining true to our values of compassion and caring for all. As one commentator remarked, and we agree, This sounds like slimy Planned Parenthood language if you ask me. Thank you Bishop for being the Pastor Bishops ought to be. Category: Bishops | No Comments » Tags: Pope Benedict XVI 15.06.2010 The tyranny of liberalism has laid waste the Church for over 100 years. Pope Benedict XVI has now said enough is enough. For his call (and warning) to bishops and priests to shape up and fly straight we induct Pope Benedict XVI to the Hall of Honor. Here is the story reported by LifeSiteNews: Pope Warns World’s Priests Against Heresy By Hilary White VATICAN CITY, June 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Sin, satanic influence and the toleration of heresy lie at the root of the priestly sexual abuse scandals, Pope Benedict XVI said today. Precisely because it is an institution erected by God to make himself sacramentally present to all men and women, the devil is interested in destroying the priesthood, he said. Referring to the line in Psalm 22 (Your rod and your staff – they comfort me), Benedict became explicit about the need for the rod of discipline to correct errors in the Church. The Church too must use the shepherd’s rod, he said, the rod with which he protects the faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray. Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated. Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented. Pope Benedict spoke today to 15,000 priests at the closing Mass of the Vatican’s Year for Priests at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The priesthood, Pope Benedict said, is not pleasing to the ‘enemy,’ (the devil). He would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world. And so it happened that, in this very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light – particularly the abuse of the little ones, in which the priesthood, whose task is to manifest God’s concern for our good, turns into its very opposite. With evident personal sadness, the pope again extended his apology to the victims of sexual abuse, saying, We too insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved. This was followed by a promise to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again by more scrutiny and better formation of those who apply for the priesthood. Statistics on the abuse scandals have found that the abuse cases are overwhelmingly homosexual in nature and occurred between the 1960s and 1980s, at time in which psychological and theological trends were against excluding men with homosexual inclinations from the priesthood. Benedict, as Cardinal Ratzinger, was clear with a 2005 document issued from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office that had oversight on the abuse scandals around the world, that men with such inclinations should not be admitted to seminaries. Benedict also made more subtle references to the movement from the Church’s extreme left wing to open the priesthood to women and to married men. Among the opening lines of his homily, Pope Benedict laid out the nature of the priesthood, saying it is not a matter of mere functionality but a sacramental reality derived from Christ himself. The priest is not a mere office-holder, he said, like those which every society needs in order to carry out certain functions. Source: LifeSiteNews.com
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