4-27-02 Word came out in the Boston Herald on 4-26 that Cardinal Law was going to be offered a position in the Vatican, but today it is being denied. Either way, it is still time to stop giving money in any way to the parishes in this country. The only thing these bishops care about is money and power, so let's take away their money, and with it their (secular)power. It is also way past time the Pope actually DID something, like declare these bishops excommunicated, and remove them from their dioceses. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LESS WILL DO. I know some will claim that won't solve the problem, then I suppose leaving these bishops where they are will? They've proven beyond any possible doubt that they cannot be trusted. They had their chance to do their duty, and they failed. They allowed dozens of young men to be victimized, and, for the most part, let it continue with their full knowledge. They are unworthy of trust in anything, they have lied for years, they have allowed these crimes to continue with absolutely no thought of anything but themselves, and now, we see the price they are paying, which is nothing compared to the price being paid by the victims of the priests who were allowed to continue in their sick activities. And what about the Pope? He is in a real bind, since he was the one appointed some of these bishops and Cardinals in the first place. Now we will see how "great" he really is. Let's see if the Pope who survived the Nazis and Communists will have the stones to DO HIS DUTY AND EXCOMMUNICATE THESE BISHOPS AND CARDI- NALS. This Pope is held up as such a great example to the world. Well, now we will see just how good an example he shows us now. Will he do noth- ing, and show the world that it's OK for Bishops and Cardinals to cover up crimes; or will he do his duty and show the world that those who violate God's laws, and the laws of the Church will suffer the consequences? Personally, I doubt he'll do anything substantial, why start now? He's let the liberals and their ilk run rampant for years, destroying the Faith of millions, so why should a minor problem like this even phase him? A lot of people are out there writing articles, and talking about how we should strive more for holiness, good advice. But sometimes, part of being holy is doing your duty, especially the really hard things, like declaring bishops and Cardinals excommunicated. Pray for the Pope, he needs prayers more than ever, especially prayer to use his vaunted "Be not afraid" advice on himself and to do his duty, no matter what. ______________________________________________________________________ 3-11-02 The bishop of my diocese has decided to remove the 2 priests accused of sexually abusing teenage boys 22 and 26 years ago, respectively. I think it's about time, and way overdo, but at least the bishop finally did the right thing. ______________________________________________________________________ I have been following to some extent the situation in Boston. I think that those who want Cardinal Law to resign are right. I have also been keeping tabs on the situation in my own diocese of Portland, Maine. A couple weeks ago, 2 priests in this diocese, under orders from the bishop, Joseph Gerry, publicly stated to their parishes that they had molested teenage boys 22 and 26 years ago, respectively. Apparently, they did it to only one teenage boy each, though over several years. This was revealed to Bishop Gerry by the victims, and in characteristic fashion, were paid off to keep silence. The priests were sent to counseling for 6 months, then at some point after that, were allowed to return to parish ministry, under supervision. I think this a travesty beyond all comprehension. What does it take to get suspended in the Church today? Oh yeah, promote the full Fatima message...... I am sick and tired of this scandal. These priests are allowed to get away with heinous crimes that an ordinary schmuck on the street would be practically crucified for! I say that it is time to stop financing these people. These bishops are not living up to their office. They are obsessed with appearances to the point they will use our money to pay off victims to remain silent. These bishops allow the most heinous crimes to go on in their dioceses and then rather than rooting them out by having the balls to come out and expose the perpetrators when they are informed of these things, and suspending these priests, putting them into couns- eling, and then sticking them in a monastery somewhere where they can't ever perpetrate their sick crimes again, oh no!, the bishop's first thought is to avoid scandal. A lot of good it has done them!!! I know there will be those who will have a problem with cutting off funds to their parishes and thus their dioceses. Oh and the chorus of, "oh, if we don't support our parish and diocese, the poor will be hurt and we can't leave the diocese without the means to help the poor." HELLOOOOOOO!!!!! How are the poor being helped by a diocese which pays out millions of dollars to 1 or more victims of pedophile priests??? How many people could be fed and clothed and given shelter with that kind of money? The bishops and priests will always use this tactic to make you feel guilty for not contributing, "Oh, what about the poor and the homeless....." Many lay people will do the same. IT IS TIME TO STOP PARTICIPATING IN THESE HEINOUS CRIMES BY GIVING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO BISHOPS WHO FAIL TO DO THEIR DUTY AND REMOVE THESE PRIESTS FROM THEIR POSITIONS, AND WHO COVER UP THESE CRIMES, AND USE OUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO PAY OFF VICTIMS TO KEEP SILENT!!! IF YOU DON'T WITHHOLD FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM YOUR PARISH AND DIOCESE, YOU ARE INDIRECTLY SUPPORTING THESE CRIMES. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE TOLD TO THE CONTRARY, YOU ARE HELPING THESE BISHOPS TO CONTINUE THEIR COVER-UPS AND ALSO ALLOWING THESE PRIESTS TO POSSIBLY VICTIMIZE OTHERS. I ADVOCATE PRAYER FOR THE BISHOPS AND THESE PRIESTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF IT, I ALSO ADVOCATE PRAYER FOR THEIR VICTIMS. IT IS TIME THAT THESE BISHOPS AND PRIESTS WOKE UP TO REALITY. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR THIS KIND OF HYPOCRISY ANYMORE. THE ONLY WAY THESE BISHOPS AND PRIESTS ARE GOING TO GET THE MESSAGE IS TO CUT OFF THE MONEY. REMEMBER, YOUR MONEY IS BEING SPENT TO PAY OFF VICTIMS TO KEEP SILENCE AND TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEM. THIS MONEY IS NOT USED IN A WAY THAT BENEFITS THE POOR, THE HUNGRY, THE HOMELESS, OR OTHER IN NEED. NOR DOES IT HELP PEOPLE TO LIVE GOOD LIVES AND SAVE THEIR SOULS. WHEN THE MONEY DRIES UP, THE BISHOPS WILL OF COURSE TRY TO USE THAT AS AN EXCUSE TO CLOSE PARISHES, AND DEPRIVE US OF WHAT IS OURS BY RIGHT. THE MASS. THE SACRAMENTS. AND MORE. I SAY LET THEM TRY. THEY'LL ONLY BE CONDEMNING THEMSELVES. HOW MUCH LONGER ARE WE GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS??? NO MORE MONEY TO PARISHES! NO MORE MONEY TO BISHOPS! NO MORE MONEY UNTIL THE BISHOPS DO THEIR DUTY!