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The Bishops and Catholic America’s Tipping Point | September 2, 2011

The Republicans have tried to work on a bipartisan basis, only to be stymied by a president intent on taxing the rich so he would have even more money to pour down the sinkhole.

Obama has added $5,000,000,000,000 to the national debt since January of ’09.

Has any of that benefited the poor? Or just made more people poor?

Since LBJ’s War on Poverty, which I think was a war on poor people, especially black families, the nation has spent many billions or trillions of dollars on poverty eradication and things have only gotten much worse for poor people.

Photo C293-1-WH64, President Johnson visits with the Fletcher family

Billions wasted and the poor are worse off.

The Party of Slavery and Abortion:

It seems that the more we give, the more the Democrats and the churches want.

My Catholic Church’s cozy relationship with the party of slavery and abortion, not only irritates me but makes me wonder about the clarity of thought of many of our bishops.

In all honesty, do  the bishops really think that the poor have been well-served by the Democrats?

And that the Republicans hate the poor?

That’s how they act.

Do the bishops really think that Democratic motivation for taking other people’s money and redistributing to those who don’t have anything is altruism?

Can they truly look us in the eye and say that votes and re-elections are not the main reason for the Democrats lip service to the poor?

When did charity become a public occupation?

Historically the poor are better served by the churches, private charities and philanthropists who take God’s mandate seriously.

Get the government out of education, and charity and the nation will be better off.

People like Kevin Conway of the St. Louis Review (see previous post) had better make application for re-entry into the real world.

His misguided advice could be the worst possible way to heed the dictates of helping those who cannot help themselves, not the abstract poor that Church people preach about.

And while I am writing about stewardship, how about a little honesty and attention about the Catholic Church and the Federal government’s roles as stewards!

With newly appointed bishops standing behind him, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, front-row center, of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Bellevue, Wash. At front-row left is Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, KY, vice president of the USCCB, and at front-row right is Monsignor David Malloy, the general secretary of the USCCB. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Have they been good stewards?

 Is there anyone out there who thinks these two big organizations have been good stewards of our money?

The Catholic Church has spent billions of dollars over the last decade in paying off the victims and families of the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the very pillars of my church.

It is my opinion that the clergy has not done a good job in stewarding over the funds we have given them.

In fact they have failed dismally and without a scant word of apology.

I hate to remind some of our leaders, many of the faithful in the pews are scandalized by the abuse issue and the denial of its root cause–homosexual priests.

The release of the Jay Report seems to have done nothing more than whitewash the major homosexual contribution to the problem.

While Pope Benedict has provided some inspiration and hope that the Church does get it, I feel that too many in America have taken the scandal too lightly.

Only when the lawyer class, many of whom were good Catholics, got seriously involved that they started to take notice.

Bishop Sheen used to say that when we sinned it was like driving a nail into the cross of Jesus.

When the sin was forgiven and the nail was removed, it still left a hole in the wood and the hand that had to be filled up with sorrow and penance.

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Sin leaves a hole that must be filled.

How has the Church filled up that hole in the wood of the community?

I have seen nothing tangible.

Protesters gather outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, demanding the resignation of C

Pale still hangs over the Church

I think every priest, nun and brother, including the thousands of innocent clerics, should have spent a year at least doing penance and denying themselves the pleasures of the good life that many of them now enjoy at the expense of their donors.

If that ever happens I will feel much better about my church.

I would not rule out sack cloth and ashes.

NOAC News in sackcloth and ashes (Mon., Sept. 7)

Would not rule this out.

I think something like this would have reassured the faithful that they had gotten the message and have repented from the error of their ways.

But the Church does not seem to lead or inspire that way any more.

It gives us platitudes about the poor and our need to support big government and ObamaCare as it further destroys our lives, one foot at a time.

I seriously want to be a good Catholic.

Being a good Catholic is the lion’s share of my self-identity.

But I want to be an American Catholic, not a Catholic American.

I don’t think I should have to turn into a European Social Democrat like the bishops seem to be asking to be a good Catholic.

Just look what’s happening there.

Could that be our future?  Bankruptcies, riots, burning cars in the middle of the night!

Socialist thinking is an affront to working people, educated people, property owners and the like.

The bishops never offer any accountability.

Do they ever question government and how it manages the largesse of its 320 million citizens?

Do they ever cite the 7th Commandment—Thou Shalt Not Steal when it comes to confiscating the hard-earned money of millions of taxpayers–a dwindling breed?

We now have an entitlement class.  This is a denial of free will and personal responsibility.

How can the church encourage or justify that?

How can one man be entitled to the wealth or earnings of another man?

Church leaders may pay lip service to responsibility but their actions speaks otherwise.

Are they aware that our tax system was based on the thinking of Karl Marx, an atheist, who also promoted the public school system, which has chased God from its classrooms?

Do they think anything good can come from a man, like Barack Obama who is so bent against Western Civilization?

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A kinship beyond the grave

Have they sacrificed common sense and good judgment on the altar of an abstract quality–the poor, who Jesus said would always be with us?

That kind of attitude reminds me of a former pastor of my Church, who once prayed to end poverty!

Poverty is a relative term.  Someone is always going to have more than someone else.

It is human nature and all the Obamas in the universe (please let there only be one) cannot change that fact of life.

This priest was living in an unreal world in his mind–what blogger Henry Makow, calls solipsism, which means a self-created reality that has little or no connection with the Truth.

The Kingdom of God will never happen in this world! 

The poor as a class are over-rated and have become the unwitting tools of politicians whose unmitigated greed prompts them to want everything someone else has.

I know poor people who spend what little they have on cell phones, pagers, and tons of fatty snacks.

I know a family who worked the government system like a family of con artists.  They bilked and defrauded the tax payers out of who knows how much money that the government had taken from others.

As a moral agent of God and representative of His Word on earth, these are the issues that the bishops should address.

Stop making the poor the number one issue in their flock’s lives.

Step away from the trees and see the whole forest.

Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) truncs. Sequoia National Park, California, USA.

Need to back away

There is no way that American citizens can meet the needs and demands of the millions upon millions of needy people.

To sink the country financially as the bishops are enabling their Democrats is to default on the promise of American life and the Church, which says that God ONLY helps those who help themselves.

And that includes the class of dependents Democratic policies have created since Roosevelt and Johnson.

American Catholics have reached their tipping point.

The 2012 election is an American crucible.

If the bishops continued with what looks like an unqualified support of this incompetent president, and his unconstitutional Health Care plan, they will find themselves, standing alone.

A PERSONAL NOTE: For St. Louisans–First Run Theater is hosting a reading of my 4th play–a family sex farce at Big Daddy’s on Sydney and 10th in Soulard on Monday night at I think at 7 PM; no admission charge;

DOES A CATHOLIC HAVE TO BE A SOCIALIST?  http://www.americandailyherald.com/20110816718/religion/should-catholics-be-socialists

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3 Comments »

  1. Very good assessment. However, if you read Malalchi Martin, you will understand. The Catholic Church made a deal with Communism at Metz which is in writing. Both sides agree to work toward a just world socialism. Hence, the American Church’s view of Obama as the “second coming” even with abortion. A goodly number of the radical women around Obama are Catholic and very friendly with the “gay wing” of the American Church.

    Comment by jbq2 — September 2, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

  2. JBQ: Could you give a few more details about the “deal.” John XXIII? Why Metz? Has the deal ever come up for revision? Did all the popes since then agree with the deal? BB

    Comment by bbprof — September 2, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

  3. BB, To quote Jesus “the poor you will always have with you.” We have the poor so the rich can gain merit by giving to the poor. Jesus himself was poor. Born in a stable to a carpenter. Helping the poor with gov’t programs is a farce and a trick to establish socialism. ” It will be harder for the rich to get into heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” My quotes may not be exact but you get the idea. These so-called bishops who are on the liberal bandwagon are infiltrators to helpl destroy the Catholic Church. Jesus also said “the gates of hell shall not prevail” but that doesn’t stop them from battering it with word and deed. Even the homos are part of the plan to destruct. We need to repent, and pray like hell for those misguided bishops. Isn’t it a shame that we need to say these things about our wonderful God-given church fulll of sacraments and grace and mercy. God bless America.

    Comment by Mary B — September 4, 2011 @ 9:19 pm


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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