Month: July 2010

The Catholic Church is Finished


“We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa Fe


The Catholic Church is Finished

 The current issue of The Atlantic magazine presents 14 of “the most powerful ideas of the year”, and the above is one of them.  For our discussion, I would like to add to the title “True or False.”

          Going first, I would shout “false!”, but I think we who do not realize the Church has serious problems have our heads in the sand.  Here are items listed in the June Catholic World Report:

–         Cardinal Sean Brady in Ireland supports a national inquiry into abuse by Irish priests and religious.

–         Pope Benedict accepts resignation of one admittedly guilty Irish bishop two more resignations expected.

–         In 2001, French Biship Pican received a suspended sentence for covering up for a priest who had raped a boy and assaulted ten other.

–         Another French bishop apologized for accepting a priest who had raped a boy in Quebec and continued doing so in France.

–         In Belgium, Bishop Vangheluwe resigned, admitting he sexually abused a minor.

–         Bishop Muller in Norway resigned for the same reason.

–         Sweden’s only bishop wants to resign for not having acted when informer of sexual misbehavior of his priests.

–         In Germany, Bishop Mixa resigned, admitting having sexually abused children.

–         The bishops in Switzerland apologized to victims of clergy sex abuse

–         Archbishop Butitlhagale of Johannesburg said, “The image of the Catholic Church is virtually in ruins because of the bad behavior of its priests. We are slowly but surely bent on destroying the Church.”

–         Bishop Koda in Tanzania aresigned for his “alleged moral failures.”

–         In Brazil, three priests were suspended for alleged homosexual activities with teens and child pornography.

–         Seven Ontario bishops and a Cardinal accused of cover-up of a priest who was later convicted of abusing 13 your men.

–         Retired Bishop Lahey in Nova Scotia is accused of abusing a resident in an orphanage.

(for lack of space, I’ll not continue)

Positive action is required by our Church leaders to eliminate this cancerous condition.

          Perhaps, as it is a man-made rule, celibacy for priests and women religious should be a choice. For the first 1,000 years of Christianity, married priests was the norm. Why not let the Church become of age by accepting women deacons and married priests?  In my opinion, a priest has limited exposure for self-improvement because he doesn’t have a wife to point out his weaknesses along with his good points.  Also, if the marriage of a priest doesn’t work out, divorce should be expected and accepted as it is in 50% of other marriages.

          In telling of his work in Brooklyn, Father Anthony Andreassi, CO, wrote, “I am spending a wearying amount of time counseling discouraged parishioners and students, trying to offer reasons for them to stay in the church. They are turned off by statements and actions from church leaders who seem out of step with their lives. The latest onslaught of clergy sexual-abuse allegations and revelation of espiscopal mismanagement have only made their disillusionment worse.”

          My personal blow was learning that my former daughter-in-law, who had very active in the Church since childhood, said she had a sudden “epiphany”, realizing she was in an all-mail church and has joined the Episcopalians.

 In regard to corrective actions the Church should take, let me have your thoughts, which I will share with our other readers. (


Last week, the winner of the autographed copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholic  is Susan Fox in New Orleans. Here are the answers:

  1. The sons of Jebedee whom Jesus nicknamed “Sons of Thunder” were James and John.
  2. 130 is the maximum number of Cardinals permitted to elect a Pope

(Comment, I wish the maximum age were 50.)

  1. The patron saints of farmers is Isidore.


News flashes

–         Bishop Felipe Arizmendi in Mexico lit a blaze when he blamed child abuse by priests on eroticism on television.

–         Commenting on the U.S, Conference of Catholic Bishops publication of “Setting the Record Straight,” Commonweal magazine said, “If the authors of this publication wish to seize a ‘new opportunity for the Catholic community to come together in defense of human life,’ they can start by not questioning the motives of those Catholics who disagree with them about how best to interpret the provisions of the new health-insurance law.  On questions such as this, disagreement should not be understood as a threat to unity, but as a sign of the church’s intellectual vitality.

       “American bishops too often seem to fear that any acknowledgement of the complexity of the issue of the church’s teaching on abortion would weaken their own position.”

(Comment – AMEN!)

–         Even though half of Catholic schools have closed since 1965, with a 20% drop in enrollment in the past ten years, Timothy Dolan, New York’s archbishop is working on a strategic initiative to save the Catholic schools in his archdiocese by co-operating closely with Catholic universities.

 This is in opposition to converting the schools into charter status (as in Washington, DC) and they no longer operate as religious establishments.

(Comment – Congratulations, Bishop Dolan, may other Catholic educators follow your lead.)

–   A sign outside the Church of God in Phoenix: HONK IF YOU LOVE  JESUS; TEXT WHILE DRIVING IF YOU WANT TO MEET HIM.


We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics



My motto 

 “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa Fe


My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

In 2003, Catherine Meloy resigned as Senior Vice President of Clear Channel Communications, ending 20 years as a prominent media executive to become the President and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington (DC). Although she had little experience in the field of rehabilitation and marketing, she welcomed the challenge.

          During the past seven years she has restructured the overall mission of Goodwill, and established national records in training and job placement of handicapped persons.  She has completely redesigned end expanded the Goodwill stores to make them attractive and profitable locations.

          Cathy’s deep religious faith and zest for life makes her a model for all of us Joyful Catholics.

Interesting sayings 

The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 29:19

 The way the Israelis are acting, you can understand why Jesus, a Jew, decided to become the first Christian.

                  Armiger Jagoe 

The love of man increases in the same proportion as the love of God increases, and it lessens by the same cause and in the same proportion.  O you then, Author of this miracle, sacred tie of the visible and invisible, inexhaustible source of our present happiness and our future beatitude, of our perfection begun and our perfection to come!


   Father Henri-Dominique Lacordaire, O.P., who died in 1861, was a splendid Dominican who founded the Order of Preachers in France after the French Revolution.

 Sometimes when I look at my children, I say to myself, “Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.”

Lillian Carter, mother of Jimmy Carter


Regarding Carol Keehan, I hope this is not the sister who favours abortion and fellow traveler of Obama.  

                             Kalapurra C. Thomas

(reply: Yes it is, and I am one of her friends and admirers.)


For my weekly visits to a Catholic Retirement Home, I take copies of your Joyful Catholic blog, and the residents love them.  Keep it up!

                             Rebecca Armstrong

How can I be a Joyful Catholic with all the problems the Church has today?

                             Bill Whitmore

(reply: Bill, climb to a new height to overlook current Church problems and marvel at the joyful treasures you have because of your Catholicism.) 

Chuckle Time

When Jesus was confronting the men threatening to stone the woman for her sins, he said, “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.”

          Just then as a stone flew past his head, he turned and said, “Damn-it, Mother!”


Special Intentions List

 As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer.  My address is They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.

Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Amie Ellis,

Linwood “Skip” Williams, Gerry Paradiso, Tom Medved, Eileen Grotsky, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo,

 Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,

Gertrude Goldstein, Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett, 8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman, Jack Conner, Ed Block, Isobel Milligan,

Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles, Grace Toomey,

Camilus Musselman, Bob Kehlhofer, Ed Cole

Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Rev. David Granfield, Rev. Patrick Granfield,

Mort Barron

As you note, because of miraculous healings, several names have been deleted and added to our Deo Gratias list.