Take Five Minutes And Read ThisYou won't regret itAnother casualty of the "Lavender Mafia"
By Matt C. Abbott
Apr 18, 2006
Mary Ann Kreitzer of Les Femmes and the Catholic Media Coalition sent out the following (slightly edited) e-letter regarding the resignation from the priesthood of Father John Nesbella:
When I read this article, I wept. Father Nesbella came to the abortion march in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. A friend of mine, Karen Torres, was near him in the crowd. He held a crucifix and prayed the rosary the entire time. Karen didn't know his name, but wrote a letter to The Arlington Herald, and the editor, Mike Flach, wrote an editorial on the ‘mystery priest’ seeking his identity. Flach wrote a subsequent article that identified the priest as Father Nesbella. Here's Karen's description of the day, taken from Flach's editorial:
Torres said at the center of the group (which included several Christendom College students) was a young priest who led the rosary while holding up a heavy wooden crucifix. The priest recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet and ‘faithfully, calmly and courageously’ recited all the prayers on a special pro-life handout.
‘I never learned (the priest’s) name,’ she said. ‘I would like to write to him and tell him how deeply impressed we were by his courage and calm as we all descended into hell together.’
Torres said the crowd in the street ‘went crazy’ at the sight of a crucifix and roman collar, coupled with the recitation of the rosary. ‘It was too much for them,’ she said. ‘Women naked from the waist up (except for NARAL stickers) came as close as possible to the priest to scream obscenities and block sight of the crucifix with their signs promoting sex-ed.
‘Young men skipping hand-in-hand stopped to ostentatiously give each other big sloppy openmouthed kisses. One enraged man began banging his sign hard against an oversized poster of a baby in the womb, attempting to topple it and possibly its holder,’ Torres said.
‘One man who appeared to be quite serious told us repeatedly that he worshipped Satan and was putting a curse on us. Over and over again we were told that Jesus hated us, God was pro-choice and we were bad Christians who were going to hell.
‘But the most hated and attacked target was the priest,’ Torres said. ‘For major portions of the march, we could not hear the rosary over the microphone, even though we were only five feet away. At the sight of the priest and his crucifix, people cursed, taunted and chanted slogans, but mostly they just screamed and shrieked incoherently. Between the decibel level and the hate, that sustained screaming was unnervingly like a tidal wave coming at you.’
Despite having the worst verbal abuse directed toward him, Torres said, the priest never lost his calm or prayerful focus. He exhibited ‘patient compassion’ in the face of unremitting hate.
‘In my 47 years I have never witnessed a better example of grace under pressure -- better known as courage -- and I would like to write and tell him so,’ Torres said.
What the pro-abortionists and homosexual activists couldn't do, drive this good priest out, the Lavendar Mafia running the chancery accomplished. This is the legacy of evil bishops like Joseph Adamec. Father Nesbella was being persecuted in Altoona because he dared to condemn homosexual behavior. The bishop reprimanded him for distributing literature about the diseased deathstyle of sodomy. Father Nesbella was another priest who could kiss being a pastor good-bye. Maybe you criticize him for giving up. I can't. How steadfast would any of us be in his situation? We need a diocese with a bishop who offers men like Father Nesbella sanctuary.
The persecution of good priests is an on-going scandal to the Church in the United States. If you aren't angry about it why not? If you give one red cent to bishops who persecute good priests, you are part of the problem! The only thing these bishops (and their homosexual priest underlings) love is money. They use it to build or renovate mansions with climate-controlled wine coolers, $5,000 beds, put in marble fireplaces. These men see the priesthood as a career where they are CEOs with bottomless expense accounts. Stop enabling them.
Give your money to the Missionaries of Charity, a contemplative order of sisters like the Poor Clares, crisis pregnancy centers, pro-life politicians, and ministries that directly serve the poor (preferably one you have direct involvement in and know doesn't misuse the funds). If you can't give to your parish without paying the diocesan assessment, then give in-kind donations like flowers, paying the phone or electric bill.
Write to the apostolic nuncio about this shameful situation in the United States. If things don't change we will find ourselves with a higher and higher percentage of homosexual clerics running what's left of our disintegrating Church in the U.S. As Father John Hardon, S.J., said so often, the Lord promised the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. He never promised the Church would survive in a particular country or diocese.
Father Hardon predicted that entire dioceses would disappear in the U.S. He also said only a handful of bishops were entirely faithful (six) and only about 60 others were ‘mostly’ faithful. I would like to think the situation has improved since 2000, but with many bishops indicating they will continue to ordain homosexuals despite the new Vatican document, can anyone be very optimistic?
Fight like your life depends on it. Your spiritual life, and that of your children, may! Write to:
Most Rev. Archbishop Pietro Sambi
3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic journalist and commentator. He is a columnist for and/or contributor to RenewAmerica.us, MichNews.com, Catholic Online, Opeds.com, TheConservativeVoice.com and Speroforum.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.