Monday, September 10, 2007

Hit The Bricks, Sister
But the baby-killers can stick around

Two rather disturbing stories concerning a couple of our ever so dependable wolves in sheep's clothing... oops... I mean leaders. I swear, a bishop who actually adheres to Catholicism is rare. One who actually proclaims it outloud is rarer still.

First up, this uplifting story out of Los Angeles regarding Cardinal Roger "The Dodger" Mahony doing this damnedest to scrape together the cash to pay for the minor inconvenience otherwise known as the $660 million pay-off for his protecting rapist "priests".

The convent of the Sisters of Bethany is now up on the chopping block. It'll be turned into an upscale B&B, no doubt. Looks like Roger The Dodger is about to do to the good Sisters what many of his "priests" did to innumerable little boys.

From the LA Times;

Facing their convent's closure
SANTA BARBARA -- For 43 years, Sister Angela Escalera has lived and often worked out of her order's small convent on this city's east side, helping the area's many poor and undocumented residents with translation, counseling and other needs.

Now retired and partly disabled at 69, the nun thought she would live out her days here, in the community where she is still an active volunteer and in the dwelling that was built for the order in 1952. But she and the other two nuns at the Sisters of Bethany house recently received word that their convent, which is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will be sold to help pay the bill for the church's recent, multimillion-dollar priest sex abuse settlement. (you reap what you sow, 'eh Rog?)

The nuns have four months to move out, according to a letter from the archdiocese. The notice, which was dated June 28 but not received until the end of August, (the very model of administrative efficiancy) asked the women to vacate the property no later than Dec. 31 -- and noted that an earlier departure "would be acceptable as well." Signed by Msgr. Royale M. Vadakin, the archdiocese's vicar general, the letter offers the nuns no recourse (translation: it sucks to be you, so haul ass, Sister) but thanks them for their understanding and cooperation during a difficult time.

"We're just so hurt by this," Escalera, the order's local superior, said this week. "And what hurts the most is what the money will be used for, to help pay for the pedophile priests. We have to sacrifice our home for that?" (Sister, if you were a homosexual rapist "priest", then the good Cardinal would take care of you.)

Tod M. Tamberg, spokesman for the archdiocese, said "The pain is being spread around..."

No, dumbass... innocent and decent people are being screwed because your boss accepted, protected and fostered a Lavender Mafia within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the logical (and unbelievably obvious) consequence has come to fruition. So, Tod, if you want to yammer on incessantly about "the pain being spread around" have the decency to tell the world WHY there is so damn much pain to begin with.

Then we have this bit of cowardice coming out of Canada. Turns out the Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie can't (won't?) make a decision concerning Amnesty International using a local Catholic high school as their meeting place. You remember Amnesty International, don't you? They're the same fine folks who recently stated that abortion is a "human right". I guess that unborn human doesn't have any rights, huh?

Anyhow, from;

Despite Pleas, Ontario Bishop Refuses to Direct Catholic School on Amnesty International
The bishop of Sault Ste. Marie and the Trustees, however, seem to be playing an almost comical game of continuous pass-the-buck over whether Amnesty's decision to support the killing of unborn children is serious enough to warrant the group being asked to take its room rental fees elsewhere.

Board chairman Marchy Bruni told the local media that the Trustees are waiting on guidance from Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe, while the bishop has said the decision is up to the Board. (Huh... what?) Bruni told the Sault Star on Wednesday, "It depends what information will be coming back from the bishop and from every other organization that we've been requesting information." (Huh... what? Part II)

Bishop Plouffe responded to the Sault Star that he will "very clearly" restate the Church's teaching on abortion, available in every Bible and Catholic catechism. However, the bishop has so far declined to say if he will give the Board the direction they are requesting as to whether the Church's already well-known teaching requires any particular action to be taken on the situation at hand. (Huh... what? Part III)

This whole things looks like a Three Stooges short. In the meantime, satan is having a helluva good laugh.


Blogger Al said...

My head is spinning more than Regan's in The Exorcist after reading the bit from Ontario. The only thing that might be spinning more is the corpse of President Truman because, as you said, this is a clear case of "The Buck (or in this case Looney) doesn't stop anywhere but keeps getting passed back & forth.

"By allowing Amnesty International to hold meetings in our school are we jeopardizing the teaching of our church on respect for life issues?" Yes, Bishop, it does, do you even have to ask that question? For me, the whole thing is a no-brainer. AI has to find another place.

As for Cardinal Mahony, I have said more than enough abough what I think of his dispicable actions towards those poor Sisters.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...


Looks to me as though the Canadian Bishop is telling the Board that they ARE, indeed, to expel "amnesty" from the school.

How many ways can he say it? He alludes to the CCC and the Gospel...

My suspicion is that there's a different corporate (tax? control?) arrangement in Canada than in the USA.

The Board's trying to pin the tail on the Bishop, and he may actually have zero real authority.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

If there was one thing I learned in the Marine Corps, it was that a leader is responsible for everything that goes right, and everything that goes wrong in his command.

If this bishop is incapable/unwilling to tell a bunch of baby-killing advocated to get the hell off Church property, then this man has no business being a Catholic Bishop.

Enough of this playing hot potato bullshit. Time for this Bishop to start acting like one.

3:41 PM  

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