Thursday, May 07, 2009

Yet Another Reason I Don't Trust The Legionaries Of Christ
And specifically, Father Jonathan Morris

WARNING! Harsh language alert!

Every so often, I wake-up early in the morning and I enjoy watching Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld. This morning they had as two of their guests Fox News Religion Contributor Father Jonathan Morris and Columnist Ann Coulter. Oh, Father Morris also is (was?) the vice-rector of the Legionaries of Christ seminary in Rome,

Click here, then click on the image of Fr. Morris to see the video clip of some of the episode.

Young Father Morris had some rather interesting takes on Catholic teaching. Such as him stating that "marriage is not a religious thing." I wonder what he thinks of the Sacrament of Marriage?

Also, when Gutfeld told him that he hasn't gone to Confession for 30 years, "what kind of penance am expected to get if I go?" The response was so generic... so watered down, that Ann Coulter told him "you're sounding like a Protestant!"

Unfortunately, the clip doesn't have the most telling quote of the show. When asked if he celebrated the Latin Mass, the young Father responded "No, I live in the present." I would imagine that 1,500 years of solid liturgy and moral absolutes are so yesterday. So much for all that Sacred Tradition stuff, huh?

This coming from the vice-rector of the Legionaries of Christ seminary? No wonder we have so many shitty priests.


Blogger The Rockin' Traddy said...

good job hitting the nail on the head!

6:28 PM  
Blogger Subvet said...

I believe this is the same Roman collar wearing zipperhead who was interviewed by O'Reilly one night during the sex abuse scandal. His take was that we should pray for the priests that were caught and tossed out of the priesthood, they deserve our sympathy (I ain't making this shit up.).

I don't know who yelled the loudest at that, O'Reilly or my wife (aka The War Dept.) I just tried to keep her away from anything that could get heaved into the TV screen.


7:20 PM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

I just sent this wolf in shepards clothing an email asking for an explanation of his comments. We shall see if I get a reply.

Who knows maybe I will be the first to be branded a hate filled blogger!

7:36 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I was thinking the same thing, Did he read Vatican II?

8:36 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

If you get a reply Simplex Vir, post it.

As for this modernist heretic, he who marries himself to the spirit of the times will soon find himself a widow.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Hail3N1 said...

Unreal...When will all these charades end? Haven't gone to confession in 30 yrs? and won't get much of a penance...? no limbo? Married priests is something that will be looked into?Lives in the present? Yeah, just like the homo-priests, extortionists, "better not kneel" for communion priests.....New Order all the way!!

Besides being light in his loafers..he's a dreamer!

10:26 PM  
Blogger Hail3N1 said...

Forgot...He won't celebrate the Latin Mass...after saying what he said, should it surprise anyone? When a priest refuses to say a Latin Mass...he will NOT come close to being a "holy" priest!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

The scandal involving the LC's founder suggests to me that he was "enabled" by some coterie of senior priests in the management of the LC over the decades down even to today. Frankly, this casts doubt on the entire organization, even given that there may be many good priests in the LC, this particular one you have showcased notwithstanding who apparently is a senior manager himself being the rector of a LC seminary.

Bottom line, is that when you have a lousy submarine wardroom, you replace the whole wardroom. This actually happened in WWII.

What does this mean for the LC? Disband it and let the good priests go somewhere else. And dump the miscreants.

I think I will set up an anchor pool to bet when the LC will be disbanded. I am betting June 1, 3009.

10:47 PM  
Blogger QuantaCura01 said...


12:22 AM  
Blogger The Rockin' Traddy said...

I would like to see the letter you sent to this "priest". You should post that too.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Confiteor said...

Folks, this is really sad when you think about it for a minute. Here is a man who had to go to school for nine years to become a Catholic priest. NINE YEARS. A man who, unless he is living a double life, has committed his life in service to the Church. Or, at least he took the oath to. Sometimes when you see him on Fox News you wonder whether he is not attempting to serve two masters so to speak.

Anyway, this mindset evidenced in this quote is so incredibly juvenile and shows such a complete lack of contemplation and critical thought that you just have to pity this man to a certain extent that he has to live his vocation with his brain.

The old liturgy is TIMELESS. That is one of the characteristics that makes it so attractive to sincere and thoughtful Catholics. Just as it has no national or cultural boundary, it has no generational limitation either. It connects one generation to another. I agree that his comments are insulting to all of us and that he most likely was trying to be insulting when making those comments. We all live in the present, and the traditional Mass is most certainly a Mass for our present time. However, don't forget to pity these Neo-Cons to a certain extent. In some respects they are more lost than the liberals.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Oh yeah... I'm gonna post mine. I'm just waiting for others to send me their copy, so I can post everything in one fell swoop.

8:39 AM  
Blogger PreVat2 said...

Every time I watch Fr. J, two things come to mind. 1. This priest does NOT represent the Faith. 2. This douche bag has swabbed his throat with more then one man-dog!

He made the mistake a few years ago of taking on one of our greatest priests today, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer (after Fr. Euteneuer hammered Sean Hannity). Fr. Euteneuer destroyed this Roman-Protestant in two seconds.

If a Roman Catholic priest has no use for the "Mass of All Time," then wash your hands of him, and walk away. Fr. J is nothing more then a cable TV whore.

Semper Fi

9:20 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

"This douche bag has swabbed his throat with more then one man-dog!"

As soon as my husband gets home tonight I have to ask him what that means or maybe I'll call up one of my uncles.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Confiteor said...

Hey!! Knock it off with the personal and vicious attacks against this priest. Be mad at him. He deserves your righteous indignation. However, you all forget yourselves when you use some of the language that you do. He IS STILL A PRIEST. Regardless of his failings.

Do not meet his scandalous statement with the even greater scandal of calumny. Christ still resides within this man in a very special and unique way and for that you owe him (or if not him, the priesthood) a degree of respect.

Check yourselves and remember that true traditionalists should know not to speak this way about an ordained son of the Church.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Subvet said...

Confiteor, respect given solely due to the position a man occupies is the cheapest form. It's made available only by riding on the work and sacrifices of others.

I'll respect any priest right up to the point of his proving he doesn't deserve it. Father Morris did that a LONG time ago!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Vice rector of a seminary? Kinda young for the job, isn't he?

8:39 PM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

To properly back Confiteor's play, all of us need to understand that NO ONE is beyond God's ability to be redeemed. Especially and specifically men who have taken upon them Holy Orders. These men are attacked from the unseen realms in ways we cannot fathom. We fall often, should we be so scandalized when under greater attack a priest falls?

Confiteor is correct to demand a better level of respect than the vulgarity in which we sometimes engage.

Thank you for bringing us back into line a bit, that is what good Catholic men do, nice solid!

4:58 PM  
Blogger C said...

I'm not certain what is more scandalous, the comments of Fr. Jonathan Morris or the vile and puerile personal attacks directed against him...

10:54 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

I agree with C. For those of you using the profanity, and leveling these rather nasty attacks on this priest, your words reveal you for who you are. A real upstanding group of Christians are you.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

The shames on YOU. In case you missed it, there was a rather large WARNING! Harsh language alert!

You were warned... but you chose to read it anyway.

Don't like the language? Too damn bad. And you can keep your smart-ass, sneering comments to yourself.

Have a happy day.

4:43 AM  

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