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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nabi Sayeth: The Health of the Flock Depends on the Shepherd!

Obvious Answer! 
Editor's Note: Our shepherds are spiritual physicians. If they dispense a healthy prescription --an example of truth, virtue, goodness, beauty and respect for others -- they encourage a healthy flock. If they dispense poison -- an example of lies, corruption, greed, lust, pride, and contempt for others -- they create the diocese from hell. Even in those dioceses, however, one can find faithful shepherds, but it is much more difficult. 

The moral? Pray and fight for orthodoxy and support faithful and holy priests! And don't tolerate bishops who hide the truth and cover up the corruption. It needs to be exposed. McCarrick could only continue living his double life because his activities were hidden -- Pope Benedict failed us by not publicly admonishing McCarrick and letting the faithful know he had levied sanctions against him. Shame on them all!

Nabi Sayeth:
To understand the health of the flock, one must examine the quality of its shepherd. A good shepherd produces a secure and productive flock; a bad, careless shepherd produces an insecure and confused flock. 

In what was once a unified group of shepherds working as caretakers of the flock entrusted to them by Jesus, the Good and True Shepherd, and united with the universal shepherd, the pope, the bishops are now anything but united and some have proved themselves to be wicked wolves in shepherd’s clothing.
The following quote found in wiki illustrates this point well:

After the publication of Humanae Vitae in 1968, several problems emerged with the notion of collegiality promoted in the document. The fact that several episcopal conferences would openly rebel against the Pope had been unthinkable during the papacy of Pius XII. Prominent members in the Roman Curia deplored the fact that conference leaders appeared to behave as if they were regional popes. This complaint is notably found in the 1985 Ratzinger Report, a series of interviews where Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger deplores the lack of structure, organization and coordination between Rome and the local assemblies of Catholic bishops.
(Please note: Cardinal Ratzinger would go on to become Pope Benedict XVI.)
The lack of unity among the bishops and the pope has caused confusion and harm. They were called to be visible signs of the world-wide unity of the Catholic Church (remember the credal words, “ONE, holy, CATHOLIC and apostolic Church?).

Some examples will help:

So many bishops behave as “little popes” in their own dioceses. For instance, In West Virginia, when St. Patrick’s day fell on a Friday during Lent, a day of fasting and abstinence from meat; Bishop Schmitt would dispense the Catholics of WV from the Lenten obligations. 
But across the river in the diocese of Steubenville, the bishop did not dispense the obligations. Catholic from the Ohio side of the river would chuckle their way across the river to party up in “honor” of St. Patrick in West Virginia. 

The age for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation depended on the disposition of the bishop of the diocese in which the child lived. It could be middle school age or high school age or when the child as an infant was baptized.

Both Popes Benedict and Francis mandated that homosexuals were not to be admitted to seminary, and therefore,  to the priesthood. If one lived in the diocese of Pittsburgh, the mandate was published in the Diocesan newspaper for all to see. But if one lived in West Virginia, the mandate never made it to the Diocesan press, even though the secular news had reported the mandate! 

The national sexual abuse prevention program was put into place in some dioceses and the oversight of the program was delegated to a competent non-ordained lay person. In WV the program was under the control of an ordained deacon who answered to a chancery priest who himself answered to FORMER Bishop Bransfield. How’s that for transparency and accountability? Unfortunately, protecting our children against perverted sexual abuse is only as effective as the people who oversee the program.

Nabi asketh: Art thou confused? Dismayed? Shocked? If the shepherds are confused and confusing...what about the members of the flock? When will the confusion, the disunity, the abuse of power and of our young come to an end?

Read and take to heart these words of the Prophet Jeremiah in Chapter 23:
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock of my pasture—
Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my people: You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.
I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have banished them and bring them back to their folds; there they shall be fruitful and multiply.
I will raise up shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear or be terrified; none shall be missing—oracle of the LORD.

May we see the word of God spoken by Jeremiah fulfilled
soon….stay tuned....


Biagio said...

So how do we rid ourselves of the Peronist Pope?

Marià said...

I am sorry, I’m getting a little disappointed and sick of this blog. Why so much focus on just the homosexual problem? I understand that that is a major issue in our church; but why not focus on the more important issue right now that deals with the abuse on children? I just don’t understand your point and honestly don’t see how you are going to get anything done or anywhere with this blog. We have so much scandals in our diocese, it is unbelievable. But every single priest and person has chose to be completely silent and do nothing. I find it very hard to trust any priest anymore, I find it had to sit there in mass without thinking weather or not he has done something wrong to a child or an adult. The former “Fr” Erik Hall, went around with a married woman in the church for years...when he was finally caught they made him leave, but covered it up by saying “he left” & now there is a vile pediphile priest placed at a church that has a school? What sense does that make? There will never be any justice from a blog! I’m starting to question what do you have to hide?

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Maria, a major cause of the abuse of children IS the homosexual problem. Abortion is the first abuse since a child murdered before birth can't suffer any other injustice.

What I try to do with the blog is urge people to fight. You can't do that without knowledge. During our twenty years of publishing the Les Femmes newsletter, we've stopped a lot of scandals in the Diocese of Arlington. We helped put a stop to Good Touch Bad Touch a graphic sex ed program that is another terrible abuse of our children.

I'm not sure what you mean by your last sentence. "I'm startig to question what do you have to hide?" If you are addressing Nabi's posts, I think you have to look at the persecution of those who publicly speak out. Just a few days ago, a Catholic religion teacher was fired for sharing a letter from well-known Catholic evangelist Ralph Martin with her students. What was the letter about? -- The relationship between homosexuality and clergy sex abuse. You can read about it at

I'm sorry you are disappointed with the blog, but you are wrong when you say that every single priest and person has chosen to be silent and do nothing. You sound frustrated and that is understandable, but there is much truth in the saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword." It can bring about real change by exposing evil and proclaiming truth and goodness. There are many good priests out there. You will know the by their fruits.

Hadassah said...

Yes, there have been abominations commited in the church by heterosexual's also but, I agree the vast majority have been homosexual. Homosexuality and silence of good men! What do they all have in common wether it be a heterosexual or homosexual crime in the church? Satans plot to destroy and make a mockery out of God's holy institution of marriage, between one man and one woman and to cause great harm to his little ones through abortion and abuse. Mary Ann, I would like to thank you for your encouragement for Catholics to fight.
Now, for the former Fr.Eric Hall. This was not the first episode for him. He previously did this in Parkersburg but, not to this extent. Eric Hall developed a relationship and had an affair with a married woman at his parish, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in the Eastern Panhandle. This went on for over 2 years while he still befriended her husband and children. When a pregnancy was discovered, Eric had to meet with the former bishop Bransfield. After Eric left the church, he remains still to this day with this woman . What ever happened to the baby? It remains unknown. The entire family was destroyed. Eric and his girlfriend now live in Winchester Va and he is a realtor . They are looking to buy a home together. Make sure he doesn't get a commission from you !
Though things are very dark right now, there are still some brave priests. Pray for them and encourage them to be silent no more! One of those brave young priests in Fr. Thomas Gallagher of St. Joseph's Church in Martinsburg WV. A couple months ago in his homily for the entire weekend, he Publicly called out Eric Hall on his sins and encouraged all present to never be silent in the face of evil. He had it also published on the Churches Facebook page. I encourage others to read it.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thank you, Hadassah. That sounds very similar to the horrible situation here in Arlington with Fr Jim Verrecchia and Nancy Lambert. Believe it or not for a time he was working for the Diocese of Atlanta and for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He's in the Atlanta area and now is the Executive Director for the Atlanta Master Chorale. These folks always seem to land on their feet even after they destroy so many around them. Poor Jim Lambert lost his family and got a heart attack out of the deal.

Hadassah said...

It is unbelievable how much destruction they have caused and what they have gotten away with. How awful! Poor Jim Lambert. Thank for the links Mary Ann. I know a whole lot of the Diocese's of Wheeling, NJ and Philadelphia. I will definitely read your information on Arlington.
And may I had to my above comment. When Eric Hall was forced out, it was "My lord" Fannie who was sent to break the news to the people of St. Joseph's church. Of course, the truth would not be told. The congregation was told by Fannie that Eric Hall left the church. Just up and left. Fannie gloated from ear to ear, almost as if he thoroughly enjoyed it. I was fortunate enough to find out the truth that very night. However, heartless Annie left most of the parishioners shook up, confused and hurt. I don't think Annie realized that his affairs will also, eventually, come out. His secrets were not buried with Bishop Schmitt.

John F. Kennedy said...

"- Pope Benedict failed us by not publicly admonishing McCarrick and letting the faithful know he had levied sanctions against him."

I read on another blog, possibly Fr Zs, that the problem B16 had was that by Canon Law unless there had been a Canonical Trial and a guilty verdict a PUBLIC punishment couldn't be levied or announced. Apparently there was doubt on whether or not the necessary evidence and testimony could be gathered for a such a verdict. The Lavender Mob protect there own. So instead a private punishment was instructed and agreed to by McCarrick. So he again broke his personal promise to Pope B16.