Saturday, 24 June 2017


Robert Shine,New Ways Ministry

An Illinois bishop has released guidelines about same-gender marriages that may greatly restrict participation in his diocese’s parishes by people in such marriages
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield issued his “Same-Sex Marriage Policies Decree 6-12-2017” earlier this month, which instructs lesbian and gay Catholics along with pastoral ministers on several aspects of ecclesial life.
Addressing the sacraments, Paprocki said people in same-gender marriages should neither seek to receive nor be admitted to Holy Communion because their relationships are of an “objectively immoral nature.” Most strikingly, the bishop decreed about funeral rites:
“Unless they have given some signs of repentance before their death, deceased persons who had lived openly in a same-sex marriage giving public scandal to the faithful are to be deprived of ecclesiastical funeral rites. In case of doubt, the proper pastor or parochial administrator is to consult the local ordinary [bishop], whose judgment is to be followed (cf. c. 1184).”
Further restrictions on people in same-gender marriages include the following prohibitions:
  • “[They] are not to serve in a public liturgical ministry, including but not limited to reader and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion”;
  • “[They may] not serve as a sponsor for the Sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation”;
  • “[They are] not to be admitted to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or receive the Sacrament of Confirmation unless he or she has withdrawn from the objectively immoral relationship”.
Paprocki’s decree also includes restrictions for pastoral ministers. No church worker, acting in a professional capacity, may participate in same-gender weddings. No church properties may host such weddings, and the bishop even forbids “items dedicated or blessed for use in Catholic worship” from being used in such ceremonies. Church personnel are also forbidden to bless same-gender marriages.
Pastors are further instructed to accept children whose parents are in a same-gender marriage for the Sacraments of Initiation, though pastors must use “due discretion in determining the appropriateness of the public celebration of the baptism.” Likewise, such children are to be admitted to Catholic schools and religious education, but the family “must agree to abide by the Family School Agreement.” To read more about that Agreement, which is LGBT-negative, click here.
Finally, the bishop threatened pastoral ministers that a “culpable violation of any of these norms can be punished with a just penalty.”
This Decree is not entirely novel. Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput sought last summer to bar LGBT people from both Communion and liturgical ministries in his restrictive pastoral guidelines. Elsewhere, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit and former Archbishop John Myers of Newark both told LGBT Catholics and their allies not receive Communion. What is notable about Paprocki’s guidelines is its treatment of funeral rites and threat of punishment for pastoral ministers.
The Decree is also not Bishop Paprocki’s first damaging act against LGBT people and their families. Last year, he implicitly criticized Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich for suggesting that reception of Communion is to be determined by each person according to their conscience. When Illinois passed marriage equality in 2013, Paprocki held a public exorcism because of the law, and had previously suggested that supporters of marriage equality should be disciplined like children.
Beside the obvious pastoral insensitivity, there are a few other things wrong with Paprocki’s new guidelines. In canon law, Canon 1184, which the bishop referenced in regard to funeral rites, says restrictions on such rites should be imposed on “notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics,” those persons who are cremated for “reasons contrary to Christian faith,” and “manifest sinners” whose funerals would be publicly scandalous.
It is discrimination to target LGBT people when, in a certain sense, all Catholics could be deemed “manifest sinners.” Who among us, including Bishop Paprocki, does not publicly sin at different moments? Yet, funeral rites are not denied to Catholics who pay employees an unjust wage, publicly advocate for the death penalty, or deny climate change.
It is cruel to suggest that people who have, by the dictates of their conscience, entered into same-gender marriages should uniformly be equated with apostates and heretics.
Secondly, threatening Catholic pastoral workers with a “just penalty” is improper for someone who is to be a loving shepherd for the diocese. It borders on spiritual abuse to tell pastoral ministers and LGBT Catholics that, should they adhere to a most fundamental church teaching and follow their properly formed consciences, they could be punished by ecclesiastical authorities.
In a moment when a growing number of church leaders, led by Pope Francis, are opening doors to LGBT people and their families, it is tragic that Bishop Paprocki has chosen to act so harmfully. Despite his claims, it is the Decree itself which is the real scandal in this incident.

What planet are people like Popriki living on?

The traditional Catholic understanding of a funeral is that it is a ceremony to pray for the deceased and their eternal salvation. 

If it is sinful to have a same sex union - as Poproki is suggesting - is it not more important that gay people are prayed for than anyone else.

Plus it is huge hypocrisy given that so many Catholic priests and bishops are living promiscuous gay lifestyles in the US, in the Vatican and around the world?

I am sure that there are plenty of clerical scandals in Poprocki's own diocese.

His instructions amounts to blatant homophobia and questions whether or not he is really a "Christian" at all!

Thursday, 22 June 2017


Emmett McLoughlin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Emmett McLoughlin (February 3, 1907 – October 9, 1970) was a Catholic priest of the Franciscan order who became known in the 1930s as an advocate for low-income housing in Phoenix, Arizona. He left the priesthood in 1948 in order to remain superintendent of St Monicas (later Phoenix Memorial) Hospital (Time, 1948), and wrote a number of books, including his autobiography People's PadreTime magazine (1970) called him "America's best-known ex-priest".


St. Pius X Catholic Church was built in 1935 and is located at 802-815 South 7th Avenue in Phoenix. 815 is the location where Father Emmett McLoughlin established the "Father Emmett Mission" in 1930.

The main office of the Marcos de Niza Housing Project , established by Father Emmett McLoughlin in 1941. The housing project is located at 305 W. Pima St. in Phoenix, Az. This property is recognized as historic by the Hispanic American Historic Property Survey of the City of Phoenix.
Born John Patrick McLoughlin. He grew up in Sacramento, California, and entered St. Anthony's seminary in Santa Barbara, California. He took the name Emmett during his novitiate in the Franciscan Order.
After his ordination in 1933 he was assigned a parish in Phoenix, Arizona, and began work there that would last for 14 years. Time magazine (1948) said that "soon young Father McLoughlin began to be almost as well known in Phoenix as the mayor." During that time he founded and directed St. Monica's Hospital, organized a slum clearance campaign, was instrumental in applying for federal funds for the Matthew Henson public housing projects (opened in 1940), was appointed as the first chairman of the Phoenix Housing Authority in 1939, and served as secretary of the state Board of Health.
His Franciscan superiors charged him with neglect of his priestly duties and ordered him to resign as superintendent of the hospital. McLoughlin decided that his work for the hospital and urban renewal was more important than his vow of obedience. He resigned as a member of the Catholic priesthood on December 1, 1948 to remain head of the hospital with the support of its board of directors, many of whom were Catholic. On August 13, 1949 he married Mary Davis (Time, 1949). He met her when she came to work at Phoenix Memorial Hospital working in the Medical Records Department. Friar Emmett was already disillusioned about the church hierarchy. He reports in his book, "People's Padre",that he did not lose faith in God, after leaving the priesthood/Romanism/Catholicism, but found he read more of the Bible and religious periodicals. He achieved more national prominence with the publication of his autobiography, 'People's Padre' in 1954.
He has been criticized in orthodox Catholic circles for not following the vow of obedience to the Church that he had taken as a Franciscan. McLoughlin, on the contrary, criticized the Church for requiring young men to take such a vow, often without having experience of life outside school and seminary. He also criticized the Catholic parochial school system, and alleged that a Roman Catholic plot had existed to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, criticisms which fed anti-Catholicism in America in the 1950s and 1960s.
McLoughlin moved to Oklahoma where he died on October 9, 1970. He is buried in Berwyn Cemetery, Gene Autry, Carter County in Oklahoma.
The city of Phoenix named the Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center in his honor ("City Dedicates", 2006).

Works published[edit]

  • People's Padre: an Autobiography (Boston : Beacon Press, 1954).
  • American Culture and Catholic Schools (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1960).
  • Crime and Immorality in the Catholic Church (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1962).
  • An Inquiry in the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1963).
  • Letters to an ex-priest (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1965).
  • Famous Ex-Priests (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1968).


Gradually, as the years went by, it began to occur to me that something was wrong.

Middle aged and older priests seemed, for the most part, resigned but apathetic. The said Mass, they heard confessions, the preached sermons - but they did it as a job, not as a religious dedication. 

I realised that my past, my present, and possible my soul, was tied to the Catholic Church. 

Was I losing faith in God? No. Was I losing faith in the Catholic Church? Certainly.

Should I continue to give my life to a system that could involve the exploitation of my years of service for the political aggrandizement of the Catholic hierarchy?

The young priest leaving the protective shelter of the seminary to enter the active ministry in a parish is soon shocked by the lack of charity he encounters. He finds this lack among the clergy themselves. 

The power of the bishop over his priests is as unlimited as that of a monarch of the Middle Ages. Only the right to capital punishment is denied him.

No Negro student was admitted to the St Louis University and a young Jesuit priest was hastily transferred back to California when he recommended that the student body protest.

How could I believe in the Mystical Body of Christ - and refuse to accept a Negro into a school, a church or a hospital?

The fact that a nuns hospital refused to teach white and Negro nurses together shocked me.

In Franciscan churches and in those of the secular clergy, the race for money goes far beyond the abuse of the ideal of poverty. It approaches greed.

Every priest who is sincere deplores the financial exploitation of the laity that is permitted - even promoted - by the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.

The fee for a low Mass is a dollar. The fee for a High Mass is from 5 dollars up. A solemn Mass requires 3 priests and the fee is from 25 dollars up.

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I can remember working on an annulment case that lay undecided in Rome for a long time - until I met a count from Albania who knew an Italian cardinal. A generous donation uncovered a legal solution for the couple involved. They still live in Phoenix.

I thought too of Italy. How could its own pope, preaching the inalienable dignity of the human soul and its value before God, bless Mussolini's planes as they swept over to annihilate the Ethiopians?

No priest who has ever heard priest's confessions will deny that sexual affairs are extremely common among the clergy. The principle concern of the hierarchy is that these affairs are kept hidden.

Another priest colleague of mine decided that the companionship of a nun was preferable to converting Indians on the Arizona desert. When the nun fell pregnant the bishop offered to transfer the nun to another state and let the priest stay put. The priest refused. The last I heard is that they are married and living happily in Chicago.

Many a priest who remains in the Catholic priesthood relaxes into a life of laziness.

I came to the irrevocable conclusion that the Roman Catholic Church had misrepresented itself to me. 


I only heard this week of Father Emmet Mc Loughlin and ordered this book published between 1954 (when I was 2) and 1962.

I am amazed that things were like he says in the Catholic Church of the 50s and 60s.

He gave 20 years service to the Catholic Church and the Franciscan Order.

Then he left to work in the slums among God's poor.

He admits that there are very good people - priests, nuns and laity in the Catholic Church.

But he concludes, that because the Church produces so much bad fruits it is a bad tree.

I agree with him.

Corruption in the Catholic Church is worse today than it was 50 years ago!

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  Priest at Belfast school quizzed pupils about sex - report criticises child protection failings
11A review of De La Salle College found serious flaws
By Allan Preston
June 22 2017

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·         A west Belfast school has been criticised for multiple weaknesses in its child protection measures after three pupils complained when a priest invited to the school asked them sexual questions in confession.
An independent review - ordered by De La Salle College's Board of Governors in January - detailed several flaws in how the school dealt with the childrens' complaints.
This included delays in reporting complaints to police, poor record keeping, and a lack of understanding of child protection issues.
The report centres on a visit by a Dublin priest to De La Salle College during May 2013, and of alleged inappropriate sexual conversations with three children.
The pupils complained separately to school authorities in June 2013, September 2014 and March 2015.
The PSNI previously confirmed the first complaint was dealt with in June 2013, but the remaining reports were not received until December 2014 and July 2016.
The review details that in May 2013, a session of confessions was held in the college over a number of days for some 160-180 pupils in years 10 and 11.
On June 14, 2013, a pupil told a teacher about his experience.
"He was asked if he masturbated, viewed pornography and how often," the report said.
"The teacher was concerned at this and made a child protection referral to the designated teacher."
A week later on June 21, an anonymous phone call was made to a Diocesan Safeguarding Office about the priest.
The office informed the school and referred the matter to the PSNI.
Two further referrals were made by teachers after pupils complained.
A long delay followed and the PSNI were not informed until November 2014 and March 2015.
Ultimately, as none of the pupils' parents wished to make a complaint, the PSNI did not investigate.
The report explained that the questions asked by the priest related to issues raised by pupils in class before the confessions.
The priest had been briefed about this and "this appears to be the rationale behind the questioning, however ill-advised and inappropriate".
The review team said that if the priest's questioning had been brought to the attention of Child Protection Service for Schools or social services, the advice would have been that it did not reach the threshold for a referral and should have been dealt with by the priest's parent organisation.
"The relevant church authority was advised of the concerns about the questioning and it did take action," the report said.
Serious problems with child protection in De La Salle were identified such as poor record keeping, a lack of cooperation between the safeguarding team and "the absence of a shared understanding on key aspects of child protection, such as, what constitutes child abuse".
Only the final complaint made in March 2015 had sufficient evidence for a full analysis by the review team.
"This case demonstrated good practice after a delay which exposed many system weaknesses," the report said.
The review team acknowledged that the "college staff has engaged in considerable efforts to rectify the deficiencies".
This includes a detailed Action Plan for 2017, although the report warned that constant staff changes and absence means there is "major concern" over the plan's long-term sustainability.
It adds: "This pattern must change if team members are to develop the appropriate competence in child protection matters that inspires confidence in members of the school community and ensures the best possible outcomes for pupils."
In an open letter to parents, De La Salle Board of Governors chair Monica Culbert welcomed the report and was "wholly committed" to implementing the report's recommendations.
She added the governors were very grateful to the review team for its "conscientious and sensitive manner".






A religious priest, brother or nun is required by their vow of poverty to own absolutely nothing. Everything they have and use, according to this vow, belongs to their community. 

In my experience the nuns live this vow better than the priests or brother do - but even the nuns can be personally very well off.

Surely this vow prohibits a priest, brother or nun having a private bank account and credit card? 

Yet I know and know of so many religious priests, brothers and nuns having private bank accounts and credit cards!

I had one Jesuit friend who told me that he had a bank account with £5,000 in it and his own credit card!

I am not a religious - and therefore have no "vows" but in my whole life I have never had anything like £5,000 in my bank account.

Yesterday I spoke to a secular priest friend of mine who has a brother a priest in a religious order. He confirmed that his brother not only had a bank account and a credit card but has flown BUSINESS CLASS and FIRST CLASS for years with money provided to him by benefactors. 

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Regularly in the Irish newspapers you see nuns and religious selling land for multi million pound amounts.


·         NEWS
Wednesday 21 June 2017
Nuns will get millions from sale of former hospital land.
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The Order of the Sisters of Charity is to receive a multi-million euro settlement as part of its exit from the St Vincent's Hospital complex in south Dublin, it was confirmed yesterday.
Members of the religious order are to sell the site of the former private hospital on the campus grounds to St Vincent's Healthcare Group for which they were receiving rent.
They were paid €14.6m in rent from St Vincent's Private Hospital over 13 years.
The rent paid by St Vincent's Private Hospital to the order is listed as €1.2m in 2015, the most recent year for which accounts are available.
A total of €14.6m was paid to the order over the years 2003 to 2015 inclusive according to accounts.

The rent went up from €1m per year up to 2007 to €1.2m since 2008.


In many modern "monasteries" the religious priests and brothers live very well indeed:

1. They have no bills to pay. All the bills are paid by the "bursar".

2. They have very comfortable accommodation. I'm told that when Clonard Monastery in Belfast was recently renovated in a multi million pound spend, each priest got a "suite" - sitting room, bed room and bathroom.

3. Their meals are cooked and served.

4. They washing and ironing are done.

5. They have access to a fleet of "community" cars - no car repayments, no road tax, no car insurance.

6. They get a monthly allowance.

7. They are given money for holidays, trips and courses. 

8, They have private health insurance and can enter private hospitals at the drop of a hat.

Can anyone tel me how this is LIVING POVERTY?


When it comes to chastity I think that nuns are generally better in the observance that religious priests or brothers - but many nuns have priest and lay lovers.

All I hear about religious priests especially is that they have a better sex life than most married or unmarried men.

I know of one Irish religious priest who had THREE FEMALE LOVERS:

1. A nun he was "spiritually married" to and with whom he could go ALL THE WAY.

2. An unhappily married women he could have NON PENETRATIVE SEX with.

3. A widow he could have NON PENETRATIVE SEX with.

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Number 2 came to see me in quite a state and I sent her tp Father's Superior. He listened to her. Gave her tea. But did nothing.

It turned out that Father Superior was compromised himself!

I know of nun and priest lovers who own a caravan or a holiday cottage together.


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These days of course, more than ever before, religious priests are inclined to be gay.

Many of them have at least one male lover and are even to be found in the gay pubs, clubs and saunas.

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I even know of one ENCLOSED !!! Cistercian monk who lives a wealthy gay lifestyle and is known by a woman's name by his fellow monks. 


What I am saying today is that in so many cases the vows of Poverty and Chastity are not being lived by those who profess it.

Would it not be more honest to leave the order than to pretend you are living in a way you are not?

BUT - where would you get the same lifestyle - roof over your head, good grub, money, car, sex etc - so easy?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


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This week in Belfast the CLONARD NOVENA is under way and thousands are turning out several times each day to attend Mass, submit petitions, hear guest speakers - and of course put plenty of money in the REDEMPTORIST COLLECTION PLATES.

The vast majority of the ordinary Catholics attending this novena are 100% sincere.

Indeed many of them are attending to ask God and Saint Mary's help with problems in their personal, family and community lives.

Even Bishop Noel Treanor has left his 4 million pound palace in leafy Belfast to say Mass for the great unwashed.

However I doubt if Treanor will be putting his hands in his pocket and putting money in the Clonard coffers.

But is this great Catholic Casino type of event a truly spiritual event - or is it more about:

1. Keeping the ordinary laity in awe of bishops, religious orders, priests and the Catholic Church in general?

2. Raising hundreds of thousands of pounds in one week from a big, spectacular Catholic Gig?

There are other examples of Catholic Casino-ism around the world:


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The Vatican makes an absolute fortune every year out of all it's visitors to it's sites and museums.


It is a well established fact that the Vatican profits by millions of Euros every time they make someone a saint in Rome.


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Another great Irish Catholic Casino is the Marian Shrine at Knock in County Mayo.

Bishops and priests love going there to have their rings and asses kissed by robot priest worshipping Catholics.

Knock also rakes in the money for that parish and the Archdiocese of Tuam.


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Again multi millions of pounds are raised by the Catholic Church in all these sites around the world.

I have most experience of Lourdes - and I like the simpler things at Lourdes - like praying alone at the grotto after midnight, like hearing confessions in the Confessional chapel and relieving people of burdens and by the care of the sick by so many.

But what really gets peoples tubes vibrating in places like Lourdes is when a cardinal or another well known cleric turns up:

"O My God, Cardinal Burke is here today. O my God. I just have to kiss his ring and get his blessing. O my God".

What would Jesus think of it all?

Let's ask him.

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"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you". (Matt 6:6)

"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed". (Luke 5:16)

"One day Jesus was in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples". He said to them, "When you pray , say, "Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation". Luke 11: 1 - 4)

Jesus also said:

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward".

Casino Catholicism benefits the Catholic Institution and its bank accounts.

It keeps the laity firmly in the pews worshipping bishops, priests and religious.





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