Sacred Reality

This blog was started by Mary. I am a Roman Catholic wife and mother, interested in applying my faith to every aspect of my life and to the world around me. I try not to be a "Sunday-only" Catholic. However, I am still working out my faith with fear and trembling.

Location: The South, United States

Roman Catholic homeschooling wife and mother working out her salvation with fear and trembling

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Depressed--St. Jeremiah, pray for us!

I have always wanted to be Catholic since I can remember--never really had a falling away, per se, but I think this overflow of information about "all things Catholic" from the internet is too much for my OCD brain! [I call the internet the modern Tower of Babel!] It pains me that a priest would do this, in something that is supposed to be a more "traditional" part of being Catholic. :( It gets to where I have almost completely lost trust in priests, and I know that is not good. :(

It started when my "wonderful" college campus minister priest, Fr. Tom Magri, left and married his "good friend of 15 years." I kind of suspected something like that b/c of the way he criticized the Church, but when it is a priest who is supposed to be "faithful" from what you can tell from his homilies, and he does stuff like that, well, it is just a big blow, especially to a naive 18 year old! Then it happened in my parish in Virginia, where 2 priests, Fr. James Haley and Fr. Christopher Buckner, who were very "traditional" were removed under mysterious, vague circumstances. Fr. Haley told Bishop Loverde that Fr. Hamilton was receiving homosexual porn at the rectory. Fr. Hamilton was moved to a remote parish, and we were all told to have "compassion" for him, while the last I heard about Fr. Haley, he was living in a trailer park somewhere, completely stripped of his priestly faculties for telling the truth!
Fr. Haley had also been removed b/c he told the bishop about it and has not been allowed to celebrate Mass b/c he "told" on another priest who was embezzling and "told" on another priest who had an affair with a married woman and then ran off to Georgia with her. [That priest had been at parish parties, soaking in the hot tub with the woman--right in plain sight of everyone!] But it is the so-called "tattletale" who gets in trouble. HUH? And here is this, an article I came across when I was looking up my friend from college who was a youth minister at Fr. Stewart Culkin's parish: A Catholic priest, speaking about the wonders of homosexuality, at a Mormon conference--NO ONE made any talk of this! But Catholic families who can't space their babies perfectly with NFP are a shame and a scandal to the faith.

The further irony was that the pastor who had been removed b/c of homosexual porn (Fr. Hamilton) was moved to a parish where the pastor had been his associate pastor, Fr. Bruse, in another parish. Fr. Bruse had received the stigmata (apparently) while he was Fr. Hamilton's associate pastor and statues were supposedly weeping whenever Fr. Bruse came near (look up St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Woodbridge,VA). I know those things don't happen unless priestly infidelity or something like that is going on, and now we know it was! It really sickens me b/c Fr. Hamilton was in charge of many youth events, and he delivered a homily, shortly before he left, talking about how we don't actually have to follow Church's teaching. He also told us in a letter in the bulletin that our parish members go to confession too much! Fr. Haley always gave these awesome homilies, talking about his own sins and temptations, very humble and very honest. He spoke of the Blessed Mother with such love! I know he is not perfect either, but then, he never said he was!

So, anyways, it just makes me sick and sad and I don't see what to do about it. Yeah, I know all priests aren't like that, though my story covers 6 priests in our former diocese and a bishop. [I didn't even get into the pastor of our former parish in Georgia who spent every free moment he had with the parish secretary.] And it is not idle gossip, either--all of these are well-documented events. I just don't know what to think. It really makes me wonder about celibacy, and if that is truly an option (Jesus said eunuchs, not just celibates!). I want to encourage vocations in my kids, but I don't know if I can do it in good conscience. Both my dad and my uncle gave up the seminary b/c of the homosexuals who were there. I truly hope that Pope Benedict realizes this and what awful things have happened to people's faith b/c of these things that have happened in my diocese and in all dioceses. (My diocese, Arlington, was supposedly the most "conservative" in the country--ha!) We seriously think about joining an Eastern rite, so if our son wants to be a priest, he can at least be a married priest. I know the Pope apologized when he came here, but I truly hope he does far more than that. I don't agree with groups like "Voice of the Faithful," but we need that voice out in the wilderness, crying out, and more importantly, we need the shepherds to listen! I guess it is hard when the shepherds are also the wolves.

So, that's me. I know I offended someone, I am sure, but I think if people were actually honest about these things, then we wouldn't have these problems as bad as they are. Shoving things under the carpet is not a good thing. And I still don't know what to do about it in terms of myself and my own children. I know, pray and get my own act together! But how are we supposed to act if this is the "witness" we're getting from our superiors??? How are we to speak out if bishops are shoving good priests in trailers and telling us we have to forgive predators who have shown NO sign of repentance? I mean, am I missing something here? Are we all just hypocrites, play acting our faith? Do we actually believe in Jesus and the teachings of the Church? I don't know. I am a great sinner, and I have realized how I have let myself slip into almost apathy. I can't go to Mass b/c of my kids and my husband on any type of regular basis. It's too much trouble to send out an extraordinary minister. I will make a concerted effort to go to confession myself, and maybe I will lay it all out to the priest. I don't know. Did I ever mention Jeremiah is my favorite prophet? ( Last week's readings for Sunday really inspired me and consoled me.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sarah Palin

So, have you heard all of the shocking news? Sarah Palin's daughter is pregnant. She is being responsible for her actions and giving birth to the baby. Drugging your daughter with horse hormones is not being a responsible parent. Driving her to an abortion clinic and having your grandbaby burned alive with saline solution inside your teenage daughter is not responsible. [And actually, assuming that she was not on the birth control pill is not even fair, either, b/c I know at least 5 people who have conceived children while on the birth control pill. And that's just people who were willing to "share."]

This is responsible: she is going to get married to the father of the baby and do her best to make it in this self-centered culture, that discriminates against women who choose to act like women. And you know what? I am willing to bet that she will do just fine! That is teaching responsibility! And, ahem, I thought it was called "freedom of choice?"

And what is the real problem here anyways? Teenagers becoming pregnant, which, is a natural course of events and the way human beings are so driven; or, a society that does not provide for these natural events and forces women to drug themselves until they reach the magical age of 44, then they abort their first 3 babies b/c of Down syndrome, and then decide that they'll go with a surrogate after their baby is carefully selected over their defective siblings in the embryonic stage of life?

We as a society have lost our jobs to across the sea and down south because we have chosen to abort and contracept our workforce to death. We have created a standard of living that is ridiculous and unmatched in the world. God bless grandbaby Palin! God bless Sarah Palin and her daughter and son-in-law to be.

Oh my, and her husband had a DUI when he was 22. Do a poll of 22 year olds. Ask them how many have NOT driven under the influence of some drug, legal or not. Again, what would the statistic be? Like 10 percent have NOT driven under the influence?

Ideally, the baby would have been conceived when they were married. However, he or she was not, but the Palin family will do their best to support their daughter and her child. That is the TRUE audacity of hope--seeing what some might call a "terrible" situation and choosing to see the hope of God in the matter. Christians know we fall to temptation all the time, but we seek God's love and mercy and forgiveness. We are forgiven, and then we move on, making penance for our sins and learning from these mistakes. Non-Christians just do not get that!

I am voting for Sarah Palin--not John McCain. These so-called "shocking" events are just more evidence that she is a normal mom, with normal concerns and needs, and she KNOWS what everyone else is going through. What is it with these sexist people that are saying Sarah needs to focus on her own family? What about her husband and their extended family? I thought we were an "equal" society?

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