NO CRYING AT MY FUNERAL

NO CRYING AT MY FUNERAL

Sunday, April 20, 2008

ANTI-CATHOLIC PROTESTANTS TAKE THEIR BITE OUT OF THE POPE

You knew that it had to come. The Protestants would get their placards greased up and stapled onto stakes to express their hatred for the Pope. Where do these "Christians" come from? Well, there's the "former" priest who now is speaking on television and "U-Tube" and other places. 20 years a priest he was. If he knew any better, and if he was able to run to his "Sola Scriptura" environment, he would somehow get the message that he is still a priest. He might even discover that we are all priests. So why, all of a sudden is he famous? Is it because he can bill himself as a "former" priest? By the way, there is a former nun, too.

Then, of course there are the those who hate the Catholic "System" of running after documents that prove that they have received the sacraments. Ah, yes, the sacraments, those points of idolatry that God warned us against. We know why they are idolatrous because they take away the time that is so precious for baseball, football, soccer, hockey, debate team, drum and bugle, etc.
Of course we can't forget that all religions are about the same anyway. After all, we pray to the same God. Catholics just don't get it. Lutherans get abortions; Anglicans have female priests and homosexual bishops with live-in partners; many Catholic priests are homosexuals, so what's the big deal?

What's the Pope doing here telling us that he has something to tell us that sits on the bottom line of virtue?

I have something to tell you. I don't care whether or not you like it.
I too am a priest. Ordained a missionary on December 19, 1965 by Monsignor Cunial, Ordinary of Rome. I am still a priest. I am a priest forever according to the order of Melkisedek.
I am now a layman, "reduced" to the "order of laity" by decree of the Holy See...In Latin, a language that I still understand.
I am one of thousands of priests, reduced to the order of laity who are still dedicated to the Mother that we still love without measure, The Bride of Christ, Our Church. About one month ago, the Italian newspaper, "Corriere della Sera" (Evening News), semi official organ of the Vatican created a long article showering the laicized priests of the world with blessings and gratitude.

There are thousands of us who are standing by our pastors, zealously providing Bible Studies, Adult Faith Formation Classes, Liturgy training, parish administration, electronic evagelization and many other things. We do not make it on to ANTI-CATHOLIC talking-heads television programs, we're too busy making sure that you have better connections with God on Sunday and through the week.

You can go back to the article I wrote about the impact that the Pope has on the world. Don't you remember the funeral of JP II ? Don't you remember the report of the election of Josef Ratzinger and the pictures of him saying that he was taking the name, "Benedict"? Can't you bring yourself to wonder how the Pope can cause the miracle of commercial television eliminating their ads for continuous coverage? Doesn't it make you wonder how the president of the U.S. can greet the Pope into our country with a gracious, "Welcome, Holy Father."? Doesn't it make you wonder why people of all religious traditions and groups can gather to feel the spiritual emanations from a frail, but tough, human being? Doesn't it make you wonder why these "former" priests can turn into agents of revolution against their mother church? Doesn't it make you wonder how these agents of negativity can be so insensitive to the spiritual wave while so many others of all bands on the spectrum are feeling it?

I dare to say that we all all look to Pope Benedict XVI for the truth that supports our morality. EVERYONE knows that Benedict XVI will tell the truth. Rock-bottom, non-negotiable truth. No abortion; no stem-cell research; no homosexual marriage; no death penalty; no torture; no whimsical wars; wider borders; better wages and better, much better health care. You don't have to be Catholic to listen to this, and you don't have to be Catholic to obey it. It all comes from God and God is for us all...after all, He created us all.

And the Bishop of Rome is the Bishop of us all. He is the Prophet of our age.

WHEN YOU TURN ON YOUR TELEVISION, TURN IT TO THE FRAIL GERMAN PROPHET. HE HAS THE MESSAGE THAT WILL BRING US TO HEAVEN.

Tell this to that "former" priest because you heard it from me, an actual layman, proud member of the order of the laity. I love Benedict XVI. He won't let you cry at my funeral.
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