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Thursday, December 14, 2006


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You should rename the blog from Roman Catholic Blog to We Hate Bishop Tod Brown Blog.

Seriously, everyone knows what the editors think of him. He is doing what he thinks is best. How about we pray for Bishop Brown, rather than try to control him.


We can pray for him, but we can also try to do what is best for the poor souls in his 'care' as well. If he worked for any major corporation he'd have to account for his level of competence, for how he fulfilled his job requirements, etc. Why can't we expect our Bishops to live up to certain standards? The command was 'feed my sheep' not 'experiment with my rats'.

CRCOA Member

Many, many people are extremely concerned about Bishop Tod Brown, not just Thomistic.

Bishop Brown is indeed doing what he thinks is best. Whether that actually is what is best is another question entirely.

Lots of women abort their unborn children while saying that the decision to abort is "what's best".

Nobody is trying to control Bishop Brown, any more than Pro-Life Catholics who speak out against abortion are trying to control women who seek abortions by opposing abortion on demand, Roe vs. Wade, and the culture of .

Bishop Tod Brown sent a memo supporting homosexual domestic partnerships to all of his priests. He supported the enrollment of a homosexual couple's adopted children at a Catholic school despite the fact that the homosexual men who had adopted the children were open about their homosexual relationship, wore wedding rings, and belonged to The Family Pride Coalition (FPC), whose slogan is "Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their families."

Bishop Tod Brown continues to allow priests in his diocese to hire the former Fr. Rod Stephens, who has since taken a leave of absence fropm the priesthood and continues to remain with his longtime companion, Howard Sellars. Rod Stephens recently attended a "Mass" celebrated by a newly "ordained" woman and was photographed and quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune supporting the event.

Bishop Brown has refused Holy Communion to kneeling communicants and has thwarted the celebration of the Tridentine Mass in his diocese.

He consented to have a parish administrator "invite" over fifty Catholics to leave St. Mary's by the Sea parish and the Diocese of Orange for continuing to kneel after the Agnus Dei, but has knowingly allowed Fr. Fred Bailey's Halloween Masses and other known antics to continue unchecked for years. He also knows that sveral parishes in his diocese have know kneelers and stand throughout the consecration (contrary to the norms of the Universal Church). He has not had the pastors in those parishes harass parishioners and kick them out of their volunteer positions in the parish or invited them to leave the parish or the diocese. He did not invite Fr. Fred Bailey to leave the diocese or require that Extraordinary Ministers dressed as demons and cantors dressed as witches leave their parish or the diocese.

Bishop Brown gave pro-abortion politician, Loretta Sanchez, Holy Communion at a public Mass, but won't do the same for a Catholic who kneels.

His vocations director is a notorious liberal, as is his director of Religious Eductaion/Superintendent of Schools.

Heresy is routinely taught to catechists through the chancery's program to educate catechists.

Priests who have been caught with disgusting pictures of young boys on their computer have been hidden and supported.

Orthodox Catholics have been persecuted.

Liturgical abuses have been uncorrected and even encouraged.

It is ridiculous that anyone would think such things should be ignored, or never mentioned. It is wrongf to say Bishop Brown is just doing his best and all we should do is pray for him.

Members of CRCOA do pray for him. Daily.

Prayer is good, but action is good, as well.

If you (or more pointedly, a multitude of people) were about to drink poison, would you be content with me remaining silent and simply praying for you (or them)? Wouldn't you rather that I warn you (or the multitude) directly in addition to my prayers?

People who attck Thomistic or this blog over criticism of Bishop Tod Brown are ignoring a problem that needs to be adressed in addition to attacking the messenger.

If you don't like the message, you are in good company. Bishop Brown doesn't like it either.

I'll pray for the both of you.


I found this quote from canon law, and the commentary which follows it, online. Thomistic is not doing anything wrong. In fact, Thomistic is doing what is required.

This is stated clearly in Canon 212, Section 3:

"They [the laity] have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals."

Acute Problems

This right and duty of the faithful to make their views known can become acute when, on a matter of faith or morals, a bishop, theologian, pastor or religious superior actually teaches contrary to the Magisterium or attempts to impose programs or liturgical rules which contradict or undermine what has been taught or otherwise put in force by the Holy See. Direct contradictions of Church teaching which demand the assent of the faithful are thankfully rare, but preaching, teaching, writing, programs and liturgical practices which deviate from or undermine the official positions of the universal Church are not so rare. Such deviations are frequent wherever bishops, theologians, pastors and religious superiors are sadly influenced by the mindset and values of the prevailing culture.

These deviations put the faithful in a difficult position, leaving them little choice but to passively or actively resist. In some cases, there may be complex matters of interpretation at stake, and for this reason the benefit of the doubt must always be given to those in authority. But at other times, false teachings, broken rules, or compromised values are so clear that fraternal correction, passive resistance, or even public protest and organized opposition are not only justified but required. Canon Law itself provides procedures for redress of grievances, as well as penalties for ecclesiastical persons who fail in their duties or abuse the rights of the faithful. If there is at times a lack of zeal in enforcement of the provisions of Canon Law, this is simply further evidence of the need for reform.

'Twas The Night Before Jesus Came

'Twas the night before Jesus came
And all through the house Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care,
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap,
Was watching The Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment that this must be The Day.

The light of His face made me cover my head;
It was Jesus! Returning just like he said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name,
When He said "It's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound... While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call, We'll find that the Bible was true after all! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ AMEN!


The sheep are hungry and the shepherd seems to have forgotten the right type of food to feed them. Why do the sheep have to remind the shepherd what is needed? Someone should start an order of priests and nuns whose mission it is to check every "Catholic" church, school, or other institution to ensure that it is following the teachings of the church. We need such an order because the sheep know nothing and they are the ones telling the shepherd what to do. We are tired of telling the shepherd what is right and the shepherd ignoring us and doing what is wrong. Pope Benedict has his work cut out for him. I know quite a few good priests who would make excellent bishops, but instead they are sent to dying parishes so that the bishop will not get nasty letters from liberals when the priest preaches the truth.

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