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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Jimbo

Yikes!

Again we see the curious tendency of certain authorities to show compassion to one segment of the population and not others.

I am led to conclude that the Bishop is horribly compromised in his decisions, and am left to wonder privately why this might be--why he seems to consistently side with a certain segment of the population.

I always get a chuckle at these peace-at-all-cost types. Yeah, the parish peace and comity are the most important things! They quote the sword being beaten into plowshares all the time, but never seem to quote Jesus saying he came not to bring peace but the sword. How about a balance, peaceniks. I suspect they forget that Jesus divided homes and families and synagogues.

Loyolalaw98

Twenty years ago I knew Joe when he was a fellow Orangensis at St. John's in Camarillo. They put him through h*ll for his orthodoxy. He bore it all patiently and humbly. I knew of no other seminarian who prayed more than Joe. He was castigated for it, called a "wafer worshipper."

It's interesting to note that the former Rector of St. John's while Joe was there, George Niederauer, is now the Archbishop of San Francisco, and the Dean of students while he was there, Gabino Zavala, is an auxiliary Bishop of the L.A. Archdiocese. One can imagine the "type" of priests they try to recruit.

jay_d_acre

This is the first I've heard of these priests, and from what I read through these links there definitely seems to be something wrong with the priest colleagues around Fr. Baca. But we also need to be honest about giving the whole picture of Fr. Baca. I think I understood the articles: hasn't Fr. Baca been battling a serious drinking problem? If so, that is something that will really mess one up, and it's certainly something that will compromise a priest's ability to function. I know of a few priests who did the right thing, who knew they had a problem, took time away to get treatment, and came back better than ever. But staying sober is a life-long fight, one moment at a time, one dat at a time.

Jimbo

Well, Jay, I notice that even if what you say is true about Father Baca, I noticed that one priest's battle with addiction (homosexual pornography) has been cleared by the bishop with amazing speed, while Father Baca's (alcoholism) still hasn't been cleared. Why would homosexual porno addiction be cleared so fast and alcohol so slow? Furthermore, the porno addiction most assuredly coincided with numerous vacation antics.

Again, why compassion and understanding to one addiction and not the other? Apparently some addictions and groups are more deserving of compassion and consideration than others.

ATHELSTAN

Eventually Pope Benedict will have no other choice but to excommunicate those Catholics who refuse to accept his final revision of the liturgy. The creation of a flexible, Tridentine-style rite with numerous options within. A Rube Goldberg of a machine with many moving parts. All designed to satisfy some group within the Church.
The reactionaries here and elsewhere in the world will never accept anything but the full restoration of the Tridentine Mass. They vainly wait for it to replace the Novus Ordo. That will never happen and this pope and future popes won't permit it to happen.

So the inevitable clash and the pope's need to anathematize the so called "traditionalists" who refuse to submit to his authority from the mainstream of the Church cannot be avoided.

Billy Simons

I have a question. Preachers say they are called to serve God. And Priests and Nuns say they are called to serve God. Why do Preachers get married and have children and the Priests and Nuns don't? Thanks, BS

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