the outset, let us acknowledge that no one, especially a bishop,
ever says, "Look at me. I'm a heretic," or "Ladies
and gentlemen (drum roll), I have separated myself from papal
authority. " So we must ,with God's grace and a open mind,
look at the record.
Peter L. Gerety , during his six years of stewardship in the Archdiocese
of Newark, New Jersey, has:
and given his blessing to the infamous 1976 Detroit Call to Action,
at which conference
homosexuality, lesbianism, and artificial birth control were approved.
Furthermore ,at this same conference the method was germinated
for the take-over of the Roman Catholic Church , i.e., to systematically
separate from Vatican authority, and convert into an independent
American Catholic Church. (This process, in most dioceses, goes
under the name of "renewal.")
to Msgr. John Egan, assistant to the ultra-Liberal president of
Notre Dame University(who doubles as a member of the Rockfeller
Foundation), the 1976 Call to Action was described , incredibly,
as “the clearest sign of the Spirit in the Church. It shows the
beauty of the Church transforming itself. "
Proposed the following amendments to the final draft of the Catechetical
Directory, the supposedly definitive national catechism:
64: Strike: "Sin and its effects have been part of the human
condition ever since our first parents sinned." Insert: Sin
and its effects have been part of the human condition, as reflected
upon in the early chapters of Genesis."
128: Strike: "The Pope, in virtue of his office, enjoys infallibility
when as the supreme shepherd and teacher of all the faithful,
he defines a doctrine of faith and morals. Therefore his definitions
of themselves, and not from the consent of the Church, are justly
styled irreformable. Even when he is not speaking ex cathedra
his teaching in matters of faith and morals demands religious
submission of mind and of will." This was not to be replaced
by anything-just stricken from the text. It is a quotation from
Lumen Gentium, the Vatican II Constitution on the Church,
and was added to the document by the NCD3
Committee after their previous version was sent out to the bishops.
Where rejection of the Pope's supreme authority was implicit by
omission in the earlier version of the NCD, it is explicit in
this amendment proposed by Archbishop Peter Gerety. What his proposal
amounts to is a recommendation to the American bishops to reject
the teaching of Vatican II concerning papal authority.
36: Strike: "at the devil's urging." The sentence
to which this applied ran as follows: "Made by God in the
state of holiness, human beings from the dawn of history abused
their liberty at the devil's urging." Thus the intention
of the amendment was to remove any reference to the devil or his
influence in human history.
143: Strike: "..offer the Sacrifice of His and Blood. "
Insert: "...to celebrate the Eucharist." Such a substitution
seems a clear indication of the Archbishop's distaste for clarity
when it comes to the Sacrifice of the Mass, and of the doctrine
186: Strike: "...in accordance with the norms of the decree
Quam Singulari." Insert: "By Church law adults
are not obliged to confess sins unless they are conscious of serious
sin; similarly, children cannot be obliged to confess before receiving
First Communion unless they are conscious of serious sin."
193: Strike: "...the evil of artificial birth control and
of sterilization for that purpose, and of the crime of abortion."
There was no substitute offered for this; it was simply to be
stricken. The sentence to which the amendment applies, reads:
"Catechesis also includes a clear presentation of the Church's
teaching concerning moral methods of regulating births, the evil
of artificial birth control and of sterilization for that purpose,
and the crime of abortion; it should stress the protection of
human life once conceived."
once gave total and public ratification to Pope Paul VI's encyclical
Humanae Vitae, the most significant moral position of that
into his diocese Rev. Charles Curran, an outspoken enemy of papal
teaching, including Humanae Vitae. Moreover, Archbishop
Gerety introduced him as "a good friend with whom I agree
substantially," and saw to it that Father Curran lectured
at numerous study days for priests, nuns and laity.
over the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Newark), an edifice built
by the sacrifice of our Catholic mothers and fathers, to a Protestant
diocese for the installation of a Protestant bishop. All the blood
shed by the holy English Martyrs, the most notable being St. Thomas
More, rather than compromise their faith, apparently means nothing
to Bishop Gerety. Typically, this cathedral lending was done without
consultation and approval by the priests and laity in his diocese.
Whatever happened to the vox populi that the Liberals claim
to revere so much?
6. Has permitted
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. New Jersey, to become
a hothouse of "on-going revelation, " "fundamental
options" and the principles of Teilhard de Chardin - all
theories considered pernicious by the Holy See. Seminarians who
profess orthodoxy are often harassed; many are forced to pursue
their vocation elsewhere.
with advance notice, four General Absolutions sessions(euphemistically
called "Father’s Embrace"),and set in motion hundreds
of other such sessions on the parish level, despite the papacy’s
clear and equivocal prohibition of general absolutions.
a diocesan newspaper called The Advocate, which habitually
takes issue with our Holy Father(often in a sarcastic manner),
on the subject of ordination of women, priestly celibacy and the
like. Among the most flagrant insults to Catholic sensibilities
were articles by Father Greely entitled, "Papal Blunder"
and Father Holden’s "My Friend, The Adulteress. "
religious textbooks in our parochial school system which openly
contradict papal teaching, and spread grave moral error: in other
words, textbooks that subtly plant into our impressionable children
the deadly philosophy of secular humanism.
the worst of Bishop Gerety’s shortcomings is his penchant , reflected
in public pronouncements, for skilfully dodging certain Catholic
dogmas and Catholic moral principles, like O.J. Simpson "
dodging tacklers on an open football field."
this is his gross neglect in confronting really serious moral
problems afflicting our communities today, such as pornography,
street crime, drugs, divorce and birth control. Come to think
of it, has he or any of his auxiliary bishops ever sent a letter
" to be read at all the Masses" on any of the above?
What kind of leadership do we have anyway? (Don’t be fooled by
Bishop Gerety’s Johnny-come-lately posturing for the pro-life
movement. It smacks of the wily politician’s trick of getting
on the bandwagon, but he might fall out of favor with his constituents
or contributors. His support is a classic case of lip service)
early in 1979, a sincere and well prepared letter from an ad
hoc committee of forty prayerful laymen from New Jersey, urging
him to express publicly his belief in the divinity of Christ,
transubstantiation, original sin, papal infallibility, since there
was a growing cloud of doubt over the Bishop's orthodoxy. Not
only did the
publicly express his belief, but did not even extend the courtesy
of a reply to these laymen whose names, addresses and occupations
were clearly stated on the petition- men and women who had given
time and money to the Church throughout the years. In effect,
Archbishop Gerety thumbed his nose at them.
question: Has Archbishop Peter L. Gerety left the holy Roman
Catholics are convinced that, somewhere along the line, this he
has previously done- and that we are kidding ourselves if we think
otherwise. What else, what other reprehensible actions contrary
to papal directives, must he do before we are convinced?
there are always those Catholics who, refusing to draw any conclusions
about any bishop until it is too late, will not believe what they
do not wish to believe, merely because the alternative is too
difficult to accept.
It is indeed
a sad situation! Who would have imagined ten years ago, that members
of the Catholic hierarchy would contradict and/or ignore papal
teaching? But lookback, regretfully, we did let it happen. The
priests, the nuns, and to a lesser extent, the laity , who remained
silent while heresy grew, afraid, timid, whispering in our vestibules
and convents, for fear of suffering the label "out-dated,"
or "ignorant of Vatican II." " Anyhow ," we
comforted ourselves, "our ecclesiastical higher-ups will
come through soon, " like the cavalry arriving in the nick
of time to save the wagon train.
in authority held us back. And our reverence for authority holds
us back even now from making an honest judgment. Historically,
Catholics are reluctant to criticize priests and bishops. All
well and good. But what of truth? We cannot separate veritas
from caritas. And, therefore, in a certain sense they
are one and the same virtue. Our tendency for respect has held
us from truth. Our reverence has allowed Our Savior's teachings
to be contradicted and misrepresented. Could it be that our virtues
have somehow been transmogrified into vices?
It is not
charity to allow evil- the absence of the Divine Good- to perpetuate
itself. It is not love of God and it is not love for our neighbor.
True love, i.e., true charity, desires the glory of God and the
salvation of souls. And, by the way, this all-embracing charity
includes the sinner, and the heretic and the schismatic, that
they be converted to live again in Jesus Christ.
Too bad the
enemy doesn't have a scowling face, a screeching voice and a crude
vocabulary. We have rather the gentle demeanor, the soft accents,
the warm grin,poetic words of love, the ecumenical handshake-herein
lies the danger. Lucifer was a beautiful angel before the Fall,
and the old boy still manages to look attractive in all his modern
guises. He usually appears to mankind as an angel of light, never
with cloven feet. The product is religion, my friends, and with
all products on the market, caveat emptor.
young girls have been seduced and abandoned by the gentle, handsome,
sensitive young man?
public servants have risen to power through their good looks,
shirt-sleeved tours of the ghetto, and a thousand babies kissed,
while at the same time they sponsored ugly, destructive pro-abortion
It is no
secret that a segment of the American public, Catholic and otherwise,
has the tendency to fall hook, line and sinker, for shadow rather
than substance. The Bard of Avon well understood the wiles of
human nature and the pretensions of those who would lead us to
ruin, when he said, "That one may smile, and smile, and be
a villain" (Hamlet, Act 1, scene v.).
once remarked, "Let us be thankful for the fools. But for
them, the rest of us could not succeed." If a man were bumming
down your house, would you not be a fool to pay for his lighter
fluid and matches? If a bishop is contributing daily to the loss
of faith in your children and your grandchildren,would you not
be a fool to subsidize that bishop? Did not Christ instruct His
followers, "Be as simple as doves and as wise as serpents?
" Not as dumb as an ox, but as wise as a serpent!
not withhold financial support from parishes which follow the
bishop’spolicies? From parishes which hold General Absolution
Services? From parishes which let Bishop Gerety's Liturgical Commission
drain ounce of tradition and devotion out of our churches? From
parishes which allow Bishop Gerety's School to recommend catechisms
that actually harm the student’s immortal soul?
If we do
not act forcibly now, perhaps we are only forestalling the inevitable.
The longer we go on funding (and Liberals need money!) these "separated"
bishops, the more we are contributing to the destruction of the
true Faith in yet another generation.
Modernist aberrations in the diocese were first introduced, our
sensus catholicus told us something was wrong, even though
we could not always put our finger on it. Our sensus catholicus,
which in every case proved to be correct, is taking a relentless
pounding. It is a situation that parallels our sense of patriotism,
which also undergoes constant bombarding from the media.
We all know
priests, for example, who a few years back were as orthodox as
could be, but subjected themselves to a steady diet of reading
The Advocate and The National Catholic Reporter, attending
study days and workshops, continuing education programs, accepting
diocesan propaganda- and now, after all this conditioning, are
hardly recognisable as those former men of priestly strength and
we ourselves fear- as St. Paul, who worked out his salvation "in
fear and trembling"-that they have broken us down, that they
have " gotten to us." Have we lost some of our strength
and loyalty? How long can we hold out? We cannot dabble with Liberalism,
passively tolerate it,drink it,sleep it, eat it, be surrounded
It, and still
remain strong in the Faith if Jesus Christ.
on nature. "He who loves the evil, will perish in it."
In other words, the Divine Master is telling us to fight the evil,
or flee from it, not only moral evil but doctrinal evil as well.
The waiting game will not work.
rapidly; the heresy of secular humanism is metastatic by nature.
Soon nearly every area of our society will be touched. If we hold
our ground here and now, we will save ourselves many heartaches
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