NONE! Not a Single
not say one single word about this.”
(Francis’s astoundingly evasive —
and implicative — response, when asked if Archbishop Carlo
Viganò’s statements were true in a publicly disclosed
11 page document accusing Francis of knowledge of the rampant
homosexual priest-bishop-cardinal scandal including his
own hiding of a predator homosexual priest from civil authorities.)
he will not. But WE will!
When the time comes for the next
Peter’s Pence Collection,
in light of Francis’s
arrogance and complicity, allow us to have OUR say in the
matter and recommend the following:
DO NOT PUT IN ONE SINGLE PENNY!
— together with the debauched and nefarious bishops who are in complicity
with him — a message they cannot ignore!
They WILL take note! Guaranteed!
Money talks! Especially
to the tune of the $70, 000,000 to “Peter’s Pence” — from
the United States alone! (that was in
2012: the last date in which we could find any
data at all— and even that source is unreliable);
speaks especially forcefully
in bishop’s chanceries throughout
the world — to say nothing of the consistently questionable Vatican
Withhold ANY Contribution to “Peter’s Pence”
Unlike regular collections
that support the local parish and diocese (and “other causes” — such
as the former 2.2 million dollar 6,000 square foot personal residence
of liberal Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory in 2014); their
airline tickets, hotel expenses, all meals paid, chauffeurs, office
and secretarial staff, medical and health benefits, etc., — unlike these
“perks”, “Peter’s Pence” goes directly to Rome and Francis
himself decides where the money — your money —
from Peter’s Pence goes! Given his track record for supporting secular,
social, environmental, aboriginal, and other questionable causes, this
definitely gives us pause for thought.
The sanctimonious drivel
that it supports countless projects for “the poor and the marginalized”
is a meme worthy of Madison Avenue advertising. We don’t know
where it goes! According to Italian writer Gianluigi Nuzzi in
Merchants in the Temple, “we know how much money has been
collected from the faithful but not how it is spent. Absolute secrecy
is maintained around this detail.”
Let us, then, put the entire matter
into perspective: Francis has proven himself intractable to questioning.
He has obstinately refused to answer questions
during his pontificate, and remains stubbornly silent
in the face of overwhelming evidence, whether it is:
five simple questions
submitted by Cardinals in a humble Dubia
or simple questions — never answered, or in an act
of contempt, even so much as acknowledge
or the documented
accusations of Archbishop Carlo Viganò, to which he audaciously
replied, “I will not say one single word
scholars and Catholic clergy addressed to the bishops of the
world accusing Francis of 7 specific heresies — which, too, went
unacknowledged and unanswered.
Letter to Pope Francis from Catholic Women which, too,
ignored despite having 47,000 signatures of professors, religious,
laywomen, mothers, wives, etc. who legitimately assert that they
“have a right to know. We have a right to your answers.”
— former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine
— who was asked by the U.S. bishops to resign from the
International Theological Commission for his letter criticizing
Pope Francis — personal letter to Francis criticizing
the current pontificate for fostering “chronic confusion” in an
open letter to Pope Francis and who stated that the “four
defining ecclesial marks” — One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic
Church — are presently in peril and that the threat that
is most dangerous comes from within the Church episcopacy, including
at its apex, Francis himself.
… Francis is obstinate, contemptuous, insolent, disdainful and autocratic
words he doesn’t give a damn about what
you think or who you are.
He’s the pope and he knows that “no one judges the pope” — an authentically
Catholic doctrine. He answers to no one!
Is this to say that
it is Catholic Doctrine that a pope should remain obstinately (and audaciously)
silent when asked a question? Of course not! Common courtesy
dictates otherwise. Is a pope above common courtesy?
THE PLAGUING QUESTION:
“WHY?” — if there is nothing incriminating, why not respond?
(Pssssttt: even if you think
your silence makes you look like Jesus before Pontius Pilate, you are
mistaken. It is much more evocative of hypocrisy.)
It is, essentially a juvenile
or immature response that effectively states:
have to answer you because, if I do, I know that I will be in trouble.
If I say nothing you can’t make me, and I won’t get into any
trouble! In virtue of my position as pope I have no obligation to
be forthright, polite, decent, honest, and not deceptive — and you
can’t say a word about it because canon law states that “no one
judges the pope”, and because I am above judgment by anyone,
and canonically unimpeachable, I can do as I please and you can
Put it in a Larger Context:
of dollars have been spent to cover up, pay-off —
or in the realm of civil law (to which abused
victims had to appeal because of the failure and refusal of bishops
to act to protect them within their authority in the Faith) in legal
and court fees, to settle thousands of credible and factual
accusations concerning the perverse actions of predatory homosexual
cardinals, bishops, and priests —
in the United States alone!
— that’s right: nine zeros after
the 3 is not a “typo”) of YOUR money in the Collection Basket
has gone to litigation
and victim compensation.
Let us put that into perspective:
that figure equals 37,500,000 (thirty seven million, five-hundred-thousand)
average lifetimes, or 8 million, 219 thousand ,178 years in geological
history, which would put us in the Miocene Era when apes
first appeared during the age of the prehistoric primates — and before
Numbers of that magnitude should stagger us!
1 million dollars end to end
= 97 miles of dollars end to end
x 1000 makes one billion or 97,000 miles of
dollars end to end
(billion) = 97,000,000 (97 million) miles of dollars end to
end, or more than the distance from the earth to the sun
have given THAT much money in the basket — to be given
to lawyers, courts, and victims of homosexual
predatory priest-bishop-cardinal abuse — not to
“the poor and the marginalized”
of this … we
are now asked by Francis to contribute even more money
to “Peter’s Pence”
as well — which has ZERO accountability
in spending your money — every single year?
And that is in America alone
Well … Frankie — sorry;
not THIS year!
Viganò’s Letter to Pope Francis
Father Weinandy’s Letter to Francis
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal