Just A Matter Of Forgiveness?
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Father Anthony Cekada has tried to dismiss the serious problems at Saint Gertrude the Great School by saying that all that those who brought these abuses to his attention was to forgive the people responsible for perpetrating them. We must, of course, forgive each and every person who sins against us as we are forgiven by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance as the merits He won for us by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross are administered to our immortal souls by a true priest who is acting in persona Christi and an alter Christus. Forgiveness is never just a "preferential option" for a Catholic. We must forgive. Yes. Of course. This is without question.
We are required, however, to have a firm purpose of amendment at the time we make a good, sincere, integral confession of our sins to a true priest. We must despise our sins not only because we dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell but because we love God, Who art all good and deserving of all our love. We must never be diffident about our sins or their gravity. We must never treat them cavalierly or, worse yet, become so accustomed to our committing them that we lose all sense of the unspeakable sufferings that even our most seemingly slight Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer during His Passion and Death. We must hate our sins. We must despite our sins. We must seek to do penance for our sins, and it is an evil thing to denigrate the horror of sins, especially those sins that rob children of their innocence and purity.
Although Father Cekada refuses to admit this publicly, it is a wicked thing to speak profane words within earshot of children, no less to bully children or to use racial epithets against them, and that those who refuse to reform their lives and thus who have demonstrated themselves to be grave threats to the immortal souls of others cannot be permitted to remain in a Catholic school setting. This is really very simple. It is Father Cekada's maddening diffidence to the horror of the profane words and thuggish actions committed by his favored sons that has aroused the justified anger, which is not hatred, by the way, of so many former parishioners of Saint Gertrude the Great Church, people who understand that there are formerly Catholic schools in conciliar captivity at the present time whose administrators would be most quick to take firm disciplinary actions against recidivist thugs and bullies who showed not the slightest intention of reforming their ways.
Father Cekada's diffidence in the face of the abuses that he has indemnified time and time again at Saint Gertrude the Great School is identical to the moral obtuseness that has been demonstrated by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and his band of conciliar "bishops" as they have exercised their own brand of clericalism for years and years and years in the face of the hard, incontrovertible evidence that was presented to them about the abusive behavior of conciliar "bishops" and priests and presbyters. Very few canonical sanctions have been imposed on the "bishops" responsible for protecting and promoting abusive priests and presbyters. Most of the conciliar "bishops" who have committed perverse sins in violation of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments remain in perfectly good "canonical" standing in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
Apologists for the conciliar "pontiffs" and their "bishops" have take the same line of defense that Father Cekada has taken during the recent scandals at Saint Gertrude the Great Church and School, which have included visiting injustices upon those who have made the abuses a matter of public information, namely, that Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and their "bishops" should be "forgiven," that their mistakes should not be held against them, that these men had "compassion" on the abusers, that they have done nothing that could be construed as disqualifying them from exercising their pastoral ministries in the future. It is this attitude of conflating forgiveness with a diffidence about sin that is antithetical to the Catholic Faith that explains why so many Catholics yet attached to the conciliar structures actually applaud malefactors such as the former conciliar "archbishop" of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., who remains an unreconstructed supporter of perversity and the "civil rights" of those who persist in perverse sins against nature.
Rembert G. Weakland has been much in the news in the past year since his "confession," hardly a surprise or a shock, that he identifies himself as one who is "inclined" to the commission of perverse sins against nature and against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, a "confession" to which I made a brief reference in Having No Regard for the Horror of Sin eight months ago now.
There is no need to descend yet again into the sordid details of the now disgraced former conciliar "archbishop"of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who engaged in a mighty reign of terror upon anyone attached to the structures in his archdiocese between 1977 and 2002 and who, whether priest or consecrated religious or a member of the laity, had the "misfortune" of adhering to the Catholic Faith purely without an iota of dissent and who the equal "misfortunate" of daring to criticize, no less reject, his own revolutionary liturgical service, the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo worship service. Weakland also admitted in a legal deposition taken in 1993 but released for public review only in 2009 that he did indeed protect his brother perverts in the clergy, shifting them to different assignments after they had been identified as abusers of bodies and souls.
Former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland routinely shredded copies of weekly reports about sexual abuse by priests, according to formerly sealed testimony turned over to Milwaukee County's district attorney on Thursday.
In a 1993 deposition, Weakland admitted destroying copies of the reports in his office, according to a partial transcript of the deposition released by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
Peter Isely, SNAP's Midwest director, turned over the partial transcript, as well as portions of the logs to which Weakland was referring, to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and asked him to review them for any possible criminal violations. Chisholm accepted the records and promised a thorough review.
The 16-year-old deposition documents have come to light during the discovery process in more than a dozen civil fraud lawsuits filed against the Milwaukee archdiocese.
SNAP made the announcements at a news conference Thursday morning outside Chisholm's office at the Milwaukee County courts complex.
Julie Wolf, communications director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, said Thursday she had not seen the documents SNAP released and could make no comment on them for the archdiocese.
In the deposition, Weakland explains that he got copies of the weekly logs made by vicars in the archdiocese about ongoing problem priests. He said he would read them, then shred them because he didn't want to keep them in his office. He would "try to remember anything that is quite serious and important," and later discuss the matters with the vicar.
SNAP also released portions of logs kept on two abusive priests, Siegfried Widera and Franklyn Becker. Widera killed himself in 2003 after police cornered him in Mexico; Becker has been removed from the priesthood. Isely said not all portions of all vicar logs have been released yet as part of the civil litigation.
Isely said SNAP also will ask Archbishop-designate Jerome Listecki to censure and discipline Weakland and anyone else who may have been involved in covering up sex abuse by clergy. He said Listecki has refused to say whether he would review why the Diocese of La Crosse, where he is bishop, has cleared more clergy accused of abuse than most dioceses.
Listecki told Wisconsin Public Radio that he did not have enough time left in his term as bishop in La Crosse and that, besides, it was the holiday season. (Weakland shredded copies of abuse reports, documents say - JSOnline.)
"Archbishop" Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., who exercised a veritable reign of terror over "conservative" and traditionally-minded Catholics in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee during his twenty-five years of revolutionary propagandizing, was maintained as an "archbishop" emeritus by his successor, "Archbishop" Timothy"
I am to be a happy "bishop" Dolan, who was in perfectly good "canonical" standing, and he is being permitted by Dolan's successor, "Archbishop" Jerome Listecki, to give a lecture from the pulpit of the remodeled Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist this coming Tuesday, January 12, 2010. This moral obtuseness in the face of Weakland's own disgraceful behavior and his unapologetic propagandizing is not an anomaly. It is typical of the attitude of conciliar officials in the face of grave offenses against the moral order. It is a moral obtuseness that communicates to the faithful that a persistence in sin and its promotion as a "civil right" is not any kind of a grave matter at all and that personal sin carries with it little, if any, consequences for the souls who are steeped therein. The conciliar officials are, almost to a man, incapable of expressing a justified sense of moral outrage when one of their own persists in his support for grave evils and/or has committed such evils himself and/or has indemnified others who have committed them.
It is even worse than this, however. Rembert G. Weakland, when serving as the conciliar "archbishop" of Milwaukee and as he presided over the revolutionary wreckovation of Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, is portrayed in a blasphemous bronze relief of himself that is now included in the wreckovated cathedral:
It is hard to image a less appropriate image than Archbishop Weakland depicted as a protector of children....Here is a link to my column on "The Shame of Rembert Weakland."
SNAP is holding a press conference this morning.:
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) will hold a sidewalk news conference on the steps of Milwaukee’s Catholic Cathedral urging newly installed archbishop Jerome Listecki to explain:
--why disgraced former archbishop Rembert Weakland is being honored next Tuesday, January 12th, with giving the keynote address at the Cathedral on the renovation of St. John’s;
--why, as part of that renovation, Weakland commissioned charitable money to be used to create a bronze relief of himself pictured in the biblical scene of Jesus protecting the little children (the relief is on the pedestal of the Mary, Mother of the Church Shrine, which is on the east side altar of the cathedral); ...[In the Weakland bronze relief, which serves as a pedestal to the Mary, Mother of the Church Shrine and is the Cathedral’s east side altar, Weakland is flanked by St. John the Evangelist and St. Anne, the mother of Mary. Also in the background of the relief, according to Chicago artists Jeffrey and Anna Koh-Varilla , is a portrait of the Cathedral’s current rector, Fr. Carl Last. A recent email by Anna and Jeffery Koh-Varilla, confirms that the relief was meant to bring the biblical scene into the contemporary world of the Milwaukee church by placing Weakland in it [as protector of children].
--why, for the first time since the 2002 revelations of paying half a million dollars in hush money to a man who says Weakland sexually abused him, is Weakland being allowed to ascend the Cathedral pulpit, but not in order to explain his covering up of child sex abuse crimes; ..
-how these actions are going to help bring about the desperately needed healing and resolution of the ongoing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis in the Milwaukee archdiocese.
Peter Isley forwards an email from the artist:
Here is a recent email message from the artists confirming it is Weakland and why.
On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 9:56 AM, Anna Koh Varilla wrote:
Thank you for your appreciation. The relief bronze panel below Mother Mary depicts the diversity of the Milwaukee Catholic community. It is ,indeed, the tower of St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in the background and St. John is on the right with Archbishop Weakland on the left. The young mother in the foreground represents Mother Mary with today's children and Christ Child. The elderly woman praying represents St. Anne. The portrait of Father Last is also depicted in the background. You are correct that our intention was to merge the biblical message with contemporary reality.
(A BRONZE FOR WEAKLAND? | Newsradio 620; see also
Victims group questions visits by 2 retired archbishops.)
Just a matter of forgiveness? No, not at all. Rembert G. Weakland is unbent in his belief that those engaged in perverse acts against nature are showing "love" to each other. No one "loves" another by persisting in sin with him or by reaffirming another in his sins. True love is an act of the will, the highest expression of which is the salvation of one's immortal soul. No one "loves" another human being by sinning with him or reaffirm him in sins that imperil the salvation of his immortal soul. Sin is what caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer once in time during His Passion and Death. It is what caused Our Lady to suffer unspeakable horrors as those Seven Swords of Sorrow were plunged through and through her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. No one can say that he knows, loves or serves God as He has revealed Himself to us through His true Church by justifying or minimizing the gravity of various sins.
Rembert Weakland's endorsement of perverse relationships that offend God greatly and wound souls grievously, however, means nothing to his superiors in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, men who can find their "voice" to speak out in protest against Bishop Richard Williamson but who are utterly incapable of speaking out against their own who have proven themselves to be unreconstructed moral reprobates. Then again, how can men who offend God every day in the horror that is the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo worship service and who esteem the symbols of false religions and who engage in the condemned exercise known as "inter-religious" prayer muster any outrage against those who are steeped in lives of moral perversity. Sins against the Faith matter just as much to God as sins against morals (and vice versa, of course, Father Cekada).
Rembert G. Weakland is, when all is said and done, is just another conciliar revolutionary. His immediate successor, Timothy Dolan, continued his, Weakland's, revolutionary agenda against the Faith, especially by means of false ecumenism and reaffirming adherents of Talmudic Judaism in their dead, superseded religion that has the power to save no one, and dared to say before the Anti-Defamation league in the City of New York that he, Timothy Dolan,
"long admired the work of the Anti-Defamation League from afar, and now to receive your welcome and your assurances of our hope for future cooperation, which I enthusiastically share, means very much to me" despite the fact that the Anti-Defamation League is one of the most militantly pro-abortion, pro-perversion lobbying and litigation groups in the United States of America (see Silence).
The fact that Weakland is speaking this coming Tuesday, January 12, 2010, with another committed liturgical revolutionary, the recently retired conciliar "archbishop" of Cincinnati, Daniel E. Pilarczyk, who had admitted to protecting abusive priests/presbyters in the 1970s and 1980s, speaks volumes about conciliarism's constant indemnification and rehabilitation of those who have proved themselves to be menaces to the sanctification and salvation of the souls for whom Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. God can forgive us our sins. He does want us, however, to be sorry for them and to make a firm purpose of amendment never to commit them again. This means that we cannot publicly persist in our sins against Faith and/or Morals and expect to receive His favor now and in eternity.
A thoughtful reader who writes to me now and again sent the following quotation, translated from Spanish into English, about Pope Saint Pius X's view of end times. Our last canonized pope did have mystical experiences, and I, for one, would not be surprised if was given a vision of the likes of Weakland and Ratzinger and Wojtyla when he wrote Pascendi Dominci Gregis, September 8, 1907. The quote from Pope Saint Pius X that was sent to me from this reader is quite telling:
Watch, O priests, that the doctrine of Christ, not your fault for losing the face of integrity. Always purity and integrity of the doctrine ... Many do not understand the zealous care and caution should be used to preserve the purity of doctrine ... When this doctrine can not be kept longer incorruptible and that the rule of truth is no longer possible in this world, then the Son of God will appear a second time. But until that day we must keep intact the sacred tank and repeat the statement of the glorious Saint Hilary: 'Better to die in this century that corrupt the chastity of the truth .” (Pie X, Jérome Dal-Gal OM Conv. 1953, pp. 107-108).
To Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart belongs the triumph that will vanquish the lords of Modernity and Modernism once and for all. May our own efforts to make reparation for our sins, many though they may be, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary help to plant a few seeds so that more and more Catholics, clergy and laity alike, yet attached to the false structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism will make the break once and for all and receive true Sacraments from true bishops and true priests, men who are never afraid to speak the truth and act with complete integrity in its behalf, knowing that no true pope can do, say or act as the conciliar "pontiffs" and "bishops" have done, said and acted.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?