Stricken Shepherds, Scattered Sheep
Thomas A. Droleskey
Nothing should fill a Catholic with more pride and joy than the feelings of paternal affection he holds for the Successor of Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, the Sovereign Pontiff, the Pope. Save for the Modernists, who now hold the levers of ecclesiastical power and have deemed fit to spit on the memory of their nemesis, Pope Saint Pius X, by placing a mosaic of their champion, Angelo Roncalli, to the side of the sainted pontiff's altar in the Basilica of Saint Peter, the farm boy from Riese who grew up to succeed Pope Leo XIII on the Throne of Saint Peter was loved by Catholics worldwide. Pope Saint Pius X was loved because he was full of mercy and kindness, shown especially to children in the fact that he wanted them to receive their First Holy Communion at a very young age. He was loved also because Catholics knew that he sought to protect them from the ravages of wolves in shepherds' clothing and that he sought to protect the rights of the Church against her enemies in the world.
Consider this passage from Father Walter Diethelm's Saint Pius X: The Farm Boy Who Became Pope (published originally by Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, Inc., in 1956, and republished by Ignatius Press in 1994):
"There was no shade of weakness in him", Cardinal Merry del Val wrote, "He had the inflexible firmness of a ruler convinced of the responsibilities his high office imposed on him, and he was determined to fulfill them, cost what it might."
The Russian ambassador to the Vatican once discovered the firmness of the Pope. Shortly before his death [in 1914], Pius X granted this ambassador an audience. But he received him sternly, without a trace of a smile on his face. Full of majesty, he turned to his visitor. "I cannot accept good wishes from the representative of a power that fails to keep the promises it makes. Until now Russia has not kept a single one of the promises she made to the Catholics of Russia."
The ambassador had not expected such a greeting, and he was frightened. "Holy Father," he stammered, "this is not true!"
The Holy Father rose from his throne and, with a gesture that betrayed deep indignation, cried, "I will repeat what I have said: not a single promise has been kept! And you dare to say that I lie, Mr. Ambassador! I must ask you to leave this room!"
As pale as death, the ambassador stumbled out the door.
So with firmness and mercy, Pope Saint Pius X carried on his work--a worthy successor to Peter, of him it was said, "Upon this rock I will build my church."
Pope Saint Pius X's firmness with the Russian ambassador (of Czarist, Imperial Russia, it should be pointed out), coming just three yhears before Our Lady's Fatima apparitions to Blessed Jacinta, Blessed Francisco and Sister Lucia, stands in stark contrast to the obsequiousness of the conciliar pontiffs to Russia and to Orthodoxy in general. Pope John XXIII agreed to prohibit any criticism of Communism at the Second Vatican Council in exchange for the "honor" of having representatives from the heretical and schismatic Russian Orthodox Church present as "observers." Pope Paul VI, who handed back the flag of the Turkish fleet that had been captured at the Battle of Lepanto, demonstrated great sympathy for the Communist cause as Archbishop of Milan. Pope John Paul II, an anti-Communist, presided over various concessions made to Russian Orthodoxy, including the notorious Balamand Agreement, in which the Catholic Church agreed in 1993 not to seek converts from the Russian Orthodox Church to the true Church that Our Lord founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.
An article, "The Wages of Ecumenism: Religious Inflation in the Global Village," by Michael McGrade in the November 2002 issue of Christian Order discussed the fact that it is really a stretch to assert that members of the Orthodox churches are not in need of conversion to the Catholic Church to save their souls, listing a number of points upon which the Orthodox dissent from the immutable teaching that Our Lord entrusted solely to the Catholic Church for its safekeeping and infallible explication:
Such doubts are strengthened by Rome's acceptance of the 1993 "Balamand Agreement" produced by the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. This Agreement rejected what it calls the "outdated ecclesiology of return to the Catholic Church." So, just as the above Reflections rule out any attempt to convert the Jews to the Catholic faith, the Balamand Agreement with the Orthodox states that "In the search for establishing unity there is no question of conversion of people from one Church to the other to ensure their salvation." On the surface this might seem less controversial than the Jewish question - given the close ties that unite the Orthodox to the Catholic Church through apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist - until one recalls that the Orthodox Church rejects a swag of Catholic doctrines, such as: the dogma of Papal Supremacy and infallibility; the defined nature of Purgatory; the indissolubility of marriage; the Catholic understanding of Original Sin; the dogma of the Immaculate Conception; the intrinsic evil of every contraceptive act. What is that lot if not an urgent salvific call to "conversion" to Catholic truth? And if, as the Russian Patriarch has recently claimed (and as we hope!), the Church in Russia is in practice still "aiming to convert to Catholicism the largest number of people possible," who can blame him for being angry and charging the Church with duplicity when the slippery wording of the Balamand Agreement indicates that such is no longer the Church's mission?
Mr. McGrade went on to express his belief that the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, would put the brakes on such concessions to Orthodoxy. Unfortunately, Pope Benedict XVI has been all too willing to continue the agreements entered into during his predecessor's reign. The Balamand Agreement represents a concession to the errors of Russia, which are far more than Marxism-Leninism. The errors of Russia refer to that collection of heretical propositions that have been pulsating throughout the world since the Orthodox churches split with Rome in 1054. Many of these errors fanned the flames of Protestantism, which had its own influence on "Peter the Great" in the Eighteenth Century.
Czar Peter's chief ideologist, paving the way for the commissars to have their own ideologists (for example, the long-time Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev was reliant his Mikhail Suslov to resolve questions of Communist "orthodoxy"), was a Orthodox priest named Feofan Prokopovich. Prokopovich delivered a Palm Sunday sermon in 1718 that would have ticked the ears of Martin Luther, who wrote that a prince could be a Christian but that his religion must not influence his rule as a prince, and a Freemasons, who preach the separation of Church and State as a doctrine, and the conciliarists, whose "healthy laicism" has its roots in both Protestantism and Orthodoxy. Prokopovich said the following:
We hold it certain that the supreme authority receives its beginning and cause from nature itself," the priest stated. "If from nature, then from God Himself, the creator of nature." After entering Peter's service, Prokopovich wrote the Ecclesiastical Regulation in 1721 which proclaimed an official superiority of the state over the church. ("Refining Russian Culture,"
Mike Mirakian, Fellowship.net website)
Oh, yes, the errors of Russia are far, far more than those associated with Bolsehivism. One of the reasons that the conciliar popes have deconstructed the authentic Fatima Message of Our Lady, obviously, is because they do not believe that Russia, whether before or after the overt manifestations of Bolshevik rule (that is, I mean, does anyone really think that Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB, not, how you say, still a Communist?), was possessed of any errors. The only ones who are possessed of errors are the people who point out the errors of Russia, that is, traditional Catholics who have not accepted the Vatican party line about the "Third Secret" and the laughable assertion that Sister Lucia was a Judaizer.
What a sad commentary it is, therefore, to note during the Octave of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul that it is the very men whom Catholics once look to with understand reverence and devotion, the popes themselves, who have been proselytizing various errors that have resulted in their refusing to undertake the mission to convert souls to the true Church lest they themselves perish at the moment of their own Particular Judgments. Pope Pius IX noted this explicitly near the close of his Iam Vos Omnes, September 13, 1868, stating that he had an obligation to seek the return of Protestants, in this particular case, to the true Church as he had been given the care for the souls of all of the human beings alive at that time:
It is therefore by force of the right of Our supreme Apostolic ministry, entrusted to us by the same Christ the Lord, which, having to carry out with [supreme] participation all the duties of the good Shepherd and to follow and embrace with paternal love all the men of the world, we send this Letter of Ours to all the Christians from whom We are separated, with which we exhort them warmly and beseech them with insistence to hasten to return to the one fold of Christ; we desire in fact from the depths of the heart their salvation in Christ Jesus, and we fear having to render an account one day to Him, Our Judge, if, through some possibility, we have not pointed out and prepared the way for them to attain eternal salvation. In all Our prayers and supplications, with thankfulness, day and night we never omit to ask for them, with humble insistence, from the eternal Shepherd of souls the abundance of goods and heavenly graces. And since, if also, we fulfill in the earth the office of vicar, with all our heart we await with open arms the return of the wayward sons to the Catholic Church, in order to receive them with infinite fondness into the house of the Heavenly Father and to enrich them with its inexhaustible treasures. By our greatest wish for the return to the truth and the communion with the Catholic Church, upon which depends not only the salvation of all of them, but above all also of the whole Christian society: the entire world in fact cannot enjoy true peace if it is not of one fold and one shepherd.
Once again, by way of emphasis, this telling passage from Iam Vos Omnes:
...we desire in fact from the depths of the heart their salvation in Christ Jesus, and we fear having to render an account one day to Him, Our Judge, if, through some possibility, we have not pointed out and prepared the way for them to attain eternal salvation.
The contrast could not be clearer between Pope Pius IX's clear understanding of his responsibility before God to try to save the souls of all men on earth and the conciliar popes' blithe belief that most men are pretty much assured of their salvation, making it unnecessary, if not actually harmful and disrespectful, to seek the conversion of Jews, whose abolished covenant is still "valid" in the eyes of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and Protestants and the Orthodox and the Mohammedans. Certainty has been replaced with ambiguity.
Pope Saint Pius X, who told off the Russian ambassador in 1914, taught his own flock with certitude. These firm words, coming from a truly pastoral pope who cared about the salvation of the flock entrusted to his care, apply with quite some relevancy to the wolves' in shepherds clothing who populate ecclesiastical offices, from Rome to local parishes in many instances, today.
Moreover, in order to check the daily increasing audacity of many modernists who are endeavoring by all kinds of sophistry and devices to detract from the force and efficacy not only of the decree "Lamentabili sane exitu" (the so-called Syllabus), issued by our order by the Holy Roman and Universal Inquisition on July 3 of the present year, but also of our encyclical letters "Pascendi dominici gregis" given on September 8 of this same year, we do by our apostolic authority repeat and confirm both that decree of the Supreme Sacred Congregation and those encyclical letters of ours, adding the penalty of excommunication against their contradictors, and this we declare and decree that should anybody, which may God forbid, be so rash as to defend any one of the propositions, opinions or teachings condemned in these documents he falls, ipso facto, under the censure contained under the chapter "Docentes" of the constitution "Apostolicae Sedis," which is the first among the excommunications latae sententiae, simply reserved to the Roman Pontiff. This excommunication is to be understood as salvis poenis, which may be incurred by those who have violated in any way the said documents, as propagators and defenders of heresies, when their propositions, opinions and teachings are heretical, as has happened more than once in the case of the adversaries of both these documents, especially when they advocate the errors of the modernists that is, the synthesis of all heresies. (Pope Saint Pius X, Praestantia Scripturae, November, 18, 1907.)
What is conciliarism but a gigantic slap in the face to the "anti-Modernist" proclamations, as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger once termed them, of Popes Pius IX and X? How can conciliarism be squared with the condemnation above?
Moreover, the clarity and certainty of the preconciliar popes begs for comparison to the ambiguity and complexity of many conciliarist statements, including this one, offered by Pope Benedict XVI two days ago, Wednesday, June 28, 2006, during his General Audience address, which revolved the life and ministry of Saint James the Less:
In this way, two significant and complementary results were obtained, both still valid: On one hand, the unbreakable relationship is recognized that links Christianity to the Jewish religion as its perennially living and valid matrix; on the other, Christians of pagan origin are allowed to preserve their own sociological identity, which they would have lost if they had been constrained to observe the so-called Mosaic ceremonial precepts: These now were no longer to be considered obligatory for converted pagans. In essence, a reciprocal praxis of esteem and respect was being initiated, which, notwithstanding subsequent unfortunate misunderstandings, sought by its nature to safeguard all that was characteristic of each of the two sides.
This passage came a few paragraphs after Benedict had referred to "Judeo-Christians," a curious term. Defenders all things conciliar will say that the term refers to the first Catholics who were of a Jewish background. This could be a most valid understanding of the term. On the other hand, however, the use of this novel phrase could be a nod in the direction of those who contend that the first Catholics were not fully conscious of having formed their own church that was separate and distinct from Judaism. There is a phrase that can be used to refer to the Apostles and their followers: Catholics. Linguistic novelty is a very important tool in the life and the work of the "new thinkers," Joseph Ratzinger included.
Further ambiguity is contained in the passage cited above, which speaks of the "Jewish religion" as Christianity's "perennially living and valid matrix." Huh? What's valid? The Old Covenant, which was abolished when the curtain in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom as Our Lord breathed His last on the gibbet of the Holy Cross? Is Benedict saying that Talmudic Judaism, which is in no way the successor of the religion whose existence was obliterated by the Romans in 70 A.D., contains the means of salvation for those who adhere to its evil tenets which mock and make warfare upon Our Lord and His Holy Church? Is Benedict saying that only the "link" between the superceded Judaism of the Old Covenant and Christianity remains valid? Uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity are the order of the day in the novelties of conciliarism. Uncertainly, ambiguity and complexity lead to the belief that nothing is known for certain except that nothing is known for certain (Michel de Montagne, call your office).
Leaving aside some of the broader questions that I have been raising in the past two months, any Catholic who knows his Faith well knows that it cannot change. He has the supernatural resistance to novelty, including linguistic novelty. And he is repelled by the thought of a Successor of Saint Peter speaking in a way that puts into question settled matters of dogma.
Indeed, believing Catholics want to think the best of their shepherds. Admitting that I had not received the graces necessary to understand the problems of conciliarism in 1978 when the former Karol Cardinal Wojtyla was elected to succeed Pope John Paul I, I had great hope that the physically strong cardinal from Krakow would help to restore the papacy from the weakness and vacillation of Pope Paul VI. I was thus a gush with enthusiasm when Pope John Paul II discussed the importance of priests wearing their clerical attire and women religious wearing their habits. It appeared that all was going to be well in a short period of time. Yes, although I had a doctorate and was teaching at a major state university in Illinois at the time, I was stupid and blind in many ways. I had much to learn. It was not, however, unreasonable for a believing Catholic to hope that the new pope would come to the rescue of the Church and appoint genuine Catholics to episcopal sees so as to unto the harm wrought during the pontificate of Giovanni Montini.
The prayers of many people helped to open my eyes over the course of time. My reflexive papalotry, which had nothing to do with Catholicism, was eaten away over the course of time by the continuing appointment, retention and promotion of veritable wolves to episcopal sees. It was only with reluctance that I began to see that the former Karol Josef Wojtyla was himself a conciliarist to the core of his being who believed in the novelties that had begun to take root during the reign of Paul VI. He was not going to reverse the novelties. He was institutionalizing the ones started under Paul VI and initiating his own, including the scandalous outdoor Papal "Masses."
Most tellingly, though, Pope John Paul II did nothing to remove the spiritual and moral perverts who had been placed into power by Pope Paul VI. Incontrovertible evidence about the perversion of bishops was presented to John Paul II repeatedly during his twenty-six year, five month reign. Only on rare occasions was a bishop removed. Most were promoted, a policy that is continuing under Pope Benedict XVI.
Mrs. Randy Engel, whose Rite of Sodomy is a blockbuster treatment of the infiltration of the "Lavender Mafia" into the Catholic hierarchy, provided an edited tidbit from that book, published in Matt C. Abbott's column on Renew America on June 28, 2006. No one who reads this excerpt can conclude that a pope who appointed and retained such reprobates in episcopal sees is deserving of any consideration of canonization. Here is Mrs. Engel's brief article, which goes into great depth about relationships touched upon briefly in Shameful Affections on this site a few days ago:
[Matt C. Abbott's introduction: "Randy Engel's soon-to-be released, 1318-page book The Rite of Sodomy — Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church promises to be one of the most controversial books in some time.
"Engel has provided me with the following material (slightly edited) on Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh — who recently made the news here and here — which includes excerpts from her book (the indented passages).
Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel F. Walsh's complicity in the escape to Mexico of Jesuit Father Xavier Ochoa, accused of the sexual molestation of a 12-year-old altar boy in Sonoma County, should come as no surprise to Catholics who have followed Walsh's early clerical career as vicar general and auxiliary bishop under Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco.
Walsh played a pivotal role in the notorious Bishop Joseph Ferrario sex abuse case in the early 1990s when a young Hawaiian man by the name of David Figueroa charged Ferrario and two other Catholic priests from the island with sexual molestation. It was the first time an American bishop had been publicly accused of pederasty.
The Ferrario-Figueroa case was important because it revealed an early pattern of premeditated and organized deception, and criminal behavior, by Church officials, including Bishop Walsh, in dealing with clerical sex offenders:
The case involved the top echelons of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States including the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference, the Papal Nunciature in Washington, D.C. and the Vatican. The victims and their families were all intimidated and/or sworn to secrecy. Whistle-blowers were exiled and/or overtly persecuted and excommunicated. Seminaries were polluted. The Lavender Mafia, which included recruits from the mainland, colonized the entire diocese. Clerical pederasts found safe-haven from prosecution and fresh prey. And so it went. All to protect an unfaithful bishop and sexual pervert, Bishop 'Joe' Ferrario.
Background on Bishop Ferrario
Ferrario was a Sulpician-trained priest, ordained in 1951 for the Diocese of Honolulu under the ecclesiastical province of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He came to the islands in 1959 to teach at St. Stephen's Seminary in Kaneohe, and in 1975 became pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua following the death of Father Joseph Henry, a Maryknoll priest who had served the parish for 25 years.
Shortly after he settled in at the parish, Ferrario met David Figueroa, a dark-haired, dark eyed very handsome 15-year-old Portuguese youth who did odd jobs around the rectory and school. David's mother, who had 15 children, worked as a housekeeper at the rectory.
When Father 'Joe' arrived on the scene the Figueroa household was in a turmoil as Mrs. Figueroa was in the middle of divorce proceedings from her abusive husband. One day, David confided to the new pastor that Father Henry had sexually abused him for ten years, since he started kindergarten. ...
Father Ferrario asked David if he had told anyone about the matter. David said he had told no one — not his mother or father or brothers or sisters or his friends. According to David, at that point, Ferrario took over where Father Henry had left off. The fact that Father Henry had already 'broken in' the young man meant that Ferrario was spared the trouble of grooming him. Later, David said, that until he went to high school, he thought that all priests were like that, i.e., pederasts.
In 1975, when Ferrario began his sexual assault on David, the young man was only 15, one year under the age of legal consent in Hawaii. Ferrario was guilty of statutory rape. According to Figueroa, sex took place several times a week until he graduated high school. Money was always forthcoming after the sexual service was rendered. Ferrario also aided the Figueroa family financially. This financial assistance continued even after Ferrario had left the parish, as did the sex. ... David was 21years old when the 'affair' ended.
Meanwhile, Ferrario was moving up the ecclesiastical ladder. In 1978, Pope Paul VI appointed him an Auxiliary Bishop of Honolulu, and in 1982, Pope John Paul II elevated Ferrario to Bishop of Honolulu. This despite the fact that Ferrario was engaged in sexual solicitation of seminarians at St. Stephen's and had carried on a homosexual liaison with another island priest. Word spread that the Diocese of Honolulu was now overtly "gay friendly."
A number of bishops on the mainland sent some of their "problem" clergy to the Honolulu diocese. Bishop Leo Maher of San Diego (also the first bishop of Santa Rosa) sent his close friend and wealthy sodomite Msgr. William Spain to Honolulu. Archbishop James Hickey of Washington, D.C., hid on the islands convicted boy-molester Father Arthur O'Brien. Career pederast Father Robert N. Burkholder, from the Archdiocese of Detroit, who molested as least 23 young boys, took up residence in Ferrario's backyard and said Mass at St. Elizabeth's Parish, which operated a K-8 grade school.
Mrs. Figueroa did not know that her son was sexually abused until late 1979, when David made a trip home from San Francisco and finally told his mother the details of his abuse at the hands of Father Henry and Bishop Ferrario. Mrs. Figueroa arranged for her son to go to another priest for counseling. The priest, Father Tony Bolger, promptly initiated a sexual relationship with David. In January 1982, David flew back to San Francisco where he worked at odd jobs and sold his body as a male prostitute. He did not return home again until 1985.
In the fall of 1985, Mrs. Figueroa confided the details of David's sexual abuse by Ferrario to Catholic activist and independent radio show host Patricia Morley. Morley was on Ferrario's hit list. At this point, events began to move very quickly:
Morley advised Mrs. Figueroa to write a letter to Archbishop Laghi the Apostolic Delegate in Washington, D.C. detailing the horrific tale of decades of clerical sex abuse suffered by David. In retrospect, this advice proved to be a disaster. What David needed was a good attorney to represent his legitimate interests. But in these early days of dealing with clerical sexual predators, Catholic minds simply did not think this way.
Enter Auxiliary Daniel F. Walsh
When Archbishop Laghi, who had now been elevated in rank to Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, received Mrs. Figueroa's letter, he immediately sent a copy to Bishop Ferrario. The bishop, in turn, contacted David who had returned from San Francisco and told him that the letter could hurt his (Ferrario's) career. In the twisted and warped world of the sexual predator, the perpetrator is more than capable of making his victim bear the brunt of the guilt. Ferrario had David come to his office, and the bishop oversaw the writing of another letter in which Figueroa retracted his mother's statement. Ferrario wrote out a check for David for $400 drawn from the Bishop's Charity Fund. The date was November 25, 1985.
Feeling even more guilt now at having betrayed his mother, David told her and Pat Morley what he had done. David then wrote a second letter to the Pio Laghi on February 1986 confirming the contents of his mother's original letter. Laghi sent Ferrario a copy of the latest communication from David Figueroa.
Two months later, on April 7, 1986 the Figueroas received a letter from Archbishop Laghi stating he was sending an investigator to Hawaii to interview David and his mother. The single proviso was that all communication with the Vatican's representative be kept confidential.
The accusation that Laghi did not take the charge of homosexual rape of David Figueroa by Ferrario as anything but a minor inconvenience can be substantiated by the fact that he sent Daniel Francis Walsh, an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, as his emissary and confidant. Archbishop Pio Laghi was too wrapped up in major scandals brewing in the Archdiocese of Chicago under Cardinal John Cody to waste time and energy with what his superiors at the Vatican apparently viewed as a localized nuisance.
Walsh and Ferrario, as it turns out, were bosom buddies.
The two men had enjoyed a long-standing friendship that went back to Walsh's seminary years at St. Joseph's Seminary in Mountain View, Calif. When Walsh was consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco on September 24, 1981, Bishop Ferrario assisted Archbishop John R. Quinn at the ceremony as a principal co-consecrator. At the time of the interview with the Figueroas, Walsh was staying at the Bishop's residence at 1184 Bishop Street in Honolulu (Oahu) to help celebrate Ferrario's 60th birthday. The Figueroas were kept in the dark concerning the close connection between the two men.
At the time that Walsh interviewed David and his mother and took all their evidence against Ferrario, the Figueroas had no legal counsel present. There is no question that Mrs. Figueroa and David acted in good faith in providing the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio's representative with the dates, times and places that David had had sexual relations with Ferrario. Before he left, Walsh bound them to secrecy. But the secrecy was a one-way street. ...
Sometime in 1986 or 1987, Ferrario says he couldn't remember exactly when, he was summoned to Rome to discuss the charges of sexual molestation against him. He later reported that the Congregation for the Clergy cleared him of those charges and in 1985 had closed his file. Ferrario said he was told he had 'the Holy Father's confidence.'
On August 6, 1987, Walsh's service to the Holy See was rewarded when he was installed as Bishop of Reno-Las Vegas. In March 1995, Walsh was made bishop of the newly created Diocese of Las Vegas. On May 22, 2000, Walsh was installed as the bishop of Santa Rosa, replacing the disgraced predatory homosexual bishop, George Patrick Ziemann, who had resigned on July 22, 1999.
Walsh's 1985 visit was the first and last time that either David or his mother had any contact with him or the Papal Nuncio.
On August 8, 1991, David Figueroa filed a federal civil lawsuit in Federal Court of Hawaii. The suit charged three island priests with abusing him — Bishop Ferrario, Father Henry and Father Bolger. Immediately after the court ruled that the statute of limitations had run out, David's lawyers appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco which rejected the case on the same grounds.
The efforts of David Figueroa did, however, produce at least one salutary repercussion. The lawsuit finally persuaded the Holy See to take a more serious look at the Honolulu diocese. In 1992, Bishop Ferrario underwent a quintuple heart bypass. On October 12, 1993, he resigned for health reasons. On November 29, 1994 Francis Xavier DiLorenzo was installed as the fourth bishop of Honolulu.
Ferrario's last years were spent on the golf courses of Maui, while my friend, David Figueroa, who died of AIDS, lay cold in his grave. My friend, Pat Morley, was also dead.
On December 12, 2004 Bishop Ferrario went to his Maker. He was 77-years-old. Bishop DiLorenzo administered the last rites for Ferrario and presided over his funeral Mass. "I have lost a dear friend," DiLorenzo told reporters. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin obituary for Bishop Ferrario stated that he preached "tolerance and community outreach," and that he "openly welcomed gays into the church."
Bishop Walsh — A Company Man
The Ferrario affair firmly established Bishop Walsh as a company man in solid standing with the Old Boys Club, i.e., the NCCB/USCC (today, the USCCB). And it is within this context that we should examine his role in the Ochoa case.
Father Xavier Ochoa's Relationship to Bishop Emeritus Ziemann
Most of the news reports coming out of Santa Rosa on Father Ochoa's criminal escapades state he was simply a diocesan priest. My, my, what short memories some people have.
Jesuit Father Xavier Ochoa, who was ordained in 1969, arrived in Sonoma County in 1988. After Bishop Patrick Ziemann, one of Cardinal Roger Mahony's "golden boys," was given the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 1992, Ochoa was brought into the chancery as director of Hispanic vocations.
It is not without a touch of irony that it was probably through Ochoa that Ziemann met his Waterloo in the person of a Costa Rican "priest" named Jorge Hume Salas. Shortly after Ziemann has been installed as Bishop of Santa Rosa, Ochoa arranged for Hume to meet the new bishop, who immediately took a shine to the young man. Never mind that Hume had been thrown out of three seminaries for, among other things, posing as a priest, falsifying his resumes and possessing pornography.
This did not seem to bother Ziemann, who was not particularly interested in Hume's seminary or academic credentials. Soon, Hume was sexually serving Bishop Ziemann, who, at one point, gave Hume a beeper-phone to summon the priest to the bishop's home or the chancery for homo-sex.
In 1999, Hume sued Ziemann for sexual harassment among other things. Ziemann's close friend, Archbishop William Levada tried to intimidate Hume into dropping the civil suit, but to no avail. When Hume eventually returned to Costa Rica he was, at least, $535,000 richer thanks to the charity of the Catholics of the Diocese of Santa Rosa.
On July 22, 1999, Ziemann resigned as bishop of Santa Rosa. The problem was where to hide Ziemann until the heat died down. Archbishop Levada with the consent of Cardinal Mahony first sent Ziemann off for "treatment" to Philadelphia and then to the Diocese of Tucson under Bishop Manuel Moreno, who, like Levada and Mahony, was a graduate of Our Lady Queen of Angels and St. John Seminaries.
On April 22, 2000, Archbishop Levada was relieved of his administrative duties in the Diocese of Santa Rosa with the installation of Bishop Daniel F. Walsh, who immediately set to work settling numerous clerical sex abuse cases including additional suits against Bishop Emeritus Patrick Ziemann.
When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, Levada was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and given the red hat.
The Bottom Line
Father Xavier Ochoa is part of the West Coast network of clerical and hierarchical sodomites who dominate AmChurch today. Whether he was one of Ziemann's many sexual partners, or simply acted as a pimp for the bishop — or both — is irrelevant at this point. The fact is he knows too much about who's who in the clerical sodomite zoo in California. And that is why Father Ochoa is safe in Mexico and not sitting in a Santa Rosa jail.
Gone are the days of Popes Pius IX and Leo XIII and St. Pius X and Pius XI and Pius XII. The shepherds have been struck, sometimes with grave moral perversions that have clouded their sensus Catholicus (more about Pope Paul VI in another week or so), causing the sheep to be scattered. The errors of heretics and schismatics are embraced with openness while those who cling steadfastly only to the immutable teaching of Our Lord as it has been handed down over the centuries under the infallible protection of the Holy ghost are called the disloyal, disobedient "schismatics" which must be castigated, disciplined, shunned and converted. The divisions that exist among traditional Catholics ares but the logical consequences of an unprecedented assault against the Faith by the Modernists within the Church (and their Talmudic-Masonic friends outside of the Church) as believing Catholics seek to grapple with the enormity of the crisis. As a very wise priest said last year, referring to the divisions in the Church during the Great Schism, "There will be saints on every side of these issues today." It's a good idea to try to be one of those folks, saints, that is, wouldn't you say?
The enormity is such, though, that we must understand it is God alone Who is going to resolve the crisis and give us back popes of the likes of the ones mentioned above, especially Pius IX and St. Pius X. The Triumph of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart will be made manifest once her Fatima Message is fulfilled. We are indeed in the midst of that period foreseen in a vision by Pope Leo XIII of the devil having his way with the Church for about a hundred years.
As I have noted much in the last few months, we must concentrate on saving our own souls, which means fleeing from everything to do with the counterfeit religion that has been produced by conciliarism. There are many places in the Catholic catacombs to which we may flee. None of them is perfect. Our imperfections make them less perfect, if we have the honesty to admit this, that is. None of us is any better than anyone else. None of our judgments about where to go or what exactly has happened within the Church and how the problems she faces are going to be dealt with in the short-term is received from the hand of God. We must simply know what the Church has taught always and everywhere and has been believed by everyone, finding a truly good shepherd who will lead us home to Heaven as we consecrate ourselves this day and every day to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart Mary so that we might be enfolded in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose Octave day this is today.
Tradition will be restored in the Church. Christendom will be restored in the world.
Vivat Christus Rex!
Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, miserere nobis.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Irenaeus, pray for us.
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Catherine of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Sister Lucia, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.
A Prayer in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore Thee, I love Thee and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer Thee this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Thy will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in Thee and for Thee. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Thy blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within Thy Heart I place my every care. In every need let me come to Thee with humble trust saying, Heart of Jesus help me.
Merciful Jesus, I consecrate myself today and always to Thy Most Sacred Heart.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I implore, that I may ever love Thee more and more.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the Holy Souls in Purgatory