Brace yourself, Bishop B. You've been "targeted" by the power hitters at National Call To Action, who intend to bombard you with fragrant and well-spelled letters indicting you for failure to comply with the alternative sexualities audit conducted by the Office of Child & Youth Protection. And not only that, but the CTA folks are ratting you out to Bishop William Skylstad, whose own diocese -- so punctilious are its pastors -- has complied itself into receivership.
The NCR reports:
Nicole Sotelo, codirector of national Call to Action, said her organization intends to mount a letter-writing campaign to Lincoln, Neb., Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, with copies to Bishop William Skylstad, bishop of Spokane, Wash., and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The letters will protest Bruskewitz's refusal to comply with the bishops' conference policies on child abuse by clergy, she said. Asked about the timing of the campaign, just after an announcement that the Vatican has upheld the excommunication of the Lincoln chapter of Call to Action, she said it would counter Bruskewitz’s "attempts to silence" the organization. "Justice cannot be silenced," she said.
That should rattle 'im. It's the nail polish, I think, that conveys most forcefully Hic est digitus Dei, and I expect the excommunication to be lifted shortly after the Holy See requires coral lip gloss for concelebrant clergy.
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Posted by: Fr. William -
Dec. 29, 2006 12:22 PM ET USA
Thanks be to God for giving us Bishop Bruskewitz. There are only a few other bishops in the US as courageous (eg: Bps. Morlino, Burke)... Thus, we, my brs. & srs. in Christ, need to keep praying for every single successor of the apostles to have such holy holdness to preach the Truth with love, in word & deed. Like Saint Thomas Becket, bp. & martyr, every bp. must be willing to give his life to promote & defend the Faith, to lead people to Jesus & His Church for the salvation of their souls.
Posted by: Te_Deum -
Dec. 28, 2006 12:19 PM ET USA
I'm sure Bishop Bruskewitz is shaking under his zuccheto. The one thing some people just don't understand is that the Holy Spirit requires no protestors, no sign-boards, no sash-wearers in order to move Holy Mother Church. She simply blows where She wills and it's up to us to keep ourselves within this great ship. Let's pray for these folks just as Bishop Bruskewitz has likely been doing. Time spent in adoration for such offenses is more pleasing to God than being upset about them.
Posted by: -
Dec. 28, 2006 7:52 AM ET USA
While Bishop Bruskewitz and the Vatican are abolutely right in finally showing the hetreodox CTA the door, I must admit that the commets of Skyp are dead on. In turns of strict numbers, what passes for the Catholic faith today is in general accord with those of CTA. Would that not be so, a Catholic led pro-life movement would be so powerful that there would be no political appitite for the killing of the innocents and we would, most likely, never have so much as heard the Clintons and their ilk
Posted by: Sir William -
Dec. 27, 2006 6:02 PM ET USA
Fuel for the fire - ? What kind of blaze can you expect from five or six 'angry' NCTA letters?
Posted by: dad2dlj -
Dec. 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET USA
Excellent! I am sure that Bishop B will find the fireplace fodder handy -- winters in Nebraska can be cold. If only there were many more like him.
Posted by: Italiana -
Dec. 27, 2006 7:46 AM ET USA
Re: Nail Polish...The first picture - priest with red scarf. Isn't that red and white scarf designed like Yasser Arafat's followers checkered red and white head gear? Is the priest trying to signal subliminally that he's a terrorist to the Catholic faith?
Posted by: -
Dec. 26, 2006 7:32 PM ET USA
Bishop B is not the only Bishop (unfortunately there are only a handful who have joined him) in refusing to "cooperate" in this misguided endeavor. The few good ones have taken the position that education of children in all matters, including sexual abuse by clerics, is the responsibility of parents. Plus, the content of the "program" adopted by the Bishops as a whole is questionable in both content and methodology and may well be in conflict with Catholic teaching. Kudos to Bishop Bruskewitz
Posted by: -
Dec. 26, 2006 4:29 PM ET USA
As you say, CTA will die as 99% of heretical sects in the Protestant schism still do; however, the modernist schism, which they're a part of, is huge, encompassing most of those who consider themselves Catholic.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Dec. 26, 2006 4:01 PM ET USA
Bruskewitz is in serious trouble. Their next move is to hold their breath until they turn blue. They're so cute when they're angry. "I came, I saw, I demured."
Posted by: -
Dec. 26, 2006 1:56 PM ET USA
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that another Bishop cannot lift the excommunication even if the poor soul moved into his Diocese. Of course, it would then follow that if USCCB openly defied Rome and issued a document revoking the excommunication it would be worthless. The mere fact that they intend to send a copy to the USCCB indicates that they do not have a clue about the Church.
Posted by: jai -
Dec. 26, 2006 1:52 PM ET USA
The CTA is composed of a bunch of spoiled brats. It would be a stupid clerical pedophile who would consider assaulting a child in the Diocese of Lincoln. Years ago when the issue was front page every day the priests were were told by the Bishop in their monthly meeting (and I paraphrase) "Don't even think about it" and the only assistance they would receive if they did the unthinkable was that he would visit them in jail. He doesn't make idle threats.
Posted by: skilli -
Dec. 26, 2006 12:48 PM ET USA
As noted by a previous poster--- they are headed toward extinction since most of them are old as dirt, homosexual or both ---done in by their own misguided ideology---fortunately for the Church, neither circumstance is conducive to a long or fruitful future.
Posted by: ladybird -
Dec. 26, 2006 12:12 PM ET USA
anybody know what that blue dot on that guy's forehead symbolizes?
Posted by: -
Dec. 26, 2006 11:16 AM ET USA
Ever since someone pointed out the absence of any sign of regeneration in CTA, the group's been posting multiple photographs of the few children who've been dragged to the meetings by their mommies (two mommies for each child, presumably). Let's start another CTA PR trend by observing the absence of any identifiable heterosexuals at CTA meetings. My guess is that this will lead to a few photos of the squishy priests who've shaved their Van Dykes and temporarily removed their rainbow stoles.
Posted by: 123456 -
Dec. 26, 2006 10:21 AM ET USA
Why am I not surprised, dear friends, to see the Nominally Catholic Reporter all over this story? I am not surprised for the same reason I am not surprised to read "refusal to comply with" rather than "[easily canonically defensible] episcopal decision not to join in adopting for his diocese" in the second quoted paragraph. Queer, isn't it, how those who decry 'dominance by Rome' as an act of violence against 'the Spirit of Vat II' are so intent upon establishing dominance by Washington.
Posted by: -
Dec. 26, 2006 10:11 AM ET USA
I don't think that Bishop B. has a thing to worry about with CTA.
Posted by: depeccatoradvitam -
Dec. 26, 2006 9:49 AM ET USA
Hold strong Bishop Bruskewitz, you are a true hero for the Church. You answer to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, and not to the USCCB and its committee speak in its own vanity and mealymouthed concensus rather than by the truth that Christ asked you and them to preach. We need more like you to teach the many who have given in to demographic placidity.
Posted by: JARay -
Dec. 26, 2006 8:05 AM ET USA
Thanks to "smugmug" for this "celebration' As a man, I cannot give birth....-(what discrimination) As a human I cannot fly.....-(what discrimination)! As a father I cannot be a mother....-(what discrimination) As a married man I cannot be a priest...-(I accept the Church Ruling)! In manus tuas Domine, commendo spiritum meum.