HURRAY! We agree with this decision by Father Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea Catholic Church. “The future of the church is at stake.”
Your editor has been accused of being a Bad Catholic because I criticized Pope Francis for his crude remarks, which are UNDIGNIFIED coming from the Vicar of Christ:
[The pope reaffirmed teaching against contraception.] But “this does not mean a Christian must make children one after another,” the pope said, citing the case of a woman who became pregnant an eighth time after giving birth to seven children via cesarean section. “Does she want to leave seven orphans?” he said. “This is tempting God. Some people think — excuse me for saying this — that to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits,” Pope Francis said, yet church teaching provides for “many licit ways” to limit reproduction.
Jesuit Father Fessio was on Catholic Answers Live last week. Father is the founder of Ignatius Press. I’ve listened online and transcribed the parts where he very prudently criticizes Pope Francis…but I had to listen very carefully for it.
FATHER FESSIO reflecting on the pope’s phrase that Catholics reproduce “like rabbits”: When you are a person in authority, you always have to be concerned how what you say will be taken the right way, especially if there is something new. The media will report when there is something new in the Catholic Church. [paraphrased.]
Partial Transcription by Nina Rhea:
“What bothers me is the good people who are struggling against society which is anti-child, which is not to have a family. You know what it’s like to walk into a store if you have 3 or 4 kids with you? I mean people stare at you, they mock you, they make jokes about you, they ask embarrassing questions…I mean, these people need our support.
“I know a woman who had 10 cesareans! She got pregnant again. She had her 11th healthy child through cesarean. So was she “irresponsible?” Oh yeah? Tell that to the son, the 11th child!
“What about Saint Ignatius? He was the 13th of 13 children? And Saint Catherine of Sienna was a TWIN, [child numbers] 21 and 22, of the same mother! So we’re going to say they’re rabbits out there?
“I’m getting worked up about this. What the pOPE intended to say – which he said it the day after – is just right.”
FULL AUDIO at Catholic Answers Live.
In September 2014, the political body of bishops, known as the California Catholic Conference, posted the following:
Prop 47 was passed by the voters.
GUESS WHO IS PUSHING FOR “RESTORATIVE JUSTICE” idealogy in the American Catholic Church?
- Prejean is the founder/agitator of the Catholic Mobilizing Network which is working to institutionalize Restorative Justice.
- Also, the California Catholic Bishops!
Restorative justice is a response to crime and violence that shifts the focus from punishment to “responsibility, rehabilitation and restoration.” It holds offenders accountable even as it opens paths to healing, especially with victims. And it addresses the needs of everyone impacted by crime: victims, offenders, families, communities, and those working in the criminal justice system.
RestoreJustice.com is an outreach of the California Catholic Conference offering healing and support to everyone affected by the criminal justice system throughout the U.S.The purpose of RestoreJustice.com is to offer a place of compassion and assistance, resources and services and educational information for anyone who is affected by crime – victims of crime, offenders and their families, corrections staff, chaplains, criminal justice system employees and management, and advocates for restorative justice.
The fallout has been swift and damaging.
“Prop. 47 was a smoke bomb dropped in every courtroom in California,” said Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dave Rosenberg, “and we are working on clearing out the smoke.”
The retroactive measure reduced several nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors — slashing sentences for those in prison — and made it possible for people who were convicted decades ago to have their felony records disappear.
3. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has an office dedicated to Restorative Justice!
“Why Is Vermont So Lenient on Child Predators?” – Bill O’Reilly.
BILL O’REILLY, HOST: In the “Factor Investigation” segment tonight: As you may know, Vermont has rejected Jessica’s Law, which gives mandatory prison sentences to child molesters. The state did that because it believes in restorative justice, where the child rapist and other heinous criminals must be healed, not punished to a great degree.
Now, we believe that philosophy puts Vermont’s children in grave danger. We began our reporting on the Green Mountain State in January 2006 when Judge Edward Cashman sentenced this man [Mark Hulett], who sexually abused a 6-year-old girl for years, to 60 days in prison.