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If you can read this story without crying….. September 16, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Saints.
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…….uhhhh……I don’t know what, but I know I couldn’t.  God is so great!

One year ago today I delivered my son, a stillborn.   For a moment he was placed in my arms quiet, blue, and limp.  The midwife and her assistant then took him from me and began CPR.  They could not find a pulse.  He did not breathe.  Because we were at home (it was my third, planned homebirth) 911 was called.

While cpr was continued and we waited for the ambulance my husband took water and baptized him using the name we had agreed upon, James Fulton.  I remember sitting on the floor saying, “Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen” over and over again in my head.  I suppose it was as close as I could come to a prayer; I suppose it was my way of asking Archbishop Sheen to interceded for my son.

The paramedics came and rushed James away.  In route, as they tried to restart his heart, they gave him two doses of epinephrine by lines in the shin bone.  Neither worked and one leaked out, turning his whole right leg – from toe tip to buttock – black and blue and purple.   In the ER the doctors and nurses worked on him for another 18 minutes or so.  A nurse practitioner told me she wanted James’ mother to be able to hold him alive for a little bit.  Five minutes, an hour – she just wanted my son to be alive long enough for me to say good-bye.

They did a sonogram of his heart.  It fluttered but it didn’t beat. ……….

………My little boy, James Fulton, 9lbs and 12oz, had been without a pulse for 61 minutes.

Everyone stopped working.  And then his heart started.

The boy was “born dead.”  But after so long without oxygen, medical science indicated he would be, at best, severely mentally damaged and likely to need full time supervision his entire life.  Prayers went out, all over their hometown and even across the world, Masses were offered, Adoration, etc., all with the specific intention for the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to obtain a miracle of Grace from our Blessed Lord.

I won’t post the end of the story, but it does not end as you might expect.  Go read the rest.

I pray this miracle may advance Servant of God Archbishop Sheen’s cause for canonization significantly.

Diocese of Amarillo backing off claims against Pavone? September 16, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals.
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When Bishop Zurek sent his letter to all the other bishops of the US, he accused Fr. Pavone of the below:

“… deep concerns regarding his stewardship of the finances of… PFL…”

“These financial questions and concerns have persisted with no clear and adequate answers…”

“I have reasons to be alarmed at the potential financial scandal…”

“… incorrigible defiance to my legitimate authority…”

“…rebuff my every attempt at calling for financial transparency…”

“Father Pavone has gradually lost his need to show appropriate obedience to his Bishop…”

“… his fame has caused him to see priestly obedience as an inconvenience to his unique status…”

“… the supreme importance that he has attributed to his PFL ministry and the reductionist attitude toward the diocesan priesthood has inflated his ego with a sense of self-importance and self-determination…”

Late yesterday, the Diocese of Amarillo (not Bishop Zurek, who timed a 2+ week vacation with the date of the recall of Fr. Pavone and the release of this explosively inflammatory letter, had another press release that claimed that there were no allegations of financial impropriety and that Fr. Pavone remains in good standing:

Compare and contrast.  Bishop Zurek’s letter strongly implies that Fr. Pavone and Priests for Life were run amock and likely living high on donations pilfered from naive Catholics.  Now, those claims are being dropped, and in substitution there is only a claim that there are questions about the auditing process.

In Bishop Zurek’s original letter sent out on September 6 – sent out without notifying Fr. Pavone or Priest’s for Life, which Fr. Pavone only found out after the letter had been leaked (by whom – these inter-bishop communiques are intended to be extremely private – it had to be someone at USCCB, in Amarillo, or another bishopric) – not only did Zurek make the inflammatory claims noted above, but he recommended tohis brother bishops that they tell the people of their dioceses not to support Priests for Life.  Such a course of action, if taken, would have likely resulted in extreme damage to, if not the destruction of, Priests for Life. 

Making such a recommendation when there were merely questions over an auditing process, or a feeling that Fr. Pavone was perhaps not being sufficiently humble or obedient seems extremely imprudent, even unjust.  The data released thus far, and now apparently confirmed by the Amarillo Diocese, indicate the Fr. Pavone has complied with all, or virtually all, of the requests Bishop Zurek has made.  Perhaps there are a few details or some clarifications that need to be made, and perhaps Pavone has not sufficiently expressed obeisance to Bishop Zurek, but for this you destroy a very successful and effective ministry? 

Priest’s for Life is a private association of the faithful – as such, the bishops have the lowest degree of control over it.  That does not mean no control, but it means they don’t have a great deal, and are limited in oversight.  Perhaps there was some disagreement over how much oversight was appropriate, but the Diocese of Amarillo say this entire issue now hinges on an auditing process.  Such is surely important, but does it merit rhetoric like “deep concern of the stewardship of finances” and “incorrigible defiance to my authority?”  Fr. Pavone has stated he was blindsided by this letter that really trashed his character and his apostolate – he only found out due to it’s being leaked.  Did Bishop Zurek plan to ever tell PFL that he had sent this letter which could have obliterated his apostolate?  Is the Diocese of Amarillo, and, hence, Bishop Zurek, going to formally retract the claim of “potential financial scandal?”  What about the claims of “incorrigible defiance” and “rebuff my every attempt at calling for financial transperancy,” when it appears the data had been sent, repeatedly?

I almost wonder if this wasn’t some massive screw up at the Diocese of Amarillo – if the data being demanded was being sent all along, but someone was not communicating that to Bishop Zurek, making him think Fr. Pavone was non-compliant?  

Jill Stanek thinks Zurek blundered colossally.  The sudden turn-around in rhetoric makes it appear that, at the very least, the Diocese of Amarillo is substantially less sure of its claims than it was a 10 day sago when Bishop Zurek sent that letter to all the bishops of the United States.

What a mess. And satan laughed gleefully.

New RealCatholicTV series – At Home with the Faith September 16, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Virtue.
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My friend Colleen Hammond has joined RealCatholicTV.com to produce a new video series – At Home with the Faith.  I don’t think the programs are running on RealCatholicTV.com, yet, but here is a promo from Michael Voris discussing that new series, and the many, many other videos that they produce. 

They produce so much content on RealCatholicTV that I could spend a significant part of every day just watching their videos.  The Vortex is a small part of what they do, but since it’s the most controversial and is always available for free on Youtube, it tends to get viewed as their main effort.  That is not the case.  There are numerous excellent videos dealing with catechesis, apologetics, history, and just living the Faith.  If you’re not a premium member of RealCatholicTV.com, yet (shameless plug, but I’m a member and think it is extremely worth it), you should really consider joining.