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Modernist Abbey to host LGBT retreat……UPDATED! March 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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…… retreat focused intentionally on rejecting the concept of self-denial so central to the Christian Faith:

A retreat sponsored by the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry to be held at St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse in Collegeville, MN, facilitated by Bob Pileggi.

This retreat is for LGBT folks and their allies[Interesting phrase, no?  Not all Catholics are welcome – just those who have succumbed to a grave sin and their “allies.”] to connect to God and themselves through the body. Life has given us this great gift of a body. We can open more to God’s love, acceptance and guidance by having a fuller experience of the body; by appreciating it. Various religious teachings might tell us to deny the body in order to get closer to God; this retreat will be healing from that idea – offering us renewed love for our body, self and God. Reconnect to your body in a compassionate way; feel rejuvenation; and open to more empowered self-expression. And in the process learn some simple spiritual practices that have foundations in most of the world’s major religions (awareness, breathing, mindful movement, etc.) that you can use on your own at home and share with others.

I’ve written two posts on the very troubled, and troubling, monastery at Collegeville, Minnesota before.   One focused on “liturgical dance” in the hideous, barren, frigid modernist temple constructed there.  The other highlighted an act of grave defiance to the local Ordinary by gay students from Collegeville.  The stories that have circulated regarding this monastery for years are horrendous.  There is no question it has been a hot-bed of dissent, active homosexuality, and the sex-abuse of adolescent males. 

The gay mindset is hardly one noted for its denial of pleasures of the flesh.  And where one finds heresy, one invariably finds sexual sins.  Does anyone think the orthodox belief of the Church, which DOES indeed explicitly counsel self-denial as a critical element of sanctification, will be highlighted at this retreat?   Am I the only mortified by the great potential for the trumpeting of sexual deviance and license as something good and holy? 

In fact, it looks like this will be nothing more than the usual heretical new age garbage.

Such might be very pleasing to certain deluded individuals.  It is so easy to fall into sin, especially sins of concupiscence.  I’m certain we can all relate.  But to embrace such as good, to hold retreats embracing this constant human temptation as a good……..its’ simply to weep.   

The retreat is apparently open to anyone who “is comfortable in a Christian environment.”  Will they receive the Blessed Sacrament in the abbey chapel?   Not only is this retreat open to gays of any religious “belief,” but registration is through the Benedictine Fathers and they have a special reduced rate for monks.  Such embrace of sin by what should be holy and devout religious smells of the smoke and cinder of hell.

This is not what St.’s Benedict and Scholastica (among many others) built with their great work and suffering.  This is not what has sustained religious life for 1600+ years.  This kind of behavior is what is killing so many of the religious orders out there.  It is worldly, it is slatternly, it is deviant, and it is not what the founders, and certainly not what Christ, intended for this hallowed form of life.  

Pardon me for my judging, but this kind of open flaunting of the Dogma of the Faith must be stopped by the competent authority.  It is a breathtaking scandal.

But it can also be challenged by the laity.  You can contact the abbey here:

Abbey Spokesperson
Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer OSB
320-363-2548
pniebauer@csbsju.edu

There are souls at stake in scandals like this.  Not only eternal souls, but even earthly misery weighs in the balance.  I have been lost in sin.  I know the horror and misery that portends in such a condition.  Fr. Corapi used to talk about knowing what it was like to be in hell.  I don’t know that, I think we cannot imagine the miseries of that infernal region, but I know the kind of suffering that can come from a life of dissolution.  For Holy Mother Church, even in some of her members, to be seen to embrace behaviors that cause such deep suffering – earthly and otherwise – is staggering.  There are not words for it.  It simply must stop.

For Christ said “I call not the just, but sinners.”  But if the sinners receive the same error and embrace of sin within Christ’s Church that they receive in the world, what then?  “Master, where else shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life!”  Let this statement never again be a lie.

UPDATE:  I had to move Woody’s comment into the post proper (with a couple of my own additions).  Woody is a funny man:

I am sure that the abbey received permission from the Archdiocese of Detroit to use the name catholic and that Dr. Peters found correct canon legal grounds to go ahead with the retreat. Remember, we don’t want to deny anyone anything within the church. [Well, unless it’s orthodoxy, and then that should be viciously punished]  As for your request for pardoning of your judgment, that request is denied as it might be construed to be non-pastoral towards some or all of the participants. [Woody should read Iota Unum.  It makes me want to cry and punch someone at the same time] It is not your place to know what grave or mortal sin is and how it effects one’s soul. That ability to know such things may have been easy to know prior to 1965 but this is the 21st Century and we don’t know what those things are now. Come on now and get with the program. [I think Woody has nailed the post-conciliar zeitgeist]

Without the sarcasm, it makes one want to cry.

 

Comments

1. Woody - March 21, 2012

I am sure that the abbey received permission from the Archdiocese of Detroit to use the name catholic and that Dr. Peters found correct canon legal grounds to go ahead with the retreat. Remember, we don’t want to deny anyone anything within the church. As for your request for pardoning of your judgment, that request is denied as it might be construed to be non-pastoral towards some or all of the participants. It is not your place to know what grave or mortal sin is and how it effects one’s soul. That ability to know such things may have been easy to know prior to 1965 but this is the 21st Century and we don’t know what those things are now. Come on now and get with the program.
Without the sarcasm, it makes one want to cry.

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