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Bishop Finn – Distorter should not call itself Catholic January 28, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, true leadership, unadulterated evil.

It’s nice to see Bishop Finn of Kansas City, MO, has taken some time to denounce the National Catholic Distorter.  In a recent edition of the diocesan newspaper Catholic Key, Bishop Finn notes that he and his predecessors have, for 45 years, been trying to get the Distorter to drop the Catholic name, but as an entity outside the Church, they don’t really have the ability to get them to stop:

I am sorry to say, my attention has been drawn once again to the National Catholic Reporter, a newspaper with headquarters in this Diocese. I have received letters and other complaints about NCR from the beginning of my time here. In the last months I have been deluged with emails and other correspondence from Catholics concerned about the editorial stances of the Reporter: officially condemning Church teaching on the ordination of women, insistent undermining of Church teaching on artificial contraception and sexual morality in general, lionizing dissident theologies while rejecting established Magisterial teaching, and a litany of other issues.

My predecessor bishops have taken different approaches to the challenge. Bishop Charles Helmsing in October of 1968 issued a condemnation of the National Catholic Reporter and asked the publishers to remove the name “Catholic” from their title – to no avail. From my perspective, NCR’s positions against authentic Church teaching and leadership have not changed trajectory in the intervening decades.

So, why is the situation regarding the Distorter, and, say Real CatholicTV, different?  If you will recall, a year ago or so, the Archdiocese of Detroit and other entitites in the Church started going after RealCatholicTV, saying they could not use the Catholic name.  The ultimate reason for this was that Voris is too orthodox and said too many things that made the hierarchy uncomfortable. That is to say, he was succeeding. . Michael Voris and crew eventually decided to change their name from RealCatholicTV to ChurchMilitantTV, not because they thought they did not have the right to use it, or because they didn’t think they could win their canon law case, but because the issue just got to be too big a distraction and headache.

Now, flip to the Distorter.  Aside from rare denouncements from their local ordinaries and a very few other bishops denouncing them – often in a rather lighthearted manner – the Distorter is, in fact, in quite tight with both the USCCB and the vast majority of dioceses.  They claim they are approved – whatever that means – by the USCCB’s  Catholic Press Association.   The large majority of parishes I’ve been order the Distorter – usually, several copies per parish.  As do many dioceses.  I saw a rack full of them at the San Antonio chancery last fall.  Many dioceses and parishes advertize for job openings in the Distorter – isn’t it good to know that the person hired to teach your kids the Faith got their job through the Distorter?  The Distorter is, in sum, treated like a welcome insider.

Thus, there is a massive double standard.  The Distorter gets away with calling itself “Catholic,” trading on that name (in fact, the newspaper would fail in months if diocesan and parish subscriptions went away), and leading many souls down the primrose path to destruction, all with the tacit approval of the USCCB and the vast majority of bishops.  ChurchMilitantTV gets hounded relentlessly, the subject of expensive canon lawsuits.  So, when Archbishop Vigneron goes after Michael Voris, the whole machinery of the Church in the US spins up to attack RealCatholicTV, whereas when Bishop Finn denounces the Distorter, the whole machinery of the Church in the US spins up in their defense, making them, in essence, untouchable. Which is exactly why their response to Bishop Finn’s concerns was so haughty and dismissive. If they thought he could hurt them, they would not have replied such.

Now, in truth, there are many things Finn could do to make the Distorter’s operations more difficult. He could excommunicate all the apostate writers who live in his diocese. He could do the same for the staff.  I think the situation calls for such drastic steps, so I pray this is just the very beginning of Bishop Finn’s interaction with the Natholic Catholic Destroyer.

BTW, the Distorter was started in the early 60s by progressive, dissenting, even full-on apostate Catholics for the purpose of advancing the revolution in the Church. That has always been their specific intent.  The people they hired, the writers they quoted, the progressives/dissenters/apostates they supported, all were carefully calculated to do the most for the revolution possible. That relationship with the USCCB and the listing of positions in the Distorter – those are no accident. They show how the revolution entered the machinery created by “collegiality” at Vatican II (the conferences, the diocesan offices, etc) and took over almost all the domestic power structure of the Church (and in practically every other country, too).  The Distorter IS the official party organ, if you will, of the revolution in the Church.  There is no more institutional organization that you can imagine.  Think on that for a while…..

Bishop Finn could use many prayers. There is a group in Kansas City that is determined to destroy him.  He is a great friend of the Benedictines of the Priory of Ephesus, and I have heard traditional priests who know him speak very highly of him.  That is what the criminal case against him was all about.

If you’d like to take an action against the Distorter, tell your parish priest or bishop you won’t support them, financially, until they terminate all subscriptions and end all advertising in the Distorter.  I know many folks are uncomfortable going that far, but 50-odd families doing so in a given parish would probably be very effective.


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