From time to time… well… pretty often actually, readers send me blurbs written by their parish priest and published in their Sunday bulletin.
Let’s have a look at this, from Fr. Patrick Wissman, pastor of Sacred Heart in Bolivar MO.
We have seen this fellow before on WDTPRS. He wrote one of the dumbest things I have ever read.
He doesn’t confine himself to writing dumb things. He is also nasty.
The reader wrote: "I thought you might like to hear his latest opinions. I especially like how he compares them to parasites and fleas."
My emphases and comments.
February 8, 2009 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February (meaning ‘cleansing’) is for us a time of winter’s cold and weather. I suppose the intent is to say that the very cold temperatures will kill the’ bugs’ that are outside. [Watch the parallel is is setting up.] The fleas, ticks and parasites that can’t take the extreme cold will be done away with. The warm-up that is occurring is typical of Missouri weather. The changeability is a sign that there is some struggle in nature to get us ready for springtime. Perhaps there is some global climate change showing itself.
Britain had the biggest snow it has had for some 18 years. The pictures of London blanketed with 6 inches of snow was reminiscent of-the age of Dickens.
The news this week of Pope Benedict lifting the excommunication on four bishops that were ordained without any legitimacy was strange. The previous Popes have dealt in different ways with the St. Pius X Society (a heretical group that refused to accept Vatican II and it’s documents of change) [I think Father doesn't understand what heresy is... rather... the definition of heresy.] . Their leader was a certain Archbishop Lefevre [sic] of Switzerland. It is our belief [the royal we?] that the changes of Vatican II are the works of the Holy Spirit. That Archbishop refused to accept the changes and was especially recalcitrant concerning the Liturgical renewal and an ecumenical approach to the Protestant denominations. [It would be accurate to say a false ecumenical approach.] The Holy Father in a desire to bring wondering sheep back to the fold, lifted excommunication of four Bishops. That excommunication had been put in place by Pope John Paul II. The news that caught the world by surprise was that one of those Bishops held anti-Semite views and declared that there were no gassing of Jews under Hitler’s Third Reich. Evidently the Pope was unaware of his position. Pope Benedict has reconsidered and in today’s (Wednesday) noon address in Rome he said that the lifting of the excommunication for that Bishop was dependent on him recanting his anti-Semite position. The shame of this is that the Pope was unaware concerning this rebellious and disobedient cleric! The Jewish leaders loudly questioned the Pope’s first action and said that Catholic-Jewish Dialogue was now seriously jeopardized. Today the leader of Germany Angela Merkel voiced her opinion on the matter. I think this is what made the Pope reconsider. [Reconsiderrrrr .... what exactly?] In Germany anyone who denies the Holocaust in any significant way is considered a criminal and subject to a jail term.
What happened here? I am afraid it is the old problem that has been around for ever! The Ivory Tower syndrome. The Pope is so isolated from ordinary life that he is very much out of touch with the reality of the world. He is surrounded by people who feel they need to agree with him. [He is parroting the likes of Reese and his blather on WaPo.]
The allowing of Latin liturgies (Mass and sacraments) by choice of priests is the same thing. [Remember: the libs are terrified of worship which is manifestly God-centered.] These people that the Pope is trying to bring back into the fold are lacking in faith and are self seeking and above all disobedient. I think they are the hypocrites in the church of today. [And yet look at this attitude toward the Pope. In front of his whole parish, he is running down the Pope. In his bulletin. If he does this in his bulletin, imagine what he says "off the record" to his parishioners. This priest demonstrates little spirit of obedience toward the Holy Father's determinations about the SSPX or Summorum Pontificum. Who is the hypocrite?]
And we know how Jesus dealt with the hypocrites. He called them ‘whitened sepulchers’ and false leaders. I think the Pope has fallen into on indefensible position and for all the good will he has, he is out of touch. It is interesting that the Pope makes mistakes. This can only remind us of what infallibility means. In the Catholic Church it is the Church that is infallible, not the Pope alone. It is only in unity and with consultation that the Pope shares any infallibility. [He accuses the SSPX of being "heretical" and says they don't accept Vatican II. Fine. Father should actually read the Council documents and discover what the Church actually says about the teaching office of the Church. The Pope can teach infallibly without consulting anyone. He can do so entirely on his own. What Father suggested veers rather close to heresy... unless he is simply uninformed.] A good learning moment for all of us. As of yet, I don’t know if this Bishop will recant. If he doesn’t, then it should be clear that he does not live by the Holy Spirit. [And now he is judging the soul of another because of he expressed something which is an historical error, not a doctrinal error.]
Let us pray for the Church!
Pastor: Rev. J. Patrick
He started with fleas and ticks, and how the cold is supposed to kill them.
He is trying to get people to turn on the freeze.
What a guy.