ACTION ITEM! US CLERGY! Sign letter urging Synod to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage and family!

15_04_25_Credo_priestsI want to bump this to the top so that more priests will see it after a busy weekend.

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Published on: Apr 25, 2015 @ 9:58

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You will recall that hundreds of priests in England signed a letter, published in the Catholic Herald, urging the upcoming Synod to uphold Catholic doctrine and discipline concerning marriage and the family.  HERE

That letter created a stir.

I now see that there is an American initiative for Catholic priests to sign a similar letter!

HERE

Signers, be patient.  It seems that your names will not post automatically.  I think that someone must verify the names, which is a good idea.  There will be a delay.

Lay people, please let your priests know about this initiative and ask them to sign it.  Tell them you’ll be watching the list.

I urge all the priestly readers to sign this letter.  I have.

To the Synod Fathers:

In union with our brother priests in the United Kingdom (conforming to the teachings summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1650-51), we make our own the petition they signed urging the Synod Fathers in the upcoming Synod to stand firm on the Church’s traditional understanding of marriage, human sexuality and pastoral practices:

Following the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2014 much confusion has arisen concerning Catholic moral teaching. In this situation we wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.

We commit ourselves anew to the task of presenting this teaching in all its fullness, while reaching out with the Lord’s compassion to those struggling to respond to the demands and challenges of the Gospel in an increasingly secular society. Furthermore we affirm the importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments, and the millennial conviction that doctrine and practice remain firmly and inseparably in harmony.

We urge all those who will participate in the second Synod in October 2015 to make a clear and firm proclamation of the Church’s unchanging moral teaching, so that confusion may be removed, and faith confirmed.

Yours faithfully,

Signed:

The priests are listed over there.  So far there are 2 bishops and 119 priests at the time of this posting, but I imagine there is a long queue.

Heh heh… the person doing the verification is about to get an avalanche.

Fr. Z Kudos and ¡Hagan lío!

UPDATE: 

We need a #hashtag for twitter.

#USPriests2Synod

UPDATE 24 April 2311 GMT:

Priests 191
Bishops 2

UPDATE 26 April 1854 GMT

Priests 260
Bishops 2

UPDATE 27 April 1445 GMT

Priests 330
Bishops 2

UPDATE 28 April 1816 GMT

Priests 441
Bishops 2

UPDATE 29 April 2236 GMT

Priests 594
Bishops 3

The newest Bishop to sign is the great Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois.

I see a lot of names of priests I know.

UPDATE 30 April 

Priests 697
Bihsops 4

The newest Bishop is no surprise.

UPDATE 3 May 1601 GMT:

Priests 775
Bishops 4

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59 Responses to ACTION ITEM! US CLERGY! Sign letter urging Synod to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage and family!

  1. Elizabeth D says:

    I sent it to my pastor.

  2. FrMJPB says:

    Signed!

  3. Thanks for posting this. Signed and forwarded.

  4. Latin Mass Type says:

    I see your name Fr. Z! As well as other familiar names. Hoping to see my parish priests listed, too!

  5. Benedict Joseph says:

    Such action is to be enthusiastically encouraged and applauded. I’ve been hoping to see the Brit’s courageous action duplicated here, and now it’s happening. But with its commencement I now have the fear – didn’t we just address this several days ago in regard to a seminarian – of prudential caution causing priests not to sign? How many priests desiring to sign will abstain due to the near certain retaliation they will face from their superior, bishop, confreres, even parishioners? What might be a means of registering anonymous endorsement, and at the same time calling attention to unjust application of obedience by lawful superiors? The use of obedience as a weapon is a grave injustice and is a poison in the priesthood, religious life, and even among the laity. Quite a quagmire.

  6. Ttony says:

    In the UK Catholic laypeople organised a similar letter in support of their priests. Look here, and maybe think, US laypeople, about doing the same.

  7. Kathleen10 says:

    It’s getting harder and harder for people to hide. These are amazing days.

  8. aviva meriam says:

    prayers for all who signed…..
    and gratitude.

  9. Fr. Cole says:

    Happy to sign, thanks for posting.

  10. JARay says:

    I am one of those who signed on the British letter although I do live in Britain anymore. I asked if it was acceptable to sign and my signature was accepted. I did see the list of all those who signed that letter from the Catholic Faithful and my name certainly was there. I am very pleased to have signed it. I have just read Rorate Caeli online and the evidence it gives about the German clergy is indeed frightful.

  11. Prayerful says:

    Indeed.

    Somewhat related, please everyone pray for the defeat of Ireland’s gay ‘marriage’ referendum.

  12. Fr. JPH says:

    Signed. Thanks Fr. Z!

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  14. patergary says:

    Already signed the other day!

  15. asperges says:

    I hope this is a great success and that priests sign in great numbers. The large numbers the US should be able to muster will have an impact, 8f only on the faithful.

    For all the talk about welcoming dialogue, the agenda setters at the top want nothing of the kind and this initiative will not be well received no more than it was in the UK with harsh rebukes and censure.

    What is such a worry is that it should be seen as necessary at all. No-one would have dreamt of the need to do this under Benedict, God be thanked for him.

  16. Sonshine135 says:

    I am so very blessed to see that my Pastor has signed. Thank you to all of those who have signed the letter. You are our Warrior Priests, and I would follow you anywhere!

  17. Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick says:

    I am surprised that so many people are so enthusiastic about locking the barn door.

    The horse has already been stolen.

    The issue is: Should people who are publicly known to be involved in grave sin be given Communion?

    The answer, of course, is No. Doing so is always grave scandal, therefor, always grave matter–i.e., a mortal sin.

    For this reason, Canon 915 exists.

    Now, what about that horse?

    The majority of American bishops voted in 2004 to give themselves the right to commit this very mortal sin, when they approved the document “Catholics in Political Life.” Only about ten bishops are publicly committed to obeying Canon 915.

    In other words, the vast majority of bishops have ALREADY committed themselves to the “Kasper option,” i.e., giving Communion to persons who are publicly known to be engaged in grave sin.

    The next Synod is meaningless. Therefore this petition is meaningless.

  18. DonL says:

    To paraphrase the “Good Book” “….but, where are the others…..? (Don’t we have between 300-400 bishops and archbishops in the US?)

  19. benedetta says:

    I would just like to add a few words here as to why this is so very important, necessary, and significant.

    I think that up until this point most things I have read on this topic presumes all the debates and maneuvering on the synod to be completely grounded and existing in the ideological. My experiences inform that, actually, the ideological dispute present in any sort of media or discussions between believers of good will is a misleading distraction and a greatly constructed image which hides what is occurring.

    Almost everything I read from all quarters, most particularly from the dissenting or so called “left or liberal” (even though of course it is not at all liberal but fascist in practice and organizing and opinion) assumes a few points at the outset: that their advocacy is premised from these perspectives as a given: pro-family, pro-woman, and pro-liberty or freedom altogether.

    A great many thoughtful and holy voices have already pointed out that the ideology and the practice as far as these premises in fact can only play out to the contrary if the ideological goals of the dissent are effectuated through this synod.

    What is not acknowledged, or perhaps even known, till now is that my varied experiences with the dissenting group now active, and I would if asked sign any affidavit or make any oath asked as to this, is driven by an element which has shown itself in a quite personal, identifiable, and in no uncertain terms to me to be: misogynist — in the sense that woman and mother is attacked, abused, terrorized, destroyed, child hating/destroying, animated by a vicious, violent, hatred of Christianity. While the ideological or propaganda “face” of this cheerfully appears on radio programs, Catholic lecture and media circuits, parishes, etc., the covert thrust of this operation has nothing to do with the Church as Christ founded her and everything to do with a sick, humanity destroying violence rooted in hatred of women, hatred of children. The ideological face participates with a vengeance, and with no small amount of control, at present, in the public square. The hidden persona is active in actions of violence. That it hides rather than announce its deeds and fears identification is of course an admission of the intent, mens rea, and design far better than any dissenting media ideological point as to what is really playing out here.

    It has been clear to me for quite some time now that certain important actors in the ideological arm, even persons within the Church or acting with apparent authority or color of authority, are in fact deeply linked and are themselves aware of the acts of terror towards a woman and her child, and even now others, women, added to this number as we speak, and are approving and participate in this. Thus I felt it crucial to speak up for those unable to defend themselves, and now, and on the point that what these priests are doing, laying down their lives here, is quite necessary. In other words, this is not a mere “ideological” debate, the results of which do not affect the great majority of believers going about their lives one way or another. In fact, there are a great number already materially suffering, who have been harmed, by this, and its association with what on surface looks like an “ideological discussion” at a synod is something we all need to see out in the open for what it is. What this is does not desire ideological accomplishment or to prevail in a change of theology or doctrine, as if it cares an iota about the Church and her theology, much less her families. No, this desires something different, something insidious, it desires her destruction, via the destruction of women and children, in real and material and immediate actions, even ongoing. Kyrie eleison.

  20. benedetta says:

    I would also just like to add here, for purposes of complete clarity and honesty: some may say this is about the so-called “gay lobby”. There is nothing that I have observed directly as to what has occurred to make me conclude that the acts of violence are being carried out by persons who are in fact gay — and in fact, the vast numbers of kind persons, believers or not, who I know personally who are gay or have been edified by otherwise tends to tell me in my gut that it is not about that ideological movement, no matter the various things reported/discussed of late. As sexuality is a trait linked to our humanity, as is compassion, love, long suffering, self sacrifice, hope, goodness, beauty, and are actions we employ to praise God our Creator who loves us, I would say, given the breathtaking vicious violence and terror which this shows itself to be, indeed, has wanted me to know it by and identify it by in solely those terms, this has nothing to do with human sexuality or family or love, at all, and rather is about what psychologists call socio or psychopathology and what we as believers would experience in material terms as demonic.

    I am really only passing on what this seems to desire to be known by, of its own actions. That this is not a theological discussion or event, what is happening, in the Church’s synod, and that certain persons in the Church, ordained and not, are ok with what has been happening, for several years, from a violent group, and have joined their efforts, on terms that seem publicly only ideologically, with it.

    I ask the readership’s prayers for me and for all affected.

  21. Athelstan says:

    Fr. Fitzpatrick,

    Therefore this petition is meaningless.

    At a time when there is unprecedented pressure to overturn or set aside this doctrine, this petition is a very valuable witness.

    What you say about Canon 915 being effectively a dead letter in most American (and German!) dioceses and parishes is unquestionably true. So far, however, this has occurred with the accompaniment of the Holy See’s silence (aside from the 2004 CDF letter from then-Cardinal Ratzinger). But it would be something else if the Holy Father were, by statements or actions, to give open encouragement to such disobedience and sacrilege (even if he didn’t openly overturn doctrine). If these petitions can help give him the strength to resist that, it would not be for nought.

  22. Sonshine135 says:

    Fr. Fitzpatrick,

    With all do respect, I disagree. I believe it is important that this letter be signed precisely so the Bishops and laity know that these Priests defend the faith. It is encouraging and edifying to see the number.

    Also, even if the horse left the barn, I am happy to see that their are guardians at the door who will call for the horse to come home and be there to open it up when it returns.

  23. Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick says:

    Perhaps I should have mentioned that I signed the petition. I may have signed it twice, several weeks apart.

  24. frival says:

    Perhaps, if the numbers continue to grow quickly enough, this petition will serve the one purpose that only such an action can: to show those hiding in the shadows that what now seems inevitable need not be so. Petitions like this tend to grow geometrically as people feel there is sufficient safety in numbers – the more who bravely sign, the more who will sign with a little less bravery, and then suddenly what seemed an unstoppable tide in one direction recedes back to the depths from which it came.

  25. MWindsor says:

    Where are the bishops?!!?

    Oh, right…

  26. ChristoetEcclesiae says:

    I’m so grateful to each courageous priest who signs this letter! It is heartening indeed to see the list of names grow. I was especially encouraged to read the name of a lone priest from my diocese – may God bless him, and may others join him. You are all remembered in prayer.

    Dear Fr. Fitzpatrick,
    Very respectfully, it does matter. It matters a great deal. It matters that these priests are choosing to do what they can because they think it right, instead of choosing not to act because they cannot foresee the outcome. It certainly matters to the faithful, and I can only believe it matters to our Lord. We know that seemingly small things – even the size of a mustard seed – can accomplish much. These priests are Davids, and who can know in what way the Lord might use their public affirmation? Even a drop in a bucket is not nothing – it is something. And in an accumulation of drops, well managed, there can be great power.

    I am encouraged.

  27. Justalurkingfool says:

    Bully for you, Father Fitzpatrick.

  28. Stephen D says:

    ‘Bishops 2’! God Bless those few good, brave shepherds.

  29. chantgirl says:

    Hmmm, I see a lot of familiar names, but not a lot of St. Louis names. Hopefully they have not been pressured to not sign. It looks like I may have to look up the emails of our local priests and send out a bulk mailing. It is pretty sad that more of our bishops have not signed.

    Fr. Fitzpatrick, while I agree that our bishops have been scandalously negligent about applying canon 915, Jesus calls us to be faithful, not necessarily successful. The truth still needs to be spoken, even if it is quite out of season. I have not lost all hope that Kasper’s “solution” can be avoided, yet. Thank you for signing and thanks to all the other priests who have signed. It may seem like you are shouting against a typhoon, but God still hears you, and I am encouraged that some of our priests are good shepherds and not hirelings who flee from the wolves.

  30. benedetta says:

    I think that Fr. Fitzpatrick makes an excellent point which we should now heed — from my perspective, I can trace quite clearly how things got to this point. I recall events which happened when I was a child, which I of course could not have understood then, and I realize now that if enough people had done something, right then and there. We do well to read the times just as they are and act with courage and conviction to protect the least at the very first sign. Of course that takes some doing. I worry and pray about the “too lateness” of so much that has occurred. Perhaps this step is rendered without meaning or effect at this hour. Nonetheless, personal holiness right where we are is always effective and when it is carried out on others’ behalf, on the behalf of others who need and deserve the encouragement or support it provides, it will be effective in God’s time.

    Those who refuse to step up, whatever the rationalization, of course may in short term protect some sad self interest, but at what cost? They should be fully aware, however, that their refusal to get involved no matter their nice sentiment subjects innocent people, as well as people who should know better, to a far worse servitude over time that has nothing to do with theology or idealism.

  31. Elizabeth D says:

    I also found Fr Fitzpatrick’s comment thought provoking.

    While I was thinking about this just now, I remembered that this same kind of thing happened in the Bible. 2 Kings 22-23 records what King Josiah did when they inventoried the Temple and rediscovered the Book of the Law, which was now completely neglected. (NAB from USCCB)

    The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan, “I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD.” Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported, “Your servants have smelted down the silver deposited in the temple and have turned it over to the master workers in the house of the LORD.” The scribe Shaphan also informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book,” and then Shaphan read it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his garments.

    The king then issued this command to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, son of Shaphan, Achbor, son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant: “Go, consult the LORD for me, for the people, and for all Judah, about the words of this book that has been found, for the rage of the LORD has been set furiously ablaze against us, because our ancestors did not obey the words of this book, nor do what is written for us.”

    skipping some verses and moving on to Ch 23:
    The king then had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned before him. 2The king went up to the house of the LORD with all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: priests, prophets, and all the people, great and small. He read aloud to them all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the house of the LORD. The king stood by the column and made a covenant in the presence of the LORD to follow the LORD and to observe his commandments, statutes, and decrees with his whole heart and soul, and to re-establish the words of the covenant written in this book. And all the people stood by the covenant.

  32. Elizabeth D says:

    Bishop Paprocki signed! I just love him.

  33. Benedict Joseph says:

    Father Fitzpatrick’s sober comment reflects my own pessimism regarding our ability to impact the Synod. I’ve seen too much. My confidence in the hierarchy is non-existent, but for the individuals who have courageously spoken up. I am seriously worried for them, cardinals and bishops in this ecclesial climate that has no discernable faith and reason – or if it is discernable, it is quite frightening. That said, Kasperites cannot take much pride in a synod that boldly goes against the Magisterium if all who are able speak loudly do so before the axe falls. The foul current running wild in the Church will only be diluted by Grace, but Grace trumpeted by priests, religious and laity faithful to the Magisterium will be recognized far sooner and with impact. Sign that petition, dear Fathers. Your voices can shame those who would otherwise acquiesce to a perverted notion of Christian mercy.

  34. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    I am so proud of the priests I know who are on this list.

    Reverend Fathers, THANK YOU for showing us that you love God and His Church. Maybe some more of my fellow laymen will act to strengthen their brethren in the faith, seeing your example.

  35. Elbereth says:

    It does my heart go to see the names of those few gallant faithful sons of Ignatius and soldiers of Jesus. How bravely Fessio, Schall, and Koterski continue to fight! Just might have to name the next son Ignatius despite everything.

  36. Joseph-Mary says:

    Thanks to the priests and the less than a handful of bishops who have signed: they are not afraid to ‘stand up’ and be counted. And therefore we can count on them!

    I sent the link to three priests.

  37. andia says:

    I saw few from my diocese. The one I know personally has been a priest less than three years- a wonderful priest.
    I saw many of the priests I know from online.

    Since my Bishop is more likely to respond to tweets rather than emails, I posted on twitter.

  38. CountryCatholic says:

    I tend to agree with Fr. Fitzpatrick, but this petition does serve to show that there ARE actually faithful clergy. If we trust in the Holy Spirit to guide the Church and protect Her doctrines, then we should hope the Holy Spirit will do the same this time.

    I wish more bishops would sign..but “The road to Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops…”

  39. mysticalrose says:

    I am happy to see several priest I know on the list. It buoys my faith.

  40. HyacinthClare says:

    Both of our priests have signed! Thank you, Fr. Terra and Fr. Kemna!!

  41. DonL says:

    How many priests might sign except for fear of triggering repercussions from their bishop…who won’t sign…and we wonder why the flock is so scattered among venous wolves.
    I see more evidence of faith in those beheaded mid-east martyrs than in all of the national conferences of bishops.

  42. DonL says:

    I have no idea what a venous wolf is but spellcheck diabolically misguided my finger from the word “ravenous.”

  43. benedetta says:

    Even if we accept as urged that this is a debate of utmost significance in ideological terms, which is how the Catholic so-called “left” or “dissent” styles all theological discussion, and that ideology equals morality, and vice versa, as we have all been dutifully schooled…what then?

    The Catholic left/dissent proceeds, with respect to the family, on the following core tenet: that women’s dignity or rights cannot — even be discussed let alone encoded into legalism — occur without legal enslavement to a possibility of at all times murdering our young, in the womb, regardless of what the science says about the personality coexisting over nearly a year of existence in that state and in continuous development. One can see this play out in myriad manifestations: the silencing of debate at platform development levels, the Catholic politicians blessing and calling arbitrary slaughter of young a sacrament/holy/a blessing for all, parish maneuvering in which pastors and/or supposed lay leaders terrorize and/or threaten people of good will from evolving on the topic through dialogue, prayer, acts of mercy and solidarity with women and children, the encouragement of media conspiracy to censor and hide the fact of the annual March on Washington, the back door career killing going on in academia all around the country, whether an auspiciously Catholic missioned institution of higher education or otherwise, the constant ridiculing of good, thoughtful, often erudite, self sacrificing, long suffering persons, often women, and/or youth, on apparently Catholic media, blogs, comboxes, the occupation of Catholic chaplaincies and Newman centers which hijack agendas of little import to current undergrads’ spiritual needs, the persecution via taxation of prolife, of preborn, onerous regulations intended to wipe out Catholic hospitals, schools, institutions, the chilling effect on free and open discussion, with the complete public support by the Catholic “left”…and on and on and on…all this, plus, as experienced in a growing manner where I am and in other places, vicious assaults on women, young and old, and their children…all for what, exactly? That we cannot even speak well of the living, or the dead, it seems. Acts of mercy which are bedrock to our salvation and witness in social justice amongst one another.

    The prioritization of the Catholic left’s irrational craving for abortion and hinging all its ideological discussion and development of theology from this starting point as a complete non negotiable only points to one undeniable fact: that the side advancing certain ends as a participant in dialogue and development of doctrine fails to love, at the outset, fails in charity, from the very start, ab initio.

    In the public square, politicking is often brutal, no surprise there. The interests that play out are power based. It is survival of the fittest, and not charity, not love, which dictates who wins in the petty wars of legalism and government say so.

    It is not that way with us, with the Christian, amongst other Christians, history be it as it may, the operating system for us must be explicitly agreed as the working value in the discussion as charity and love from the outset. A doctrine developed for only half of the babies which remain arbitrarily or due to lack of means, and fine with that, lacks love, for at least half, and of course for all, and therefore while Catholics don’t have any problem always participating in open discussion and debate, because in that context the truth always wins out, the reality is that it is not a true discussion in Christian terms…it is a pale substitute, only fulfilling the lowest standard of the type of bullying on power politics and wars, which requires no charity, no self giving, no sacrifice to effectuate. We do well to recognize it for what it is and propose that while it indeed exists and at work, we should neither order our lives or debate with one another according to what is base and requires no spiritual comprehension and rather instead put on then, as holy ones…the spirit of that gentle giant St. John Paul II, the Great.

    Basing a discussion on the family on abortion politics and consumption is akin to styling an elementary school according to the actions of J Stalin…We need not deny it exists…we fully acknowledge it…that it exists does not mean it is the only way or best way to proceed, or that we are unable to do anything different, far from it. Choose life that you may live.

  44. OlderCatholic says:

    I’m wondering how widely this has been publicised. I am seeing a few Dominicans, one OFM, a very few OCD, some OSB, one or two SJ. I know a lot of priests but as it happens most of my acquaintances are Order priests, not diocesan. I don’t see any familiar names. Perhaps I should send round some emails!

    [Perhaps you should!]

  45. Query: are names checked against the directory? If not, how? If so, what date is the latest directory based on?

    I ask as my province includes Canada and I’ve only been in the USA a few months.

    FYI: the hashtag didn’t catch on.

  46. Hidden One says:

    Four bishops now, and the fourth is no surprise.

  47. Justalurkingfool says:

    According to the Official Catholic Directory, as of Jan. 1, 2010, there are 390 bishops and 59 archbishops.(I could not find more recent information, sorry, so I am presuming this is still in the ballpark.)

    There are 456 currently active and retired Catholic bishops in the United States.

    With 4 whole bishops willing to put their names on this, at least thus far, what does that say? [It doesn’t say much. It could reflect that many bishops don’t know about this because they don’t have time to look at blogs and no one told them about this. It could also reflect that many bishops are quite circumspect about where they affix their names.]

    To me, it says that Father Fitzpatrick is dead on! But, it also tells me all I need to know on the subject of marriage and its value in America.

    Karl

  48. I signed, and I see many priests I know on the list as well. No hesitation on my part.

    That said, I hope no one will draw any unfair inferences from any priest’s absence from the list. I can see many reasons why a priest might not end up on the list: he doesn’t know about it; he doesn’t particularly want to join what seems to be a “group protest”; he may not see this as accomplishing much; he may wonder about those sponsoring the effort; he may see it (wrongly, in my view), as something political or ideological, or as some sort of “pressure” being put on the Holy Father; and, of course, there are situations where a priest may not see enough value in signing to offset the trouble he anticipates over doing so.

  49. Elizabeth D says:

    May God bless Bishop 4. I see the judicial vicar of my diocese as well. :-) And another of the more recently ordained diocesan priests–other than the judicial vicar and Fr Z the several signers from my diocese are all fairly new priests whose ordinations I attended. May God bless them all.

  50. The Masked Chicken says:

    Hey, Justalurkingfool,

    Nice hearing from you, again. I was thinking about you a few weeks, ago.

    The Chicken

  51. Justalurkingfool says:

    Thank you, Masked Chicken. I enjoy reading your posts here when I happen upon them. Keep at it.

    Karl

  52. Latin Mass Type says:

    Well, for those who are pessimistic about whether these signatures will affect they synod…I suppose it will make a nice list to start the coming persecution.

    However, I am an optimist! I see the names of faithful priests and bishops! May God bless them for signing and giving us hope! Even if they and we become martyrs…we have good men to rally behind!

  53. benedetta says:

    I don’t have any explanations as far as priests who find themselves unable to add their signatures to this, and I agree that each has to consider for themselves, and I don’t have any sentiments towards anyone who does not sign, other than the usual prayers always offered nonetheless. All the same, though, I know for sure and close up exactly what sorts of things are actively seeking to draw priests farther and farther away, from not only the Creed but from pastorally protecting what Holy Mother Church entrusts to them. We don’t do ourselves any favors to pretend that this is not active and on the move even in the unlikeliest places. Still, there are as many ways to resist and overcome as any of the ultimately numberless things of infinite variety and diversity in the universe.

  54. Peco says:

    It would be very interesting to see statistics relating to how many priests from each diocese have signed this or a ranking by diocese based upon percentage of priests who are signees. It would be enlightening … or maybe it wouldn’t. Unfortunately, I think I know about where my diocese would rank.

  55. benedictgal says:

    I saw the name of one of my best friends on that list!!!! He’s the first one from my area to sign it. I also saw the name of another from South Texas!!!!! I posted the link on my Facebook page and encouraged my priest friends to sign the petition.

    Now this is the kind of “hagan lio” I can support!!!

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  57. Bea says:

    Yeah!! Hip Hip Hooray!
    My pastor signed it.
    5 Bishops last time I looked.
    And quite a few I know from other places and some I have heard of through blogs etc.
    If anyone has connections in another countries, maybe you can have priests do the same as the US and UK

  58. Hidden One says:

    They’re approaching 1000 names now… wouldn’t hitting that number be something!

  59. Sword40 says:

    a couple of weeks ago, I sent this link out to every priest I have an e-mail for (and that is quite a few) and not one has signed as yet. I’m going to do it again. Wake up Seattle Archdiocese!!!!!