Fishwrap attacks @BpJamesJohnston of @DioceseKCSJ for stopping controversial concert

The National Sodomitical Reporter (aka Fishwrap) threw an editorial tantrum today about the decision of the Bishop of Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (where Fishwrap’s offices are located), Most Rev. James Johnston not to allow at a diocesan parish a concert by former Jesuit Dan Schutte.

Schutte was one of the “St. Louis Jesuits” whose music tormented congregations for years.

Schutte was once on the Fishwrap’s board.

I wouldn’t bring this up, but the NSR dragged me into it by name in reference to the infamous Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin.

BTW…NSR earns it’s middle term, “sodomotical” because they never lose an opportunity to promote a homosexualist agenda.

NSR aimed their editorial against Bp. Johnston.  They want him to conform.  I suspect that they will pick on him, as they did Bp. Finn.

They want Johnston to denounce Church Militant for spreading “fake news” about Schutte and allow the event to take place.

I have a counter suggestion.

Fishwrap should remove the word “Catholic” from their masthead, as they were directed to do by Johnston’s predecessor Bp. Helmsing in 1968.  Maybe then Johnston would be open to discussions of Schutte’s performance.

Either that, or finally become Catholic.

NSR defied Bp. Helmsing, openly attacked Finn, and has now started in on Johnston.

I ask you all readers to stop – NOW – and to pray to St. Joseph, patron of the diocese where the offices of the NSR are located.  Pray that all the writers and staff of that heterodox and destructive publication either covert to orthodox Catholicism or else that they are driven to closure. Pray also that the bishops of these United States of America develop the courage to strip that publication of the word “Catholic” in their title.

Dest-joseph-patron-of-the-churchar St. Joseph, Terror of Demons and Protector of Holy Church, Chaste Guardian of Our Lord and His Mother, hear our urgent prayer and swiftly intercede with our Savior, whom as a loving father you defended so diligently, that He will pour abundant graces upon the staff of that organ of dissent the National catholic Reporter so that they will either embrace orthodox doctrine concerning faith and morals or that all their efforts will promptly fail and come to their just end. Amen.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

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  1. seashoreknits says:

    Prayer to St. Joseph: check.
    Our parish continues to suffer torment with the 1987 edition of Glory and Praise filling every pew.
    Or maybe its just me.

  2. maternalView says:

    Last year a parish near me sponsored a concert by Schutte. I was thought it was laughable. I thought who’d go to that? But apparently it was well attended.

    This is a parish without an organ but immensely proud of its music “program “. Even the more traditional minded there think the music is great.

    I can’t attend Sunday Mass there any more as it’s too painful.

  3. ChrisP says:

    former> Jesuit…..

    Wow. Is Schutte that bad?

    [Under the right circumstances, that could be a plus.]

  4. Timothy says:

    I’m surprised it was not St. Francis Xavier parish, being a Jesuit parish. The stories and abuses I could tell you about in the 70’s and 80’s. The Spirit of Vatican II was strong at St. Francis.

  5. Malta says:

    The Foster Father of Jesus should scare demons. I’m investigating a satanic cult where kids are involved. Please pray for me. I’ve been in close contact with a FBI friend with 30 years of service who was good friends with a priest named Malachi Martin. I have been effected by these demons to the point where everything on my desk was thrown off and thrown towards me (I did a thorough investigation to make sure it wasn’t something naturally explainable). This is weird stuff for me, with many years of investigative including as a FBI Special Agent myself. This stuff is real. My Spiritual Advisor, a Priest, has advised me very firmly to get out of the satanic cult I’ve been investigating. It’s no fun. I’ve lost about 20 pounds investigating it, which is unusual for me, because I’ve ran 2 marathons, and I know my body extremely well. Demons are as real as they get, and they are after you. The scary thing about satan is he has an intellect much greater than ours, and it is only though the protection of saints, such as St. Joseph, Mary, and Christ that we can defeat demons; because we can’t do it on our own.

  6. Malta says:

    “Former FBI Special Agent”

  7. JustaSinner says:

    Prayed to St. Joseph for paternal guidance of NSR.
    Prayed to St. Michael the Arch Angel to smite them with his Holy Sword as he smited Lucifer; tossing both into the Inferno!
    Must confess, there was more fervor in my prayer to St. Michael.

  8. MaternalView:

    There is a tremendous appetite for sentimental music, and that is how I would describe so much of the recent music that continues to be popular; particularly the “St. Louis Jesuits” greatest hits.

    I might add that if you go back, you will find examples of super-treacly sentimental hymns from the old days too. My view as a priest is that while much of this — new and old — grates on me, if it doesn’t offend against sound religion, I hold my fire.

    Meanwhile, we have a mandate from the General Instruction on the Roman Missal to use the proper chants for Mass. These are Scripture-based texts — prayers in fact — that are meant to be chanted during the opening, offertory and communion processions. Available in Latin or in the vernacular. They are not sentimental, they are Scriptural. They do not affirm me, me, me! They direct our attention to God and his saving works. To the extent they talk about me, it is to remind me that I am a sinner, saved by God’s grace.

    I can’t imagine why they aren’t more popular.

  9. robtbrown says:

    Malta says,

    The scary thing about satan is he has an intellect much greater than ours, and it is only though the protection of saints, such as St. Joseph, Mary, and Christ that we can defeat demons; because we can’t do it on our own.

    And of angels.

  10. Ave Maria says:

    Any bishop upholding to a faithful performance of his duties will be attacked these days. It is much easier to go with the flow and be politically correct and focus on tolerance or some such specious thing. Let us keep this Bishop in our prayers as it only takes an ‘allegation’ to bring down a holy priest or bishop (ie: Fr. Phillips in Chicago). This bishop will need to watch his back because the homosexualist and ‘progressive’ elements are vicious.

  11. Athelstane says:

    Fr Fox (and Maternal View):

    “There is a tremendous appetite for sentimental music, and that is how I would describe so much of the recent music that continues to be popular…”

    There is; ours remains a very sentimental age, unfortunately. But having said that, I *am* struck by the demographic curve of those who attended Schutte’s (transferred) appearance, which is consistent with who has shown up for past events by him – which, by the way, mirrors that of what you can see of photos of Fr James Martin’s recent talk in Chicago.

    That’s not to say you can’t find anyone under age 53 who likes this stuff. But there are very few who seem to show up for events like this, or go out of their way to propagate it. Of course, part of the reason for that is that there are fewer Catholics in younger cohorts (and in the case of Millennials and Gen Z, a lot fewer) bothering to attend Mass in the first place. That is especially true in most of the Northeast and Midwest.

    But it does make me wonder what the sacred music landscape is going to look like in, say, 10-15 years.

  12. Malta says:

    Thank you robtbrown–I forgot that we can pray to angels too. I should start doing that, including my guardian angel.

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  14. Moro says:

    There was also the issue of charging for a concert in a church, something forbidden by Rome as pointed out by Church Militant’s coverage of this issue. I find that to be more troubling – turning the house of God into a place of commerce and lessening the sacred character of the church.

    As for Schute supposedly being homosexual, we’re a church of sinners. Playing bad music doesn’t imply endorsement of one’s sins unlike say giving a platform for someone to openly and directly advocate for that specific lifestyle. There’s a huge difference. It’s not like he’s waving it in everyone’s face, he even went so far as saying he kept his private life private.

  15. tho says:

    How can anyone call it music, it is over amplified noise, and it features the two easiest instruments to play, drums and guitars. There was an experiment done a while back where they taught a rhesus monkey to play a guitar. The problem was, that he couldn’t keep repeating Born in the USA, and as we all know, the repetition of 3rd grade lyrics is the heart and soul of rock music.
    I have a visceral dislike of modern music, and I find the Beatles and their spawn disgusting. I dare anyone, to repeat out loud, the lyrics to those idiotic songs. Better yet, have anyone of those bands perform, without amplifiers attached to their instruments.

  16. comedyeye says:

    Who is this Most Reverend James Johnston? Pray for him for continued strength.
    I am glad Schutte was moved off church property. Funny how NSR willfully neglected mentioning
    the links to the facts that Church Militant provided. Just made accusations.
    The restoration of Mother Church rests partly on keeping publications like this in a dark solitary place. If the bishops would rise up and defend their faith, NSR would float away into oblivion.

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  18. OldProfK says:

    Sorry, I am a bit late to this party, and normally I would just shut up, but this is something that I noticed when I first returned to the Church in 1996. I remember looking around the sanctuary while singing “Gather Us In,” or some other example of what I came to call “hippie hymns,” and thinking, “Is it just me? Am I being prideful?”

    Sentimental is a good word: probably better than treacly, schmaltzy, or cheesy (some other words that come to mind). That said, it’s a subjective matter, and Father Martin Fox’s response is the most prudent and mature thing I can think of.

    I’ll say this, though. There’s a lot of music I like to listen to and/or perform that belongs in the general category of sacred or spiritual music: the Stanley Brothers, the Fairfield Four, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, among others. They give me a lot of comfort and enjoyment, but I don’t need to hear them in church.

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