Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Dancing with the Devil?" aka Situational Ethics for Sin in the Archdiocese of Portland?

Satan before the Lord of Creation
Today there was a very interesting article courtesy of the Catholic Sentinel from Archbishop Vlazny that gives much food for thought.  With all due respect, the "dancers" are dangerously too close.  See the entire article by clicking Dancing with the Devil?

........ "Here in the archdiocese, for example, member agencies of Catholic Charities refrain from participating in fund raising efforts that benefit agencies like Planned Parenthood, which actually does provide abortions.  On the other hand, when they don’t provide abortions, participation has occurred.  It was considered to be sufficiently remote material cooperation."
This seems to mean that the Archdiocese has us in the position of  remote material cooperation with abortion, Situational Ethics.  We don't want our money spent on any type of cooperation with evil.
Christ will come again.  This "dance with the devil" may destroy our Eternal Dance with the Lord.

Christ says,  "The day will come when your enemies will lay a trench around your walls, and hem you in on every side. They will hurl you to the dust and your children with you, and will not leave one stone standing upon another, all this because you failed to recognize the appointed time when God himself moved among you" 

St. Paul says, "Give no foothold to the devil."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rome - SOS (updated Sept. 2015)

Here's a little something some of you've been asking for.  Hope it helps 

His Holiness Pope Francis
00120 Via del Pellegrino
Citta del Vaticano

Advisor to the Pope.
For reporting moral, political Catholic issues abuses:
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature
Palazzo della Cancelleria,
00186 Roma,
Piazza della Cancelleria, 1

If your bishop isn't doing his job, contact:
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S.
Prefect, Congregation For Bishops    
00120 Vatican City State

In case of liturgical abuse, contact:
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00193 Vatican City, Italy, Europe

In case of bad catechesis, contact:

Prefect, Congregation for the Clergy
Piazza Pio XII, 3
Palazzo delle Congregazioni
00193 Roma, Italia, Europa


For problems with Catholic schools, universities, and seminaries, contact:

Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi (2015–present)
Prefect, Congregation for Catholic Education and Seminaries
Piazza Pio XII, 3
00193 Vatican City, Italy, Europe
Phone: (011) 39-6-6988-4156 

For the Ecclesia Dei Commission, contact:
William Cardinal Levada
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Plazza del S. Uffizio 11,
00120 Vatican City, Italy, Europe 


Directory of US Bishops and Dioceses


Most Reverend Alexander King Sample

838 E. Burnside St.Portland, OR 97214-1895  (his secretary)

Mary Jo Tully - Chancellor
503-234-5334 Fax 503-234-2545
The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (western Oregon)
This is one place to have your voice heard. The hierarchy very rarely listens since they have their own agenda. But get to know your Vicarate Representative and tell them your concerns. They exist to show that the laity is involved and prevent clericalism.
DIOCESE OF BAKER - Eastern Oregon
Most Reverend Liam Cary
PO Box 5999
Bend, OR 97708
Phone 541-388-4004 

"In accord with the knowledge, competence and preeminence which they possess, they (laity) have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard for the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons." (Canon 212)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AB Vlazny - "Failure Is Not An Option" Regarding Capital Campaign

Free will and pastoral care are not in the phrase : "FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION"  quoting the Archbishop. The Time is Now...Failure of not an option. This sounds more like running a firm instead of a family.  

As the 5-year, $50.000.000 Capital Campaign continues, things are morphing.  The 
Archbishop's Catholic Appeal (ACA) was initially IN the Capital Campaign, then OUT, then crept IN again.   Now we've apparently already paid the $3,500,000 to the ACA through the Capital  Campaign. 

"Failure Is Not An Option!"
The Archbishop said he has pledged $35,000 to the campaign himself.  His investments and salary put him way above what a struggling family earns.  Archbishop's Pledge

He has said that next year we'll have the ACA (in conjunction with the Capital Campaign money we owe) when the new Archbishop has arrived.  "And if we still haven't earned enough money, there will be initiatives." (whatever that means)

Lent is a Holy Season of Charity to the poor, we don't need anymore administrators of C-3 organizations supposedly keeping ACA monies separate from Capital Campaign pledges.
"IN" - Original Campaign Manual 
Sharing our faith, shaping our future Campaign Manual

II. Annual Archbishop Catholic Appeal

· The Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal (ACA) will be conducted during the
campaign. Ministries and programs remain in need of the funds generated by
the ACA.

· The ACA and the capital campaign may fund similar needs. Extensive
communications and marketing is planned to clearly explain the need for
such levels of funding.--

lll·........... The proposed sharing of raised funds will begin with the first dollar raised.
The archdiocesan portion of the financial target does not need to be met
before the parish portion is funded.



Faith and Future - Ab. Vlazny 

"We’ve made a decision in mid-course to suspend next year’s annual Catholic Appeal in order to give our full attention to this campaign. The annual appeal raises funds that we need every year for operating expenses.  Because that campaign is being suspended I have decided that I shall increase my pledge.  I also remind you that 25 percent of funds raised in the campaign will go to the local parishes of the contributors. "
" far they have raised $3.5 million.  I have suspended the 2011 ACA (VOCAL What you just said No ACA this year and it's already "cream" for ACA) so that parishes can address their most immediate needs and help us raise the funds we so desperately need to help our seminarians." 
......As part of my pledge to maintain clear and transparent communication....


"IN and collected"  - Double talk about the Archbishops Catholic Appeal.

We decided to eliminate the annual appeal this year and use the first dollars collected in the capital campaign to provide the funds that would ordinarily be collected in the annual appeal for our 2011-12 fiscal year. (VOCAL - We thought it was NOT collected, now the first monies are used for the ACA -so we're IN?)

The annual appeal will be back next year.(VOCAL - What? We already paid for this year with Capital Campaign money)  The other concern was protection of funds with the assurance that they would be distributed appropriately.  A separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit religious corporation has been established.  A board of lay leaders and clergy from the archdiocese is overseeing the collection and distribution of the funds, operating independently from archdiocesan office.

  • The Real Reason? Filling Scandal Coffers?
Archbishop Vlazny's Catholic Sentinel Article on Capital Campaign  

"We’re doing it because the need is now and, frankly, I don’t have much time left. I certainly want my successor to be able to come in here and actively challenge all of us to work together to evangelize all the people of western Oregon, beginning with ourselves.  It will take a new bishop time to get to know all of you and I hope and pray that he will be able to focus on our number one priority, namely, growing in holiness.  During my tenure, the needs have been more mundane and our resources required for mission were diminished and need to be replenished." 

Christ says:
"When you not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men" Matthew 6:2

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bishop Vasa in Santa Rosa: They're in great hands.

Published: Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 3:00 a.m.


Incoming Bishop Wants to Help You Get to Heaven

They're in great hands.
Interview with Bishop Vasa in Santa Rosa

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pro-Life Oregon Legislative Bills for 2011...Why no lobby day for us?

Dear Advocates for Life,
The last Catholic Lobbyist Day was in 2005. The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has their Lobbying Day on Monday, March 14th, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St, NE Salem, Oregon. Since we are part of their team, they are speaking for us even though we are supposed to be separate at the Capitol.  They differ on abortion which we turn a blind eye to.. our fault.

Let's pray that the Archdiocese of Portland puts some money towards all this legislation.  Remember, their pro-life less than $2,000 a year.  Father Taaffe's homes for unwed mothers was not afforded any funds, now they are part of Catholic Community Services which is hopefully better.  He was very unhappy when he was alive because he was on his own.  Oregon Right to Life has not been afforded any funds.  Precious Children is not given any money.  Our Oregon Catholic unborn are not a priority.

If the Archdpdx worked as hard as they are on this "Capitol Campaign/Archdiocese Appeal" would there be any assisted suicide in Oregon?  Would Planned Parenthood have a new killing facility on Martin Luther King Blvd.

They are trying to make hay while the sun shines in the pews and now knocking on our doors for money.  Pitiful.

 Unborn Infant Pain Relief Act

Bill Summary:Recent scientific studies have shown that unborn children can feel pain five months into a pregnancy.  The Unborn Infant Pain Relief Act prohibits any doctor’s attempt to perform a late term abortion when it has been determined that the probable post fertilization age of the unborn child is 5 months or older except to save the mother’s life.

To apply current health and safety standards to abortion clinics

Bill Summary:Revises definition of ambulatory surgical center to include medical facility operated substantially for purpose of performing abortions. Specifies criteria.  Currently medical facilities that perform abortions are not regulated by the Oregon Health Department.
Third one releases Oregon Funds from the Federal Health Care Legislation

There is a third bill in Oregon waiting for a working title.  It has to do with no taxpayer funding for abortion.  Let's hope it's on lobbyist Roger Martin's radar screen.

“In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness, and tenderness leads to the gas chamber.” – Flannery O’Connor, novelist and short story writer