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Mark Brumbaugh, Thursday, April 15, 2010
I am trying to get the Bishop's attention; here is how I hope to do it.
For the personal attention of Daniel Cardinal DiNardo:
It is with sadness that after many years of generosity, I must inform you that I can no longer support the DSF.
Your letters to Congress on behalf of the USCCB under the guise of Social Justice, supported the violation of many commandments (thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not covert thy neighbors goods) as well as basic tenets of my faith including the right to private property and subsidiarity. I found it incredible that the USCCB would assign our personal moral responsibility to be charitable to such a corrupt and self serving institution as the United States government under the current regime.
In January of this year I attended a mass at St. Claire’s in Clear Lake. We were attending this parish as a guest along with 50 others of my extended family to memorialize the recent death in childbirth of my 39 year old daughter-in-law. I was treated to an impossible homily by the Deacon, wherein he informed those present that if they had health insurance, they were stealing. I was forced in the prayers of the faithful to pray for “Universal Health Care” and “Immigration Reform”.
Upon sending several notes to the pastor of said parish (Father Dominic Pistore) asking for clarification and reconciliation of that sermon with the teachings of the church, I was admonished to never contact him again, was told I was immoral and “may God have mercy on my soul.” He liberally quoted the USCCB and your letters to Congress.
I sent those letters to your and Bishop Joe’s attention. I never received a response. I was told my a member of that parish, that your personal assistant called Father Dominic and was informed by the good father that my letters were unworthy of your attention.
You should have known that trying to do good through the evil people in this administration, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and even Stupak, would lead to the ambiguous external placation in the form of a presidential order of no significance restricting federal funds from abortion. I am frankly ashamed and disgusted with the USCCB for shirking their responsibilities to lead us to a moral and righteous salvation, and instead have been way too vociferous in support of Social Justice through government mandate. And to have your conscientious faithful’s mail filtered by an executive assistant in these days of scandal is frankly extremely shortsighted and unworthy of a church leader.
You should know well over half of practicing Catholics that I know take extreme opposition to the positions of the USCCB on certain political issues and have plenty of biblical, catechism, and papal pronouncements to back them up. I am fortunate to attend a parish that leaves to Caesar those things that are Caesars and concentrates on our lives with respect to God.
Yours in Christ,
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Date: Mon May 17 11:56:19 2010
Location: Sugar Land, TX USA
This sounds very familiar. My husband wrote a similar letter to Cardinal DiNardo and our church pastor, and got no response as well.
I don't know how much longer we can sit in the pews of our church.
Date: Thu Jul 01 23:34:55 2010
Location: Houston, TX, USA
I was at the same mass and heard the same homily. I have refused to give any money to the church DSF or local parish.
Where do you attend mass?
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
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Date: Mon Oct 01 20:57:22 2012
My local church/elementary school is St Anthony of Padua in the Woodlands, TX. They are partaking in a homosexual oriented "Mix it Up Day", on October 30, 2012, promoting tolerance of practicing homosexuals and acceptance of their "lifestyles". It is targeted for elementary and secondary school students and is sponsored by the pro-homo, pro-abort, Catholic-hating Southern Poverty Law Center.
I have complained to both the parish monsignor and Cardinal DiNardo with no response.
Date: Tue Oct 02 05:19:19 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
I wonder if this guy DiNardo is even Catholic, or if he might be an undercover “plant” of the evil one, placed where he can do the most harm.
Date: Wed Oct 31 09:10:12 2012
Response I received from St. Anthony of Padua regarding Mike's comment on the Southern Poverty Law Center's involvement with the school.
This is a big mistake. The school is in no way shape or form involved with this organization and when the school was listed on their website for no reason and the organization was called and it was immediately taken off. If you have further questions you can contact Renee Nunez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Parish Faith Formation
St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Date: Mon Nov 11 10:18:09 2013
Location: Houston, Texas U.S.A.
I am a 65-year old recently retired engineer and native Houstonian.Oh November 9, 2013 my wife and I attended a wedding ceremony which was held at the Shrine of True Cross church located at 300 Fm 517 Rd E, Dickinson TX 77539. I am writing to complain about the Priest who conducted the ceremony and mass. This Priest behaved in a manner unbecoming to a Priest by first stating that he was from Spain and that the Shrine of True Cross was HIS church and that we would do what HE tells us to do. He told the bride that he was from Spain and that Spain conducts weddings in a manner in which HE would conduct her wedding and not like the traditional weddings here. During Mass the priest scolded and embarrassed several of the attendees in front of the congregation. He was arrogant, disrespectful and rude. He even reprimended the two photographers who had been given his perminssion to photograph from the front pew, having them move towards the wall where photographs could not be taken of the wedding ceremony and vows. The wedding couple were deprieved of photographs from the blessed and special moments of their wedding. After the wedding several people gathered outside and complained about his behaviour, calling him a Hitler Priest and Dictator Priest. Where is the love and compassion that the Catholic Church talks about? Where is the respect for individuals attending a service? That is NOT HIS CHURCH...it is the people's church! His behaviour is a direct reflection on a lack of supervision from the Bishop, Cardinals and Catholic Church. I am embarrassed to be associated with the Catholic Church, especially for the non-Catholic visitors who witnessed such arrogant behaviour! Thank God there is more than one church to choose from. Now I know why the Catholic Church is loosing so many people to other religions. This priest needs to be put in his place for he is giving the Catholic Church a very bad reputation. At the reception people were very upset at how the wedding ceremony was ruined by this Priest and his behaviour. If this Priest wants to be a dictator he should go back to Spain!!
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
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Date: Sun Jul 12 23:01:44 2015
To all who hope and seek to lead people to the freedom to live their lives in the Peace and Love of God:
"Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
In the United States and indeed in many parts of the world we attempt to render Love to and through Caesar. But Caesar is not Love and cannot pass it on the way God intended.
"And who is my neighbor?" The good Samaritan... not Caesar!
The power to transform the world lies with God's people... not Caesar!
Delivering God's message to Caesar falls on deaf ears, lest you appeal to let His people go from bondage and into freedom.
In Jesus' time many thought His mission should be to confront Caesar in order to effect change. But Jesus (and his disciples after Him) took God's Love directly to the people, ignoring Caesar. In doing so, He created the greatest source of Love and change the world has ever known.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
The bondage we live in today is the philosophy that if we render all unto Caesar our work is complete. Caesar is more than happy to promote that philosophy.
"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another."
When our motivation to serve one another is taken from us... all that remains is self service. Caesar is not the vehicle for Love. Let us abandon that philosophy and return to God's Love by the people, for the people, and among the people.
Date: Thu Nov 03 15:55:19 2016
From: Phil Vincent
Location: The Woodlands, TX
This past Sunday we all received an insert in the bulletin on "The challenge of forming consciences for faithful citizenship. I have to say, it was well written and researched and I found myself agreeing strongly with it until I got to the last "pillar" of doctrine, "The Common Good". While I believe and practice charity as a bedrock principle of Catholicism, Socialism is not the answer. Not now, not ever. It has failed every time it has been tried. Our country is great because of hard working, charitable capitalists who took risks looked for less "help" from government. And when did climate change become a pillar of anything, let alone our Faith? I know he grew up that way, but Francis needs to attend to the business of saving souls and leave the matter of politics to the politicians. If he wants some good subject matter to start on, why doesn't he have a long talk with Ms. Pelosi...
Date: Thu Nov 03 2016
From: Vic Biorseth
Agreed. Politics should always seek the Common Good. The question at hand is how to achieve the Common Good, in a system built to last.
Good politics are driven by good religion.
Bad religion or no religion means evil morality or no moral code at all, and that always spells eventual doom for any social order. Without order there is chaos.
The best politics the world has yet seen are the official, written-down, "General Christian" politics of the USA. The political purpose for the nation is encapsulated in her Declaration of Independence. There, the irrevocable Natural Law rights of man are given along, with credit for them given to the Divine Author of Nature.
The Constitution, ordered into being by the Declaration, establishes legal citizen rights, all of which are rooted in the original Natural Law rights in the Declaration. The very purpose of all of the three co-equal branches of Constitutional government is to protect all those citizen rights from the government itself.
The Constitution, and no man, and no government, is the American Sovereign.
Socialism doesn't work. American Constitutionalism does.
Date: Sun Dec 18 21:57:34 2016
'I was forced in the prayers of the faithful to pray for “Universal Health Care” and “Immigration Reform”.' I know what you mean. During the Prayers of the Faithful I pray according to what my [formed] conscience says. If that means praying in direct opposition to what is being said, so be it. Obviously, they can't "force" people to pray for anything.
Date: Wed Aug 08 21:51:00 2018
Location: Pittsburgh PA USA
We are truly bless in the Pittsburgh Diocese, we have wonderful dedicated priest who are very Catholic when they give their homilies. They perform the sacraments to the Parishioners in a most respectful manner/thought. We are going through a much challenged situation with the "On Mission for the Church Alive" we feel it is killing our churches. We need new leadership with our Bishops/Cardinals, who strip the good efforts of their priests. We love our Flag, our President Trump, and yes we are all in love with Jesus our savior, who died on the cross for all of us sinners. Pray, Hope and Don't Worry, St. Padre Pio, his feast is coming up. Please pray for our Pgh. Diocese, we need new leadership with our Bishops. Praise God now and forever.
Date: Wed Sep 05 13:56:21 2018
You've misread the catechism if you believe the Church's position supports lasseiz-faire economics over charity, solidarity, and the common good.
You've put economics and partisan politics over faith and charity.
You're going to have a hard time fitting through that needle's eye in your path toward heaven.
Date: Thu Sep 06 2018
From: Vic Biorseth
You've got it backwards.
If you think taking someone's property and giving it to someone else (Communism) is charity, they you are the one who has misread the catechism. If it doesn't come from the heart it is not charity.
No one is called to "solidarity" with corruption or evil or invaders.
The state properly ensures "the common good" through the military, border security and law.
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