Sunday Devotional: Beware of scribes decked out in finery

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Mark 12:38-40

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

Accusations of 88-year-old Cardinal McCarrick’s sexual abuse include:

  • Fondling an 11-year-old boy over 40 years ago when McCarrick was a priest in Manhattan, New York. The victim, now a mature man, says the sexually abusive relationship continued for two more decades. (NY Post)
  • Groping and having sex with seminarians: Six priests of the Archdiocese of Newark said that when then-Archbishop of Newark McCarrick visited the seminary, he “would often place his hand on seminarians while talking with them, or on their thighs while seated near them.” One of the priests said McCarrick “had a type: tall, slim, intelligent – but no smokers” and that McCarrick would invite young men to stay at his house on the shore or spend the night in the cathedral rectory in central Newark. Another priest, who was an aide to New York Cardinal Terence Cooke in the early 1970s, said McCarrick’s “reputation” was already well-established by that time, and that a classmate of McCarrick, the dean of a theology school, knew about the rumors and spoke about them with the other faculty and theologians very openly.” So well-known was McCarrick’s reputation that a “standing joke” was that when McCarrick visited the seminary, they had to “hide the handsome ones” before he arrived. Another priest, who worked in close proximity to then-Archbishop McCarrick in the chancery, said: “Priests would tell me ‘he’s sleeping with them’ all the time, but I couldn’t believe it – they seemed like perfectly normal guys.” Seminarians and priests from ordination classes spanning 30 years during the terms of McCarrick and his successor, Archbishop John Myers, said there was an active homosexual subculture of priests and seminarians within Newark’s Immaculate Conception Seminary. (Catholic News Agency)

Despite McCarrick’s well-known reputation of groping and “sleeping with” seminarians, the Vatican promoted him to the cardinalate and to archbishop of Washington, DC, in 2001.

On August 31, 2018, Catholic News Service, the news agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, published a 2006 letter from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri confirming that the Vatican had received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of McCarrick. Sandri’s letter lends credibility to accusations of a cover-up of McCarrick’s deeds at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. (New York Post)

Although McCarrick’s pedophilia had been known for some time, Pope Francis covered up for McCarrick, ignored the sanctions that Pope Benedict XVI had imposed on McCarrick, and even made McCarrick a trusted counselor in U.S. clerical appointments, including the promotion of far-Left bishops such as Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark to the College of Cardinals.

On July 28, 2018, after shielding Cardinal McCarrick, Pope Francis “accepted” the former Archbishop of Washington, DC’s offer to resign from the College of Cardinals, and ordered the cardinal’s suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, pending “accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.” (The Remnant)

Michael Stone reports for Patheos, Oct. 3, 2014, that police found more than 100,000 child porn videos and photos on the computer of former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic. Wesolowski was the Vatican’s papal nuncio or ambassador in Santo Domingo.

Wesolowski was also accused of raping numerous children in the Dominican Republic and Poland, and suspected of having sexually abused children while serving in other posts during his career — in South Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, Switzerland, India and Denmark.

After being publicly accused of procuring child prostitutes in 2013, Vatican officials secretly removed Wesolowski from his post as papal nuncio in Santo Domingo so as to avoid criminal prosecution. In September 2014, Weslowski was placed under house arrest at the Vatican in response to popular outrage after reports began to circulate that the accused child rapist was free to wander the streets of Rome. Authorities in both the Dominican Republic and Poland — Wesolowski’s country of origin where he has also been accused of sexually abusing children — wanted him extradicted to face criminal charges.

According to Vatican detectives, some of the horrors found on the former Archbishop’s computer included around 160 videos showing teenage boys forced to perform sexual acts on themselves and on adults, and more than 86,000 pornographic photos methodically archived in several category-based folders. At least another 45,000 pictures were deleted, while even more child pornography was found on a laptop Wesolowski used during his trips abroad.

Wesolowski was charged with sexually abusing minors and child porn possession; if convicted, he would face 12 years in jail. Scheduled for July 11, 2015, his trial was postponed because of an “unexpected illness”. On August 27, 2015, Wesołowski was found dead in his residence from a heart attack. (Wikipedia)

The New York Post reports that on June 22, 2017, Australian police charged Cardinal George Pell — Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser and Australia’s most senior Catholic — with multiple counts of “historical sexual assault offenses,” meaning offenses that generally occurred some time ago. Police gave no other details.

Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal, had also been accused of mishandling cases of clergy abuse when he was archbishop of Melbourne and, later, Sydney. He has denied all abuse allegations.

In late June, 2017, Vatican police raided a cocaine-fueled gay-sex party at the apartment of Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, 49. Capozzi is the secretary of one of Pope Francis’ key advisers and president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio.

After neighbors complained repeatedly about constant comings and goings of visitors to the building during all hours of the night, Vatican police raided the apartment and found multiple men engaged in rampant drug use and homosexual activity. Police arrested Capozzi, whom Italian media called an “ardent supporter of Pope Francis,” after taking him to a clinic to detox from the cocaine he’d ingested. Capozzi is now on a spiritual retreat in an undisclosed convent in Italy. Despite his arrest, he is still listed as an active staff member on the website of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts.

Capozzi, who on his LinkedIn page calls himself an “expert in canon law and dogmatic theology,” managed to evade suspicion from Italian police by using a BMW luxury car with license plates of the Holy See, which made him practically immune to stops and searches. This privilege, usually reserved for high-ranking prelates, allowed the monsignor to transport cocaine for his frequent homosexual orgies without being stopped by the Italian police.

In response to the news of the police raid, Pope Francis decided to “accelerate” the retirement of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio. At age 79, Coccopalmerio is way beyond the age of retirement of 75, but was kept on by Francis. Incredibly, Coccopalmerio had recommended Capozzi for a promotion to bishop, despite Capozzi’s previous alleged drug overdoses.

Coccopalmerio, as President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts, is the Vatican’s top canonical official and one of Pope Francis’ closest collaborators and ardent supporters. Earlier this year, the Vatican’s publishing house released with much fanfare a book by Coccopalmeiro that defended Francis’s Amoris Laetitia, even though it contradicts traditional Catholic teaching. In a 2014 interview with Rossoporpora, Coccopalmerio said that while homosexual relationships are deemed “illicit” by the Church, Catholic leaders, such as himself, must “emphasize” the “positive realities” that he said are present in homosexual relationships:

“But if I see that the two persons truly love each other, do acts of charity to those in need, for example … then I can also say that, although the relationship remains illicit, positive elements also emerge in the two persons. Instead of closing our eyes to such positive realities, I emphasize them.”

In November 2018, a highly-placed Vatican source with direct knowledge, who must remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, tells LifeSite that Pope Francis knows of Coccopalmerio’s presence at the cocaine homosexual “party”.

In March 2017, reports surfaced that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, in 2007 when he was a diocesan bishop, had commissioned a homosexual artist to paint a gigantic blasphemous homoerotic mural in his cathedral church of the Diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia in Umbria, central Italy.

The mural that covers the opposite side of the façade of the church portrays Jesus carrying nets to heaven filled with writhing naked and semi-nude homosexuals, transsexuals, prostitutes, and drug dealers. The image of the archbishop himself is depicted among those in the nets.

Not coincidentally, Paglia also defended Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia on allowing adulterers and others living in mortal sin receive the Eucharist, which reinforces the suspicion of many that the real intent of Amoris Laetitia ultimately is to legitimate homosexuality.

Meanwhile, the AP reports on February 25, 2017 that, ignoring advice from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question.”

Jeremiah 23:1-2

Woe to the shepherds
who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,
says the LORD.
Therefore, thus says the LORD . . .
against the shepherds who shepherd my people:
You have scattered my sheep and driven them away.
You have not cared for them,
but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.

Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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11 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Beware of scribes decked out in finery

  1. If my grandparents knew this, they’d be rolling over in their graves. Where are the Bishops like Fulton Sheen? My momma and I loved that man and watched him on TV all the time! Thank God for priests like Father Pavone and Father Orsi. Lord help us!

     
  2. And with Your Spirit. From his nomination to the papal seat I was not fond of Pope Francis, I am not a fanatic, but intuition told me Pappy Frankenstein was not to be trusted. The Church has always kept a secrecy surrounding priests. I had a Catholic upbringing, although it may have look different my parents kept a watchful eye on us and separated “the man- priest” from the teachings of our faith. Empires run for a very long time, the “Church” is the modern Roman Empire and any and all empires fall under corruption and die. The anti-Christ walks among us, Pope Francis is the false prophet. We believers in Jesus Christ must keep our faith ever so pure in our hearts.

     
    • I am of the belief that the Antichrist of Revelation is alive now, and I hope I’m wrong, because that would increase the likelihood that Frankenpope is The False Prophet. But there actually could be a so-called “Pope to come who would actually be WORSE, and his name is Parolin. He is a cardinal, he lives in Rome, and from an article I read some time back, he is a real insider and an exquisite authoritarian sadist.
      The latest rumor circulating is that Francis will resign relatively soon. If this does happen, keep an eye open for this man.
      Not even the Borgias and the deMedicis were this bad.

       
  3. My devout Catholic parents would have been heartbroken at learning the extent of this problem. It is tragic.

     
    • Many are. But, as I keep saying, the Pope is NOT the Church. Neither are the clergy. By their actions they actually cut themselves off from the Church.

      This is not the first time we’ve had a vile Pope. We survived. We will survive this one as well. From all that I’ve read of him it is obvious why he is the way he is. It is also obvious that the hierarchy has become sufficiently infected to enable his placement.

      As before, God will raise replacements for these unrepentant sinners an the offices will be restored. I continue to worship as ever. I suggest that others do as well.

       
  4. Perhaps this is where his mind control sessions started? He didn’t turn to God for counseling.

    Pope Francis recalls seeing female Jewish psychoanalyst in 1970s

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/pope-francis-recalls-seeing-female-jewish-psychoanalyst-in-1970s/

     
  5. This too shall pass.

     
  6. As I replied to Alma above, keep an eye on Cardinal Parolin. And there are other cardinals who are corrupt, also. Timothy Cardinal Dolan comes to mind.
    It seems to me that Our Lord is asleep in the back of the ship. We know that from the last time He slept in a boat that He awoke to the pleading of men, and He acted decisively. Let us remember that God IS active throughout history and His “Hidden Hand moves decisively. But I do believe that what we are witnessing really is of demonic origin and instigation.
    E. Michael Jones has remarked that sodomy and usury are the hallmark sins of our times. Sodomy takes sex, which is fruitful, and makes it sterile, and usury takes money, which is sterile, and makes it fruitful. Even John Maynard Keynes (a sodomite) admitted that his economic system had an endgame to it.

     
  7. Bunch of F-ing queers – no wonder they follow Satan.

     
  8. We might accept the pope and hierarchy’s displays of solidarity with sodomites—men whose sexuality is so perverse it revolves around an obsession with male defection to the degree they ingest feces—if the hierarchy were indisputably untainted by it themselves and offering sodomites redemption through faith and abstinence. But quite the opposite is the case in view of the hierarchy’s apparently having a much higher percentage of sodomites than the laity, making the former’s solidarity start smelling like a self-serving program to normalize the aberrantly disgusting manifestations of this grave psychological and spiritual disorder. Poor Msgr Capozzi’s case proves the point insofar as he and others like himself need powerful drugs to overcome even their own revulsion toward this dreadful temptation’s actualization.

    It was always understood that such behavior, behind closed doors or not, was a grave threat to society itself and so criminalized throughout the world. In fact the former dark secrecy of it all made the grave threat to vulnerable young men all the more reason to root it out by punishing it severely. Revulsion among the general public as well as perennial church teaching aren’t keeping sodomites away from church. Nobody even in traditionalist and fundamentalist churches is rejecting them as persons—quite the opposite—, so this crap about their feeling unwelcome is cruel manipulation of charitable Christians with nothing but good will toward homosexuals as people. Smokers were treated worse than sodomites, but I don’t recall the manipulators in the Church hierarchy wearing crucifixes in the form of padded cigarettes to welcome smokers.

    Straightforward mockery of Christ is what I see now, mocking the Lord’s admonition not to scandalize children, in this instance by CLEARLY implying homosexualism was from the Creation ordained under the divine sign of the rainbow as good and beautiful. I cannot see any other explanation in such life-changing, potent symbolism directed at children’s developing minds and souls. I don’t even want to think what this implies when those innocents most deserving of the clergy’s protection and moral guidance are instead openly being encouraged to become sodomites. Tying it in with the globalist agenda I’d guess these Grand Inquisitor-style apostates’ energies are now subsumed in the globalists’ need to destroy the family and family based community in order to impose hell on earth for a new humanity controlled by sexual hedonism and fear.

     

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