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Protect Religious Freedom?

The Roman Catholic church is among the most authoritarian and totalitarian regimes on our planet.

Recently, Archbishop Vigneron, the Roman Catholic bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, spoke at a freedom rally. This rally was in support of the Protect Religious Freedom program of the US Conference of (Roman) Catholic Bishops.

You may have seen lawn signs in front of homes in Wyandotte and elsewhere Downriver.

The aim of the PRF program is to push back against perceived attacks against religious freedom in the US.

At the rally, the Archbishop claimed that politicians are attempting to "impose their views" on people of faith throughout the US.

Gee, Archbishop, doesn't the church IMPOSE its views as well? Coercion is a primary weapon used against those Catholics who may question policies, practices, and doctrines of the church.

I don't understand how Roman Catholic clergypersons can demand religious freedom. The Roman Catholic church is among the most authoritarian and totalitarian regimes on our planet. They certainly do not allow religious freedom for their own members.

Fr. Jerry Brohl, COSF

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Mark Zielman November 01, 2012 at 05:21 AM
However, these drastic changes in practices (most especially in the Liturgy) came from many misinterpretations from the local ordinaries. That has become more and more evident as time goes on. Some ordinaries of course cooperated with evil to even deceive their own flocks to pursue some personal agenda contrary to the Church’s. We’ve sadly seen the effects of all these factors from the last 50 years: dramatic decreases in clergy/religious, the faithful, parishes, schools, seminaries, etc. Interestingly enough, it may come as a surprise to you that there is a strong rapidly growing movement in the Church today comprised of orthodox Catholic’s, lay and religious and they are people my age. A great example of one of these movements is in Ann Arbor – The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. It’s a new religious order. And that’s just one! There are about 150 sisters and I believe the median age of them all is 26. Whereas the religious orders of sisters: IHM’s, Sisters of St. Joseph, etc., got “caught up” in making so many radical changes to the point of not being able to identify themselves as Catholic anymore are dying off. The median age of those orders are like 80 or 90. They’re not getting vocations anymore. This is terrific evidence that the “revolt” following VCII proved only to be a disaster. Now my generation has to clean up the mess.
Mark Zielman November 01, 2012 at 05:24 AM
So, my question now is: By reading the Constitutions, Documents, and teaching instructions from Rome following VCII, how did it lead you away from the Church? I have also read Constitutions, Documents, and teaching instructions and nowhere does it say to follow my own will. If I’m wrong, please cite that for me. That seems rather backwards from my point of view. Shouldn’t we learn to have obedience and humility, rather than following our own will and “feelings” as you put it, and rather accept the gift of the Council in love and obedience to Christ and His Church? For goodness sake, your community is named after Bl. John XXIII. I don’t think Good Pope John would find this very appealing.
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF November 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Actually, Mark, Vatican II kept me in the church. It was when John Paul II and Benedict started rolling back its teachings that I could no longer conscientiously remain. They co-opted Vatican II and are shamelessly re-writing its purposes and intentions. If there was recourse within the church to meaningfully challenge them, I would still be on the inside. Reform from within the Roman church is impossible. By the way, I am being obedient and humble to the church as I see it. It is not easy to be an independent Catholic. It's much easier to go along with the power structure than oppose it. You disparage "will and feelings". But they, along with intellect and conscience, are gifts from God that establish our nature and constitute His creating us in His own image and likeness. Those things make us like Him. They are what have caused me to be where I am in faith.
JJ October 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Jerry,Your a JOKE! Your one of those WEAK individuals who like those of the past that broke off from church,who if they didn't like the rules decided to change them. Your a DISGRACE to your family and no matter all the good works you do,nothing can ever change that! Your a POOR example for anyone to believe or follow!
Bishop Jerry Brohl, COSF October 18, 2013 at 03:26 PM
JJ, I'm sorry you're so angry. Peace.

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