“Thanks for quoting me in the article. I resigned in protest my position as chair of the SF Review Board (IRB) because I became convinced that the work of the IRB was hopelessly compromised and nothing more than elaborate public relations stunt to obfuscate the corruption of church leaders like now Cardinal William Levada.
Joey Piscitelli is nothing less than a hero among survivors.”
hp blogger Michealene Cristini Risley on Nov 5, 2010 at 20:20:40
“Thank you for your honesty and for actually writing here. People get offended that I am offending the church, and GOD. That is ABSOLUTELY not true. I came from God, my work is reflective of what I was put on this earth to do. I am talking about the leaders of this church. Thanks for your courage and your conviction.”
“The loss of credibility is price for the near total corruption of the Catholic priesthood.
The shock and horror that comes out of the "Diocese of Rome" is a real laugher! Their lament about those gay priests who are sexually active is a joke - as if this is a surprise to them.
Unfortunately, the lives of most priests have becomes nothing but lies. Reform is no longer enough. We have to wipe the slate clean and start over.
The reason that we don't hear more about the hierarchs in the "Diocese of Rome" being caught up in revelations about their sexual affairs is that the Romans are generally better at hiding their escapades (probably due to the centuries of practice they have?).
Most Catholics don't really care who a priest has sex with. We just object to the hypocrisy.
If priests make a commitment, they need a lifestyle that supports that commitment.”
felliott on Jul 25, 2010 at 00:58:15
“"Most Catholics don't really care who a priest has sex with. We just object to the hypocrisy."
Stupid Catholics get the priests you deserve because you ask from them something that isn't your right to ask.”
“Reading James Martin's apologia for the culture of silence and oppression of thought and free expression in the Catholic Church, I can't help but recall the numerous times in the New Testament that we are exhorted to: "Be not afraid."
After a life time lived in that culture, I'm sure it would be very difficult for Martin to tell us what he really believes and thinks. Remember Galileo?
The irony in Martin's benign treatment of Benedict's exhortation for "sympathy" for his own "personal research" is telling after a long career marginalizing theologians like his one time mentor Hans Kung who offers an alternative view for the church in the modern world, or suppressing so-called "liberation theology" and its supposedly dangerous "social gospel."
Ratzinger was at the forefront in efforts to persecute former Archbishop Hunthausen of Seattle for his ministry to gays and lesbians, and his different views about divorce and the role of women in the church.
Even today as pope, Benedict is overseeing an "investigation" of American religious women whose main crimes are apparently their full embrace of reform and renewal mandated by the Vatican II.
Isn't it truly ironic that Benedict likes in his public teachings to rail against the "moral relativism" of Western societies while presiding over a church hierarchy that seems hopelessly compromised, complicit and corrupted by the rape and sodomy of children by priests and bishops?
Really, Fr. Martin, just who is living in a state of "no comprehension?"”
JohnnyKay on Jul 10, 2010 at 13:50:56
“Ah yes, the Devil wears Prada and so well.”
markpkessinger on Jul 10, 2010 at 13:16:17
“There's no need to go all the way back to Galileo. Cardinal Ratzinger, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (a/k/a the Inquisition) essentially destroyed the academic careers of Catholic theologians Hans Küng, Leonardo Boff, Charles Curran, Matthew Fox and Tissa Balasuriya.”
“Would that priests like George McCartin rise through the clerical system to become bishop!?!
Journalists like Diane Winston and Laurie Goodstein of the NY Times rather than "Gunning for the Pope" are actually performing a very necessary function of educating the people in the pews (albeit circumventing the hegemony of the clerics) to the pervasive decay present in Catholic leadership.
What the true, real intentions of Benedict and the curia are very hard to fathom. Maybe they will just hunker down for a century or so and hope that the outrage and revulsion at their leadership resides like it did after the crusades and inquisitions?
Maybe Benedict and the very reactionary hierarchy are deliberately trying to foment a schism hoping that their remaining critics within the church will join the swelling ranks of the indifferent and apathetic especially in Western societies? Although as economic and education levels rise in developing and third-world societies of Africa, Asia and South America, the trends toward secularization can only continue.
The poet's "road not taken" has never been more obvious for Catholics: LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE!
More feudal papacy and oligarchy or democracy? More sterile patriarchy or human equality?
Catholic men and women around the world are at a crossroads in history. The church's compromised, complicit and corrupted hierarchy has failed and betrayed them.
The people have a choice like that posed in the book of Deuteronomy: "I place before you the blessing and the curse. CHOOSE LIFE!"”