How to Take Back Our Church

How to Take Back Our Church
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Acquire the right attitude Identify the dissenters Study their beliefs Study their tactics Take action against them Properly catechize and evangelize our children

The The Right Attitude Attitude
‡ We are members of the Church Militant, and we should act like it! ‡ 1 Corinthians 15:58. ‡ Matthew 19:26: ´With Me, all things are possible.µ

The Problem The Problem Disorganization Lack of Power Feeling of Helplessness Lack of knowledge ‡ Pray Uncertainty ‡ Organize Anxiety ‡ Plan
‡ Expose They Both Lead to Fear and Paralysis

The Solution The Problem

‡ Pray ‡ Organize ‡ Plan ‡ Pray ‡ Expose ‡ Organize
‡ Plan ‡ Expose

Our Duty
´I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.µ ³ Romans 16:17-18.

Know Who You·re Up Against

The Dissenter·s Primary Strategy

The Dissenter·s Primary Strategy
´All warfare is based primarily on the deception of an enemy. Fighting on a battlefield is the most primitive way of making war. There is no art higher than to destroy your enemy without a fight ³ by subverting anything of value in your enemy's country.µ Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

Heresy, Apostasy and Schism
‡ Heresy is the post-baptismal denial of some essential element of Catholic truth; ‡ Apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; and ‡ Schism is a refusal to submit to the authority of the Pope or to communion with the members of the Church subject to him. ² Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2089.

The Four Marks of the Church
´Four characteristics ³ one, holy, catholic and apostolic ³ inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her missionµ ³ Catechism [¶811].

What It Means to be ´Oneµ

What It Means to be ´Oneµ
´Where there are sins, there are also divisions, schisms, heresies, and disputes. Where there is virtue, however, there also are harmony and unity, from which arise the one heart and one soul of all believers.µ ³ Catechism [¶811].

ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Churchµ
´As a consequence of the basic human right of freedom of action, all Catholics have the right to engage in any activity which does not violate Christian ethics and does not infringe on the rights of others. As a consequence of the basic human right of freedom of conscience, all Catholics have the right and responsibility to follow their informed consciences in all matters.µ 16

ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Church,µ Article #1
´All Catholics have the right to follow their informed consciences in all matters.µ ‡ Detachment of freedom from the truth. ‡ Inability to discern between licit and illicit freedoms. ‡ ´None are so enslaved as those who falsely believe that they are freeµ ³ Goethe. 17

The Direct Costs of Illicit Freedoms in the USA (1961-2010)
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ 930,000 murders 1,265,000 suicides 440,000 people killed by AIDS 1,065,000 people killed by drunk drivers 910,000 people killed by acute alcoholism ‡ 355,000 people killed by illegal drugs ‡ 43 million serious injuries ‡ 3.2 million rapes


The Direct Costs of Illicit Freedoms in the USA (1961-2010)
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ 57 million cases of incurable venereal diseases 55 million legal and illegal abortions 640 million chemical abortions 43 million divorces 44 million children involved in divorces 34 million children born to unwed mothers 20 million children currently living with one parent ‡ 9 million children living in poverty due to divorce or single motherhood


The Direct Costs of Illicit Freedoms in the USA (1961-2010)
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ 8 million alcoholics 3 million drug addicts 30 million tobacco addicts 3 million gambling addicts 2 million sex and pornography addicts 7 million people in prison $13,300,000,000,000 ($13.3 trillion) spent on cleaning up the mess ($730 million a day)

Are We Happy Yet?
In 1960, we didn·t have; ‡ Abortion ‡ Gambling ‡ ´Gay rightsµ ‡ Pornography, or even ‡ Contraception In 1960, we did have ‡ Faith and ‡ Family

Are We Happy Yet?
In 1960, 75% of Americans were ´very happyµ or ´happy.µ In 2008, only 25% of Americans were very happyµ or ´happy.µ Don·t do what we have done!

Comparative Costs

All United States Wars, 1774-2009 Total Deaths Total Injuries Direct Costs 1,194,099 1,792,800 $6.3 trillion

Anti-Life Mentality, 1961-2009 4,965,000 43,000,000 $13.3 trillion

The Definition of Authentic Freedom
´Freedom attains its perfection when directed towards God, our beatitude. ... The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to ´the slavery of sinµ ... By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship, and rebels against divine truth.µ

³ Catechism [¶811].


ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Church,µ Article #2
´´ ´Officers of the Church have the right to teach on matters both of private and public morality only after wide consultation with the faithful prior to the formulation of the teaching.µ ‡ Catholic Common Ground Project ‡ Lowest common denominator (LCD)


ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Church,µ Article #5
´All Catholics have the right to a voice in all decisions that may affect them, including the choosing of their leaders.µ ‡ Authority is conferred not by God, but by the people. ‡ Sacraments are not of God, but of the people (secular humanism).

ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Church,µ Article #8
´All Catholics have the right to express publicly their dissent in regard to decisions made by Church authorities.µ ‡ One-way (unilateral) pluralism and dissent. ‡ Connection to Article #9, ´due process.µ ‡ Ideal tool for suppression of orthodox thought and action.


ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Church,µ Article #15
´All Catholics, regardless of race, age, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, stateof-life, or social position have the right to receive all the sacraments for which they are adequately prepared.µ ‡ Sin does not exist. ‡ No need for the Sacrament of Confession.

ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Church,µ Article #16
´All Catholics, regardless of canonical status ´ (lay or clerical), sex or sexual orientation, have the right to exercise all ministries in the Church for which they are adequately prepared, according to the needs and with the approval of the community.µ ‡ Call for ordination of women, married men, and active homosexuals.

ARCC·s ´Constitution of the Catholic Church,µ Article #28
´All married Catholics have the right to ´ determine in conscience the size of their families and the appropriate methods of family planning.µ ‡ Acceptance of surgical and chemical abortion. ‡ Acceptance of contraception and sterilization.


Enacting the ´Constitutionµ

Enacting the ´Constitutionµ
‡ Vatican III (a Constitutional Convention). ‡ Every continent, nation, diocese, and parish would write its own detailed constitution, none subordinate to any other. ‡ A ´General Council,µ co-chaired by the Pope and a lay person, that would ´function as the main decision-making body of the universal church,µ and would ´set policy concerning doctrine, morals, and worship.µ ‡ A complex judicial system that could impeach anyone, including a Supreme Tribunal that could remove the Pope.

Why Don·t the Dissenters Just Leave?
‡ Many are recycled ·60s radicals, and dissatisfaction and agitation is an addiction. ‡ Their activism ameliorates their sense of guilt by maintaining the illusion that they are doing good. ‡ They take advantage of the prestige of the Church and of the name ´Catholic.µ ‡ Most are Church employees.

What is the Church?
‡ The church is a voluntary, non-Democratic structure with a visible chain of command, equivalent to ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Any sports team; Any business; Any legal firm; Any medical group; Any organization with people working together to attain a goal.

The Dissenter·s Ultimate Objective

The Dissenter·s Ultimate Objective
´`Conscience· or so-called `cafeteria· Catholicism is infinitely more beneficial for the Church than cathedral Catholicism ... When the cathedral is destroyed, a new temple of conscience and the spirit is built by more than human hands ... our fundamental question in the Church should not be about whether something is Catholic, but whether it is healthy and holy and human, for if it is all of these, then it is Catholic also.µ ³ CORPUS co-founder Anthony Padovano. 37

What It Means to be ´Holyµ

What It Means to be ´Holyµ ´United with Christ, the Church is sanctified by Him; through Him and with Him she becomes sanctifying ... All the activities of the Church are directed, as toward their end, to the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God.µ ³ Catechism [¶824].

From Personal to Collective Sin
´We believe in a church which affirms: The goodness of sexuality, the primacy of conscience in deciding issues of sexual morality (for example: birth control), the human rights of all persons regardless of sexual orientation, and the importance and urgency of issues other than sexual morality (peace and social justice, preservation of the environment).µ

² Referendum, Article #4.


Surrender to the ´New Ageµ Menace
In the beginning was SOPHIA Sophia was in God's Presence Sophia was GOD She was present with God in the beginning Through Sophia all things were made Apart from Her nothing came to be That which came to be in Her was Life Sophia became human and lived among us And we saw Her Glory the Glory that is Hers as God Incarnate Full of grace and truth.

Rage of the Feminist ´Theologiansµ
´Only the complete and total demolition of the social body will cure the fatal sickness. Only the overthrow of the three-thousand- year-old beast of masculist materialism will save the race... . No token accommodations will satisfy us. What is required is the total reconstruction of God, Christ, human nature, and society ... we know we will die unless a WomanChrist pops up (like a rabbit out of a hat) between breasted mountains ...µ ³ Rosemary Radford Ruether.

Demon-Worship by Dissenters Death-Worship by Dissenters

Demon-Worship by Dissenters
´... we see the death of Baal, overwhelmed by the forces of drought and death ... [the goddess Anath] buries him with rites of mourning ... From her sowing of the new wheat in the ground, Baal rises. With a cry of exaltation, we rejoice at the close of the drama: The Lord has arisen, is seated again on the throne. He reigns! Alleluia!µ ³ Rosemary Radford Ruether, Womanguides.

Satan-Worship by Dissenters
Lucifer, each note sounds like your sweet name, lyrical, holy. It bursts over heaven while you break your long back over the world. Brother, first of us, you never heard songs like these. They shine in heaven's edges. For you, all the angels are dancing. ³ `Catholics· for a Free Choice.

What It Means to be ´Universalµ
´The Church has Christ present in Her everywhere, with the result that She enjoys ´correct and complete confession of faith, full sacramental life, and ordained ministry in apostolic succession.µ Catechism [¶830].

A Master Demon Speaks

A Master Demon Speaks
´If they must be Christians, let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian coloring. Work on their horror of the Same Old Thing. The horror of the Same Old Thing is one of the most valuable passions we have produced in the human heart ² an endless source of heresies in religion, folly in counsel, infidelity in marriage, and inconstancy in friendship...µ Master demon Screwtape to junior demon Wormwood in The Screwtape Letters.

Destroying the Essence of the Mass
‡ From worship to entertainment. ‡ From Mass to ´rituals,µ ´liturgiesµ and ´celebrations.µ ‡ Focus shifted from the sacrifice of Christ to human experiences. ‡ ´Eucharistµ as mere symbol, use of alternative elements. ‡ The people act, but not in persona Christi.


Abortion ´Liturgyµ by
´Praised be you, Mother and Father God, that you have given your people the power of choice. We are saddened that the life circumstances of (aborting woman's name) are such that she has had to choose to terminate her pregnancy. We affirm her and support her in her decision.µ `Catholics· for a Free Choice brochure ´You Are Not Alone.µ

‡ Move from personal to collective sin. ‡ Acceptance of people ´just as they are.µ ‡ Acceptance of sin, so tolerance becomes paramount. ‡ No call to repentance. ‡ Dissenters ´affirmµ and ´empowerµ others. ‡ Capitulation to sin instead of resistance to it. ‡ ´Do the best you can and don·t worry. Ours is a merciful God.µ ‡ Lack of Confession is often the first step away from the Faith.


Redefining ´Sinµ
´... Many homosexual people simply cannot believe that gay sex as such is wrong. So they do what for them is ´the best they can do,µ though Church teaching says homogenital relations are wrong. Still, according to the same Church's teaching on conscience, they do not sin in their hearts nor before God. Then they need not confess what is not sin, and they may participate in the Sacraments of the Church.µ

Redefining ´Sinµ Redefining ´Sinµ
´If you carefully examine your conscience and then decide that an abortion is the most moral act you can do at this time, you're not committing a sin. Therefore, you're not excommunicated. Nor need you tell it in confession since, in your case, abortion is not a sin.µ

Undermining Holy Orders
‡ ´By 2010, there will only be 25,000 priests.µ ‡ ´20,000 priests left the priesthood in the last 25 years, 90 percent to get married.µ ‡ ´By 2005, the number of U.S. Catholics will increase by 65 percent.µ

‡ ´Half of the world·s parishes don·t have a pastor.µ ‡ ´Only 40 percent of priests are faithful to their vows of celibacy.µ ‡ ´By 2005 there will be a 40 percent decline in priestly vocations.µ

Diocesan Priests Per Million Active Catholics


Ordinations Per Million Active Catholics


What It Means to be ´Apostolicµ
´The whole Church is apostolic, in that she remains, through the successors of St. Peter and the other apostles, in communion of faith and life with her origin: And in that she is "sent out" into the whole world. All members of the Church share in this mission, though in various ways.µ Catechism [¶863].

Come as you are, that's how I want you Come as you are, being quite at home. Close to my heart, loved and forgiven, Come as you are, why stand alone? Don't run away, shamed and forgotten, Rest in my love, trust me again. I came to call sinners, not just the virtuous, I came to bring peace, not to condemn. Each time you fail to live by my promise, Why do you think I'd love you the less? Nothing can change the love that I bear you. All will be well, just come as you are!


Virtuous Intolerance vs. Non-Virtuous Tolerance
If I say to the wicked, ´You shall surely die,µ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand ... But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life. ³ Ezekiel 3:18-19.


Problems with Problems with
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Projects Projects

Admits of no objective truth. Truth concedes that dissent is its equal. Truth is determined by democratic vote. The central issues are never resolved. Blunts the resolve of orthodox activists by wasting their time and energy. ‡ Advances a false ecumenism. ‡ Dialogue always ends when the liberal viewpoint prevails.

The CTA-Style Small Faith Community Process
(1) Initial sign-up to hear dissenting speaker (2) Continued meetings and member bonding (3) Selection of an ´anti-authoritarianµ leader (4) Prospect of a ´house churchµ discussed (5) Development a of prayer life and beliefs unique to the ´house churchµ (6) Gradual weaning from home parish (7) Eventual disintegration of ´house church,µ but no return to Mass

Tactics of the Dissenters
(1) Unilateral demand for tolerance; they label and stereotype those who disagree with them. (2) One-way ´inclusivity.µ (3) Mix lies with the truth. (4) Plead for dialogue and ´common ground.µ (5) Ignore Church laws and customs.

Hatred and Disrespect Shown by Dissenters
´Anti-woman´ ´Arrogant´ ´Blind´ ´Bullies´ ´Callous´ ´Coercive´ ´Confused´ ´Cruel´ ´Dumb´ ´Embarrassing´ ´Fanatical´ ´Hard-hearted´ ´Harshµ ´Hypocritical´ ´Liars´ ´Loony´ ´Luddites´ ´Misogynist´ ´Nasty´ ´Pathological´ ´Pernicious´ ´Pig-headed" ´Prattlers´ ´Ranting´ ´Ruthless´ ´Sanctimonious´ ´Slippery´ ´Totalitarian´ ´Tyrannical´ ´Unethical" ´Unhinged,´ ´Vehement´ ´Virulent"

´Keep the Faith, Change the Churchµ

Stated Objectives of VOTF

(1) support victims of abuse; (2) support priests of integrity; and (3) shape structural change within the Church.


True Objectives of VOTF
´We want a hybrid Church with Congress-like structures for the laity at all levels, from parishes up to the international level. ... If I had a dream of what this [role of the laity] would look like three years from now, our enrollment would be half the Catholics in the world, every parish would have a chapter, and every diocese, every nation, and the world would, too, and that organization would be a counter-balance to the power of the hierarchy it would have a permanent role, a bit like Congress.µ ³ Jim Muller, co-founder of VOTF.

True Objectives of VOTF
´What are we looking to achieve? We need a place for the laity in the decision-making processes of the Church. We need a four-sided table and we can't heal the Church without it. ... Voice of the Faithful is fighting for American Catholics and for American Catholicism. It is fighting for reform that blends our best democratic ideas and our best Catholic ideas.µ ³ Jim Post, President/co-founder, VOTF.


Specific Objectives of VOTF
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Laity sharing power with the bishops. A fully democratic church. Abolish the College of Cardinals. ´Full equalityµ for homosexuals. Married and women priests. Disband all seminaries. Homilies by lay people and those from ´other faith traditions.µ

Why Doesn·t VOTF Take a Stand on the Issues? Because It Doesn·t Have to!
´CTA and VOTF are united in working for strong lay participation in church decision-making, especially on local levels. But we each have distinct agendas which in the long run can benefit the overall reform movement. ... VOTF has chosen not to speak out on related issues that are contrary to Vatican positions, such as married priests, women priests, and birth control for married couples. CTA has a long history and current programs on such matters.µ Dan Daley, Call to Action co-director.

Why is VOTF a Dissenting Organization?
(1) VOTF was founded, led and advised by dissenters. (2) Only prominent dissenters write and speak for it. (3) Its leaders abuse and exclude conservatives. (4) Its Web site only links to other dissenting sites. (5) It includes many embittered ex-priests. (6) It approves of ARCC·s ´constitution for the Catholic Church.µ (7) It is guilty of incredulity, ´the willful refusal to affirm Catholic truthµ (Catechism, #2089) (8) It has been banned by eleven bishops.

How to Fight Dissent
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Pray. Organize and train. Really learn your Faith! Learn the battlefield. Know dissenter strategies. Keep the right attitude. Never give an inch! Support faithful men and women religious.

The Right Attitude
´Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. ... We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.µ ³ 2 Corinthians 1, 8-10.


Summary of Dissenter Strategies
(1) ONE: ´Constitutionsµ and ´Charters.µ (2) HOLY: ´New Ageµ practices and a shift in emphasis from personal to collective sin. (3) CATHOLIC: Undermine and trivialize the Sacraments, with emphasis on the Mass, Holy Orders, and Confession. (4) APOSTOLIC: Stress tolerance and diversity, dialogue and ´common groundµ projects, and CTA-style µsmall faith communities.µ


Signs of Hope

Signs of Hope
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Good bishops and priests. Activist lay groups taking action. 1,500,000 home schoolers. ´Vocations crisisµ in orthodox seminaries. Brute demographics. The Holy Spirit is always with us (Matthew 16:18).


... be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that, in the Lord, your labor is not in vain. ± 1 Corinthians 15:58.


Brian Clowes Human Life International 4 Family Life Lane Front Royal, Virginia USA 22630 E-mail address:


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