Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Good News for Detroit – for the World!

by Steve Ray on February 8, 2006


The good news for Detroit was not the Super Bowl — the good news is the long overdue retirement of a rebellious, “progressive“ and very confused bishop — Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit. Why he was not censured or removed years ago is a mystery to me.

As Deal Hudson says in his “The Window” article:

“[Gumbleton] openly supports dissenting organizations and their positions on key issues such as an all male priesthood, homosexuality, and Vatican authority.

“If a dissident group like Call to Action or Voice of the Faithful wants a bishop present, Bishop Gumbleton obliges them. He is a founding member of the pacifist group, Pax Christi, which misrepresents the Church's teaching on just war.

“Additionally, Bishop Gumbleton has endorsed a group called Priests for Equality which affirms "that men and women have a right to equal opportunity for ordination to the priesthood."  The list goes on and on.”

(To read Hudson's full article on Gumbleton and the retirement of bishops, click here.)

Zenit reports:

Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Gumbleton Retires

DETROIT, Michigan, FEB. 2, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, 76, of Detroit.

Thomas Gumbleton was born in Detroit on Jan. 26, 1930. He studied at St. John's Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan, and at the Lateran University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit in June 1956. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Detroit in March 1968 and received episcopal ordination that May.
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I congratulate Pope Benedict for moving quickly. The retirement and hopeful disappearance of Gumbleton is very good news. This breed of old “hippy-wanna-bees“, these old radical, “heretical“ bishops are retiring and dying out. Their breed of “progressives“ from the 60's and 70's are fading away into irrelevance while many of us heave a sigh of relief as we whisper a joyous “good riddance.” 

Praise God for all the older bishops who stayed strong and faithful, bishops like my Bishop Carl Mengeling of Lansing.

The Church is reforming herself. I think there is a new breath of Springtime. I see it everywhere I go. Just look at the young new priests! Look at the new Pope. Look at all the new converts. I am very optimistic!

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Islam a Religion of Peace? Really?

by Steve Ray on February 8, 2006

Check out Jimmy Akin's blog for an excellent article on the Muhammad cartoons and the recent Muslim riots — along with pictures, Nice job Jimmy!

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Make Sure to See “The Passion of Bernadette”

by Steve Ray on February 8, 2006

Don't Miss Your Chance to Be at a National Premiere for

THE PASSION OF BERNADETTE!

Ignatius Press is hosting an unprecedented nationwide premiere of a film on the inspiring life and death of St. Bernadette Soubirous, The Passion of Bernadette. Ignatius is working together with some 65 Catholic parishes, schools and universities across the country to host this first time ever "National Premiere" of a film in such a Catholic setting, on the upcoming weekend of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11.

Click here for the Premiere time and location closest to you, or go to The Bernadette Movie Page , and click "Showtimes".

This film is the sequel to the highly acclaimed, best selling film, Bernadette, which tells the historically accurate story of the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette in 1858. The sequel film, The Passion of Bernadette, tells the rest of St. Bernadette's story, after the apparitions, her life in the convent – the life that made her a saint. It is a powerful story and testimony of how this humble, charitable young woman achieved sainthood in the everyday details of life, and how she offered her many sufferings to God for her sanctity and the benefit of others.

Actress Sydney Penny (just featured in the lead role of the Hallmark original movie, Hidden Places) stars again as Bernadette in this sequel film, directed by the legendary French director, Jean Delannoy. Both have teamed up a second time to present a wonderfully moving portrait of one of the most popular saints in the Church. Ignatius Press hopes you will help us spread the word to your friends around the country about these many locations for the National Premiere this weekend, and that you might be able to come to an event near you.

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Zenit Writes about our Pilgrimage!

February 8, 2006

Pilgrimage for Permanent Deacons and Their Wives JERUSALEM, JAN. 20, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A pontifical institute in the Holy Land is organizing a pilgrimage for permanent deacons and their wives. The Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center is organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for permanent deacons and their wives. The Sept. 9-18 pilgrimage includes visits [...]

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