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By Arthur J.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill - In less than a
year, a Midwestern lay initiative, loyal to the Holy Father and the
Magisterium, has spread around the world, enrolling more than 2,000
members in 48 states and four foreign countries.
The Roman Catholic Faithful, the
brainchild of Stephen Brady and a few friends, has waged a no-holds-barred
war against the increasingly vocal dissidents who are sowing discord and
confusion in the Catholic Church.
"We object to individuals or
groups of individuals being allowed access to Catholic schools, churches,
and Church property to promote any belief, teaching, or idea contrary to
Catholic teaching as defined by the Holy Father and the Magisterium. We
expect every Catholic priest to follow the disciplines of the Church as he
promised to do. We expect every bishop to do all he can to safeguard the
souls of our children by exercising his authority to ensure proper
teaching within Catholic schools and parish religion programs.
"We object to any priest treating
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as his personal possession by adding,
changing, or removing any part of the Mass on his own authority. We object
to the forced sex education of our children. When we walk into a Roman
Catholic church or school, we expect true Catholicism! Is that too much to
Roman Catholic Faithful makes no
secret of its desire to do battle with such dissident groups as Call to
Action and similar organizations.
"Call to Action," says Brady, "is
just a new name for old heresies. If the Church were ever to allow women
to enter the priesthood and to allow the use of contraception as CTA
demands, the Catholic Church would be no more. We have to wonder why these
'Catholics' work so hard to destroy the Church from within. They could
surely find another Christian church to meet their needs.
"As Catholics, we have silently
stood by as spectators, watching our Church and country slowly decay. We
have the Truth, and we have the responsibility to profess it."
Another concern of RCF is the
plight of orthodox priests who find themselves a minority throughout the
country, and, not infrequently, out of favor with their modernist bishops.
"All across the country," RCF
claims, "orthodox priests are being persecuted by their bishops. They have
the information we need. Too many of our bishops have been shamefully
silent. Not only are they not defending the faith, they provide a forum to
those who wish to deny the authority of the Pope and the teachings of the
Brady plans an extensive national
speaking tour next year and hopes to see an RCF affiliate in each diocese
in the country. "When the modernist bishops see what a group of
God-loving, cross-carrying, insignificant Catholics can do, they will run
for cover when we come their way," he predicts.
"Our desire is that all will come
back to the true Church, but that will never happen if no one defends the
teaching of the true Church. It is up to the laity."
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.,
prominent author, lecturer, and theologian, has echoed Brady's call to
"The reasons for the need of the
laity's involvement," Fr. Hardon said recently, "are obvious - the
complete secularization of society - the breakdown of family life. Our
country is the most unstable nation in the whole world. We have the
highest divorce rate of any country, and contraception and sterilization
are on a scale unknown since the dawn of Christianity. Closed novitiates
with few or no vocations. The devastation of the Catholic priesthood - and
so the dreary litany could go on.
"These factors point up the
existence of a large-scale, deep, heartfelt need. That need is for the
faithful to become involved as they've never been before in the history of
the Church to restore the faith."
For additional information, write
Roman Catholic Faithful,
P.O. Box 109
Petersburg, IL 62675
phone 217-632-5920; fax 217-632-7054.
From the 12/5/1996
issue of The Wanderer, published by The Wanderer Press, 201 Ohio
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