Tuesday, July 31, 2007
HERESY ON THE RIGHT - CONNECTING THE DOTS
In my recent blogs you have seen that Athol Bloomer, alias Aharon Yosef, has been promoting a rehabilitation of the Jew Jacob Frank, follower of the Jewish heretic Sabbatai Zevi, who engaged in sexual rites in conjunction with Messianism. Frank converted to Catholicism under pressure, though it is believed that his conversion was not sincere. He introduced his heretical beliefs into the Church.
Despite reliable evidence that Frank has been treated fairly by historians, Bloomer wants us to believe, without documentation, that history is wrong.
We have seen that Bloomer is a member in good standing with the Association of Hebrew Catholics (AHC). They have published his article on "The Eucharist and The Jewish This Divine Point is also called Reshit (beginning). This is an attempt in a veiled way to describe the eternal begetting of the Son by the Father. The Son is perceived both as the Divine Phallus and the Divine Seed (zera) of the Father.
I wonder if there is more than coincidence involved?Mystical Tradition" in three volumes of their newsletter. Additionally he has contributed to their newsletter by answering questions in the Summer-Fall 2002 issue.
A fundraiser for Bloomer can be found on their website, and the fundraiser statement mentions that Bloomer "has served as a lay missionary for the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament."
The AHC Current Events page notes Athol Bloomer's arrival "at the new AHC center, from Perth, Australia, for an extended working visit" in 2006, and that "Athol, Fr. Arsenault and David & Kathleen Moss will visit the Daughter of Zion Havurah in Hardy, Arkansas" Jan. 26-29, 2007, indicating that Bloomer was still in good standing with the center last January.
The Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament has an interesting history. Fr. Martin Lucia was instrumental in its founding according to Bloomer. In his "My Spiritual Journey" blog he describes how he went to Thailand and became involved with Bishop Manat and a Father Surin. He writes:
The Bishop asked me to speak on Eucharistic Adoration and other spiritual topics while he translated for me. This started a ministry with Father Surin and the Bishop at which I would speak and pray over people for the Holy Spirit to touch them and heal them spiritually, emotionally and physically....When I left the seminary and returned to teaching I had lost contact with my best friend Patrick who had been my godfather...when I became a Catholic and we had worked together in the street kid community and then been in the Seminary together....I was later able to introduce Patrick and Father Martin our superior to Father Surin and the Bishop who was to become our Bishop protector in our re-formed Society called the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
An article at TCR News names the bishop--the Most Rev. John Bosco Manat Chuabsamai, DD, Founder of the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
A thread at Catholic Answers Forums discusses the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. The last entry in the thread is this one:
Re: Misssionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
This was on the web in the bulletin of St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Sage in Houston. It was written by Msgr. Frank H. Rossi, Pastor:On another topic, Archbishop DiNardo has instructed each pastor to make known to his parishioners a recent action of the Holy See that has an effect for some Catholics here in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. A priest by the name of Fr. Martin Lucia had founded a community called the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Though the Society had a most noble purpose, the promotion of perpetual adoration of the Lord in his Eucharistic Presence, there have been some serious concerns surrounding Fr. Lucia and his society. The Congregation for Clergy has notified Archbishop DiNardo (Prot. No. 2006/2161) that the Society has been suspended, pending the results of an investigation by the Holy See. Fr. Lucia, who has been living in Houston periodically over the years, has no faculties to celebrate the sacraments in the Archdiocese. A suspension is a canonical censure which means that the Society can not function as a Catholic organization. I need to bring this to your attention as over the years many very faithful and generous Catholics in Houston have been asked by Fr. Lucia to offer financial support to him and his Society. It is important for us to be aware of this investigation and to be very cautious regarding the situation of Fr. Lucia and the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
Susanna was able to confirm that the notice is valid. It appears
- in the bulletin of St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, page 4
- in the Communique of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, page 76
But the sources offer no reasons for the suspension.
Fr. Martin Lucia has been involved in other activities that were banned.
At the Rick Ross website is an article from the Journal Enquirer titled "Apostolics Cause Catholics to Pull Videotape". Fr. Martin Lucia is pictured there. The article explains:
A firm specializing in Catholic educational materials has halted production and distribution of a videocassette after learning that two priests appearing on the tape had been key members of a Somers group that was banned last year from the Norwich diocese.
A spokesman for the company said the discovery of the roles of the Rev. Martin Lucia and the Rev. Donald Higgins in the Apostolic Formation Center for Christian Renew-All also has led to the closing of a religious organization the priests had set up in Lyndhurst, N.J.
Another article at the Rick Ross website describes the activities of the Apostolic Formation Center for Christian Renew-All. The article is titled "Ex-members Say Homosexuality Part of Group Rites". The title says it all.
Both articles speak of the homosexual acts which came to be known as the "Divine Intimacy of the Holy Seed".
Athol Bloomer is keeping curious company.
In one of Bloomer's Pontifications dated September 21, 2006, and titled "Zohar Bereshit" (scroll down at the link) he writes:
This Divine Point is also called Reshit (beginning). This is an attempt in a veiled way to describe the eternal begetting of the Son by the Father. The Son is perceived both as the Divine Phallus and the Divine Seed (zera) of the Father.
I wonder if there is more than coincidence involved?