Thursday, February 28, 2008
WHAT SORT OF TWISTED TALE IS THIS ?
According to the Schnectady Daily Gazette a Montgomery County Catholic priest, Fr. John W. Broderick, who had been acting as a family's spiritual adviser has been arrested for allegedly abusing the family's four children ages 5 to 11.
In May 2007 he left the county where the victims reside, moving to Holy Name of Jesus Academy where he was arrested. The school, run apparently by the Dominican Sisters of Idaho, is a girl's school for preschool to seventh grade, which opened last September.
Three Dioceses are involved: Syracuse and Albany, N.Y. and Ogdensburg, Idaho. Only Syracuse will claim the priest, and says the priest was suspended earlier this year. Police believe there are more victims.
The Dominican Sisters of Idaho are not officially recognized by the Catholic Church.
Here is the Fox News announcement of the Opening of the school last September. Already there was controversy.
A newsletter from a group associated with the Dominican Sisters of Idaho included a picture of the priest blessing the school, who was identified as an "independent New York state priest."
HighBeam Research tells us
The sisters' hopes are that by September, the school will be a fully operational copy of their facility in Idaho and six other schools in southern France, Sister Marie Reginald said. The Idaho school has 200 students from all over the country, 40 of whom live on the campus.
Kicking the craziness up a notch, we have the letter from SSPX Bishop Williamson stumping for funds for the Dominican Sisters of Idaho:
Also dedicated to the true service of the United States by the putting of absolute truth in first place are the Dominican Sisters of Idaho. The motto of the Dominican Order is "Veritas", or "Truth". The Sisters are rescuing in depth girls from moral chaos by filling their minds and hearts with Truth. They are creating what is most likely already the best girls' school in the United States. Enclosed is a second envelope and flyer to help them, in case you missed the first. They are still needing by the autumn $100,000. For these Sisters we are appealing for funds! St. Dominic's day is August 4th
Take a moment to skim the rest of the letter. Its main thrust is a refutation of religious liberty. Freemasons and the post-conciliar Church are the target of the bishop's displeasure. But up there at the top seems to be a plea for forgiveness of a priest who has gotten himself into some sort of trouble in New York.
The Watertown Daily Times identifies the newsletter with the picture of the priest blessing the school as a publication of the SSPX. The Idaho Dominicans as SSPX sisters.
Could this priest possibly be a leftover from the Society of St. John who founded an academy in the area but were found to be abusing boys in the academy?
A Syracuse News blog claims Rev. John W. Broderick was suspended from ministry "for incidents unrelated to sexual abuse." The Diocesan spokesperson would not elaborate on the suspension.
A website calling itself "true catholic faith" lists eleven pages of non-Roman Catholic groups of one sort or another and businesses providing traditional Catholic goods.
The screed on the webpage is a vicious attack on the Roman Catholic Church, proving that the heresy on the right is equally as virulent as the heresy on the left--maybe even more so. Here is another page in the website with the same sort of venom.
Glancing through the long list I found Independent Franciscans, Dominicans (including the Dominican Sisters of Idaho), Discalced Carmelites, Contemplative Benedictines, Poor Clare Capuchin Contemplatives, and Benedictines. Nearly all of the organizations have very traditional-sounding Catholic names. They look like the pre-Vatican II Church, but with a twist. The independents reject the leadership of the Pope.
There were a couple of organizations that stood out:
Holy Rosary Abbey and Retreat Center - Fr. Abbot Ryan St. Anne (He's been in Catholic news off and on for years. None of it good.)
Order of St. Dagobert - YIKES
Society of Our Lady, Warriors of the Blessed Virgin - Independent (Hermetic) YIKES again!
When the solicitation for funds shows up in the mailbox featuring very pious looking sisters in habits and priests raising the host dressed in a fiddleback with two kneeling altar boys holding up his vestment, don't be fooled. Check it out very carefully to see that it is truly Roman Catholic before sending a check.
It is becoming very very difficult to know what we are seeing and sort out the wheat from the chaff in these days of the "restoration". Was it all planned?
Then if any man shall say to you: Lo, here is Christ, or there: do not believe him. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if it were possible) even the elect. Behold, I have told it to you before hand. If therefore, they shall say to you: Behold he is in the desert: go ye not out: Behold he is in the closets, believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth, even unto the west: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matt. 24:23-27