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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
June 2002

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Dear friends and benefactors,

With the recent flood of publicity in the media on the terrible scandals caused by an ever-increasing number of modern priests within the Conciliar Church of Vatican II, and with the surge of lawsuits against the modern hierarchy and their dioceses for gross criminal negligence to allow these perverse “wolves in sheeps’ clothing” to continue to ravage the flock, the disgrace and discredit caused to the Catholic Church is unfathomable.

That some of these modern bishops had known of the repeated perversity of their priests and continued to transfer them from one parish to another is beyond comprehension.

And if they think that it will be difficult now to stand before a human judge and have to answer what they knew, when they knew it, and why they did nothing, how will they stand before the Supreme Judge Who knows everything?

If they now fear lawsuits and settlements in the millions of dollars, how iwill they be able to incur the wrath of God for the scandal caused to “His little ones?”

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, our Divine Lord warned, “He that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believes in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea ... but nevertheless woe to that man by whom scandal cometh” (Matt. 18:6).

Another disgrace that has followed in the aftermath of these scandals is the call by some liberals for a married clergy and for a cessation of the law of celibacy for the clergy, as if that would have prevented the problem in the first place.

In answer to this opinion, the particular perverse sins which these priests commit (homosexuality and pedophelia) can coexist in married men as well, and would not correct the issue.

The real problem lies in two particular areas: first, in the seminary, where such men should have been excluded when they exhibited unnatural tendencies; and second, in the parish and diocese, where the individuals first crossed the moral line and should have been immediately removed.

One does not have to be a theologian to know these things: basic common sense dictates the removal of an alcoholic from bar-tending, a thief from being a teller at a bank, a terrorist hijacker from being the pilot for a major airline, and it should also dictate the removal of a sinful priest from contact with young people.

As for the life of celibacy for priests, St. Paul in his first Epistle to the Corinthians praised it: “He that is without a wife is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wife is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided” (1 Cor. 7:32).

Has anyone even wondered why the Church has a man prepare six years for the holy priesthood? The answer is that a seminarian not only studies philosophy, theology and canon law, but also receives spiritual and character formation to be another Christ. During this time, those who are not fit for the priestly vocation must be removed.

How tragic this scandal has become and will continue to be! It reminds us of Our Lord’s question: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find, do you think, faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

May the Blessed Virgin Mary protect us from the wickedness of these times!

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

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