Eric, a CAM blogger and member of Catholics for Unity and Peace (CUP), was interviewed by Church Militant about the suspension of Fr. Theodore Rothrock and CUP’s counter-protesting efforts and attempts to stand by their priest.
July 16, 2020
On July 16, 1251, Our Lady of Mount Carmel appeared to St. Simon Stock and gave him the brown scapular, a symbol of protection and a sign of trust in God. On July 16, 1858, in the final apparition at Lourdes, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb, code-named Trinity was detonated at White Sands Missile Site in New Mexico.
On August 6 and 9, 1945, the second and third atomic weapons were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, killing half a million people.
Every year since 1990, a small group of people have gathered just outside the original Trinity Test Site in the desert of New Mexico. From sunset on the 15th of July through sunset on the 16th, they keep vigil in prayer in repentance for the bombing and in petition for protection from all of the effects of our nuclear development and deployment.
Just before dawn on the 16th, at 5:25 A.M., silence, song, and tears mark the exact time of detonation.
Refusing to believe that faith and love are powerless over hate, our vigil continues into the day as the sun bakes the desert. Hour after hour people kneel or sit in the presence of God, as we each understand God, for the 24 hours. Rosaries are said by those who pray rosaries, but every prayer of every attendee is welcomed.
Just before sunset, a final service is offered: the nonviolent prayer of the nonviolent Jesus. Trinity is not merely a code name; it is a sacred word of a Father who embraces all, of a Son who loves all and of a Spirit who is the breath of life for all. We abide in union with each other. It is who we are. It is why we are in a desert of destruction praying.
–Excerpted from an essay by Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND
Are masks the new “duck and cover”?
On Father’s Day, my longtime pastor Father Ted Rothrock gave a rousing homily reminding the viewing audience at home and the few of us still in the pews that Holy Communion is the point of church (meaning the Catholic Mass). He also said we needed to preach this from the rooftops. After Mass, I asked him in honor of his homily if we could have a Eucharistic Procession along the Monon Trail in downtown Carmel on July 4th. The City had canceled the usual annual Celebration of Secession from the London Crown parade, so I assumed this was a good way to fill that vacuum. He intended to take his annual July break to boat on Lake Michigan so passed the duty to his young pastoral associate. The associate happily agreed to do so.
I called Father Summerlin to start the planning, and we agreed 10am on July 4th worked best. I started emailing all this lists and contacts I have in the Carmel Catholic Community. The next day Father Summerlin asked for me to explore whether the City had any permitting requirements for this type of gathering. I agreed to do so, though since this was small and was essentially a group of people walking together on a public trail, there probably wouldn’t be any permit requited. I did not intend to block streets or the trail itself.
My wife humorously asked whether Jesus asked Pilate for permission to enter Jerusalem on the donkey so long ago. Since this was not about my views on government (I’m an anarchist in the tradition of Murray Rothbard) but about Jesus, I contacted the police department and parks department to determine whether we needed permission or were required to notify. Both confirmed my original view.
In the meantime, Father Ted penned his weekly bulletin article; this one would generate national headlines since he made some pointed remarks about the leaders of the BLM and Antifa movements. In a church with only about 25% of its normal weekend attendance because of the fear of a virus (which is worse, a virus or Satan?), it is somewhat ironic that this one bulletin article of his finally hit such a nerve. He has written many similar stemwinders over the years. He is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly irrelevant and milquetoast Catholic Church. Some people that didn’t like Father Ted’s article announced they were going to protest our church on Sunday. Father Summerlin said the Eucharistic Procession was cancelled, in light of this, even though it was just a few parishioners gathering together and taking a walk with Jesus on a public trail.
Our new administrator appointed by the Bishop invited the protestors onto church property. The church also blocked some people, including a Lutheran pastor, from “counter” protesting on church property. Therefore, so these two groups could get visibility, they both ended up largely protesting on the public easements, including a neighbor’s house across the street. They didn’t ask for permission of the city to do this!
In a side note, there were many more of us who prayed in front of the church most of the day around a beautiful St. Elizabeth Ann Seton statue commissioned by Father Ted than there were protestors. Some people walked out during the Bishop’s comments before Masses this weekend about the suspension; my family did not the night before because his message was so watered down either way that it was hard to get so emotional. We are a large parish and I have been asking Father Ted to get the Bishop here. Sad that this is what it took.
Unfortunately, my takeaway from this: John the Baptist said He must increase, I must decrease. The Church did decrease by not having a Eucharistic Procession, unrelated to anything except Jesus, and protestors increased onto church property to celebrate the scalp of Father Ted’s pastorships (this one and his next assignment, at the largest parish in the diocese). This is a site against militarism, but it does not encourage cowardice either by the Faithful or the Hierarchy. I pray that we listen to John the Baptist.
I was recently criticized for letting this blog turn into a coronavirus blog instead of a blog against militarism — which I don’t think is true — but this is a good article that shows the clear link between them: Coronavirus Propaganda Mimics War Propaganda.
“but in my three years in the Navy I never met one of them. … [W]e were fighting to stay alive. And that is the true horror of war.” This is from this blog post:
by Seymour M. Hersh
“It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.”https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v37/n10/seymour-m.-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden
“It was only after the planters of the South were defeated in 1865 that the balance of power was decisively transferred to the industrialists and financiers of the North. Once they gained control of the country’s economic development, the rise of the US empire proved unstoppable.” This is from British academic Will Fowler in his book “Latin America since 1780”.
I also recommend his fascinating biography of Santa Anna. All his books can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Will-Fowler/e/B001HOIJ06?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vu00_taft_p1_i0
In his “Latin America since 1780”, there is great history showing how the revolutionary period in Latin America was partially caused by the Bishops siding with the governments and against the parish priests: “By the time the wars of independence began, a high proportion of leading revolutionaries were priests.” Obviously, at this site, we would never advocate armed revolutions, but parish priests should follow this model and lead the fight against the Bishops lack of leadership and tendency to side with the government.
Coronavirus-free discussion from Catholic Tom Woods.