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If you are visiting my blog, expecting to see 'Toward a Progressive Catholic Church,' I have changed my title to reflect my wide assortment of interests. Having retired from my secular job, I hope to devote the rest of my life to my hobbies, ministries and perhaps a part-time job that makes good use of my communications skills. This blog will be designed to address my multi-faceted interests.

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I have an M.A. in Theology and an M.Div (Master of Divinity) from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. I am currently a media consultant and promoter of classical music. I am also certified as an officiant by the Federation of Christian Ministries for baptisms, weddings and funerals and minister independently of the Rochester Diocese. My life has encompassed many interesting paths: broadcasting, free-lance writing, video-production, music, ministry and a secular job in government. In addition to this blog, I have a YouTube site at www.youtube.com/priestray and I have a Facebook page.

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Forced Resignation of Thomas Reese

The big news over the past several days was the forced resignation of Rev. Thomas Reese, editor of 'America' magazine. My e-mail in-box was flooded with a vast array of articles on this sad development, which was actually in the works for the past five years under the supervision of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

My personal belief is that this is just the beginning of crackdowns by our new pontiff. If I had to guess, the Vatican will be going after the National Catholic Reporter and John Allen next. The only saving grace for NCR is that it is operated by the laity. (There is not much our pontiff can do, except threaten NCR editors with excommunication.)

My reaction is simply that we should not be fooled by the smiling face of Benedict XVI. There is perhaps wisdom in the old saying: "Beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing." Underneath the shining white robes of Benedict XVI is none other than Joseph Ratzinger the inquisitor.

Sadly, we will probably begin to see paranoia on the part of diocesan newspaper editors, whereby only the positions of the Vatican will be reflected in articles. It will be at that point when the church will be Roman Catholic in name, but communistic in structure. (Dictators are already in place.)

If there is any doubt that the Inquisition is alive and well, one needs to look no further than Benedict XVI. Let us pray for much needed intervention by the Holy Spirit.