Letters to our leaders

Just as the writers of the New Testament communicated to their audience via letters, we too have used pen and paper as our weapons and megaphones to our modern day audience.

Read the letter below sent to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio to the United States, on September 6, 2018.

Be encouraged by this letter to be more bold in your public defense of justice.

Share this letter with your friends, your priest, and on social media.

Regardless of where you live, add your name to the signatories.

Join the fight to root out evil in our Holy Mother Church.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

To:

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
1700 San Jacinto St.
Houston, Texas 77002-8216

Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
3330 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008-3610

Your Eminence and Your Excellency,

For years now, we young people have been told repeated clichés about us being the future and having the ability to effectuate change. Please accept this letter as one of our tangible actions towards not only effectuating change, but more importantly, defeating the works of Satan and fighting to build the Kingdom of God.

As young adults in the greater Houston area – some of whom belong to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and some of whom belong to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter – we can no longer restrict our response to the evil sex scandal to simply prayer.  We worship in the United States. We contribute to the betterment of our society through the sanctification of our professional work. We strive daily to work out our salvation in fear and trembling. We donate financially to our local parishes and to their dioceses. We are young parents raising children in the Catholic faith. We are single persons living out our vocations daily, trying to be God’s sign to help others to heaven with Him. We work to foster community among other Catholic young adults in the greater Houston area. We are the faithful of your flock.

The sexual, ecclesial, moral, and financial corruption and intrinsic evil in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church must end.

As is our right and our duty under Canon Law (Canon 2121), we implore you to take the following action:

  • Hire investigators totally independent of the Catholic Church to complete a full investigation of the allegations brought forward by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.  You did indeed call for an investigation into Archbishop Viganò’s allegations, but your statement on August 27, 2018 implicitly exempts Pope Francis from that investigation.   It reads as if you had not read the part of Archbishop Viganò’s statement that accuses the Pope of having had knowledge of Cardinal McCarrick’s grave sins since at least 2013.  These allegations merit investigation, and that investigation cannot come through the Pope, to whom you still appear to look for aid. If Pope Francis is innocent of the accusations leveled against him, let that be shown: but if he is not, let that be shown also. We faithful do not trust the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, with good reason based in fact, and we cannot rely on an internal investigation because of self-serving bias, corruption, and other opportunities for self-preserving subjectivity to enter into a process that absolutely requires objectivity.
  • During your next audience with Pope Francis, communicate directly to him that his open and blatant public refusal to respond to Archbishop Viganò’s letter is repugnant.  His lack of response communicates to the faithful a tacit admission that everything Archbishop Viganò says is true.
  • Speak personally with any cardinal, bishop, priest, or deacon who has raped, molested, attacked, sodomized, assaulted, or abused in any way a young boy, a young girl, a teenager, a young adult, or an adult and demand they resign and turn themselves in to law enforcement.
  • Publish the details of all money settlements paid out to victims of these crimes and to their attorneys, including the details of all personal release from liability of the bishops themselves, and whether or not they paid any of this money from their personal wealth. This can be done while still respecting the identity of the thousands of victims. So far it is publicly known that billions of dollars of the faithful’s hard-earned money has been paid out to these victims of the clergy’s crimes. Canon Law and civil law require that every penny of this be returned to the faithful.  The faithful were never informed that money they were giving for church purposes was used instead to pay off personal claims by the victims of the bishops and the priests.
  • Complete a full investigation, again conducted by someone independent of the Catholic Church, of the St. Mary Seminary in Houston to uncover past and present evil as it relates to homosexual predators and its public and well-known homosexual culture.  As Houstonians, that is where our peers go for formation, and this is in our own backyard.
  • Speak no less than once a month publicly the truths the Catholic Church teaches about the God-ordained rightness of the complementarity of the sexes, the unequivocal truth that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, and the intrinsic evil and disorder of homosexual acts (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357 2). Approximately three-fourths of the victims named in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report were male victims of active homosexual predators, and this overwhelming homosexual abuse is not specific to Pennsylvania. As you are well aware, one report stated that across America eighty percent of the crimes reported were homosexual rapes and sodomitical assaults by priests and bishops.

You may think that these actions are extreme and harsh. It was divinely harsh when Jesus went into His temple and whipped those desecrating it.  The grave intrinsic evil that has been allowed to exist has been enabled and covered up by the bishops and pastors. Bishops, pastors, priests, and those who assaulted others have damaged the souls and lives of countless victims. You do not respond to Satan by simply slapping him on the hand or shuttling him off to another diocese.  You defeat him by every possible means.

Do not be terrified of speaking truth.  Do not be terrified for your safety. Now is not the time to wait out this storm.  Now is the time for swift and strong action.

We are writing to you, as the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, because we have been led to believe by credible allegations that this decades-long program of evil is a nation-wide effort organized by the bishops.

By bravely providing his testimony of corruption in the Catholic hierarchy, Archbishop Viganò (seeking no personal gain for himself) has given credibility to what was whispered in Catholic circles for years. But the true tipping point of bringing the evil to light was the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report. This extensive report was 1,356 pages long. With the many demands on your schedule, and the horrendous nature of the details contained within, we understand that you may not have yet read through all of it.

Allow us to capture some of the evil and list the sins here.  Dramatic and damning, you ask? Without question. These victims deserve to have every single breathing Catholic know the extent of the heinous crimes committed against them.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops.” Luke 12:2-3

  • In one case, a boy was forced to stand naked, posing like Christ on the cross while priests took pictures and added them to a collection of child pornography that they produced and distributed on the campus of the church.
      • These priests would mark boys who were being groomed for abuse by giving them gold crosses to wear. This is priestly pimping of pure boys.
  • In another case, a priest raped a little girl while he was visiting her in the hospital.
  • In another case, a priest raped a young girl and arranged for her to get an abortion. His bishop heard about the situation and wrote a letter of condolence — to the priest.
  • In another case, a priest forced a boy to give him oral sex and then washed the boy’s mouth with holy water.
  • In another case, a priest molested a boy over the course of two years, admitted to church officials that he’d been engaged in naked “horseplay” with the child, and yet was allowed to continue in ministry for seven more years.

In keeping with how this scandal has been dealt with for almost thirty years, we do not want the typical ecclesial effeminate response. If you choose to be silent and do not respond, Jesus spits you out of his mouth. If you are a shepherd truly acting in persona Christi, you will not get in line with those who have been silent for decades but instead you will put on the armor of God and go to war against the world rulers and the mitered rulers of this present darkness.

It is through the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother, the God-bearer, that we implore you to be our shepherd.

Relying on Our Lord,

Elizabeth McClung, 32
Marketing Executive
Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
Richmond, TX

Juliana Baird, 29
Dietitian
Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
Houston, TX

Trey Blanton, 30
Soldier, Deputy
Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Julian Flores, 30
Oil Field Technician
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
Rosenberg, TX

Carol Glaser, 30
Elementary Teacher
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Houston, TX

James Hahn II, 38
Entrepreneur
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Perryl Libardo, 30
System Applications Engineer
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Brookshire, TX

John L. Lucci, 50
User Services Specialist II
St. Anne Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Joseph T. Nguyen, 25
Retail Receiver
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Mark Ori, 30
Chemical Engineer
Annunciation Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Sarah Ori, 34
Masters of Sacred Music Student, University of St. Thomas
Annunciation Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Cindy Elena Rodriguez, 36
Corporate Event Planner
St. Anne Catholic Church, Former Jr. High Youth Coordinator, Young Adult Membership Director
Houston, TX

Jason Rowe, 35
Attorney-at-law
St. Anne Catholic Church, Young Adult Spiritual Director
Houston, TX

Sean Rugg, 26
Veteran, Student
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Katy, TX

Elizabeth Sanchez, 37
Teacher’s Aide
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Frederick Sanchez, 39
Sales Engineer
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Steve Sherman, 26
Development
Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Sladecek, 34
Subsea Engineer
Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
Houston, TX

Jessica Smith, 32
NICU Registered Nurse
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Cindy Tran, 28
Wife and mother
Vietnamese Martyr Church
Houston, TX

Duy Tran, 35
Technical Analyst
Vietnamese Martyr Church
Houston, TX

Logan Tran, almost 1 year old
Vietnamese Martyr Church
Houston, TX

Philip Trevino, 32
Software Engineer
Annunciation Catholic Church
Houston, TX

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1 Canon 212

2 Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357

Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

Names added after hard copy mailed to Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Pierre:

Anna Alarcon, 47
Federal Officer
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Monrovia, CA

Martin Bautista, 23
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Phoenix, AZ

Carlo Casantosan, 45
Electronics Quality Control Technician
Notre Dame Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Chris McConville, 42
Christ the King Catholic Church
Entrepreneur/Business Owner
Des Moines, IA

Neil Miggins, 48
Marketing Manager
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Houston, TX

Terra Riding, 41
Homemaker
St. Joseph on Carrollton Manor Catholic Church
Frederick, MD

Susan Senia, 60
Wife, mother, catechist, bible study leader, pro-life advocate
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
San Antonio, TX

Heather Woodin, 33
Physician Assistant
Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
Houston, TX

 

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