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The Sleeping Giant Awakens

By Fr. Robert J. Carr

The Dallas Morning News has reported that one can find pedophile priests in hiding in other countries.

Meanwhile, the word out of the Sea of Tranquility is that there are priest pedophiles who are also in parishes on the Moon.

Fortunately, however, I understand both Mercury and Venus have solved their pedophile priest problem. I am waiting to hear from Mars. Yet, I hear the planets around Alpha Centuri have had a similar problem to our own. Yet, their greatest struggle is with a certain Doctor Smith who seems to be quiet Devious. “Oh the Pain, Oh the Pain.”

You know, I think it is time to say, I think you doth protest too much. When the Dallas Morning News has to go to an island in the middle of the pacific to find a pedophile priest in order to sell newspapers, then this has just gone too far.

Something tells me that certain people needed to take their anger out on a religion headed by a Charismatic leader and is worldwide. Now since the one that destroyed the World Trade Center beheads people, they decided to pick the quiet one with the leader who is an older man with Parkinsons and whose members are not known for blowing up buildings.


Do you know what I was doing in the early 1980s? No, believe it or not, I was not molesting kids. I was doing my best to stay awake at 0300 hours on a few hours sleep keeping my eye on a Sonar Scope so no one would be attacking this country. I was defending our West Coast. It was the Cold War then. We were afraid of a Nuclear war with the Soviets, remember? I was defending the right to live under the Constitution of the United States. Little did I know that I was wasting my time, because when I became a Catholic priest, I would become the enemy of members of my government and of my culture. Well, so be it!


I remember that when I was a sailor, a chaplain told us of a true story during ‘Nam. I was not old enough to be in ‘Nam, he was.

He told us that they had just celebrated mass on a base and were riding out of the base on a jeep to celebrate our most sacred liturgy elsewhere, when enemy fire came in. All the men who had just attended mass were dying. The chaplains rushed back in to offer them the last rites and one of the men, maybe 18 years old looked up and said, “we have gone to confession and received communion we are going to Heaven now.”

That chaplain is one of the most important priests I know. Later he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He had to go for an operation and, preparing himself for what some would call the worst, said “I could be in Heaven in a half an hour.”

Yah, two situations where people understood just what it is we offer, hope! Eternal Hope. Even in the most hopeless of situations.

That priest was also your worst nightmare. He used to pray outside of abortion clinics, do you know why? “One of those babies may have the cure for leukemia,” he would say.


Let’s face it, how many people do you know say, “Hey I just read the Boston Globe story on the traffic jam at the flower show and it changed my life.”

How many people do you know say, "I got up early on Sunday morning to watch Bugs Bunny and now I have decided to quit drinking."

Yet, I can name people all over this world who walk to mass during rain storms, during clear days, along cobblestone streets, dirt roads and even drive there like we do as Americans, why? Because they know Jesus is there in the Sacraments the Church offers through the hands of a priest. And you thought it was because of Catholic guilt. You have no idea just what it means to be Catholic do you?


Well, there comes a point where one needs to say enough is enough. There are two ways to do that, it is to say “uncle” or throw up a white flag or even just surrender pack it all in and move on, as did the Iraqi Ambassador to the UN at the end of Gulf War II. The other way is to do what should have been done in the first place. Start taking action. It is time to do the latter.

First, let us ask the question, who is it that is attacking us? People who reject everything we represent. These are people who are using our weakness to bat us over the head and silence us. They have gone to war with us and figured that we are a sleeping giant who would never awake. They were wrong. Yet, if we Catholics were a sleeping giant, then we were not the warriors we were supposed to be all along. Catholics were asleep at the switch.

One of the comments I receive on a regular basis is the Bishops have to wake up. Yes, that is true, but so do the laity and the priests. Other will say that is what Voice of the Faithful is all about. Sorry, ...

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