This was a time in the 1970's, when the Catholic church was at its best...the best at cover-up, and it went on for years...and it still goes on, etc. My brother has never gotten the justice he desearves from the church or anyone else. He has lived a meager life, scraping what he can to survive. And, it all started when he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest.
Since that time, I have not gone to a brick
and mortar church of any kind, and I've been a better person for it. I grew up as a Catholic, and after the incident where my brother was sexually molested by a Catholic priest, I have never gone to a brick and mortar church.
In my view, all brick and mortar churches do is to make sure you're aware of the collection basket...then you're an honored member. I don't need to go to a building of any kind, to keep my faith as a Christian. Since I put up my website several years ago, I go to this page and worship on my own...I don't need to see a collection basket anymore!
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"Every day, people are straying away from the chruch, and going back to God." Lenny Bruce
The former Archbishop of Santa Fe, (I live in New Mexico), died on this date (January 21, 2012), and the following article was written by Olivier Uytterbrouck, a staff writer for the Albuquerque Journal, and the piece was published on January 21, 2012. The headlines read;
"Many Mourn Ex-Archbishop"
and the sub-title reads;
"A hero at his ordination in 1974, he resigned two decades later in sex scandal"
"The Rev. Robert Sanchez become a state hero in 1974. when he was ordained as the first New Mexico born Archbishop of Santa Fe and the first Hispanic in the nation to hold the post.
He resigned in disgrace in 1993, as part of a sex scandal that took a heavy toll on the church. The ordination of Sanchez, then 40, as the nation's youngest archbishop drew 14,000 jubilant New Mexicans to the Pit at the University of New Mexico.
"The place was packed, and it was electric," the Rev. Monsignor Lambert Luna recalled of the ordination. Mariachi musicians and a huge choir performed, he said.
"We were happy to be Catholic and glad for the moment that we were experiencing there," Luna said. "It was a huge celebration of faith and culture."
Sanchez, who died Friday (1-19-12) at the age of 77, disapeared from public life for the past two decades, resigning after admitting having had sexual relations with several young women from prominent New Mexico families. At the time the archdiocese was embroiled in a growing scandal over sexual abuse by priests. People compared Sanchez's resignation to 'a death without a funeral,' Luna said.
"It was a loss at sea," he said. One day, he was archbishop...and the next day he was gone." Roman Catholics in New Mexico had been especially proud that a Socorro-born pastor at San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town had stepped directly to the office of archbishop, he said.
Sanchez served as the 10th Archbishop of Santa Fe from 1974-1993. He died shortly after noon Friday, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, friends say. Sanchez spent his last years living among fellow Franciscans at Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, a Franciscan monastery on Albuquerque's West Side.
From early 2011, Sanchez lived in a private facility for the care of Alzheimer's patients in Albuquerque, friends and church leaders said. Sanchez presided over the archdiocese at a turbulent time in the Roman Catholic Church, both nationally and in New Mexico.
In March, 1993, Sanchez resigned as archbishop after acknowledging to church officials that he'd had sexual relations with at least five young women in the 1970's and 1980's. The circumstances of those relationships were revealed nationally when interviews sith three of the women aired on CBS TV's '60 Minutes' on March 21, 1993. Sanchez also drew fire for failing to do enough to discipline priests accused of sexual misconduct.
The 1990's, brought a torrent of claims of sexual of sexual abuse by priests assigned to New Mexico parrishes. Nearly 150 claims, including lawsuits, had been settled by the archdiocese by 1996, according to news reports.
Sanchez's resignation caused a profound sense of loss among the same New Mexico Catholics who had celebrated his ordination, friends said. "The manner in which he left was, well, it was distrubing to all of us," said the Rev. Msgr. Jerome Martinez y Alire, paster of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.
Parishoners of the archdiocese 'didn't have a chance to say goodbye and didn't have a chance to thank him for all he had done,' Martinez y Alire said. 'So I think people still feel that loss,' he said. 'I imagine now his death will only compound that loss.'
Bells tolled for Sanchez at the Cathedral Basilica throughout the afternoon Friday. He will be interred in the Cathedral crypt on Thursday. During his years as archbishop, Sanchez reached out to groups such as Native Americans and the Pentitente Brotherhood, who will pray the rosary at Sanchez's vigil service on Wednesday.
In 1992, Sanchez renamed New Mexico's statue of the Virgin Mary 'Our Lady of Peace,' replacing the former name, 'La Conquitadora,' which had angered many Native Americans. Sanchez was the first archbishop to offer an apology to local Native American people and established an office for Native American Ministry in the archdiocese.
He also established the first archdiocesan Youth Conference and the first Native American liturgy at the Cathedral of Santa Fe. Sanchez was born and raised in Socorro, N.M., where he attended Mt. Carmel Catholic school and Socorro High School. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Santa Fe and later graduated from St. Michael's College, now called the College of Santa Fe.
He was ordained as a priest in 1959 after studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Nationally, Sanchez served on the bishop's committee for Hispanic affairs and was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Vatican's Commission on Immigration Affairs, the archdiocese said.
'Archbishop Sanchez was much loved as a native son by the people of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe." Archbishop Michael Sheehan, who suceeded Sanchez in 1993, said in a written statement issued Friday. 'He was respected by his brother bishops and looked up to by his priests,' Sheehan said. 'We continue to acknowledge the good he did during his Episcopacy, are will awayr of his human failings, and morn his death today.'"
END OF ARTICLE;
"If you say that the history of the church is a long succession of scandals, you are telling the truth. But, if that's all you say, you are distorting the truth." Gerald Vann
If brick and mortar chruches, are any indication of this society...they are filled with hypocrites; perverts; pedophiles, liars, cheaters, people with larceny in their veins; people with skeletons in their closets; adultresses; people of wrong-doing...and I choose not to be with these people...not even for an hour a week. So...it's not about faith...it's about not wanting to be with people...
The brick and mortar churches, today, have a nice little cozy arrangement with the government and the Constitution...the doctrine of separation of church and state. This cozy little arrangement, gives the churches the power to do anything they want behind closed doors...cover it up, and get away with it....without government intervention, etc. Cozy, right?
Smart Americans are realizing this, and leaving the church in droves...just like I did...
All of us are looking for contentment in our lives...and I've been happy and content, as I have not entered a brick and mortar church in over 30 years! Millions of people are leaving the church every year...and to be content someplace else...is one of the reasons...
"The Catholic Church must clean out the pedophiles; break up the gay cliques; tighten up the seminary and restore the good name of the priesthood." Andrew Greeley
By the way, I placed this article under the category of 'horror,' because that's what I think of the brick and mortar churches today are...nothing but a big 'horror' story for many...and don't forget cover-up! And, I don't miss the collection basket, either!
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