Monday, 5 February 2018

Dear readers, I need your support...

Dear readers,

In my seven years of blogging, I have purposefully refrained from asking for donations to support my work. Up until now, I have never seen the need to. Recently however, due to an unforeseen set of personal circumstances I have found myself at the lowest point in my life, both spiritually and financially. My books sales have crawled to a halt due to my ongoing support of Pope Francis, and I have currently no other means of income (I have been advised to stop working for a short while, due to the level of stress I am currently under). I need to be able to get myself back on my feet again financially, and I have nobody else to turn to other than the readers of this blog. I would be deeply grateful if you could show your support of my work by helping me during my personal darkest night of soul. Any level of support you can give right now, including prayers, would mean the world to me right now, and will help to allow my writing and academic career to continue to grow, and to help get my life back on track. I intend to use this as an opportunity to give my life some positive direction, and put it towards funding for a doctorate in theology either at Maynooth Pontifical University or Queen's University Belfast.

Securing funding for post-graduate degrees in theology is notoriously difficult for students from a less wealthy background, and I am in need of benefactors. I simply cannot afford to do this myself. This is the main reason why I have been unable to advance my studies beyond graduation, despite winning the theology prize at the Institute of Theology at Queen's University Belfast in 2006 for obtaining the highest overall grades at undergraduate level. Since leaving university, I have been forced to eek out a living as a tiler, and I have made very little money from writing, since my book is a niche title that only appeals to a small number of Catholics. I haven't asked for donations before, but I think this is a worthy cause which may help to put Catholic eschatology on the academic map, and lend further credence to my past area of research.

I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to those readers who have already shown such generosity towards me, and for those in a similar position to myself financially, who are offering me much needed prayers.

Please help to support my past and future academic research. You can send whatever donations you can afford to the below link at my Go Fund Me page:

Many thanks for your help and prayers,

In Christ,



John Fitzgerald said...

I will certainly pray for you, Emmett, starting this very night (am in Australia atm). If I had any money I'd give it you but I'm potless myself at the moment. Your posts and comments are an oasis of sanity, balance, perspective and insight, in a shouty pool of hyperbolic nonsense. Your dedication, integrity, scholarship and passion shine through in everything you write. Your work 'smacks of nobility' as Shakespeare would put it, and there's no doubt in my mind that this site is playing an absolutely key role in the spiritual fisticuffs going on at the moment, what the poet Kathleen Raine called the 'Great Battle'. Your work's been a real godsend to me at any rate, particularly last summer and autumn when things looked really hairy.

Maybe that's why you're at a low ebb, mate? Maybe you're being attacked on some level? I don't think the powers of darkness will appreciate what you're doing. God looks after his own in his own way and you'll be back at the top table very soon I'm sure. Until then you can be assured of my prayers, thoughts, gratitude, and a wee bit of dosh if any ever comes my way!

Take care and all the very best,


Emmett O'Regan said...

Thanks John! I appreciate the prayers mate! I really need them right now. This really is the lowest moment of my life, and without my faith, I don't know what I would do. My current misfortune has come about as a direct result of my writing career, as well as stemming from a diabolical assault I endured in May 2016. It has brought me nothing but a cross, I'm afraid. The whole thing has been a deeply humiliating experience, and is not going to be easily mended or overcome.
Please pray for me, and those people in my life who have been forced to suffer as a result of my writing career as well. It is these innocents in my life that have been affected by my writing that need our prayers the most. They have never asked to be placed in this situation, but the direction my writing was taking has forced them to endure hardship over the years, which has now reached absolute crisis point. I don't expect that everyone will be able to contribute financially to help us out of this predicament, but we really do need your prayers.

Ciara said...

Hi Emmett, I don't post very often but I faithfully read every post you put up. I will give whatever I can, when I can, it mightn't be very much but as they say every little bit helps and I'm sure the other readers of your blog/books will do the same. You have a brilliant gift and in this time when even the strongest faiths are being tested, it is even more important that you continue with your work. I will also remember you and your family/friends in my prayers and I will ask that your Guardian Angel will guide and strengthen you through this trial.
Take care, Ciara

Emmett O'Regan said...

Thank you so much Ciara! I hate having to ask readers to help out, but can't think of many other places to turn to right now. I don't want to have to resort to putting a permanent donate button like some other sites. Many of the top Catholic sites are funded entirely through donations. I wouldn't be asking for your help right now if I didn't need it. Even if people just started buying my book again, it would be of great help. Defending the indefectible nature of the pontificate has ensured that my book sales have ground to a halt, and this has happened at the very worst time of my life. Supporting the pope doesn't sell books, only spitting and cursing him does. This comes on the back of being plagiarised and the threats of being litigated by a rogue priest. For my personal life to come crashing down around me now as well is the greatest test of faith I have endured in my 40 years on this good earth.

There is some form of weird dichotomy at work here, in that my work is now being recognized at the very highest level (by being published in Vatican Insider), yet my credibility as a writer has suffered a terrible knock among the right-wing conservative section of the Church, who should be my core audience. And now my personal life is being ripped to pieces, testing my very sanity - all stemming from the same source. Thank you again for your prayers and support.

JMC said...

I'm in the same boat as John Fitzgerald above, but you have my prayers, Emmett. You've been a godsend to all of us, and I hope you will continue for a long time to come. Clearly the devil doesn't like your sussing out and exposing his plans! ;D

Emmett O'Regan said...

I expect most folks are JMC! Thanks for your prayers. I plan to continue to fight the good fight, no matter what is thrown at me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Emmett, I have appreciated your support of the Pope, it represents trust in God and brings us peace. I don't think more book lernin is the answer though. Take a break and a simple job, God will have one ready for you. Stephen in Queensland.

Emmett O'Regan said...

I've been in a simple job all my life, and it hasn't really got me anywhere, Stephen. If anything, it has been a distraction from my true calling as a writer. I think I can make a difference as a professional theologian, if God chooses to open this route up to me. I realise now that I will never be able to do this through the toils of my own labour. I need help.

aprigio melo said...

This world is now a totally in Brasil all the mainstream theologians are leftists and defend pope francis due to theology of liberation, a kind of politics in religion. Here, defend the pope is a way of making lot of money saddly, because they defend him in their way to defend socialism, really sad. will be in my prayers...and i will try to help you in donation. God belas.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Yes Aprigio, liberation theology is a real problem in South America. Pope Benedict XVI called it a "facile millenarianism". Thanks! I didn't realise you had the opposite problem concerning defending the pope in Brasil. Just shows the way the Church works in different parts of the world. In the English-speaking world, it is titles such as "The Dictator Pope" which are the big-hitters garnering all the attention. They are not making a clear enough distinction between criticising the pope for his personal policies, and are instead undermining the very nature of the papacy itself. It is a very dangerous approach that is only serving to further polarise the Church.

Jennifer Schmidt said...

Emmett, I didn't realize the exchange rate and gave too little yesterday, hahaha. I am just one reader who reads, loves and is so heartened by your work, and also by the way you deal so very kindly to all who comment, but I do not comment. I am glad you brought your needs to your readers. We can pray, and I personally strongly encourage all to give, even just a small amount. It is not too humble an amount. Let there be no needy person among Christian brothers and sisters! Many can certainly give up a latte and instead have a humble cup of home brewed coffee and offer a few dollars or Euros for one of the best, most faithful and inspired bloggers on the Internet. Emmett, I certainly have also been through dark times, and I pray for faithfulness for you. Trust in Jesus; He will lead you through this. Seek where He is trying to lead you; it is to something very good, true blessedness for sure. Take heart; do not despair. God bless you, my brother.
Also - there is nothing wrong with having a "Donate" button on your excellent site. Why not? Along with intermittent, regular reminders to readers...people need to understand that quality content takes much research and time, which equals money! "The laborer deserves his pay." "Be wise as serpents but gentle as doves."

Emmett O'Regan said...

Jennifer, I can't thank you and the others who have offered your support enough. I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the response I have had so far today. I had no idea that I was so highly thought of by so many people. It brings me so much hope at my darkest hour.

Anonymous said...

And here we have the second concrete example at this website of why "to comfort the sorrowful" is one of the Works of Mercy. (The first was Jason a couple of months ago. ;D)

Anonymous said...

Ok Emmett, my friend, I kicked in a little at the find me site. Also said some prayers and will keep you in my prayers.

God bless! Hang in! Keep your chin up! Jesus' favorite prayer is that one where we show complete trust by abandoning ourselves to Him, not worrying about tomorrow but trusting that He has it in His hand!

Anonymous said...

Emmett, the only person happy with your situation at the moment is the devil -
he thinks he has won - but GOD is life, light and love and will come to your aide.
as Padre Pio prayed: "My past, O Lord, to Your mercy, my present, to Your love; my future, to Your providence."
Peter from Oz

Jennifer Schmidt said...

My pleasure and I did go back and give more. I have prayed for you as well and will continue to.

Unknown said...

Be assured of my prayers. I have found great comfort in reading your blog as a voice of sanity in the midst of all the shouting and rhetoric on both sides. I am so grateful that you recognize the significance of the danger of undermining papal authority. I keep thinking that at that point we would become simply another Protestant sect. You are most certainly under attack and facing many trials, but remember that His power is truly made perfect in weakness. Oftentimes it is in our darkest hour that He is working through us in ways we can't yet see. Sending prayers for your consolation from the States. - Laura P.

Bridget said...

Oh no, Emmett! I am so sorry to hear this! Yes, I will give what little I can and hopefully more in the future! I also started a novena to St. Joseph for you today. I have no doubt you will be back on your feet in no time!

psieve2 said...

I don't have luck finding your books at the library, and the Greater KC has 4 library systems. Most book retailers don't seem to have them.
Maybe Barnes and Noble have one of yours. I could do Amazon. I don't get through all of books, but I don't care for reading online books. I am more of an article reader. Anyway, I would not avoid your stuff, despite how much this pope frustrates me. God deigned we have him as pope, so where else or to whom else could we go as a chief bishop? We'll just have to wait this one out and know God will fix things, eventually--hopefully by a pope or so before the prophecied Great Pope (if we have The Great Pope, it means the great chastisement has come or will come).

We have to be ultimately right; not just right about what's going on. Even that might not be totally understood. Therefore, schism is not in Christ's interests and the furthest from it. Instead, we still must educate ourselves and others about the whole Faith. We probably need to pray for him and not be critical, as the latter might encourage our Church's enemies, damper out spirituality with bitterness and confuse the low-info. faithful--as hard as that might be. Pray to be able to do that. We are very idealistic who read these articles and it's hard, but that might be a test. We need to read what Emmett writes.

Emmett O'Regan said...

I have to say, I've been absolutely blown away by the support you guys have given me. It has restored my faith in humanity at a time when I thought almost everything is lost in my personal life. It has allowed me to see the chink of light in the midst of all this darkness, and I can now see a way out of this hell I've been placed in. I think it is now actually achievable to be able to cover my university fees through crowd-sourcing. It has given me something positive I can focus on. I can now even start to think about the content of my doctoral thesis. I do need your continued support though, as I would never be able to afford a Phd by grafting on the wages of a manual labourer. I have been living on the bread-line all these years, and could never hope to squirrel away enough money to cover a doctorate. I will have to raise the initial modest target figure of £1000 though. I wasn't sure what kind of response I would receive, and didn't want to embarrass myself by asking for more. I'm amazed that I am already well on the way to reach this goal in just over a day.

Unfortunately, the real costs of covering a Phd are much higher than £1000, so actually achieving my true goal is still a long way off. I'll have to research the real costs in more detail, but as far as I can see, the tuition fees at Maynooth alone are something around the figure of £5000-£6000 per annum. That's before even factoring in expenses and whatever other costs which are involved. If sites like One Peter Five can raise $40,000 each month just for staff wages, I'm pretty sure that I can actually achieve covering a Phd through blogging. I will keep writing here throughout my doctorate of course, if I can really raise enough funds.

Aloysius Beckett said...

Until you stop supporting the heresies of Pope Frank you get nothing from me. Convert and believe in the Gospel, and I'll consider it.

Emmett O'Regan said...

I don't expect the support of sedevacantists. I also question the mentality of someone who insists on trolling a person who is enduring the worst personal crisis of their life. Do you think that this constitutes Christian behaviour? Have you ever heard of the parable of the Good Samaritan?

Mark said...

Dear Emmett,

I am truly sorry to hear of what you are going through in your life at the moment. You have produced a book which I love and which has helped me understand so much in my life. I am from County Armagh in Northern Ireland but currently Live in Lancashire in England. When I was very young, my Mum went to Lourdes regularly on a pilgrimage and she would always talk about Lourdes, Knock, Fatima, Our Lady and the Catholic Church. She helped establish my faith in my life and helped me to understand so much about it. Reading your book brought so much back to me. For a long time my faith has taken a back seat because I just didn’t know where I fitted into my life anymore. I developed some health problems and suffered with depression and had to give up my career so I spend more time at home now. But after reading your book last year it helped me realise that although I may not be sure of a lot of things in my life, one thing I am sure of, is my belief in and my love for Jesus.

I finally made it to Rome last year and visiting the Vatican itself had a profound effect on me as I have always read about the Papacy, the Vatican and the Catholic belief system. I agree with and support everything your are writing about on your blog. In fact I don’t know what I would do without visiting your blog to help me understand more about the catholic faith. I am not a scholar but I am someone who searches for answers and try's my best to understand faith in relation to my own love for Jesus. I like others who have left comments will try my best to donate when I can. It’s essential that you stay true to yourself and we will all pray for you and of course be here if you need us to help in anyway. Be strong Emmett and again, we are here if you need us. Thank you for all your hard work on your blog. God Bless you.


KEP said...

Why do you accuse those who disagree with you as being sedevacantists? A quick google search of Aloysius showed this, which is on your blog:

"If a Pope contradicts magisterial teaching and the teaching of Jesus then he is either 1) not a validly elected Pope 2) he was pope, but by teaching heresy ceased to be Pope, or 3) not intending to teach in a magisterial way. I believe the third is the case."

That's not a sedevacantist. That's orthodox Catholic.

It's hard to take you seriously anymore. One of the basic tenets if philosophy and theology is the ability to make distinctions and think critically. You can't make a distinction between someone who disagrees with the Pope vs someone who is a sedevacantist, and you can't make a distinction between the pope being able to teach error in a non-binding document and only being infallible when exercising ex cathedra statements (Vatican 1) vs the pope being always free from error (papolatry).

I'd like to wish you well in your dreams and career. I hope you get a better job. I think you're defending pope francis with your career in mind. You see theologians losing their jobs for the slightest criticism of pope francis. I get it now.

JMC said...

Completely off topic, I have a question. The fact that Ash Wednesday falls on St. Valentine's day this year is pinging something in the back of my head that I can't quite define, beyond the fact that it relates to the first day of a penitential season in a time when St. Valentine's Day has become THE holiday of the lascivious crowd. The fact that is happening in a time that has also been replete with eschatological signs also seems to be significant somehow. Am I on solid ground here, or am I stretching things?

Emmett O'Regan said...

It means so much for me to hear that you have found some level of inspiration in my book Mark. Thanks for your prayers and support. The orchard of Ireland is such a beautiful county!
I had a profound spiritual experience while visiting the crypt of the popes in St. Peter's Basilica. It is very stirring making pilgrimage to such an important religious site, and being so psychically close to the key figures of the past history of the Catholic Church.

Emmett O'Regan said...

St. Valentine's day is my birthday JMC! My mother jokes that she was thinking of naming me Valentino.

Aloysius Beckett said...

I'm not sure why you accused me of being Sedevacantist. I am not a Sedevacantist. It's this sort of rhetoric that has led to people not taking you seriously. I LOVE your book - which I own. I love the vast majority of what you write, BUT since you have taken such a naive position on Francis, it makes me question the veracity of your previous writings. I don't know what you drank or smoked, but for the love of all this good, STOP IT!

Emmett O'Regan said...

You accused Pope Francis of teaching heresy. By this logic, the Holy See is vacant because we have a formally heretical pope, hence sedevacantism. We've all already been round this merry little dance. I'll stop defending the pope when I stop being Catholic.

Unknown said...

I completely agree Emmett. I was glued beside John Paul Ist tomb. I stood there for such a long time praying and I had a very deep spiritual experience also. I hope I can get back soon - mark

Mark W said...

Hi Emmett,

I'm probably a member of the right wing conservatives you mentioned above - certainly more than the alternative - so perhaps my words are of little value. But I don't really think the issue has anything to do with conservatives or liberals per se. It's more an issue of the diabolical vs. the angelic. Don't give into despair - you know where that inspiration comes from.

If this is indeed a dark night of the soul, then grace lies in the endurance. Every time something bad happens, praise God for it. It does help. I've been there myself. Saying this at tough moments also helps: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!

Rest assured of my prayers, and I think you know what that means. My patrons are St. Jude and St. Faustina, and I'd like to ask that you focus on them until the beginning of Lent, in addition to your own patron.

I don't agree with what you've written about the current pope, but neither do I disagree with everything. The simple fact is that we have a common enemy regardless of which side of the ecclesial divide we fall on. That's what gets lost in this conversation. That's what we need to focus on right now.


chris said...

I send my prayers and ask your guardian angel to appeal to heaven for you for all the available graces on a daily basis to buffer your way through this vale of tears.
As a point of interest, in one your previous discussion titles, i posted a reference to an article regarding free masonry and hands in pockets etc. It was met with ridicule and or disbelief. I think it is difficult for people to understand that this so called deep state is the evil that has traveled through time and reveals itself under different titles. Please take notice to some occult numbers in the news recently that are not recognized as flashing notices of controlled resistance..

I.E. the stock market drop of 666 points.

The coincidence of THINGS happening on dates of 113 number combination

The DOW down 113 points.
Jan 13th in Hawaii ERROR
JAN 31st train wreck
3-11 Gorbachev put in power
3-13 Bergolio becomes Pope

There are MANY more, too many to be chance.. these are occult numbers.

We are in the middle of a battle against evil and evil is very close to throw a haymaker to gain the upper hand..

Something very bad and big is close.


KEP said...

You know better than this, Emmett. There is disagreement among theologians, including saints, about what happens with a heretical pope, whether such a pope loses his office or not, etc. If even doctors of the church can see that a pope can non-dogmatically teach heresy and remain in the office of the pope, then that shows one can believe that a pope can teach error and not be a sedevacantist. You're also not distinguishing between material and formal heresy. You don't know the pope's mental state, so you can't judge if he's even a formal heretic anyways. Aside from this, the bishop of Rome is still just a bishop, and only protected from error when making dogmatic declarations. If any other bishop holds materially heretical views we don't say they lose their office or status as a bishop. There's no reason to say the bishop of Rome wouldn't be the same. You only need to suppose that the bishop of rome loses his office if he believes error if you think the pope is always perfect in thought. But if youre an actual Catholic, you know that the pope can believe error and even go to hell, and he's only protected from error when teaching ex cathedra.

And you know there are also questions about the validity of Benedict's resignation. To push it to absurdity: one could even believe that Francis isn't even a baptized Catholic, let alone a bishop, and still not be a sedevacantist. Francis's state is irrelevant if Benedict was forced out of office, and therefore the person holding such a view wouldn't be a sedevacantist.

You know better than this.... I hope. Maybe not. But I think you're in a state of cognitive dissonance. You're looking out for your desired career.

Aloysius Beckett said...

Emmet, I'm sorry you think I'm a sedevacantist. I am not. I am Roman Catholic. But I believe, as the Church does, that there can be, and have been wicked Popes. I also believe, as does the Church, that when there is a wicked Pope he must be resisted. That's a scriptural teaching, it is a teaching of the Church, and it is the teaching of many saints and doctors of the Church. The fact that you can't figure that out tells me that you have somehow gone off course - your eyes have been blinded to the truth. I am a man with three post graduate degrees in theology, so I know that theologically I am on solid ground. You, on the other hand, have chosen a soft and sandy piece of property on which to build your house. Now you are experiencing the storms, and all the sand is washing away and the house is falling. Those of us who have built our house on the rock of the True Faith, and who refuse to leave the rock of the True Faith by holding to the teachings of Christ and the Church will be safe. My advise to you is to return! Don't be foolish!

Emmett O'Regan said...

I've already been over this countless times before, Aloysius. Vatican I completely ruled out the idea that a pope can bind the entire Church to heresy in the ordinary Magisterium. This idea is the Gallican heresy. No formally heretical popes ever. It doesn't matter how many post-graduate degrees you have in theology. If you are against the pope and the Church hierarchy, all this learning doesn't mean much to anyone besides sedevacantists. It is ironic that you say that the rock of the true faith now is actually found elsewhere than the Holy See, and exists out there in the ether as some invisible Church, while the Rock of St. Peter and the visible Church united to this head is actually made of sand. Surely you must realise that position doesn't make much sense? The foolish option is for a sheep to abandon the shepherd and wander off alone into the woods, where the wolves lie in wait. I don't want to tread over this same old stuff time and again. I've heard it all before. I'm not going to abandon any pope. I trust in the Holy Spirit.

chris said...

.AGAIN!! -1,001.25

round up the 2.5 and you get 1,001.3

there is that 113 combo again.!!

coincidence ????

there goes that 113 combination again. N\Now that been alerted you we watch for yourself... there is an evil behind all this and is is advanced by a political bod.


JMC said...

I found it helpful to regard sufferings, setbacks, etc., as opportunities: They're opportunities to free a lot of souls from Purgatory, and opportunities to contribute to the conversion of a lot of sinners...which, of course, is every man, woman, and child walking this earth. It's unbelievable how much that outlook has kept me from completely freaking out when things go sideways.

And happy upcoming birthday, Emmett. ;D

chris said...

The third temple is NOT figurative and neither will the two witnesses be

Israeli minister urges gov't to build Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa

JERUSALEM, Palestine
February 7, 2018

Israel preventing restoration works at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police enter Al-Aqsa compound for Hanukkah
An Israeli minister on Wednesday called for building the Jewish temple in place of East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque in retaliation for the killing of an Israeli settler, according to Israeli media.


Aloysius Beckett said...

Emmet, your grasp of Church teaching is insufficient. I'll pray that your eyes will be opened.

Anonymous said...

Man... how you are a jerk!

Emmett O'Regan said...

We're obviously not going to find agreement on this subject, Aloysius. Let's just pray for one another instead.

Jason R. said...

Prayers for you Emmett; I hold so firm in my heart that as your particular interpretations of prophecy start to further play out in the world that you will be very well known someday. But I know that diesnt pay the bills or help you further your studies, but I'll pray every night for these goals you've set in perpetuity. I'm so glad you reached out (I wish I had the means to donate more, but I'm so happy to see others have also responded!).

Emmett O'Regan said...

Thank you so much Jason! The fact that some people with your level of intelligence can see the importance of my work is very comforting and encouraging. You have been a personal inspiration to me throughout these years, in the way you challenge adversity through open honesty. Especially when it comes to your frankness concerning dealing with mental illness. I'm so glad that you have found a way through your struggles. Remember to reach out to us here if you are going through a rough patch again. I'm sure that between everyone who reads these comments, we could all try to pitch in to help in whatever way we can.

Aquinas3000 said...

Will remember you in my prayers, Emmett. I have not have agreed with you on everything but I respect your work and fervour and I think it would be great if you were able to pursue your further studies. I'm currently in the thick of a semester right now but I also know the joys of it. Stay strong.

Thomas said...

Emmett, I'll keep you in my daily prayers. Stay loyal to the Church and to your superiors. I'm so glad that I found a conservative Catholic blogger who doesn't just follow the conservative masses. You can do much to save people from the up coming formal schism. I myself am not in the position to help you financially. I am also a graduate student. When I do graduate and get a job I'll be in the position to practically help build God's civilization of love.

My grandmother is fine, although 2 other members of my extended family died instead. Sometimes it feels like prayer for conversions are a waste of time; but then again, how did I convert if prayers don't work? I wish God would just announce His existence to the world, so that many can renounce their errors and finally understand who Jesus is....

Jason R. said...

Thanks for saying such nice compliments Emmett, I'm blushing right now. I have so much faith in your wisdom and the folks here that prayed for me through that depressive episode that hit s quick a nd hard and all my financial problems, I feel like the folks here saved my li re in a very real way. Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement, I'm glad I can do something to return the favour a it!! Always know that even when u don't post for awhile, I'm a constant lurker (I just want to avoid some of the conflict lately here by not posting as that one subject I think had been debated to death here!).

Jason R. said...

p.s. I think I know a bit of how you must feel, too, Emmett. When I was in my early 20s, after feeling a calling for a religious vocation all my life, I spent a year in formation, and was enrolled to study for my Masters in Divinity at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, and to take my vows as a Diocesan priest after its completion.

My last hurdle, which I didn't anticipate being a hurdle, was a meeting with the Archbishop of Regina at the time. The meeting went very well, until he casually mentioned that I would no longer be able to have any contact with my daughter, who I'd had out-of-wedlock as a teenager. He assured me that all of her financial needs would be met, with the archdioceses paying support payments as well as eventually financing any post-secondary education. I was so torn... my life-long dream was shattered because of a youthful mistake, but one that gave me a beautiful child to help raise.

I questioned what harm could come from maintaining contact with my daughter Brittany, who was about 5 or 6 at the time, especially compared to the huge psychological damage it would do to her to have her father just disappear out of her life. The archbishop explained that though the Church had forgiven all my past sins, parishioners would just not understand a priest having a child of theirs visiting them.

I was so crushed, it felt like Our Lord Himself had rejected me, that I wasn't a good enough person to enter the priesthood. I found a good job in another city, but that calling never stopped. I know it is an impossibility for me now that I'm a married man, though separated probably for good, yet that calling is still there.

It still doesn't make sense to me; why would Our Lord put upon me a calling towards a religious life and vocation that is impossible to attain? But I thought by sharing my experience might help you to know Emmett that you aren't alone in facing adversity in following what you know in your heart Our Lord and Our Lady are guiding you towards. It will feel like a bit of a triumph even for me by proxy if you are able to follow your dream of further theological studies, like, that's a win for the good guys, haha! Seriously though, I really do think I have a little insight from my own life experience into what you are facing, and I'm going to offer up any pain and suffering from my medical problems to the cause of you being able to make it! There are many, many people in your corner, I just know that, both the living and those have passed on.

I wish I could donate more (especially every month if I could, as those continuing income streams are what you need). I feel embarrassed pleading poverty, but trying to make ends meet on disability pay, a blend from an insurance company and from the government, is financially, well, it's a precarious thing. The cost of the prescriptions for the 13 medications I need to take every day is very tough to come up with (sometimes I have to just do without for several weeks, especially the ones I take for pain management, though any I take for bipolar disorder I take religiously because I can't afford emotionally or otherwise to start cycling through depression and mania). I'm not complaining by any means, and I've learned that living chronic pain comes with many blessings of a spiritual nature that are worth their weight in gold for my soul... I just feel guilty about not helping you more, so felt a need to explain why. But if my situation improves, and even if it doesn't, if I have any disposable income that I can donate to a cause, you're on the very top of my list Emmett, even if the donations are rather small and sporadic.

And you, of course, have my prayers. I want to be a prayer warrior for your intentions; this blog has given me so, so much, I want to repay that debt as much as I can.

Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouve said...

Emmett, Im sorry you are having these trials. While I am unable to send money I will certainly pray for you and your intentions. I'm also doing the seven Sundays before the feast of St Joseph and am including you in that too. May God bless you and your loved ones.

KEP said...

"completely ruled out the idea that a pope can bind the entire Church to heresy in the ordinary Magisterium"

Not everytbing a Pope writes binds the entire faithful. When JP2 published the catechism and stamped it with his authority, and then had to change the catechisms teaching on the Mosaic Law still existing, he didn't violate papal infallibility or the indefectibility of the church. The catechism is not the ordinary or extraordinary magisterium of the church.

The ordinary magisterium is the collection of teachings given by the apostles. A book published by a pope isn't the ordinary magisterium. It's a book. The parts that reflect what the apostles wrote are part of the magisterium. The parts that doNT are the popes own feelings.

The pope doesn't own the ordinary magisterium. Jesus does.

The pope can only bind our faith through the exercise of his extraordinary magisterium. It's given for when the ordinary magisterium is not understood by the faithful.

This is what the church has always taught, and what Vatican 1 taught.

"For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles."

Anonymous said...

'One common claim on this topic is that a valid Pope can teach heresy, and by doing so he becomes not the Pope and not a member of the Church any longer. And so, it is claimed, the Pope has not erred — for his errors made him no longer the Pope. Something similar is said of the Magisterium. It is claimed that the Magisterium cannot err at all, but if a Pope or Bishop or Ecumenical Council (!!!) do assert an error, that error is automatically not of the Magisterium. This claim is absurd.

'It is like giving someone a gift, along with the claim: “The gift I gave you is unbreakable.” And when the gift is dropped, and it shatters, the gift-giver says: “Now that it is shattered, it is no longer my gift, and so my promise that the gift would be unbreakable remains true.” It makes no sense to say that the Magisterium cannot err because, if it errs, all such errors are not of the Magisterium. This leaves the faithful to their own devices to determine which teachings to accept and which to classify as “not of the Magisterium”. And the same is true for the Pope. If each Pope who teaches heresy become “not the Pope anymore”, we would each have to judge every teaching of every Pope. Then, not knowing which Popes are valid, we would not know which Councils are valid, and all the teachings of the Church would be placed in doubt.'

KEP said...

No one said Pope Francis isn't the pope anymore. It's a strawman argument. Please address what people say, not what you wish they said.

The ordinary magisterium is not the decisions and whims of a bunch of men wearing hats. The Ordinary magisterium is the teaching of the apostles. That's what Vatican I says. My quote up above, which you disagreed with, is directly from Vatican I.

Your analogy is flawed because the gift giver creates a gift and gives it. The pope doesn't create the ordinary magisterium. The ordinary magisterium is from Jesus and the apostles.

A better analogy would be that Jesus created a gift, a glorious jeweled crown, and set it behind glass in 30 AD. The crown and glass will always exist, never to be broken. The role of the pope and church is to explain the crown to lay people, and protect people from desecrating the crown. Luther can come along and smear feces on the glass, but he can't destroy it. A pope can write about the crown and get his description wrong. He may say that the crown is gold when it's actually silver. But that's ok, because the crown exists both before and after the pope lives. The pope doesn't own the crown. The pope simply messed up describing the crown.

Papal infallibility and indefectibility means that, WHEN THE POPE BINDS THE FAITHFUL TO DOGMATICALLY BELIEVE SOMETHING ABOUT THE CROWN, THEN and ONLY THEN is he prevented from teaching error about the crown.

Anonymous said...

Well, if the pope and bishops are your lawful teachers, do they need your approval before any of their teaching are accepted as Catholic? What is the purpose of teachers if the pupils already know what's Catholic? Why not cut out the middlemen and go duo scriptura and traditio?

The real question is how docile Catholics should be to their religious teachers and if Christ created a Church that is hit or miss, where you always have to know more than your divinely appointed teachers to be sure they don't mislead you into hell.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Excellent point anon! KEP is more Catholic than the pope, so in his mind he is the one we should all be turning to provide the answers, not the papal magisterium or the Church hierarchy.

Mark W said...

Honestly, Emmett, that last comment is beneath you. That's not what KEP is saying. If you actually read what he wrote and avoid the knee-jerk reaction, his questions make sense. It seems to boil down to this - is every utterance of the pope binding to the faithful (oversimplified yes, but you get the point, I hope). All anyone wants is clarification - including the likes of Raymond Cardinal Burke.

And I'd really advise caution, Emmett. Your blog is becoming little more than a place to argue about this particular topic. There are fewer and fewer eschatology posts, and more and more posts aimed at defending Pope Francis. As a result, I come here a lot less often than I used to.

And for the record, I do NOT think the current pope a heretic. I think he's a fool, but not to the point of heresy. The reason I have that intellectual exit regarding heresy is that I was taught that not every utterance of the pope is dogmatic.

I'm not trying to start an argument. I think you'll agree that I've remained studiously silent in this conversation, for the most part. But that last comment, sir, is beneath you.

KEP said...

If you think the pope and bishops are always free of error and that you can always trust what they teach you then you must not have studied history. During the Arian crisis the VAST majority of the bishops were Arian, and 99% of the laity were illiterate. You would have been raised an Arian and trust your bishops, and you would have been wrong.

I'm ethnically Jewish. Have you looked through history to see what popes have written about Jews? Are those free of error as well? Or is the new language about the Jews free of error? How about previous popes denigrating Islam in their writings and calling it from the devil and absolutely evil, vs the new attitude where they are "the chief" worshipers of God outside of Christianity? Which writing is free of error? How about JP2's first catechism, which said the Mosaic covenant still is in effect, which he later took back and changed the catechism? Was he free for error on his first book or on his second book?

Not every utterance out of the pope's mouth or pen is perfect. The pope can be wrong. The pope can sin. The pope can go to hell. He's only protected from error when binding the faithful with something dogmatic, speaking ex cathedra or in a council.

And I'm not "more catholic than the pope." I'm catholic. I contacted members of the CDF and they agree with me. What I'm saying is the Orthodox Catholic teaching and is what Vatican I taught. What Emmett is teaching is some new papolatry religion.

Emmett O'Regan said...

I'm not the one who keeps bringing this topic up in unrelated posts, it's KEP, who has repeatedly acted with aggression towards me, and can't let this subject go. Take the papolatry charge for instance. This suggests that I idolatrously worship at the feet of the pope. Coming from Northern Ireland, I find this charge highly offensive. I think I have been patient enough in allowing him to keep posting, to be honest.

You are wise in not resorting to calling the pope a heretic. KEP is not so wise in this respect either, and rejects the indefectibility of the Church - which has nothing to do with defining dogmas in the extraordinary magisterium. It protects heresy from entering the teachings of the ordinary papal magisterium. The pope can be wrong. The pope can be a sinner. Not every utterance of the pope is dogmatic. Yes these are all correct. But the pope can't teach heresy or promote immorality in the ordinary magisterium - this is the central essence of the dogma of indefectibility, which KEP rejects. If this were possible, then the Catholic religion would be riddled with heresy at the level of the ordinary magisterium throughout the ages.

Teachings of the ordinary magisterium are reformable in themselves and can be changed. You can't cite examples of reformable teachings being reformed, then using this to claim that the pope can be a heretic. Everything KEP has dredged up here again has all been answered before in previous posts, and he still can't understand what indefectibility does and how this is different from infallibility. I find it tedious to go round in circles on this point, which is entirely unrelated to the post itself.

Mark W said...

KEP, Aloysius, Emmett - how about a truce? No more of this until after Divine Mercy Sunday. You can go back to throwing darts at one another the Monday after.

Emmett O'Regan said...

I would certainly be up for that, Mark! I think enough has been said on this subject already. Pax.

Anonymous said...

I'll just add one thing and leave it at that.

Just because not everything that the pope or bishops teach is infallible, doesn't mean we don't have to have deference to their teaching. I think a way to avoid extremes is this: they can err, but not to the point that anyone obeys will go to hell. And therefore there's no practical advantage to disobey, but there's plenty of advantage to obey, especially if you are wrong.

Instead what is happening is private judgment and a kind of minimalism, where we only obey things we know for sure are infallible: I judge his teachings to be in error, therefore it is not of the magisterium or binding in any way; I judge this pope to be a heretic so he is not a real pope. That's completely backwards. When taught something you don't understand you're supposed to suspect that your own judgements are wrong. That's why we have teachers. Till date Pope Francis has not taught any heresy. His words can be taken out of context, and are taken out of concept, by people who think it's their self-appointed role to guard the deposit of faith, not the actual hierarchy that Jesus put in charge. If they're wrong they not helping Jesus, but in fact persecuting Jesus through His Vicar. Maybe they are applying democratic principles to an autocratic Church, whining about ultramontanism when even the New Advent Catholic encyclopdia calls it Catholic. And if you don't believe that God is the one guiding the Catholic Church--that, though it is run by sinful, fallen men, it is a divine institution--why be Catholic?

I won't link to the sedevacantist website that compiles these quotes, but here are a few things Pope Leo XIII has written:

Pope Leo XIII:

“To the shepherds alone was given all power to teach, to judge, to direct; on the faithful was imposed the duty of following their teaching, of submitting with docility to their judgment, and of allowing themselves to be governed, corrected, and guided by them in the way of salvation. Thus, it is an absolute necessity for the simple faithful to submit in mind and heart to their own pastors, and for the latter to submit with them to the Head and Supreme Pastor.” (Epistola Tua)

“…it is to give proof of a submission which is far from sincere to set up some kind of opposition between one Pontiff and another. Those who, faced with two differing directives, reject the present one to hold to the past, are not giving proof of obedience to the authority which has the right and duty to guide them; and in some ways they resemble those who, on receiving a condemnation, would wish to appeal to a future council, or to a Pope who is better informed.” (Epistola Tua)

“That obligation, if it is generally incumbent on all, is, you may indeed say, especially pressing upon journalists…. The task pertaining to them … is this: to be subject completely in mind and will, just as all the other faithful are, to their own bishops and to the Roman Pontiff; to follow and make known their teachings; to be fully and willingly subservient to their influence; and to reverence their precepts and assure that they are respected.” (Epistola Tua)

“No, it cannot be permitted that laymen who profess to be Catholic should go so far as openly to arrogate to themselves in the columns of a newspaper, the right to denounce, and to find fault, with the greatest license and according to their own good pleasure, with every sort of person, not excepting bishops, and think that with the single exception of matters of faith they are allowed to entertain any opinion which may please them and exercise the right to judge everyone after their own fashion.” (Est Sane Molestum)

“…to scrutinize the actions of a bishop, to criticize them, does not belong to individual Catholics, but concerns only those who, in the sacred hierarchy, have a superior power; above all, it concerns the Supreme Pontiff….” (Est Sane Molestum)

Anonymous said...

Okay, guys I'm sorry. Let's only talk about this after Divine Mercy Sunday. I wont post till then.

Anonymous said...

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