The night before last I gave a ten minute interview to the Macon Telegraph's reporter, Phillip Ramanti who then failed to include anything I said in the front page news story in the Telegraph's Friday morning edition or its on-line edition. On top of that he has the audacity to write that no one from the Diocese of Savannah returned his calls. As vicar forane (dean) of the Macon Deanery, and thus a representative of the diocese, I did in fact return his call and he failed to acknowledge it and remove from his report that no calls were returned. Tisk! tisk!
This particular news clip from last night's local news on WMAZ-TV is good, fair and balanced. However, I gave a 30 minute interview to the station of which 10 seconds or so was actually shown. Flint Dollar's 30 minute interview was posted in-full on their website. Fair and balanced? I report, you decide:
The Diocese of Savannah released the following statement in support of Mr. David Held's decision to dismiss Flint Dollar:
“The Diocese of Savannah supports the decision of the Board of Trustees at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon not to employ Mr. Flint Dollar for the 2014-2015 school term. Mount de Sales is an independent Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, under the direction of the Diocese of Savannah concerning its Catholic identity.”
My comment: This entire event is a sad event for all involved. I pray for everyone involved and for healing and new starts. This is a major turning point for the Catholic community here in Macon. Will our Catholic institutions remain Catholic or become non-sectarian and follow the "magisterium" of new dictatorship of America's government religion, "Godless Secularism?" The answer is a resounding NO to the Magisterium of Secularism and YES to remaining Catholic!
As Robert P. George recently said at a prayer breakfast:
The question each of us today must face is this: Am I ashamed of the Gospel? And that question opens others: Am I prepared to pay the price that will be demanded if I refuse to be ashamed, if, in other words, I am prepared to give public witness to the massively politically incorrect truths of the Gospel, truths that the mandarins of an elite culture shaped by the dogmas of expressive individualism and me-generation liberalism do not wish to hear spoken? Or, put more simply, am I willing, or am I, in the end, unwilling, to take up my cross and follow Christ?”
My final comments: In the real world of Catholicism, life is messy and we sin. We sin sometimes through a corrupt compassion that enables those who work for the Church to think that our moral teachings don’t really count and are easily dismissed if we are good at what we do in our areas of competence. We can “wink and nod” at the moral inconsistencies of people’s life and pat ourselves on the back for being so open, inclusive and loving. Yet the enabling of sin and the injustice to that person’s salvation is like a shot to the head when we do not admonish the sinner and call that person to repentance and fail to say that there are severe consequences for one’s unrepentant sin in this life and the next.
These are difficult times for the Church and the difficulties stem not only from outside influences placed upon us but from within from well-meaning Catholics who don’t like what the Catholic Church teaches and think we should change our “archaic” teachings and become like liberal Protestant denominations who have thrown in the towel. But that won’t happen.
Pope Francis is very concerned about the influence of Satan in the Church and upon our Catholics, be they bishops, priests, deacons, religious or laity. The influence of Satan is real and the only way to battle the devil is by getting behind Jesus Christ and supporting His Church!
You cannot be a faithful Catholic without the Church! –Pope Francis.