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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-05-07

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Vocations: This week, there is a very good brochure in the bulletin on vocations in the Diocese of Arlington. It provides an article “Called by Name – The Vocation Story of Bishop Michael Burbidge” that gives some insights into the Bishop’s vocation and it also reminds us of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, May 7, 2017. If you have the time, check out the link to Diocese of Arlington Vocations, and please remember to pray for priestly and religious vocations on May 7th and every day.

Perhaps it’s time to MoveOn.org: Whether you read the Pastor’s Piece in the bulletin or go to St. Peter’s “official” Website, you will find parishioners being invited “to Support Catholic Social Justice Principles”. Father let’s you know that he is speaking with great authority when he states:

On April 11, 2014, Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo called for the expansion of Medicaid, noting that “everyone has the right to life, and second, healthcare is a right – not a privilege – that flows from the right to life itself.”

Having established this fact, our Pastor then leads his flock to our old friends at http://www.s-a-l-t.org/. If you don’t remember our last encounter with them, please refer to Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #15 – Take it with a Grain of S-A-L-T. But Father is not content with leading his flock to that social justice S-A-L-T lick. No, now he asks each of us to sign the petition and to do that you have to check in with that fine upstanding catholic organization MoveOn.org Petitions.

What? You say that MoveOn.org isn’t Catholic or even catholic? Well, why would Father invoke the names of Arlington’s former Bishop Paul Loverde and Richmond’s Bishop Francis DiLorenzo if this petition and the people running it weren’t Catholic or at least catholic? Why would he lead his flock to a progressive, political group rather than a bona fide spiritually based group?  – – Why indeed?

Now, when we follow the link to the petition (here), we can see a different link – the link between S-A-L-T and MoveOn.org. They work together to achieve their common objectives. After nearly three years with our Pastor, we think it is obvious that there is another type of link, perhaps we should call it a “spiritual bond”. Yes, there appears to be a spiritual bond joining the shepherd/social justice warrior (our Pastor) and S-A-L-T and progressives of the type that associate themselves with MoveOn.org.

[Among the 148 people who have already signed the petition you will find many of our Pastor’s associates, including the person who set up St. Peter’s “official” Website.]

Yes, after nearly three years with our Pastor, perhaps it’s time to MoveOn.org.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

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