Thursday, April 24, 2008

VOTF at St. Rose of Lima in Gaithersburg

You hear much about being faithful to the teachings of the Church, and yet, right here in the Archdiocese of Washington DC, the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) is given a warm reception at St. Rose of Lima in Gaithersburg.

April 22, 2008 a presentation was held at the St. Joseph Room (talk about adding insult to injury) by VOTF.

(This must be Dissent Week at St. Rose, since this is the second such event there. I guess with the Pope gone, the media shilling for Obama once again, pastors and their ministry leaders are going back to undermining the Church.)

You remember St. Rose from an earlier posting. One of their parishioner's is on the Board of Directors of Rent-a-Priest. Another dissident group.

What is Msgr. Dudzaik (the pastor) thinking? Maybe he isn't.

Here is he allowing a group that supports homosexuality, abortion, contraception, female priests and other dissident principles.

The VOTF deceives faithful Catholics into believing it is a legitimate Catholic organization with slogans such as "support those who have been abused" and "support priests of integrity". However, the group is tied to dissident, radical, anti-Vatican groups, such as Call to Action and We are Church, which strongly reject Catholic moral principles.

Archbishop Wuerl needs to publicly admonish Msgr. Dudzaik and ban VOTF from any Catholic parish.

No wonder why the Church is in the state that it is in. Those whom are placed in authority are doing whatever they can to undermine it.

As I have said before, the is THE ROT FROM WITHIN.


Viator Catholicus said...

It makes the blood boil!
I don't understand how a patent dissenter can be left to destroy the faith of a parish.


My question is: Will Archbishop Wuerl do anything?

Anonymous said...

St. Rose of Lima has a mission statement of "All Are Welcome". Church teaching is not against homosexuals or faith education, but to welcome believers and non-believers. St. Rose has a rich history of *gasp* talking in the open about the issues that are turning people from the church instead of smothering them and hoping they go away.

Pastors should be commended for welcoming groups that promote discussion and and conflict resolution instead of what I see in this posting as exclusivity and hate-mongering. St. Rose has also been known to have sinners of all kinds, such as those who think themelves above the biblical teaching of judging others. They are quite friendly. Of course, if you don't like a church that invites people from different cultures and with different opinions, invites transparency in leadership and dialogue and rejoices in our God given diversity, you may not like it there.


Spoken like a true Protestant!

Anonymous said...

Or a true Christian....


...but not a Catholic.

Anonymous said...

cath·o·lic – adjective

1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.

2. universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.

3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.


[Origin: 1300–1350; ME < L catholicus < Gk katholikós general, equiv. to kathól(ou) universally (contr. of phrase katà hólou according to the whole; see cata-, holo-) + -ikos -ic]


Yes, I know what the definition of "catholic" is. However, I used the word "Catholic" with a capital C not the lower case.

Anonymous said...

Catholic and catholic are not mutually exclusive, except to the unenlightened.

Anonymous said...

Oh and there's this: "We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church." Sound familiar?

Anonymous said...

I'm actually Anonymous #2 and new to this site and to posting things like this, so bear with me.

God Bless Anonymous and their first 5 comments!

The parish and comunity at St. Rose of Lima is loving, prayerful and inclusive. I went to several area parishes for quite sometime, looking for one that touched my soul and found it at St Rose. They are an open, prayerful, enlightened and welcoming home. For years, they have been misunderstood, mostly by those whom I've noticed, have never been there! When I ask other Catholics about what they "know" about the parish, the best answer they can come up with is, "Oh that church, I've heard about them!"

Their pastors and visiting priests are intelligent, thoughtful and give insightful homilies that I can easily use in my daily life and truly help me and my family be better Catholics, better Christians. Much, much more that many other parishes I've been to, where the Gospel is simply re-worded for the crowd!

I have a few questions for the other contributors here: Have either of the first two bloggers ever been to mass at St. Rose of Lima? Have either of them attended a meeting of VOTF? Have either of them ever had an open minded discussion with a member of VOTF? Have either of them ever directly read VOTF information, rather than quoted or mis-quoted information by a source who has already made up their mind about the group and taken the other point of view?


To the new Anonymous, you are welcome to post here.

I do ask that there be no foul language, threats, etc. But, from your posting, I don't think I will read that sort of stuff from you.

Anonymous said...

There are at least 2 Anonymous's ahead of you, Anonymous #2, but your remarks are RIGHT-ON about St. Rose: Loving, prayerful and inclusive. Perhaps the most concise and resonant definition of catholic.


When someone uses the term "inclusive" in a religous setting, it usually gets my attention. Why? Because it usually means: we look the other way to your life of sin and embrace it.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry you have such a suspicious and negative idea of the word "inclusive". When I used it to discribe St. Rose, I was trying to convey the simple fact that they immediately make everyone feel welcome and included, a part of the community. Something I just did not feel from the other parishes in the area. My family and I always felt like outsiders. I know of a young family that went to daily mass locally, with attendance of approximately 25 people. The parish priest never recognized them after seeing them day after day for more than a year!

As far as sinners go, aren't we all? I am positive that every parish has sinners of all kinds, unlike St. Rose, these communities just aren't as willing to openly discuss these issues. Just because they aren't talked about does not mean they don't exist in those communities. Also, to that idea, just because they are openly discussed, does not mean that they are embraced.

If the definition of the word catholic is from a Greek word meaning "universal", I feel that the Catholic Church is meant to be for all of us human beings, regardless. It can't be universal if it's just for those who don't commit or haven't committed certain sins. Those would be boundaries and then all would not be welcome.


I am not suspicious of the word inclusive.

I make the statement because I have seen it used by many churches to state that we accept homosexual relationships and unmarried couples living together, and that we rejoice in them! We (these churches) promote them as acceptable.