As the Darkness envelops us…

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The darkness is all around us and spreading rapidly. It became very obvious almost a year ago when we witnessed our Catholic Hierarchy- pope  and bishops participating in a pagan ceremony, bowing down in worship to pagan idols – the “Mother Earth” (or Pachamama); then carrying them in procession  (like they do the Blessed Sacrament, or Our Lady) and then installed in a church for people to pray to.

The darkness can now be seen in churches being desecrated, statues of saints and Our Lady and Our Lord being vandalized; churches closed and/or restricting our Catholic Masses and Sacraments. Hand in hand with this are military and police on the streets, knocking on doors, businesses force to close with many people losing their source of income. Our freedoms have been taken away from us. We can not visit the elderly in Nursing Homes, or loved ones dying if they live in another state because the borders are closed.

The new strand of darkness is targeting our children.

New RE Curriculums are being introduced in countries around the world.

Read about them here:

  • “Austrian Catholic school sex ed features graphic sex acts, gender ideology”

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/austrian-catholic-school-sex-ed-features-graphic-sex-acts-gender-ideology?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=35c49314ab-Catholic_9_10_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-35c49314ab-404516985

  • “English Catholics urge bishops to reverse support for compulsory pro-abortion, pro-LGBT sex ed”

“ In this curriculum, among other things and with the bishops’ stamp of approval, ‘refers to same sex relationships as being able to constitute a ‘powerful’ and an ‘exalted form of love’ .”

Jesus tells us:

Matthew 18: 6

“But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.

The note: “Shall scandalize”: That is, shall put a stumblingblock in their way, and cause them to fall into sin.

Jesus to Mankind in the Book of Truth

  • “…. But as time moves on certain changes will be forced upon you and you will be made to swallow lies. The lies will come from Satan and will be dressed in sheep’s clothing.

For those pure of heart you will know instantly and will recognize the evil cunning in place, which is being designed to destroy My Church on Earth, from within its own corridors. …  Never allow yourselves to accept any other Truth other than that contained in the Holy Bible. …” (13 SEPT. 2011)

  • “… What you must not do is to accept any doctrine presented to you and which you will know, instantly, is not in accordance with My Teachings. …”(8 March 2013)
  • “…The abolition of sin will be seen in the indoctrination of children’s education. Children, especially, will be force-fed heresies. They will be told that if they do not accept these teachings that they will be guilty of judging harshly those, who declare sin to be a good thing. Children will be instructed to never openly proclaim the Word of God in the presence of others for fear of being accused of being anti-human rights.

Any attempt to promote morality, in any way, amongst the young, will be violently opposed and condemned. Christians, and those who publicly declare their right to implement Christian Teachings will be beaten down and silenced.  …” (10 March 2014)

The Resistance:

  • Fr Rizzo’s letter: This letter was sent to the Daily Telegraph. Miranda Devine- a well-known and respected Catholic Journalist referred to the new RE Curriculum as a “Trojan horse” – a brilliant analogy. She couldn’t have expressed it better.

Immediately Fr. Rizzo was interviewed by ‘Christian Lives Matter’. Well by the next day our dear good priest had to appear in the bishop’s office. This was not the first time. A few years ago when the govt. was voting on homosexual marriage, he made a video giving the Biblical and Catholic perspective. He was immediately silenced then too.

This letter started a good holy row.

 

  • Fr O’Neill’s letter: Fr O’Neill immediately responded and wrote a letter to the Telegraph in support of Fr Rizzo, and also asserting that the Parish priest should be in charge of the Curriculum. He was all set to be interviewed on Sky News by Alan Jones – a very controversial figure in Australia, who speaks his mind. When this interview didn’t happen because the Bishop had forbidden priests to speak, to his credit, Alan Jones interviewed his co-host Peta Credlin ( a Catholic).

 

  • Fr Daniel Russo: Was interviewed by Veraces Media – hosted by Michael Obeid. He is a young priest – a Theologian who was handpicked to go to Rome to study.

These 3 priests (and the Franciscan Friar mentioned below)  are very brave and have risked all.

  • Michael Obeid is an experienced Teacher and hosts his own Catholic Show. He explains the term Tansformational (or Transformative) Learning – what this entails, and how, using this method, our children will be taught that no higher authority matters – only their own decisions, feelings etc.

See the interview here:https://www.facebook.com/Veracesmedia/videos/1334079486929897/

  • As well as the above, a Franciscan friar has spoken out about Bp. Long

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=104119828097697&id=100054990394921&sfnsn=mo&extid=267FNAQqy82BQJHoF

 See his post below:

“People have contacted me as I am sure other friars, to comment on Bishop Vincent Long’s practises as bishop of Parramatta. Maybe I’ll be sent to Siberia, but i like Russian food.
As a friar of the Conventual Franciscan Order I can assure you that many friars including myself do not agree with the controversial actions and words, and policies of Bishop Vincent Long. We have made our concerns known to the appropriate authority.

 As with all faithful Catholics, we pray that our bishops will be faithful shepherds of the Church. May they have courage and clarity, teaching fully the authentic SAVING TRUTHS of Christ’s Gospel, especially the moral precepts and laws of God . Yes Christ is the merciful Shepherd, who calls all to enter into His Divine love for all eternity. BUT He calls us to conversion, to go and sin no more, to recognise our sins as they are, not to compromise in the name of a false misguided inclusive compassion which is a deception from HQ in Hell. This has unfortunately influenced clergy of the Hierarchy within the Church. To be inclusive is to offer salvation to all, not to furnish false agendas, which lead to Hell.


With St Maximilian Mary Kolbe a great Conventual Franciscan Saint, we implore the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, to crush the serpents head , to deliver all those ensnared in compromised and false teachings, and return to the safe refuge of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Lord have Mercy on us all poor sinners.
Fraternally in St Francis of Assisi,
Br Louis Mary Schmid OFM Conv.
Please tell free to share with all and offer the Rosary and chaplet for all our Bishops priests and religious., and Pope.
As St Teresa of Calcutta reminded us, we are called to be faithful, not  successful.”

How can the RE office claim that the Curriculum is authentic to the Catholic Faith?

  • Remnant Newspaper article: “Parramatta builds a bridge to heresy”. Read about the background of this curriculum and the dangerous “catholic” documents used as resources for teachers.

See article at: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/5050-parramatta-diocese-builds-a-bridge-to-heresy

Alarm Bells:

The RE Curriculum would have sounded quite reassuring  to many of the parents,about how it would all be taught, etc. but when I saw the list of Resources, identified in the Curriculum, I could not contain myself.

Catholic Teachings “from the Magisterium” (which the Catholic Education Office and the Vicar General – Rev. Chris De Souza – have hastened to reassure parents with) includes the  article “Pope says God made you this way”; Pope’s Call to Apology for LGBTQI Catholics; Youth Synod document on Evolution of church on LGBTQI topics.

Other Resources include many by Fr James Martin!!! If parents only knew what this “priest” stands for.! Also other questionable materials – videos, etc.

I see no explicit truly “Catholic” teaching Resources listed at all. See insert below

Miranda was right on the money when she called the Curriculum a “trojan horse”.

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/a-perfect-trojan-horse

How can these teachings form part of the “Magisterium” as the education authorities and the Vicar General (Fr. DeSouza) claim?

In fact Pope Francis has promulgated a new  apostolic constitutionEpiscopalis Communio which risks injecting heresy into lifeblood of Church. Rev. Michael X., J.C.L. explains how this works and how, because of it, anything a bishop wishes can make it into the Magisterium.

Read about it here: https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/a-perfect-trojan-horse

FLI (see article below) tells us ” Parramatta Diocese’s acting executive director of Catholic Education, Christine Howe, has been quoted as saying she believes the new syllabus has been wilfully misrepresented. She wants to assure parents that it is “faithful to Catholic teaching, traditions and values”. 

De Souza went on to say that the new draft curriculum “is firmly based in Catholic Scripture, Tradition and Context,  …”

(Notice that “ Catholic Scripture, Tradition and Context” is not the same as “ Catholic Scripture, Tradition and Teachings”. Wording is everything to modernists. This is how the wool is pulled over our eyes.

Family Life International recently published an article that explains why our children are being targeted and the methods being used in education.

“ Having been a gay activist, I recently exposed the deliberate strategies that are in part furtively rolled out by identity ideologues, which include infiltrating and taking leadership within key areas of society to bring about homosuperiority by completely smashing heteronormativity.

Identity ideologues’ primary focus has always been the classroom. The success of their cult involves indoctrinating developing minds with counterfeit truths, moulding them to see life predominantly through rainbow-tinted spectacles, and enforcing Abraham Lincoln’s wise insight that “the philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.” …

Read the article here: https://www.fli.org.au/parramattas-education-fiasco/

The Church of Darkness in indeed falling down upon us.

Catholic Schools to teach a “radical” Curriculum? Not on our watch!

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Yesterday we posted the events relating to the new draft Curriculum being proposed to students in Catholic Schools in the Parramatta Diocese (Sydney Australia) under the leadership of Bp. Long.

See https://remnantdisciplesjtm.com/2020/08/28/a-simple-letter-from-a-priest-created-a-tidal-wave-of-protest/

In this post we see the information which has been sent to Catholic School teachers to pass on to parents. It is described using emotive propaganda: “delighted”, “recent endorsement”, “hope-filled”…

It seems they are very sensitive to Media coverage that does not suit their agenda-this email to teachers was sent out within a couple of days. They are on the defence. See below:

  1. The email to teachers from Parramatta Catholic Education Office:

(the emphasis is mine)

Dear Colleagues

Correspondence regarding the Draft New Religious Education Curriculum

In response to the “Signs of the Times”, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta is on the journey towards a hope-filled Draft New Curriculum for Religious Education. We were delighted with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA’s) recent endorsement of Stage 5 and 6 of the Curriculum.

Comment: I would not consider it an advantage that the State has endorsed the curriculum – a State that has brought in so many anti-Christian laws (abortion up to birth; discrimination laws which actually discriminate against Christians. etc)

There has recently been some media coverage about this new approach. Please find attached a letter from Very Rev Christopher de Souza Vicar General Episcopal Vicar for Education & Formation for circulation to your school community. Also attached is a letter to the editor from Fr Chris that was published in the Daily Telegraph on 27 August, a frequently asked questions document and a timeline outlining the process for developing the Draft New Curriculum.

Thank you to Director Mission Monica Officer for her grace and leadership, our dedicated Mission Team and each of our Religion Education Coordinators for the passion they bring to this work. We welcome the opportunity to work together as a Catholic community on this important initiative for children and young people in our schools.  

Regards,
Christine Howe.

Relieving Executive Director

2. Attached Documents(PDF)

(My comments are interspersed in these documents)

Diocese of Parramatta
Bethany Centre, 470 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
PO Box 3066, North Parramatta NSW 1750, Australia
T: 02 8838 3400 F: 02 9630 4813
E: comms@parracatholic.org
W: parracatholic.org

26 August 2020

Response to The Daily Telegraph – 26 August 2020

New approach to Religious Education is ‘Good News’ for young people
The Western Sydney Catholic community has been working together to develop a new approach to teaching Religious Education at Catholic schools. There have been recent statements made in the media about this. The good news is that we now have a more relevant, thoughtful and up-to-date way to share our precious Catholic faith with the next generation.
Opinion writer Miranda Devine yesterday published an article criticising this new approach to teaching children and young people about religion. Miranda’s piece seems to seek to agitate and divide rather than make a meaningful contribution to public discussion about either religion or learning.

Comment: Since when is our Faith up for public discussion? All we need is Christ’s teachings.

Since when was constructive criticism not meaningful or useful?… unless you always intended to ignore it and proceed regardless.

What is the true source of agitation and division? It is those who seek to change Christ and His Teachings to fit the world (in any way they can devise) divided against those who are apparently ‘devout’- who seek to change the world to fit Christ’s Teachings, rather than the other way around.

The letter continues…

Today, I wish to share further thoughts on this subject with readers of the Daily Telegraph. Many clergy, parents, teachers and students were involved in the process of developing this new Religious Education curriculum over the past six years.

Comment: Really? Well they kept it a pretty close-guarded secret- especially re: the content. I know personally of at least 3  people who left the employment of this diocese because of this “new Curriculum”. They did not want to be involved because of where it was heading.  Additionally, and most importantly, this does not make it right or holy before God. Many people can collaborate and agree on evil curriculum, even unknowingly or with what they think are good intentions. Number of people are not an endorsement, nor is length of time. If anything, the more shame because of it!

Let me be clear – Catholic Scripture, Tradition and Context remain firmly at the heart of our approach to teaching children and young people about our religion and everything we do in daily life.

Comment: We need to teach our children Truth not ways of distorting it. Their minds and souls are fragile. Firmly at the heart but not apparent? Maybe they are present only by doing lip service? Actually, Catholic Scripture, Tradition and Context should be all what its all about; the heart, soul, body of this Curriculum. But I do not agree that even the heart is there. Furthermore, they should be teaching “Theology of the Body” if they aim to improve children’s understanding of correct, holy, fulfilling, faithful to God and neighbour type relationships, including sexual relationship. This is sadly lacking, sorely needed and would fulfil their needs in the most satisfying manner: for there they would learn their identity as a Child if God and the secret to true happiness. The Truth is all they need, in all its wonderful fullness, richness and depth.

This Draft New Curriculum is a direct response to the call of the Second Vatican Council. Even this is not new – it has been more than 50 years since the Church was called to discern the “signs of the times”!

Comment: Anyone who has read statements from Abp. Vigano and Bp. Schneider may realize how much Vatican II has contributed to discerning “the signs of the times”. You cannot use the call of the Second Vatican Council as an excuse yet again to push through non-Catholic agenda. We are far more savvy than that now. All the abuses and shocking approaches, which de-sacralized the Liturgy and muddied Teaching- do they really think they can continue in this vein? It is no direct response because there was no direct question. Name the call you refer to. Then use a truly Catholic approach to fulfil God’s Mission- for the Church and for Catholic Schools.

Miranda suggests that the Diocese of Parramatta has a “woke agenda”. Though the Catholic Church is an organisation that very few would consider ‘woke’, this glib cancel culture catchphrase seems to suggest that our schools are too socially aware. Our Patron, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, is famous for saying “never see a need without doing something about it”: there’s nothing new or woke in that.

Comment: Are our schools too socially aware? If they weren’t before, they soon will be!

Yes, St. Mary of the Cross Mackillop propels us on, as do all the Saints in heaven. And what we need right now is to teach the Truth – Christ’s teachings, and not to draw attention to the leftist God-less agenda, except to expose it for what it is and teach the children and adults apologetics. These Teachings are the basis of what our children need:- to fight evil externally and within; to be counter-cultural and for Christ.

Despite the attempts by some commentators to create moral panic, Parramatta Catholic schools remain strongly Catholic and proudly so. We are working together to strengthen the faith of our young people, encouraging them to become attentive, intelligent, reasonable and responsible adults. The real news here is ‘Good News.’

Comment: Moral panic? Do you like his use of derogatory hyperbole? We suggest that if you are not noticing the true ‘Signs of the Times’ and are not concerned about moral decadence and feeling really worried (if not panicking) then something is wrong with your radar!

Parra Catholic Schools are not “strongly and proudly Catholic” unless they are so in word and deed; faithful to Christ in every aspect- not faithful to the world and its new age concepts and methodology.

Since when has ‘Good news’ been enculturating children in lifestyles and thinking, condemned by Holy Scripture?! Jesus told us about scandalizing children (including young, very innocent ones)- that it would be better for a millstone to be tied around their neck and them thrown in to the sea. If they proceed with this agenda (for it is clearly not just a curriculum but seeking to ‘re-program’ Catholics) they will be blatantly building an anti-Christian generation, under the deceptive label of ‘catholicism’ which it will not be.

Very Rev Christopher de Souza Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for Education.

Other documents attached for the perusal of parents:

Letter final from Vicar General re Draft RE Curriculum

Questions and Answers on the Draft Religious Education Curriculum Final

Draft New Curriculum Seven Year Process  

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An excerpt from yesterday’s post: (A simple letter from a priest)

Aims as listed in the Curriculum :

“respecting sexual identities: …
Is sexual identity nature or nurture? …
Is sexuality optional? …
Is Church teaching relevant?
How does social media construct sexual identity? …
How is sexuality a journey of infinite exploration?
Flourishing: This word implies that we can only truly flourish if we are allowed to explore our sexuality and form our own personal identity.

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Thank God for the courageous priests (and journalists) we have that have stood up to be counted. And for the countless laity storming the CEO, the schools and Bishop Long’s Office.

Please pray that parents can read between the lines. Please pray that many more parents are aware of what is actually happening.

How can our children learn the Faith when many teachers in Catholic schools at present do not practice their Faith; when even non- Catholics are allowed to teach Religion so long as they complete a simple 12 month course? And according to RCoM, who completed that course, blatant heresies were taught within the teacher education course! (That Mary’s virginity was symbolic, that Christ’s Resurrection did not happen, that God is all Mercy, (not equally just) and that no-one or very few could be therefore be in hell…)

If it wasn’t for Fr Rizzo, who started the ball rolling, it would have all passed by, without anyone taking notice. When Vatican II started, we all trusted that our bishops would never do anything against the Faith, so we all just went trustingly along.

We can’t trust them anymore. They introduced pagan worship of idols just last October with the supposed ‘pope’ allowing it and this is only just a tiny bit of what has been done.

Question everything.

Express your displeasure!

Keep them on their toes.

The evil ones prowls like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

A simple letter from a priest created a tidal wave of protest!

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When it comes to standing up for our Faith, we must take every opportunity to fight. It is amazing what a simple letter can do.

It helps to have a well-known Catholic journalist  working in one of the major newspapers (The Daily Telegraph – Miranda Devine). Recent events regarding the proposed changes to the RE Curriculum in Parramatta diocese (Sydney) were also posted today in an article by Life Site News.

“Australian diocese to teach kids LGBT studies, gender fluidity, atheism in new religion class”
Critics are calling the new curriculum a ‘Trojan horse to smuggle in a leftist political agenda.’

See the article here:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/australian-diocese-to-teach-kids-lgbt-studies-gender-fluidity-atheism-in-new-religion-class?utm_source=editor_picks&utm_campaign=catholic

Below is the series of events which led to this.

      1. Events re Fr. Warren
      2.  Catholic Teacher Symposium
      3.  Letter to Daily Telegraph by Fr. Rizzo
      4. Fr Rizzo’s interview  by  “Catholic Lives Matter”
      5. Letter from Fr O’Neill in support of Fr Rizzo
      6. Lay Advocacy Group relating to St Patrick’s Cathedral and Bishop Long.

In the beginning (2019):

The story starts with Fr Warren Edwards who was mentioned by Fr Bossini (former Parish Priest of Parramatta Cathedral parish) in his whistleblower letter to the laity.   Fr Edwards was bullied when he fought for control of the religious education teaching of Santa Sophia Collegewhich should be under the control of the parish priest.  Greg Whitby made Sancta Sophia independent from the parish priest.  You see, Catholic Schools pastoral and religious education should be under the control of the parish priest.
This is the topic Fr O’Niell brought up in defence of Fr Rizzo in his letter to the Daily Telegraph.(see more info below)
It is interesting to note that both Fr Warren Edwards and Fr Bob Bossini have been removed form their parishes unjustly by this bishop.

Catholic Teacher Symposium:

This is outlined below in a letter by Bernadette of a lay advocacy group which formed to fight not only this, but other injustices in this diocese.

PREPARATION TO INDOCTRINATE NON-CATHOLIC TEACHINGS STARTED WITH THE CATHOLIC TEACHERS

In 2019, Greg Whitby and Bishop Long invited all Catholic School teachers to a symposium at Rosehills Racecourse.  However, both did not attend and went overseas. They send two openly gay priests to conduct the symposium.  Attached are the topics.  (Synodus Epsicoporum. 3 pages.)
Attached also is the copy of the Draft of the New Curriculum.  I know it seems only page 55 -56 is worrying but with the indoctrination of the Catholic school teachers makes the whole curriculum tainted from the true Catholic teaching
Fr Rizzo and Fr O’  Neil (Doonside) have responded to this.  Let’s pray more priests and bishops come out to support these two priests who are courageous enough to speak out. Yesterday 27 August, Thursday, Fr Rizzo was called to Bishop Long’s office at 3 pm.  Fr Rizzo said the meeting went well. 
(Editor’s note re last statement: It was reported that Fr. Rizzo had been “silenced”, but it wouldn’t worry him because his work had been done  – i.e. getting parents on the offensive and making them aware of the details.)

Note the new curriculum focusses on the following aspects of the curriculum document:  

“respecting sexual identities”: This is problematic because it implies more than two sexual identities and that we are required to respect whatever identity a person chooses for themself. It is not about teaching objective Catholic teaching on sexuality but allowing students to subjectively determine for themselves their sexual identity and require others to affirm that choice.
Is sexual identity nature or nurture?This allows open-ended discussion to conclude that it is both and hence allow students to nurture their own identity independent of biology.
Is sexuality optional? This allows open-ended discussion to conclude that sexuality is optional and we all have the option to choose our own sexual identity independent of biology.
Is Church teaching relevant? This will allow the discussion to conclude that Church teaching on sexuality is no longer relevant and it needs to change to be in tune with the times. That is, surrender to the tenets of the sexual revolution.
How does social media construct sexual identity? This, again, implies that sexual identity is merely a social construct and all students are hence free to construct or reconstruct their own sexual identity.
How is sexuality a journey of infinite exploration? If sexuality is a journey of exploration, then the implication is that students are free to embark on their own journey of sexual exploration and come to whatever conclusions they wish to independent of their biology.
Flourishing:This word implies that we can only truly flourish if we are allowed to explore our sexuality and form our own personal identity.
With the indoctrination for years by Greg Whitby and the Bishop of the Catholic School teachers, this curriculum is dangerous to our Church and Children.
After Mass yesterday, I went to see Bishop Long.  I introduced myself and reminded him that I have registered to mail my petition for Transparency and Accountability which he received on 7 July.  I asked him why he kept refusing my request for an appointment.   He gave me a spiel that there is a process. I reminded him that he cannot remain silent, more and more things are coming out and I have not been disrespectful to him in my approach or my correspondence.  I mentioned we have a daily zoom The Laity Advocacy Prayer Group and we are praying for him 2x a day. I said God loves Him and he may be surrounded by bad people so he should speak to me us as we are here to strengthen the church and assist in fraternal correction if necessary.
We need prayers.  Greg Whitby, Geoff Officer and sadly Bishop Long (if he refuses to handle or is incapable of handling the powerful vicars and employees) have to go.  This is not a sin if it is to save souls and defend the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  
Kind regards,
Bernadette”

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Fr Rizzo’s Letter to the newspaper after the release of the Curriculum:

A letter from Fr John Rizzo, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, to the Daily Telegraph
“Regarding the plans of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta in instituting “a radical shake-up of the religious curriculum, I respond in the following way: If I were a Catholic parent and a salesman came to my door wanting to sell me material about “gender identity,” I would tell him of the TWO identities, male and female. If he wanted to sell me on “atheism being another faith,” I would tell him that atheism involves a LACK OF FAITH.
Perhaps at this point he would say that I am suffering from “boredom of religion!”
As a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Parramatta, I kindly remind the Catholic Education Office of Parramatta of their crucial responsibility in teaching their students of the importance of the 10 Commandments; likewise the Catholic teachings of morality, especially in regards to the Church’s teachings on proper relationships, marriage between a man and a woman; abstinence before marriage; the evils of pornography; the love of purity; the avoidance of homosexuality. Oops, am I boring you??
If the Catholic Education Office does not want to live up to this God-given responsibility, than I kindly ask Bishop Vincent Long to terminate the Catholic Education Office and replace it with people who are faithful to ALL the teachings of the Catholic Church in Her faith and morals!!
Catholic faithful are sick and tired of politically correct agendas being thrown at the innocence of their children.
Oh Mary conceived without sin , pray for us who have recourse to you.”
Sincerely,
Fr. John Rizzo, Diocese of Parramatta”

Fr Rizzo’s interview on “Catholic Lives Matter”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1852494475018627/permalink/2690027327932000/

As a result of this letter and his interview, Fr Rizzo was called into  the bishop’s Office on 27th August at 3pm.

The news of this was only released  on the morning of the 27th, but with help of Social Media there was an army of people praying the Rosary and Chaplet at 3pm for him. We found out this morning the result. He has been silenced, but it is not the first time. He was not concerned because he had done what he set out to do : make parents aware of what this Curriculum is all about.

His simple letter began  with a ripple, but it had developed into a tidal swell.

Catholic Journalist’s articles in the Daily Telegraph.

  • “Miranda Devine: Catholic schools sell out scripture for sex ed

Miranda Devine       The Daily Telegraph    

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Fr O’Neill’s letter  in defence of Fr Rizzo in his letter to the Daily Telegraph:

Dear Sir
re article on Parramatta Schools
More power to the arm of Fr. Rizzo. What the Catholic Education Office needs to know is that they do not have authority over Parish Schools: that belongs to the Parish Priest. It would be interesting for this matter to be raised before The Sacred Congregation for Clergy in the Vatican. I am Parish Priest of St. John Vianney’s Doonside, Parramatta Diocese, coming here in 1983. My first and happy task was to establish a primary school. It was my decision in obedience to the Church’s universal Code of Canon Law, CN. 776, not to an instruction from the CEO, which did not exist here at that time – the Diocese was not cut off from Sydney until 1986. The bishop of this diocese, so I hear, has required that this very faulty RE programme be used in this diocese. The bishop needs to know that he has not the authority to place a bureau above the authority of the Parish Priest.
I have forbidden the use of this RE programme in this parish school and have so instructed the school authorities. I am very much prepared to make this public before the congregations at Mass. Just in case anyone is surprised, or even shocked at these arguments in our Church, they should bone up on their Church History, starting with reading the Letters of St. Paul. Christ said to His Apostles, his first priests: “Go, teach all nations;” He did not tel them: “Go, found bureaus!”
Fr. John W. O’Neill, PP, STB, MASA
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Headline in Parramatta Outlook (Diocesan news site) re New Curriculum:

“Catholic schools across Western Sydney are changing the way students learn about faith.

The Draft New Curriculum is a response to the “signs of the times” as well as the needs of local students and school communities. It has been developed based on the big questions students themselves ask about life, identity and belonging. The final version of the new curriculum will be launched in Term 2, 2021.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby has confidence in this up-to-date approach to learning and teaching.

“We’ll meet students and their families where they are, give them a voice and empower them to explore faith through participation and dialogue,” Greg said.

This new approach aims to nurture young people so they might help to build a more compassionate and caring society through being thoughtful, intelligent, reasonable and responsible.

“We’re aiming to educate the whole person and empower our young people to discover a full and meaningful life” Monica said. “It is a call to action to use their learning to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Consultant Theologian Professor Anthony Maher highlights the relevant and inspirational nature of the new curriculum, and said that its “purpose is to bring about the flourishing of our young people.”   …”

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Screen shot re comments on FB on new Curriculum :
(being managed by Laity Advocacy Group)

“Your comments and suggestions to the diocese on the Facebook link are being deleted, despite the comments being respectful.
If anyone can take screen shots of all the comments, send them through to me”

 

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Comment from an email parishioner friend:

“From the Curriculum “God loves me for who I am”

That is a very dangerous statement. It implies that each person is his/her own god…the capital sin of pride.

This also runs counter to A’Kempis: “The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wisw and at peace he will be in all that he does.”

Documents:

Synodus Episcoporum

Curriculum v4 (3)