Post by Initiation on Oct 22, 2018 1:25:17 GMT
Along with the poor technical production, the presentation’s content and demeanor made watching AND listening not just frustrating, but really painful. This remonstrating conference seemed to be like a priestly extension of the recent Pablo temper tantrum video trilogy (since removed) so full of anger. As if the faithful were a child in a high-chair being forced fed by their father and he was steaming mad that his child had the nerve to ask him what he was feeding them.
I was hoping that this would be Father acknowledging all the questions and concerns of the faithful, so charitably addressed last week by Fr. Hewko; and perhaps some reassuring, calming fatherly guidance. Instead he seemed more intent on making this a laborious mission to castigate and condemn his perceived enemies; and he took a really long time doing it. To me, it wasn’t so much what Father had to say, as it was what he didn’t have to say; very disappointing.
Perhaps it’s because he considers the source as confrontational enemy fire, but Father doesn’t seem to really consider the many contradictions and concerns that are pointed out, worth any factual refutation; his continual rebuttal to the points seemed to be: “You’re a liar and you’re going to hell.” Maybe its just me, but if you’re intent on presenting the reason why the many concerns and contradictions are a fallacy, can't you calmly refute the points of contention with actual facts to demonstrate the falsehood? If you think he accomplished this, well I’m sorry, but I disagree. Instead, his refutations were blanketed with fast talking ad hominem accusation and condemnation; not very convincing. I almost felt like I was being sold something that I really didn't need. As far as any refutation goes, I’m betting if this were a court of Law, his case would probably be thrown out.
Since the drama of this bizarre soap-opera has resurfaced, Father has told many of us personally that the fathers are in the midst of a toilsome process of investigation (especially in light of the possible clandestine consecrations by Cardinal Slipyj); and Fr. Hewko’s recent sermon reinforced this. But, to me, what’s now most troubling is that with this presentation, Father gives a clear impression that this investigation is not really necessary after all. Consider this baffling logic toward the end of the video:
This is why we need prayers to Our Lady of the Rosary.
"Cardinal Slipyi did many secret consecrations we have evidence this may have happened, we do not have enough evidence to say that it didn't happen, therefore leave it in the hands of God and accept a man at his word."
These are my thoughts regarding the video. I found it painful to watch as well as it being dragged out for longer than what was necessary. I had some hope that he would have spoken about the concerns and answered our questions but sadly he did not. I found it to be more of a defence than simply him putting our minds at ease by clearing up our concerns. I also was disappointed by how he seemed to be attacking a man for doing some research and bringing about some concerns that needed to be addressed while also condemning anyone who shared the same concerns.
I felt like he was almost judging us from the other side of the screen. We only want the truth, that is all and not by merely showing us a couple of certificates. Those do not clear up all the questions and concerns that we have. If everything we are worried about is false than please show us how we are wrong so we may all be at peace.
Father did not make it seem like it was important, as kelley said, and that concerns me as well. Anything that is partly clouded in smoke should be important as it concerns the salvation of souls who look at him for guidance.
The quote was troubling to me as well when I first heard it one of my thoughts was "If I asked a freemasonic priest if he was a freemason, would he tell me the truth?" The answer is certainly in the negative. In this day and age more than ever, we cannot always take a man at his word, especially when it has so many concerns and contradictions involved.
Praying for clarity, guidance and the truth is more important than ever. As well as praying for the priest to remain humble and faithful just like Father Hewko has said multiple times in the pulpit.
"Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do." - Saint Thomas Aquinas