I am a Catholic. Do what you will.

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I am a Catholic. I am a member of the Universal Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and organized by His successor and representative on Earth; Simon Peter and the Apostles. I adhere to the beliefs put forward in the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed. I believe in the Historical Church that is a living and vital outgrowth of these  early times. I believe in the Mass and I “do this in memory of Me” as I have been directed by Jesus Christ Himself; for I believe in Scripture, which says one must eat His Body and Drink His Blood in order to have everlasting life. I believe in Salvation through Christ and Christ alone and that He was and still is both man and God. I believe in the Holy Scriptures, which state that “the pillar and foundation of truth is the Church.

I do not believe this because any of it is easy; for it is not. I do not believe this because it will make me richer, more popular, or make my life easy; for it does not do any of these things. It makes my life harder, poorer, lonelier and more difficult.

I believe in the Catholic Church and its claims via Jesus Christ- because it is all True.

I believe in the office of Bishop and its Sanctity; yet I do not believe the Bishops. I believe in the Petrine Office and its Sanctity, but I do not believe the Pope. I believe in the teaching authority of Holy Mother Church, but I do not believe the integrity nor the motives of those who teach. I believe in the  office of the Priesthood, yet I do not believe the Priests.

Pope Paul VI once said that the smoke of Satan has entered the Church through some fissure or crack. I believe this. I believe the Prophesies that the Church will be crucified; for it is the Mystical Body of Christ, and just like our Master, the Crucified Body will die and be raised again.

I have been lied to. I have been stolen from. I have been betrayed. All of this has been done by those who are in charge of caring for my Holy Mother, as they pound nails into Her hands and feet. Soon She will be hoisted up upon Her Cross, and all the world will jeer at Her, while only a pitiful few will refrain from running away. I will not run. I will not hide. I will not deny Her. I will kneel at the foot of Her Cross and watch Her be tortured and watch Her die- Her who is all we have of Christ on earth… for She will be raised again.

I am a Catholic. Do what you will.

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Letter to my Bishop -11

John Spizziri
Mon 12/3/2018, 1:43 PM
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
Dear Bishop Warfel,
 Hopefully you are fully aware of the catastrophic decline in Church offerings at St Marys. While not on the Parish council, by keeping abreast of finances published in the bulletin and the announcements after Mass, at the current rate St Marys is less than two years away from financial insolvency. This of course is not to mention the “debt” the parish has “incurred” from not meeting its Diocesan assessments, amounting to over $66,000 as of this time if John Patersons figures are correct.
    I am most sure that the clerical scandals of this diocese and the way they were handled especially recently have resulted in this current situation; not to mention the devastation created throughout the Universal Church in the United States by men who hold Episcopal and Priestly office that have betrayed their vows and their Faith.
  Tidal waves start out so small out in the oceanic hinterlands; they are just an almost imperceptible swell in the surrounding deep. However as they approach the shoreline they show their true nature; a terrifying and unstoppable force unleashed far far away that has stupendous consequences as a result of them meeting a different medium; for water is incompressible and the force of it destroys all before it. Such is true with betrayal and denial.
 There will soon be no St Marys in Columbus, and I would assume any place else as well if these trends continue. The Faithful (such as we are) will be left with no Mass, no Sacraments and no liturgical consolations in our lives. Perhaps this is just the fate of all churches- Except Christ promised us all otherwise. the terrifying path that the Catholic Church hierarchy has proposed for the future is empty platitudes and rearguard actions of a defeated force. What a shame.
 It is a pity that there are no individuals around that will not shrink from the laborious actions and humiliating labors that are needed to turn this catastrophe around. Such was Athanasius, and those of his ilk- I mean St Athanasius, not Bishop Athanasius who is now prevented by His Holiness from moving outside his diocese for preaching Orthodoxy.
 With all due respect to your office Bishop, (and this I mean in the most heartfelt sense) you must hear this: While you and your peers have proprietal and Sacramental Authority in the Church, You all have squandered your Moral Authority, and are well on Your way to losing Your Theological Authority with the Laity. This problem is painfully obvious out in the pews (not to mention among non Catholics), and it is a dilemma that at this time seems to be without a solution.
 I will continue praying for you and for the Pope and all of the Bishops and Clergy of our One, Holy and Apostolic Church.
 Regards, JOhn Spizziri

Letter to my Bishop -10

John Spizziri
Wed 11/21/2018, 7:34 PM
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
There are people wondering how You Grace voted on the McCarrick proposal. May Our Lord guide You.

John Spizziri


Letter to my Bishop -9

John Spizziri
Sun 11/18/2018, 1:45 PM
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
Just a heads up your Grace; many followed the Baltimore meeting and unfortunately for the hierarchy, This incident did nothing but shine a light on the weaknesses of Our Lords Bishops. I find it interesting that Pope Francis thinks it’s ok for Bishops in Germany to Synodally determine whether or not non Catholics can receive Eucharist, yet US Bishops cannot even police their own conduct. No matter the reasoning, any conclusion wreaks havoc on the credibility of all concerned.
Things are not well in the Church , as you may be aware. I assume the worst, as many of us in the pews do also. Now is the time for men to declare where they stand. I stand with Christ and His teaching, and the Magesterium of His Church. The innovations and modifications of the recent past reek of heterodoxy, and this bill will come due.
May Our Lord Bless and guide you in Your office.
John Spizziri

Letter to my Bishop-8

John Spizziri
Wed 8/29/2018, 7:38 PM
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Dear Bishop Warfel,

Oh how I wish that I had sent my latest letter to Bp Cupich instead of you! Do you see how one smooth utterance by clueless seemingly powerful man and insulated from the hoi polloi can utterly destroy himself? This ranks with Marie Antoinette’s alleged remark, “let them eat cake”…. except this really happened! Please take care of what and how you say it. There are many people in the world who have cast their respect for the office you hold  aside, and are at least as mad as I am. This cannot be smoothed over with measured tones and Oriental court politics and intrigue. A small band of orthodox Latin Rite Normans with an Italian fleet of ships did in six months to Constantinople what it took the Muslims 800 years to do. Search your heart and understand that Our Lord would never stand with those who defend one of the four crimes that “cry out to Heaven”.

Regards,

JOhn Spizziri


Letter to my Bishop -7

The letter of His Eminence Bishop Warfel
John Spizziri
Tue 8/28/2018, 7:29 PM
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Dear Bishop,

I have read the letter you will publish soon regarding the recent church scandal. After careful thought and comprehension of your words, I have this to say.  Your words are empty- we have (the faithful) had enough of hollow reassurances, repititious apologies and verbose contrition. The anger in the pews is reaching  ever higher, despite the fact that they are emptier; letters such as this do NOT help. Your comment about  Archbishop Vigano, with the aside that at least one fact is wrong on his part (my paraphrase of your words) was specifically worded by you to cast a wide net of calumny upon his testimony. What pray tell fact was wrong? There are Cardinals all over the world that say Vigano is telling the truth. There are corroborating witnesses to what he talks about. Even Pope Benedict has come out and said that the crucial event of him censuring McCarrick is true. So perhaps a particular fact you declare is untrue- is it pertinent to whether or not the Archbishop is speaking truth, or is it not? You, with that blithe statement have just promptly thrown out the baby with the bathwater in the hope that those who are not following this catastrophe will be reassured. However there are those of us that perhaps aren’t as uneducated and poorly trained in the art of rhetoric as you assume the bulk of the poor slobs, that take every word of yours as Authoritative. This letter of yours has perhaps unwittingly(but unwittingly or not)  placed you firmly in the camp of those who seek the continuance of business as usual per the clergy- a path that leads to perdition.

Yes you are far above me, and all other laity theologically, and the great and terrible office of Majesty which you hold as a successor to the Apostles themselves  is a splendor that shines upon you from heaven itself. It is however a Damoclean sword  hanging above your head- and I as a faithful Catholic, who follows the teachings of the Church, have just as much moral authority and right to tell you that  you are on the wrong side of this Satanic issue. I and many others wish for the sake of your soul and for those souls whom you hold in the palm of your hand, ask that you tread carefully through this minefield, for it cares not who we are that it catches unaware. I pray for you every night.

Respectfully Yours in Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior,

JOhn Spizziri


Letter to my Bishop -6

John Spizziri
Sat 8/18/2018, 5:40 PM
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings;
Your Eminence,
Once again I respectfully ask for a diocesan wide response to the current homosexual scandal in the Catholic Church, I have been in touch with others within the diocese (laity) and while you have responded to queries, it seems the impression they came away with was problematic at best and deeply troubling at worst. MayI suggest that Your Grace gets ahead of this, before it gets out of hand.
Respectfully Yours,
John Spizziri