Election Reflection for Warrior Catholics

I became a priest because God was calling me to it.  I can promise you…it wasn’t my idea.  At the time of my calling, and indeed throughout seminary, I imagined being a priest in a medium-sized parish, baptizing babies, marrying couples, growing old, and eventually dying and going to heaven.

Perhaps to keep me from running away, I was spared viewing the type of priesthood that God has since let me know that I would ACTUALLY be called to.  Practically from my ordination day, I’ve felt (and been shown) that the priesthood God is raising up in me and my fellow priests of my generation is a priesthood of warriors who will fight and die for the faith.  I’ve also realized, from pretty early on, that this generation of warrior priests would be, in an earthly sense, too late.  It is tempting to ask, “why didn’t God raise up priests like this 40 years ago?”  I don’t have the answer, but I know enough to know that God has his reasons.

It began with homilies…when people would come up and complain about them I would sit there and have a kind of out of body experience and think “I should be really affected by this, but I could care less that this person is yelling at me right now.”  Of course it continued with videos spreading out across the country to friends and foes alike…I remember thinking “I should be really sad that people are attacking me” but I remember in those moments being overcome with the urge to chuckle at how little it actually DID affect me.  You, as a faithful Catholic, have likely had similar experiences…and that is God working in you and preparing you for what is to come as well.

And so it begins…

I’m a bigger fan of authentic peace, but I’d rather have a battle than surface level passive-aggressive “peace” that simply masks evil.  I’ve seen, in 3.5 years of priesthood, that perhaps a battle would do us all some good.  If the stats hold true, 40% of Catholics who go to Mass every week just stood in open defiance of their bishops and the Church in voting in the affirmative for a candidate who:

1) supports redefining marriage
2) supports forcing the Church to do something it will never do
3) is for abortion through all 9+ months of pregnancy
4) is for the government helping people procure abortions if they can’t afford one
5) provides for the destruction of human embryos for research

Please draw me up a candidate who could more completely embody the opposite of Catholicism.

The Catholic Church in the United States is a cage that needs rattling, and the coming battle will provide just such a shake-up.  The days of bishops and cardinals yucking it up with anti-Catholic politicians will soon be at an end.  The days of bishops and cardinals wagging fingers at anti-Catholic “catholic” politicians and telling them not to cross this line again…and then redrawing the line further back…those days will soon be at an end.

And I guess what I’m saying is that there is a lazy part of me that prefers comfort and wishes it never had to come to blows like this surely will…but there is another part of me that realizes God is doing something in the hearts of faithful priests and Catholics and I think we’re on the edge of something that will be unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace.  I’ve come not to bring peace but rather the sword.”  – Jesus Christ.  He brings the sword because the sword wakes people up, and it is better to be awakened at the last moment so that one can still repent than it is for a person to gain the whole world but lose his soul.

………….

My favorite scene from the Dark Knight Rises movie is at the beginning.  Commissioner Jim Gordon is at a podium and a couple of fatcat politicians are talking about him from afar:
fatcat 1: “He’s going to have plenty of free time, the mayor’s dumping him.”
fatcat 2: “But he’s a hero!”
fatcat 1: “He’s a wartime hero, this is peacetime.”

“Wartime Heroes” always seem clumsy, brutish, unpolished, unrefined etc. when things are going swell and dandy and everyone has enough food to eat.  Wartime heroes don’t know how to make a martini and don’t have a room full of stogies, but when peacetime evaporates, no one gives a dang about priests and bishops and leaders that are “refined” and “dignified”, people turn to warrior priests and warrior Catholics…they will turn to us soon…and we will be ready.

Fr. John Hollowell

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Father John Hollowell is a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He blogs regularly at On This Rock.

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  • Seeker of Truth

    Thank you so much for that, Father. I think you’ve given me insight as to why I felt so surprisingly sad after the election results were in and all throughout today. Perhaps we ARE being prepared for battle. Maybe we have taken our freedom of faith for granted for too long and now we must wholeheartedly fight for it. I’m ready to be a warrior for our Lord, for human life, for Truth. I pray that God really will bless America.

  • waffle

    “You must fight energetically, since you know very well what great wounds the undefiled Spouse of Christ Jesus has suffered, and how vigorous is the destructive attack of Her enemies.” -His Holiness, Venerable Pope Pius IX

  • waffle

    ‘Taken for granted’ is it. In the West we think we can ‘play’ with athiesm/communism, eastern anti-thiesms, eastern polytheisms, western esotericisms, extreme and historically dissonant feminisms (read, if nothing else Susan B Anthony on abortion), and every sort of hyper-individualism, brought to us by the determined anti-priests of anti-Christ. Only those who seek, ask and knock for the sake of salvation end up seeking the Grace of the Bride of Christ.

  • Coming Back

    I grew up in the Catholic Church – left it and for the past 7 years have been an Episcopalian – am now “swimming the Tiber” to return home precisely because that RCC stands up against the surrounding, crushing culture of death, as Fr. Hollowell says here. Thank you, Father, for providing yet more confirmation of my decision to stand with a church that isn’t afraid to speak the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000700840534 Anne Cregon Parks

    Father, we desperately need Warrior Priests! It is disgusting to hear Joe Biden say he is a Catholic but can’t impose his pro-life feelings on others or Nancy Pelosi re-writing the Catechism about the churches stance on abortion. I have prayed that some bishop or cardinal would call them out publicly and say NO these people are NOT living the Catholic faith. The silence is so depressing…I don’t want our Church to be like others who just go with the flow, whatever the culture says is oK, Mediocre Catholics are as bad as these politicians! It is time to rise up and speak out!

  • Glenn

    Fr. John – thank you so much for the article. We the faithful need leaders who aren’t afraid to speak the truth. We will follow you and fight with you. My God continue to bless you and your ministry. I’ll never forget those first words of JPII when he ascended to the Chair of Peter, “Be not afraid!”

  • Melisa

    You have echoed all I have been believing and have felt. I knew we would need to be battle ready, I knew I was doing something right by placing my trust on the warrior priests I know- who are unafraid of the truth. I knew the night of the elections, we would need to prepare ourselves for battle God has had enough of being mocked and our punishment and purification lies ahead of us! God Bless you Father, Great Article!!

  • Elizabeth Schmeidler

    Amen! Amen! Amen! Oh my goodness! I can hardly believe my eyes!! Despite the sorrowful tears they have cried over this disastrous election and the situation you just described about many who call themselves “Catholic”!
    I praise God for you! I thank Him for all you are doing and will do in your battle! You can’t imagine how much I needed to hear this today!
    God bless you, Father. Know that if you are fighting, I’m fighting with you. Through prayer AND action. Every time we read the passage about those who shouted Barabbas’ name, I realize that it’s happening all over…every day that our people choose death over life. Darkness over Light.
    Know that I am fighting with you. God bless you. God bless you. God bless you. You have made my heart sing this morning!

  • Pinago

    Awesome. We need more Warrior Catholic Priests AND Parishioners. We need priests who will have the guts to deny Holy Communion to parishioners who voted for Obama. This is a spiritual sword that will send message loud and clear; voting for the culture of death is not in-line with God’s Will and therefore you cannot be in union with the Body of Christ. And, we ALL should be going to confession EVERY weekend before Mass…

  • NualaB

    Thank you, Father. I’d be interested to know your opinion about what event/s will further necessitate our militancy. Perhaps it will be that “soon” will never come: duplicitous bishops and clerics will continue to mislead their passive flocks, “Catholic” institutions will continue to betray the Faith by their scholarship and policies, and the unholy but lucrative and longstanding alliance with the Democratic Party will prevail, despite on-camera pleas in defense of orthodoxy. Maybe it is just our role to be the shrill and unrefined has-beens, and never quite cut a heroic figure in this life.

  • Catholic Mom

    Thanks, Father. I just spent an hour on the phone last night with my 25-year-old son who worked tirelessly to educate Catholics on this election. He said he felt he wasn’t having any effect on the world. In a Bible study I learned last week that God only calls us to do the “what,” and He takes care of the ‘how.” Right now, I think many of us are trying to figure out “what to do,” and when it is revealed to us, God will take care of “how” it gets done. Happily, my son can count five friends from college and grad school who have entered the priesthood in the last few years. From what I know of these men, they are of the warrior priest stock. God is raising up an army. Thanks for such a motivating post! Onward Christian Soldiers!

  • Jared

    There is no bigger supporter of the welfare state and thus welfare
    state politicians and the Dem party than the Catholic bishops. They love
    this destructive system based on envy, jealousy, covetousness,
    bitterness and theft. They promote this all the time and then they say
    oh, no, don’t vote for pro-abortion candidates. Good luck with that.
    Choosing which sins are ok and which are not is kinda tricky business.

  • SG

    As a mom of 7 kids, 13 years and under, I have to tell you I needed to read this. I want all my kids to be warriors for Christ. It helps to have living warriors to emulate especially in this sick culture though. My husband and I do our best in that area but it would be awesome to have some warrior priests and religious for them to see too. I pray there will be many more like you, Father! God bless you!

  • http://www.marcusallensteele.com/ Marcus Allen Steele

    Father, terrific post. It’s an extraordinary time yet it’s so difficult to see the big picture when you’re standing in the middle of it. I sense we’re on the brink of a war, I think you’ve accurately described the situation, our mission seems clear, communication to the trenches will indeed be key––it’s just that the execution has me stumped. I’m not quite sure how I would draw up a battle plan! And as a former Marine fighter pilot, I know you can’t win with a lousy plan no matter how righteous the cause (but you can sure as hell win with a great plan in spite of its diabolical undercurrent – see Obama et al.). It also will be interesting to see what sort of leaders step forward. A Churchillian opportunity in my view.

  • Militant Pro-Lifers

    Thank you, Padre, for the column. The Popes have recently been pretty clear that this is the laity’s fight, but it’s good to have some holy priests in the trenches with us. We want you know, though, that we’ve got your back. Ora pro nobis.

  • Poppiexno

    Courageous article, Father. The saddest aspect of the election is the number of “Catholics” who voted for Obama. I am also saddened by the lack of forcible leadership by the bishops. I have written numerous times on this site how I remember that Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel of New Orleans excommunicated two people for openly opposing his plan to racially integrate Catholic grammar schools. Yet Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Mario Cuomo and other so-called “Catholic” politicians such as Ted Kennedy who openly support abortion get a free pass. Scandalous!

  • Lynda

    Thank you Father for this article and being God’s warrior. Christ says if we follow Him we will be persecuted even as He was, and so we are blessed to be. Peter comes to mind who said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” and so he was beaten but Peter rejoiced in being persecuted “because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” In times like these I think of the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, I think I want to pray that every day.

  • yblegen

    Thank you. My family and I are ready for the battle!!!

  • John

    Thanks be to God for raising up priests like this! May He grant us all the courage to follow Him where we must in these days.
    John
    servantofcharity.blogspot.com

  • mk.c

    “We need priests who will have the guts to deny Holy Communion to parishioners who voted for Obama.”

    I can see it now: px the communion line-

    [Priest ] “On pain of excommunication, did you vote for Obama?

    [Communicant, with head bowed], “Yes Father”

    [Priest], “Leave Satan – a pox on you!”

    Good way to “Florida-ize” our communion lines. And, while i agree with the writer and many of the respondants, we still must guard aganst discarding charity, while embracing our dissent, even if it means facing the lions dens.

  • monica

    Thank you father. I am ready for the fight. But as somebody wrote, changes could
    continue to happen for the worse, little by little until some day we will wake up and ask ourselves how come we did not do anything to stop it?

  • Pinago

    If in sin, we should not be receiving Holy Communion until we’ve gone to confession and completed our penance.

  • Living_by_Grace

    Thank you – we support you, Father! There are many priests with our beloved Archbishop Nienstedt in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis and elsewhere who are not afraid to speak the Truth. In the Madison, WI diocese, Fr. Rick Heilman has put an organization together you would appreciate: http://www.knightsofdivinemercy.com/ I learned of Fr. Heilman on “The Inner Life” on Relevant Radio. (relevantradio.com)

    I join you in this battle, my son, too. He is at Saint Paul Seminary (a faithful Catholic house of formation, Praise God!). Please pray for all seminarians, priests, bishops and our Pope Benedict XVI, and all of us as we live in the world as Faithful Catholics, that we will be witness in love to our not-so-faithful brethren to embrace the Truth and transform our culture to one of Life.

  • http://twitter.com/RhoslynThomas Rhos

    I like to listen to your homilies on Youtube Fr., and you have done another great job here! I think you are absolutely right that in their time of need, Catholics will turn to priests like yourself. Well done on calling out those Catholics who voted for Obama too! This needs to be done…

  • Susy

    HOLY WAR!, Your right Father, it would do us some good!Thanks for your fervor and I’m with you 100%.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Regina-Weiner/100001179896625 Regina Weiner

    What no one has stopped to consider is that battle is coming irrespective of which candidate won. One candidate was for unrestricted abortion, one was for abortion “just a little.” Does anyone think that we are not marked for destruction when we can just hold our breath and be “just a little” evil. Abraham Lincoln said it best: “I tremble for my country when I consider that God is just.”

  • mk.c

    So, Pinago, are you writing more commandments to the two great commandments, “1-Love God with your whole heart…2-Love your neighbor…,” and 3-Do not vote for Obama for it is a mortal sin to vote for Obama? Thank you, but I’ll keep my Bible as it is and i will not define others by your additions. It is over 1600 years too late for the Council to set what would be included in Sacred Scripture. And, if the Pope declared that no Catholic can vote for Obama, then the Church would lose it’s tax-free status…then 30% (or more) of your tythes and offerings would go to Obama’s causes (Oh, perish the thought).
    As i said before, don’t abandon charity in your political zeal. I commend you for your faith in Catholic causes, and you surely must be a very committed Christian, but Jesus asked us to love and do good to our (perceived) enemies, not hate them. We can only work to eradicate evil in our world if we stick together, not by pointing fingers. We lead by example, not by ranting.

  • http://JamesTPereira.com/ James T Pereira

    Fr. John, I love the phrase “Warrior Priests”, the antithesis of predator priests and slothful priests who have scuttled the ship.

  • Patty

    I recently watched For Greater Glory. Not knowing the story before hand I was very surprised at the ending. Spoiler alert if you haven’t watched the movie don’t read the rest of my comment but do go rent the movie and watch it! In the end the people who took up arms including at least one Priest, did not turn the tide. Diplomacy won the day and the hero was a boy who did not bear arms.

  • Father John Hollowell

    I assumed it was clear, but perhaps that’s what I get for assuming; the “battle” is simply a metaphor, at least from the Catholic side of things, although I have no doubt a literal battle will be brought upon us I am not saying we should fight back with violence but should look to the cross. Battle = a metaphor for us moving forward.

  • Pinago

    Oh, I hit a nerve. Someone voted for Obama…

  • Cathy G.

    Horray! Bravo! And thank God our mamma wears combat boots…(for crushing the heads of snakes and such!)

  • Cass

    Father, thank you for this post. We are in the thick of the battle and we need good COURAGEOUS priests leading the way. Everyone wants to eat at the banquet table but no one wants to arrive at the banquet via the cross. We must suffer with Christ.

    These problems did not come overnight. This happened 45 years ago when many priests and laypeople rejected Humanae Vitae and rebelled against the Church, and our schools, Churches and priests failed to educate their flock in the teachings of the Church and to teach us to THINK.. Apathy and lukewarmness entered into the Church and the devil got a mighty foothold. The face of the Catholic church today is a bunch of spoiled little children in adult bodies running around doing whatever they want to do, and their “fathers”, our priests, sat back and did nothing. This past election as I listened to our pastor read letter after letter from our Bishop stating the seriousness of putting one’s soul in jeopardy if they voted for a candidate who is not pro-life, I felt like standing up and yelling, “you might as well use that letter to wipe up the floor!” Most of the Catholics in the pews had a “you can’t tell me what to do attitude” where I live. But in their defense, you can’t suddenly be throwing this “obedience to the Church stuff at them” when they have been living in disobendice for years! Not only that, I haven’t heard the word hell spoken in one homily since I have been a member of our parish for 5 years now. Wake up priests. Stop being afraid of offending someone and start forming us. Holy cow, my parents were not disciplinarians and how I wish they would have “offended” me over and over. It would have saved me a lot of heartache.

    In two parishes in the city where I live, two different priests at separate Masses on the Sunday following All Saints Day, stood up and said, “This past week was All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. If you missed Mass without a good reason, you are in a state of mortal sin and may not come to Holy Communion. You need to go to confession before coming back to Communion.” YES!! FINALLY!! Courage.
    Father, I will pray for you and all priests and Catholics and our conversions as we enter into this battle. Humility and obedience to Holy Mother Church must be our weapons..

  • Paul Wilkinson

    Finally, FINALLY, F-I-N-A-L-L-Y, did I say FINALLY yet? A priest that is not afraid to stand up for our Catholic beliefs and shout it from the rooftops! Thank you Father. We lay people are ready to put up the good fight, but get discouraged when our leaders (priests, bishops & cardinals) don’t even give the impression that they fully believe in the teachings of the Catholic church. Absolute truth is absolute truth whether it was handed down 2000+ years ago or discussed today. I’m all for smaller parishes if it means weeding out those who are not willing to follow the Church teachings because it means they can’t “enjoy” life as much as they’d like. That also goes for weeding out priests who do not ascribe to the Church our Lord passed on to St. Peter. Let’s dig in and fight the good fight!

  • Mary-Lynn Ott

    Thank you…We have priests like you here in Modesto, CA. and sadly not everyone understands the truth or the battle. But as a family we love and support them. Praise God for you!!!!!!!!

  • mk.c

    Not me, Pinago – did you? But I may perhaps have hit yours in calling you on judging others, your seeming lack of charity, and puting yourself in authority over what is sin and what is not. While I pray for our country, I’ll pray for you and our Church as well.
    God never promised to take our suffering away (or steer elections the way we would like) – perhaps he wants to test our mettle. The first Christians face death and torture – many of them died, but it did not destroy the message or the Church. Take courage – and live to fight another day.

  • mk.c

    Thanks, Father. I understod the metaphor that the “battle” is with “principalities and powers” – not the sword. We don’t always win, but we must keep trying.

  • J.A.

    This does not entail PHYSICAL violence, does it?

  • fr Michael

    Father, I know the call myself. I am a priest in far east siberia now for 18 years. I find everyday the call to love the cross and the readiness to suffer for Christ and His church. It is not a glamorous life but one just right to see beyond everyday issues to our eternal home. Thanks Father from this Father. I bit older warrior priest who has not and will not give up the battle. And the amazing thing is the battle for truth and life and God always brings peace and joy in ones heart. Fr Michael Shiedls Magadan Russian

  • Fred

    Peace on you Padre ! We Catholics that care stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this battle that can not be lost !

  • Dan

    The average spiritual temperature of most Catholics is so low that when someone who is healthy enters, everyone thinks he has a fever.

    We have, for too long, allowed tepid and lukewarm Catholicism to define what is properly called The Church Militant. Fr. Hollowell is an example of what should be considered “normal” Catholicism. That his excellent remarks are considered “radical” is the best indicator of just how soft our message, leadership and laity have become. Christ wasn’t crucified for feeding the poor, He was murdered for calling mankind to faithful fully alive faith in Him.

  • Susanne

    You are a breath of fresh air to a polluted church. I am a recent Midwestern transplant from New England. I can offer a ground-level insight as regards the “Catholic” vote. With very few exceptions, the priests up there are weak-kneed, “Be excellent to each other”, “I’m okay, you’re okay”, “Wink, wink, nudge,nudge…the Vatican is antiquated”, “Let’s not rock the boat” types. Sin is some kind of nebulous, evil force. It isn’t something personal. The greatest evil is being judgmental and intolerant. If I were a lesbian and wanted to attend Mass with my publicly acknowledged lesbian lover, I’d get less derision than if I had the audacity to attend a Novus Ordo Mass wearing a mantilla. There’s lots of hand holding and clapping and stand-up comedian sermons. Everyone feels good when they leave. In my personal experience I can say without equivocation that I have never endured more cruelty and lack of integrity in the outside world as I have in my church. I would like to say that things are different here. I admit that the tone is less militant, but the message is still vacuous. I have 3 teenage sons. They are looking for warriors and are getting court jesters.

  • Pinago

    NO, no way. He is the most pro-abortion president ever. A vote for him is a vote for abortion and infanticide. Glad you didn’t vote for him either… so who did?? Wonder…

  • AtheistBarbarian

    DO YOU EVEN LIFT?

  • JC

    As religions get more strident we become the thing we hate. What is different about “warrior priests” from “jihad”? You want to fight and die for your faith? Give me a break. You misunderstand the gospel message. And you fundamentally misunderstand the role of the church in American politics. America is a pluralistic society and one in which Catholics are an increasingly small part of the population. Believe what you want. Preach what you want. Tell your flock not to have an abortion. But spare me the “onward Christian soldiers” rhetoric. And do be careful about what you encourage. Use some discernment to see if your words and actions truly reflect the words of Christ.

  • Merry

    CM — please thank your son for all of us. He may not see the fruits of his work but his faithfulness shines!

  • Merry

    Marcus — thank you for your service and Happy Veteran’s Day (a few days early)!

  • Merry

    Cathy — the image of Mary with combat boots made me laugh! I love it! Good is always more powerful than evil. Thanks for your creative reminder!

  • Tom

    Wow, a priest for a whole three and half years and you have all the answers and can diss those who have been priests for 40 years. You are a pompous ass. Yes, the Democrats in general have a sad and even cowardly position on abortion, but that is not the only Catholic issue. What about the poor and others who are vulnerable? What about the environment (God’s creation)? What about racism? Immigration? Healthcare? The church has a long history of supporting social justice – something the Republican party doesn’t seem to care about it. Worker’s rights? The economy should support workers, not the other way around. Do Republicans believe that? By the way, my little whitened sepulcher, Jesus was not a Warrior. He was a non-violent rebel.,

  • Tom

    Well said, JC. Hmmm, JC??

  • Gary

    Fr. You need to get in touch with the folks at ChurchMilitant.TV, Michael Voris and the Gang. You all speak the exact same language. GOD Bless all of you!!

  • NualaB

    Susanne – Having grown up in N.E., and lived in MO, IN & NC, I can relate to much of what you report. The best thing that ever happened to my faith life was moving to the South. For the first time in my life I’ve met “serious” Catholics, i.e., joyful people who are not afraid to speak with reverence the name of “Jesus” in public. At least in part this is due to the influence of the Evangelicals who boldly proclaim their faith in Christ. Unsurprisingly, there is also more (Protestant-like) church shopping here: if you “belong” to a liberal parish, there’s nothing stopping you from re-registering in the parish of your choice. I left a parish where the pastor, after the issuance of Dominus Iesu, said from the altar that John Paul II, “…needs to get a life.” Look for a parish where you will be fed. But don’t look for a perfect parish.

  • america111

    I am so glad. listen to “Catholics Welcome Home” program at IHRadio. They have a website to tune in: http://www.ihradio.com

  • america111

    Great article Father, thank you. I am getting involved in my parish as a Pro-life Minister. I want to educate young people, young mothers, about the evil of abortion an homosexuality. Each one of us need to take over our Parish. if not us, the evil ones will.

  • Mary Kreitzer

    Tom and JC, social justice begins with the innocent baby in the womb. You don’t solve the problems of the poor by killing their children and it is insulting to them to propose it as a solution as Planned Parenthood and the population controllers do. Father is absolutely correct about the bishops. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development which masquerades as a collection for the poor actually gives millions to community organizers who promote intrinsic evils and work for the election of the liberal politicians who support them. True social justice provides an environment that respects life, provides meaningful work at a just wage, and defends the truly needy rather than creating a welfare state to buy votes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.reyhing Harry Reyhing

    Thanks great article.Lets remember that Jesus said there would be chaff mixed in the weat in the church and that he would be the ultimate judge.I believe all those “catholics” who voted for Obama are not true catholics and probably not christian.They are likely the ones that attend mass once or twice a year on holidays and pick and choose the doctrines they like or dont.All true catholic christians will pray for Obama but oppose and never support evil policies.We need more Padre Pios in the church and less of the Cardinal Dolan types.Thank God for Pope Benedict,cardinal Arinze and Cardinal Raymond Burke they are tough and dont compromise and speak the truth even when politically incorrect..We need more of them.

  • Epovick

    Thank you Father. What we need know are strong leaders to rise up and lead the way. Onward Christian soldiers!

  • waffle

    Christ have Mercy! Some, like myself, seeking truth end up praising Our Lord for those drawing those ‘red lines’. Christ was not grey about good and evil. Love and Truth are One.

    let’s pray we sinners (‘lapsus’ – fall, fault error, sliding) are pilgrims towards Salvation, instead of making an idol of the idea that if we bend to lapsus – fall, fault error, sliding, God won’t care and the adversary won’t give the two fingers up to Truth.

  • waffle

    dude – God bless – Jesus was a warrior of Truth. The world is the playground of the father of lies…Christ – incarnate God Almighty – loves we ignoramis’ so much that He was born in the flesh (no small undertaking given free-will, but nonetheless brought to us via Daughter-Zion (God bless Israel)), in the person of Our Lord Jesus Christ – what happens next is what Our Lord humbled Himself in the flesh for – to overcome death/satan, for our measley sake.

  • topeka

    mk.c,

    And what of the sanctimonious response, and judgmental posts?

    I too pray for those like you who for some reason are alarmed by your friends and neighbors. Would you rather sow dissent and discord, and open yourself up to the same charges you make against Pinago?

    Blessed are the peacemakers – but then to let a one-sided, lop-sided perspectives stand without challenge is to let people take the wrong impression.

    I have no problem wading into the mud-pit and wrestling out an issue, but when I see someone lauding their own moral superiority over others, it boggles the mind how to respond.

    Out of context, you might have a point, and in context, it’s perfectly reasonable to argue: But don’t fool yourself kiddo, your no more “non-judgmental” than the rest of us.

    And as Pinago pointed out: The worldly issue is death for some, or ruined lives for others. No wonder the Church repudiates it, and calls “reproductive choice” a sin.

    Finally, I am sure you are a nice person. And I am only responding to your post with an Equal post, leveling the field, for posterity so to speak. btw, I think you could have made your point without the sniping – not that I object to sniping.

    In Christ, ;-)

  • topeka

    ouch…

  • topeka

    ouch… and double-ouch…

    Jared, I would quibble. While I have heard Priests support the welfare state agenda, I know many Priests and even on Bishop rip it for its poverty-causing, sin-causing, and death-causing effects.

    Hence, I have seen evidence of the truth of your charge, and I know at least one Priest who was exiled for not being Politically Liberal enough.

    But, I’ve met many Priests who are outraged by the destruction of the welfare state. They’ve seen drug-addled babies, and the young prostitutes, and those dying with AIDS, and they’re not fooled into thinking it’s Wal-mart’s fault. Or that government mandated health care insurance will close the gap between children with loving parents, and kids growing up in a drug house.

    So, I would not broad-brush the clergy. And I’m not saying Jared did that, but I just felt like clarifying the point.

  • topeka

    JC?,

    No I don’t think you are Jesus Christ, whatever you may think.

    Comparing “warrior priests” who oppose baby murder to “jihad” not only shows a lack of respect for Fr. Hollowell, a deliberately false conflation of “fight” rhetoric with violence, but also a deliberate, volitional, and intentional ignorance of “jihad.”

    What are you going to do in your next post? Compare the Israeli response to the second Intifada to the Holocaust?

    Baby murder is legal for now, as was slavery, death-camps, labor-camps, and other horrific sins of the past, and in the very real present in some countries.

    Jihad, e.g., claims lives everyday. Converts are murdered as apostates. Women and children are raped. Churches, and non-muslim temples are burned, and bombed. And “Warrior Muslims” who “fight” these abuses in the name of their religion stand a good chance of death, or arrest. Without the authority of the state, the legal system, and the power of police, the non-violent are silenced. That’s Jihad. That’s also what the other team wants to do Fr. Hollowell – just them up.

    Fr. Hollowell’s column is at most no more about violence than any “fight” speech given by a football coach at the high school game on Friday night. Meanwhile the other team is murdering thousands of babies, and that’s only one violent and deadly abuse of our legal system.

    The only good purpose of govt is to protect and serve, principally to prevent violence.

    And don’t speak in the name of Christ when you advocate death, violence, and murder. You don’t have that mantle – and every Muslim child who demands that Jihad stop has a better claim than you. See Mat. 25-26.

    Your post is as ugly as it gets.

    Just sayin…

  • topeka

    “just shut them up”

  • Lynda

    The name calling and the hostility are a sure indication you are not speaking from the Holy Spirit but from another “source” (not that some can not speak as a “sheep in wolves clothing” and I have seen that too, which is an even more hideous deception). No where did I read the Father encourage any sort of violence but indicated there may be violence and even martyrdom for “warriors” of God and Truth and Justice. Jesus was most certainly a “Warrior” in the Spiritual realm and with the sword and shield of Truth and His Word He still fights a very “bloody” battle in Spiritual realms, so He asks us to also take up our cross and we too do battle, to fight, not in the flesh but in the Spirit against the evil one who goes about all the world seeking who he may destroy. I would ask you, who is your father?… Read all of John 8, well worth the time and prayer… John 8:47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

  • Fr. Martin

    On Nov. 6 we learned half the catholic voters are ignorant or worse. Bishops and priests have much to answer for.
    That same day I turned 80, having been a priest for 48 years, outside the US for 41—except some summer vacations when I. would cross the US by bus to visit relatives and friends and observe what is going on. Looking back, one could see it coming since the years between the Council and Humanae Vitae.
    Our moral theology professor in the sixties was fully orthodox, thank God, but not all of my class stayed so. Zeitgeist. I tried to be a warrior, still do, but often fall short. Lord have mercy!
    If seminaries are now turning out your kind of priest, even a few, what a delicious fight we
    are in for! You have my prayers, beginning with Mass tomorrow. .

  • mk.c

    Oh Topeka, how you misinterpret! Pinago said he believes that anyone who voted for Obama is in a state of mortal sin and priests should deny them communion until they repent. And, I responded to his WORDS, not his state of grace. I did not do that from a position of superiority over him, but to try to point out his attitude of judging others-and to let him know that if the authority of the Church (whether from the Pope down to the laity), EVER dictated who we can or can’t vote for, the Church would LOSE it’s tax exempt status and wind up paying corporate taxes to the state and federal governments. I personally would not want 30-40% of my donations going for taxes – although it mignt help the Feds reduce the deficit. I’m sure they would pounce on that if given the opportunity.
    I am as pro-life as any of you, and believe abortion to be a great evil.
    But, i will not be the accusor, judge, jury or executioner of other people because of their voting record.

  • BM

    I am in CT and can identify with this. On All Saints Day the priest preached about how we are celebrating “our dead grandmothers”, and how everyone will be celebrating us in 100 years…and doesn’t that make you feel good? Oh, and then he went on to say how confession is unnecessary “because God loves us”!!

    It is no wonder that Catholics are clueless. With such a rich tradition at our disposal, we are a scandalous shame.

  • Don Rampolla Torrance CA

    I’ve been a Catholic all my 80 years and I voted for Obama in 2008 and again this year with a clear conscience. Let me give you some history. In the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s my wife and I were criticized strongly by many of our brother and sister Catholics,
    as well as neighbors and co-workers, for being too friendly with and supportive
    of black people, Asian people, Jewish people and non-catholic Christians. We received a lot of hate mail – always source unknown. We were never sure we and our
    kids would not be attacked. In those years the suggestion that a black person or a Mormon could seriously consider running for president, or an Asian American or Latino be elected to a major office, was considered laughable or dangerous. The suggestion that a white woman should be free to marry a black or Asian man was considered close to treason. The suggestion that black families and white families could live on the same block or in the same apartment building or even sit in the same church pew was considered intolerable. We and thousands like us spent a huge amount of time, energy and money to change what we considered to be un-Christian
    and unjust social attitudes and policies. Most of the time the Republican Party was an obstacle. Based on what I’ve observed the big financiers of the present Republican Party have no interest in social morality or justice. Perhaps Governor Romney does, but if he had been elected the big financiers would be running the show from the shadows, to the detriment of all but themselves.

  • teigitur

    Wow Father. Superb article! Keep up the good fight!

  • JC IS my name

    You are right. I don’t respect Father Hollowell when he invokes the language of war in politics. And JC are my actual initials, so there. I assure you, I have no Christ complex, but it seems people here think they know His mind all too well. Maybe Father Hollowell should elaborate on just what he means with his rhetoric.

  • JC

    And neither candidate was going to do a darn thing about abortion, which makes me wonder what the politically motivated opposition of so many church “leaders” was really all about.

  • Lynda

    Correction on my own post above… I meant “wolf in SHEEP’S clothing” NOT the other way around of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Pearson/1221608954 Doug Pearson

    Ooh Rah! Semper Fi Father!…. Recommended reading- “Angels in Iron” You will need it… all warriors will need it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Pearson/1221608954 Doug Pearson

    IHR is ok… but if you want radio for warriors listen to Guadalupe Radio… http://www.grnonline.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Hahn/1222292153 Dave Hahn

    The best weapons for this war are, after regular reception of the sacraments, Eucharistic Adoration and the rosary. If we use these weapons on a daily bases those who are spiritually blind will see the light and we won’t have to do battle with them in other ways.

  • Awake

    Every Catholic that voted for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama voted against the Church. Romney is just as bad as Obama. At least Obama is honest about his stance on issues whereas Romney takes any side of an issue that he thinks would get him elected. If I lied to you several times on big issues would you still deem me trustworthy? Of course not, but a large percentage of idiotic Catholics somehow deluded themselves into believing that Mitt Romney, a man that demonstrably lied and flip flopped repeatedly, was on their side. If you voted for either one, YOU are part of the problem and not the solution. Wake up sheeple.

  • Stan Lang

    At the Milenimum I was broght to meet an othodox Rabbi and told him yes you

    are the chosen people and yes Jesus Christ is God. What I have found with
    the Orthodox is that they are Against gay Marriage and are right to Life.
    They understand the wrath of God, which alot of Catholics overlook.

    My cross with the star of David in the center can be found on Jerusalem Export
    I have had two apparitions of Christ. I look for the help form our othodox jewish
    brothers to help in our battle and converted Jews.
    Regards,

    Stan Lang

  • cj53

    Love my faith and well said, Fr.John….I couldnt understand how anyone who read Obama Care and i did, werent frightened by much that is in it..some good, maybe, but much that is darn right frightening…When I voted I thought what would Jesus do,what does the Bible and the church teach…AS I went to communion I offered all the masses throughout the world that the ppl wake up,that they love Jesus True King of All Nations,I begged him to protect America and all I promise to pray for,,I ask Him to please send a drop of His Precious Blood from all the masses prayed today throughout the world, and pour them upon America,each state,and every person leaving in those states…I try go daily mass and will continue in all the masses to pray for our nation,priest and bishops..I believe the wheat is being harvested..hopefully His children realize what they have done go confession seek the Lords forgiveness..I have spoke out much,I’ve read Obama’s books,the healthcare law,and tried to seek the truth..It all comes to love of the Lord and His church on earth..thank you Fr, John, for saying it like it is..some other priest are tobut not enough..I go to weekly confession and can see the signs of times..You are in my prayers from now on..God Bless you always

  • Grace

    My heart is very troubled and filled with sorrow. I experienced a great deal of mental anguish before deciding to become a Catholic. Now my anguish and sorrow increase when I ponder if I should continue financially contributing to convents and friaries, even Catholic Church for them to lead many souls to condemnation. Catholic Church fails her mission to preach the truth and save souls.

    The term Social Justice is very confusing and misused. For me social justice is equivalent to Socialism. By misrepresenting this term Social Justice, Democratic Party/Obama encourage people to commit two of the seven deadly mortal sins, Sloth and Envy, Social justice claims to help the poor, but even those liberal nuns and priests clothe the poor and give them a drink, but fail to save their souls, they fail their religious calling/vocation and are accountable before God.

    Our precious Jesus, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering, died for our sins, and he came down from heaven to convert sinners and save souls. Jesus said in Book of Mark (9:42), “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eyes cause you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and their fire Is not quenched.”

    Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will NOT pass away.” (Matthew 24:35.) Be holy, because I am holy. Without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrew 12:14). Our lord and our God is loving, kind, merciful, and compassionate, but He is also holy, Just, righteous, and sovereign. ” For we must all appear before the judgement seat, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 4:10). Our Lord and our God was, is and will be a Righteous Judge.

    “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not SIN against you.” Psalm 119

  • http://www.facebook.com/grace.lo.7543 Grace Lo

    My heart is very troubled and filled with sorrow after election. I experienced a great deal of mental anguish before deciding to become a Catholic. Because of God’s personal calling, I left a Christian church after attendance of 30 years. Now my anguish and sorrow increase when I ponder if I should continue financially contributing to convents and friaries, even Catholic Church for them to lead many souls to condemnation. Catholic Church fails her mission to preach the truth and save souls.

    The term Social Justice is very confusing and misused. For me social justice is equivalent to Socialism. By misrepresenting this term Social Justice, Democratic Party/Obama encourage people to commit two of the seven deadly mortal sins, Sloth and Envy. Social justice claims to help the poor, but even those liberal nuns and priests clothe the poor and give them a drink, but fail to save their souls, they fail their religious calling/vocation and are accountable before God.

    Our precious Jesus, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering, died for our sins, and he came down from heaven to convert sinners and save souls. Jesus said in Book of Mark (9:42), “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eyes cause you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and their fire Is not quenched.”

    Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will NOT pass away.” (Matthew 24:35.) Be holy, because I am holy. Without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrew 12:14). Our lord and our God is loving, kind, merciful, and compassionate, but He is also holy, Just, righteous, and sovereign. ” For we must all appear before the judgement seat, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 4:10). Our Lord and our God was, is and will be a Righteous Judge.

    “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not SIN against you.” Psalm 119:9

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002141648862 Lou Tompkins

    I recently converted to the Catholic Church after being a Lutheran. I had fallen away for decades and sought by prayer to find a church I could attend and believe their doctrine. I found the RCC and began the change. I was and am still surprised at the lack of preaching from the pulpit. The brief Homily is fitting but not much in the way of preaching. I was very shocked by a Homily that denied the multiplication of fishes and bread calling it a miracle of sharing from the 4,000. I was ready to walk over this but decided there is no other church and I will have to stand fast.

    It is becoming apparent that the Pope has little influence over much of the Church. Why a Diocese or Parish would not follow the Pope and His rulings is surprising. It seems that many are not sincere or hostile believers. Why is hard to understand? Black or white is not hard to see. The grey that abounds is when the two are mixed you then have neither black or white. However if it is less than white truth, a known pure truth then all shades of grey are black and sin.

    The Church is going through changes and I hope the hostile non conforming either conform themselves to truth of the Church doctrine or leave the Church. I find it distressing to see open denial of God and His Truth as given by the Church and the Pope for the faithful following God. Soon I expect the open hostility of the common man in the USA towards Catholics will become State sponsored as in the HHS mandate. It will be hard to be a wishy washy Catholic when full on State persecution begins in earnest. Many if not most will fall away. I hope to remain faithful and pray Jesus will give me strength when needed to stay loyal to Him and the Church.

  • PL

    GOD BLESS YOU FATHER!
    Your article “Election Reflection,for Warrior Catholics” was just what I needed to hear! I thank you for saying and living what God calls you to! I know that there are many of us that will fight the good fight with you! I have been a cradle Catholic and never understood why, if there are so many “Catholics” why is there so much that is wrong with our world today….

    I look forward to your leadership and may all stand strong with you!!
    I will pray that God continue to set this world a fire with His goodness and love through the priests like yourself

    With RESPECT
    PL

  • mk.c

    Hmmmm… I wonder, Dan, how do you take the “spiritual temperature of most Catholics?” And, when you, with a “healthy” spiritual temperature, enter the sanctuary – do people turn to look at you and then grab their fever thermometers to help you? If you enter the sanctuary for Sunday Mass, with claimed insight into the lukewarmness ot those around you, what does that say about you? Or, in your day-to-day life, you find out other Catholics do something sinful, you then assume they are lapsed Catholics and paint all of Catholicism with a broad brush, all the while congratulating yourself for not being one of them? Do I detect a pharisaical attitude here?

    I know, i’ve stretched the symbolism here, for you are no doubt very committed in your faith – but I just wonder how you know what is in the heart of another..

  • Michael Sanborn

    Father – Well said and you have many warriors in the pews to stand with you. I, as a father of five children (so far), feel exactly the same way. The battle is upon us. My wife and I are prepared(ing) and raising our children to have the courage and faith in God to do whatever they are called to do to defend the faith. God Bless your work and you are in my prayers forever! Fortes et Fides.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbjerstedt Cindy Myers Bjerstedt

    mkc, I do recall listening to a priest discuss judging others. He said that we are allowed to judge other’s actions, just not their hearts….we have no idea what has compelled the heart of the Catholic to go against the Word of God in this last election, but their actions speak louder than words.

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  • Mike S

    We can take the spiritual temperature of most Catholics by observing how they continually vote for pro-death leaders. Or, in how they divorce and remarry or contracept or abort at the same rate as non-Catholics. We do paint all Catholics with the same brush because it is not up to the individual what to accept as right/wrong when the Church has a clear teaching. The line for confession is quite short and the line for Communion quite long. I think both should be equally long. There are sinful actions that sever the individual from full communion with the Church. There can be zero tolerance for sinful behavior, and that is why we all have the Sacrament of Penance – and need it. The more appropriate translation of a St. Agustine saying is ‘Kill the sin, love the sinner.’ Not tolerate or simply hate it. Hating it suggests it should remain in existence at least somewhere. Sin brings death and therefore must be ‘killed.’ Obviously this does not mean kill the sinner, but rather elimination of the sin from all of our lives.

  • Jay E.

    Thank you, Father. I connected with this article in a really profound way, and I feel exactly the same call to arms as I work on applying to the seminary. This new generation of priests is a generation of warrior Catholics, and we’re here because we’re a Fighting Church and the one who is in us is greater. Iesus Kyrios..

  • yvonne

    our tax exempt status is a nice thing,but its american ,not catholic.

  • Crusader21

    Why metaphor? *REVEREND* Martin Luther King (a Protestant) successfully defeated Jim Crow with coordinated civil disobedience. (battle with evil) Why not a little civil disobedience a la doing a sit-in at an abortion clinic? Jesus Christ did some civil disobedience in the Temple vis a vis the money changers.

    Yes, we will be beaten, tasered and sent to jail. “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” is now a classic. “Letters from the Indy FEMA prison camp” by Fr. Hollowell could be the 21st Century equivalent.

  • ctate

    Matthew 7:15-20 “By their fruits you shall know them…”. mk.c: The challenge lies not in the looking, but in the seeing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368213578 Mary Anderson Dearing

    You say: “I should be really affected by this, but I could care less that this person is yelling at me right now.” Of course it continued with videos spreading out across the country to friends and foes alike…I remember thinking “I should be really sad that people are attacking me” but I remember in those moments being overcome with the urge to chuckle at how little it actually DID affect me.
    Be sure, be very SURE that this is really the ‘raising up of God” and not the symptom of sociopathic tendencies. I am not trying to make a nasty crack, I am seriously suggesting you should spend some time in therapy with a very solid mental health professional who specializes in that kind of issue and make sure something isn’t wrong. Because to be in disagreement, but still be concerned for the other guy’s soul is one thing, to be completely disengaged with any concern for the discomfort your position causes them is very, very cold.

  • Electra

    You people really need to have your heads examined. Has it ever occurred to you that the concept of warrior priest would be anathema to Jesus?

  • Electra

    Fr hollowell needs to see a psychiatrist pronto. Hint: ask about narcissism.

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