PRAY FOR OUR BISHOP JOHN P DOLAN
What is the purpose of this website?
Our mission is simple: Out of concern for the salvation of souls, we seek to engage in the fruitful conversation about the direction of the Phoenix Diocese under our bishop, His Excellency John P. Dolan. The Phoenix Catholic community has been vibrant and orthodox for many years now, with a reputation for faithfulness to the ancient, unbroken teachings of Holy Mother Church, as taught through Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium. We pray that it will stay that way. However, there are troubling signs indicating that unorthodox changes are being implemented from the top down.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we hope that all men may be saved. The greatest tragedy is the soul who will never attain the Kingdom of Heaven, due to his failure to repent of his sins. A bishop’s responsibility is a fearsome one, as he is charged with leading all souls in his flock to Heaven. He must teach, govern, and sanctify well, and put no stumbling block in the way of his people as they strive to die to self, confess their sins, conform their will to God’s will, live in virtue, and thus dwell in the House of the Lord forever. Should a bishop fail at his task, whether by neglect or malfeasance, he will lose not only his own soul, but countless others–a catastrophe, spanning generations.
With this sobering and solemn truth in mind, we, a group of concerned lay Catholics in the Phoenix Diocese, have established this website.
We seek, respectfully, to invoke our rights in the Code of Canon Law, Paragraph 212.3, which states:
According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, [the laity] have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.
To that end, we will bring observations and information to this page–and invite other to do so–whenever we see actions, teachings, pronouncements, or writings from our bishop or diocese which appear to contradict the Deposit of Faith, the universal moral law of God, and the authentic sensus fidei. The laity have a baptismal right to clarity and orthodoxy in all teachings, and we claim our right from Christ Himself, the Alpha and the Omega, whose Truth is eternal and unchanging. Jesus said, on the day before His crucifixion:
“For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the Truth.” — John 18:37
In obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and His One, Holy, and Apostolic Church, we dedicate this website and all its discussions to the cause of Truth.
Please pray for our bishop whom we love, His Excellency John P. Dolan, with whom we hope, one day, to share the Beatific Vision.
Our Core Values Based on the ‘Deposit of The Faith’ (CCC 84)
Preach the truth in love:“…until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning interests of deceitful scheming. Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ” (Ephesians 4:13-15).
Pray for the bishop, the clergy, and the laity of the Diocese of Phoenix for a deeper interior conversion to Our Lord Jesus Christ: “My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover over a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).
Stand as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church: “…striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:3-6).
Disclose, admonish, and rebuke any moral error that may come from the bishop or clergy, whether orally or in writing, or from organizations that they support: “Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient….Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light” (Ephesians 5:6;11-14).