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Through the combination of social and economic change, trade union organizations experience greater difficulty in carrying out their task of representing the interests of workers, partly because Governments, for reasons of economic utility, often limit the freedom or the negotiating capacity of labour unions”. Because of this, “The repeated calls issued within the Church’s social doctrine, beginning with Rerum Novarum, for the promotion of workers’ associations that can defend their rights must therefore be honoured today even more than in the past, as a prompt and far-sighted response to the urgent need for new forms of cooperation at the international level, as well as the local level”

-From Caritas in Veritate

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There are certain topics that beg to be written about. If I had the time and resources, I’d do it myself. In the meantime, here are some books that really should be written:

1) An exhaustive biography of Fr. Marcel Maciel Degollado, the founder of the Legionnaires of Christ, who after his death was on the fast track to sainthood until it all came out; he was revealed to be a moral monster, a hypocrite of unusually high degree. He had molested seminarians and children, including his own, born to at least two women.

The thing I would really like to see explored, besides his childhood and experiences before founding the Legion, which may give clues to his later behavior, is whatever can be pieced together about his inner life. I mean, it is unprecedented in Church history for the founder of a successful religious order to be shown a fraud. What was he thinking? Was he laughing all the way to the bank? Or was his conscience in torment? Or maybe he believed that in light of all the good works he had done that he deserved his perks, an exception to the rules he imposed on others? There are plenty of living people who were close to him, not least the mothers of his children.

It would be a fascinating study, and I hope someone is working on it even as I write.

2)  A detailed study of the Catholic neoconservatives and the way they attempted, successfully to a large degree, to hijack Catholic social teaching from the time that Centesimus Annus was published in 1991 until Benedict XVI wrote Veritas in Caritatis in 2009, when they could find no way to spin it and returned to their old style of open dissent. The story needs to be told, and hey, I can contribute one chapter, where I analyzed the dishonest translation (both a condensation and an expansion) that they published in their journals: http://www.caelumetterra.com/cet_backissues/article.cfm?ID=563)

3) Another exhaustive biography, this time of one of the architects of the aforementioned hijacking, Fr Robert Sirico.

Fr Sirico has a story that boggles the mind, though he never tells it; indeed the only time I am aware that he acknowledged it was in response to The National Catholic Reporter, just last year:http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/fr-robert-sirico-gay-marriages-he-once-performed

Briefly, Fr Sirico, after an Italian American childhood in Brooklyn, first came to fame as a young charismatic faith healer. Then he “came out” as a gay man and was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church, a homosexual denomination, where he performed some of the first same-sex “marriages” in the USA. He also was a leader of a homosexual center in Los Angeles, which was once raided by the police after holding a “slave auction”, the details of which I will not go into here.

Then he dropped from sight and resurfaced in a Paulist seminary. Religious orders were not too picky in the 70s and 80s, but by Vatican standards  Fr Sirico never should have been accepted as a candidate for the priesthood:

 Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called to fulfil God’s will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter[8]

In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question[9], cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called “gay culture” 

But get ordained he did, and went on to found, funded by wealthy Calvinists,  the Acton Institute. Through the Institute and with his big bankroll Fr Sirico treated seminarians to free conventions, all expenses paid, and any number of future priests were so indoctrinated.

If you made up a story like this no one would believe it. It is a tale begging to be told.

There are other books I’d like to see written, but I’ll leave you with these three….

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