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Jerry Coniker, Rest in Peace

153089093862327923Dear Friends of the AFC,

The Apostolate for Family Consecration’s beloved founder, my father, Jerome Francis Coniker (“Jerry”) passed into eternal life on July 4, 2018. At his death, he was surrounded by so much love and many prayers, and by many family members and loved ones who were with him in his daughter Maureen’s home. No doubt he is overjoyed to be reunited with my mother, Gwen, the love of his life, as well as his daughter Angelica, and his parents and brother.

My father was a man truly driven to make a difference in the world. The salvation of souls and the protection of families through consecration were his passion. He desired the laity to know and embrace their call to holiness, to be saints, because he was convinced that ordinary fathers, mothers, and children can help to bring about the kingdom of God on earth when they make their daily family life an offering to God.

This is the message of hope, inspired by the Fatima message, that he and my mother spread through the Apostolate for Family Consecration® and by the example of their life. At a time when there were not many lay ministries in the Church, my father overcame many obstacles and made many sacrifices, never wavering in his conviction that God had called him to this mission. Thousands of lives have been touched because he said yes to the Holy Spirit and chose to found the AFC with the help of my mother. I am filled with joy and gratitude that the fruits of his labors, as well as my mother’s, will live on in this ministry.

Thank you for supporting this mission through your prayers and sacrifices.

I invite you to join us in celebrating my dad’s legacy. Visitation will be from 4:00–9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, with a vigil service at 8:00 p.m. in St. John Vianney Chapel at Catholic Familyland®, and from 9:30–10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 in St. Joseph Auditorium.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, in St. Joseph Auditorium. Following the Mass, he will be laid to rest in the crypt of St. John Vianney Chapel, next to my mother, Gwen. A lunch celebration will be held immediately after the burial. If you plan to attend the luncheon, please RSVP through this form.

RSVP to Funeral Luncheon

I ask your prayers for the repose of my dad’s soul, for my family, and for the AFC during this time. Thank you and may God bless you!

In the Holy Family,

Theresa Coniker Schmitz

Executive Vice President

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Not the Clarification for Which Many Were Waiting

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Last year the Buenos Aires bishops interpreted the pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia so as to permit those sexually active in invalid unions to receive Holy Communion (in certain cases). The Holy Father praised their interpretation in a private letter (September 5, 2016) to Bishop Sergio Alfredo Fenoy, the Delegate of the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina. He wrote, “El escrito es muy bueno y explicita cabalmente el sentido del capitulo VIII de Amoris laetitia. No hay otras interpretaciones.” (Translation: The document is very good and clearly explains the meaning of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. There are no other interpretations). On June 5, 2017 by order of a papal rescript, both the Criteria or Interpretation of the Buenos Aires bishops and the papal letter were published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, purportedly making this the position of the Church’s “authentic Magisterium.” This seems to conflict with the teaching of Pope John Paul II and with the current Code of Canon Law (canon 752). It would affect our discipline about Holy Communion and even Confessional Absolution. Cardinal Wuerl insists that the doctrine has not changed, just the pastoral discipline. I think I will go back to praying on my knees for awhile on this one.

We Should Not Ignore or Redefine Monsters

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The Vatican and the Church must also be mindful of the Monsters!

Matters are Heating Up in Rome

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Bishop René Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, has asked that his name be added to the Filial Correction. The document asserts that ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is promoting heretical propositions, particularly about marriage and the reception of the sacraments. He views the current situation as akin to the historical Arian controversy. This is a bad situation all around.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/vatican-remains-silent-on-filial-correction

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/28/popes-deputy-urges-dialogue-after-francis-accused-heresy.html

The Pope is Servant, Not Master

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Bishop Schneider states:

“We should bear in mind, that the Pope is the first servant in the Church (servus servorum). He is the first who has to obey in an exemplary manner all the truths of the unchanging and constant Magisterium, because he is only an administrator, and not an owner, of the Catholic truths, which he has received from all his predecessors.”

“The bishops are not employees of the Pope, but Divinely constituted colleagues of the Pope, although jurisdictionally subordinated to him, yet still colleagues and brothers. When the Pope is himself tolerating a wide dissemination of obvious errors of faith and of grave abuses of the sacraments (like the admittance of unrepentant adulterers to the sacraments), the bishops should not behave themselves like servile employees wrapping themselves in silence.”

Do We Want YES MEN or Prophets of Truth?

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With all due respect to the Vatican, the Cardinal has a point. We must practice what we preach. In this case, social justice starts at home.

Not Hard to Read Between the Lines

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This will be interpreted by many as an attempt to supercede the clarity of St. Pope John Paul II’s FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO with the ambiguity of AMORIS LAETITIA.

I would still want to show every respect and priests need to be obedient to Christ, the Holy Father and to their bishops. But I am also trying to be honest as I struggle with this change of direction in the Church. Parsing words by those in denial will no longer work. It is obvious now, our course has shifted.