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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Stuck Between the Rock & a Hard Place

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Who are we going to punish? I worry about this as a priest in reference to the distribution of Holy Communion, absolution in the sacrament of Penance and in terms of preaching a faith message from the Scriptures that might immediately be interpreted as “hate speech.” Passivity and toleration is not enough to appease certain people… it is being demanded that conventional Christians become advocates for sinful behavior. If a priest gives the sacraments to anyone, no matter what their views and lifestyle, then does he not become an accomplice in their sin? Would he forfeit his own immortal soul for causing scandal and violating conscience, the commandments and his sacred duty? For the sake of accompaniment, can a bishop or even pope force a priest to say or do something that he views as sinful and wrong?

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Return to Gilligan’s Island

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Got to share some time this week with Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. She may be sweeter than the character she played on television.

A Girl Doctor Who… Say It Isn’t So!

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I am fearful that one of my lifelong favorite television programs is about to be irrevocably ruined… something that even Steven Moffat’s blatant atheism failed to do.

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Doctor Who 1963 to 2017 Rest in Peace

Nothing against a time travel-monster-science fiction TV show with a woman lead, but I feel this will create too much discontinuity with the character. It will change how viewers will relate to all the other personas of the doctor. Most episodes for the past two seasons were poor anyway. This may be a final nail in the coffin for the series.

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What’s next… a female James Bond, too?

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gbI know, there are people excited about a female Doctor Who. Are they the same ones clamoring for a female but womanizer (lesbian) James Bond… or is that Jaime Bond? Enthusiasts are saying they are excited, that it can’t miss and that it is about time. Hum, did we not hear the same stuff about the all-female-cast reboot of Ghostbusters? The film company lost millions and it will go down as one of the greatest flops of cinematic history.

I suspect this is just another effort of the BBC to be PC… from atheism to multiple same-sex scenarios and now to gender-changing characters. Gads! I wish Doctor Who was still a TV show for kids. The program may gain an audience, but I suspect that millions like myself will walk away.

I don’t want an uncaring persona like this past season, unaffected even by the death of children. And I don’t want a sexy persona either.  Give me old grandfather, the hobo, the dandy secret agent, the clown with scarf and hat and big teeth.  Give me the sportsman with his lettuce or the fat guy with a temper or even the somewhat sinister but mysterious doctor who died in the first minutes of a movie.  As for the new series, they have been surprisingly good… at least until Peter Capaldi (who tried hard).  Give me jelly-babies, screaming companions and being chased by monstrous salt-shakers any day… that’s my Doctor Who, with maybe a funny scarf, hat or flute thrown in.

In a age when everything is in flux and public morality struggles with same sex unions and trans-gendered persons, could we have left Doctor Who alone… at least until the aging fans of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee and Baker had passed from this world?  But it is too late now… Doctor Who now wears stockings and high heels.

Oh say it is not so… let her be an impostor, or better yet…  the regenerated time lord (lady) Romana released from Gallifrey to give her old friend a companion like himself. Ah, I can dream, can’t I?

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BBC backlash over female Doctor Who: ‘Politically correct rubbish’

Shocker: Not Everyone Wants a Female Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker Doesn’t Care

Merriam-Webster Trolls Anti-Female Doctor Who Fans

The New Doctor Who Is A Woman And Fans Are Losing Their Minds

Colby Cosh: Doctor Who fans welcome any kind of Doctor, except a woman

The Infuriating Reason Some Female ‘Doctor Who’ Fans Are Upset About The New Doctor

THE BBC EVIDENTLY LIES

No lady Doctor in the Tardis (for now): BBC writes to worried fan to ‘assure’ them that Peter Capaldi’s replacement WON’T be a woman

Met Two Star Trek Actors at Shore Leave Convention 39

Here is a recent photo of me with Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi) and Michael Dorn (the Klingon, Worf).

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Stuff a Priest Might Collect?

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Here is a bobble-head Pope Francis (in honor of his visit to the Philippines) on my bookshelf next to the Metaluna Mutant from the 1955 classic science fiction film, THIS ISLAND EARTH. The books they are sitting upon are rather interesting, too… see the titles.

Rest in Peace, Fr. Don Worch

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Rev. Donald P. Worch, 75, a Catholic priest who worked at ten Washington area parishes over the course of his 49 years with the church, died August 27 at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Beloved brother and spiritual leader of Rudolph Christian Worch (Vivian), Robert Dennis Worch (Mary) and Richard Reynolds Worch (Ann).  Also survived by 8 nieces and nephews and 22 grand nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 3:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. where a Vigil Mass will be held at 7:30 P.M.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday September 1, 2016 at 10:30 A.M.

Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

We have lost a saintly priest. Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. Fr. Donald P. Worch died on August 27, 2016. He was 75 years old. Every time I saw him he would ask about my mother “Lena.” He was our Associate Pastor at Mount Calvary in Forestville, MD from 1971-1977. He came back in 1978 to bury my grandmother. She was interred with his Rosary in her hands. He was the first priest I called when Mom died recently. There was no answer and so I left a message. Now we know why we did not see him. He suffered from a bad heart much of his life. When I was a boy all the ladies thought he was quite handsome, yes, literally a “father-what-a-waste.” He was a good and holy man. A true priest of God.

Rest in Peace.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to Catholic Charities.  www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/

My Mother is with the Lord

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Sometimes all you can do is cry. I told friends, “Well, at least now I know someone for certain among the saints who will plead to let me in when I come to the gates of heaven.”

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Rest in Peace, Momma.

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Many thanks to the Knights of Columbus Color Corps for lending solemnity to the services.  The family and I appreciate the support of friends and parishioners.  God bless you all.

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