I know Holy Cross and I know Father Jay quite well. Before Nicole and I were married, Holy Cross was her parish and Father Jay Flaherty was her pastor. We were married at Holy Cross and Father Jay said our Nuptial Mass. I feel sorry for that poor pastor at Connor Heights Baptist Church. Father Jay is a rarity in the Catholic Church in America in that he is both a humble and holy parish priest and a gifted and fiery preacher. So unafraid of controversy is Father Jay that people (mostly tourists visiting from up North, but sometimes locals as well) have been known to walk out of his Masses because they do not want to be confronted with the truth-Father Jay, he doesn't care. Thank you, Connor Heights for providing Father Jay with what will undoubtedly be weeks worth of hellfire and brimstone homiletics with which he will reinforce the Catholic faith to his parish and a whole lot of other people as well.
"Jesuits worked closely with Marx, Engels, Trotsky, Lenin, and Stalin" to create Communism, and it was "believed that soon . . . Communism would rise up as the new strong daughter of the Vatican." It was Rome that instigated the Bolshevik Revolution and the murder of the czar’s family. The Communist "liberation theology" movement also is a Vatican plot. [I suppose Communist persecution of the Catholic Church in Poland and Latin America was also part of a secret Vatican plot.]
The Nazi Holocaust of the 1940s was a Vatican-controlled attempt to exterminate Jews and heretics. Further, "Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco were backed by the Vatican for the purpose of setting up a one-world government to usher in the ‘Millennial Kingdom’ under Pope Pius XII."
The Vatican conspiracy is so extensive that, through the Jesuits, Rome controls the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations, international bankers, the Mafia, the Club of Rome, the Masons, and the New Age movement.
The Jesuits created the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Unity, Christian Science, and other religious groups.
"Pope John Paul II has been a good Communist for many years" and engineered a phony assassination attempt against himself in 1981 to shame Islam into warming relations with the Vatican, since the would-be killer was a Muslim.
Jack Chick doesn't just have it out for Catholics, either. He thinks Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, the late C.S. Lewis, Pat Boone, the Assemblies of God, and the Southern Baptist Convention are all a part of the elaborate "papist conspiracy" to rule the world.
Of course, if you are Catholic and you live in East Tennessee, you know we have a history of being persecuted for our faith here. There was a time when Irish Catholics who lived in what was then the frontier (and who built the first railroads into Tennessee) were reviled for their religious beliefs. The notorious Know-Nothing William "Parson" Brownlow
was once said to be part of a riot which nearly caused Immaculate Conception Church on Knoxville's Summit Hill to be destroyed. Even as Catholics increased in numbers and became an integral part of life in Knoxville and East Tennessee, the reality that less than 2% of the population was Catholic made the Church and Catholics an easy target for ridicule.
I would challenge my fellow Catholics not to be afraid to take a stand for what we know to be right and true...but do remember that not every Baptist, indeed the vast majority of Protestants, is out to "get" you. The best way to fight ignorance is with true and just reality-and a few of Father Jay's homilies certainly don't hurt.