CATHOLICS Being Misled by Local Pastors and Bishops on “Doing Justice”. Catholics Must Reject and Drive out FAST and other “Social Justice” groups.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has a recognized history of straying from the teachings of the Vatican. Last year great resistance was offered to updating the Roman Missal to ensure the actual words used in Masswere consistent with those approved by the Vatican. Today, it became clear to this Parishioner that the USCCB’s daily Responsorial Psalms are also straying from an authority that is even higher: Holy Scripture!  The USCCB has a sad history of supporting liberal, immoral and faulty political organizations like ACORN and misusing the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to do so.  Lately many of the Bishops have been support “Social Justice” groups like the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), PICO, and DART.  In the Dioceses of St. Petersburg, Bishop Robert Lynch and one of his chief confidants Father John Tapp have been pushing the political group “FAST” (Faith and Justice for Strength Together).  They do so in error and are bearing false witness by incorrectly using the Bible to support their agenda.

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is a prime example. The Response is commonly recited or sung in between the first and second readings prior to the proclamation of the Gospel and then the Homily.  The USCCB has a version for today’s reading that is simply wrong and can’t be interpreted in any way that is close to the actual words from Scripture promulgated by the Vatican in the “New American Bible”, the Catholic Bible. Today’s official and erroneous response was “One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*”    This was used by Father Tapp during his Homily at my Parish of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Petersburg to justify a passionate plea for our parishioners to support FAST and engage in its activities. The Pastor has long defended taking money, involuntarily, from the offertory to give to this political organization that creates injustice.

The USCCB, Father Tapp and Bishop Lynch should simply read the actual words in Psalm 15. There is nothing in there that can be interpreted to allow our response to embrace “doing justice”. It is about individual righteousness.  Here is the actual Psalm.  

“A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain?

2 Whoever walks without blame, doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart;

3 Who does not slander with his tongue, does no harm to a friend, never defames a neighbor;

4 Who disdains the wicked, but honors those who fear the LORD; Who keeps an oath despite the cost,

5 lends no money at interest, accepts no bribe against the innocent. Whoever acts like this  shall never be shaken

Note how it asks for INDIVIDUALS to do the right thing, and does not call for groups to go out and “do justice” as is the slogan of FAST. Note also that another Catholic group does not have these words “doing justice” in their responsorial Psalm today.** In fact, no online parallel translation of the bible contains a call to “do justice”, rather they all call to live in righeousness.  It even warns against bearing false witness and calls on individuals do disdain wickedness, as is being committed by FAST. It tells us not to “accept a bribe against the innocent”, yet FAST refuses to even discuss action against abortion and the innocent babies killed so they may take the “bribe” of more money by larger membership in FAST. FAST refuses to discuss Abortion or homosexualtiy because they are afraid of losing more member congregations who are Jewish or Protestant. This is a bribe against the innocent.

Father Tapp likes to excuse the use of “doing Justice” by stating there was no ancient word for Justice. Well, that is debatable and not for an individual priest or Bishop to interpret. The words in the Bible were carefully translated by the Holy See and should be what we adhere to.  Father Tapp likes to say that “only $3 per person” leaves the offertory to go to FAST. This parishioner would say, that even a penny going to evil is unjust. It is unjust for a Pastor to take from the offertory for him to support his pet political project without so much as allowing so much as 5 minutes of open discussion about it amongst his parishioner.

This Parishioner is reminded of the entreaty in the Gospel from Today’s readings (Mark***). The Pharisees were once again trying to trick Jesus and call him a hypocrite but Jesus rightly pointed out that it was THEY the Pharisees who were acting as hypocrites. He quoted Isiah then went on to say these words himself.  “You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

Jesus taught the Pharisees and the people, do not disregard God’s Commandment and cling to human tradition. Yet, that is EXACTLY what Father Tapp and Bishop Lynch are doing by proselytizing on FAST to our Diocese — they are clinging to the human tradition of embracing politics as an means to the end of helping our neighbor. They are refusing to call for us to act as individuals and they are violating God’s Commandment not to bear false witness by misquoting holy scripture!

It is time for Catholic Parishioners to rise up in The Diocese of St. Pete and drive the “Social Justice” groups from our churches  and follow God’s commandments and reject the works of humans that lead us astray.

* (This has the erroneous “Do Justice” phrase from USCC.

R. (1a) One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Whoever walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
by whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5
2 Whoever lives blamelessly, who acts uprightly, who speaks the truth from the heart,
3 who keeps the tongue under control, who does not wrong a comrade, who casts no discredit on a neighbour,
4 who looks with scorn on the vile, but honours those who fear Yahweh, who stands by an oath at any cost,
5 who asks no interest on loans, who takes no bribe to harm the innocent. No one who so acts can ever be shaken.


He responded,

 “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:

 This people honors me with their lips,

 but their hearts are far from me;

 in vain do they worship me,

 teaching as doctrines human precepts.

 You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.

(The entire Gospel for today)
Gospel Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
–For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves.
And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. —
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders
but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:
This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.
You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”
He summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.
“From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”


6 Replies:

  1. Linda Futterman

    Hello Mr. McK

    You had a prior post where you wrote a note to Bishop Lynch. What was his reply to you. Why isn’t this being discouraged by the hiearchy. Thanks

    Dr. McKalip Responds:
    The Bishop advised me that he fully supports FAST and that my concerns are entirely misplaced.
    THANKS for your interest!

  2. Carol Boh

    I was knocking around the internet and came across this article – Fr. Tapp was my pastor for years – I am shocked and dismayed – historically all that socialism has accomplished is to kill billions of people – in view of the current Administration’s war on the unborn and religious freedoms I would think this diocese would have it’s hands full instead of walking lockstep. I have always loved Fr. Tapp and I am crushed.

  3. Al Nixon

    I find it interesting that someone that fights so hard to bring about his brand of “Social Justice”, like fighting to repeal “Obama Care”, which by the way I’m not particularly fond of either, finds the term offensive when other persons or groups use it to define what they’re fighting for. Social justice should be defined as an act or movement of an individual or group to defend or advocate the rights,freedoms and well being of an individual or group that he/she and/or they feel are in jeopardy of being harmed, mistreated or unequally treated by those whom hold some form of power over them or they’re subject to. To some, social justice movements are politically, morally and religiously driven, to others health and academics may be their concern for others. Nevertheless, to suggest “SOCIAL JUSTICE” as a term is an evil concept that should be driven out of American consciousness is a bit shortsighted, at best. Thank God, most Americans have a sense of what is wrong by people and what is right, which compels some to do something for someone other than themselves, whether collectively or individually. The problems in American society occurs when one person’s or group’s perspective of social justice conflicts with another’s, hence the need for LAW AND ORDER,JUDGES AND JURIES, CODES AND REGULATION. Please remember, if hundreds of thousands of Americans of European decent did not act on their sense of “Social Justice” over a century and a half ago, millions of Americans of African decent may still be slaves today. More effort and energy should be expended on finding common ground between two or more opposing ideologies of social justice than raising armies to wage ideological war. In GOD’S eyes my friend we’re ultimately judged by the convictions of our heart and what we do for others, by how we treat others especially those of whom we fundamentally and ideologically disagree with, by what we build up not tear down, by acting with humility, wisdom and understanding not with arrogance and self relevance. Finally, let LOVE guide your thoughts and activism, for it will keep your path narrow and straight on your journey to bring about positive and progressive SOCIAL JUSTICE.

  4. David McKalip

    Mr. Nixon, you make an excellent point. It is actually what I have tried to emphasize here at hte Sun Beam Times. There is, actually, a TRUE Social Justice. It is defined in the Catechism and I assert that it is THIS definition that the Catholic Church and Catholic Clergy should use when working for Social justice. That definition FIRST requires respect for the indvidiual and equally requires that the principle of SUBSIDIARITY be respectd above all (that is, a government should not seek to do for a smaller group or individual what they can and should do on their own). I have no problem with a political group claiming to work for “Social Justice” when in fact they are outside the Catholic Church. Hoewver, I would say that – in fact- Socual Justice has only ONE definition. It is a danger to engage in moral relativism to say that Social Justice means different things to different people. that sort of thinking leads to people being misled by political groups who would cloak themselves in goodness when in fact they are pepetrating evil.

  5. Al Nixon

    Mr. McKalip, frankly you seem to be a bit confused when you quote the principles of Catholic doctrine and the governments responsibilities in the same sentence. I’m a protestant Christian, however, I have an enormous admiration for the Catholic Church because of what they have done for humanity throughout the history of their faith. I applaud the courage of it’s clergy to work with whomever, to do God’s will and feed his sheep. Even the scripture quoted above references Jesus holding men accountable for their deeds, not their self-righteous LIP service that judges and demonizes anyone who steps out of the box to do good works for god’s children. Furthermore, the aforementioned scripture above states nothing from the outside can defile a person, only that from within that comes out, therefore the Catholic Church should not be concerned about “Liberal Social Justice Groups” infiltrating and politically manipulating their clergy and parishioners. The Catholic Church’s efforts to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless are saintly and under NO circumstances should those efforts ever be condemned. I beseech thee my brother, to concern yourself with what YOU can do for others whom are less fortunate than you, regardless of their abilities, only then will God smile on your body of work and service and reward you with a place in his kingdom. As for moral relativism, of course morality is relative, no man walks the same path, has the same experiences, has the same spiritual guidance and parenting and has lived the same set of socioeconomic circumstances can hold copyright to the absolute definition of morality over another man. The KKK consider themselves a Christian organization that protects the rights and moral values of white peoples which must be respected as long as they do not bring harm nor infringe upon the rights of others whom do not share the same interpretation of morality and/or Christianity. lastly, to suggest that the Catholic Catechism is the definitive authority that should be used to define Social Justice or any other term is spiritual arrogance and that my friend is dangerous.

  6. David McKalip

    Mr. Nixon,
    You state I am confused, but don’t explain how, preferring to use it as a personal attack to distract from my argument. There is no need for such a personal attack, since we actually do agree on more than you may realize.

    I am glad you have enormous respect for the Catholic Church, and I would ask you to offer the same respect to the Cathoic Catechism. I also applaud the clergy, but more so, the lay faithful Catholics who do good works. They should DIRECTLY work to feed the poor, tutor kids, help prisoners return to society and more. However, that is preceisely what FAST and similar so called “social justice” groups REFUSE to do. FAST, an Alinsky-modeled Social Justice group infiltrating our Catholic Churches, has actively REFUSED to do any of these direct service activities. Instead, they demand the government do it for them and then go home feeling good about themselves from a “Nehemiah Action Assembly”.

    You refer to the Scripture (Psalm 15) tells people to act “righteously” not to “do justice”, which is an externality imposed through activist Clergy on the Lay Faithful and is simply 180 degrees wrong from the message. The externality is done, as you say, “from without” and is propaganda that denies those giving Charity the benefit of the good that comes to the GIVER from doing that act.

    Moral RElativism is real, and you seem to have defined by asserting that “ofcourse morality is relative”, based on the person’s social circumstnace. NOTHING could be further from the truth. If you truly like the Catholic Catechism, you will note that it defined TWO and only TWO kinds of moral acts: Good acts and evil acts. It matters not if I am poor and wanted to provide for my family, it is EVIL to murder someone for food. It matters not if I am rich and want to help the poor, it is evil to push for a tax hike to pay for a program that causes more harm than good (like the Fake and failed recidivism reduction program called “smart choices”).

    I was suggesting that the Catechism is the definitive authority on Social Justice for CATHOLICS. I do beleive it should guide the secular definition too however, since it is the Catholic Church that initiated the concept. It is also a great definition since the Catechism recognizes the role of subsidiarity (larger bodies should not do what smaller bodies and individual should do for themselves), morally good and evil acts, property rights, self-determination, freedom and self-responsibility.

    I ask YOU my brother to reconsider your positions that morality is realtive and your apparent assertion that there is no danger from these Alinsky Social Justice groups hijacking our churches.

    FAST refuses to do direct acts for Charity:


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