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NEW JERSEY, March 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic group located in the diocese of New Jersey is trying to shut down the student-run radio station at Seton Hall University—a private Catholic school—after a recent investigation revealed that it has a long history of broadcasting blasphemous and openly satanic heavy-metal music.
Shut Down WSOU has been working tirelessly for months to put an end to the station and its broadcasting of moral pollution in the wake of an investigation in August of 2020 by the Lepanto Institute.
In his investigation, Michael Hichborn found that the radio station airs “bands and songs that are blasphemous, openly satanic, promote sacrilege, promote the murder and mutilation of women and children, and the slaughter of Christians.” A page on Shut Down WSOU’s website also contains evidence [WARNING: link leads to disturbing material] of the filth spewing out from the radio station.
Beginning in September of last year up until a few months ago, the group publicly and peacefully prayed the rosary every Tuesday, both in front of the station and the university campus. One of the organizers of Shut Down WSOU, Maria Woltornist, told LifeSite that her group has “begged, pleaded, petitioned, and prayed on our knees regularly for this evil to be shut down at this so-called Catholic university, Seton Hall, but to no avail.”
The station was founded at Seton Hall University, an official school of the diocese, just over three decades ago. It has withstood two bans and multiple internal reviews by the university over the years. The current archdiocesan leadership of Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who is the chair of both the Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees at Seton Hall, has done nothing to stop Satanism and blasphemy from being spread by the radio station.
On Halloween 2020, Jane Bernardel, a homeschooling mom of 11, was arrested by police for praying in an empty church after she and her children attended Vespers and recited the Litany of the Saints -- to sanctify a day they see as having been secularized.
After a time of prayer, the pastor of the church, Fr. Gary Ziuraitis, C.Ss.R, approached Mrs. Bernardel and told her that she would have to wear a mask to remain in the church.
But, when Mrs. Bernardel refused, Fr. Ziuraitis called the police and she was arrested. And thereafter, the city of Kansas City, Missouri, brought trespassing charges against Mrs. Bernardel.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking the bishop and the parish priest to petition the city to drop trespassing charges against Mrs. Jane Bernardel for praying in an empty church without a mask.
Mrs. Bernardel fully maintains her innocence and her attorneys are prepared to prove it in court.
But, because of this heavy-handed approach, Mrs. Bernardel now faces charges of trespass which could mean a $300 fine and time spent in a "re-education" class.
This is an excessive and disproportionate response to praying without a mask in an empty church.
And, taking into account the church's and diocese's own guidelines, this is also just plain wrong.
Therefore, the only explanation can be that there is some misunderstanding by the bishop and the pastor of the church as to their own guidelines.
But, their misunderstanding should not legally impinge on this homeschooling Mom, who obviously loves the Church and is seeking to do good.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking the bishop of the diocese, Bishop James Johnston, and the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Fr. Gary Ziuraitis, to admit to a big misunderstanding, show clemency, and ask the city to drop the trespassing charges.
After signing and sharing, please take a moment to contact the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to politely express your hope and desire that Bishop Johnston and Fr. Ziuraitis would urgently petition the city to drop the charges against Mrs. Bernardel.
The contact number for the diocese is: 816-756-1850
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The university also operates a seminary, independent from the rest of the school, but still situated in the same area. Woltornist and her group find it hypocritical that Seton Hall professes Catholicism on the one hand and yet continues to operate a public radio station that regularly promotes material contrary to the faith.
“You cannot have a Satanic radio station and think your seminary is highly regarded. The two cannot exist together in peace,” she said.
Woltornist is convinced that the Cardinal could intervene in a meaningful way.
“Cardinal Tobin is at the top and can shut it down,” she said, adding that her group is praying for him and those involved in the matter to “do the right thing.”
She related how Shut Down WSOU has reached out multiple times to the offices of Cardinal Tobin, Joseph Nyre, the president of the university, Mark Maben, the general manager at WSOU, and others with their concerns, but to no avail.
This coming Tuesday, March 30, the group is planning to return once again to their weekly peaceful, public demonstrations with the help of the rosary rally crusaders at Tradition, Family, and Property. The rally is set to begin at 1:00 PM at South Orange Avenue & Centre Street, South Orange, NJ, 07079.
Woltornist hopes that those with the power to make change will see the need for swift action to be taken. She said that Cardinal Tobin “needs to realize that his spiritual children are playing with matches in a basement concerning this Satanic radio station: One spark with paper around, and the whole house comes burning down.”
“We pray people join us in this battle against evil to save souls,” she said.