September 15, 2019
On Cohesion and Loss
Look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am alone and poor. See my abjection and my labor, and forgive me all my sins, O my God. (Ps. XXIV.) To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed. (Introit from the 3rd Sunday After Pentecost)
We have a Pope. We have Cardinals. We have Bishops and Priests. We have the Faithful.
Pope Francis seems to operate daily in direct opposition to the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The gang of Cardinals that are his advisors apparently nod in acknowledgement to all that he vocalizes or writes, whether heretical or not. Many Bishops toe the line and pass on what comes down from above so as to not rock their gilded thrones. They are the captains that lead the Faithful to believe what was once black is now white (mortal sin); what was once true is now false (adultery); what was once sacred is now profane (the Traditional Latin Mass). And then there are priests who take it all as license to adapt and conform themselves and/or the liturgy into what their pewsitters want (engagement), and not what is truly needed (solid Catholicism).
This has all come at a seemingly exponential pace (since 2013, at least) and as each old building block falls, a new one is quickly - and at times, quietly - put into its place. And the Faithful just keep clapping and shake their heads "Yes!" "Yes!" "Yes!"
And I just keep wondering "Why?" "Why?" "Why?"
Answer: it is easy for the leaders of the Catholic Church - whether priest, Bishop or Pope - to promote "change" when it has so obviously willing accomplices in the pews. Catholicism is so much easier now that it has a modern twist to it all.
Gone are the days when a Catholic high school student finds a need to explain to a Protestant friend why Catholicism is the One True Faith: we now have Ecumenism to render such a discussion moot .
Gone are the days when adultery or cohabitation was still grievously sinful: now one can have a loving, duplicitous relationship and still be friends with Christ, who undoubtedly will be smiling down upon such a "loving" couple. And, if a priest or Bishop dare try to enforce Canon 951, shame will be weaponized and used to punish the good and reward the bad (remember: what was once black is now white; what was once True is now False.)
Gone are the days when just about every Catholic commentator, writer or Theologian would be on the same page when it came to defending a particular teaching or dogma of the Catholic Faith (there will always be dissenters, sadly). Now we find many of the above defending their various personal interpretation of the latest Roman interpretation of the ancient traditional practice of (you name it here). Worse, they may castigate those who digress from their interpretation. The cohesion amongst the Faithful that was once Roman Catholicism is now gone, yet another victim of the ambiguity that is Vatican II.
The Catholic Faithful,however, are losers of more than just cohesion. They have also lost their wisdom; their understanding; their counsel; their fortitude; their knowledge; their piety; their Fear of the Lord.
They have lost the Gifts bequeathed to them at their Confirmation.
They have lost Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.
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