The events of the last few days prompt me to go back to something I read at LifeSite waaaaay back on 8 July (which in blog years is about a decade).
Bp. Thomas Tobin of Providence nailed it when he said, concerning the ambiguity in Amoris laetitia:
The good news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want. The bad news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want.
We don’t have to single out Amoris laetitia. There are any number of indicators that contribute to the fact that, these days, many Catholics are doing pretty much whatever the hell they want…. and they think that’s okay.
In the past, when people sinned or disagreed with the Church on some point (usually moral), they knew that they were sinning and they knew that disagreeing with the Church wasn’t acceptable. They knew they were off base, but they didn’t claim that they were actually on. This doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Sinners deny that sins are sins and dissenters think they are perfectly fine as they are. And the many of Holy Mother Church’s official teachers do either little or nothing to correct them. Heck, some even prompt them with a toothy smile and a now obligatory hug.
Look, friends, sinful behavior is one thing but faith is another. We are all sinners, but we repent and confess our sins. Sometimes we are bad Catholics, but we’re Catholics. But if we don’t believe what the Church teaches…. are we still Catholic?
We now have a bunch of different religions going on side by side in what we call the Church.
May I suggest, dear readers, that, if you don’t know it already, you memorize this and recite it frequently.
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became Man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
We have sure references for our Catholic Faith. We have her Catechisms and we have her Cult, that is, the texts of her sacred liturgical worship.
If you don’t have one… get one before it gets revised.
And there’s this…
I like Kindle versions of certain books, but there are some that we need also in concrete, pageable, form. When the lights go off, we’ll still be able to read them by candlelight.
Moderation queue is ON.