I spotted this on Twitter. It’s not just the anti-Catholicism that comes from the outside that troubles us. More troubling is the anti-Catholicism from within. It has ever been so, since Judas sold the Lord.
This is what faithful priests have to put up with. This priest was working eight (!) parishes due to shortages, and now, after someone became offended on behalf (!) of homosexuals, he’s been removed.
Never stop praying for holy priests. pic.twitter.com/Ay42AdaYnV
— Radical Catholic (@RadicalCath) May 11, 2019
I am struck by the fact that the 1st Reading in the Novus Ordo for this coming 4th Sunday of Easter, from Acts 13, shows what happens when Paul and Barnabas preach the truth. In that time the Gentiles were eager to hear and accept the Good News but, in this particular community, the Jews were not. So the Jewish resisters used a long-tested technique to disrupt the truth being preached. Namely…
The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this
and glorified the word of the Lord.
All who were destined for eternal life came to believe,
and the word of the Lord continued to spread
through the whole region.
The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers
and the leading men of the city,
stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
and expelled them from their territory.
So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them,
and went to Iconium.
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
Recently I had to deal with a situation in which a few people squawked about something to powers that be and then everyone had to run in circles to placate them, leaving those who had to do the work left holding the bag.
But “clericalism” is the big problem, right?
There are different kinds of clericalism, as Fr. Longenecker and I have recently written about. Here’s another kind… the clericalism of the spineless cleric, who caves into a small pressure group with fear and then forces the rest to comply.