At Crisis today there is a well-written, well-argued piece by Regis Martin which merits wide attention. Share it.
Does the Church No Longer Defend the Deposit of Faith?
The writer laments that we are living in strange times: “Times in which faithlessness, not fidelity, gets rewarded.”
As proof of this all manner of sycophantic slobber is sluiced over a certain homosexualist activist Jesuit, who constantly erodes moral principles while claiming to minister to an “oppressed” group.
Martin, Regis Martin that is, the writer of the offering at Crisis, not the recipient of the slobber, turns his attention to bishops who openly support mortal sin.
You may know that bishops really shouldn’t do that. As my friend Fr. Murray reminded us (and them) the other day, when bishops are installed they take an Oath of Fidelity that includes the following: “I promise that in my words and actions I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church. . . .I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings contrary to it. . . .So help me God.”
Martin points to bishops in Germany. An obvious group. My emphases and comments:
… certain rogue bishops in Germany, who have lately become infatuated with the idea of Church blessings for homosexual unions. They appear to be in a great hurry to enact sweeping changes in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to accommodate what used to be called sodomy. The bishop of Mainz, for example; one of several spearheading the effort.
His fixation on the subject has driven him to the extremity of whitewashing practices that, until the day before yesterday, were classified as mortal sins. “As to the demand for chastity,” he asks “what does it mean from the perspective of people who experience same-sex attraction? I think that few of them would consider this demand as tactful and respectful because,” as he patronizingly continues, “this inclination is not self-selected.” [Which is not at all apparent and which, even if true, not an excuse for sin. Read on.]
Is he kidding? What has “self-selection” got to do with it? Has he never heard of concupiscence? [Hey. He’s a German bishop.] Or ever experienced the least tug of appetite for pleasures which, in the light of reason and with an aim toward greater self-mastery, demand that he say no to? Or is it only heterosexual temptation that needs to be resisted? Why should only married couples feel the need to exercise chastity when enticement comes around? Is moral heroism a vocation only for “straight” people to pursue? [NB!] How insulting it is to exempt whole categories of human beings from having to travel the high road of holiness and sexual purity!
If great big bishops will not guard the noble deposit, then it may be time to depose them.
That’s a great idea. How that is to be accomplished, I don’t know. We have to struggle, in the midst of this pleasant idea, with the admonition from the Lord about the Pharisees who have the seat of Moses. They may be really lousy bishops, but they are still bishops. They may be feckless cowards who cave under the least pressure, but they are still bishops. They may be slaves to the wisdom of this world, but they are still bishops.
St. John Eudes who said that bad priests are a sign of God’s anger.
‘The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics’ who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds. Instead of nourishing those committed to their care, they rend and devour them brutally. Instead of leading their people to God, they drag Christian souls into hell in their train. Instead of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, they are its innocuous poison and its murky darkness. St. Gregory the Great says that priests and pastors will stand condemned before God as the murderers of any souls lost through neglect or silence…. When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them. That is why He cries unceasingly to Christians, “Return, 0 ye revolting children . . . and I will give you pastors according to my own heart” (Jer. 3, 14-15). Thus, irregularities in the lives of priests constitute a scourge visited upon the people in consequence of sin.”
If that is true, then of what level of divine wrath are bad bishops a sign?
This is where I refer the readership to the astonishing
Read and shudder.
It should be publicly televised.