Skip to comments.Warning: "You are making a lot of very powerful people very angry."
Posted on 03/25/2012 11:02:45 AM PDT by cleghornboy
Sunday, March 25, 2012Blog comment: "...you are making a lot of potentially very powerful people very, very angry." In one of his last homilies, Archbishop Oscar Romero, the martyred Archbishop of San Salvador, said: "A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good so that they become entrenched in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call. A preaching that does not discomfit sinners but lulls them in their sin leaves Zebulun and Naphtali in the shadow of death. A preaching that awakens, a preaching that enlightens -- as when a light turned on awakens and of course annoys a sleeper -- that is the preaching of Christ, calling, "wake up! Be converted!" this is the church's authentic preaching. Naturally, such preaching must meet conflict, must spoil what is miscalled prestige, must disturb, must be persecuted. It cannot get along with the powers of darkness and sin."
Because I oppose that preaching which leaves Zebulun and Naphtali in the shadow of death, I am once again receiving death threats. Recently I wrote about the fact that Archbishop Vincent Nichols is continuing to tolerate a radical homosexual activist while demonstrating a blatant disregard for the right of the faithful to receive Catholic doctrine in its purity and integrity (Veritatis Splendor, No. 113). See here. This resulted in death threats and a comment from an individual calling himself Matt Westwood which, he said, is "a warning that you are making a lot of potentially very powerful people very, very angry."
I will not be deterred. My patron Saint, St. Paul, exhorts us: "...to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God." (2 Timothy 1: 6-8).
We are reminded in Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican Council that, the Church, in its twofold ministry toward its own members and toward those outside her pale, shares in Jesus threefold office of Priest, Prophet and King, that is, it participates in Jesus ministry to sanctify, to teach and to govern. While bishops, priests and deacons exercise, within the Church, the ministries of sanctifying, teaching and governing through the power and authority bestowed upon them at their sacramental ordination, all Catholic lay men and women also share in this threefold ministry of Christ. Catholic lay men and women, by their baptismal and confirmational character, are empowered, in Christ through the Holy Spirit, to be priests, prophets and kings and so come to share in the Churchs ministry of sanctification, teaching and governing. Lumen Gentium tells us that, in collaboration with their bishops and clergy, "the faithful who by Baptism are incorporated into Christ, are placed in the People of God, and in their own way share the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ, and to the best of their ability carry on the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world." (No. 31).
The homosexual movement has become totalitarian. It seeks to impose its agenda with brute force of necessary. I have been warning of this for years. Only recently Dr. Jeff Mirus warned that, "No group is more hateful to modern society than the perceived moralistic prigs who, out of what most perceive as religiously-motivated prejudice, seek to diminish the personal sexual liberty of others. Nothing could be more obvious in our current culture than that such people must be silenced and, if necessary, restrained. Moreover, it seems only right and just that their denunciation of the gay lifestyle and their opposition to gay marriage should be criminalized. In fact, it should be criminalized in the name of liberty. That is why gay marriage is the lie that will create the next Gulag. The insistence on ignoring vice is the hallmark of a debased culture, but the insistence that a lie be publicly affirmed as true is the hallmark of ideological totalitarianism." (See here).
I love the quote by the Archbishop. I’m going to add it to my FR profile page.
I have posted occasionally in the past something that I think is important.
There is an interesting parallel between the religious evolutions and the political evolutions.
Catholicism says basically “We know what’s good for you, we know the faith and have the keys of redemption”
Protestantism rejected that.
A personal relationship with God was the emphasis.
In the same way, the older views of Regency and the right of Kings was rejected.
This was replaced by a society where self-determination held a prominent position. Self-government, so to speak. Not judging others.
I see America as the closest there has ever been to that goal.
You are free to do you best.
But it’s a waste of time and counterproductive to try to live your life telling others how to do their best.
Me, personally, I’m not perfect enough to judge anyone else.
In Exodus, chapter 20, Moses receives not ten suggestions but Ten Commandments. Christ founded a Church to help us live His Law of Love. But this Church proposes. She imposes nothing. It is the world which imposes.
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