Posted by: fvbcdm | July 10, 2015

Feast of Saint Peter Tu (10 July 2015)

Last night, Cardinal George, the archbishop of Chicago, appeared with Father Mitch Pacwa on EWTN, Mother Angelica’s network. One of the things he talked about was the antipathy toward the Church that we are witnessing at the present time. That antipathy comes from a number of sources: some are outside the Church in the form of people who see the Church as an enemy of the Bible, or of human freedom, or whatever. There are many who call themselves Christians but who were raised to think of the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon,” and of the Pope as the anti-Christ. Then, you have the former Catholics who, for one reason or other, have given up the practice of their faith. Invalid marriages are a principal cause of this; others are embittered by the changes that have occurred since Vatican II—some wanted the changes to go farther; others believe they went too far. But in any case, changes in the liturgy or in theological emphasis have alienated them from the Sacraments.

Some homosexuals are embittered because they want to practice their immoral sexual lives and still be regarded as morally good people by the Church; some who believe in scientific experimentation with incipient human life, as in the case of stem-cell embryonic research, are angry with the Church for forbidding any procedures that destroy what is, in fact, a human life. And so it goes. No doubt the abuse of children by the much-publicized priests who committed that crime have driven some out of the Church.

That leaves us who are determined to be loyal to Our Divine Lord, his Church, and his vicar on earth, the Pope. Let us recognize what tremendous gifts of God these elements are in our religious life. Let us look at the lives of those who have turned away and walk with us no more. They are tragic examples of spiritual suicide. These are the times when we must make decisions. Christ asks us, as he asked his apostles when some turned away from him over his promise to give them his flesh to eat and his blood to drink: “Do you want to go, too?”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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