Tuesday, January 14, 2014
More on that "Catholic" Free Press editorial....
In my last post, I noted how the "Catholic" Free Press, official newspaper of the troubled Worcester [Massachusetts] Diocese, published a guest editorial from the London Tablet - thereby revealing that the newspaper shares this view - which asserted that the Catholic Church gradually "acquired a vertical and pyramidal power structure, with graduated layers of hierarchical status from top to bottom." This editorial went so far as to suggest that "the very idea of a hierarchy of power is alien to the Gospel" and equated hierarchy with power and domination, suggesting that "power" is "exclusively in the hands of elderly male clerics."
I refuted this nonsense. And I said that the "Catholic" Free Press has become openly satanic. I stand by that statement. Opposition to hierarchy in the name of equality is not only foolish. It is evidence of the demonic. Hierarchy has absolutely to do with either equality or inequality. Equality is not the opposite of hierarchy. Anarchy is the opposite of hierarchy. Is this why Pope Francis has called on youth to make a "mess" within their dioceses?
The word hierarchy comes from two Greek words: hieros, which means sacred, and arche, which means beginning or first. Hierarchy is thus defined as "sacred origin." The word hierarchy also may be translated as "sacred order" from the Greek word archein, meaning to rule or to order. Hierarchy does not signify either equality or inequality. It refers to the order itself. "Hierarchy," as then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and later Pope Benedict XVI once noted, "means not holy domination but holy origin. Hierarchical service and ministry is thus guarding an origin that is holy, and not making arbitrary dispositions and decisions" (Church, Ecumenism and Politics, p. 128).
But to the warped, frustrated and intellectually, emotionally and spiritually cramped characters who produce the "Catholic" Free Press, hierarchy is all about earthly power and domination (which might help to explain why my letters to the Editor are routinely censored). This is because these poor souls have a lust for power and domination over others themselves. Since the opposite of hierarchy is that sin or disobedience which refuses the sacred order - or hierarchy - of God's plan for mankind, it is easy to see what drives the egalitarians at the "Catholic" Free Press: the "mystery of lawlessness" which Saint Paul speaks of in 2 Thessalonians 2: 7, 8).
Lust for what the world considers to be "power" is not evidence of the Holy Spirit at work. It is evidence, rather, of an unholy spirit.