Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Vatican reaffirms stance against homosexual seminarians...

There are those within the Catholic Church who are attempting to build a new church in their own image and likeness. These proponents of a new religion of humanitarianism see no problem with ordaining homosexual men to the priesthood. Many of them clamor for the ordnation of men who possess a homosexual inclination, an inclination which the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us is "objectively disordered." (2358). But then, their whole notion of "church" is disordered.

In his Summa Contra Gentiles, Saint Thomas Aquinas tells us that God is offended by us only when we act against our own good. The Church warns us that various acts such as abortion, contraception, and homosexual acts are contrary to our own good. These all constitute a disordered choice for a supposed good in such a way that the person who commits them closes himself off to the potentials for that self-realization and happiness which God desires for all men (John 10:10).

It is through bad choices that we constitute ourselves as bad people. And when we become bad people, we soon become unhappy people - unhappy because we are not in communion with the Lord Jesus and His Law of Love (John 14:15). And when we are unhappy people, we soon become miserable people - alienated from God and neighbor - isolated, and, if unrepentant, damned people.

Advocates of the "New Church" want to empty Christianity of its supernatural dimension and reduce it to a humanitarian religion where little (or no) importance is attributed to sin, grace and the transcendent. The Corporeal Works of Mercy alone are emphasized. The Sacraments are abandoned (priests no longer preach on the importance, the necessity, of the Sacrament of Reconciliation), the supernatural is relegated to the margins. Even many otherwise devout and orthodox Catholics are embarassed by the supernatural dimension of the Church and prefer to focus on social justice issues. Many come to view the Church in democratic terms and her Magisterium is contested:

"Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 675).


Anonymous said...

Paul, my pastor never speaks out against sins like homosexuality and abortion. And he definitely doesn't talk about the need for penance and reparation. What he does find the time to talk about is usually pretty silly. Very seldom do his homilies have anything to do with the readings from the Mass or contemporary issues. If I want solid Catholic truth, I have to visit EWTN or Catholic websites and Blogs such as yours.

Peace of Christ Paul!

Anonymous said...

"Modern man" prefers to affirm himself rather than affirming his status as a creature totally dependent upon God. In the Worcester Diocese, certain priests were actively involved in a "House of Affirmation" which turned out to be a place of horror where children were abused and sacrificed to "affirmation."

We have had enough of modernistic priests and their followers who want to create a pseudo-Church where man is worshiped and affirmed but God is forgotten.

Remember more than a hundred priests from the Worcester Diocese supporting serial child abuser Fr. Robert Kelley? If the Diocese is now in crisis, it has only perform a self-exam to find the root causes.

Good priests such as Fr. Kazarnowicz are gone from the Diocese because they didn't feel welcome. And so, while the Diocese of Worcester assigned child-abusing priests to various parishes, placing them in charge of these parishes, holy and capable priests - truly devout priests like Fr. Kazarnowicz were not given a parish to bring souls to Christ.

We lost Fr. Kazarnowicz to the U.S. Army where he currently serves as a Chaplain. The Dioceses lost is the Army's gain.

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