A smaller but purer Church-A A +A
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
CATHOLIC dissenters of every color are probably secretly rejoicing over the renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Among them are probably the dissenting theologians, who like termites, have been gnawing away at Church teaching, and who feel frustrated by the Pope’s shoring up of the Church’s catechetical foundation through his prolific speeches and writings marked with incisive wisdom and clarity.
There are the Hannibal Bugnini-types who’d rather see the Catholic world rid entirely of the Traditional Latin Mass, as well as Latin in liturgical music, the Gregorian chant, and sacred polyphony.
There are also the lay organizations like Catholics for Choice in the US; Catholics for RH Bill (C4RH) and Artists for the RH Bill in the Philippines who are trying to rewrite the Church teaching on contraception, abortion, same-sex unions, de facto unions and divorce.
Another group consists of religious organizations like “The Leadership Conference of Women Religious,” the 55,000-strong group of nuns who have been rebuked by the Pope for espousing “radical feminist” ideas contrary to Church teaching.
Liberal priests, especially from one well-known religious congregation, as well as the people in the teaching staff of their schools comprise another group.
Not to be forgotten are the homosexuals from among the clergy who fume at the determined effort of the Pope to cleanse the Church of the homosexual “filth.”
Likewise included are various rightists who frown at the Pope’s historic reaching out to disaffected Anglicans.
Finally, there are the liberals of the world, including world leaders and ordinary people who squirm at the non-negotiable stand of the Pope when it comes to the interpretation of the character of the natural law.
All of these are probably beside themselves with glee following the announcement of the Pope’s renunciation.
I’m not an expert on Vatican, much less on the reasons why the Pope abdicated, but having observed the unceasing onslaught of liberal Church insiders on one hand and the effective decimation of the faithful from one billion to just a handful on the other hand, I’d say that the Pope resigned not on account of his health, but in order to put in place a successor who’d share every bit of his conservatism, but young and no-nonsense enough to complete the cleansing of the Augean stables that the Church has become.
It’s worth noting that this man need not come from the ranks of the cardinals. Any male can become a Pope, provided he’s a baptized Catholic and has reached the age of reason. He doesn’t even have to be a priest.
In other words, the Pope resigned, IMHO, to deal a death blow to the modernism that Pope Pius X in his encyclical “Pascendi Dominici Gregis” warned the Church against and which, since then, has eaten into every fiber of the Church threatening to engulf her, a strategic retreat in order to deal the death blow.
What made me say that?
Well, all we have to do is to keep in mind a couple of things, foremost of which is this: the Devil has the world by the balls. Phrased another way: mankind has become enslaved to the Devil in an alarmingly way.
It’s not too difficult to know that, indeed, the following observation is true. The Church fights tooth and nail against abortion, and look what happens: the Church is being viciously attacked as “hateful!” Imagine that. Instead of the world condemning the abortionist for murder, the Church is crucified for being “hateful.”
Everywhere in the USA and Europe, crucifixes are being removed from schools. In the USA, you will no longer see the word “Christmas” on Christmas cards. Even the word “Christmas card” is in danger. People are being discouraged to greet others “Merry Christmas.”
US bishops are bracing themselves for the backlash over their opposition to Obama’s HHS Mandate.
Obama, Clinton, the UN, Bill and Melinda Gates, the giant foundations, Warren Buffet, Ted Turner -- all are actively promoting abortion, and when the Church opposes them, the Church is branded “hateful.” What do you call that, except “the world at the beck and call of the Devil?”
One has only to look at Facebook. Post videos attacking abortion and Facebook will promptly delete that video. On the other hand, post a video extolling the virtues of abortion, and that film stays. What else can you call that except the Devil thoroughly infusing himself into the minds of people?
(To be continued)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 20, 2013.