Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Connecting the Dots

You may remember the children's activity in which a little boy, or girl, would draw lines connecting a sequence of dots, revealing a picture that otherwise could not be easily seen. As grownups we often say we "connect the dots" when we understand the relationship among factors that result in a particular situation.

There are a lot of "dots" in the Catholic Church. The dots stretch back into the past, and new ones appear every day. The picture they form is so vast it would take more patience than that of a Bear to reveal the whole thing. Certainly, today, the name we could place beneath that picture would be "Modernism."

The image revealed when just one section of dots are connected, however, can be instructive.

The Bear just wrote about a brand new poll that reveals the dismal state of the Catholic Church in America. Seventy-three percent of U.S. Catholics want something done about global warming. Thirty-eight percent "know" Pope Francis is in favor of homosexual marriage. Perhaps worst of all, 51% are in favor of abortion in all or most cases. Those who did the survey said, "On many important issues of the day, the opinions of Catholics overall do not differ appreciably from the general public."

What do the sheep hear from their Church, though? Socialism, open borders, and global warming. Ecumenism, gun control and tolerance.

What do the sheep hear about abortion? "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible," he said. "The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time." Pope Francis said that. 

So, the faithful hear a deafening, blasphemous nothing about abortion. The watchmen stand on the walls and watch the slaughter of innocents below, and say nothing.

So the sheep don't hear about abortion. They don't hear about why homosexual marriage is wrong, or why contraception is wrong. With all due respect to the Holy Father it is necessary to talk about these issues all the time. It is necessary for the same reason Pope Francis, and our U.S. bishops and priests talk about ecumenism all the time, and social justice all the time, and global warming all the time. Why? Because our clerics constantly drum into us the things that are important to them, the things that they want us to retain.

Imagine a Church where the faithful were actually instructed, in season and out of season, from high and low, from the lengthiest encyclical to the most humble homily in the smallest church -- instructed in the things of God.

The Bear happens to have just written about another poll, from 2011. It disclosed that less than half of U.S. Catholics know and believe the Church's signature teaching that the bread and wine become the Precious Body and Blood of Our Lord at Mass. They don't know because priests are giving homilies on ecumenism, or immigration, or global warming.

When Pope Francis was faced with the stark opportunity -- no, demand -- that he preach on the reality of transubstantiation, during the last two Sundays when the Gospel was from John 6, he refused. (This is the famous Bread of Life Discourse.) Instead he hemmed and hawed, danced around the topic, talked about a "walk," and "a journey," and gave a Protestant explanation that the "flesh" Jesus was talking about was his sacrifice on the cross!

Once again, if Church leaders conspire to withhold the truth from Catholics, we should not be astonished when Catholics don't know the truth. 

We don't get much into politics here. But the Church in America has become the Democrat Party with fancier outfits. And most Catholics are just fine with that. No wonder so many have realized they don't need the Church to be a good Democrat, and have left altogether.

9 comments:

  1. IT is ironic to me that Mark Shea, who gets so much wrong, has a radio show called 'connecting the dots.' He isn't very good at it.

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    1. On his talk show, Shea recently spoke out against the evil of LYING to Planned Parenthood reps in order to obtain info about the sale of fetal parts. It was shocking that he would equate the false representation of undercover journalists with the gruesome realities of Planned Parenthood. This was a new low for Shea. If you want to hear his little tirade, go to Novus Ordo Watch and click to hear their August 2015 Tradcast.

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    2. He seems addicted to moral preening. Apparenty a lot more people are interested in watching him do that than listening to a mangey old Bear.

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    3. One occasional, formerly regular commenter at Shea's commented in a thread this year (see, I still remember it b/c it's so true) that "logic doesn't live here anymore." That is as true for his devotees as for him.

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  2. "On many important issues of the day, the opinions of Catholics overall do not differ appreciably from the general public."

    Some suggest this represents a massive catechetical failure. But is it a failure if, in fact, these results are what key cohorts of Church leadership were aiming for all along?

    Perhaps "aggiornamento" wasn't merely about opening a window, but insisting that everyone climb out of it, and move into the crowd outside and become indistinguishable from them. If so, it's hard to shake the conclusion that so many of those in the clergy who have been the most aggressive agents of change over the past 50 years really have not had the faith at all. They believe in something else. And it's not Catholicism.

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  3. "Perhaps "aggiornamento" wasn't merely about opening a window, but insisting that everyone climb out of it, and move into the crowd outside and become indistinguishable from them. If so, it's hard to shake the conclusion that so many of those in the clergy who have been the most aggressive agents of change over the past 50 years really have not had the faith at all. They believe in something else. And it's not Catholicism."

    BINGO!!

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  4. To walk out of Mass and see Obama bumper stickers all over the church parking lot speaks volumes. What's wrong with these poor, misguided people? Maybe some guidance from the Church would help?!

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    1. They get guidance. It's worse than useless. Like the infamous "Voter Guide." They have never heard "Thou shalt not immanentize the eschaton," ten-dollar way of saying if you're trying to make heaven on earth you're an idiot. The Bishops like the Democrats because they talk about saving all the children who are starving to death in America every year. If they're for aborting pre-children, well, that's just one factor to consider.

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