Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Connecting the Dots
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.
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