Bishops in a Blue Funk Over Sodomistic Pseudogamy
I am beginning to suffer from ecclesial schizophrenia. I suppose that’s only to be expected if you attend the Novus Ordo on weekdays and the immemorial Mass on Sundays. Canadian journalist Hilary White insists that “Novus Ordoism Isn’t Catholicism” and while I wouldn’t go as far as that, I certainly think she has a valid point.
At our local church last week the Novus Ordo cycle of readings included an account of the martyrdom of St Stephen. In his little homily before the offertory the celebrant referred in general terms to present day martyrdoms in the Middle East, lumping them in for some obscure reason with the tragedy of the drownings in the Mediterranean. He then jumped to the subject of “change”, suggesting that alterations to the liturgy after Vatican II had been difficult for some people who liked things as they were, and maybe had a love of Latin. But, he reminded us, Cardinal Newman had written that to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
Then Father moved on to the referendum to change the Constitution on marriage. Our bishops, he said, wanted us to reflect deeply on this matter. But mind you, they weren’t wagging their fingers at us and telling us how to vote!
The message I took from this is that it’s OK to vote for sodomistic pseudogamy, as long as you have thought about it really seriously. This is quite in line with our bishops’ document “Marriage Is Important: Reflect Before You Change It.” In a recent interview Archbishop Éamonn Martin of Armagh said he was hoping for “a deeper and more reflective debate” before polling day.
This is utterly pathetic, and it makes me ashamed to be a Catholic. Or it would do, if I hadn’t heard a spine-stiffening sermon at a Latin Mass in Dublin the previous Sunday. The priest said simply that the bishops were in a blue funk, when faced with a proposal to overturn the whole God-given idea of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. St Kevin’s Church in Harrington Street is to have a an evening of prayer for the defeat of the referendum, including 15 decades of the rosary and Benediction.
Our shepherds should be thundering their denunciations down on the heads of this execrable government. They don’t seem to grasp that sometimes, to keep any self-respect, one has to engage the enemy in battle even if there may not be that much hope of success.
What a contrast to the uncompromising action by three Baptist churches who took out a half-page ad. in our local paper, the Dun Laoghaire Gazette:
As Bible-believing Christians, it is our duty to point out that Jesus Christ defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. ..There is much talk today about human rights, and equality. However, God as our creator, has rights over his creatures. God instituted marriage, not man. God makes the rules, and man has no right to change what God has set in place.
Marriage, as defined by God to be between a man and woman, has been universally accepted by all cultures from time immemorial. It is no longer marriage if it is redefined to mean two men or two women. No generation, until now, has dared to tamper with this definition.
This vote is not about valuing some people in our society. It is about devaluing God. This vote is not about equality, but is really about dethroning God as the ultimate authority in life…
This is why we urge you to vote NO at the forthcoming referendum on 22nd May.
Why can’t our shepherds say something as simple and uncompromising as that, instead of bumbling on about “deep and reflective debates”. Do they think the media will respect them for broad-mindedness or despise them for their cowardice? All honour to the Blanchardstown Baptist Church, the Lucan Gospel Baptist Church, and the Redemption Baptist Church, Athlone.
Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant. TV was speaking of the situation in the US, but his remarks apply equally well to Ireland:
As you might imagine, saying it like it is, putting it out there, ruffles the feathers of the more genteel, the more ‘diplomatic’, the professional Catholic crowd.
Their lace-curtain approach, their ‘don’t upset people and make them feel uncomfortable’ tactics have accomplished nothing and actually are now standing in the way.
This whole tone of the Catholic Establishment must be defeated. It’s worthless, wimpy, and whiny. It inspires nothing—nothing except indifference.
The Church of Nice needs to get back to the gym and develop some muscles. In the meantime, we need to get about the business of the work of great men like St. Francis de Sales and preach the hard truths—get in people’s faces, confront the evil in the Church, and all this despite being mocked and abandoned by the Establishment Church of Nice gang.
No one in the world listens to them with their pudding mouth approach. Why should we?