MAY I IN MY MOST HUMBLE WAY RECOMMEND TO OUR NEW HOLY FATHER, FRANCIS, THAT HIS FIRST ENCYCLICAL BE "HUMANAE VITAE: THE NEXT CHAPTER"
As predicted by many reliable sources, including this most humble blogger in the south, the post-Catholic segment of the Church is now turning on Pope Francis as they did to Pope John Paul II and more vociferously to Pope Benedict XVI. It was all so very predictable since most of us knew that the post-Catholics would hardly be able to stomach a Catholic pope.
We will see in the coming days and months these post Catholics throwing what we call down here a "hissy fit." They will feel that their voices of post Catholic drivel isn't being given a fair shake and that they should have power, lots of power, they need to be empowered with power and authority to change the Church according to their twisted agenda, a twisted agenda in line with what any non-governmental organization could do (NGO).
The most recent drivel comes from a so-called Catholic magazine called U.S. Catholic and a guess author. Read it and weep:
Let's stop defining women by fertility and motherhood
By Elizabeth Lefebvre
It’s been an interesting week for women in the church. First, there was the back and forth between prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and the Vatican over who knew what about the crackdown on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Then yesterday Pope Francis gave a somewhat odd speech while addressing women religious from 75 countries who were attending a gathering of International Union of Superiors General. He urged the women religious to be fertile spiritual mothers in the church, as opposed to being old maids or spinsters. The pope said that the nuns’ vow of chastity must be “fertile” and generate “spiritual children in the church.”
So, even being an unmarried, celibate women still means that the church will define you by fertility and maternity? Continuing to define women by themes of motherhood and maternity undermines the real progress that has been made in the ways that we think about women. The church doesn’t ask priests and monks to be "manly." Why then does it insist that women must be nurturing mothers?
Pope Francis this Easter praised women for the “primary, fundamental role” they played in the gospels, recognizing that women were the first witnesses to the risen Christ at the empty tomb. In the same talk he mentions how women “have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord.” That is certainly true, and women—both religious and not—have opened innumerable doors to the Lord in roles separate from motherhood. Many of our church “mothers” were martyrs, teachers, and spiritual guides. More recently, women have been paving the way in the field of theology. And women religious are constantly on the front lines promoting justice, having dedicated their lives in service.
All of these women—some mothers, some celibate, some single—have all worked to promote church and faith, even if the road isn’t always easy. Women have so much to offer to the church—let’s stop defining them by one characteristic.
MY FINAL COMMENTS: Ms. Lefefvre hits the nail on the head, although unwittingly, and points out to us what the birth control and abortion mentality is all about for women, freeing them from the curse of children so they can pursue "true liberation" (but what truly is true slavery, slavery to sin and the sterility of death, spiritual death) without the shackle, curse and uninvited gift from God the almighty Father of children.
But she really misunderstands what Pope Francis is saying to Women Religious which in fact he could well say to Men Religious as well that our ministry is to beget adopted children for Jesus Christ through Holy Mother Church and that we do that by evangelizing not only our own but others and inviting them over the bridge from their godless or less than fully godly ways to the true God and the true Church or full communion with the true Church and thus salvation of their souls and ultimately eternal life in our true home of heaven.
Lefebvre wrongly writes the following: "The church doesn’t ask priests and monks to be "manly." Why then does it insist that women must be nurturing mothers?" No, No, No, Ms. Lefebvre (I wonder if there is any relation to Archbishop Lefebvre?). The clergy and Men Religious are called to be spiritual fathers and brothers. We are in a family where the begetting of children for God is central and the nourishing and sustaining of them. We care for the poor, both spiritually poor and materially poor, precisely to help them to experience the Fatherhood of God and the Maternity of the Church. We do seek manly men for vocations to the priesthood and religious life precisely because of it being a symbol of the manliness of God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son.
In this post-Catholic drivel of Ms. Lefebvre we see in a nutshell why not following Humanae Vitae has had such a deleterious effect upon Holy Mother Church and in particular upon the souls of women. When you take the woman and the man out of sex and make it simply an empty gesture, sterile and infertile, you end up making women slaves to the world of godless secularism and women and men who try to then fashion the Church according to the secular mentality of a neutered, sterile "old maid" or "confirmed bachelor" who cares little about fecundity and only about one's selfish desires at self-fulfillment and empowerment. This then leads to the mentality of women priests and same sex marriages both empty and devoid of the complimentary nature of the Church (and marriage) as bride and Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom prepared to enter the marriage bed to beget children through adoption for almighty God the FATHER! Keep in mind the canopy over altars is a symbol of the marriage bed during the Most Holy Eucharist, similar to the canopy over actual marriage beds.
Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church and the Church meaning all baptized souls (anima) is His spotless bride. The soul purpose of the Bride of Christ is to be faithful and submissive to her Groom Jesus Christ and to beget with Him children born of water and the Holy Spirit. Holy Mother Church along with her Bridegroom nurture and sustain these children until life everlasting.
If we don't understand the need for marital fertility in the spiritual sense as Church and in the biological sense in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, then we really have become a paganized, secular, post-catholic Church. Pope Francis knows the diagnosis he makes is correct about old maids and confirmed bachelors and he knows what the medicine is, fertile true marriage between one man and one woman and a fertile Church where the begetting of spiritual children and mothering and fathering them is central! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! "Humanae Vitae, The Next Chapter" needs to be Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Humanae Vitae Redux!"
My dear sons and daughters, it doesn't get any better than this! Father Allan J. McDonald