Monday, March 31, 2014
SISTER JANE PERSECUTED BY WITNESSING TO THE FAITH BY HER FELLOW CATHOLICS!
Has virtual apostasy occurred in the Church and what are the bishops going to do about it?
A comment on my previous post on Sister Jane and a Charlotte Catholic High School said the following:
PI – Seems you’ve skipped a step in your rush to offer absolution. The penitent needs to ask for forgiveness first. The group attacking the nun has no interest in their own forgiveness rather they are the accusers eager to destroy someone for speaking the truth. That sounds more like Pharisees to me. The victim in this case is the nun, not the lynch mob. You’ve got the roles reversed.
The corrupt Catholics (faith without substance and Pope Francis judges it) and perhaps other persons at this Catholic school, meaning faculty, students, parents and their supporters are persecuting a Catholic nun who at a Catholic school taught what the Catholic Church teaches about sexual morality. This is the bottom line in this controversy--the corruption of some Catholics at this school and their supporters who are persecuting a Catholic sister for teaching the truth. She is the Christ-figure in this version of the passion during this 2014 Lenten season.
The other thing that is made obvious by the news report of this scandal of persecution of a Catholic sister at at Catholic High School being persecuted by Catholics for teaching Catholic truth is that some of these Catholics at this Catholic High School are separating Christ from His Church as though one could follow Christ without following His Church! Pope Francis roundly rejects this common heresy amongst way too many Catholics who live as apostates in the Church today by making their relativism equal to God's truths.
This is what Pope Francis said about a year ago on this topic:
.- Pope Francis said that people cannot be fully united to Jesus outside of the Church during a Mass to commemorate Saint George, the saint he is named after.
“You cannot find Jesus outside the Church,” he said April 23 in the Apostolic Palace’s Pauline Chapel.
“It is the Mother Church who gives us Jesus, who gives us the identity that is not only a seal, it is a belonging,” he declared in his homily.
The pontiff spoke about Christian identity as well as persecution, making it the sixth time in two weeks he has mentioned those who suffer for the faith.
Speaking about the Gospel reading for today from Saint John, Pope Francis underscored that “the missionary expansion of the Church began precisely at a time of persecution.”
“They had this apostolic fervor within them, and that is how the faith spread!” he exclaimed.
It was through the Holy Spirit’s initiative that the Gospel was proclaimed to the Gentiles, the Pope noted, and the Spirit “pushes more and more in this direction of opening the proclamation of the Gospel to all.”
The pontiff also repeated a line from his April 17 homily in St. Martha’s residence, when he emphasized that being a Christian is not like having “an identity card.”
“Christian identity is belonging to the Church, because all of these (the apostles) belonged to the Church, the Mother Church, because finding Jesus outside the Church is impossible,” he said.
“The great Paul VI said it is an absurd dichotomy to want to live with Jesus but without the Church, following Jesus out of the Church, loving Jesus without the Church,” he added.
Pope Francis said that “if we are not sheep of Jesus, faith does not come” and that it is “a rosewater faith and a faith without substance.”
The Pope also commented on Barnabas, who was sent to Antioch and was glad to see that the grace of God had encouraged people there to remain true disciples.
“Let us think of the consolations that Barnabas had, which is the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing,” he preached.
“Let us ask the Lord for this frankness, this apostolic fervor that impels us to move forward, as brothers, all of us forward,” he remarked.
MY FINAL COMMENTS: The most controversial thing I wrote yesterday that one or two comments took exception was the following: " If Catholics don't like what the Catholic Church teaches, they should either shut-up, pull their children out of all Catholic religious education programs and schools or leave the Church altogether"
Of those Catholics at this Catholic School, I wonder how many of these kids and their parents actually go to Mass each Sunday, confession regularly and witness to their Catholic faith at home and elsewhere? Have they become pagans and now trying to paganize a Catholic school by separating Christ from His Church?
Shouldn't the new evangelization entail true disciples of the Lord, like Sister Jane, in the image and likeness of Saint Baranabas, to be frank in moving forward and to encourage people there at that school to become and remain true disciples?
We also know from the Gospel of John that when Jesus' preached the truth, many found him altogether to much and left Him--Jesus did not prevent them from doing so and neither should we in the current context!