Wednesday, October 15, 2014
WEATHERING THE STORMS OF TIME AND CONTROVERSY AND REMAINING EVER LOYAL AS TRUE CATHOLICS TO THE POPE AND BISHOPS IN UNION WITH HIM NO MATTER WHAT!
This past Friday's episode, however, bashed the Catholic Church and the Bible for their "anti-gay" stance. In other words, the Church and the Bible are being painted as promoting bigotry, similar to those who opposed civil rights for African Americans during the civil rights movement beginning in the 1950's.
We have to keep in mind that the painting of the Catholic Church as behind the times as it concerns gay rights and worse yet as bigoted is a worldwide phenomenon which will only increase over the next few years.
Certainly the shoddy preliminary report from the Synod on the Family has this in mind. How can the Church evangelize if it is painted to be like the KKK opposing "gay rights"?
Even some of the comments on my blog show a certain "bigotry" embedded in the comments. You should read some of the ones I delete. How do we call sinners who sin against Scripture and natural law to chastity? Do we need to use shrill language? We all know that many heterosexual couples married or living together engage not only in what the Church would label natural sex but also unnatural sex. In their case it would seem that unnatural sex would be even more sinful since they have a choice! But how many here who make ill-advised comments, use nasty derogatory epitaphs for these sinning couples?
So the Synod on the Family is discussing how to reach out in a positive way to sinners and bring them to Christ and the Sacraments which are meant to be the means by which God offers us His grace of conversion. While we can certainly fault a horrible document that is ambiguous on Church teaching, I don't think we can fault finding better ways to proclaim the good news to a changed world.
What I find appalling in so many conservative commentaries and comments, even on my blog, is the idea that one would leave the Church if a more pastoral approach is taken toward sinners in the Church especially those who sin against chastity, whereas the commenter's own sins against charity (the greatest gift God gives us by the way) is okay and publicly espoused!
Bill Donohue states the following about the Synod which all orthodox Catholics should applaud as do I:
It should be noted that the Catholic League exists to defend the right of the Church’s voice to be heard. Whatever the teaching body of the Church decides, the Magisterium (the pope in communion with the bishops), is what we defend.
My final comment: Keep in mind the Synod on the Family will not have an official magisterial teaching until Pope Francis presents it after next year's Synod. So don't expect anything until about 2016! Whatever trickles out between now and then is purely opinion containing no magisterial authority except when proclaiming magisterial teachings already defined.