Wednesday, June 24, 2015
HOW MUST MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH, IN PARTICULAR, THE CLERGY REACT TO THE DISORDERS OF ORIGNIAL SIN THAT LEAD TO ACTUAL SIN?
Ultimately, the role of the Church is to help a disordered world (due to Original and Actual Sin) to be reconciled to God and go to heaven. We can't fix the world, try as we may and we must try! Without this reconciliation, though, disordered humans and the world they live in go to hell in a handbag. The Church's ministry is to prevent as many people as possible from going to hell, recognizing the truth Jesus told us in Tuesday's Gospel for the daily Mass from Matthew 7:12-14 the following:
“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”
There have been many societal trends in the last 50 years that are destructive. Yes, the proliferation of abortions leading to the deaths of millions upon millions of children is a tragedy for these children and society. But it also is a tragedy for those who have abortions, encourage them, and perform them. The loss of someone's immortal soul to hell is a tragedy and something the Church tries to reverse through pro-active action to prevent abortions and avert damnation of those doing it or causing it through the Sacrament of Penance.
The same is true of the sexual revolution of the 1960's which is kicked into a higher notch with the gay revolution and same sex marriage in so many places and perhaps soon all over the USA depending on the Supreme Court. I don't think there is any way for the Church to reverse this trend any time soon wring out hands as we may.
All we can do is preach morality and when it comes to sex, modesty and chastity, two of secular society's "f" words, not to be spoken in polite company without some real push back and ridicule from those who squirm at these two words.
We'll have to compromise with secular society in agreeing that couples (now, could be multiple partners in the future) who are in committed relationships, sexual or otherwise, should receive the same benefits from the state as those in natural marriage as God designs. I think we can quibble with adoption of children or some other facets of this civil arrangement, but that is a side show.
What we must do is to warn people to enter through the narrow gate to heaven and to recognize that the road that leads to destruction is wide and many choose it. We can't stop those who are hell-bent on going to hell. And that's the way it is.