Holiness, a Mark of the True Church

The Synod continues and Pope Francis’s revolution continues apace, and so it goes. More than ever before prayer and penance are needed!

As the Synod unfolds, a few things come to mind. On another blog in a discussion on the possibility of Bergoglio changing Church teaching, a commenter remarked :

Can Bergoglio change Church teaching? The following analogy may provide a useful approach to answering this question.

In 1967, the British Parliament decriminalized buggery, but the legislation applied to England and Wales only, not Scotland. In Scotland, meanwhile, the Lord Advocate (roughly equivalent to the Attorney General) had instructed that there should be no prosecutions for buggery. The question is: did the Lord Advocate’s instruction change the law in Scotland – even though it was not legislation?

The answer to this question depends on the definition of “law”, about which there is no universal agreement. If, however, you take legal philosopher John Austin’s definition – “the command of a sovereign, backed by the threat of a sanction” – then the answer would of course be, “Yes”. The Lord Advocate had removed the threat of a sanction.

By removing the threat of a sanction, therefore, Bergoglio would be changing Church teaching, at least on this interpretation.

As a postscript to the above, the Catholic Encyclopedia makes the following remark under “Sanctity (Mark of the Church)”. A mark of the Church, of course, is a means by which the true Church is objectively identified:
“Her vindication of the indissolubility of marriage in the face of a licentious world affords the most conspicuous instance of this. She alone maintains in its integrity her Master’s teaching on marriage.”

When reading that I was so overwhelmed with nostalgia! The above quote about the sanctity of the Church from the Catholic Encyclopedia speaks volumes to what we have lost.

The true Church is Holy, that is how we know that she is the true Church. In today’s confusion, many are disheartened about the perceived lack of holiness in the Church. It distresses them to hear that pope Bergoglio has dismissed homosexuality flippantly, that he has called faithful Catholics pelagians and hardheaded and accused them of “obsessing” over abortion, contraception and sodomy (although he refuses to call it by its correct name).

In refusing to judge homosexuals, Pope Francis is refusing to follow Christ, Whose priest and Vicar he is supposed to be. This is a true lack of charity, because the sinner needs the Gospel preached, needs the truth to be told and needs to have their sins forgiven. The Church’s constant teaching all these years is that sodomy is a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. And just think of the actively homosexual priests who are not only engaging in such a horrendous mortal sin, but are also breaking their solemn vow of chastity and to compound matters, they celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass unworthily, blaspheming Our Lord and Savior and scandalizing His flock.

To all those who are confused and disheartened over the state of the Church today, Be of good heart, look for the holiness. That is where our sins are forgiven. That is where our souls are healed. Many Catholics today are misled into thinking that the priests of the Society of St. Pius X are not able to administer the sacraments, that their Masses are not valid and so on. Often, self-styled experts presume to pass judgement on those of us who attend SSPX Chapels, decreeing that we are schismatics. To them I say, look at the signs — where do you find holiness? where do you find fidelity to the unchanging dogma and tradition of the Faith?

Can your sins be forgiven if the only sin your priest believes in is the sin of intolerance? Can you find nourishment and peace for your soul in an environment that places social justice in place of total devotion to Jesus Christ, His Passion, Death and Resurrection? Hell is a reality, Jesus spoke of it often, yet the modernist Church ignores this reality.

It’s a shame that Pope Francis will not honestly and courageously confront the sins that shackle people today – he misses the opportunity to free them of their sins. His modernism blinds him to the needs of sinners and causes him to eschew ‘judgmentalism’. Our Lord’s words, “Be of good heart, son, your sins are forgiven you” is a beautiful encouragement for all of us today. Don’t be confused by the so-called canon law experts, who are like the pharisees of Jesus time. They parse the canon law, ignoring the constant teaching of the Church’s traditional magisterium. They rejected Him then, and they war against the small remnant of the Church that is sustaining the Faith today. Seek out the holiness, seek the priest that will preach — and live! — the true word of God. If he doesn’t preach Jesus crucified, he is not true to the Faith, and not holy either..

It is said that God only gives us the quality of priests we deserve, so we must strive to deserve better. To this end, let’s renew our rosaries and our fasting. If we do this thing right, we may all become lean, mean praying machines! (And spiritual warriors par excellence!)

Our Lady of Fatima pray for us!

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us now and at the hour of our death!

~ posted by evensong ~