Who Will Speak for the Lost Sheep Now?

The following excerpts are from an article on Crisis Magazine’s website. Dr. Esolen teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College. His latest book is from Sophia Institute Press, Reflections on the Christian Life.

Forgive me, Lord, if I use your words for an admonitory parable. You said to the Pharisees, “What man among you, having a hundred sheep, and learning that one of them has wandered into the wilderness, will not leave the ninety nine and go after the lost sheep? And when he has found it, will he not call his friends and say, Rejoice with me, for I have found the sheep that was lost?”

That is why you came among us, to call sinners back to the fold. Not to pet and stroke them for being sinners, because that is what you mean by “lost,” and what you mean by “dead,” when you asked us to consider the young man who had wandered into the far country. The father in your parable wanted his son alive, not dead. The son said, “Father, I have sinned before heaven and you. Now I am not worthy to be called your son.” He spoke but the truth, and that truth set him free.

So I am looking at a world in a shambles. We do not have Pharisees who preen themselves for having followed the letter of the law and missed its soul. We have Pharisees who preen themselves for disobeying the law, even the most serious admonitions of the law, even your own clear words on marriage and divorce, while presuming to have discovered a soul-of-the-law whose existence has eluded two thousand years of martyrs, saints, popes, bishops, and theologians. “I thank you, O God, that you have made me a sinner and a publican, and not like these others who set their aim so high.”

In this world that I see, there is no sheepfold left. “What man among you, having a hundred sheep, and seeing the fold smashed and hirelings among the flocks, men who, while wolves are tearing the bellies of the sheep, are themselves roasting mutton on spits, will not leave the ninety nine and go into the wilderness to find one, and when he finds it dead already, will not hold his head high and say, Well, I did my best!”

It will be said that the one—the unrepentant or semi-repentant sinner, the one who wants to have the faith on his own terms—is “marginalized,” a word I detest, but which may serve my purposes this once. If adults in immoral sexual relationships are “marginalized,” Lord, let me speak up now for people who do not even make it to the margins, for the poorest of the poor, for people who have no advocate at all.

Let me speak for the children of divorce, who see their homes torn in two, because of a mother or a father who has shrugged away the vow of permanence. I see them straining to put a fine face on it, to protect the very parents who should have protected them, to squelch back their own tears so as not to hurt those who have hurt them. Who speaks for them, harried from pillar to post? Who pleads their case, whose parents conveniently assume that their children’s happiness must depend upon their own contentment, and not the other way around? Where is my Church’s apostolate for the children sawn in half, while the Solomons of our time looked the other way?

Let me speak for the children thrust into confusion, to justify the confusion of their parents or of people in authority over them. Here is a boy whose father is absent or aloof. He needs to be affirmed in his boyhood, but he shies away from the other boys. Then sidles the teacher into the garden of his boyhood to suggest to him unrealities that he cannot understand. …

Let me speak for the children exposed to unutterable evils on all sides. Here is a girl at age twelve who has seen things on a screen that her grandmother could never have imagined. She is taking pictures of herself already, and making “friends” among the sons and daughters of Belial. This is happening under our very eyes. She goes to the drug store and must confront magazines for “women” blaring out their headlines about sex and what without any irony goes by the name of “beauty,” and nobody says, “Why should this be?” Who speaks up for her innocence? Where are the leaders of my Church, helping her to become a gracious and godly Christian woman, rather than a poor self-prostituted wreck, more cynical about the opposite sex at age twenty than the hardest thrice-divorced old woman would be? Who pleads for her protection? Who notices her?…

Let me speak up for the young people who do in fact follow the moral law and the teachings of the Church. Many of these are suffering intense loneliness. Have you bothered to notice? Have you considered all those young people who want to be married, who should be married, but who, because they will not play evil’s game, can find no one to marry? …  Do you care, leaders of my Church? Or do you not rather tacitly agree with their fellows who do the marital thing without being married? Do you not rather share that bemused contempt for the “old fashioned” purity they are trying to preserve?

What help do you give them? Do you not rather at every step exacerbate their suffering, when by your silence and your telling deeds you confirm in them the terrible fear that they have been played for chumps, that their own leaders do not believe, that they would have been happier in this world had they gone along with the world, and that their leaders would have smiled upon them had they done so?

You want more? More people who do not merit a footnote? What about the men and women abandoned by their spouses? Have you stood up for their rights? What about the innocent men who, after they have been abandoned, become in effect slaves to a corrupt and lawless regime? Have you stood up for them? Founded a society for mutual support?

Who speaks for the penitent, trying to place his confidence in a Church that cuts his heart right out, because she seems to take his sins less seriously than he does?

Venturing forth into the margins, my leaders? You have not placed one toe outside of the plush rugs of your comfort. Do so, I beg you! Come and see all those whom the Lonely Revolution has hurt. Leave your parlors and come to the sheepfold! [Dr. Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine]

The modernist heresy now is in control of the Church and the “Kasper Agenda”  prelates are lauded by the world  for their “mercy” but it is a false mercy, which fails to comfort the victims of the sins that Pope Francis and his cadre ignore. Broken marriages hurt children. True mercy would help parents sustain their marriages and protect their vulnerable families. True mercy would support Christian youth to live chaste lives and make wholesome choices.

In the past few weeks since Pope Francis engineered his Synod, it has been gratifying to see the beautiful response of so many good people, such as Dr. Esolen, Archbishop Athanasius Schneider, Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Burke, even to bloggers and mainstream Catholic journalists.

Please continue your penances and prayers, especially the Rosary!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, we place our trust in thee!

Viva Christo Rey!

Pray for the Synod on Marriage and the Family

Today is one of those beautiful blue Fall days that blesses northeast Florida only a few times a year. The air is crisp and cool, so unlike Florida’s normal muggy “armpit weather”. But lest our natural optimism get away with us, Father Carota over at his wonderful blog, Traditional Catholic Priest has this reminder that the faith is almost certainly in danger. Here is his post in its entirety.

Pray For Progressive Extraordinary Synod Of Bishops On The “Family” At Vatican Oct. 5-19

Posted on October 4, 2014
The old adage; “Have your cake and eat it too” is what we are seeing more and more in the Catholic Church. Church leaders and people want to be Catholics and yet not obey the Bible or the 2000 years teaching.

It never works. Chasing after the worldly ways to be popular did not work in Holland with the Dutch Catechism. The “New Catechism” was published in Holland “De Nieuwe Katechismus“, in 1966. The progressive Dutch bishops thought that if they watered down Catholic teaching the Church would improve in Holland. The opposite happened. There are very very few Catholics who attend mass there anymore and most are either extreme liberals or faithful old people. You can read the Vatican’s critique of the New Catechism here.

So using pastoral mercy to accept divorced and remarried people and homosexual parents who have children, will not help the world or the Church. Jesus says a very clear NO to divorce, adultery and fornication.

“Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for any cause? Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” Matthew 19: 3-6.

In many parts of Africa Polygamy (a man has many wives) is practiced. Before that person can become Catholic he must be married to only one of his wives. Should he be allowed to have all of his wives and still become Catholic?

St. Paul makes it very clear too. “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” 1 Cor. 6: 9-10

As to homosexual families, St. Paul writes:

“For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them. Romans 1: 26-32.

This last sentence: “not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them” applies to the pope, cardinals, bishops, religious, priests, parents and friends who consent to homosexual activity as a pastoral way of loving homosexuals. Love them by telling them they are in sin and their eternal souls in danger of the everlasting flames of hell. Homosexuals from all over the world have gathered in Rome.

“LGBT” Catholic activists from Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Portugal, the US, Chile, Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Russia, Italy and Britain are expected to participate in a series of conference, forums and press gatherings sponsored by a wide array of well-funded international organisations, including the European Union.” Life Site

The vatican is being very secretive about the Extraordinary synod. The Vatican press office said that information will be limited and speakers names will not to be made known.

I believe that what we are seeing with Pope Francis and all of his cohort, is the complete fulness, total consistency with Vatican II. I am old enough (71 years!) to remember what the Church used to teach and I remember what a U-Turn Vatican II was. While the Novus Ordo and many other of the changes were being implemented, the popes and other hierarchy often made many statements that affirmed orthodoxy. The conflict between what was being done, i.e., pastoral practice, and what was being affirmed, i.e., doctrine, caused a chaos and confusion among the faithful. This resulted in a deep rift between those of us who kept trying to call attention to the heterodox practices in the liturgy and those who were just as adamant in trumpeting the orthodox statements of the popes. When I would point out the serious offenses of Pope John Paul II’s Assisi meetings, I was always shouted down by those who spoke of the “saintly” Pope’s devotion to the Rosary, for instance.

Now, however, we have been blessed, — for God blesses us in all that happens, if we will but hold firm to Him! — blessed with a Pope at last who is so thoroughly imbued with the modernist heresy of Vatican II that he cannot possibly give anything other than a thorough-going modernist slant to his every utterance.  There is no way possible to misunderstand his utter disdain for those of us who still doggedly affirm that which has always and everywhere been the unchangeable, absolute fulness of the deposit of Faith.

In this secretive Synod then, let the Bishop of Rome have his say. Let Kasper and Danneels and Maradiaga and all their ilk do as they like. For our part, we will pray our rosaries and trust in the Immaculate Heart of our Blessed Mother, the Mother of God and Queen of the Holy Roman Catholic Church that God’s will be done once again in the Church.

May the merciful and most pure Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ bless our Holy Father, the Pope, the Vicar of Christ.

Mary, help of Christians, pray for us all.

Sweet Heart of Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

St. Pius X and the Oath Against Modernism

St. Pius X was the last Pope who stood steadfast against the Modernist heresy. In his honor, here is his Oath Against Modernism, which was promulgated on September 1, 1910.  As you read it, please consider that every single Conciliar Pope from John XXIII through Benedict XVI had originally sworn this solemn oath, which of course, was violated by those same popes during and after Vatican II.

THE OATH AGAINST MODERNISM

To be sworn to by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries.

“I . . . . firmly embrace and accept each and every definition that has been set forth and declared by the unerring teaching authority of the Church, especially those principal truths which are directly opposed to the errors of this day.  Continue reading “St. Pius X and the Oath Against Modernism”