Bishop Rene Gracida has strong words for his fellow bishops…. June 29, 2011Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
….on the issue of reducing the marital state to a pathetic joke. OK, so he’s retired, but still, it’s quite refreshing to read such comments:
OK, SO WE LOST NEW YORK, BUT THE REST OF THE NATION IS LARGELY IN SUPPORT OF THE TRADITIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF MARRIAGE AS A CONTRACT BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN.We can win the war if only my brother bishops will stop talking in platitudes and start enforcing canon law. [I don't think it would change the 'debate' over 'gay marriage' entirely, if Catholic politicians were to be threatened with either formal excommuniation or denial of the Eucharist. Yes, there would likely be a vicious counterattack, but it would also put immense pressure on those politicians who repeatedly take public stands contrary to what the Church has always believed and proclaimed]For over a thousand years the Church has dealt with renegade Catholics like Andrew Cuomo by applying canonical remedies, not as punishment but as medicinal cures. [This seems to be something totally forgotten today. Excommunication is much less a penalty than it is a last desperate attempt to shake an individual holding heretical views - deliberately and publicly rejecting the Doctrine of the Faith and being involved in actions that work counter to Faith or Morals - from their terrible state. It is an act of profound mercy to try to save the unrepentant sinner's soul. This has been totally forgotten. Yes, there would be a high price to pay, the media would absolutely castigate the Church (because, they are SOOO friendly now!), but what price a human soul? How many deluded individuals have died in a state of grave sin because they didn't take Church Doctrine seriously, and no one in the Church held them to account?]It is time bishops start using the power the Church has given them!
Now, it’s easy for Bishop Gracida to say these things now that he is retired, and I don’t know how well he did in this regard when he was the Ordinary for Corpus Christi (I LOVE THAT NAME!), but it is still very refreshing to hear a bishop, even a retired one, say these things. Souls are at stake. Both the soul of the sinner/heretic, and the souls of many of the faithful confused or scandalized by this seeming unwillingness to defend Church Doctrine. That is the only thing that really and truly matters – the state of people’s souls. Yes, the Church may even lose its tax exempt status were it to vigorously defend the Faith and take formal canonical steps against unrepentant heretics, but that is a triviality compared to the loss of one soul. “But think of the good we could do with that money we’d be losing!” The purpose of the Church is not to do earthly good – the purpose of the Church is to bring souls to God. Jesus didn’t expound on the system of charity the Apostles needed to establish, he didn’t lecture the Apostles on the need for clerical exemptions from taxes, he expounded on the utter necessity of living a life of Grace. Everything else is totally secondary.
Why is this critical fact so apparent to many laity, but seems utterly lost on those with Divinely instituted authority? What am I missing?