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Now this is my kind of pastor! January 15, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, priests, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, true leadership.
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And it seems he’s got a pretty orthodox parish – regular Adoration, Confession every day but Sunday (4 hours a week – not bad), public Rosary…….good stuff.  But when his fellow citizens voted in the utter falsity of state recognition of gays simulating marriage, he called it as he saw it.  Welcome to Sodom (my emphasis and comments):

Pastor’s Letter Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Bethesda, Maryland

Welcome to Sodom. Yes, that is what Maryland has now become. Sodom with its neighbor Gomorrah was a city of antiquity whose disregard for the natural law of human love led to its destruction. That same disregard is now written into state law. The distinctive physical and life-cultivating complimentarity of woman and man has been dismissed as a basis for marriage. Additionally, those who cannot honor this diluted definition in their personal and business activities will be held legally liable for discrimination and punished accordingly.

Already, the owner of a trolley service in Annapolis seeing this coming announced he will no longer offer wedding services. By doing so he will lose much of his business, but he cannot in good faith go along with treating as normal what is not, neither can we.

It is a great sadness that many of Satan’s helpers in ushering in this demonic distortion of marriage were Catholics, such as our governor. In promoting this desecration they have not only brought dishonor to our holy faith and shame to all Catholics, but invite the real possibility of damnation on themselves. We must pray that they recognize this error, repent and make reparation. [Great words!  It is terribly sad that so few Catholics hear the clarion call of Truth in this manner!  Many priests would rather equivocate, if they do not actively believe error themselves, out of fear for offending their dissenting/heretical laity.  Most just leave the subject alone out of fear of being “controversial.”  Silence equals assent in cases like these.  It is a dereliction of duty not to present ALL the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church, even though it may make some or most uncomfortable, even angry.]

Some may interpret my words as an unfair disregard for individuals who bear same-gender attraction. It is not. Such brothers and sister must be loved and embraced. Indeed, we must make greater efforts of proper inclusion and support. At the same time true love is not allowance for any activity. It has no authority to overlook what is written in nature. Love cannot comply with a lie. It first honors what God has designed, and then encourages all to live in authentic love that leads to true fulfillment. Nothing changes for us, because God defines marriage. This has not changed. The purposeful union of man and woman was the crown of God’s creation. Anything else by that name mocks what God has created, and therefore mocks God. [!!! I like this guy!]

None of the great moral evils of our time would be a reality without Catholic support. Abortion, legalization of contraception, widespread divorce, so-called same sex marriage – none of these would be more than legal, but omnipresent, without active Catholic support. This support has often taken the form of Catholic legislators acting against the belief and practice of the Church in pursuit of their own personal interest. But those legislators have been elected by Catholic laity who have grown very accustomed to selectively disregarding aspects of the Faith which don’t suit them – or the culture they serve. More pastors like the one above, strongly relating what the Church believes and holding souls to account for their action could likely have prevented this terrible trend of Catholics serving in the vanguard of the shock troops at war with their own faith. Or what they claim to be their own faith.  Lack of episcopal and priestly leadership has played a big part for the current state of the culture and its ongoing demise.  Only strong leadership at the parish and diocesan level can begin to turn this around.

Comments

1. mickvet - January 16, 2013

Great to hear Truth, without an equivocation or a weasel word. Catholicism isn’t dead yet-look at all those anti-homosexual-marriage marchers in supposedly godless France.


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