Our Blessed Lord’s warning to pastors of souls who abdicate of their duty June 23, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Bible, catachesis, disconcerting, error, foolishness, General Catholic, priests, secularism, self-serving, the struggle for the Church.
The great prophet of the Old Testament, Jeremiah, is a type for the faithful priests of today’s Church. The situation of the Israelites before the fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity is a type for the crisis in the Church. Both have been precipitated by mass desertion from the Faith as God has revealed it to His chosen people, and especially by the failures and even apostasy of those given the great grace, but also responsibility, of spiritual leadership. Our Lord revealed in inspired and inerrant Scripture that those pastors who are really wolves in sheep’s clothing are to face a terrible reckoning, even more terrible than those fallen Levites who worshiped satan by sacrificing babies and led immoral lives. But there is also hope offered by our Lord, who promises that the Remnant that remains faithful shall be protected and eventually return to their home and be multiplied.
From Jeremias(h) Chapter XXIII:
Woe to the pastors, that destroy and tear the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord.
Therefore thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to the pastors that feed my people: You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold I will visit upon you for the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
And I will gather together the remnant of my flock, out of all the lands into which I have cast them out: and I will make them return to their own fields, and they shall increase and be multiplied.
And I will set up pastors over them, and they shall feed them: they shall fear no more, and they shall not be dismayed: and none shall be wanting of their number, saith the Lord.
Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be wise, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth. [An obvious reference to the coming of our Lord incarnate in the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, but since the Old Testament is a type for the New, and the old temple for our Church, it also refers to the apostasy that will afflict (or is afflicting) the Church prior to the Second Coming]
…….Because the land is full of adulterers, because the land hath mourned by reason of cursing, [false oaths and blasphemies] the fields of the desert are dried up: and their course is become evil, and their strength unlike.
For the prophet and the priest are defiled: and in my house I have found their wickedness, saith the Lord.
Therefore their way shall be as a slippery way in the dark: for they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evils upon them, the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: they prophesied in Baal, and deceived my people Israel.
And I have seen the likeness of adulterers, and the way of lying in the prophets of Jerusalem: and they strengthened the hands of the wicked, that no man should return from his evil doings: they are all become unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. [How hideously literally has this prophecy played out in our time, where so many priests have indeed become as the inhabitants of Sodom, and so many female religious as Gomorrah. And think on this, for all the times our Lord references Sodom in Scripture, and it is many (over a score, at least), His wrath is always kindled and He speaks of their evil as ultimate. What a rebuke that is to those given over to perverse inclinations, and their apologists, who pretend Sodom was destroyed not for the rank immorality of its inhabitants, but because of a failure of hospitality! Please, they turn our Lord into a spiteful, vengeful God who wipes out cities for trifling offenses in order to try to justify their sin. Poor deluded souls. St. Ephraem’s counsel must be remembered in dealing with people like this]
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts to the prophets: Behold I will feed them with wormwood, and will give them gall to drink: for from the prophets of Jerusalem corruption has gone forth into all the land.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Hearken not to the words of the prophets that prophesy to you, and deceive you: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
They say to them that blaspheme me: The Lord hath said: You shall have peace: and to every one that walketh in the perverseness of his own heart, they have said: No evil shall come upon you. [And to those who are adulterers, they say, “come to Communion,” and for those who are sodomites, they say, “bring us your gifts!”]
For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath seen and heard his word? Who hath considered his word and heard it? [Say the lying temporizers]
Behold the whirlwind of the Lord’ s indignation shall come forth, and a tempest shall break out and come upon the head of the wicked.
The wrath of the Lord shall not return till he execute it, and till he accomplish the thought of his heart: in the latter days you shall understand his counsel…….
……..How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies, and that prophesy the delusions of their own heart?
Who seek to make my people forget my name through their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighbour: as their fathers forgot my name for Baal.
The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream: and he that hath my word, let him speak my word with truth: what hath the chaff to do with the wheat, saith the Lord?
Are not my words as a fire, saith the Lord: and as a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Therefore behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord: who steal my words every one from his neighbour.
Behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord: who use their tongues, and say: The Lord saith it. [When they contradict the very Truth our Lord has revealed to us]
Behold I am against the prophets that have lying dreams, saith the Lord: and tell them, and cause my people to err by their lying, and by their wonders: when I sent them not, nor commanded them, who have not profited this people at all, saith the Lord..….[who lead the people to err by their lies, who have not profited this people at all, saith the Lord. My my]
….Therefore behold I will take you away carrying you, and will forsake you, and the city which I gave to you, and to your fathers, out of my presence.
And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame which shall never be forgotten.
It’s pretty plain to me. I know Scripture is open to varying interpretations at times, but given that the Levitical priesthood was all but wiped out during the fall of Jerusalem, this is the kind of warning I would tend to heed.