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Did St. Josephat die in vain? November 20, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, Revolution, sanctity, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Via reader Skeinster, a really good post from Shameless Popery on St. Josephat and what it means to be Catholic and have Faith.  More to the point, with all the ecumania and doctrinal indifference, did St. Josephat and other martyrs to the Faith die in vain?

392 years ago today, Saint Josaphat, an Eastern Catholic bishop in Ukraine, was dragged out of his rectory and murdered by the Eastern Orthodox townspeople that he was trying to lead back into union with the Roman Catholic Church. The Church does not hesitate, in her prayers, to say that he poured out his blood like Christ. He died for the principle that it matterswhether we Christians are Catholics. My question for you today is did he die in vain?

After all, I frequently hear that it doesn’t matter whether or not someone is Catholic, as long as they’re Christian. They’ve got better music down the block, or you like the preaching better. Catholicism becomes just one denomination, just one option. Or perhaps we’ll go further and say that the Church itself doesn’t matter: all that matters is having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” That personal relationship is obviously vital, but Cardinal Dolan has pointed out the folly of trying to have the Good Shepherd without the flock, trying to have the King of Kings without His Kingdom, trying to have the Head without the Body of Christ. So to answer my initial question, I ask you to consider four more questions:

The first question: Did Jesus intend to inaugurate the Kingdom of God on earth?Yes.

The very first words out of Jesus’ mouth in St. Mark’s Gospel are “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk. 1:15). And we hear that again in today’s Gospel, when Jesus says that, although it has not yet arrived fully, the Kingdom of God is among us.

The second question: Did Jesus establish this Kingdom in His Church? Yes.

In the famous passage of Matthew 16:18-19, Jesus says to Peter, “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Note, He doesn’t say He’s giving the keys to the Kingdom to everyone, to all believers. Instead, Christ explicitly gives the keys to the Kingdom to St. Peter, the head of the Church, using the singular “you.”……

……….So where do we stand? Do we think the Church is dispensable? That it no longer has the protection of the Holy Spirit, or no longer has the fullness of truth? That Christ’s Church no longer has an earthly head? In short, do we think that St. Josaphat died in vain?

There’s two more questions and answers at the link. You know how I feel.  I think lack of charity and faith in the Church has placed tens if not hundreds of millions in grave jeopardy of hellfire.

Moral cowardice carries a very steep price.

Comments

1. Guest - November 21, 2015

Did the early Christians die in vain for refusing to honor false gods and false worship? This is what so called papal manifestations of ecumenism seem to imply, such as inviting voodoo priests to ask demons to possess them in front of the Altar of God, praying with Muslims, saying that Jews are saved despite denying that Jesus is the Christ, calling pagan religions treasures of Asia….

2. Brian E. Breslin - November 22, 2015

Hey, Tantum, this isn’t related but I thought you’d like to see this.
http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/st-john-paul-ii-no-mercy-without-truth
Thanks.

3. Lindsay Wheeler - November 26, 2015

The Eastern Orthodox will say that the keys were given to the all the Apostles and it is the Bishops in the Church that hold them. Papal Supremacy comes out of the Dictatus Papae an 11 century document that was created to solve problems in the Western side of Christendom. The Eastern half of Christianity has had a living, viable faith for centuries without direct involvement of Rome. Eastern Orthodox Christians have the true orthodox faith as any Roman Catholic.

What St. Josephat was doing was insulting the Eastern Orthodox. We are called to have unity by Jesus Christ and not break unity. The Eastern Orthodox are just as valid as Roman Catholics.


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