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Strong Sermon Denouncing Contraception from Tyler Bishop Strickland June 27, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Immigration, Restoration, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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I’ve been seeing more and more good catechesis from His Excellency Bishop Strickland.  He’s no hardcore Trad, but his catechesis on many doctrinal subjects, especially those related to the marital act and continence, is about as solid as one will see in the Novus Ordo environment and far better than virtually any active bishop I can think of.  He does endorse NFP without a concomitant warning that it should only be used in grave situations, but other than that this is generally quite solid.  He states that couples who contracept are committing a serious sin and should not receive the Blessed Sacrament.  As Bishop Gracida noted, virtually no other US bishop is willing to call souls to account on the matter of contraception, with Bishop Gracida claiming this the most stirring defense of Catholic Doctrine on the marital act given by any bishop in living memory.  I’m not sure if that is true, but it is certain that virtually no bishop, or priest outside traditional parishes, is willing to touch this subject even slightly.

In addition, Bishop Strickland directed all of his priests to have this sermon read in their parishes on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, just as he preached it in the cathedral.

The sermon in its closing 2 minutes does sadly go off the rails with Bishop Strickland endorsing the conventional USCCB viewpoint regarding unrestrained illegal immigration, lamenting ostensible separation of children from their criminal parents, as if that hasn’t been the case throughout human history.  Of course, in the vast majority of these cases, the very act of immigrating itself constitutes a separation from one parent.  The solution to the immigration problem is not to encourage further law-breaking and suffering at the hands of unscrupulous smugglers who rape fully 80% of the women and female children who try to cross the US border illegally.  The solution is to reform the broken Church and governments of the countries from which these people desire to emigrate.  Unfortunately, in the Church of today, bishops are more or less expected and required to at least throw a bone to the “other side” whenever they take a strong stand upholding the Doctrine of the Faith.  They can’t be seen to be too overtly political, not with all that wonderful tax money on the line.  It’s a shame, but pretty much par for the course for the bureaucratized post-conciliar Church.

Still, overall, it’s a very good and welcome effort.

I would also add that while couples practicing NFP due to dire circumstances may indeed experience a sense of sacrifice in not being able to bring more children into the world, a word could perhaps also be spared for those couples who, in spite of financial hardship and general material poverty, go ahead and embrace God’s gift of more children in spite of the material, spiritual, and other costs.  I feel this should always be promoted as the default position, so to speak, for all married Catholic couples.

I did like Bishop Strickland’s brief exhortation for older people whose children are grown, or who never had children, to assist younger couples with many children as much as possible.  This is something my wife has expressed many times, how in bygone years such used to be quite common, but is today rather rare.  There are some older people, especially ladies, who do make such offers from time to time, and God bless them for it.

And while marriage is sometimes difficult and constitutes a cross to bear, it is also a wonderful experience and blessing and the way God calls most all of us to live.  Far too often in our sick culture, marriage is presented as a drag, as nothing more than a convention or tax break, as a source of frustration and little more than a killjoy.  Often single or divorced life, with attendant incontinence and wantonness, is promoted as the chic, fun, rewarding way to be.  They never show those people in their 70s, alone and forgotten, living with their 17 cats and zero children or grandchildren.  It is in marriage that, as God ordains, true happiness, fulfillment, contentment, and solace can be found.

Nevertheless, great applause for Bishop Strickland for giving this sermon and being willing to touch the supposed third rail of the Church, contraception.  May his example inspire far more bishops and priests to emulate him.

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Comments

1. maggycast - June 27, 2018

Finally, a bishop speaking out against contraception! Yes, a gift indeed. Although I thought the trad position when it came to dire circumstances would be continence i.e. abstaining from the marital act altogether like the marriage of the Holy Family? It’s what I suppose they did for the first 1900 plus years before NFP and HV. What an example of true chastity and sacrifice THAT would be in our sex addicted and obsessed culture:+)

Thank you for the good news of late…this and the retirement of Justice Kennedy have brought light to the day:+)

God bless~

Michele Kerby - June 28, 2018

Regarding the 1900 years before NFP and HV, I’ve heard of a few cases in which agreed-upon abstinence went smoothly. But I’ve heard of many more in which husbands sought solace in prostitutes or drink, or in which the wife found a way to get an abortion. And then there were, and still are, children abandoned to the streets or sold into slavery because their parents couldn’t feed them. Perhaps contraception is evil, but so are some of the other alternatives.

Camper - June 28, 2018

One thing is that people who get married need to have substantial savings beforehand so that they can deal with a large family. It’s very important to be responsible if society is going to be healthy.

Tim - June 28, 2018

Perhaps????? No…..IS!
“NFP” is evil as well….the intent is the same as any “artificial” method.

What’s “natural” about making the wife’s private areas the subject of a science experiment?

If the wife’s health is that dire what Catholic man would insist on that?
Do he love her or does he love “it”?

2. Dismas - June 28, 2018

Well, I knew Bishop Strickland before he was a Bishop. He was one of the priests in the Diocese of Tyler of higher rank. I found him a good confessor.

This report is entirely consistent with what I have seen in him all along. First of all, all of the current bishops and priests were formed in anti-Catholic seminaries. So their understanding of Catholicism is going to differ from that of a Catholic who bases his understanding on material extant prior to, say, the Second Vatican Council.

Given this disclaimer, it is somewhat remarkable that he would so strongly support an authentic view, and not at all surprising that he would confound that with views either less supportable by authentic Catholicism or actually in opposition to that Catholicism.

Bishop Strickland is a “good guy” – a trait not always admirable in a bishop. He strikes one as boyish and naive. He strikes me as one of those rare priests that – were he to be seriously presented with authentic Catholicism – might well, with Divine intervention, be converted to the authentic Faith. Can that be said about many other priests or bishops?

Camper - June 28, 2018

So do you support the SSPX, the sedevacantists, Pope Michael, or something else?

Dismas - June 29, 2018

Authentic Catholicism. You know…the objectively demonstrable version.

Tim - June 29, 2018

So, SSPX, obviously.

Dismas - June 29, 2018

Actually, yes, but not exclusively. If a priest or a bishop is proffering unadulterated authentic Catholicism he has my support, regardless of the letters after his name, and maybe even especially if he is a diocesan priest, since he is by the very nature of things struggling valiantly against the greatest foes of Catholicism. I’m sure not down on the sedevacantists in general but I choose not to join or otherwise support them.

3. I see - July 2, 2018

How’d this guy get the Bishop’s chair ? And how did conservative East Texas get a conservative biishop ?


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