The Vatican saying it as nicely as possible…

by Datechguy | April 19th, 2012

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The Vatican saying it as nicely as possible...

“I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slav­ery. You shall not have other gods besides me.

Exo­dus 20:23

Let him begin by treat­ing the Patri­o­tism or the Paci­fism as a part of his reli­gion. Then let him, under the influ­ence of par­ti­san spirit, come to regard it as the most impor­tant part. Then qui­etly and grad­u­ally nurse him on to the stage at which the reli­gion becomes merely part of the “cause”… Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very lit­tle dif­fer­ence what kind of worldly end he is pur­su­ing. Pro­vided that meet­ings, pam­phlets, poli­cies, move­ments, causes, and cru­sades, mat­ter more to him than prayers and sacra­ments and char­ity, he is ours

C.S. Lewis, The Screw­tape Let­ters VII (Glas­gow: Collins, 1942

You must choose, but choose wisely

Indi­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade 1989

We talked about the Vat­i­can inves­ti­ga­tion of the LCWA a while back. Well the fruits of that inves­ti­ga­tion are com­plete:

The Vat­i­can Con­gre­ga­tion for the Doc­trine of the Faith (CDF) has called for reform of the Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence of Women Reli­gious (LCWR) and named Arch­bishop Peter Sar­tain of Seat­tle as its Arch­bishop Del­e­gate for the ini­tia­tive. Bishop Leonard Blair and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki also were also named to assist in this effort.

The doc­u­ment uses a lot of words to get to the nit­tygritty of the problem:

The Assess­ment reveals seri­ous doc­tri­nal prob­lems which affect many in Con­se­crated life,” call­ing it a cri­sis “char­ac­ter­ized by a diminu­tion of the fun­da­men­tal Chris­to­log­i­cal cen­ter and focus of reli­gious con­se­cra­tion.

So the prob­lem with these nuns pretty much is they wish to be social work­ers rather than you know, fol­low­ers of Christ and mem­bers of the church. C.S. Lewis saw this com­ing years ago warn­ing:

we do want, and want very much, to make men treat Chris­tian­ity as a means; prefer­ably, of course, as a means to their own advance­ment, but, fail­ing that, as a means to any­thing — even to social jus­tice. The thing to do is to get a man at first to value social jus­tice as a thing which the Enemy demands, and then work him on to the stage at which he val­ues Chris­tian­ity because it may pro­duce social jus­tice. For the Enemy will not be used as a convenience.

and the final result is the LCWR.

So now the Car­di­nal and the Bish­ops are going to get involved, very involved and fem­i­nists in the church are out­raged that Catholic orga­ni­za­tions are going to be expected to you know be Catholic. When you have the National Catholic Reporter refer­ring to the Bishop of Seat­tle as “Anti-​gay” (look at the title of the post before it was mod­i­fied) because he fol­lows church teach­ing and opposes mor­tal sin, and they are just one of a litany of lib­eral Catholics urg­ing defiance.

You know there is a rea­son why Pride is first on the list of deadly sins.

As I have said many times, Catholi­cism is a purely vol­un­tary activ­ity and those who don’t wish to prac­tice have lit­er­ally thou­sands of protes­tant denom­i­na­tions to choose from or no denom­i­na­tion at all. This isn’t Cuba and nobody is going to stop you from leav­ing the Island if you want to.

But if you are going to be in a Catholic reli­gious order, it is not too much to ask you to fol­low Catholic Teach­ing because you are an exam­ple to oth­ers. If you are encour­ag­ing sin, you are part of the prob­lem not the solu­tion:

It does not mat­ter how small the sins are pro­vided that their cumu­la­tive effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Noth­ing. Mur­der is no bet­ter than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the grad­ual one — the gen­tle slope, soft under­foot, with­out sud­den turn­ings, with­out mile­stones, with­out signposts,

The only rea­son to be a Chris­t­ian in gen­eral or a Catholic in par­tic­u­lar is because it is true, if you think so then the right and the smart thing to do is to is to work with the Bish­ops and well, be Catholic.

If you don’t, then fine, fight the church. I’m sure you will be sup­ported by many and cel­e­brated by media and the cul­ture for the rest of your days…

…after that you’re on your own.

“I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me.

Exodus 20:2-3

Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the “cause”… Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters VII (Glasgow: Collins, 1942

You must choose, but choose wisely

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989

We talked about the Vatican investigation of the LCWA a while back. Well the fruits of that investigation are complete:

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has called for reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and named Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle as its Archbishop Delegate for the initiative. Bishop Leonard Blair and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki also were also named to assist in this effort.

The document uses a lot of words to get to the nittygritty of the problem:

“The Assessment reveals serious doctrinal problems which affect many in Consecrated life,” calling it a crisis “characterized by a diminution of the fundamental Christological center and focus of religious consecration.

So the problem with these nuns pretty much is they wish to be social workers rather than you know, followers of Christ and members of the church. C.S. Lewis saw this coming years ago warning:

we do want, and want very much, to make men treat Christianity as a means; preferably, of course, as a means to their own advancement, but, failing that, as a means to anything—even to social justice. The thing to do is to get a man at first to value social justice as a thing which the Enemy demands, and then work him on to the stage at which he values Christianity because it may produce social justice. For the Enemy will not be used as a convenience.

and the final result is the LCWR.

So now the Cardinal and the Bishops are going to get involved, very involved and feminists in the church are outraged that Catholic organizations are going to be expected to you know be Catholic. When you have the National Catholic Reporter referring to the Bishop of Seattle as “Anti-gay” (look at the title of the post before it was modified) because he follows church teaching and opposes mortal sin, and they are just one of a litany of liberal Catholics urging defiance.

You know there is a reason why Pride is first on the list of deadly sins.

As I have said many times, Catholicism is a purely voluntary activity and those who don’t wish to practice have literally thousands of protestant denominations to choose from or no denomination at all. This isn’t Cuba and nobody is going to stop you from leaving the Island if you want to.

But if you are going to be in a Catholic religious order, it is not too much to ask you to follow Catholic Teaching because you are an example to others. If you are encouraging sin, you are part of the problem not the solution:

It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,

The only reason to be a Christian in general or a Catholic in particular is because it is true, if you think so then the right and the smart thing to do is to is to work with the Bishops and well, be Catholic.

If you don’t, then fine, fight the church. I’m sure you will be supported by many and celebrated by media and the culture for the rest of your days…

…after that you’re on your own.

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