All sorts of virtues painted in the fantasy or approved by the intellect or even, in some measure, loved and admired, will not keep a man from Our Father’s house: indeed they make him more amusing when he gets there.”C. S. Lewis Screwtape 7
Reuters promoted a story saying that some Catholic Priests will defy the Vatican and bless same sex weddings.
The Catholic Church has a term for such people who defy doctrine for their own spin, they are called “Protestants”.
For myself I’ve always called them what they actually are: “Catholics for Mortal Sin”.
All of this reminds me of the entire Transgender business.
The people who are getting bits of themselves cut up are mentally ill, but are so desperate to been seen as normal and are willing to go to great, even destructive lengths to deceive themselves in order and to convince or impose on society that this standard of insanity is a beautiful thing.
That’s bad but the real evil comes from the Physicians , the psychologists and the surgeons who know better who take advantage of these people for fun and prophet. As Christ said to Pilate: “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above. For this reason the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:11)
There is a reason why the sin of Pride is first among the mortal sins. It’s because it’s replacing one’s own judgement for that of God.
This is why these priests are guilty of the greater sin in giving a false blessing and abusing the rights of the church than the couple seeking it.
For the priest it’s all about them.
Is it not ironic that the couples involved do not respect obviously do not respect the teaching of the church by an open defiance of it , yet are apparently desperate to be seen to have the blessing of the God and the Church for what they are doing and have that blessing seen and acknowledged?
It reminds me of something that Fr. Z once said about the difference between a couple in an invalid marriage resolving to live as brother and sister receiving communion privately from the priest and going to confession if they fall and another defiantly going up for communion during mass.
One couple wants to receive Christ because it’s all about God, the other wants to be seen getting the wafer because it’s all about them. It’s not about submitting to God, it’s about God submitting to them.
It’s the sin of pride once again.
Looking at this it’s basically the difference between two famous gay Catholics Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew Sullivan.
Both understood the church teaching on the subject of homosexuality and gay marriage but Milo acknowledged and struggled to conform himself to combat the mortal sins he was inclined toward while Andrew fought to have his mortal sins celebrated and blessed by church and state.
It’s still up in the air whether or not Milo will manage to win his fight against sin or go the way of Fr. Corapi but as a person who struggles with is own sins I’d rather be in Milo’s place pleading with God for help and mercy and forgiveness than Andrew’s place telling God what the score is and expecting a prize.
All of this by the way include a trap for everyone else. As I’ve noted Milo’s situation is much like that of the Tax Collector that Christ told of who approaches the alter with his head bowed saying: ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’. The Trick is to make sure we don’t look at the Priests and the couples involved and declaring our righteousness before the Lord in comparison to them particularly for our own aggrandizement. As C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape puts it:
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 meets, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours–and the more ‘religious’ (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty careful down here.
That’s the same sin of pride and it’s just a deadly or even more so. Rather we should pray for those involved while also confessing our own sins and asking for the mercy of God.
As I’ve said many times. Heaven will be no less glorious nor Hell any more bearable if we find ourselves next to someone we didn’t care for on Earth.