Imagine for just a moment if Christ called a meeting of His disciples to strategize how to moderate His tone so as not to offend the Pharisees. You likely can barely bring yourself to do it. As a Catholic, you know Christ wasn’t interested in being popular or not offending the establishment.
One of the Catholic Church’s great strengths is the simplicity of its blueprint for living Christ’s word. The Church is clear on what constitutes intrinsic evil. It is clear we are to be more than bystanders in the face of it. It is the height of duplicity for the Church’s bishops in America to even suggest otherwise.
What American Catholics saw in Baltimore was a pathetic display of purely political equivocation.
There is Truth and there is spin. America’s Catholic bishops are spinning like a top. Their intentional vagueness and purposeful evasion would make a veteran White House Press Secretary blush.
In trying to allegedly avoid being politically divisive, they’ve again chosen acquiescence to those behind the cultural Marxism that seeks to tear away the foundations of faith, freedom, family, and civilization.
The first line about the Eucharist on the USCCB’s website states, “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.” Catholics are taught from an early age that the soul must be properly prepared to receive the Blessed Sacrament. That isn’t a subjective standard. A central tenet of Catholic teaching is that words alone are insufficient to demonstrate fidelity to Christ. Preparedness requires both spiritual and corporeal works.
When President Biden boasted, following his meeting with Pope Francis, that the Holy Father indicated America’s second Catholic President should still receive Communion, he dared the Church to rebuke him. That was never going to happen, nor should that have been the goal of any declaration coming out of Baltimore. The issue is much bigger than Biden.
Clearly, Francis has assiduously avoided discussion of the inherent contradiction between Catholic teaching and his own failure to admonish leaders who favor or acquiesce to abortion, assisted suicide, gender fluidity, and the erosion of religious liberties. He appears to not see the danger in sending mixed messages.
In equivocating on the issue of leaders who actively support abortion rights and spiritual preparedness, the Church is choosing politics over doctrine, despite their contention to the contrary. It’s a symbol of the Church’s near total failure to influence the nation’s top Democrats including Biden, Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Gavin Newsom, and Kathy Hochul, among others.
There is no such thing as someone who exerts enormous influence over the promotion of abortion, euthanasia, or any other issue that runs counter to Catholic teaching and is simultaneously fully prepared to receive the Holy Sacrament.
Acquiescing as they have, the Church is also diluting the importance of the Eucharist. Watering down what sets Roman Catholics apart from other Christian denominations will not put more people in the pews. It will make the Church look hypocritical and further media narratives that the Church has permanently lost its political influence, the culture war, and the moral high ground at a time when the definitions of life and living are being dangerously reassessed.
The risks of picking and choosing, or spinning for that matter, on issues that are core to Catholic teachings is dangerous for the future of the Church and its mission to bring humanity closer to God.
Abortion and euthanasia are the calling cards of the moral relativists and secular humanists who are decidedly anti-faith. The Catholic Church appears to again be enabling their rise.
Aren’t we glad the Almighty didn’t send us a committee.
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