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Vic Biorseth, Sunday, June
The fully believing, uncompromising, true to Doctrine practicing Catholic layman is becoming as rare as the fully recognizing, understanding, patriotic, loving, embracing Constitutionalist American Citizen. Some days, more days than most, it even appears that there just ain't no such thing any more.
Among those sitting in the pews every Sunday, how many are fornicating, but not by that ancient but true and accurate name? They fornicate by other names, such as moving in together, living together, sharing a life, or one of the modern favorites, being Significant Others. It used to be called shacking up, and it used to be a shameful thing. And now there's just loosie-goosey "Hooking Up, now and then, and again, and again, and again.
Among those coming to the Communion Rail every Sunday, how many do you suppose see nothing wrong with their regular use of artificial contraception? And how many who come forward have missed Mass since their last Confession, and yet still come forward, and see nothing wrong in it?
It's no big deal; in many Parishes, in many Dioceses and Archdioceses, it really is no big deal. It's a commonplace thing. It has become part of a major, if deluded, overall consensus of thought or opinion, that says that now, this stuff is OK, when it isn't OK at all. Major consensus of opinion, or collective thought, or group-think, does not make something true to be untrue. The fact that lots of others around you say it's OK does not make it OK. The fact that clerics, or consecrated religious, or religion teachers say it's OK does not make it OK.
We have talked about Lip Service Catholics before. But if you want to know where all this "Collective Thinking" or "Consensus" came from, we have the Evil of Progressivism to thank for it, both in the slow destruction of Catholic Faith and adherence to permanent Doctrine, and in the slow, steady destruction of Constitutional America and the love of liberty and rule of law.
Anyone speaking out against this stuff is now outside the mainstream and subject to be shunned and anathematized for it. Believe me, I know. It is now the exact opposite of how it should be. It is as if Satan were now driving the American Catholic and Political Bus. Off a cliff.
Mortal Sin of various variety is now so commonly accepted that sinners openly speak of it, in public, even over the airwaves. Sean Hannity, for instance, has no problem telling his listening radio audience how he, like so many others, disagrees with the Catholic doctrine condemning artificial contraception, and he still considers himself to be Catholic, and he still presents himself for Communion in Catholic Churches. Hey, it's no big deal. Just as many Catholics as non-Catholics now use artificial contraception and are not ashamed to say it, and still come to communion, despite what 1 Cor 11:27-29 says about coming unworthily to Eucharist.
It's Cafeteria Sinning. You pick your sin, and if you, personally, no longer "feel" it's a sin, for you, then it is not a sin, for you, and you can just go ahead and commit it. That's modern "Progress". That's the new collective thinking that now has so much consensus behind it that those who have been herded into the collective thought actually believe it to be true.
But it is false.
It's Libertarian thinking. Libertarians typically encourage moral relativism in culture, and oppose any moral norms for a whole society. That is to say, Libertarians, or other "Political/Economic Conservatives, but Social Liberals", and like minds, could not logically oppose the end of civilization, for they have abandoned the logical argument - a fixed common moral standard - that establishes civil society.
The day men began to say things like "what's right or wrong for you may not be what's right or wrong for me" and/or "some of my best friends are gay" and/or "gay marriage doesn't affect me or mine at all" inside Catholic Parishes and inside Town Halls was the day true Progress became Regress. It may call itself Progressivism, but it is absolutely destructive of Christian Faith and Civil Society. This is thinking that cannot end well. It is a cancer on reasoned thought, that eventually reverses right and wrong, replaces free speech with controlled and forced speech, and reverses who is to be lauded and celebrated with who is to be shunned and anathematized. Eventually.
In thousands of Catholic Parishes the blending of responsibilities between clerics and laymen since the adoption of the Novus Ordo Mass have detracted from lay concentration on the glory of the Mass, and thus led to a slackening off of recognition of its importance to faith for many. Sometimes there are almost as many lay Eucharistic distributors as there are lay receivers of Communion, and it is a very big deal who is to be some kind of lay "minister" at Mass this week or next. We have to plan, you know.
Remember how simple it used to be? Now, in may Parishes, everything needs to be orchestrated by someone, usually a layman, down to the last detail, and still things go wrong in some little way. No big deal, I know, but - what are we laymen doing up there in the first place? Many may be more interested and concentrating on whatever ministerial part they have to play than they are in the Sacrament that is being presented and Who is being brought forth right in front of us.
Such careful orchestration was not necessary when only ordained clerics did every single thing, sometimes but not necessarily with some well trained altar boys helping out. I don't remember any Priest or Deacon ever suffering from Eucharistic Elbow or Overworked Arm or Aching Fingers from offering too many Consecrated Hosts to the laity. It never happened. Yet today, there are lots of Priests who feel they "need" the help of lay distributors. Collective Thinking, again, with a lot of Consensus. We are training each other, with our blind consensus. Consensus builds consensus; collective thinking builds collective thinking.
But, that's actually God in that little Host. It's actually God in that Cup.
If recognition of Who is in that bread and wine has been lessened, so has recognition of His representative among us, His Priest. Blending of lay and clerical responsibilities in Liturgy have also led to a blending of perceived importance of Priests and Laymen. Many Priests cooperate in this blending, seeing themselves as less "set aside" or apart from laity. The can't-wait-to-take-off-the-collar, just-call-me-Larry, just-one-of-the-boys Priests of current America.
Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't take your Pastor fishing, or hunting, or to a ball game or anything like that. But am I the only guy around here who remembers when there was never, ever, any mistake about who was a Catholic Priest anywhere in public, or when nobody would ever even think to address any Catholic Priest with any name that didn't begin with the honored title Father?
I can't help the fact that so many Priests cooperate in this "blending" of recognition, this lowering, in my estimation, of the importance of the office of the Priesthood in the collective mind of the laity. Whether they all agree with it or not, a Priest is indeed set apart from us, for a special purpose, and he is not the same as us, and he is always due the very special respect of his ordination.
This may - I can't know for sure - have contributed to Priestly leniency or "looking aside" when the Cafeteria Sinners come forward for Communion. The lines have been blurred between the clerics and the laity. More and more people come to Church for what they can get out of it, rather than to put something into it; to give God His due, on His day. Many Cafeteria Sinners come to Mass to get a good personal feeling, and if they don't get it, they won't be back; they'll go to another Parish, or drop out entirely, eventually.
And, - again, I can't know for sure - many Priests respond to this known threat by upping their "performance" to inspire people to stay, and come back again. Becoming less of a Priest and more of a Performer. Give 'em what they're looking for and they'll be back.
But, you know what used to set us apart, as a Church?
Hard, cold, unflinching, Rigid, dogmatic, Doctrine, proudly preached.
That was back in the day, when Catholic Churches were full, and growing, with two or three Priests per Parish. Full on fixed Doctrine didn't drive people away; it drew them in. It was what set us apart from all the Protestant denominations. It was what made us Catholic.
Now there is little or no difference, and it shows, in dropping attendance and dropping ordinations. It was our fixed doctrinal teaching that made us strong; it is our weak doctrinal teaching that is making us weak.
Go look at Progressivism and see where it's taking the whole world.
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Date: Sun Jun 21 20:37:51 2015
From: alberta marie
Location: north port fl usa
None of this matters, be cause there are no ordained priests left.
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He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
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Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input.
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