I am not certain if we are in the great Apostacy yet. I normally don’t get too caught up in the prophesy industry. It is subject to grand manipulation, like what’s going on today at the highest levels of the Catholic Church, surrounding the issue of sex outside real marriage. But I would not be surprised, in retrospect, if it were to turn out to be true. It is becoming rather clear now that a good portion of the Episcopacy in the Catholic Church have lost their minds and have become heretics from the faith or complete Apostates who don’t have the courage to leave. Instead they want to stick around and transform the image of the Church into something of their own liking:
The Archbishop of Hamburg, Stefan Heße, has called upon his Church to have more realism with regard to the moral teaching on sexuality. “We have to look upon the manifold ways and forms of living in which people live, as they now exist,” said the 48-year old to the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger on Saturday. He, “of course,” also sees “same-sex couples entering the Metropolitan Cathedral of Hamburg, and nobody asking them to leave.” Even though he is still somewhat hesitant concerning the “homo-marriage,” Heße also says: “But when these people seek to be close to us, then we as Church are there for them. What else?” The Church has to cherish it when in homosexual relationships there are to be found values such as fidelity and reliability. “In my eyes, this does not minimize the love and fidelity between two people,” according to Heße. He also wishes for the remarried divorcees “livable forms for the Church’s recognition and accompaniment,” without thereby giving up the ideal of marriage. (Source)
It’s becoming clearer and clearer that we have descended into very perilous times in the Church, and I would be very surprised if the vast majority of Catholics are prepared for what is coming, and what choices will be demanded of them.
Then, only a few days later, on August 7, the President of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Markus Büchel, came out in a public letter to all co-workers in the pastoral field, defending homosexual couples. After another Swiss bishop, Bishop Vitus Huonder, had publicly spoken about how the Old Testament condemns homosexual practices, Bishop Büchel made a statement distancing himself from such views. In this statement, the Swiss Bishop says:
For the promotion of the good of the person, it is less decisive whether someone has a hetero- or homosexual inclination; rather, the responsible approach to sexuality and all the other dimensions of a relationship (such as attentiveness, carefulness, respect, or fidelity) is decisive. Here we are permitted, as Catholic faithful, to trust the conscience of each individual. Let us rejoice about every relationship in which the partners accept one another as equal, valuable, beloved children of God and respect the dignity of the other and promote the well-being of the persons!
Does the red text sound familiar? Say….shades of Winnipeg?
This decision came after a national petition was launched in defense of Salinas who first had been denied to become a godparent because she does not live according to the Church’s moral teaching. More than 35,000 people signed the petition in favor of Salinas. Now the diocese declared that “being transsexual does not constitute a reason for being excluded from the office of a godfather,” as kath.ch reports. Salinas himself comments on the new decision, according to the Spanish newspaper El País:
I don’t know if the pope saw my petition – I have no knowledge about that – but of course the entire Church is changing. In fact, they just said that divorced Catholics cannot be excommunicated and I think it is wonderful that the Church is taking a new route.
This whole approach of welcoming people in objectively sinful relationships into positions of authority and trust in the Church (while even still excluding them from Communion) is quite wrong. It also ends up even demoting the significance of receiving the Eucharist.
So, the movement at foot here is a compromise: no Communion, but they can basically have and be everything else: Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Lector, Sunday School Teacher, Altar Server, Sacristan, Ministry Leader, God Parent, etc. etc. etc.
What does this say? It says that being in a state of objective moral sin is OK, because you can be put in position of authority and trust, even if you won’t turn away from your public sin. You can be Catholic and not address your situation and repent. So little Johnny’s Sunday School teacher is a public adulterer, and that’s OK because what’s important is not the fornication that the Church is implicitly accepting by putting her in an official capacity of teacher, but rather that the Church is a “welcoming and safe” place. In the real world, the Church is doing no one a favour: neither Herself, the adulterer, little Johnny, or anyone in the Parish.
For me and my family, the day that I witness any public, unrepentant sinner take a position of authority in my parish, is the day I leave that parish.
Furthermore, excluding someone from Communion does not just involve the actual reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus. It’s supposed to also encompass one’s position in the Church. If you can’t receive holy communion, you cannot participate in any meaningful leadership roles in the Church. One flows from the other. To separate the two is to demote and insult the significance of what holy communion is supposed to signify. We end up ghettoizing the parish and creating a false dichotomy. We perpetuate the secular schizo society in the Church, making Her a schizo as well. We become a Church of two classes of “acceptable” citizens, and yet only one of those “acceptable classes” can receive holy communion. In point of fact, we become two churches….which represents yet another heresy, in addition to the pastoral heresy that is being pushed by Kasper and his friends.
In saner times, it was all very simple: Engage in public sin? No visible role in the Church for you. You are welcome to sit in the pew and pray. No one will chase you out (provided of course you keep the rainbow flag at home). We will pray for you and help you. But we will not condone your sin because that would be a true betrayal of who you are called to be in Christ and beneath your inherent dignity. And we will not put you into a position of authority in the Church, either, because such an action would condone your public sin.
In saner times, bishops did not consider the admonition “Repent!” a boorish phrase, and would actually use it quite often. Today, it’s not even in their vocabulary. Do they even know what it means?
Understand clearly: authentic love (the love that demands crucifixion and suffering) is not what the morons and apostates say it is. It doesn’t always say, “yes”.