Tragically today in the Catholic Church, it is becoming increasingly apparent that “Catholic” means different things to different people. That is because the bishops have forgotten to be fathers and have failed to define what Catholicism is and what it is not, and who is Catholic and who is not. They have left the laypeople and lay organizations on their own to make these difficult decisions because they refuse to do it for us. That’s obviously very dangerous for the Catholic Church, but what precisely is the alternative? Allowing the wolves to come in and ravage the flock because our overseers can’t smell the scent of blood all around them? That’s no solution either.
There are so many areas of widespread dissent and destruction in the Catholic Church, it’s very difficult to know where to begin. Well, actually it’s not. Let’s start with Development & Peace. It is understandable that the bishops want to reform Development & Peace. All good Catholics want reconciliation, but there also has to be a confrontation with reality. Development & Peace does not hold to Catholic moral principles in its funding decisions. They have many employees who are not even Catholic by baptism. They have fewer still that would subscribe to teachings of the Church concerning human life and the role it plays in public life. That is a core and fundamental problem with the management and soul of this organization. And it’s going to take a lot more than just a few administrative controls to fix this agency and the environment it has created. 40 years of social and economic Marxism is not going to be administered away at a Committee meeting. It doesn’t work that way. The management of Development & Peace has a socialist, secular, zeitgeist world-view which, in addition to funding pro-abortion and pro-contraception movements, upholds other darling leftist and fraudulent causes like “climate change”, gender ideology, liberation theology, Marxist economic ideals and anti-globalization theories. Aside from abortion and contraception, how many faithful Catholics want their money going to these other pet causes? Is this really the best use of the sacrificial offerings of Catholics when there are so many other legitimate avenues?
And what about the anti-life cult that Development & Peace has been fostering for years if not decades? How long will we remain the useful idiots of the Marxists and pro-abort lobby of the Global South, and continue to funnell them hundreds of millions of dollars as we have done for the past 40 years? And how long do our shepherds think it’s going to take before another country in South America or Africa falls to Obama and Obortion, when the only bishop seeking some action has long since left the building?
How long, dear reader, will we Catholics continue to tolerate pro-abort politicians who claim to be Catholic while our dear bishops do not raise a finger to discipline them, all the while remaining publicly silent and unopposed to political false representation and scandal? Simply staying silent about this situation and deferring to the bishops is no act of legitimate obedience on our part. It’s cowardice, and that is why the sensus fidelium must take its rightful place. See here for leadership by a Catholic professor and here for resistance from a Catholic mother. What does this practically mean? It means being very judicious in accepting episcopal proposals or requests for anything. The Catholic faith does not mandate obeying a bishop when it becomes obvious that doing so means committing a sin.
If the bishops want to avoid fracturing the church and further alienating the laity, they need to do their jobs.
To date, the Canadian bishops have not sought dialogue with pro-life activists who have brought the Development & Peace abortion scandal to their attention. In refusing this dialogue, they have done the unborn an extreme disservice by ignoring the very groups who can help end the scandal. It is the Catholic blogs and independent news sources who are overturning the rocks, and therefore it is they who should be brought to the table for dialogue. We fiddle while babies burn.
“Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” (1 Cor 10:8-12)