The Pope said that he and the bishops must recognize and admit the “deficiencies” in the teaching of the faith (catechesis) “of recent decades.” That teaching, he said, “failed at times to communicate the rich heritage of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural institution elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament, the vocation of Christian spouses in society and in the Church, and the practice of marital chastity.”…(Source)
I missed reading this report on LifeSite when it came out, but Voris referred to in this instalment of The Vortex. The above statement is exactly why I love Benedict. The man does not know what it means to pull punches. Is this not music to our ears? I think we have, as lay people, actually forgotten what it’s like to hear sound doctrine and receive the straight goods. It’s almost from another universe…another world. Well, wait a minute…it is from another world – from heaven! And yet the last 40 years of candy-ass homilies and milksop instruction has totally decimated the West.
‘Fer instance…Cardinal Cushing whose betrayals you can learn about in this video, once told his contemporaries back in the 60s and 70s:
As CWN points out: “That argument became the template for claims by Catholic politicians that they were “personally opposed” to abortion but could not impose their morality on others.”
Nobody was asking the Cardinal to impose his thinking. We were (and still are with so many bishops) kindly asking them to hold fast to the Catholic Faith in their proclamation. No Church leader can force another person to vote a certain way. Cardinal Cushing could have simply said, “No, I will not permit my voice to water-down what you, as a non-Catholic, should understand is a grave moral evil to not only Catholics but non-Catholics as well”. If the American public decided to forgo and pass on the Cardinal’s view and democratically vote for contraception anyway, then so be it. But at least no one could have blamed the Catholic hierarchy for folding like a typical American bishop does when a lesbian complains about their “right” to the Eucharist.
But here’s the rub, folks: contraception would never have been legalized in the U.S. (or in Canada thanks to that demonic Winnipeg Statement) unless the Bishops who are the gate keepers of the Garden did not let the snake in. You don’t think so? Take a look at the Philippines. Do you know why contraception is not legal there? Because the Bishops corrected their lax teaching quickly on the subject and drove that snake out.
In 1990, the bishops of the Philippines issued a pastoral letter in which they apologized for their failure to promote the Church’s teaching on contraception. They said: “We abandoned you to your confused and lonely consciences with a lame excuse: ‘follow what your conscience tells you’. How little did we realize that it was our consciences that needed to be formed first.” (Source)
When they drove that snake out, it meant they kept the Catholic family together…much like non-contracepting couples today keep their families together. It’s the very same dynamic in play.
The Catholic Bishops of this country could regain our trust and their rightful moral authority if they stop contracepting themselves (ecclesiastically speaking), renounce (with clarity and precision) contraception, and repent of the Winnipeg Statement. The minute they do that, the snake is on the way out. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it takes a great effort to turn things around politically or even within the church bureaucracy. God wants to seen authentic repentance and belief, but until that happens, Sodom will advance until we get the message as a Church.