This is one helluva a response from Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Lifesite coverage has all the zingers here. With a name like Athanasius, just how can he go wrong?
The bishop concluded that Catholic families and young people must learn to stand firm in the truth, saying to themselves, “I refuse to conform to the neo-pagan spirit of this world, even when this spirit is spread by some bishops and cardinals.” “I will not accept their fallacious and perverse use of holy Divine mercy and of ‘new Pentecost;’ I refuse to throw grains of incense before the statue of the idol of the gender ideology, before the idol of second marriages, of concubinage, even if my bishop would do so, I will not do so; with the grace of God I will choose to suffer rather than betray the whole truth of Christ on human sexuality and on marriage.” He encouraged “ordinary Catholics” to be “faithful to the Catechism they have learned, to be faithful to the clear words of Christ in the Gospel, to be faithful to the faith their fathers and forefathers handed over to them.”
The gauntlet has been thrown down. I think the days of niceties are over.
Legate readers might remember Bishop Schneider. He’s a great bishop. We’ve covered him here.
I had some brief conversations with him over e-mail and tried to bring him to Canada for a few visits in Ontario and Quebec, even here in Ottawa. However, I was not able to get the necessary permission from the Archdiocese of Ottawa to bring him here.
Maybe we should try Round 2 and host him in a diocese where he would be welcome. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m all ears.
p.s. This is what Athanasius said on Catholic bloggers standing up for the truth: “I was was pleased to see that some Catholic journalists and internet bloggers behaved as good soldiers of Christ and drew attention to this clerical agenda of undermining the perennial teaching of Our Lord.”