Letter Following Oklahoma Sacrilege

This is what the Catholic Church looks like when she actually works as our Lord had intended, what she could look like every day.  And this is a magnificent example of a group of laymen  simply fulfilling their Confirmation duties by fighting evil with Good and sacrilege with reparation.  Look how evil shrivels when firmly opposed by God’s Church. 

The following letter was written by David A. Homoney, who organized the event.

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“As the approved apparition to Marie de Saint Pierre says, public blasphemy requires public reparation, and so public reparation was to be made. When I got there today, my heart leapt for joy when I saw 50-60 Catholic men there. Right after we parked the car and walked up, we saw 4 young men holding a wooden platform on their shoulders with a large and beautiful statue of the Pieta, adorned with flowers. In unison these few, this band of Catholic brothers, all kneeling, prayed Rosaries of reparation along with hymns, the Angelus, St. Michael’s Prayer, and other prayers of reparation. Above our heads in the parking garage some young men unfurled a large icon of Our Blessed Mother. This is nearly all that the public could see, as a large RV was parked in front of where the act of desecration took place.

Shortly after the start of the Rosary, led by some fine young men from St. Mary’s, Kansas, the Satanists showed up. Not one single word that these vile men said could be overheard due to the recitation of the Holy Rosary by 50-60 Catholic men, said in unison. It was truly a sight to behold. The Church Militant was in force there. While the Satanists were scheduled to do their thing from 4:30 to 6:15, they didn’t start till about 4:45 and were gone by 5:30. The power of Catholic men, solemnly in prayer to Our Blessed Lord and His Mother, overwhelmed them and, sulking, they left. It was a victory for Our Lord and Our Lady. Evil cannot stand in the face of the Truth. Many vehicles passing by blew their horns in support. Afterwards, some of the young men and I blessed the spot of the desecration with blessed salt and holy water. We finished our prayers around 6:15 and processed with the Pieta. Here is where the only sad and disappointing thing happened.

The procession headed up the end of the block at which point we crossed the street. The only place Our Lady wasn’t welcomed was on the sidewalk in front of St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral. Our Lady was excluded and barred from even being processed on the sidewalk in front of the church. This was at the behest of the ushers of the parish and then enforced by the police. So we crossed back over the street singing our hymns.

It was a great turnout, though sadly, only one person from OKC showed up, we had a total of 4 Okies there. Much thanks to the men who showed up from all over the country. We had men from St. Mary’s in Kansas, DFW in Texas, Tyler in Texas, various other towns in Kansas, and most incredibly we had about 20 men from Pennsylvania. These men flew out from Eastern PA around Gettysburg, to show up and make public reparation for this public act of blasphemy. These men – young and old alike – made huge sacrifices to come to Oklahoma to be here. When asked why they did, the response was, “Well, we are able-bodied and it needed to be done. They are now going to midnight Mass in OKC at St. Damien’s and will be flying out at 5 am to hopefully make it home to their families in time for Christmas dinner. These men are an inspiration and should be in all of your prayers.

This was a worthy thing to do. We have been warned by Our Lady and Blessed Lord repeatedly from Our Lady of Good Success, Our Lady of Fatima, Sister Marie de Saint Pierre, La Sallette, and Our Lady of Akita that reparation for blasphemy was needed and that Our Lord’s justice would not be held off for long. As members of the Church Militant it is our job to fight this in this life. The men in OKC did that today. It was a great honor to serve Our Lord and Lady with them today. May Our Lady intercede for them and protect them.”

 

David A. Homoney

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“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Mt. 10:16).

The Symbols of the Season

It is that time of year when the puritans among us feel the need to raise their prophetic voices in protest against the great evils of our times: Christmas trees, wreathes, and even creches. I know the routine well from the days when I myself was a flaming heretic outside of the Catholic Church and “abstained’ from Christmas for about eight years.  As the allegations go, evergreens were used in ancient pagan religious rites, and are, therefore, forever and inextricably associated with them.  To place a Christmas tree in church or home is to worship a false deity, and possibly even the devil.

There may be some truth to the fact that evergreens were used in some capacity in pagan religions. When it was my interest, I examined this claim and found that there was little certainty about it.  Theories abounded as to exactly how the evergreen was used, and by what religions, so that one was free to choose the most sensational theory, the one that would best serve the puritanical charge.

The denunciation of Christmas trees and wreathes is founded on the presumption that something once used for evil ends cannot ever be used for good ends. If the pagans once used it, then Christians cannot.  We must be totally unlike them in every way; otherwise, we are not worshipping God “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24).  But of course, ancient pagans used books that they called inspired scriptures, didn’t they?  And they sang hymns and heard sermons as well, didn’t they?  So this notion of denouncing everything that pagans ever used is quite ridiculous and even impossible to follow.  But it’s far worse than that.  For several reasons, the puritans among us had better hope that they don’t ever get what they’re asking for, because, for reasons easy to understand and not requiring any historical investigations, a number of unseemly groups desire the very same end – the elimination of Christmas trees, wreathes, and creches.

First, the Christian symbolism. The evergreen, because it remains green throughout the year, is a symbol of eternal life.  Of course, this is not entirely accurate, since evergreen needles and leaves die and fall off yearly.  But they are replaced by other needles or leaves.  Notice the reddish color of pine trees in the autumn; the needles die and fall to the ground, making the ground reddish as well, but there are other healthy needles to maintain the trees’ green color.  But the point is, the evergreen is ever green, and so it does work as a symbol of eternal life.

An evergreen tree decorated with lights also has Christian symbolic meaning. The lights represent Christ, the Light of the world, entering our pagan darkness of sin and error through His Incarnation.  This is why it’s especially appropriate to postpone the turning on of Christmas lights until Christmas Eve has arrived.

The star at the top of the tree represents the star of Bethlehem, by which the Magi were guided to the place of our Lord’s birth.  An angel placed at the top of the tree, or several angels hung from its limbs, represent those heaven-sent preternatural beings who sang before the shepherds,

“Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will”(Lk. 2:14)!

The symbolism found in Christmas trees and wreathes is not arbitrary or meaningless.  If there’s any doubt about this, just observe how adamantly many public schools and state and federal buildings now forbid them.  Apparently, they are quite symbolic of the Christian religion and silently proclaim the truth that the Word became flesh.  And that is my first point.  Godless secular America is racing to eliminate from the public square and public forum all traces of the Christian religion, including these very religious symbols of the Advent and Christmas seasons.  This is the result of two forces that make for strange symbiotic bedfellows: militant atheism, and now militant Islam as well.  Both are rapidly rising as the primary opponents of the Gospel.  By denouncing the external symbols of Advent and Christmas, Bible Christians are actually taking part in the same wicked agenda as that of the fiercest foes of Christianity.  And if the atheists and Muslims have their way and thoroughly forbid all traditional symbols of Christmas, will these puritanical Christians finally be content?  God forbid that this unholy alliance should ever succeed.

In addition, the notion that, by simply placing and decorating an evergreen in one’s home, one is necessarily performing an act of pagan worship – this is just absurd. Do our puritanical brethren actually believe that the Catholic on his or her way to Ray’s vegetable stand to buy a Christmas tree is thinking within themselves, “Now here I go to offer Baal an act of homage”?  Sorry, but the Catholic has no such thought, no such intention, but is thinking only of the wholesome use of the Christmas tree in the domestic celebration of Christmas – of Christ Mass.  Besides, we Catholics are often told by such persons what we already believe – that prayer must be offered from the heart, rather than merely as a mindless external act.  It’s absolutely true.  All the more in this case, then, since all that matters is what a person intends in their heart as they arrange their Christmas tree.  And if they have no pagan intentions, then they offer no pagan worship.

Now, who made the evergreem? Who made the universe?  Was it Thor or Zeus?  Was it some other false god?  But false gods do not exist, and demons do not have the power to create.  It was the one true living God Who made the universe, and therefore, the evergreen as well.  To claim that the connection between the evergreen and paganism can never be broken is to give paganism and its false deities too much credit.  It is to consider evil stronger and more enduring than good, as if good could not break its hold.

Jesus Christ has utterly defeated the devil and his angels. He has redeemed the human race, and the fullness of His salvific work extends even to the physical universe.  An evergreen is His evergreen, and it can therefore be used to symbolize the life and light He brings to us.  In fact, it should be used; it should be rededicated to the one true God in the yearly commemoration of the universe-changing Incarnation of His divine Son.

In the eighth chapter of First Corinthians, Saint Paul confronted a similar problem: the issue of Christians buying and eating food that had been sacrificed to idols. If Saint Paul had shared the scrupulous consciences of many modern Christians, he would have simply concluded, “Christians who eat food sacrificed to idols are taking part in pagan worship”.  On the contrary, Saint Paul reasoned that idols and false gods are nothing.

“Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that ‘an idol has no real existence,’ and that ‘there is no God but one.’”

This was not to belittle the actual dangers of false religion and occult activity, but it served the case at hand – and it serves our case as well. Saint Paul concluded that there was nothing wrong with Christians eating such foods.  As long as one gave thanks to the true God for all such things, all was clean.  There was only one exception: Christians who had weak faith.  If a brother lacked a mature conscience and sufficient religious knowledge, then, for his sake, one might not eat food offered to idols, lest the weaker brother be scandalized by it.  Saint Paul concluded,

“Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.”

I would apply the same reasoning to the case of those Christians who object to Christmas trees and wreathes.   It really is their problem, their confused faith, that is at issue.  The pagan worship that evergreens may once have been associated with is now utterly broken by Christ, and specifically, in the case of Christmas.  To insist that this is not the case is to imply that evil is stronger than good, that false religions are stronger than the true religion, and that a false non-existent god is stronger than the one true living God worshipped at Christmas.  And those puritans among us who persist with their condemnations of the symbols of the season – alongside the atheists and Islamists – should be kindly reminded that,

“God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen 1:31).

This Is What Real Catholic Men Look Like

What do real Catholic men look like?

For fifty years now, we have heard preached from our Catholic pulpits a so-called “gospel” that is nauseatingly full of effeminacy.  It teaches only that which is easy and pleasant, to the neglect of that which is demanding and difficult.  It exhorts us to be sweet and gentle, but seldom to be courageous and strong.  It proclaims effete emotions, rather than manly convictions.  We are told we must be full of joy, joy, joy, but never that we should cultivate gravity and a serious comprehension of the evils that are rising all around us.  And the outcome of this effeminate giddy pseudo-gospel has been the near destruction of a Church that is now overwhelmed with uncatechized lukewarm Catholics who openly reject Catholic teaching  and even actively oppose it in their personal and professional lives.  And such persons, we are told, must always be given Holy Communion, for to deny them our Lord would be to “politicize” the Holy Eucharist!

For fifty years now, sermons have been nearly void of difficult doctrines and lofty morals, such as Christ and the Apostles daily taught.  We do not hear about sin, hell, purgatory, or the day of judgment, for these are upsetting.  We are not taught about evil, Satan, the demons, and their endless schemes to draw our souls into eternal perdition, for this would be fear-mongering.  We are not warned about pornography, contraception, homosexual acts, or adultery, for this would be controversial.  We are not instructed that to receive Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin is to commit a grave sin of sacrilege, for this would be alarmist.  And we are not exhorted to proclaim and defend the faith to Protestants, Jews, Muslims, and atheists, for this would be triumphalistic.

Indeed, to even love Catholic teaching in all its depth and breadth is to risk being denounced as a Pharisee, and to express a heartfelt devotion towards our Eucharistic Lord that overflows into blessings, bows, and genuflections is to risk being criticized as “pious” and “holier than thou” by our own priests!

Nor do many pastors truly shepherd the flock.  Instead, they more often flatter and tickle the flock.  Homilies draw from congregations “ooohs” and “aaahs” at the sentimental stories, laughter at the jokes, approving nods at the platitudes, and thumbs-ups at the mention of this or that sports team.

On the contrary, dedicated shepherds with a zeal for souls would feed the flock with the divine nourishment of revealed eternal truth; they would both expound and defend it.  They would also warn the flock of the prevalent sins and errors of our age, of those erroneous beliefs, superstitions, and unnatural vices that have become widely acceptable, and yet, that threaten the salvation of souls.  Now that would make for relevant preaching!

Instead, one homily sounds like any other: love, love, and more love ad nauseam, without any distinction made between the world’s lawless love and the entirely unique Christian charity – that magnificent theological virtue bestowed by the Holy Spirit that infinitely exceeds in goodness a trillion tons of the world’s tolerance, diversity, open-mindedness, and non-judgmentalism.

After decades of this deformation, the end result is effeminacy – an emasculated character, limp with laxity and passivity, that will neither die to self nor live for God.  And as for the noble “soldier of Christ” image, the strong and virtuous man of action who will sacrifice himself in the good fight for faith while wearing the spiritual armor of God – such an image is far too offensive for the sensitive modern male who is deeply in touch with his feelings, offends easily, weeps often, and has been effectively castrated by a gay culture and a cowardly Catholicism.

A man entering a Catholic church today might as well leave his testosterone in the vestibule; he won’t be needing it for Mass.

So, what do real Catholic men look like – both lay and clergy?  What do they do in such evil times as these?  Simply, they lock arms and stand for God, regardless of the harm that it might bring them.   They do for the Bride of Christ what every good man would do for his own beloved bride: defend her.

The letter below is taken from the site, One Peter 5.  I found it profoundly inspiring and to offer a shocking contrast with the usual spiritual indifference of the modern Church in which everything – including raw evil itself – is treated with the last supposed virtue: absolute tolerance.  Let us all keep these Catholic men and their cause in our prayers, especially on Christmas Eve; it will soon enough be our cause as well.  For Satanism is on the rise and is gradually being accepted as a mainline religion.  And with what will the Church meet it – more limp-wristed tolerance?  May God have mercy on us all for accepting His preternatural enemy.

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“The Satanist that held the black mass in Oklahoma City last year is at it again. Adam Daniels is planning this Christmas Eve to desecrate a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Entitled “Virgin Birth is a Lie” this Satanist is planning on putting on a show outside St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City from 4:30 to 6:15 pm Christmas Eve.

So this is the clarion call. We will be heading down to do whatever I can to stop/block/thwart this. Who will come to defend Our Lady? Who will stand up against blasphemy? Will we be lukewarm and be vomited out of Our Blessed Lord’s mouth, or will we be men? Would you let something like this happen to your mother? I for one will not stand by idly and let this happen to Our Mother. Are we the Church Militant or the Church Cowering and Sniveling? Are we Christeros or are we those who deny the faith for our own ease. So stand and be counted men. Are we men enough to defend our faith or shall we let this disgusting pig publicly blaspheme and commit desecration and sacrilege like a bunch of scared puppies?

So here I ask, who is with me? Who will stand in defense of truth, purity, and good? Who will stand with me in defense of Christ and the Immaculate Conception? Who will be a soldier of Christ with me? The time for talk is over, the time for action is now. Will you join me, men of Christ, or will we offer our pinch of incense to Caesar? What say you?

The plan is to show up 4:00PM, and for Catholic men, in defense of Our Blessed Lady, to occupy the area where this public blasphemy will take place and stand arm-in-arm, praying the Rosary in reparation for this event. We will defend our Mother and His bride, Holy Mother Church. This will be a non-violent event, but we will not back down, much like our Catholic brethren who so bravely defended their Cathedral last year in Argentina from topless rabid feminists bent on desecrating the Cathedral.

Additionally, we would ask all those who cannot attend to work with their priest to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and non-stop rosaries of reparation and for those who will show up and defend Our Lady. Will we, on the eve of His birth, stand and say enough is enough or will we not? I beseech you to come and stand with us in OKC to defend the faith. God reward you for your charity.”

Please sign up for the event at our Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1576014535971115/

Contact: David Homoney

Email: rosary_event@mpbptulsa.com

The Birth of Christianity

 

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Authentic Christianity is inextricably pro-life.  This pro-life ethic is not merely a conviction, precept, or tradition.  At the very heart of the Christian religion is the birth of a Baby.  I’m reminded of this truth every late Advent as I set up our outdoor crèche.

Old Testament prophecy repeatedly spoke of a mother and her Infant.  Every Jew anticipated the appearance of the one and the delivery of the Other.  When this Babe was finally born, pagans from the East travelled to an unfamiliar land to offer worship and gifts to the Child.  King Herod – that precursor of modern infanticide – sought to kill Him.  Angels sang in praise of this Infant in a manger, while shepherds left their flocks to offer their own humble homage.  The world – the entire universe – would never be the same, due to this Son born of a Virgin Mother.

At the Annunciation – which pinpointed the exact “fullness of time” in salvation history – the angel Gabriel declared to Mary from Nazareth that she would conceive the Messiah.  At the same time, she was told that her kinswoman, Elizabeth, had also conceived a child in her relative old age, and was already six months pregnant.  Immediately, Mary set off from Nazareth to visit Elizabeth in the hills of Judea to assist Elizabeth with the pregnancy.  The journey would have taken about four days.

When Mary reached the house of Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, she greeted them perhaps from the doorway, as we might give a shout at a friend’s door to see if anyone is home.  Elizabeth heard the greeting, and when she came to Mary, she said, “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!  And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy.”

Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist, who was six months old at the time.  And yet, she referred to him as, “the babe in my womb.”  No, not as the “pregnancy matter” or “fetal tissue,” but as the “babe.”  For six months, this pre-born future little prophet had fully been a human being in his mother’s womb, not a mass of cells lodged in the wall of a uterus.  Elizabeth, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 1:41), rightly affirmed this, calling her pre-born child, not a biological lump, but a person.

Notice how Elizabeth addressed Mary:  “And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  It was not that Mary one day would be a mother, after the birth of her Son.  No, by virtue of the child she presently carried in her womb, Mary was already a mother.  She, too, was carrying, not a “clump of cells,” but a human being, a Person.  And how old was this Child at this point?  He was all of five days old.

Again, authentic Christianity is inextricably pro-life.  It holds with the certainty of divine revelation that every human being, from the first instant of conception to the last second of life in this world (and beyond), possesses a supreme value and dignity, and all the rights that belong to a human person.   No mental or physical condition, no defect or disorder, no injury or illness, no stage of development or deterioration, can possibly decrease the humanity of a human person, whether young or old.  One cannot be or become more or less human, for every human being is by nature and design fully, equally, and eternally human.  Thus, nothing could be more contrary to the Christian religion than abortion and the morally perverse reasonings that are used to defend it; and no person could be more conflicted than a “pro-choice” Christian.  Such an individual is a contradiction in terms.  For to kill a baby is to identify, not with Mary and Joseph, but with Herod the madman.  And it is to come as close as one can to murdering God Himself; for every human being,  and every infant, therefore, is made in the divine image and likeness.

Is it any wonder that our atheistic blood-drenched culture should increasingly forbid on public property that supreme symbol of the sanctity of human life – the crèche?  In a morbid way, this only makes sense.  For the repudiation of the sanctity of human life requires the repudiation of Christ and Christianity.

Thousands of years of history and prophecy, and countless Jewish and Gentile hearts, looked to a hay-filled manger in a cave or stable just outside of Bethlehem.  Here, all angelic and human hopes were fulfilled when the God of the universe was born a Child to a Virgin Mother.

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The Great Commission

“We are all called to be, each of us, these messengers whom our brothers and sisters of every ethnic group, religion and culture, await, often without knowing it. For how can our brothers and sisters believe in Christ – Saint Paul asks – if the Word is neither proclaimed nor heard?”

  • From Pope Francis’ homily at Mass, November 20, 2015, Barthélémy Boganda Stadium in Bangui, Central African Republic

It is seldom that a Catholic leader utters any longer such a truth, and it is especially encouraging to hear it uttered by the pope himself.  The New Evangelization consists, not merely in inviting non-practicing Catholics to return to Mass, but rather, in bringing the ancient faith – the Gospel – to “every ethnic group, religion, and culture” that lacks the Gospel, that even unknowingly longs for it, and that has a God-given right to learn about the teachings and salvific work of Jesus Christ.  Perhaps a better name for this urgent and ongoing enterprise is the Old Evangelization – that spreading of the Gospel directly commissioned by Our Lord at His Ascension, initiated ten days later on Pentecost Sunday, and which is intended by God to continue until the consummation of this world.

By contrast, the New Evangelization is so often undermined by other modern Church programs and an excessive sensitivity to possibly offending non-Catholics with Catholic beliefs.  I dare say that every convert to the faith has experienced a substantial degree of being offended by the truth.  It is part and parcel of conversion and of the necessary dying to one’s own sins and errors.  Hence, the Church as a whole, and the individual Catholic in particular, should not obsess over this issue.  In spreading the faith, one should never be harsh, insulting, deceptive, or manipulative.  But one must always be clear and uncompromising about the faith, and let those who will cooperate with God’s grace, and those who will resist it, make their choice.  But all people have a natural right to hear the fullness of the truth presented without deliberate omissions that might offend.

More specifically, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue must never become so perverted as to hinder to any degree the Church’s daily fulfilling of the original Great Commission given by Christ.  Otherwise, they will be causes, not of peace and understanding between peoples, but of religious tepidity, lukewarmness, and indifference among the faithful.

All the world cries out for Christ.  Probably most of humanity is unaware of its profound need for Him, of the aching and longing that simmers in the depths of its soul.  To bring Christ to others, then, is not a matter of vanity, but of generosity.  It is not the depth of arrogance to spread and defend the faith, but the height of mercy and charity.  And it is a responsibility every Catholic accepted at their Confirmation.

Christ did not say, “Stay home and tolerate the nations.”  Rather, He said, “Go out to all the nations, and baptize and teach them all that I have commanded you.”  This is the one and the only evangelization.  Anything substantially to the contrary is a non-evangelization.

It is the duty and privilege of all able Catholics to be our Lord’s messengers, here and now, so that the Advent of Christ continues until His Second and final Coming.

Christian Marriage a Restored Truth, Not an Ideal

In this era of the Synod on the Family, I’ve noticed that a certain expression has become common – almost omnipresent.  I’ve seen this expression many times in secular news reports on the synod, I’ve read it in speeches of and interviews with synod fathers, I’ve found it in the comments of Catholic writers, and I recently heard it in a Sunday homily.  The expression I refer to is: “ideal.”  The teachings of Christ and His Church on Marriage are allegedly an ideal.

Marriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines the term “ideal” in this way:

“1: A standard of perfection, beauty, or excellence 2: one regarded as exemplifying an ideal and often taken as a model for imitation”

By this definition, and according to the popular understanding of the expression “ideal,” it appears that the teachings of Christ and His Church on Holy Matrimony are standards we should try to imitate, high marks we should attempt to reach, but which most of us will miss simply because the ideal is just too high and too impractical.  After all, that’s the nature of an ideal: only a gifted few can attain it, while the ordinary masses cannot.

The teachings of Christ and His Church on Marriage are not an ideal; rather, they are a definition, a truth, a reality revealed by the Creator of Marriage, restored by the Savior of Marriage, sanctified by the Holy Spirit of Marriage, and entrusted to the Church to expound and uphold forever. In Christ we have been taught by God both what Christian Marriage is and what it is not.  We have not been given an ideal; we have been shown a truth that peoples, cultures, nations, and religions have denied and continue to deny with an increasing militancy.  And to the degree we begin to consider Christian Marriage only an ideal, only a lofty standard to shoot for, we will begin to justify and accept as “close enough” a thousand worldly standards that are not Christian Marriage.

Let me give a related example – the topic of priestly celibacy.  Christ and St. Paul both highly commended the renunciation of marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of God (Mt. 19:12; 1 Cor. 7:32-35).  The purpose of celibacy is to sanctify individuals and free them for a life of undivided devotion to God and service of His Church.  Protestants generally believe that this teaching is biblical but optional for ministers, and many Catholics now feel it should be the same for priests.  In other words, celibacy is an ideal, but it should not be a rule or requirement for all. The priest himself should be free to decide whether or not he will marry.

Now, how does celibacy as an “ideal” exist in the Protestant world?  Remember, Protestants generally do not deny that celibacy is a biblical teaching; they simply claim that, as an ideal, it is optional.

Celibacy among Protestant clergy is nearly non-existent.  I’ve never met a celibate minister and I’ve never heard of a celibate minister.  I presume that celibate ministers exist somewhere, but I can’t prove it.  And the minister that was celibate would be a loner, an odd-ball who would be a cause of suspicion for going against a long-standing Protestant tradition of married ministers.

Often, in order to lead people to follow the hard and narrow way, that way must be made into a rule. It must develop from an “ideal” into a norm or requirement for all.  Otherwise, people – succumbing to their fallen nature which always prefers ease to exertion – will invariably follow the wide and easy way, to the near total abandonment of the other way.  Such is the case with celibacy and such is the case with marriage.  And yet, Christian Marriage is more than a rule: it is a truth.  Marriage, as a life-long union of one man and one woman, is not a precept or law, but a reality defined by the Creator.  And whatever imperfections had crept into it through the hardness of human hearts and had been tolerated during the Old Testament period, Christ has removed.  Such corruptions – including divorce and remarriage, and polygamy – have been excluded by our Lord in restoring marriage to the original will of the Creator.

If Christ had presented His teachings on Holy Matrimony only as an ideal, rather than as a restored truth, then He would have had nothing new to say about it.  Then His ideas would have gone unnoticed; they would have been the same as the rabbis of the time, and, in fact, the same as the Gentile world in its widespread acceptance of divorce and remarriage and even polygamy.  What sets the teachings of Christ and His Church apart from the ways of pagandom is the refusal to dignify in any way, and to any degree, the grave sin of adultery.  And where a valid sacramental marriage has been confected, divorce and attempted remarriage constitute adultery.  To receive Holy Communion in such a state is to commit a grave sin of sacrilege.  That is the unchangeable Gospel truth.

It is not that Christian Marriage is an ideal or a high mark to shoot for, below which other less ideal forms of marriage are also acceptable; rather, it is that these “lesser forms” – cohabitation, divorce and remarriage, same-sex unions, and polygamy – are not marriage at all but are grave offenses against the nature and dignity of marriage.

Just as Christ would not dignify adultery before the Pharisees, neither can the Catholic Church dignify it before the world, not even in the name of an alleged “mercy” that only makes Christ Himself appear most unmerciful for having given the teaching in the first place  For He, and not man, is the Author of the Church’s teaching on Christian Marriage.  It is not a Pharisaical addendum to the Gospel, but a central principle of it.

Every difficult marital situation was foreseen by our Lord, and yet, He did not propose a lame compromised version of the marital covenant, such as many are proposing in the Church today.  This is not pastoral sensitivity to real situations; it is an incomprehensible arrogance that holds that Christ’s standard is just too high, too much to ask for; hence, man must improve upon it by lowering that standard.  Such a denial of a central Gospel truth is unworthy of any person who dares to call himself a Catholic, never mind a pastor of souls.

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Saint Paul Preaching

As usual, our apologetics classes will resume at the end of September.  There are presently three groups.  The course, Catholic Apologetics, will be taught at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Joseph’s Residence in Enfield, CT (1365 Enfield St.), beginning Monday, September 28, and at Christ the King parish center in Ludlow, MA (41 Warsaw Ave.), beginning on Tuesday, September 29.

Another course called, Answering Common Objections, held on the first and third Thursdays of the month, will resume on Thursday, October 1, at Holy Trinity parish center in Westfield, MA (335 Elm St.).

All classes are held approximately from 7-8:30pm.

Catholic Apologetics is a four-year course, but students are welcome to take only as much as they choose.  The course is well-organized and intended to give students a thorough knowledge of the faith, with an emphasis on defending the faith.  This would be an especially good time to join because this September is the beginning of year one of the entire course.

Answering Common Objections is less of a course and more of a series of ongoing talks on the faith.  It’s somewhat directed towards those who may be inquiring into the faith for the first time, and is open to fallen-away and non-Catholics.  In other words, it’s much simpler than the Catholic Apologetics course.

It goes without saying that these groups are small in number – anything from 2-20 people.  So, new students are always welcome.  In addition, I would be happy to start new classes wherever there is interest (in the southern New England area).  All that is needed is at least three students, a small room, and a relatively quiet environment.  I’ve taught these classes in classrooms, boardrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, and I’m willing to offer them wherever there is a sincere interest in Catholic truth.  So, please spread the word!

I’ve been teaching these classes for about fourteen years now, and have had perhaps ten different locations.  They tend to take on a life of their own and often become quite important personally to the students.  They are the rarest places where faithful Catholics can learn about the faith, ask any question, and find a small friendly gathering of like-minded souls struggling to be holy in a godless world.  (I think I can go further than that and now say, “in a profoundly anti-Catholic world”.)  I would encourage any and all to consider taking these classes.  All who are seeking the truth are welcome.

For more information, please leave a phone message at (413) 568-4429, and I’ll get back to you.  Or else, send an email to:

thefullnessoftruthapostolate@juno.com

Saint Justin Martyr, Patron Saint of Apologists and Philosophers