Friday, July 26, 2013

Strike a blow against Churchianity today

Reality is what it is regardless of how we feel about it. Your feelings do not determine the objective nature of your relationship with God. With the exception of envy, sins are usually fun. They make us feel good or we might just be a necessary evil to accomplish a greater goal. Hardly anyone does evil for the sake of it. Regardless of how sins make us feel, they wound or destroy our relationship with God depending on their gravity. Similarly, our flesh protests when we begin our spiritual disciplines. We claim to be too busy, or too tired, or too distracted by worldly concerns.

The will must be subjected to the intellect, not our emotions. The intellect must be fed with Truth, even if that Truth is offensive to our emotions. Unfortunately, many practitioners of Churchianity reverse this. They refrain from speaking the truth because they do not wish to offend. They demur from speaking about the sinfulness of fornication, cohabitation, contraception, and divorce because they fear that the pews will be empty. Reverend Fathers, the pews are emptying out anyway.

What is the mission of the Church - is it to keep the money flowing and the institution smoothly humming along? Many Catholics, including pastors, approach it that way. Or is the mission of the Church to save souls, to get them into heaven and keep them out of hell? If it's the latter, then fear of offending people should not even enter the equation. Is that not fearing human respect more than God?

Americans are more used to having a multitude of churches, sects, and religions rubbing shoulders with each other within our borders. Ecumenism and interreligious dialogue as we know it today is largely a product of the American experience. Our non-Catholic neighbors should be treated with charity, but never, ever back down from the truth. Never hesitate to affirm that the Roman Catholic Church is identical with the Mystical Body of Christ, outside of which there is no salvation. It is through Christ and Christ alone that we are saved.

They'll accuse of being mean, judgmental, elitist, triumphalist, and uncharitable, but so what? I am Catholic because Catholicism is true. That's the only reason anyone should believe anything. Other Christians and other believers, and non-believers, all think that their worldview is true. But objectively speaking, their religions are either false or riddled with errors. That's not to say they're not good people, but they are nonetheless in error.

The Catholic Church is often knocked for not allowing women into positions of power, i.e. for not ordaining them. On the contrary, the Church is overly feminized today. And where women dominate, men back away. Do your part in the fight against Churchianity, for God's sake.

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