Whenever Catholic rabbit people start whining about intolerance or divisiveness, it's helpful to recall the words of our Savior:
"Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And as a man's enemies shall be they of his own household." - Matthew 10:34-36That's just one of many examples. Jesus regularly speaks of those who love the world more than he and how they are not worthy to follow him. He says that those who do not eat his flesh nor drink his blood have no life in them. He says those who reject him reject God the Father. He said that in the Final Judgment he will separate the sheep from the goats, and that the latter shall be cast into the lake of fire where they will burn for all eternity with their master Satan. In other words, our Lord said many things that should strike modern ears as being harsh, divisive, and worst of all, judgmental. Thanks be to God we're so much smarter, so much more loving and tolerant than all of those mean old saints, doctors, martyrs, and popes, right?
Catholics are infamously ignorant of Scripture compared to some Protestant fundamentalist sects. St. Jerome said that ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. In practice, this means we're unequipped to respond when liberals and Modernists hijack the Gospel. If we do not know the real Christ as testified in the New Testament, then we cannot answer when the rabbits speak of how Jesus is our boyfriend who loves us just the way we are, and makes no demands of us, and never, ever judges anyone not named Adolf Hitler or Marcel Lefebvre.
God bless Cordileone for staying strong. Heh, "wounded." They're trying to have an archbishop removed from his position because he said things - true things it should be pointed out - that hurt their feelings. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Remember that when rabbity SJWs accuse you of mean-spiritedness, or hatefulness, or bigotry, or of being an "angry white man," they're almost never referring to actual insults or serious attempts to harm others. Cordileone expects teachers in Archdiocesan Catholic schools to uphold Catholic doctrine in the classroom. One point of doctrine they object to is the intrinsically evil nature of sodomy and artificial contraception. It is the teaching of the Church that sodomy and contraception are mortal sins for which you will burn in hell for all eternity if you do not repent, confess, and do penance.
You seldom hear Catholic clergy put it in those terms anymore, but no matter how much they dance around the subject with paaaaastoral language, that remains the doctrine of the Church. And it is that to which the Modernists object. The smarter ones know that doctrine itself cannot change so they prefer that we just never talk about it. That which goes unspoken eventually goes unthought. For example, Jesus Christ speaks of the existence of hell and the possibility of going there more than any other figure in the Bible. How often do you hear hell mentioned in a Catholic homily? I expect most Catholics would be shocked at the black and white nature of the demands Jesus makes of us.
The liberal Modernist version of Christ is not at all an attractive figure. I'm not alone in thinking this; over the last 50 years, millions of men worldwide have voted with their feet. The Christ I know from Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium challenges us and warns us of the consequences of turning away from him. He offers us the only Way, the Truth, and the Life: himself. He knows our weaknesses and our tendency toward sin. That's why he always stands ready to forgive us and help us begin again when we fall.
I don't claim to be a great evangelist, but I'd ask my five loyal readers to be honest: that short thumbnail sketch of Christ I just penned is a bit more compelling than the invisible non-judgmental boyfriend the Modernists offer us, eh? Of course it is. You may even think it poorly written but it's rooted in the truth. The truth is the truth regardless of our feelings.
If nothing else, stories like these confirm why I wouldn't be happy as a diocesan priest. Priests are trained to greet angry parishioners like these with soothing platitudes and invitations to fruitful dialogue where we peacefully work out our differences in all charity. In contrast, my every instinct says to respond to the petition with, "I'll tell you wrinkled old hippies where you can stick your dirty money." When this latest rabbity temper tantrum first came into the news, I sent the Arch an email telling him he has my prayers and support for what they're worth. My prayer is that he'll stay strong. If he shows them that he won't be intimidated by their childish fist pounding, they'll back down.