05:16 Sunday, July 24, AD 2022 GMT
I begin by explicating why Archbishop Cordileone needs defending. A brief history would suffice. But even that would perhaps be boring. So I have cut some of the boring stuff.
A rift has developed in the Roman Catholic (RC) Episcopacy. It’s not a low rift, like a canyon on the face of terrestrial planet. It’s a high rift, like a massive thunderhead rent in twain. It’s a rift between Episcopates in high offices, wherein words from both official and unofficial documents written by past and present Prefects for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) are hurled back and forth from one cloud to the other—a rift wherein the Pontiff promotes a bishop to cardinal that agrees with his point of view, and the cardinal quotes the Catechism to argue that the theology of the other cloud is a “theology of unworthiness”, that “The Eucharist is being weaponized and deployed as a tool in political warfare” (then-Bishop McElroy), and that the unity of the Church is thus diminished—a rift wherein, now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is going to write a working document on Eucharistic coherence, and share it with the CDF, and now it’s not, not after the CDF learnt about it. Why this rift?
Our Episcopacy was already divided before this cold war in the clouds began. The doctrines of some RC Episcopates are essentially political. They try to pass them off as holy. That is comparatively easy to attempt in our religion; we have a mountain of official documents—which itself reaches to the clouds—which can be mined for words that support political positions. The doctrines of other RC Episcopates are essentially ecclesial and theological. Archbishop Cordileone is one of the latter.
The political variety of Episcopate wants to protect and encourage their precious, nominally Catholic, but anti-life politicians. That is where They see Their political doctrines empowered—an empowerment that They defend and promote so fanatically that, when Episcopates from the other cloud try to do their nominal, custodial job of disciplining that part of the flock that wanders astray by accepting doctrines of men—of political Parties—the former Episcopates strenuously endeavor to stop the whole custodial process. In short, the former Ones don’t want the trash taken out. They want the trash to remain empowered.
And make no mistake, the trash is empowered. We are talking about Speaker Pelosi, Joe Biden, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Tim Kaine and other politically-empowered, nominal Catholics that are anti-life. In fact, the trash is in the clouds with Episcopates if its ilk, sharing the same, snobbish air. The trash thinks itself so empowered as to acquire a tyrannic air, and with it, smear, impugn and ostracize Episcopates in the other cloud, while enjoying solidarity with Episcopates in “the power of this air”, and in the power of “the spirit that now worketh on the children of unbelief” (from Ephesians 2:2). Is not this the usual M.O. of the anti-life elite?
So it’s just wonderful, this cold war that transpires in the clouds of our holy Church. And my main defense of Abp. Cordileone is that he tries to do an Episcopate’s nominal, custodial duties; he tries to take out the trash. I for one of the RC Flock, do not want nominally Catholic trash extolled as brethren, as worthy, as venerable or virtuous; I see all such extolling of trash as political propaganda. But perhaps some will object to me referring to our erstwhile, anti-life politicians as “trash”.
If so, forgive me; I think I would do better to use the proper term:
Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you. (Matth. 7:6)
The Sacraments of Holy Matrimony and Holy Communion are God, which is why They are called, Holy. They are not to be given to dogs.
And how do we tell them, the dogs from the Faithful? As Jesus preached in His Sermon on the Mount:
By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. (Matth. 5: 6-20)
The above refers to the preaching of St. John the Baptist:
And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire. (Matth. 3: 7-10)
For us believers, including Episcopates, one “fruit worthy of penance” is to acknowledge that there exist divinely-instituted standards for receiving our Holy Sacraments. There are standards even for the first Sacrament, Baptism: Humility before God, repentance, a mind and heart open to exercising Faith in Jesus, in Whom mysteries live, which are true, but not understood by men.
Shall I share how I tell the dogs from the Faithful? I shall, for that sake of my own sanity:
I notice that the dogs are not really as thoughtful as they would have us think. They pretend to be thoughtful, and lovers of truth, but in fact are mere ideologues; their worldly ideologies give Them answers for just about every question. The only questions for which They have no answers are those that Their self-exalted ideology has not yet considered. In that way, they can appear to be people of great thought. They can gain a following, and They do. But They are dogs.
Some dogs enter our religion and eventually get promoted to the holy Episcopacy. They pretend to have it all figured out. They almost never confess that there exist mysteries in our religion that They do not understand. They argue and preach as if no such mysteries exist—not to Their exalted minds—only to the lowly minds of We the Flock.
However, impenetrable mysteries exist in our religion—impenetrable, that is, unless or until the Holy Spirit edifies us concerning them. Christianity is mystical by nature, her mysteries can by no means be explicated—at least not rightly—by those that subscribe to doctrines of men, that is, by dogs. Therefore, if you see an Episcopate arguing or preaching as if He had it all figured out—as if, to His exalted mind, there are no mysteries in our religion, and We, the hayseed Flock, had better listen to Him, that is, if we want to know the meanings of mysteries—you may count the probability high that He is of the canine species.
As for myself, I trust only Episcopates that confess that our religion, Christianity, is mystical, and admit that many mysteries of Christianity exist that They do not comprehend. I also believe that the most significant aspects of Christianity are mystical and not, or not yet, understood, but that nonetheless, God calls us to take trustworthy tenets of our religion on Faith, even though they are mystical, and we neither understand them, nor accept any explication of them from mere human doctrine.
Some Episcopates want to do away with Christian standards. For instance, They want everyone admitted to the Holy Eucharist without Baptism, or if already baptised, then without Reconciliation, without forgiveness, without amendment, without penance, without absolution, with mere human doctrine as their guide. Their precious, nominally Catholic, anti-life, political office holders accept and live by doctrines of men. Our canine Episcopates essentially validate the same. They do that wilfully, so that Their beloved, anti-life, political office holders may be extolled as virtuous, worthy, enlightened. They abuse good offices of holy Church to advance mere human agenda and doctrines that are entirely unworthy of holy Church.
The effect of this abuse would be the formation of a Roman Catholic, so-called Church, that would follow canine Episcopates, Who would be in enthusiastic solidarity with anti-life, canine politicians. Do canine Episcopates lead canine politicians, or follow them?
The answer is unclear to me. What is clear to me is that this so-called Church would extol doctrines of men as divine, would not be going to Heaven, would not abide in Christ, would not be born again, would not become as little children and would not have more righteousness than scribes and Pharisees. In short, it would not qualify to be called a Church; it would be nothing more than a fraternal organization, and not a very desirable one at that.
If we are to be a Church and not merely a fraternal organization, we need to preserve and protect our standards for receiving our Holy Sacraments, including Holy Matrimony. That is what Archbishop Cordileone does when he denies Holy Communion to nominally Catholic, pro-abortion dogs, and when he denies the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony to males that want to marry males, and females that want to marry females. Such marriages mock the Sacrament of Matrimony, which is God. Therefore, such marriages mock God. And in case you have not heard,
Be not deceived, God is not mocked. (Gal. 6:7)
Since holy Church’s Sacraments are God, the Same are also not mocked, at least not for long.
They may be mocked for a time, as Jesus was, when Pilate had Him stripped, scourged, crowned with thorns and clothed in a royal robe. Pilate then said to the crowd, “Behold your king”, and, “Shall I crucify your king?” (from John 19: 14-15). Jesus was mocked again by bystanders when He hung dying on the cross:
And they that passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days buildest it up again;
Save thyself, coming down from the cross.
In like manner also the chief priests mocking, said with the scribes one to another: He saved others; himself he cannot save. (Mark 15: 29-31)
Jesus is mocked by some so-called artists, for instance, the one that placed a crucifix in a jar of urine, and called it art. In Heaven, however, and to some extent on Earth, Jesus is honored, glorified and loved, not mocked.
Similarly, it is a mockery of a holy Sacrament, and of God, for a male to marry a male, or a female a female, in our Sacrament of Matrimony. It is a mockery of a holy Sacrament for anti-life, so-called Catholics to receive the Holy Eucharist (as if they loved or cared about innocent, vulnerable life, which the Blessed Sacrament is). But it is only a temporary mockery. I take the fact that such mockeries of God happen routinely—even in nominally Christian nations—as a sign that the culture of mockery and death, (hat tip, St. John Paul II), will not last long. “God is not mocked.” Therefore, either that culture gets its act together, and ceases from mocking God and murdering, or the end of the age is soon to arrive, wherein God will no longer be mocked, but feared.
I do not approve or encourage violence against gays, lesbians, any sexuality, or anti-life, nominally Catholic office holders. I am opposed to such violence. However, it is my inexperienced opinion—I have never been in a gay marriage, and don’t want to be in one—that married gay partners deceive themselves, inasmuch as they believe that God made them one, or blessed their marriage. It seems to me that they project their desires onto God, thinking that He will honor their wishes to become one. But He has no respect for mere human projections (See Acts 10: 34-35), nor will He alter His holy Ordinances on account of mere human desires (See Leviticus 10: 9-11 and 18:26, Numbers 18:8, Deuteronomy 6: 23-25, First Kings 9:4-8 [Third Kings 9: 4-8], etc.).
God knows what He will and will not bless. We know that He will join a man and woman as one in Sacramental Marriage. This is not something that the man and/or his wife project onto God. This is something that He actually does for them. But there is no evidence to support the merely human idea that He joins male to male or female to female in marriage.
Similarly, I do not refer to all gays as “dogs”, only those that profane or mock a holy Sacrament by marrying each other. I do not want evil done to gays on account of their sexuality, or even on account of profane marriages, if they are in one. But no one can stop gays from doing evil to themselves. And inasmuch as same sex couples marry in the Sacrament of Matrimony, they profane and mock that Sacrament, and thus do evil to themselves.
It is to his eternal credit that Abp. Cordileone tries to preserve RC standards, and to prevent us from turning ourselves into a merely fraternal organization—one wherein doctrines of men would pass for holy, and those that hold such doctrines would find disagreeable, everything that is both mystical and worthy of Faith.
I write all of these things in the holy Name of Jesus.