Milestones or Millstones?
in the Catholic Church
who is so
as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ
does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching
has the Father and the Son.
(2 John 9)
Now, here are words
a frightful pronouncement, really so terribly apropos
of our times, that hey are worth repeating for the sake
who is so
as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ, does not
have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the
Father and the Son.
should be emblazoned over the doorway leading to
theology department, every
religion class in every nominally
Catholic college, every archway
to every Seminary, above the lintels to every
Chancery, every Rectory,
every self-absorbed Parish Council chamber
really, they should be etched into the hearts and minds
of every Catholic who is susceptible to the most profane,
absurd, inane and irrelevant teaching palmed off to the
faithful as authentic doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Perhaps you have forgotten, but ours is a mandate
to be faithful ... not a mantra to be
especially at the cost of reason, faith, and truth.
Who has not
heard, in stupefaction, in growing astonishment,
virtually every authentic teaching of the Church
for 2000 years arrogantly dismissed with a
learned air, superior to faith, by those to whom it has
been entrusted and from
which, to the vapid applause of the world, they have defected,
opting for the laurels (as well as the money ...) of men
instead of the glory of God?
has not suffered this agony?
Who has not
suffered this second Crucifixion at the hands of men and
women who, not contented with throwing the Word of God back
into God's Face, programmatically throw it back into our
face; demanding adherence, demanding acceptance, demanding
credence, demanding "progress
that has somehow moved beyond the immutable truths given
us by Truth Himself; truths that stand, as it were, in obsolescence
of "modern" man christened
for whom dogma is not just anathema, but is tautologous
their own belief, they invite us, even coerce us, to disbelief.
Having lost obedience to God, they require the disobedience
of men. Having become a law unto themselves, they have outlawed
the law of God. Finding this law intolerable, they create
a god in their own image and promulgate this strange god's
laws ... that happen to coincide with their own interests.
In a sentence,
do not have God.
It starts at
the top and percolates down, leaching into the minds of
the little ones through either the pride, the arrogance
or the indifference of their teachers: bishops, priests,
religious functionaries, parents ...
do not remain in the teaching of the Christ.
sternly and very clearly about such teachers:
shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in
me; it were better for him that a millstone were hanged
around his neck, and he were cast into the sea"
(St. Mark 9.41)
Take a deep