Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yes, Father, There Really Is Black and White When It Comes To Sin

Father, you know who you are.   What you did and said today wasn't very nice.

When you have a captive audience who are expecting a homily but instead get your diatribe on traditionalists, it's pretty brave to stand up there and ridicule.  How many people will go to Heaven because of your homily today?  Essentially, you told us that there is "no black and white" and no Biblical basis for mortal sin.  You stopped just short of calling traditional Catholics Pharisees.

I have a feeling I know why you are so angry.  You know that the College of Cardinals is stacked against the likelihood of choosing a Pope who will tell us that so long as we don't hurt anyone's feelings, anything goes and everything is OK.  Women's ordination, same-sex marriage fornication.  All the things the moral relativists you hold up as "thinking people" embrace.

That tradition you poked fun of today,  abstaining from meat on Fridays?  It's more than just tradition.  It's called Canon Law.  Not even the Spirit of Vatican II, which you so heartily embrace, could overturn it.  I'm surprised you didn't pick on women wearing veils, but perhaps you're saving that one for another day, eh?

Speaking of Vatican II, have you noticed what happened when "thinking people" like yourself took liberties with the Mass, morality and just about everything else?  The pews emptied, divorce became rampant, babies started piling up in medical-waste containers and America proceeded down a path of moral decay that could rival Sodom and Gomorrah.

Yes, there are traditionalists who are hypocrites, just as there are liberals and progressives who are as well.  You know the kind I'm talking about, don't you?  The sort of Catholic who is rightly outraged about gun violence but who turns a blind eye toward the scourge of abortion?

So my dear Reverend Father, before you decide to compare Catholics who are faithful to the Magisterium to Pharisees again, please think twice.  The path we follow will never lead anyone to Hell.  We're just too polite to interrupt your homily tantrum about the next Pope to tell you that.

If you'd like to see what real sanctity looks like, go here.  This is what our faith is about.  And works without it will not get anyone into Heaven.


  1. Wow! This was powerful Joyce...your intuition was spot on and unfortunately, there is too much gray...God help us!

  2. Theresa, I was already having a pretty bad day when I went to this Mass and then had to listen to this. Part of me wanted to wait around for the priest to talk to him after Mass, but the other part of me thought better of it because I was so angry. Too many Catholics are looking for the easy way out on everything. This was the last thing they needed to hear. Even if he believes that some people go overboard with scrupulosity, etc., this is hardly the way to address it, by wanting to throw every moral compass and means of sacrifice and penance out the window. Perhaps this priest also forgot the Gospel basis for fasting - we begin the season of Lent with the account of Christ fasting for 40 days in the desert. I could go on and on...God help us indeed!

  3. Yes! What Theresa would havebeen hard for me to sit through it. But you are stronger and I thank you for writing this!

    1. Next time, if there is one, I don't think I will sit through it. I think I was just reeling and didn't quite know what the best reaction was. Thank you both for your support and I know we will all keep Father in our prayers. The Conclave of Cardinals isn't the only entity that needs the help of the Holy Spirit!


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