Accomplice:- or Complicity in Sin
There are nine ways, by which we are us complicit in another’s sin. They are by counsel, by command, by provocation, by praise or flattery, by concealment, by being a partner in the sin, by silence and by defending the ill done.
The question is how sinful are these acts. If they are formal that is seen to be encouraging the act or condoning then it is a very serious sinful act by the accomplice if the sin is seriously grave. Murder, Abortion, Birth Control all the Capital sins, the sins against the Holy Ghost and those sins who cry out to heaven for vengeance. How many who read this can sit down and write those sins all out. I mean capital, against the Holy Ghost and vengeance. How many of you have examined your conscience daily to see if you have committed, advised, said nothing or provided the advice to your children or friends on shall I dare to ask birth control?
In the Catholic Church today besides Diocese, Eparchies and Parishes, there are many societies that foster a communion of similar thinkers. When asked to join these groups I have often wondered have the members entered into a membership opposed to catholic teachings. If we sign on and join some of the brotherhoods or sisterhoods, if they are sinful we are fully complicit in their life, which could be full of grace or full of sin. We must be careful and fully consider all aspects of the communal life of the group. Again and again, we must fully examine if we are to be involved in a form of evil doing, cooperating in some way in a wrongful activity. The need can be seen for our deep consideration and this need is accentuated in some societies in the Church today. This need develops, when we see there is a greater likelihood group sin would not be committed without the act of material cooperation due to the close relationship (membership). There may be a greater heinousness in the sin, when viewed about harm or scandal done to the Church, the Eucharist, and the Sacraments, the Mass or some unfortunate third party. Many new societies have sprung up in the name of renewal that skirt the edge of sinfulness dangerously. They have become darlings of the Hierarchy without proper considerations of their purpose. They have mission statements that are devious and unlike the old ways they have no charter. St Francis of Assisi proposed his charter and it took many years to be approved and it was no difference with St Ignatius of Loyola.
We are all complicit in the greatest and most ignoble sin, mankind can and does commit with great regularity. We scandalize God Himself whose Spirit can be pierced. Screams of horror and denial will ring forth as I name the indifferences, the irreverences, the ignorance, the sacrileges and the blasphemies heaped upon the most Holy Sacrifice of God’s altar. The Eucharist our greatest pearl, is always given with great claims of charity, with a dismissal of responsibility, to the pigs by priests with the connivance of the college of bishops. Is that or is that not the greatest complicity of sin we can see or observe daily in the Catholic Church today? I find a minimum of five ways in which the accomplices of whom in the almost one hundred per cent majority of the Bishops of the Western Area of the Universe are complicit in the sin. I add one more and that fear and a lack of fortitude towards the ways of the world. Any Bishop who does not condemn publicly these scandalous acts by his brother collegiates, which are directly against scriptural admonitions of casting pearls before swine, cannot be in the state of the grace that sanctifies. I mean not those outside the Church but those who in sin inside the Church who have fallen from grace, descending to the fifth day of creation. Loosing their soul they have become brutes without a soul. Now will come the rationalization of falling crumbs. It might sound good as a defense, but will God see it that way when they are judged? I do not think so and deep inside their soul so do they.
What of those who receive in their fallen state? No one can say in this case you cannot judge their state. The Church herself knows of the lack of attendance at the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The priest who does not tell his parishioners of the error of not confessing, of not living the Sacramental life is in a most dreadful and soul destroying syndrome. The priest is here for our salvation and if we, his parishioners are not saved by his efforts he is a partner and by his silence he is complicit.
We must go to confession and it must not be some ‘put up a show’ occasion. For an apostolic catholic not to use the sacraments is a sin against the Holy Spirit that is resisting the known truth. The truth is God in His love instituted the Church and the Holy mysterious sacraments for our salvation and since a catholic is given much by God, we are expected to give Him much and that is fidelity to His Gifts.