What is my authority to write these questions?
In a conversation with another old fogey, some years beyond my three score and ten, we both discussed why we have the same feelings. He understood why I did. It comes for me from the Faith of My Father's. Let me give you some idea of what drives me. I was taught my faith in a Catholic Church, in a Catholic School and in a family with a very charitable father, acknowledged by others to be a fine Catholic Man. He practiced Charity in a variety of ways, that is every chance and way he had an opportunity to do so. He never once shirked his catholic duty and faith if it was a sin he said so, uncompromisingly so. My mentor as an the altar boy, until I was 13, was a priest who was just as uncompromising. He, at one Sunday mass every week, refused to distribute to Holy Communion. No one questioned him, they all knew why they were not disposed to receive. He often preached why. He heard at least fifty or more confessions a week. These were the signposts to what I was and am.
Let me go further, I joined the Royal Air Force to do conscription but signed on for five years. Why, because I earnt more doing Newspapers in the morning before work than a conscript was paid.
What did I face, as I was example of my faith in the dormitories and huts. I knew no other way to live. Surrounded by all kinds of cults growing up I was constantly explaining to new friends why I went to mass on Sundays; why I went on Saturdays to confession and other catholic habits I could not hide, nor did I want to.
In the Armed Forces it was the same but worse. I shared in most cases a room with twenty or more other men, rarely did other Catholics reveal themselves as Catholics. It was obvious I was, therefore once again I had to answer why I did not believe in birth control; why I got up Sundays early to go to mass, why I sometimes went to Church during the day and go early, before most of them got out of bed. Their religious beliefs were far from mine. I mean my beliefs in the Catholic Doctrines and Dogmas I learnt from the Catechism.
Now here is a problem you will not want to hear. The majority of Catholics in the pews today show exactly the same ignorance of Catholicism as did all those protestants of my youth.
There is absolutely not one whit of difference. Ecumenism of the finest sort exactly as the Bishops want. Protestants haven't changed but we Catholics have.Please do not insult my intelligence by trying to correct me. I have been there and done that. These mugwumps are now teaching the catechism or whatever the sorry mess they KNOW it is. They teach this junk, publicly in the Church today and they and so many priests are so smug about it.
Remember the movie on TV news where Peter Finch the old fogey said, "Lean out your window and shout, "I won't take it anymore". Well that's me and some of the other faithful. When you see me or hear of me remember true charity demands I try to save your soul, because not many in the Catholic Church today will try to do so with the proper truths. That statement includes many of you who read this blog. I ask you this question, should I surrender to those whom by observation and consideration I see as scriptural fools and what the scriptural fool is, should I surrender my faith? Consider your answer well for the sake of your soul
Labels: Protestant Catholic birth control, True Charity