Disgust at the Lack of Discernment at Gay Pride Masses on both sides.
I very often dissent with so much I read of on the internet. As usual I am disappointed in what has happened and the results which are often displayed in foolish writing in the comments that follow these indignant descriptions. None more so than the foolishness that occurred in Boston over the gay pride mass and others of the same ilk. It was mishandled by clergy in ignorance and public dismissal of the scandal these masses give to the “faithful laity”. Those who give scandal and add to it have quite a problem with Jesus as Judge when time comes around for His Decision at their first judgment. Is there an answer? Of course there is and those on both sides will be reasonable, when faced with this choice.
The Parish I grew up in had a Parish Priest who was both the Vicar General and a noted and respectable theologian. His Name was Canon Percival William Hayes. At the 11 o'clock High Mass every Sunday he would not give Holy Communion to anybody. One day I asked him why and he laughed and answered me. "Most of those have not come to me for confession for a very long time. Most of them were drinking and partying until the early hours of the morning and did other things that were not good". He and his curate heard at least 100 confessions every Saturday afternoon and evening. All of them have probably not fasted since midnight. They know and I know they are not in the State of Grace and should not receive Him. I cannot as their Parish Priest let them sin, so I receive for them all". His homilies covered the sins that were one might say an epidemic in the parish gleaned from the he confessions heard.
Now the gay pride mass could proceed under those circumstances but it should be proceeded by some kind of penitential service whereby those who go to Confession before hand receive the reserved Host right after confession. I had a priest friend who understood the temptations that beset me soon after I had confessed and agreed that I could at least receive as soon as I confessed. He was, as was Canon Hayes, another Irishman. So I repaired immediately after confession to the altar where he started the ritual from the Our Father to the reception of Holy Communion. The trouble was that we did this during the week and it became worrisome for me that others would turn up and decide they should receive too. As though they had every right to receive,. Which we do not by the way. The reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is a gift which we receive for efforts to serve Him with perfection so condescendingly from God whom blesses our efforts to obey His Directive, “Be perfect as your Father in Heaven is Perfect”.
As I wrote earlier I am sure that reasonable people on both sides of the equation could accept this as a reasonable solution and only those worthy would receive.
Am I wrong, is this scandalous, then ask both your parish priest or your Bishop for an answer.
Labels: gay pride Eucharist confession
Why no action is it cowardice or reluctance to upset the apple cart?
In one of my blogs a time or two ago, I wrote, “All Catholics are mystics” . At least they are supposed to be by the directions of Jesus when he said, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”. Here is the problem in today's Church because of certain private revelations, which are nothing more than private opinions and is very obvious in the teachings of the pharisaic elders in the pentecostal movement, we seek signs of the supernatural. I am so ashamed for the priesthood who allow the seeds of the pentecostal theology which JP2 called childish theology in one letter he wrote to them, to be sown. If today the Movement suddenly died, disappeared from the Church their seeds will lay fallow until they bloom again. They must be sprayed with a spiritual herbicide to utterly destroy them.
Christ Jesus left us with every avenue open and waiting for us to be what we should be and that is Mystical. If Jesus was truly as we are taught “Provident” then He has left for our benefit the ways for us to be mystical. For us they are in the Church He founded. They are the Holy Sacramental Mysteries of our faith. They are the Rituals, rites and prayers given us by Christ and guarded and used by the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Practice them religiously in both senses of the Word, we become righteous and worthy of sainthood. All of the mystical way are defined in one place, the Holy Scriptures, those revelations of God's instructions to His people. To change them into a modern understanding, to translate them according to modern needs, to make them suitable to the modern world is both a blasphemy and a sacrilege, in the deepest sense of the words.
Many would call me a dissenter, but let me quote Orwell, “In the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. I can admit and quite readily do that in the words of many of the semi dictatorial rulers in the Church one could use dissenting to replace revolutionary act. I am ashamed to write not for me but for those who are supposed to teach and protect us from in the attacks of wickedness both worldly and spiritually evil are instead at war with the Holy Spirit. Let me explain what I mean quoting Fr. Sauvignon Louismet, “History both sacred and profane, that of our own time as well as that of past centuries, bears witness to the fact that God has a way of His own of showing forth, when He so wills, His presense and His action. God has a sign all His own, and when it appears men, even the most obtuse or the most obdurate, are compelled, unless they deliberately stultify themselves, to exclaim, “Here surely is the finger of God (Exodus 8:19)”, Today the higher we rise in the world of the Church today so do egos grow in the companionship of our fellows and brook no interference. The sign of God, the unmistakable sign of His presence and of His action must be examined AND EXALTED. If is not Him then the authorities must proclaim this fact loudly, publicly and clearly. They cannot dodge the bullet and say, "Time will tell". Putting off decisions cause confrontations as did the delay of the Third Secret. Did the Church profit by the dissension this caused?? Was it profitable for Heaven to be injudiciously dismissed? His Children, no matter what exalted rank they claim for themselves had better be aware and those who claim to protect and serve our souls had better examine and acknowledge, where it is the Holy Ghost, the divine eternal Spirit of God working through the laity as God sees the need to do so. Otherwise the devil will really take over and cause dissent. I am not talking of a "spiritual presense around us" but of the sheer power of the message, upon which by Miracles God stamps His Authority. It would seem by the actions of the latter day Apostles that God has no right whatsoever to interfere with the pompous episcopal actions which are to be questioned by no one. Many defend their position by ignoring and hoping The Holy Ghost, the bond of Love in the Trinity, by us personified as a Person, might just go on His way.
This is what happened at Medjugorie, “When the Local Ordinary pondered aloud, “Why would Mary appear to peasant children and not to a Bishop that truly holds her dear?” Pastoral incompetency, obvious in all its imperfections. It should then have been treated the same as Lourdes, the Laity flocked to take the advantage God meant while the Bishop danced the two step, to the tune of, was it or wasn't it? Can anyone deny that God seeing His creation so disobedient by those who should know better with the Elder Brother of His Family disobeyed and held to ridicule by this disobedience would not act for the sake of his Children. The efforts at Medjugorie by Mary to call us to orderly behavior are thwarted by apostles who think she should obey them. Name one apostle other than Peter the elder brother whom she obeyed. A mother dismissed summarily by her sons will always go into the wilderness, where she is safe from attacks and pray their behaviour is not punished by the Father of the family.
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