So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Winnowing the Catholic Church.

His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.—St. Luke 3:17
Catholics who will not abide the Lord's teaching have no place in God's Church. It is not any layman's place, however, as a mere creature, to push anyone out of the Church that God Himself established. The bishops, however, to whom Christ gives His authority, have been entrusted with the task of preserving the Faith and guarding the sheepfold. They can, and should, in those unfortunate situations where someone knowingly violates the terms of the Christian agreement, so-to-speak, issue a formal recognition that an offender has cut himself or herself off from communion with Christ's Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Canon 751: Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.

Canon 1364 n. 1: an apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.

The phrase "latae sententiae" means a judgment or sentence which has already been brought, in other words, a sentence or judgment which does not need a future additional judgment from someone in authority; it refers to a type of excommunication which is automatic. Such a sentence of excommunication is incurred 'by the very commission of the offense,' (CCC 2272) and does not require the future particular judgment of a case by competent authority.

Apostasy, heresy, and schism are all offences which incur a sentence of excommunication automatically. Heresy is the obstinate denial of any truth of the Catholic faith, on a matter of faith or morals, which has been definitively taught by the Magisterium. The Magisterium has repeatedly and definitively taught that abortion is always gravely immoral.—CCC 2270 to 2275

Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, and in communion with the Bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral. This doctrine, based upon that unwritten law which man, in the light of reason, finds in his own heart (cf. Rom 2:14-15), is reaffirmed by Sacred Scripture, transmitted by the Tradition of the Church and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium.—Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, n. 57.SOURCE
It should be added that
(n)o one is automatically excommunicated for any offense if, without any fault of his own, he was unaware that he was violating a law (CIC 1323:2) or that a penalty was attached to the law (CIC 1324:1:9). The same applies if one was a minor, had the imperfect use of reason, was forced through grave or relatively grave fear, was forced through serious inconvenience, or in certain other circumstances (CIC 1324).
Perhaps if our bishops had stood up for Christ and Church in a timely manner in the past we wouldn't currently be in such a quagmire. The remedy of excommunication, intended to bring dissenters to their senses, could have been applied to individuals before they led many Catholics astray and before they contributed to a culture of laxity and indifference (to the sacraments) in the Church.

Have souls been lost because bishops and priests have been timid and lacking the clarity of the truth of the Gospel? The People of God need theological and moral clarity to preserve the health of their souls. It takes courage to preach the truth to a sex-addicted culture. Sadly, our clergy have failed to provide the faithful with adequate formation, i.e., protection from the wickedness and snares of the devil.

God, Himself, is in possession of His winnowing fork. God, Himself, will give men and women over to their willful ignorance and base behaviour. God, Himself, knows the thoughts and actions of all. God will judge the hearts of all, and justice will prevail.
winnow (v)
late 14c., from Old English windwian "to fan, winnow," from wind "air in motion, paring down,". Cognate with Old Norse vinza, Old High German winton "to fan, winnow," Gothic diswinþjan "to throw (grain) apart."—OEDictionary
The American election has taught us that the American Catholic Church, which is to say the Americanized church of limp believers, is not the Catholic Church, i.e., the Catholic Church in America. There is a vast difference between Catholics in and Catholics of America. The latter are pretenders and wolves among the sheep. For the latter, social acceptance is more important than keeping the Lord's commandments.

Catholic Americans, i.e., those who are Catholics first and Americans second, as it should be, must realize by now that there are among them many bishops and priests, and a multitude of laity, who are manifestly against the Catholic Faith. In Canada, we have faced two generations of Catholic-in-name-only prime ministers—among them Trudeau senior, Chretienne, Martin and currently Trudeau The Shirtless—who have devastated the religious and secular landscape. Their shabby witness to the Faith has caused considerable confusion among the faithful, so much so that ours is now a congregation that is is so many ways indistinguishable from the corrupt secular culture. Canadian Catholics are not Catholic Canadians. They are cultural Catholics, nothing more.

The obvious.

We need not be successful at winning converts to the cause. We must, however, be faithful. Those who are not prepared to stand up for the Catholic Faith should depart and leave the Church in Canada in the hands of the those who, like Saint Francis, want to do God's will and rebuild God's Church, even risking censorship and imprisonment in the cause of righteousness.

Yes, the word 'righteousness' was used. Liberal-progressives have a hard time accepting that there are Catholics, their brethren, who are confident in the Faith and able to boast in the Lord. Liberals always despise anyone who is confident in his or her convictions. Perhaps the pious person reminds the liberal that his ideologies are a sham, a house of cards. Liberals are quick to lord their self declared enlightened opinions and elevated status over the humble.
For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”—1 Corinthians 1:26-31
We might do well to reflect on the wisdom God offers us at such times when our nations are riddled with corruption and sliding into oblivion.
Wisdom 5
Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them, and taken away their labours.

These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation.

Saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: These are they, whom we had some time in derision, and for a parable of reproach.

We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honour.

Behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints.

Therefore we have erred from the way of truth, and the light of justice hath not shined unto us, and the sun of understanding hath not risen upon us.

We wearied ourselves in the way of iniquity and destruction, and have walked through hard ways, but the way of the Lord we have not known.

What hath pride profited us? or what advantage hath the boasting of riches brought us?

All those things are passed away like a shadow, and like a post that runneth on,

And as a ship that passeth through the waves: whereof when it is gone by, the trace cannot be found, nor the path of its keel in the waters:

Or as when a bird flieth through the air, of the passage of which no mark can be found, but only the sound of the wings beating the light air, and parting it by the force of her flight; she moved her wings, and hath flown through, and there is no mark found afterwards of her way:

Or as when an arrow is shot at a mark, the divided air presently cometh together again, so that the passage thereof is not known:

So we also being born, forthwith ceased to be: and have been able to shew no mark of virtue: but are consumed in our wickedness.

Such things as these the sinners said in hell:

For the hope of the wicked is as dust, which is blown away with the wind, and as a thin froth which is dispersed by the storm: and a smoke that is scattered abroad by the wind: and as the remembrance of a guest of one day that passeth by.

But the just shall live for evermore: and their reward is with the Lord, and the care of them with the most High.

Therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord: for with his right hand he will cover them, and with his holy arm he will defend them.

And his zeal will take armour, and he will arm the creature for the revenge of his enemies.

He will put on justice as a breastplate, and will take true judgment instead of a helmet.

He will take equity for an invincible shield:

And he will sharpen his severe wrath for a spear, and the whole world shall fight with him against the unwise.

Then shafts of lightning shall go directly from the clouds, as from a bow well bent, they shall be shot out, and shall fly to the mark.

And thick hail shall be cast upon them from the stone casting wrath: the water of the sea shall rage against them, and the rivers shall run together in a terrible manner.
A mighty wind shall stand up against them, and as a whirlwind shall divide them: and their iniquity shall bring all the earth to a desert, and wickedness shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty.

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