Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The Gates Of Hell
My personal opinion is this: The attack is not on individual priests, but on the Catholic Church itself. This is what Satan knows; if he can get rid of our priests, he can surely get rid of the Church. After all, no priests, no Eucharist~ no Eucharist, well you can finish it from there. I know I have said this before, but some things are worth repeating.
While there have been priests, and others truly guilty of this heinous crime, there are those who have been accused and are not guilty. (You can read Fr. Gordon MacRae's story on These Stone Walls) Those who are truly guilty need to be punished accordingly. However, Satan doesn't seem to be too discerning as far as priests are concerned- he is going for the lot.
While Christ did say that "Upon this rock I build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.", he never said this Church would not suffer its share of attacks and hard knocks.
The Catholic Church has suffered attacks and scandals at different periods throughout her 2000 plus year history, but Christ's promise is our hope, but that doesn't mean we can just sit back secure in that promise; we as faithful Catholics need to pray~ for our priests, for the priesthood in general, and for our Catholic Church.
It was refreshing to see a fair and balanced appraisal of this very serious situation.
*Mantilla Twitch to Fr. John Trigillio at The Black Biretta and American Papist for the link to the article.
Note: Thomas Peters' article on American Papist is worth reading as well. He gives a little more background and depth with informed insight from Philip Jenkins who wrote the USA article.
For a good semi- related post read Fr. Kenneth Baker's post on The Holiness of Priests at The Ignatius Press Blog. He refers to points made on the importance of a priests' personal holiness by Pope Benedict XVI and Fulton Sheen.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.