An act of consummate wickedness

I am reading the encyclicals of pope Leo XIII more specifically Sapientiae Christianae but not in Latin. He was a prophet. “It is a high crime indeed to withdraw allegiance from God in order to please men, an act of consummate wickedness to break the law of Jesus Christ, in order to yield obedience to earthly rulers, or, under pretext of keeping the civil law, to ignore the rights of the Church; we ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

What part of that is so difficult to understand? Granted, we are all guilty in some degree of doing just that but it is screamingly obvious in both the Church and in politics that God is often sacrificed for earthly power. Pope Leo goes on to reiterate human laws should never be set above divine law. When that has been done trouble has commenced, both in society and in the Church.

So what is the answer? The easy answer is to hold that stated truth in the forefront of our minds while acting. It should not be forgotten by any of us least of all priests and politicians. Yet it has been forgotten. We all are warped because of original sin.

When non-Catholic clergy make grand pronouncements, that are not even original, that pro-life people are just pro-birth, besides it being incorrect it makes me think, ‘so what?’ Being born means you are opened up to infinite possibilities. Abortion takes those possibilities away, and have you ever heard of pregnancy centers? When Catholics, clergy and lay people, say similar things besides it being dumb it shows zero understanding of God the creator of life.

How could all of the things going on that are an affront to God including; abortion, euthanasia, gender issues, sex work & trafficking, child molestation, gay marriage be okay with God? (Of course that is not an exhaustive list.) The Church and the child sex scandal was in no way okay with God. Abortion is in no way okay with God. Homosexual activity is in no way okay with God. It does not matter how many people tell you differently or who they are. If they are leading people astray, and they are, they are not your friend and they are not God’s friend. (It doesn’t matter if they are priests, cardinals, other clergy, politicians, activists or citizens.) Stick with God.

About follow1in3

I am a Roman Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE who is also a victim of clergy sexual abuse. I am often angered by the insensitiviy and hostility of other clergy, the hierarchy and the so-called people-of-God. If clergy, bishops included, really and truly understood abuse, (any kind of abuse), I would not feel the need to blog on occasion. It is very frustraing.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s