As a member of the laity I acknowledge that many of us have not lived up to our responsibilities as Catholics to hold up and adhere to the faith. Many of us have fallen to the darkness of the current culture and given into its desire for pleasure above truth. Our failings have caused the proliferation of abortion, contraception, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, rampant materialism and the accepted view of socialism, which places the poor as the problem of the government not in the care of the people. These failings are not the failings of the laity alone. Very often we are sheep without a faithful shepherd to teach and guide us. We humbly ask our bishops to do as Christ commanded St. Peter.
Tend my sheep. (John 21:16)
The current state of the Church requires action. Today! Not a month from now. Not when the administrative affairs of the diocese are taken care of. The primary roles of a bishop as a spiritual father and teacher are at stake. These are the facts:
• People are dying. 3,300 human beings are being killed each day in abortion.
• 98 of Catholic married couples are using or have used artificial contraception.
• The divorce rate among Catholics is no different than the general population.
• 51% of Catholics think abortion should be legal in all cases. (Pew 2018)
• 67% of Catholics support same-sex marriage. (Pew 2017)
Your eminence, if you are reading this, I beg you to boldly proclaim the value and dignity of Human Life from conception until natural death.
Please consider the words of St. John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae
“At such times the People of God, and this includes every believer, is called to profess with humility and courage its faith in Jesus Christ, “the Word of life” (1 Jn 1:1). The Gospel of life is not simply a reflection, however new and profound, on human life. Nor is it merely a commandment aimed at raising awareness and bringing about significant changes in society. Still less is it an illusory promise of a better future. The Gospel of life is something concrete and personal, for it consists in the proclamation of the very person of Jesus. Jesus made himself known to the Apostle Thomas, and in him to every person, with the words: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6). This is also how he spoke of himself to Martha, the sister of Lazarus: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” (Jn 11:25-26). Jesus is the Son who from all eternity receives life from the Father (cf. Jn 5:26), and who has come among men to make them sharers in this gift: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10).”
St. John Paul’s words should penetrate our hearts with the proclamation of the Gospel of Life which profoundly teaches us about the human dignity of all persons born and unborn. If each of us cannot stand in the gap against an evil which seeks to destroy the weakest and most vulnerable among us, what gap will we stand in? More to the heart of matter, who will stand for each of us.
The Church is the light of the world. Each bishop and Christian is called to shine that light for all to see. We must remember to face Christ’s challenge not to place that light under a basket.
Look around and see the truth. Those with eyes can see. The failure of the last 50 years is evident. Doing what has always been done will not change the results. A change of course and action is required to steady the ship. Do not fear the truth!
The Church has in its hands canonical measures it can and should use to call our brothers and sisters home to the Truth. Recently, a Cardinal Dolan was of the quoted on the question of excommunication, ‘What good would it do?’ For a start, it would present an opportunity to educate the laity on the truth and dignity of life from conception until natural death. If we are truly concerned with the state of the souls of the politicians that consistently commit grave sin through the public promotion and support of abortion, it is long past time to call them home to the truth and hopefully the save of their souls. Call them home and let Christ do the rest of the work.
To quote St. Teresa of Calcutta, “God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”
We must also face the reality that Catholic politicians who have publicly supported and promoted abortion have already subjected themselves to Latae Sententiae Excommunication. What the faithful asks is that you publicly acknowledge that fact and instruct the clergy to protect these souls from further sacrilege and protect Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist. This simple acknowledgement of truth will be a great sign of hope.
From truth springs hope.
As Spiritual Father’s, the Holy Spirit has presented an opportunity to teach the faithful and all mankind a truth that begins with the acknowledgement of the dignity of the human person followed by the beauty of repentance that brings each of us closer to Christ. Please, do not squander this opportunity.
JMJ, pray for us!
God is good,