Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Laity, Rise Up! Most of Our Bishops Won't and the Clergy are between a Rock and Hard Place!
I remember being outside the Supreme Court the day the Webster decision came down July 3, 1989. I met a young man that day who was about to enter the seminary. He is now a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Recently he published a strong column in his bulletin about how wrong sodomite marriage is. (He didn't use that terminology.) What happened? He got a slap down from the Cardinal. Will he speak out again?
These priests are in a terrible position. Do they accede to the wishes of their limp-wristed superiors, the men to whom they've promised obedience? Or do they figuratively give them the raspberries and ignore the order?
I don't know the answer, to be honest. Obedience is an important virtue. A seminarian puts his hands between the bishop's on ordination day and promises obedience. If I were this priest, I would be on my knees praying for heavenly guidance through the intercession of the Queen of the Clergy. I would talk to my spiritual director. Then, perhaps, I would make an appointment with the cardinal and speak further to him about it. After all, the bishop cannot order a man to sin, and silence in the face of evil can, indeed, be a sin.
At the same time I would organize holy hours of reparation where I preached on the beauty of true marriage and why the laity must do all they can to uphold it and fight the sham of sodomite "marriage." I would preach about true love encouraging parents to love their children afflicted with same-sex attraction, but never enter into their pretend world pointing out that it's the world of Sodom and Gomorrah where lives and souls are destroyed.
But my heart aches for our good priests. It's one thing to fight the evil without; quite another to see before you both Scylla (outside evil) and Charybdis (inside evil) ready to smash you to bits between them. The laity can fight without worrying too much about being threatened and punished by the bishop. Not so our priests. I still mourn for my dear friend, Fr. James Haley for exposing the homosexual problem in our diocese. Remember what Bishop Loverde said to him, -- "You have no idea what I can do to you." And then he did it.
Today I'm offering my rosary for good and faithful priests who suffer under weak and bad bishops. Unfortunately, the Church is full of them as many current events show. But there are also bishops who are stepping up to the plate in this crisis and at least speaking loudly. Now if they will only get out the big stick to go with their words. A little interdiction is in order...especially for Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor whose gravely evil decision imperils their eternal salvation. Will their parish priests and diocesan bishops have the courage to tell them so?