|The amanita species can kill you quickly.|
If you knew that a restaurant owner gathered mushrooms from the woods and didn't know anything about which were good to eat and which were poisonous, would you eat in that restaurant?
Suppose you knew that not only did he put poisonous mushrooms in his dishes, but he considered it a game of mushroom roulette to add a little "spice" to the dining experience. His motto might be "Eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow you may die." Hey, maybe he would even offer free meals for those willing to consume his mushroom dishes and see what happened, a life or death adventure.
Or suppose he just wanted people to stop discriminating against certain mushrooms because they had a right to be equal. Hey, this amanita (a melodious name that means "death cap) is beautiful. Surely it can't really kill you!
Would you eat in that restaurant?
Many Catholics today are consuming poison by the bucketful in parishes led by shepherds who through ignorance, malice, or clueless bonhomie feed them the equivalent of poisonous mushrooms. Fr. John Lankelt identifies the signs to know whether your shepherd is a wolf. We would be wise to know when we're being stalked by a wolf; otherwise we may end up in the belly of the beast!