|The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. is closed to the public until further notice says their website. You cannot even visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!|
Fr. Tom sent this comment accompanying the article below: "I could not help but notice how the denial of access to the sacraments due to the current COVID-19 crisis could be seen as a divine “No mas”, due to decades of capitulation to moral and liturgical abuses. Pray that all of us may be graciously blessed with sincere conversion based upon a renewed commitment to be faithful and accountable to the whole truth of God." All I can say is Amen to that! Pray for restoration of the Holy Mass!
REFLECTIONS ON THE COVID-19 CRISIS
One of these signs has been the fact that the very day that the President of the United States called for us to unite in prayer for deliverance, numerous churches were closed to worshippers.
As a Catholic, I cannot help but note that fear of the virus has led to the cancellation of all public Masses and other devotions. Yet this seems to be a sign of the times that needs to be noted and addressed as quickly as possible.
First of all, it should be noted that, over the past several decades, statistics have shown that less than 30% of Catholics take seriously the obligation to keep holy the Lord’s Day by participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Most of the others obey this commandment only occasionally or when convenient. But for centuries the Church, which is “the pillar and foundation of truth” (I Tim 3:15) has taught failure to fulfill this commandment without serious reason is a serious sin. Even those unable to participate at Mass on a particular Sunday due to weather, illness, work schedules, etc. are to set aside some quality time for extra prayer that day. However, since many of us clergy fail to decisively insist on how important it is for all Catholics to take this obligation, seriously, we have allowed Catholics to view this commandment as merely an option. And, in an age guided by expediency and relativism, this has led many of them to the logical conclusion that all the other commandments are obligatory only to the degree that they are meaningful to their personal agendas and expedient to their schedules. This is indicated by the large number of lax Catholics who, after missing Sunday Mass or committing any other serious sin, receive Holy Communion. Contrary to the teaching given in I Cor 11:27-30. They seem to rationalize their sacrilegious Communions by thinking, if they are not immediately punished for their sins and for their ratifying its legitimacy by sacrilegiously receiving the Eucharistic Christ, Jesus does not really consider such sins as serious. Thus, if sin does not really consist in self-desecration and the desecration of others, there is no real need to take the Church’s moral teaching seriously.
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Pelosi promote the cult of Moloch?
Secondly, it must be noted that, over the past fifty years, numerous prominent Catholics have been publicly asserting that their support of contraception, aborticide and infanticide is in full harmony with their Catholic Faith. And they have ratified this assertion by receiving the Holy Eucharist, with hardly a whisper of opposition from their bishops. In doing so, they have been promoting the cult of Moloch, going so far as to assert that the Eucharistic Christ wills to give a smiling “thumbs up” to their efforts (and the efforts of such groups as Planned Parenthood) to promote both the butchering of innocent babies and the perverting of innocent children through “family life curricula”. Sadly, most bishops seem unwilling to decisively condemn this Cult of Desecration and Death by publicly asserting that the Eucharistic Christ does not will to endorse it with His Precious Body and Blood. They are thus giving the impression that they are tacitly willing to concede that the assertion of pro-aborticide Catholics, “Jesus is Moloch”, is indeed in full harmony with the Catholic Faith.
In addition, for the sake of expediency (cf. Jn 11:49-50), they seem to be willing to ignore the fact that one of the purposes of aborticide is to ensure that a baby will be denied the opportunity to be baptized. They thus allow souls to question the fact that salvation is dependent on God’s gracious merciful love offered through Baptism. Instead, they seem to have accepted as valid the theological fallacy and vapid consolation offered by those who assert that we can presume all aborted babies go to heaven. Whereas presumption used to be called a sin against the virtue of hope (CCC 2092), it is now de facto treated as a sacrament, as some Church leaders go so far as to assure us that we can have a reasonable hope that practically all souls will be saved. Apparently, Baptism is nice, but not really necessary for salvation.
Thirdly, it should be noted how many Church leaders have allowed her clear teaching on the supremacy of conscience, which is based upon a person conscientiously seeking to form his/her conscience in harmony with the whole truth of God, to be deliberately degraded by various spiritual theoreticians (I hesitate to call them theologians). Thus, “for pastoral reasons”, many of us clergy are told to avoid admonishing the sinner – especially in areas of sexual morality. Instead, we are urged to ignore the warnings given in Ez 3:18-21, 33:7-9, and to suppress our sincere consciences in order to cater to and appease the demands of sin-seared consciences.
Fourthly, it should be noted how many Church leaders have allowed the Perfect Sacrifice of Obedience offered by Christ to be tainted by the disobedience of elitist liturgists. First of all, they allowed the directives in the GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal) to be violated by implementing Mass facing the people and other liturgical novelties with no disciplinary rubrics. Then, choosing to overlook the fact that Jesus is truly, personally and substantially present in each Eucharistic particle, they capitulated to the demands of dissidents for Communion in the hand. As an aside, it is worth noting that the Vatican’s carefully delineated process for introducing this practice was rarely implemented. This error was compounded by their allowing people to use various “recipes” for Communion bread, which, aside from opening up the possibility of invalid matter for the Eucharist, produced so many “crumbs” as to make many church vacuum cleaner bags de facto tabernacles. It is thus rather ironic that now we are in a situation where we are to show more concern for the possible presence of the microscopic COVID-19 than for the Real Presence of Jesus as Eucharistic “crumbs”. Apparently, scrupulosity is a virtue only when it is subservient to the secularist agenda of political correctness.
In summary, it seems that, having allowed the Pure Sacrifice of Christ to be routinely polluted by sin and sacrilege, we are now being denied access to His Sacrifice. With a majority of Catholics feeling free to miss Mass and to trivialize other serious sins for the most perfunctory reasons, it seems that, for “pastoral reasons”, many of our spiritual leaders are conceding to their assertion that the Mass is not really that important. And as we, “for pastoral reasons”, hesitate to admonish them, we also leave them free to avoid authentic life-giving repentance. Thus, on Judgment Day, having been accustomed over the years to habitually saying “Not now” to Christ’s invitation to share in His Sacrifice of the Mass through repentance guided by the obedience of faith, they will find themselves saying their final and eternally decisive “Not now” to Christ and His gracious offer of mercy and eternal life.
Fr. Thomas Collins