It is sad that Pope Francis seems to be apologizing to all sorts of heretics and perverts for the Church’s past “sins" of warning them of the dangers of sin and calling them to repentance. But sadly, it seems that no similar apology is to be given to the Eucharistic Christ for the many unrepented sins of sacrilege, blasphemy and indifference, which are compounded so often by those who insist that they have a “right” to receive Him in Holy Communion in a state of objectively grave sin.
I wonder whether the apologies will be expanded to those who “sincerely” and “prophetically” wanted to help initiate children into the joys of sexual intimacy. How many ephebophiliacs have had their lives ruined by the “zero tolerance” of Church and society for their actions? How many Moslem men have been ridiculed for their bacha bazi intimacy with young boys? How many fornicators and adulterers have had their self-esteem undermined by guilt generated through the “archaic” authentic moral disciplines of the Church? Should we ask forgiveness from them as well?
A recent article in National Review by Mary Eberstadt, "The First Church of Secularism and Its Sexual Sacraments," sums up the true nature of these secularly transmitted diseases that have reached pandemic dimensions in our society (I hesitate to use the word “culture”).
Sadly, even the lifestyles of many Catholics have shown more loyalty to the precepts of politically correct “tolerance” and “inclusivity” than for the splendor of truth proclaimed by the authentic Magisterium of the Church.
As so many renounce the Truth and Fidelity of God, Who is Christ, they will soon discover that the One True God they have renounced is also the God of Perfect Integrity and Order. So, having renounced communion with His integrity and order and having likewise refused to offer His Mercy the hospitality of sincere repentance, they have de facto been inviting into their lives and into our world disorder, disaster, disease, destruction, despondency, depression, and despair.
Our Blessed Mother warned us of all this one hundred years ago at Fatima. But in the subtle pride of our theologies and technologies, most of us, in one way or another, have chosen to trivialize or ignore her warnings. The consequences of this grave error are becoming increasingly and more traumatically evident to us each day. But most do not care, since they naively assume that our government will always have the ability to build the bigger and better “safety nets” required to secure their comfort, convenience, and complacency for all the years to come.
Pray for the grace of authentic repentance and perseverance in both fidelity and accountability to the whole truth of God.
Spero columnist Rev. Thomas Collins is a Catholic priest who serves the people of Virginia.