The 'Apostles'are scattering into the Alleys of Anathema!
The total sell-out of Christ and the infrangible Truths of His Word. While sin abounds in the neighboring diocese of Bishop McGrath's San Jose See, he doesn't deem it necessary to warn his flocks about the abominations of sodomy. No! He is silent on that. What he is so concerned about is that his flock might think 'The Passion of The Christ' actually reflects the Word of God!
The Bishop of San Jose, California Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath is so concerned over the over-hyped sensibilities of two percent of the national population that he has seen necessary to mislead the 400,000 Catholics in his own diocese and the 1,200,000 other citizens of the southern peninsula of the Bay area by writing a special 'disclaimer' in the secular San Jose Mercury News.
Considering the runaway anarchy and flaunting of the sin that cries to Heaven for vengeance happening just up the road in his neighboring San Francisco Archdiocese, you would think he would speak out strongly against such aberrations that claim so many souls. You would think so. That is what was always expected from a shepherd of the Church. Notice, the past tense. The present is far different for the vast, vast majority of bishops today have sold out totally to the politically correct left.
Case in point is McGrath. On sodomy he remains silent. But on trumped-up, unproven, and totally futile charges of anti-Semitism in Mel Gibson's film 'The Passion of The Christ' he has seen necessary to go out of his way to disavow any association with Gibson and his film. He is not the first and, sadly, will not be the last as those supposed successors of the Apostles scatter in all directions to deny Christ and His Word.
McGrath, a native of Dublin, Ireland, has been tainted by his time in the Archdiocese of San Francisco organization where he moved up the episcopal ladder to become Auxiliary and then the Co-adjutor in San Jose where he replaced the Diocese's first ordinary Bishop Pierre DuMaine in 1998. McGrath is another who was ordained after Paul VI changed the Sacrament of Holy Orders, thus for many calling into question the validity of his ordination. (See The Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent, The Sacrament of Holy Orders, page 317-337.)
And speaking of validity, what the Council of Trent always held as infrangible, that is unchangeable and a doctrine that we must believe, this prelate has sought to bandy about as though it is merely opinion. Consider what he wrote in the Mercury News:
While the primary source material of the film is attributed to the four gospels, these sacred books are not historical accounts of the historical events that they narrate. They are theological reflections upon the events that form the core of Christian faith and belief.
This, folks, is blatant heresy condemned by the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council, both dogmatic Councils, as well as by Pope Saint Pius X in Pascendi Dominici gregis and Pope Pius XII in his encyclical Humani generis. I offer as evidence, taken from Atila Sinke Guimarăes 's conclusion on his critique of the Jewish document "The Biblical Commission on the Jews: Changes in Doctrine and New Anathemas", the following:
The Council of Trent officially stated: "In order to curb impudent clever persons, the synod decrees that no one who relies on his own judgment in matters of Faith and Morals, which pertain to the structure of Christian doctrine, and that no one who distorts the Sacred Scripture according to his own opinions, shall dare to interpret the said Sacred Scripture contrary to that sense which is held by Holy Mother Church, whose duty it is to judge regarding the true sense and interpretation of Holy Scriptures, or even [shall dare to interpret it] contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers, even if interpretations of this kind were never intended to be brought to light" (Council of Trent, Session 4, n. 786).
First Vatican Council taught against the liberals: "Indeed, these books of the Old and New Testament, whole with all their parts, just as they were enumerated in the decree of the same Council, are contained in the older Vulgate edition, and are to be accepted as sacred and canonical. But the Church holds these books as sacred and canonical, not because, having been put together by man alone, they were then approved by her authority; nor because they contain Revelation without error; but because, having been written by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, they have God as their author and, as such, they have been handed down to the Church herself" (Vatican Council I, Constitution De Ecclesia, n. 1787).
St. Pius X taught against the Modernists: "Now, then, we think that it is clear of what sort of method the modernists employ in the field of history. The philosopher goes ahead; the historian succeeds him; right behind, in order, comes criticism, both internal and textual. And since it is characteristic of the first cause to communicate its power to its consequences, it becomes evident that such criticism is not criticism at all; that it is rightly called agnostic, immanentist, and evolutionist; and that being so, he who professes it and uses it, professes the errors implicit in the same and opposes Catholic doctrine (Pascendi Dominici gregis, n. 34).
Pius XII taught against the Progressivists: "For some go so far as to pervert the sense of [First] Vatican Council's definition that God is the author of Holy Scripture, and they put forward the opinion, already often condemned, which asserts that immunity from error extends only to those parts of the Bible that treat of God or of moral and religious matters …. In interpreting Scripture, they take no account of the analogy of Faith and the Tradition of the Church. Thus they say that the doctrine of the Fathers and of the Magisterium of the Church has to be judged by the norm of Holy Scripture explained by the purely human reason of exegetes, instead of explaining Holy Scripture according to the mind of the Church, which Christ Our Lord has appointed guardian and interpreter of the whole deposit of divinely revealed truth" (Humani generis, n. 22).
Please, Bishop McGrath, how are you going to rationalize the irrefutable truths of what Holy Mother Church teaches?
Yet, he rambles further into the bramble bush of anathema:
The reader can easily misunderstand the gospels when they are viewed through the lens of contemporary conceptions, attitudes and prejudices, as well as those of intervening millennia. The attribution of anti-Semitism to the gospel narratives is one such misunderstanding.
It is a distortion by Christians who forget these facts: Jesus was a Jew, the apostles were Jews, the writers of the New Testament (as well as the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Scriptures) were Jews, and the audience for which the Old and New Testaments were written was primarily Jewish. It was not until several generations after the writing of the gospels before Jewish Christians (the first believers in Jesus) began to consider themselves not to be Jews. It is an inescapable fact that first-century Jewish writers would depict the drama of the passion of Jesus in light of their own perceptions. We, however, have a responsibility to history as well as to the present to bring a different understanding to our relations with one another.
Unfortunately, this understanding has not always motivated Catholics in relations with their Jewish brothers and sisters. History relates periods of Christian persecution of Jews, and the direct effects of this persecution still touch us today.
What rubbish! First of all, Mel has made it perfectly clear that the major principles of the Gospels, specifically the Passion and Death of Christ were Jews. But they were true Jews. No, your Excellency, we do not have 'a responsibility to history as to the present to bring a different understanding to our relations with one another' for that is anathema. We have a responsibility to uphold what the Church has always taught. Period.
Secondly, while Gibson has taken the four Evangelists and melded scenes to portray a vivid and realistic story while also taking reliable private revelation that supports the Gospels from the magnificent, inspired book The Dolorous Passion of Christ by the venerable holy nun Katherine Anne Emmerich to help enhance the scenes that flow on the screen and in hearts, even to wrenching consciences, it is not an imaginary 'version' of the Word of God. Mel took the Scriptures literally as every Christian must because they are divinely inspired. There were no human agendas, but ONE DIVINE AGENDA just as Christ affirmed in Mark 16: 15. That is Church dogma.
As if this wayward 'shepherd' isn't knee-deep in enough anathema, he compounds it by making the following astounding statement:
On Feb. 18, 2000, soon after I became bishop of San Jose, I went to Temple Emanu-El to apologize for the Catholic Church's actions that incited or in any way encouraged anti-Semitism. An elderly man approached me and related how, when he was a young boy some 70 or 80 years earlier, he had been attacked by other boys who called him ``Christ-killer.'' Even after all of the years, this man broke down in tears at recounting the story. All I could do was offer him a personal apology and to embrace him as a brother.
This most tragic part of our not-so-distant-past was addressed at the Second Vatican Council by the Roman Catholic bishops of the world in the 1965 document, Nostra Aetate. The bishops wrote, ``Humanity forms but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created. . . . The Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this follows from holy scripture. Indeed the Church reproves every form of persecution against whomsoever it may be directed. . . . it deplores all hatreds, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism leveled at any time or from any source against the Jews.''
In the nearly 40 years since Nostra Aetate was written, the relationships between Catholics and non-Christians -- including but not limited to Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists -- have grown warmer. We see ourselves as sisters and brothers, co-workers and friends.
In solidarity with Pope John Paul II, who asked for forgiveness during his pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 2000, I apologize to all my brothers and sisters of any faith tradition which has felt prejudice. Let us not allow the mutual respect that has developed to be threatened by an unenlightened reflection on an artistic rendering of the events of 2,000 years ago. Remember, it is just a movie.
"Unenlightened reflection"? I would say Mel has made it very clear the Holy Ghost has been leading him, but I guess that means nothing because one of the maddening men in miters dismisses it as 'unenlightened reflection' on nothing more than 'an artistic rendering.' If it is 'just a movie' then why did the bishop deem it so necessary to write a special article in a secular newspaper? Did he do that when the abominable 'The Last Temptation of Christ' came out? No. Did he do that when the atrocious 'Priests' was shown on the neighborhood screens? No. Did he do that to reprimand the scandal of supposed 'Catholic' Democratic Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of the 14th District of California for her blatant stand on pro-abortion? No. Remember this is a man with a Canon Law degree. He has to know Canon Law 1329, 2; 1397 and 1398. But he, just as his co-conspirator Archbishop William Levada of San Francisco who nurtured him in political correctness and acceptance of tolerance and diversity, have remained totally silent while millions of innocent souls are murdered in the womb and the sin of sodomy rages out of control. Sure sounds like a caring shepherd doesn't he, folks? Did he write an article in the secular newspaper denouncing the sin of sodomy and reinforcing Catholic truth to love the sinner, but abhor, hate and despise sin forever? Well, I think we all know the answer to that.
What rips at this editor's heart is his audacity "to apologize for the Catholic Church's actions that incited or in any way encouraged anti-Semitism." What gall!!! NO! NO! NO! The Catholic Church, the True Church founded by Jesus Christ, Second Person of the Triune Divinity, is the Mystical Body of Christ. She is the unspotted Bride of Christ. Holy Mother Church is indefectable. She is incapable of error, incapable of sin. Those who are in the Church are sinners - all of us born with Original Sin on our soul - from the first Apostles to these present men who should be living and preaching the ideals those hand-chosen men exemplified after Whitsunday, are guilty and have sinned and, just as Mel admitted on national TV, we stand with him first in line in culpability, but never, Bishop, never apologize for the Mystical Bride of Christ. That is blasphemy at its worst!
And where does this blasphemy originate in modern times? That aberration known as ecumenism and the atrocious Vatican II pastoral document Nostra Aetate which the Modernists of mammon and madness have set as gospel while the true Gospel is thrown to the winds of whimsy for we must remember what the bishop says: "these sacred books are not historical accounts of the historical events that they narrate." Heresy! Pure, blatant heresy!
While Sodom in the Bay Area tempts God all the more, this man of the cloth dares the Almighty by going out of his way to please man, not God. Truly an example of what the Apostle Paul warned of in Galatians 1: 7-10,
"Only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an Angel from Heaven, preach a gospel to you beside that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so I say now again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema. For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I did yet please men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
Truly by his words Bishop McGrath is not a servant of Christ for as he says,
"In the nearly 40 years since Nostra Aetate was written, the relationships between Catholics and non-Christians -- including but not limited to Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists -- have grown warmer. We see ourselves as sisters and brothers, co-workers and friends"...yes, warm and cuddly feelings that don't amount to a hill of beans in that hand-basket heading in the fast lane to hell! Are there any bishops out there who will manifest the ideals, principles, courage and truths of the Apostles post-Pentecost? Right now all we have are a bunch of cowards scattering away from Christ and His teachings for fear they'll be politically incorrect. Woe to them at the day of Judgment.
Oh, one final thought for the prelates McGrath, Levada, Roger Mahony and all the other spineless shepherds on the Left Coast and on the East Coast and in the South, and the Midwest and the North, and the Mountain and Desert regions, and all nations on earth. Just recall the mind-numbing, soul-searching words of the holy Doctor Saint John Chrysostom: "The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops." A word to the wise and the foolish bishops of the New Order should be sufficient. Extricate yourselves from the anal alleys of anathema. Scatter no more!
Michael Cain, editor