January 19, 2004
Monday
vol 15, no. 19

Let's Play Ecumania!

It's the hottest game - and we do mean 'game' - going today. Everyone is going bonkers over the novelty! It's a mind game and the more you play it, the more you get sucked in. There is a downside to this however. While you are mentally sucked in, your Catholicity and spiritual essence is sucked out. That's the goal of Ecumania. But that is of minor consequence to those so caught up in the game. Learn the new lexicon. Don't miss out! Get with the program of all-inclusivity or be excluded from the planned One World Religion. Everyone is going crazy over this game. And we do mean 'crazy' - as in insane!

    "The important thing would be not to force anyone to follow any Commandment, but to help each person be a better person deep inside. In fact, to call God's laws Commandments is a bit stern and implies no wiggle room, so we should change the title of these Commandments to Suggestions, thereby respecting each person's unique, divine, path to God. There, another sticky situation solved through modern Ecumenical thinking! We would leave it to Moses to answer to God and to untangle the mess of differing conduct codes based on human desires and needs and not on God's Word, but that is not our concern here."

    Well, it's that time again! Yes, it's that all-inclusive week of festivities and novelties called Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. If only it were. If only it were true Christian Unity as Jesus Christ and the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, which He founded, have always mandated.

    We all know the absurdity and nonsense pouring forth from the modern Ecumenical Movement. The abominations, blasphemy, and double-speak spilling out of deceptive, sinister, and traitorous mouths should be an insult to the souls, hearts, minds, and ears of true Catholics everywhere! Everytime they open their mouths they are making 'asses' out of themselves, to put it mildly, and if we follow their aberrations, then we are no better. Is that why everyone is so wrapped up in Ecumania?

    There is no easier way to demonstrate the foolishness and stupidity of The New Order's Ecumania than to apply the principles of Ecumania to five different situations from the Bible, history, and our own everyday experience.

1. Christ and the Temple Merchants

    We all know the story of how Christ overturned the tables of the moneychangers and merchants in the Temple. Suppose Jesus subscribed to the kind of thinking which Ecumania embraces. How would our Divine Lord have handled this situation?

    Since Christ would not want to appear insensitive and intolerant to the thieves and abusers who daily disrespected the Temple with their sin and greed, he would have suggested a dialogue with them at their earliest convenience (remaining sensitive to their needs and schedule). In the interest of peace, unity, and love, Jesus would have made compromises and concessions with these people. After all, Christ would have reasoned, are there not many ways in which one can use the Temple? Would it not be better to appease, compromise, and rationalize than simply swing a whip at them? Why turn to violence and anger when peace and smiles can be had? In the end some form of settlement could be reached wherein the merchants and moneychangers could sell on certain days, at certain hours, or at certain designated areas within the Temple.

    Any pilgrim or individual who disagreed with this agreement could be arrested, thrown out of town, or ridiculed as an enemy of peace, love, and unity! The key would be not to force any merchant, moneychanger or pilgrim to follow any one prescribed code of conduct, but to make the merchant a better merchant, the moneychanger a better moneychanger, and the pilgrim a better pilgrim! In fact, it only increases tension when we call the merchants and moneychangers by those names, as this implies that they were only out to make a profit at the expense of pilgrims. To solve this terminology problem, we will call them commercial worshippers to recognize that their form of worship at the Temple differed from that of the people actually there to pray to their God. There, our Ecumania has converted one sticky situation into a much nicer, all smiles solution! We would, of course, leave it to Christ to explain His compromises, concessions, rationalizations, and betrayal of His own teachings to those followers who might be paying attention. The rest of us can play Ecumania.

Moses at The Mount

    We also know the story of how Moses came down from The Mount with God's Commandments for His people. We are aware that there were 12 tribes of Israel present, and so Moses would be wise, according to Ecumania, to initiate a dialogue which stressed the equal footing of each tribe and respected each tribe's wishes, needs, disputes, tradition, and beliefs equally. Hopefully these discussions could lead to a compromise agreement, wherein certain Commandments would be optional, others would be ignored, and still others would be reworded so as to be politically correct, non-offensive, and sensitive to individual situations. Moses would be careful to appreciate, recognize, and appease the individual sacredness of each tribe's personal views, which he would reason must have come from God and therefore lead to God as equally as The Ten Commandments did.

    The important thing would be not to force anyone to follow any Commandment, but to help each person be a better person deep inside. In fact, to call God's laws Commandments is a bit stern and implies no wiggle room, so we should change the title of these Commandments to Suggestions, thereby respecting each person's unique, divine, path to God. There, another sticky situation solved through modern Ecumenical thinking! We would leave it to Moses to answer to God and to untangle the mess of differing conduct codes based on human desires and needs and not on God's Word, but that is not our concern here.

3. St. Thomas More and King Henry VIII

    Many of us know the story of how St. Thomas More lost his life over a dispute with King Henry VIIIover Henry's marital indiscretions, disloyalties, and interpretation of marital vows and proper marital conduct. How foolish this great Saint was! Had he not heard of Ecumania? Certainly he could have spared so much discord, disunity, violence, and blood by a few simple moves! Here is a classic case of religious intolerance leading to discord leading to disunity leading to violence! If Thomas had dialogued with Henry and worked out mutually beneficial concessions and compromises while respecting Henry's differing path to the same God, all of this bad stuff could have been avoided!

    Perhaps Thomas could have looked the other way on some issues or Henry could have been a disloyal, dishonest king on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays? The key would be to not judge Henry's performance as king on how well he complied with Thomas's interpretation of God's Word, but to let Henry be a better disloyal, dishonest, sacrilegious king! In fact, to call Henry a betrayer of his faith is a bit strong and likely to "decrease the peace" so from now on we should call Henry an independently-minded ruler. Once again, another problem of history solved through simple Ecumania! We will let More answer his cowardice, appeasement, and betrayal of his faith to his God, but that is not our concern here. We're caught up in Ecumania!

4. Authorities and Criminals

    We all know the sticky situation, which authorities have in dealing with criminals and criminal activity. Oh, if there was some way we could solve all of these problems! Wait! Once again Ecumania comes to the rescue! In fact, many aspects of Ecumania are already being applied in legal and police circles! We must realize that all crime is the result, not of sin, but of a lack of love. If we just increase the love in our society, all crime will disappear! In order to increase love, we must increase unity. In order to increase unity, we must increase tolerance, mutual respect, and recognition of the divinity found in each criminal. We must also dialogue with our criminals, and work out mutually convenient and sensitive agreements, compromises, appeasements, and concessions with them as a show of good faith.

    Maybe we can reduce their crimes according to vague and poorly applied technicalities and loopholes. We must provide these criminals with the respect they deserve and give them another chance to resist killing or stealing. Should they fall again, we will be greatly disappointed but will continue to show them the support and love they deserve.

    Instead of forcing them to be law-abiding citizens according to our rules, we should help them become better bank robbers, better burglars, and better forgers. Is that not their right? Do they not have a free will? We must stop calling them criminals, for doing so only increases the division between us. From now on, we shall call them Legally Challenged. Once again, another social problem solved through Ecumania! We will let society deal with the continued crime and social unrest. That is not our concern here.

5. Parents, Teachers and Their Children

    We are all painfully aware of the tensions and conflicts, which go on every day between parents and their children and teachers and their students. There is no doubt that these problems arise from divisions and walls between the adults and children, so we must seek to bring down these walls. In fact, if we look closely enough, God told us through scripture that we must tear down such walls of separation at Jericho!

    In order to increase peace, we must increase unity, decrease intolerance and dissidence, increase dialogue, and decrease forcing children to follow our narrow-minded paths to proper behavior. After all, does not each child have a divinely inspired path to good behavior, which we should respect? Instead of forcing kids to be the kind of children and students we want them to be, we should help them become better at whatever they already are (as if they knew).

    The unruly or disrespectful child just has another way of expressing himself, and we should respect and honor that! From now on, we should call unruly children and students alternative expressers so that we will not offend them as they disrespect adults and abuse authority. Once again, we have saved our future generations through Ecumania! We will let our future society deal with the mature, respectful, responsible citizens we will cultivate through this method. That is not our concern here.

Conclusion

    We have applied the principles and philosophies of Ecumania to five situations from the Bible, history, and everyday life. We have seen how wonderfully and effectively this logic and strategy works in those situations. Now there should be no reason to doubt how wonderfully and effectively Ecumania will work in bringing world religions together while respecting our true Catholic faith. After all, does not each religion have a different path to the same God? Is each not just as worthy of respect and veneration as the next?

    Is each not just as sacred as the other? Instead of trying to make everyone Catholic, we should just help them be better Hindus, better Moslems, better Jews, better Protestants, and better pagans. In fact, from now on, we should not call them Non-Christian or even "them/" We should call everyone "us" and "we" and alternatively divinely inspired travelers on our own unique, sacred path to God. We will let someone explain how all of this ties in with Hitler and Chamberlain for we of the Ecumenia craze do not want to offend anyone. It would upset the karma of the New World Order. We can't have that. As for what truly exists after we die? That is not our concern in the here and now. We're too busy caught up in the mind-numbing, soul-starving addictive game of Ecumania!

    "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but the Father only. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away: so also shall the coming of the Son of man be."
    Matthew 24: 36-39

    "I say to you, He will quickly avenge them. But yet, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?"

    Luke 18: 8

Gabriel Garnica


Editor's Note: We are pleased to announce Gabriel Garnica will be contributing many articles in 2004. Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, will submit regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes will be music to tradtional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.


    Gabriel's Clarion
    January 19, 2004
    Volume 15, no. 19