January 8, 2004
Thursday
vol 15, no. 8

We're in trouble when...
    The Meaning of "salvation" appears to be evolving in the Catholic Church where natural considerations are supplanting the supernatural.

Opinion Piece
by
Gary Morella

        "As a Catholic I was taught that the 'mission of Christianity for humanity' was to get people to Heaven instead of hell. That was the ONLY reason for the Church's existence, her founding by Jesus Christ upon the Rock that is Peter. The principal means for doing that was to preach the Catholic Gospel to all nations for the purpose of conversion by standing in contradiction, not accommodation to the world, per the charge by Christ to His disciples in the last paragraph of the Gospel of Matthew. The focus was on the supernatural, not the natural."

    Today in the Catholic Church the definition of "salvation" appears to have undergone some changes. We are now told "The mission of Christianity in the midst of humanity is a mission of friendship, understanding, encouragement, promotion, uplifting. That is, a mission of salvation." In order to achieve this "salvation" on earth, where self-esteem dangerously appears to be the only sacrament replacing the traditional seven, the maternal help of the Virgin is invoked so that the "world may advance on the path of justice and peace."

Question – Where in this “mission of Christianity” is there any reference to the supernatural, which is the ONLY reason for Christianity?

    What I found difficult to comprehend is that it was not Cardinals "The morally bankrupt UN is savior of the world" Martino, or "The Jews can still wait for the Messiah" Kasper, known for their problematic in the extreme statements in the name of Catholicism, who were being quoted above in a recent ZENIT report below:

    Code: ZE04010606
    Date: 2004-01-06

    Pope Reaffirms Value of Dialogue With the World

    VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II chose the feast of Epiphany to reaffirm dialogue between the Church and the world.

        "If the world feels it is foreign to Christianity, Christianity does not feel foreign to the world," the Pope said today before praying the Angelus with 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

        Pope Paul VI pronounced the same words on Jan. 6, 1964, from the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

        Speaking from his library window, John Paul II said: "The mission of Christianity in the midst of humanity is a mission of friendship, understanding, encouragement, promotion, uplifting. That is, a mission of salvation."

        Reflecting on the feast of Epiphany, he said: "The star which led the Wise Men to Christ, recalls the rich symbolism of light, very present at Christmas. God is light, and the Word made man is light of the world, light that shows peoples the way."

        The Holy Father added: "With the maternal help of the Virgin, may every person come to Christ, light of truth, so that the world may advance on the path of justice and peace."

    As you can see, it was none other than the Pope himself. Certainly, the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, cannot mean that the supernatural is no longer a priority. However, that is exactly what can be read into his statement, taken at face value. Those whose agenda is very different from the spiritual goals of the Church to especially include “cafeteria Catholics” can quickly kick a door left ajar open. These folks are members of the diocese of Laodocia from the Book of the Apocalypse. This lukewarm group basically stands for nothing other than "Don't bother me with that medieval dogma stuff that went out with Vatican II.”

    As a Catholic I was taught that the “mission of Christianity for humanity” was to get people to Heaven instead of hell. That was the ONLY reason for the Church's existence, her founding by Jesus Christ upon the Rock that is Peter. The principal means for doing that was to preach the Catholic Gospel to all nations for the purpose of conversion by standing in contradiction, not accommodation to the world, per the charge by Christ to His disciples in the last paragraph of the Gospel of Matthew. The focus was on the supernatural, not the natural.

    Calling on Mary’s intercession is traditional in times of need but natural reasons alone are not enough for it to be achieved, per my reading of Marian devotion, especially the apparitions at Fatima, which some in the Church are too embarrassed to recall. Similarly, these same individuals are equally embarrassed to pray the Rosary. Doing so is just is too infantile for their far more sophisticated progressive theological minds, which have surpassed that of the Mother of God.

    It is well to remember that any prayer, intercessory or otherwise, is to no avail if the greater supernatural goal is lost sight of. Nowadays, some supposed "Catholic" pastors are even so bold as to say that we do not need the Rosary. Hopefully, none of these individuals are shepherds at parishes named after Our Lady of Victory, else their ignorance of the faith will be easily exposed for all to see due to that little matter of Lepanto where the forces of Islam were destroyed by a Christian fleet due solely to praying the Rosary.

    Is that what salvation has become, advancing on the path of justice and peace with the aforementioned secular virtues of self-esteem, which are the only ones in a "natural only" telos per the UN gospel? It is confusing to give the impression to Catholics that the only reason for the Church's existence is to get along with our fellow man, confusion that is not needed in a Church already rife with it where a sense of the sacred, the supernatural, is continuously being lost via the allowance, moreover, the encouragement of unchecked dissent from Church teaching on faith and morals. This dissent has spawned one of the greatest scandals in the Church's history, one whose consequences are as severe as it gets, per Matthew 18:6, a scandal whose cause is well recognized by all who are not wearing blinders to the truth.

    This evidently excludes the Church hierarchy who find themselves incapable of looking in their mirrors to admit that their blasphemous allowance of pro-homosexual men to be ordained to the priesthood is THE problem! All this while concurrently perturbing the most perfect prayer ever given to man by God, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, into something unrecognizable as Catholic via a litany of liturgical options to allow for “rock Masses”, “clown Masses”, “kid Masses”, ad nauseam, thereby ensuring that all sense of the sacred is lost for the sake of profane entertainment courtesy of the “presider”, formerly known as a Catholic priest.

    True Catholicism has always been primarily concerned with man's supernatural end where authentic ecumenism, as opposed to a bankrupt counterfeit, makes conversion to the One, True, Faith the highest priority for eternity's sake, not getting along in the world for man's. God teaches through His Natural Law, which is a participation in His Divine Eternal Law, that when man is focused, with the aid of Holy Mother Church, on eternity, natural considerations will take care of themselves.

    Somewhere along the line Catholics have forgotten that the devil exists, and prowls the world for our souls like a raging lion, per Sacred Scripture. Too often Catholics are given the impression that a Pyrrhic "peace and justice" in the "here-and-now" can substitute for the "real deal" in the "here-after", the latter only possible when Christ with his Angels comes in Judgment at the end of time. Sadly, for many in the Church, "here-after" considerations no longer exist, as they are Catholics in name only, happy in their ignorant bliss that with their last breath they will have nothing to fear from a Just God who will rubber stamp their souls to Heaven since that "other place" never existed. How could it? It was never discussed in any Catholic setting, within or outside of Church.

Gary Morella

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