Do you see how in the gospel today—Jesus tells us as clearly as possible that the Apostle Peter is the rock upon which the Church is founded? Jesus says without hesitation that Peter is the head of the Church. Jesus tells us that what Peter teaches is true—and that what Peter decrees must be obeyed.
Of course, it is obvious that Jesus intends that the authority that He gives to Peter will continue in all those bishops who come after Peter—and these are the ones that we call “Pope”.
In today’s first reading, the Lord chastises the Israelite people for saying that “the Lord’s ways are not fair”. In reality it is the people’s ways which are unjust. Why? Because God always gives second chances, while many times the people do not. The same could certainly be said of us today. In the West, we think of ourselves as being a very tolerant and civilized people. We, as Americans, will boast that ours is a nation where diversity is embraced. In reality our Judeo-Christian moral standards of the past have fallen out of favor. Yet partly because of this many will claim that our people are freer to choose how they wish to live.
There is in the United States a philosophy of “live and let live” which today often impacts our laws and policies. A closer look at popular culture reveals that even the value of tolerance is lacking in our nation. A quick glimpse at the news or trending topics on Twitter, exposes a society which thrives off of scandal. Just think of all the scandals that become top news each of week? Every week there is a new person who has been caught doing something unsavory or downright horrible. Continue Reading…
I read a lot—I see a lot. I spend much of my days and nights trying to make sense of the things that are happening. And I have noticed that so many of the wrong ideas and misbegotten beliefs from forty and fifty years ago are returning. We thought they were dead beliefs. We thought these modernist doctrines had been swept into the dustbin of history—that they were something that people would read about in a hundred years and say, “Weren’t those Catholics at that time silly”. But they’re back! This sometimes seems to me like the religious version of Zombie Apocalypse—and unless these modernist beliefs take a head shot—they just keep coming at us—and if we are not careful—they will consume us and make us like them.
One particularly wrong idea that keeps coming back concerns the nature of the Catholic Church and its relationship to all the other religions in the world. You will hear this from all kinds of priests and writers and even bishops and cardinals—that no one needs to convert to the Catholic religion. No one needs to be Catholic. Forget anyone even venturing to say that the Catholic Church is the One True Church. All we ever hear—again—just like it was 1968—is that people only need is to sincerely believe in their own religion and that will be enough for them to get to heaven. This naturalistic nostrum even includes atheists—who—the modernists assure us—will end up in a heaven they didn’t even want to go to. From these latter day religionists, you will hear that Muslims need only to believe in the Koran. The Jews do not have to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The Protestants do not have to believe all the things that would make them Catholic, like the Holy Eucharist or the Virgin Mary or the sacraments or the Authority of the Church. All that anyone needs is to be sincere.