I knew my post Dead Horse #3 – Barbarians would elicit a response from one or more of my children. Sure enough, bright and early this morning, my daughter emailed my wife and noted that Dad must have been mad when he wrote that post.
To my Daughter: No, I wasn’t mad, angry, or overly upset by what I saw in St. Peter’s last Saturday evening. Why? After our six-year stay in the Diocese of Boise, I know better than to be surprised by the behavior I witnessed last week. It is happening throughout the country. Many American Catholics are turning their backs on God, just as the one rather tall and obnoxious woman did by sitting on the back of the pew. Unfortunately, it’s not just a physical turning away, it is a spiritual disrespect to God and the teachings of His Son. Many simply no longer believe, and their actions betray their true feelings and beliefs.
This excerpt from an article in SFGATE describes what is happening in the Diocese of San Francisco. It provides a perfect example of what’s lies hidden in the hearts of many self-proclaimed “committed Catholics”:
“… more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”
Much of the confusion and disrespect we saw in Idaho came to the Diocese by way of California. It infected the spirits of many. The focus in the Diocese moved from a hunger for the salvation of souls to the promotion of social justicism. Abuses in liturgy became common. The inevitable outcome was dwindling numbers of faithful, parish ministries infested with homosexuals, and almost no new vocations.
It begins slowly, then it builds, then consumes all in its path. Then one day, you wake up and find that people can only talk about “Our Values” rather than professing the teaching of the Church – the teaching of Jesus Christ.
The “more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members” are Barbarians with a capital “B”, but what happened in California started with barbarians with a little “b”.
You can be sure that when the Faith is not proclaimed in it fullness and with complete authenticity that the barbarians will begin to emerge. And if their values begin to replace the teaching of the Church, you can be sure that the Barbarians with the capital “B” will take over the parishes and the diocese.
No, my Dearest Daughter, I was not mad. Rather, my angel and I were quite sad because, unless this is turned around soon, St. Peter’s will fall to the Barbarians and the rest of us will have to remain the Sheep in Exile.