Does anyone remember, a few months back, when Pope Francis chided the church for talking too much about abortion and homosexuality?
When was the last time your priest talked about the sin of gay sex? How about the evil of abortion? Ditto for artificial birth control. How about cohabitation, or the sin of fornication, as they used to call it? Pope Francis thinks we talk way too much about those.
The vast majority of Catholics never hear that from our pastors. We only hear about it from the media groups who are in favor of those sins. Maybe the Pope is just misinformed, but someone needs to bring him up to speed.
On Christmas day, an article about Pope Francis new "pastoral" approach heaped praise upon him for a new way of doing business. The article stated that, "He makes himself accessible to worshipers after services and kisses and prays with the poor and disfigured." Nothing new there.
Pope John Paul II was shot at point blank range with two poison-tipped bullets while making himself accessible to the people.
The progressives, those that want to remake the church in their image to assuage their guilty consciences, are the ones hailing Francis as their new beacon of hope, the "pastoral" pope.
The spirit of Vatican II priests are all a-twitter over imagined, and hoped for, potential for change to church teaching. These dissidents are excited about the new emphasis on being pastoral.
We now have 50 years of being pastoral in the record books. How are we doing? In 1966, there were 18,000 men studying in seminary. In 2012, there were 3,000. There are 2,000 fewer parishes today than in 1992. In 1967, we had 60,000 priests. Now we have 40,000, of which half are over the age of 70.
The Catholic population of the U.S.A. stands at 68 million, 29 million more Catholics than in 1968, yet 20,000 fewer priests. We are witnessing the destruction of the Catholic Church in America.
This is due, in large part, to the epic failure of our bishops and priests to lead and teach, fearlessly, completely, and without hesitation the one, true, Catholic and apostolic faith. Being "pastoral" has been, in far too many cases, a codeword for disobedience, an excuse to water down the faith so as not to offend donating cafeteria Catholics who want that warm, fuzzy feeling.
I'll keep a wary eye toward Rome, and pray that Francis disappoints the "pastoral" bunch.
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