Good Shepherds Edition! (Your Catholic Week in Review)

Good Shepherds Edition! (Your Catholic Week in Review)

Michael Hichborn – 4/13/17

I just learned today that the priest who married my wife and me fifteen and a half years ago, Fr. Louis Marx, died this morning.  He was deeply devoted to Our Lady, so please say a memorare for him and pray for the happy repose of his soul.  — MDH

[From AQ moderator Tom]

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Louis, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.


Three — count ’em, three [now ten – AQ moderator Tom] — Canadian bishops are withholding funds from Canada’s official Catholic development agency (CRS’s sister organization in Canada) because it is giving money to pro-abortion grantees.


Two news articles from Church Militant and Life Site News demonstrate that a review of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) revealed at least 40 grantees demonstrated some violation of Catholic moral teaching in a reveal that Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith defined as “alarming.”

Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute explains to Church Militant, “Development and Peace is an active partner with the Communist, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual World Social Forum, so it’s no surprise that its global partnerships would likewise be enemies of the Church.”

Of course, this same information has been presented to the United States Catholic Bishops Conference on numerous occasions by the Lepanto Institute.  The result, shall we say, was a bit more pragmatic than pastoral.

Nevertheless, the very fact that there are bishops who — when presented with the facts — are willing to choose the wisdom of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching over the so-called “prudence” (what St. Thomas Aquinas called folly) of the social justice warriors hijacking the Magisterium?  It has to be a positive sign that not all is lost within the Catholic Church.

The big news this week was the release of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad).  Naturally, such documents are not released in a vacuum — Cardinal Burke’s speech at a gathering in Rome questioning the direction of Amoris Laetitia and the explosive scandal of Pope Francis’ defense of pedophile-defender Bishop Barros notwithstanding.

The document itself has many highlights and many lowlights.  More interesting to Lepanto readers will be Francis’ condemnation of two old heresies — gnosticism and Pelagianism.

Gnostics claim that knowledge will save souls; Pelagians believe that rules will save souls.  Both are rather pernicious today, but what is curious to the reader is whether or not Francis is casting too wide a net.

For instance, Francis cautions the reader not to allow the Church to become a giant NGO (good). Yet in the next breath, Francis condemns those who rely too much on liturgical norms and the rubrics of faith — implying a conflation between fidelity to the Magisterium and a slavish and empty Pharisaical insistence on man-made rules.

Such man-made rules and regulations one might find in the Code of Federal Regulations, or an insistence that “prudential judgment” commands that we set aside fidelity for momentary access or gain.  What one must worry about is how the enemies of the Church will choose to weaponize Francis’ exhortation against the faithful.

For instance, liturgical abuses — actual abuses — continue to run rampant.  Will Catholics who prefer the Mass in the tradition of our forefathers be branded as neo-pelagian?  

What of those who use Catholic resources to fund organizations committed to destroying human life, handing out contraceptives, and borrowing the reputation of the Catholic Faith while working towards a secular social justice?  Will we now be asked to “be surprised by the Holy Spirit” as our children are taught that homosexuality and transgenderism are natural?

One wonders whether Francis (and our bishops) are aware of the tremendous harm being done in the name of the Church, by the enemies of the Church, all in the name of reforming the reform?  Francis argues in his exhortation that we will indeed know the faithful by their fruits.  Over the last 50 years, what fruits has the counterculture given the Church worthy of calling good?  Precisely whose culture were these secularists countering?

The laity feels and sees the answer clearly.  Please continue to pray for good shepherds willing to lead as our bishops in Canada are bravely and courageously doing there.

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One comment on “Good Shepherds Edition! (Your Catholic Week in Review)

  1. For the repose of Fr. Louis Marx:

    Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine et lux perpetua luceat ei Requiescat in pace Amen+

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