Msgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Southern Cross, has asked us to prayerfully reflect on the question posed by the forthcoming Plenary Council, “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”
Prayerful reflection must be central to this listening process otherwise it will be impossible to distinguish truth from opinion. In my own reflections on the current situation I am coming to recognise that the confusion created by treating truth as relative is a key element, not only in why chaos exists, but in plotting the way out of it. As Cardinal Ratzinger said in 2005 before his election as Pope, “We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognise anything as certain and which has at its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires. (Msgr Harry Entwistle, Musings 32 (1))
The Church is infected with this relativism at the moment, and this council, if you have read anything from the other Diocese of Australia, seem to point to a Church that is going to follow social justice, and not the truth of the Gospel, that there is one Lord, one Church, and that we are called to be obedient to the Magisterium.
It is no wonder that we are where we are. Some bishops who do not teach the faith, subjective faith, disobedient priests. Our Lady said it all, “Do what He tells you'”. Instead we pick and choose what part of the Magisterum we like and ignore the rest, we hold on to our sins and change the Word of God to fit our immorality, we praise the Saints but do not listen or take to heart what they have spoken or done. We are a perverse generation of Catholics doomed to hell unless we take to heart what God requires.
In the run-up to the Pleanary Council, Life Site news reports:
Here is some of the responses from one Diocese in Australia, and these reveal a real, and frightening (remember these are Catholics) detachment from the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Among the sixteen different categories of responses were the following suggestions, quoted here verbatim:
- The ordination of married priests;
- Women deacons and women chaplains should be considered;
- Focus on developing a more inclusive church. God’s love is inclusive. The church has spent too much time excluding rather than including, eg, women, LGBT people, the divorced, people of other religions … Many people who have drifted away from the church feel intimidated to return by past traditions of the church;
- A more active social justice stance from the church, more dialogue from the pulpit, more promotion of involvement by the laity in social justice matters. Church leaders should […] emphasis on the need to combat climate change as a fundamental social justice issue;
- Leaders of other Christian churches should be invited to provide advice to the Plenary Council, especially on matters of church governance.
The document makes no mention of Jesus Christ, the centrality of the Sacrifice of the Mass in the lives of the faithful, and seems to emphasize an adherence to relativism rather than the Kingdom of God obtained through Christ and his cross.
It is important that we respond and give our response to the Listening Sessions of the Pleanary Council. You can submit them as an individual. However, if we do nothing, if we say nothing, then we collude with what is happening.
I have submitted my own response:
- A return to the Magisterium as codified in the Catechism
- Catechesis on the faith.
- A return to tradition
- Bishops who uphold the faith as outlined in the Catechism.
- Faithful and holy priests
- Reverent and holy offerings of the Holy Sacrifice
- A return to our primary mission, the salvation of souls.
Will they listen? Will they change things? Will it change the outcome of the Plenary Council? The Church is losing its way, moving from its primary purpose of the Salvation of all souls, to a social justice model. It is our duty, a duty of love, to tell all about Christ, to bring all people into the Church, to love all people into the Church, and not at the same time to lessen the Gospel, or to let our own sins, weaknesses, and opinions get in the way. We are called to be faithful to Christ,His Gospel, His Mission, His Magisterium. We need to be there, we need to have our say, and we need to remind the Church that God is is in charge.
You can have your say here: https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf379tGXeK9DkMt