Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lou Iacobelli Ponders The Failure Of Hireling Bishops

I've made the case (in a multitude of posts over time) that possibly ALL of Canada's current crop of Catholic Bishops have disqualified themselves as good shepherds of Christ's flock, and may aptly be described as “hireling” Bishops. I realize this claim will be seen by many respected Catholics as a fantastic one and yet I expect still more disdain to come my way from too many overly sensitive and deluded souls.

Recently I made the following statement in a blog posting pertaining to two of those Bishops who are said to be “the best of us.”

Well let’s just call a spade a spade. The Cardinal—and the Archbishop—simply don’t believe these realities. That is why I call them both hireling Bishops. It’s not that they are in it for the money; it’s just that they are not in it for Christ and His kingdom. They simply do not believe in the kingdom of God and the salvation of souls; at least not in the traditional age old sense held by the Church.  I don't see how any other argument can line up with the abundance of facts facing us.

It appears to me that slowly but surely—and perhaps too late—more Catholics will have to face the exceedingly painful truth about our “shepherds”. Lou Iacobelli notes,

In my parish, these issues are never mentioned and so the passive acceptance of abortion and other mortal sins is becoming the new normal.

Indeed. But this is a decades old phenomenon. Could any Catholic in his wildest imaginations dream that a parish with Christ as the Pastor would allow for such indifference and disintegration, both of which lead souls into Hell? Would not such an outcome be more expected if the Father of Lies were in charge?

There's a reflection for this Sunday's Gospel reading about the Good Shepherd from St. John (10:27-30) by Sr. Aemiliana that is worth reading, praying, studying and putting into action. Let's read it first and then make some observations that apply to us today. Here it is:

The notion of shepherd calls forth strong and manly qualities. He must have courage in the pastures of the Orient. Wild beasts often attacked his herds. When Saul doubts his strength, David says to him: 'Thy servant kept his father’s herds at pasture, and often a lion or a bear came and snatched a lamb from the midst of it; and I went out after him and struck him, and took the animal from his mouth.'

This image of the brave young shepherd well suits Christ, the victor of Eastertide who stands amongst us today and says, 'I give my life for my sheep.' In it all the images of the good shepherd from the Old Testament are fulfilled. He tells us that he is the fulfillment of the promise 'I am the good shepherd.' And now it is clear as well why this image of the shepherd belongs above all to Eastertime. It has often shown full of promise on the long road of the Pasch, from the beginning of the fasting season to the great week of suffering. But it was first the Passion which revealed the Lord properly as the good shepherd of his sheep. A hired shepherd whose sheep are not his own has not love’s courage to risk death for them. The Lord says, 'He has no con­cern for the sheep.' When he sees the wolf come he leaves the sheep alone and runs off. His only concern is for his pay, not for the beasts themselves. Evil shep­herds such as these were the leaders of Israel whom the prophet Ezechiel accuses, and whom Christ found in places of authority when he came to visit his flock.

Christ is the good shepherd, the real shepherd. The sheep belong to him; he has created them. He is God’s Logos through whom all things are made. All things are his; they have fallen from him, and yet he loves them. He comes as a shepherd and wounds himself for this miserable flock. He fights with the wild beasts, with hell and sin, and death, to snatch these sheep, led astray, from Satan’s mouth. He does more than any human shepherd does. He throws himself to the attackers, so to speak, in place of the sheep.

(Sister Aemiliana Lohr, O.S. B. († 1972) was a German Benedictine nun who wrote about the liturgy. Magnificat, April 2016, pages 264-265)

Sr. Aemiliana has no romantic notion of shepherds. They were strong, brave and ready to defend the sheep with their lives. Shepherds must lead by example even when there is suffering and death. The Good Shepherd fights with his life. "He fights with the wild beasts, with hell and sin, and death, to snatch these sheep, led astray, from Satan’s mouth. He does more than any human shepherd does. He throws himself to the attackers, so to speak, in place of the sheep."

However, the sad reality in Canada is that we have over the decades pretty much gradually accepted many evils. The wolves have taken over much of the country. We can begin with abortion, "same-sex marriage," a radical sex curriculum for children and now the culture of death is expanding with the legalization of euthanasia. When you can kill an innocent child in the womb, all paid for by the state health care system, does anybody then believe that we can protect the old, the disabled, the depressed and the "unwanted” from being killed? Statements and press releases from our shepherds against killing other Canadians are good, but they are hardly good enough to keep away the wolves.

Statements alone no matter how well intentioned will not stop the daily deaths in our abortuaries. The faith communities, including Catholics, have failed to develop a plan to fight the anti-life evils. We have not put faith into example and action. In my parish, these issues are never mentioned and so the passive acceptance of abortion and other mortal sins is becoming the new normal. When faith no longer protects life, the ultimate gift given to us by God, faith too will soon die with each unborn child killed in the womb and every person euthanasized in the false name of "mercy." When faith is gone, what good will it do us that we kept our charitable status and got the "blessing" from secular governments instead of the Good Shepherd who willingly "throws himself to the attackers, so to speak, in place of the sheep." May God help us!


Barona said...

Thank-you. You have nailed it again. All talk and no action just will not do. The death train gathers speed; hand wringing, clamouring for "conscience rights", but no word on active resistance from either the Pastors of souls or the physicians, is not very heartening.

We have known since late 2014 that euthanasia was imminent and the Bishops refused to use the pulpit! Sending off discrete papers hardly can be considered fighting back. Likewise, the physicians were busily working on their sell-out, "Proposal". It has since blown up in their faces when Parliament thumbed them in the eye and demanded they do euthanasia referrals. Not to be out down, the neo-con First Things tried to thrown Mary Wagner under the bus with a carefully crafted passive-aggressive article by Douglas Farrow in defense of the sell-pout physicians.

Jim J. McCrea said...

A few weeks ago, our Pastor spoke of how we will be subject to the wrath of God - if we don't accept wide open immigration and refugees.

That is the only instance in which he mentioned God's punishment.

ELA said...

Barona, you are right, there's no resistance to the evil! But Catholics MUST resist evil or else they will end up submitting to it. Also, very troubling to know that Dr. Farrow criticized Mary Wagner.

ELA said...

Jim, thanks for leaving your comment. it's very telling what we hear--and don't hear--from our parishes, isn't it. Lou Iacobelli included the following personal account in one of his comments on the story covered in my posting above:

Lou Iacobelli April 18, 2016 at 8:47 AM
ELA, I can tell you that my home was called three times by a parish committee representative to support the Archdiocese of Toronto's Family of Faith fundraising campaign. We can be so organized and effective when it comes to collecting money. However, I have never been contacted by any parish group or individual about bringing and end to abortion, fighting euthanasia, pushing back the radical sex curriculum in our schools, and in short, any other moral issue on the importance of defending what Catholic doctrine teaches about the family and marriage. I have even been stopped from speaking about the radical sex "education" program now in our schools at my parish. Do you know of any parish in Ontario that even advertised in their bulletins any information about the protests parents were holding against the graphic sex curriculum? Has any parish or diocese developed a strategy to fight euthanasia and by extension the culture of death? We can't hide from the truth. To fight evil we must name it and do all that we can through prayer and action to battle against it. Thank you for your words of support. Peace!

Anna Sze said...

I totally agree with everything said here. Our shepherds are no more, but we cannot lose hope, there are some and it is very difficult for them if the 'whole' parish is against them. We approached our pastor about the sex-ed, he mentioned it in homilies, bulletin, we even asked if we could have benediction offered against the sex-ed last year before it was finalized. Father mentioned it after each Mass, I swear to you that we (our family, and one parishioner) were the only people that showed up, the only ones, other than Father of course. People are lukewarm, they go day to day, I'm ok, your ok, that's all that matters. Their hearts are not set on God, on eternity but to things of this world. We are living in grave times, and must pray and offer for conversion of sinners and in reparation for our sins and others anything and every thing we can as if our life depended on it. We must especially pray for the priests, one good priest is thousands of souls saved and one 'bad' priest is thousands of souls lost. God bless !

ELA said...

Hi Anna. Ouch! What a story! That must have hurt. And imagine how disappointing that was to the priest! Lukewarmness is deadly to souls. Your counsel is wise. Keep up your very good work! God bless!