There is quite a simple solution to our current #CatholicChurchCrisis. It is: Fidelity, Fidelity, Fidelity to the historic teaching and discipline of Holy Mother Church. I ask, what could be simpler?
But it is apparent that rank and file Catholics have no appetite for the truth of their condition or for the condition of their Church. What can a Catholic layman do to wake up an apathetic and indifferent people to the breakdown and collapse of the One True Faith?
This is a very difficult question to answer but I believe for the sake of one's soul it must be asked by every faithful Catholic. The answer will vary immensely I am sure, depending on the person asking that question. God has created and gifted each one of us so differently for His glory and so there is no standard response to such a question.
"Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." So says St. Paul. And yet faith is a gift of God. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." It seems increasingly clear to me that, in general terms, our Bishops and priests lack this supernatural gift of God, due to hardness of their hearts, owing to various factors.When our shepherds are deficient in faith their spiritual progeny likewise lack the gift.
|This elderly parishioner was hopping mad at me!
Text of the message delivered at St. Gertrude's
I. Opening prayers
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…
"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you. I ask pardon of you for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you. (Prayer of the Angel of Peace of Fatima)
"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly, and I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference with which he himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of his most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you conversion of poor sinners."
II. What is Sacrilegious Holy Communion?
Meeting and communing with Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist is what we refer to as Holy Communion. It is said to be the Source and Summit of our Christian life. Why then has it become the worst possible abuse of all the sacraments of the Church? Because great numbers of Catholics commit a dangerous sin when they receive Jesus Christ unworthily in Holy Communion. They are not spiritually prepared for the encounter and greatly offend God because of unrepented sinful behaviours. They are guilty of sacrilege, which means to treat Jesus Christ with extreme disrespect. This is sacrilegious Holy Communion.
Fellow Catholics I beg of you today: Do not receive the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist unless you have purged your life of all those sins which the Church describes as grave or mortal sins. According to the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church, number 916, all grave sin must be confessed to a priest and forsaken in the Sacrament of Confession. This is the law of the Church and applies to every Catholic in the world.
Catholics must be in a state of grace to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. There must be a serious examination of every aspect of your life in light of what the Church teaches. And there is no mystery about what the Church teaches. Everything you need to understand can easily be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is the official guide to the practice of the Catholic faith. It is a tragic betrayal that the great majority of priests never direct their flocks to the Catechism, especially so when it concerns the Moral Law of God. As a result, multitudes fail to prepare themselves worthily for reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
III. The Scandal of Sacrilegious Holy Communion
The vast majority of Canadian Catholics are shacking-up, viewing pornography, engaging in premarital sex & the hookup culture, supporting homosexuality, same sex marriage, contracepting, divorcing & aborting at the same rate as the rest of our lost society. These numbers come from the most reliable sources & they show that Catholics live in the depths of darkness to the same degree as lost sinners!
Yet so many of these same Catholics are at Mass today and soon they will be stepping forward to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. They should be stepping forward with an extravagant display of affection for Our Lord Jesus Christ, yet they regularly support evils condemned by the same Jesus Christ and His Holy Church. This makes them out to be hypocrites & phonies but, misled by their shepherds, most of them are blind to the danger.
Sacrilegious Holy Communion is an epidemic in Canada. Don’t be a part of it! Don’t trample the blood of Christ by violating the law of Christ! Don’t damn your soul through mortal sin and sacrilege! Widespread sacrilegious Holy Communion is a symptom of rot and corruption of the Faith. Sacrilegious Holy Communion is simply the most bitter fruit of a self-absorbed Catholic lifestyle.
Yes, sacrilegious Holy Communion is really just a symptom of a much deeper spiritual problem. I focus on it because it is a terrible insult and torment to our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Also it is an imminent mortal sin; that is to say, within the next hour or so, many Catholics will further endanger their souls by receiving the Eucharist.
Catholics receiving Holy Communion must be in a state of grace. It is the law of the Church. If you have unconfessed mortal sin in your life you are placing your soul at great risk. Yet Church sources themselves tell us that 90% of Catholics practice or support some kind of evil condemned by Holy Mother Church. The Church warns them not to receive Holy Communion. Those who are not in a state of grace are unworthy to receive the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Imagine: 90% of all Catholics reject some teaching, yes, some law of Christ on what constitutes grave evil yet they insist on the right to the most intimate encounter with the same Jesus Christ. Some of them are here today fully expecting to commune with Our Holy Saviour. Are they not like the man who keeps mistresses and prostitutes but publicly makes extravagant displays of affection for his wife? Imagine the torment that Jesus in the most Holy Eucharist must endure from such phony Catholics!
Have you too, like them, come to torment your Saviour Jesus Christ with your infidelities? Have you come to trample down His teachings and to commit sacrilege? If so, the shocking fact is that, according to St. Paul, you may very well be eating and drinking damnation to your own soul.
IV. Social Evils in Canada
What are these evils, you may ask, which so many Catholics in Canada practice & support? What are these mortal sins which are destroying souls? These are the worst ones: Abortion, contraception, pornography, pre-marital sex, co-habitation, masturbation, divorce & remarriage, homosexuality, same sex marriage, gender ideology, and euthanasia. Do you dare to step forward when you know very well that you practice and defend what the Church calls evil? If so, you have been blinded to the great danger that threatens your soul!
These evils run rampant in Canada because we did not resist them sufficiently. We have contraception because all Catholic voices were not raised in unison against it. We have abortion likewise. And now we have euthanasia. And still we do not condemn these evils with one voice, yet they are eating away at our nation like a cancer. We have, like the world, gradually embraced them and integrated then into our lives. It's the dirty little secret of the laity and we’re just as happy not to be reminded of it by our priests.
V. Excuses that lead to sacrilege
It is not enough to say you have a clear conscience. Conscience is not the infallible voice of God! It is tragic that Catholics have been so poorly instructed on the subject of conscience. Your conscience can be dead wrong if it has not been shaped and informed by the law of Christ and His Holy Church. The precise purpose of the Catechism is to train your conscience so that you can truly follow Jesus Christ. If your conscience is wrongly formed, be very afraid, because your eternal soul is on the line.
VI. The blind leading the blind
But why aren’t our shepherds, our pastors, our priests and our bishops warning us to turn away from evil behaviours lest we condemn our souls to hell? Do our shepherds not care about our souls? My fellow Catholics, it is a shocking thing to say but the tragedy of sacrilegious Holy Communion could never be such an epidemic had not our priests and bishops mislead us long ago and continued in a terrible cover up. At this stage of time our parishes have been overrun by perversion and devils. Catholic counterfeits occupy the highest offices in not only our parishes but in all strata of our society including the political structure of our nation.
There can be no doubt that Church leaders do not believe that souls are being lost...or put at risk under their watch. We are forced to conclude that they simply don't believe the Catechism. There is no other credible explanation. Perhaps they believe that all will be saved; that there are none in hell.
One blatant example will make the point. Regarding contraception, they certainly don’t believe that it is intrinsically evil. Otherwise how could they remain silent for these past 50 years when 90% of Catholics practice or support that evil?
If your leaders believed your soul was at risk; that is to say, that you might be eternally separated from God, of course they would be warning you. But they aren't sounding out any warnings. The only conclusion we can draw from that is they don't believe Catholics will be judged for breaking the laws of God, even the Ten Commandments or even the laws of the Church. They know the awful things Catholics are involved with [abortion, contraception, pornography, pre-marital sex, co-habitation, masturbation, divorce & remarriage, homosexuality, same sex marriage, gender ideology, and euthanasia] yet they are mostly silent and they won’t count these evils as grave matter. Even in Confession many priests will excuse you from even mentioning these sins!
VII. A test of leadership and fidelity
Here's a simple little test. Ask your priest why he doesn't warn parishioners about contraception. I refer not only to practicing contraception but also supporting it or in any way agreeing with it. According to the Catechism contraception is an intrinsic evil; that is to say it’s always wrong. It's always gravely sinful. It's always evil regardless of circumstances, regardless of your motive, regardless of your conscience etc. Grave sin which is unconfessed can damn your soul to hell. That’s straight from the Catechism. No priest or bishop can ever give you an exemption. Not only may Catholics never use contraception but Catholics are duty bound to condemn contraception for the evil that it is so that other souls may understand how gravely sinful it is and avoid it.
Now then ask your priest why he doesn't inform and warn his people accordingly. He knows maybe 90% of them practice or support this evil according to reliable Catholic sources. While you are at it, ask your RCIA director if he/she instructs new Catholics that contraception is an absolute no-no, a great evil to be avoided and a great danger to their souls.
How can any priest or bishop wake up each morning without feeling sick knowing that 90% of his flock practice intrinsically evil behaviours that always count as mortal sin; behaviours that repulse God, deny the natural order that he created, subvert the plan of God for the population of earth and heaven and violate the very truth and spirit of Holy Scripture and his Church? But no, they don’t feel sick. Virtually EVERY priest, virtually EVERY bishop goes about his daily business as though such things were not taking place. Their actions prove that they hold the law of God and the teachings of the Church in great contempt.
VIII. Examination of Conscience
Don’t be a victim! You must save yourself and your families: Know your faith, approach Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist only in a state of grace. Test yourself with a proper Examination of Conscience, one which will remove all your doubts. There’s no excuse for the Catholic to be unsure about his or her worthiness to receive Holy Communion. Unfortunately Canadian Bishops for at least two generations have produced an exam of conscience which has been stripped of nearly every reference to the moral Law of God. As a result Catholics have been overtaken with immorality and perversion and don’t know the truth from lies. As our Lord Jesus noted, "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?”
I carry with me copies of an Examination of Conscience that Catholics can use to keep their souls protected from mortal sin and sacrilege. Please come and get one free of charge. I also have copies of this script if you’d like a copy.
IX. False understanding of the Eucharist
I remind you that reception of the Holy Eucharist is the ultimate statement that you are of one mind and heart with Jesus Christ and His Church. But for so many Catholics it’s just an automatic ritual, a force of habit and a conscience soother. What else could it be but a rubber stamp, a stamp of approval for those 90% of Catholics who are ruled by grave evils and mortal sins condemned by the Church?
The Eucharist is not a reward for attending Mass. Again, it is the Supreme sign of your unity, your oneness, with Christ—and with Christ’s Church. Many Catholics never consider this; instead they act as though the Eucharist is an automatic gift for the baptized. NO, NO, NO! Think about it: Why else would so many Catholics be in the Communion line when most of them practice or support the evil of contraception?
Why do Catholics who support grave evils think they will be OK on judgment day? Do they think that being a baptized Catholic gives them a free pass? Do they think purgatory will cleanse even the mortal sins of their flesh so they can eventually get into heaven? The devil is ever so delighted to know he has deceived yet another Catholic on the means to get to heaven.
We have a full blown crisis in the Catholic Church today. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: If ye love me, keep my commandments. He is our Beloved; we owe Him the deepest respect and the truest worship. If His commandments are forgotten today by Catholics approaching the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, an alarm bell must be sounded. Absolutely nothing can override the commandments of Christ. Not the Sacraments, not social justice, not even kindness so called can displace the holy law of Christ, which is also the holy Doctrine of the Church.
X. The root of the Catholic Church Crisis
Is it any surprise that we hear of the terrible sexual abuses committed by priests and Bishops? When Catholic clergy daily display their contempt for Church teaching it is only a matter of time before sin and abuse becomes visible. Furthermore the corruption spreads throughout the whole loaf, as Jesus warned, and leavens the entire loaf, the entire Body of Christ. Pretty soon, priests and Bishops start covering up and excusing their own sins as well as the sins of their flocks. Except we reached that point long ago. It is time to wake up and save our souls!
Take careful note of this sex abuse scandal. Look at the growing outrage! Catholics as well as the general public & media everywhere are talking non-stop about children abused by bishops and cardinals. And rightly so. Child abuse is a crime and a monstrous evil, recognized as such even by hardened criminals. The perpetrators need to be uncovered and severely punished.
But sacrilege also is a crime: a grievous crime against God. And it’s taking place literally millions of times a week by renegade Catholics. Where’s the outrage? What Bishop or priest is talking about it? Who takes note when Bishops themselves hand over the Body & Blood of Jesus Christ to an unrepentant Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who openly advances every social evil condemned by Holy Mother Church? And where’s the outrage by all the howling multitudes over abortion? Thousands of children die EVERY DAY because knives and vacuums will extinguish their lives while they grow in their mothers’ wombs. Yet priests and Bishops are still giving Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who they know support and advance this evil. How many will be writing about that or showing up on the street corners with signs? The apathy and indifference of everyday Catholics to what God considers evil is shocking in the extreme.
Be sure of one thing: Holding Church teaching in contempt is sure to lead to attacks upon children. Attacks like contraception which blocks their creation and existence; abortion which slaughters them; homosexuality which perverts them and twists their God given identity; sexual abuse which robs them of innocence and normal development and the productive life God willed for them. It’s all the same to the devil. Either way it’s a life destroyed. It's all connected. And it starts when Church teaching is denied or subverted.
Sacrilegious Holy Communion is not simply a danger to the soul of the Catholic committing the sacrilege. It goes far beyond a grave personal sin. It provokes the great tragedy of SCANDAL which affects a multitude of other Christians.
Faithful Catholics who witness the sacrilege and understand the depth of outrage against Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist are shocked and horrified at the spectacle! So much so that over time some lose heart and fall away from the practice of the faith. In such cases those who commit sacrilege in Holy Communion add to their crime the downfall of their fellow Catholic.
But not only fellow Catholics are scandalized at the lack of reverence. Non-Catholic Christians who live serious Christian lives see the behaviour of the renegade Catholic and are thoroughly appalled, especially by many high profile public persons who claim to be devout Catholics. How much more so are they repulsed by the homosexual behaviour of Bishops and priests who prey upon young boys and men?
No greater example of scandal exists in Canada in our day than the scandal of Canada’s number 1 public sinner, Justin Trudeau. By every objective measure our Prime Minister is a phony Catholic who regularly scandalizes Christians on a national scale by his sacrilegious Holy Communions. Our PM actively supports abortion and every other grave social evil of our time, even sending millions of dollars overseas to provide for contraception and abortion. Here in Canada he attacks conscience rights and religious freedom. He can be properly described in Church language as Canada’s number one public sinner.
Yet Justin Trudeau claims to be a practicing Catholic and steps forward for Holy Communion when he attends Mass. He is enabled in his sacrilege by corrupt and cowardly bishops who personally serve him the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ as they did last year at Montreal’s 375th birthday celebration. And they did this despite the fact that the Code of Canon Law #915 of the Catholic Church insists that public sinners be denied Holy Communion by the Eucharistic Minister.
Nevertheless, the whole nation witnessed Archbishop Lepine of Montreal delivering up Jesus Christ to renegade Justin Trudeau who stood first in the Communion line. Thirty other Bishops were in attendance, as well as hundreds of priests, and since that awful day of national sacrilege, not one Bishop or priest has denounced the outrage and offense. We might as well write SCANDAL in large capital letters on every Canadian flag. Can we blame non-Catholics for thinking the Catholic religion is some cultish enemy of the Christian faith? No reasonable Christian imagines that our PM is actually in communion with Jesus Christ.
But, fellow Catholics, here's the rub: If a renegade public sinner like Justin Trudeau can receive Holy Communion, even at the hands of a Catholic Bishop on national TV, why can't the ordinary rank and file Catholic also step forward to receive, regardless of his/her sins?
Justin Trudeau’s promotion of abortion disqualifies him altogether from any political support by Catholics, according to Catholic teaching. This truth bears repeating over and over again. Yet we know that PM Justin could never have been elected without multitudes of Catholics who voted for him, in ignorance or defiance of Church teaching. At no time during the election did Bishops make it clear that endorsing abortion or euthanasia disqualifies a candidate.
One fact is crystal clear: Priests and Bishops failed to help Catholics to vote in accord with Church law and so failed in their duty to God and to our nation, leaving Canada in the hands of a dangerous enemy of the common good.
XII. The solution to the crisis
Blame it on Vatican 2; blame it on modernism; blame it on corruption; or blame it on clericalism, I don't care. But the fact remains: Contempt of Church teaching has devastated the Church. Daily the Catholic Church becomes more and more of a laughing stock. Any effort to evangelize lost sinners is more and more met with scorn and derision, if not outright hostility.
In Canada the Catholic religion has disintegrated into the most disgraceful display of dishonesty and ignorance imaginable. From bishops downward to priests and then the rank and file Catholic we see the same sickness & corruption of the faith. The proof of it is no more evident than in the sacrilegious reception of Holy Communion.
You are the only hope of this present world, this great nation of Canada. You are the light of this world, the salt of this earth, said Jesus Christ. Our nation’s moral character starts here at this parish—with your priest—but he must teach in accord with the Catechism. He cannot avoid the hard truths of the moral law, otherwise souls will perish, marriage and the family will die, babies will be cut to pieces, perversion will overtake society, our civilization will collapse.
The starting point for our healing, as well as for that of our families and the nation, is for each one to live out an authentic Catholic life, living in a state of grace, ready at any time to worthily receive Jesus Christ in the most Holy Eucharist.
Seek out the truth. You’ll find it in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the age old Tradition of Holy Mother Church. In these days of crisis it is the only sure way to keep your soul out of hell.
For those Catholics who are living out a truly faithful life in accord with the law of Christ, I urge you to make reparations for those who blaspheme God through sacrilegious Holy Communion.
XIII. What the saints have said
Our Popes and Saints have repeatedly said that Satan grows strong in society when Catholics live weak and sinful lives. Yes, sacrilegious Holy Communion is the ultimate proof that the weak and sinful lives of Catholics are leading to dead souls through mortal sin and dead babies through abortion. But eventually the sins of this nation will lead to civil unrest, the breakdown of society and to wars. It will be your children and grandchildren who must fight and die in these wars.
Do not imagine that I am being overly dramatic! History has proved for us that the moral corruption of nations leads to revolutions and wars. Think of the recent genocide of Jews under Hitler and the US Civil War fought over the moral issue of slavery.
A great saint of the Church, St. John Chrysostom, declared that the road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.
Another great saint of the Church, St. John Vianney, painted for us a shocking picture of what sacrilege is. He said: "You are going to trample on the adorable Blood of Jesus Christ; you are going to sell your God like Judas sold Him to His executioners, and tomorrow you will go to Holy Communion, where you will proceed to crucify Him. What horror! What abomination! Go on, vile Judas, go to the holy table, go and give death to your God and your Saviour! Let your conscience cry out, only try to stifle its remorse as much as you can."
At Fatima, the angel of Portugal said to Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta:
"Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God."
Our Lady later told the children that many souls go to hell because there is no one to make reparation for them.
Mass is about to begin and so I end with a prayer for help:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.