Will the Catholic Church Suffer Death by Ecumenism Poisoning?
Oregon was targeted by homosexuals to defeat an initiative
said marriage is between one man and one woman. Lots of money and
other resources came into the state. They thought that Oregon was
probably the most liberal of all the others who were voting on this
issue, and they could best affect the outcome here. Evangelicals
organized in their churches, joined hands and helped get the initiative
on the ballot. They then worked hard to get it passed. This
cooperation was unprecedented, as far as I know. Where were the
Catholics? Keeping quiet, because it might offend their usual
allies in the religious sphere if they took sides.
Catholic powers-that-be made up their minds a long time ago
they were going to "ecumenize" with others, and that is what they are
doing. Interestingly, there is NO ecumenizing with evangelicals,
who believe much of what the traditional Catholic Church has always
believed. Instead, we are holding meetings with those who
disagree most with us doctrinally. When the pedophile scandals
broke, where were these partners? Although the situation became
so grave as to push this archdiocese into bankruptcy, the first in the
country, I did not read of any support from these quarters. There
was silence. While I did not expect them to condone the activity,
a statement that they knew a lot of fine Catholics and we shouldn't
alll be judged by a relatively few, would have been welcome.
Allmost any other group would have received their fulsome
support. Their true colors were further shown when the movie,
"The Passion of the Christ", came out. These same ecumenical
partners, who had been shown the most deference, yelled the loudest
that Mel Gibson was a bigot and that we were all going to come after
Jews. These were people who should have known the Catholic heart
because they were meeting with Catholics on a regular basis. Even
when the dire results predicted didn't happen, there was no apology for
the scurrilous accusations made against Catholics. However, a
good sign is that communication is occurring between Orthodox Jews and
evangelicals, with Catholics beginning to join in.
Meanwhile, the bishops continue to embrace ecumenism, even to
point of allowing Buddhists, Hindus and other worshippers of false gods
to use our altars for their forms of "worship". This occurred at
the Fatima Shrine, of all places, while the head clergy looked on
approvingly. I wonder how God views this activity, which the
bishops allow. It is scandalous at best and idolotry at
worst. After all, God gave us the Commandment: "You shall
not have other gods besides me".
Because of this lax attitude, the general outlook is that you
pretty much sanction anything anybody says is religious. At a
funeral Mass I attended, American Indian rites were performed, with
chanting and feathers. At a Sunday Mass the choir sang the Litany
of the Saints, which included:
"pray for us . . . Saint Martin Luther King, Saint Chief
Saint Mahatma Gandhi . . ." I guess I should have been relieved
that Bill Clinton wasn't included! When I wrote to my bishop with
the account, I asked if I had missed some canonizations. I
received no reply.
Ecumenism has harmed the Church in that it has put it on the
level as all others, ignoring what has been taught for so many
years, that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church.
Furthermore, it hampers evangelization. If all religions are the
same, why join the Catholic Church, when another might have better
music, more social affairs, or a nicer pastor? I hope enough
Catholics are awakened before too many souls are lost, as we continue
with fruitless ecumenism.
In the Year of Our Lord,
July 25, 2005