The Shape of Things to Come
From the first legalization of abortion in America, the Catholic Church has been in the forefront of efforts to restore Constitutional protection for all human beings from conception to natural death. Over the past three decades, however, leading Catholic politicians, first in the Democratic Party and now in the Republican Party, have gone over to what John Paul II calls the Culture of Death, until today nearly all Catholics who are Establishment politicians in both parties are the most militant advocates of abortion and it is rare for a young Catholic just entering politics to embrace the pro-life position. These politicians young and old have concluded, after careful observation, that opposition to abortion by the Catholic Church in America is only verbal and occasional, and serves to mask pro-abortion activities that will advance their careers.
To illustrate this fact, let us look not at a Catholic bishop or archbishop whose dedication to the pro-life cause is suspect. Let us look at one who has long been regarded as a pro-life champion, one who repeatedly appears on the stage with pro-life heroes whom Nellie Gray invites to greet the people who join her annual March for Life in Washington, DC, every January. Let us look at the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston, Bernard Law [NOW RESIGNED].
The same decades that saw the Catholic Church become the de facto Church of Abortion, in terms of the politicians who seek public office from its ranks, are the decades that saw its priests and bishops sink into the cesspool of sexual perversion.
When I was a boy, the Catholic nuns taught us to "avoid occasions of sin." Homosexuals are thrice cursed. Homosexual perversion is compulsively addictive, is obsessed with youth, and is ridden with disease. Taken as a group, homosexuals have hundreds of sex "partners" every year, they lust after boys, and they are dead by age 40. For a bishop to actively recruit homosexuals into the priesthood, and then assign them to parishes where they are constantly among boys and young men, is to immerse them in occasions of sin they cannot resist. Therefore these bishops are guilty of the most grievous mortal sin, one deserving of a millstone hanged about their necks and then cast into the sea [Matthew 18:5-6].
What we have here is linkage
the body by abortion and killing the soul by sodomy, all orchestrated
Catholic bishops, including Cardinal archbishops, even ones we thought
were most loyal to the Church. I can imagine no greater crisis for the
Catholic Church in America than this, and it has been going on for a
time, at least 30 and perhaps 50 years. The result has been revealed in
an extensive study published in the lifeline section of USA Today
on 22 July 2002. Only 30 percent of Catholic youth agree with official
Church teaching on abortion, euthanasia, heterosexual fornication, and
homosexual sodomy, compared to 45 percent of their parents and 64
of their grandparents. Youthful hormones alone cannot account for this.
So what is the shape of things to come? We who actively defend the sanctity of human life, of all religious traditions, must face the fact that we can no longer expect support from the Catholic Church in America, and instead expect increasing hostility. This hostility is already felt by the most active activists. The hostility includes being banned permanently from Church property merely for calling attention before Mass to fundraising dinners for pro-abortion Catholic politicians in Church dining halls, dinners sanctioned by the bishop, who then bears false witness against the messenger. I can attest personally to receiving this treatment at St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor [Maine] from my bishop, Joseph Gerry. At the same time, Bishop Gerry's priests ran a homosexual web site, Saint Sebastian's Angels, that ... featured pornographic photos and e-mails that combine badmouthing the Holy Father with sanctimonious self-pity.
Without a great outpouring of grace from the Holy Spirit, what will happen will be a schism in the Catholic Church in America. Two-thirds of Catholics will join an American Catholic Church and one-third will remain in the Roman Catholic Church. I base this on the split over central moral and doctrinal teachings that already exists within the Church. The dissenting bishops will convince the two-thirds who are already in spiritual rebellion that they can join an American Catholic Church that retains Apostolic Succession, because the bishops in schism will ordain new bishops from priests who already embrace the moral and doctrinal views these lay Catholics favor. Over time this will lead to:
Those who doubt need only look at the cowardly June 2002 meeting of Catholic bishops in Dallas. There they assassinated the Roman Catholic Church just as surely as John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. They instituted:
This schism in the Roman Catholic Church will have elements of the Great Schism of 1054 and the Protestant Reformation of 1517. In 1054 the Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from Rome, but retained all Seven Sacraments and the Apostolic Succession of their bishops, along with the hierarchical form of Church government instituted by Christ. After 1517 the Protestants retained only the Sacrament of Baptism, lost Apostolic Succession, introduced various "democratic" forms of Church government, and consigned Christ's teachings to individual interpretations of the Bible. We can expect that the American Catholic Church will start in the 1054 mold but will quickly metamorphose into the 1517 model, with the consequent splintering into thousands of sects. The spirituality of these sects will be more New Age than Christian. The schism will be driven by hatred and contempt for the Holy Father, John Paul II, even though he has never disciplined any of the rebellious bishops and archbishops, relying instead on the power of persuasion presented in his papal letters and encyclicals. These documents are ignored by the dissenters and not one Catholic in a thousand reads them. They are paper tigers blowing in the wind, of only historical interest as soon as they are written.
Will the Holy Spirit allow the de facto schism to become de jure? He allowed the early Christian world to fall under the yoke of Islam. A Christian remnant in those lands remains in thralldom to Islam to this day. A Christian land that has decreed all future generations can be killed without limit, as King Herod decreed all the boys in Bethlehem must be killed, and that exposes its boys to homosexual seduction and rape by the very priests and bishops who are sworn to celibacy in obedience to Christ, millstones by damned, is under a very heavy judgment. We can recall the chastisements God imposed on His Chosen People for similar repudiations of His Law, and they didn't have the revelation of Jesus Christ and His Holy Eucharist. America, especially American Catholics, must repent like the citizens of Nineveh to avoid an even harsher judgment. I don't see it happening. Pride and rebellion in High Places is too great. "I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven" [Luke 10:18].
Terence J. Hughes, 4 October 2002, 334 Main Street, Orono, ME 04473, TJHiceman@aol.com