Jesus and the Apostles warned us that there would come false prophets and apostles into the Catholic Church. This has been the case from the very beginning of the Church.
“If laws do not lead people to Christ then they are obsolete,” Pope Francis said in his morning homily. Catholic Herald Oct 13, 2014
Here are some excerpts from the mid term document from the Synod.
“positive aspects” of relationships that are deemed irregular – such as between remarried couples or same-sex partners – and keep the “doors always wide open” to people in those relationships.”
“Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions, it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners.”
“Realising the need, therefore, for spiritual discernment with regard to cohabitation, civil marriages and divorced and remarried persons, it is the task of the Church to recognise those seeds of the Word that have spread beyond its visible and sacramental boundaries. Following the expansive gaze of Christ, whose light illuminates every man, the Church turns respectfully to those who participate in her life in an incomplete and imperfect way, appreciating the positive values they contain rather than their limitations and shortcomings.”
“although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity”. (Where is the Catholic Unity coming out of this Vatican II teaching?)
It says that some participants at the synod were opposed to the admission of the remarried to Communion, while others saw it as a possibility, perhaps after a “penitential path” undertaken under Church guidance. Catholic Herald
Jesus warns us: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matt. 7:15.
St. Paul also warns us: “I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” Acts of the Apostles 20:29
“For if he that cometh preacheth another Christ, whom we have not preached; or if you receive another Spirit, whom you have not received; or another gospel which you have not received;” 2 Cor. 11:13
St. Paul teaches St. Timothy what to do in time when sound doctrine will not be endured: “I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.” 2 Tim. 4:1-4.
In these terrible times with the Vatican watering down Catholic teaching, we faithful traditional Catholics need to: “Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine”. It will not be easy, but we do it nonetheless.
When all is said and done, there has always been wolves in sheep’s clothing and false prophets since the beginning of the Church. We stay faithful and God will take care of His Church as He has for the last 2000 years. But it has always taken saints who spoke up and suffered for the defense of the true Catholic faith. That is what it has taken throughout history and that is what is needed today.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.