My first blog post ever was called Family Roles and the Sacrifice of the Mass. In it, I show that the Sacrifice of the Mass or the Divine Liturgy is actually a complimentary male-female microcosm of the temple, the family, and even the universe. The complimentarity of man and woman is so vital to life (both natural and supernatural), that no species on this planet is either recognizable nor sustainable without the physical, genetic and even psychological differences that amount to the wholeness of life via these complimentary structures. This is true in the spiritual as much as the physical.
Satan’s whole plan will be the opposite of God’s plan. He will oppose Natural Law after he has denigrated Divine Law. Satan’s penultimate attack against humanity may be horizoned upon androgyny, as seen in Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, where Satan is essentially transgender, equalizing the field of the life-giving aspect of humanity:
Those who are truly born androgynous have a beautiful and heavy cross which—if carried heroically—will conform them fully to Christ-crucified and bring them to share His glory (Rom 8:17.) So, let me clarify that I’m not saying there’s a moral evil to being born androgynous.
But recently I came across a picture of “Caitlyn Jenner” and his mutilated men who the media described as “beautiful women”:
Still, I didn’t feel any anger. I didn’t feel any judgment towards them. I promise you that I only felt compassion. I felt similar compassion in my first encounter with a transgender patient when I was a Denver Paramedic. He was a small hispanic teen, just off Colorado Boulevard with his friends about 12 years ago. He had overdosed on cocaine sometime after midnight. I took care of him as best as I had been trained. He lived.
But, I saw both times that Satan had tricked humanity to hurt themselves and deny their life giving powers, because Satan himself is death. I’m no saint, but saying “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do” is very easy to pray when people truly have been so terribly deceived into harming their own bodies. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a patient person, that I’m no Mother Teresa, but I really only feel Divine Mercy for these poor people.
But I feel less palpable compassion for the Catholic priests who encourage girls or women to dress like men during the Mass, even to serve the Mass:
It is not polemical for me to say that altar girls or women are dressed up like men. Never in the history of the Church has it been okay for girls to dress up like a priest. What they have on are priest’s clothes. How is that not gross? This isn’t sexist. Just ask the inverse: How many of you would let your son go to Mass dressed like a nun? The girls are wearing the exact same type of vestment that I put on not only for Mass, but every day in the parish or on the streets: a cassock, the most ancient exterior sign of being a man, a priest.
I don’t blame the girls. I blame the men who begged the Vatican 20 years ago to be allowed to dress up girls as priests in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Really, how does this help anyone?
As we brace for the Vatican’s upcoming “Synod on the Family,” the German bishops have a new webpage called “Love Counts” which is simply a promotion of gay-marriage for the Catholic Church. We should not be surprised at this, considering how male and female have been conflated in the Mass for 50 years, as seen in the above picture. Pope Francis has promoted the anti-marriage bishops in the synod, so I’m not going to be surprised if the Pope attempts to promote changes to the sacrament of marriage (barring Divine Intervention—and yes, there is historical precedent of miracle even at that level of office.)
But it will take a miracle at this point, so let’s take our heads out of the sand.
The only surprising thing to me in all this mess is to hear of socially conservative priests who preach against transgender surgeries, but then turn around and allow altar girls at his Mass. It’s no wonder the critics of the Catholic Church call us “hypocrites.”
How can we expect the world to live the physical outplaying of the reality of man and woman if we as Catholic priests are promoting the termination of the life-giving complimentary spiritual-outplaying within the most important thing that happens every day? That is, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If we can’t get this right, we then have no right to judge the world, the flesh, or even the devil.