Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sacrilege A Regular Occurrence In Archdiocese Of San Francisco

(RCB) -- Archbishop Niederauer is a progressive, "gay-friendly", Catholic bishop who has endorsed Brokeback Mountain, is soft on homosexual adoption, defended a priest who preyed on teenaged boys, has been slippery about Nancy Pelosi's pro-abortion stance, and has refused to deny Ms. Pelosi Holy Communion....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: When does this end? Where does the Church draw the line? How long will the Vatican tolerate bishops such as these?

Notice how the parishioners in the above video seem to have no problem with these mockers of the holy sacrament? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The archbishop seems to have no problem with them receiving communion, nor does the congregation. Was it the lax attitude of the laity that prompted the archbishop's apathy, or vice versa?

Two lessons can be gleaned from the above video. The first lesson is that the Archdiocese of San Francisco is completely lost. Like Abraham's nephew, Lot, who lived in Sodom, it would appear that Catholics in that city have been totally desensitized to the sin all around them. They have absolutely no guidance from their archbishop, and they no longer know their right hand from their left. The second lesson is that this is eventually what happens to any diocese that allows the prevailing trends of the surrounding culture to influence its public worship.

Lex orandi, lex credendi

Which is a Latin phrase meaning "the law of prayer is the law of belief." In other words, the way we pray and worship reflects how we truly believe and our prevailing attitudes. Think of it as a Catholic way of saying "our actions speak louder than words."

We can look at the Archdiocese of San Francisco with distain if we want to, and we would be right in doing so, but are we not all on the same path toward the same kind of sacrilege? Look at how the prevailing trends in our culture influence mass in our own dioceses. How many women keep the Biblical custom of veiling their hair in your parish? How many people show up to mass half way through and then leave before the dismissal? How many young men and women wear provocative and/or inappropriate clothing during mass? How many people show up for confession before mass? Does your priest withhold communion from people in known sin who obstinately refuse to repent? What about public advocates of abortion and gay marriage? Does your priest withhold communion from those people, or does he coddle them in their sin, fearing to even speak out against it?

The point I'm making is that it's a slippery slope from where we are, to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Whenever we let the prevailing trends of our popular culture creep into our worship, we're setting ourselves up for a fall. I would dare say Catholic diocese all over the English-speaking world have done this excessively, and are steadily on their way toward the sacrilege now displaying itself without shame in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.