Scorched earth for the Church

From David Warren at The Catholic Thing:The current headline issue is Communion for the divorced and remarried; Fernández works on how to achieve it, now. But as he must be aware, it is stalking horse for the “reform” of the entire outlook and teaching of Holy Church. It is the key to opening every stable door.

The fundamental issue is touched in all Christian and Catholic moral thinking. Are there acts that are definitively and absolutely wrong? Iniquities for which there can be no excuse, no extenuating circumstances? Moral injunctions one cannot “get around”? Mistakes that can only be confessed; consequences that must then be faced down?

Or are right and wrong only situational? Can the end sometimes justify the means; or can the wrongdoer plead that his act, though “objectively” evil, was for him in his exceptional situation (or more likely his very commonplace situation), “subjectively” okay? Shouldn’t his “next time I’ll do better” fix everything?

This is where we need unambiguous clarification, and from a pope. John Paul II provided it, in Veritatis Splendor, from a profound understanding of what the Church is.


Reality check: As anyone familiar with the demographics knows, churches that go this route die. I used to wonder why no one had noticed the pattern.

Then it occurred to me, if you know your grandchildren won’t really be Christians in any traditional sense (and you wouldn’t want them to be anyway), why leave a church in place? Scorched earth is best.

If a church, supposedly founded by Jesus, bends on millennial teachings based on Jesus’ own clear commands, in order to gain a possibly temporary secular advantage, why should anyone believe anything it says?

See also: Some thoughts on the extinction of the Anglican Church of Canada

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