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The Bride of Christ...or the Whore of Babylon?

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Rhetoric is like flies around dung.

Cheap words, and cheap history, in ahistorical propaganda, portray the Roman Catholic Church as some sort of 'whore of Babylon.' Non-Catholics, with no historical bearing, romanticize the 'Book of Acts' into some kumbaya-commie-love-fest, while vilifying the history of Catholicism through myths, legends, and outright lies, all meant to discredit Jesus' Apostolic Church. It's as if the apostles were hijacked for 1500 years (under some Roman Apostasy) until Martin Luther came to the rescue, and then handed the baton to Billy Graham to finish the Christian race toward heaven.

Lefties attack the Church from within, like the lice of the Trojan Horse, promoting non-biblical, unsound theological propositions like a female priesthood, and the acceptance of contraceptives, along with a general acquiescence to the powers of the world in worldly views (i.e., abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage, socialism, etc.). Whoring Pope Francis' compassion, these progressive parasites, within the Body of Christ, seek a democracy, and an evolution, within the Kingdom, and the unchanging reality of God.

Far right righties, those who equally see the 'whore of Babylon' within the Church, sedevacantists, Vatican II grumblers, anti-Modernists who haven't even grasped the death of 'modernity' in an even more threatening Post-Modernity, fling mud at the Papacy, while mocking the Holy Spirit's work in Saints JPII and John XXIII, not to mention the contributions of Pope Benedict XVI.

Remember, Jesus prayed for unity in His Priestly Prayer before His Passion. Are we to think that He is pleased with all this disunity?

Here are three remedies:

"Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, 'Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.' Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters about this question." Acts 15:1-6

Remedy number 1 is to follow the biblical blueprint!

When push comes to shove, go to the apostles to settle the issue.

Non-Catholic Christians, read your bible, and research the historical development of that 'Book of Acts' community, from a small band of people in the holy land, to the Universal (Catholic) Church. Study the Church's Ecumenical Councils (the first being in Jerusalem), and observe the unifying power of the Vicar of Christ, the successor to Peter, in the Pope.

Lefties, learn your theology. And, let's be honest, if you don't want to be Catholic you don't have to. Go to the Unitarian Church, or the Episcopal Church. There, you will have the freedom to pick and choose as you desire. After all, most of you are well educated, and most of you know that dogma and doctrine are based on rock solid theology, and the unchanging super essence of God.

Righties, stop the conspiracy theories. Accept that times have changed. Accept, however, that Catholic Truth, and the Eternal Holy Spirit has not! Stop begrudging the Apostles the authority given them by Christ Himself.

"Jerusalem, built as a city with compact unity. To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD." Psalm 122:1-5

Lets' all get back to a basic Catholic Truth.

Remedy number 2 is powerful unity in beautiful diversity.

Beautiful diversity, however, is not in a diversity of truth, but in a diversity of expression of the One Holy Truth of Jesus Christ. For example, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is equally disparaged if we are irreverent to the Presence of our Crucified and Risen Lord, whether it is in Latin, or in the local dialect, whether we receive Him on the tongue or on the hand, or whatever local variances in custom we practice. Irreverence does not come so much from style, but, all the more, from the heart of our faith, or lack thereof.

"Jesus said to his disciples: 'I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.'" John 15:1-8

Remedy number three is very simple in theory, but very challenging in practice.

Return to Jesus, as Jesus desires, particularly, in sacramental confession, and in His Real Presence in the Eucharist.

Rejecting the Sacraments, while denying the biblical and theological understanding of the Church, especially concerning the Eucharist, is spiritual self-butchery. It is not necessarily spiritual suicide, as many non-Catholics do not have an historical or theological understanding of what is being lost. But those who do must re-examine their consciences immediately.

Lefties who break God's Commandments in participation in 'the culture of death' and receive Communion without sacramental absolution--and a change of attitude--are even of greater risk.

Righties, who disparage the Church, and are a cause of disunity, while receiving the Sacrament of Unity, are receiving a judgment upon themselves.

For only in an honest confession, and the reception of Jesus in obedience to His Church, are the answers to the question of this perplexing situation found.

We are free to continue in our acceptance, or our rejection. What will you choose?

Thoughts? tranz4mation@comcast.net

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