The Remnant Bickering is a Disgrace
July 28, 2019
Today there is too much feuding among those who strive to be faithful to Christ and his church.
I may personally adhere to certain teachings which are mine to believe, but who am I to require other Catholics to do the same?
There is the matter of certain teachings upon which no other pope or Church council has dared to require its faithful to assent to. Some popes may have believed in said teachings, and many catechisms and church documents may have taught them, but these are ones where none required an assent to them.
All learned theologians and pre-Vatican II scholars agree, there are teaching that have not yet ever been explicitly and infallibly addressed by the Church one way or another. As a result, no one can rule out infallibly, that it is acceptable and hence orthodox to believe them or to reject them,because none of us are popes, and thus none of us are infallible. However, to call such teachings, when they are not, infallible dogmas of our Church, when no pope has dared to so, is not something we should be willing to do.
Yet many in the remnant are insistent in doing so. More, we are taught that with regard to the practice of fraternal charity in words, we ought, in the first place, and above all, to abstain from all detraction. Unfortunately, it is not a habit well-practiced by some.
To fail to cooperate with fellow Catholics in kind words and deeds and to work together to preserve and spread the faith is scandalous. Such stay at home Catholics ignore the teachings in Corporis Christ Pope Pius XII who mandated we cooperate with one another.
But it is worse. St. Bernard says that the tongue of a detractor is a three-edged sword. With one of these edges it destroys the reputation of a neighbor; with the second it wounds the souls of those who listen to the detraction; and with the third it kills the soul of the detractor by depriving him of the divine grace.
Catholics who wish to debate the Faith, must have the goal of charity and unity in mind; and when it cannot be found, they must bite their tongue. Detraction is committed not only when we take away a neighbors character, by exaggerating his guilt, but also when we make known to others any of his secret sins. “The Lord hateth him that soweth discord among brethren.” (Prov. vi. 16, 19.)
How do we respond when we hear a detractor? For this purpose, it is necessary, at least, to show that the discourse is not pleasing to you. This may be done by remaining silent, by putting on a sorrowful countenance, by casting down the eyes, or turning your face in another direction.
Debates over things we are not required to believe, are no necessary to debate, and lead to hateful words. These are not debates conceived by men who know when to withdraw in time to keep charity intact.
These unproductive conversations divide, when it was not necessary in the first place that they did. This is the great scandal in the remnant today. Especially when they divide Catholics who in the remnant must join together, as Jesus and the Blessed Mother desire.
In days past guilds of Catholics cared for the poor and needy, attended funerals, invested dues in worthy ventures, founded schools and generally promoted Catholic faith and culture. Instead, in these days, it appears, Catholics are more interested in fighting over teachings which have not been infallibly defined.
This must change before the Age of Mary will come, when many souls, chosen by Mary and given her by the most High God, will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul, becoming living copies of her, loving and glorifying Jesus.