"There are too many who reject God’s prophets. They do so with growing vehemence and abusive treatment. Many today despise the Church, despise the Scriptures, despise fathers, mothers, friends, and Christians in general who seek to clarify and apply God’s Word and to warn of the need to be ready. It is quite possible that, for any of us, repeated resistance can cause a hardening of the heart to set in. In the end, there are some, in fact many according to Jesus, who effectively kill the life of God within them and utterly reject the Kingdom of God and its values. They do not want to live lives that show forth forgiveness, mercy, love of enemies, chastity, justice, love of the poor, generosity, kindness, and witness to the Lord and the truth." (Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year, Msgr. Pope)
When Msgr. Pope penned these words doubtless he was thinking not of himself but of others today who have been called by our Lord in these dark, trying times to the work of prophet. But Msgr. Pope is indeed a good, faithful, courageous prophet of our Lord whose love for other people leads him to speak hard truths (i.e., creation ex nihilo, sin, judgment, hell) that most people, including large numbers of professing Christians, no longer want to hear and are increasingly hostile toward.
My respect and admiration for this good, faithful, obedient servant of our Lord is great. Though surrounded by weak, fearful, apathetic, compromising and vain glorious clergy, administrators, and other wolves in sheep's clothing there in the Archdiocese of Washington who resent him and recently exposed their intolerance of truth by removing one of his posts Msgr. Pope continues to use the Archdiocese website to reach out to and call back to the faith all who have drifted away, are indifferent, or who have been hurt and betrayed by wolves in sheep's clothing within the church.
For those with ears to hear can be heard the praise of our Master: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"