Reports from the recent synod in Rome are more likely to scandalize than to edify faithful Catholics. It seems that many prelates no longer give their assent to the traditional teaching of the Church. Perhaps the time is opportune to remind these people of some statements made by St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians.
“ Paul to the churches of Galatia, and from all the brothers who are here
with me, an apostle who does not owe his authority to men or his appointment
to any human being but who has been appointed by Jesus Christ and by God the
Father who raised Jesus from the dead. The fact is, brothers, and I want you to realize this, the Good News I preached is not a human message that I was given by men, it is something I learnt only through a revelation of Jesus Christ."
"I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. -Not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and let me warn you that if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned”.
On reading through reports on the Synod, one is tempted to ask if some of the prelates have forgotten the teaching of St. Paul, and the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.
One reported statement , for example, is that: “ gay people have gifts and talents to offer the Christian community”. Is that not tantamount to saying that cancer has a contribution to make to the health of the body? When we Catholics are baptized, we become members of the Mystical Body of Christ and temples of the Holy Spirit. If we commit mortal sin, the Holy Spirit is expelled from our souls. This is the greatest disaster that can befall a human being, because it is a grave offence against God and it exposes the person to loss of Heaven and to spending eternity in hell. Every mortal sin wounds the Body of Christ (the church) just as every act of virtue by any one member benefits the entire body.
Jesus Christ Himself said: “Without Me you can do nothing”. When a person is in a state of mortal sin, whether it is as a result of homosexuality, adultery, theft, murder or whatever, that person is without Christ. So where is the logic in discussing the positive contribution he or she can make? I may be mistaken, but I did not see one reference to the need for prayer in order to be granted the grace to live the supernatural life to which we are called by virtue of our baptism.
“Are you people in Galatia (Synod) mad? Has someone put a spell on you, in spite of the plain explanation you have had of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ”? (Gal.3. 1.)
Steve McGarry, a faithful Catholic in Ireland