Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Right to Murder Heresy

Bishop Robert Vasa has a column in The Catholic Sentinel about heresy, abortion, canon law and what is required of Catholics. The article is here.

Of Note:

We live in an age which places a very strong emphasis on tolerance, mutuality, and acceptance. I have heard repeatedly over the years that “Jesus never judged, condemned or excluded anyone.” I wonder if Peter would agree as the words of Jesus, “Get behind me you Satan,” rang in his ears. I wonder if the Scribes and the Pharisees would agree as they rankled at being called whitened sepulchers or broods of vipers. I wonder if those who heard Jesus say, “Whoever leads one of these little ones astray, it would be better if he had a millstone tied around his neck and be cast into the sea,” nodded approval and said, “He is so tolerant and accepting.” This verse is included, virtually verbatim, in each of the three Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Give me an "Amen" if the following has ever happened to you-

In our “compromising age” we are loath to name something too strongly. If we do, we are accused of harshness, judgmentalism, perhaps arrogance, certainly intolerance and possibly pharisaism. While it is always necessary to speak the truth with love, the Church also believes and teaches that it is also necessary to speak the truth with strength. It is necessary to defend truth and not be too quick to rationalize, justify or excuse misleading teachings or teachers. There is a point at which passive “tolerance” allows misleading teachings to be spread and propagated, thus confusing or even misleading the faithful about the truths of the Church. There is a very strong word, which still exists in our Church, which most of us are too “gentle” to use. The word is “heresy.”

Canon Law (and I love the sarcasm):

As a point of information, the present Code of Canon Law does include a couple of canons on heresy. Canon 751 defines heresy as “the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt, after the reception of baptism, of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith. . . .”

(I knew it!)

Don't read this next line unless you are sitting down.

It may come as a bit of a shock, but there are a number of Catholic theologians who now seriously call into question these basic teachings, these Creedal tenets.

The teaching of the Church in the area of life is clear and unequivocal. Human life must be respected and protected from conception to natural death. Those who maintain that any and all decisions about the disposition of pre-born human beings are exclusively the right of the mother or the parents, at least implicitly, reject the clear and consistent teaching of the Church. The truth is that God charges each of us with the duty to protect and defend innocent human life. This is clearly stated in the Fifth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill.

One brave soul has termed this present rejection of responsibility for one’s pre-born brother or sister the right-to-murder heresy.

Our kind and gentle Lord will certainly receive us and help us when we cry out to Him for He is “meek and humble of heart,” but I suspect he will likewise not mince words with those who reject His Way and His Truth.

I think Bishop Vasa's suspicions are well founded.


WriteWingNut said...

I often am labeled the religious fanatic in my family because I speak on stuff I believe strongly about.

For example, my cousin, who is my Goddaughter, has started going to a protestant church.

I pointed out to her that the church she's attending doesn't believe it's actually the body of Christ in communion. She was like, "Yes they do!"

So I went home, found a really good resource comparing what we believe to what they believe and emailed it to her. She ignored me.

Oh well. I still believe we should speak out and point these things out.

Tradcatholic said...

You do have my "AMEN", sister on this one! The article above this one in your blog told of Cardinal Pell holding the line of Truth, and now Bishop Vasa doing the same. Could these displays of Catholic courage amidst criticisms be a harbinger of a REALLY NEW 'springtime' of the Faith??