There’s no getting away from the fact that we are living in a period when the Church is compromised by the presence of heretics who are actively promoting falsehoods about the Faith.
By heretic I’m not referring to those Catholics who hold heretical beliefs without realizing it due to impoverished catechesis, but those Catholics, such as clergy, religious, academics, politicians, teachers and catechists, who defiantly promote objective heresy for whatever reason, be it pride, will to power, and even hatred of the Church’s teaching.
The reason why the Church is being compromised by these heretics is that for unfathomable reasons the hierarchy is not only tolerating the activity of heretics, but in some local churches even promoting them to positions of influence within the Church and providing them with public platforms to promote their heresy. We have the scandalous spectacle of Catholic theologians and politicians promoting falsehoods about abortion, homosexuality, contraception, stem-cell research, etc. Some theologians even falsely employ concepts from the Church’s doctrine to justify the most appalling immorality, such as early abortion and homosexual acts.
The reason I describe the Church as compromised is that the presence of these prominent heretics and the failure of the hierarchy to take canonical actions against them means that other Catholics are being corrupted by their falsehoods and hatred for the Church. Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have both highlighted the dangers of relativism to the apprehension of objective and absolute truth. The fact that the hierarchy tolerates a ‘plurality of truths’ corrupts and diminishes the capacity of the faithful to apprehend the binding nature of the Deposit of Faith. The apostolic faith has been reduced to being just one truth among many truths in the Catholic Church.
A few questions arise:
- How do Catholics who strive to be faithful and loyal to the Deposit of Faith and the authority of the Magisterium live in a Church so thoroughly compromised by heretics?
- How do we continue to make the sacrifices, sometimes at great personal cost, necessary to remain obedient to the truth when heretics are tolerated and heresy flourishes?
- How do we continue to live in a local Church that stigmatizes and ostracizes faithful and loyal Catholics who defend the Deposit of Faith, while at the same time tolerating and protecting heretics?
- How do we remain patient and biddable when heresy flourishes and nothing is being done?
I invite the readers of Protect the Pope to join me in finding answers to these questions.