The seed Pope Francis planted in his off-the-cuff remark to the press on board that plane returning from Brazil, “WHO AM I TO JUDGE,” has sprouted in San Francisco, and elsewhere, and is growing like crazy!  – Abyssum

Catholic Bishop vs. Crackpot Catholics

This is just a perfect storm of Prytania. A group of liberal Catholics in San Francisco are outraged at Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s directive that Catholic school employees affirm that they will not “visibly” deny or undermine Catholic teaching, including on abortion and homosexuality. Slate‘s Will Saletan, a liberal who disagrees with the archbishop, says the protesters are nitwits:

The protesters are confused. They reject morality clauses but call the archbishop’s behavior sinful, shameful, and wrong. They belong to a church but seem to think it shouldn’t forbid anything. They insist that no one can be judged, except for issuing judgments that contradict their own. They can’t explain or even acknowledge the moral differences between homosexuality, contraception, and abortion. The nonsense of nonjudgmentalism has turned their brains to mush. It’s clouding their ability to think and speak clearly about society’s mistakes—and their own.

In the piece, you see that Saletan thinks Cordileone’s guidelines are wrong, for various reasons, but he understands that a church has the right and the responsibility to decide right from wrong, and to expect its followers to adhere, however minimally, to those standards. More:

But the response from the left has been just as clumsy. It’s a mess of new-age babble. It starts with denials of morality. The protesters’ Facebook page, Support SF Teachersdeclares: “A morality clause has no place in our schools. We want teachers to be able to be themselves.” Christine Haider-Winnett, the coordinator of Equally Blessed, a Catholic pro-LGBT coalition, says lay Catholics will “make our own decisions about what is right and wrong.” A tweet posted as part of the social media campaign against Cordileone advises: “Be who you are and don’t care who says what.”

The dictionary says churches are supposed to teach doctrines. But the campaign against Cordileone says they shouldn’t. Students at one Catholic school “are very upset” by the new policy, says a teacher. “They’re afraid it’ll lead to indoctrination.”

Imagine that: a teacher at a Catholic school afraid that the school will teach doctrine to the students. Why, exactly, is there a Catholic school, then?

It gets worse, or better, depending on your point of view:

The new taboo isn’t sex or blasphemy: It’s judgment. “Students need a safe space free of judgment,” says the petition. An op-ed by two parents in the archdiocese says its schools must “be a place where our children are supported, honored, and free from judgment.” The former head of San Francisco Catholic Charities accuses Cordileone of violating the “spirit of nonjudgmental inclusiveness.”

The archbishop’s opponents don’t just believe, as most Americans do, that gay monogamy is as moral as straight monogamy. They advance a more radical idea: free love. The Human Rights Campaign’s director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives says the church should embrace all believers, “no matter who they are [or] who they love.” In a letter issued Tuesday, eight California legislators chastised Cordileone for challenging “the freedom to choose who to love.” On Twitter, the campaign’ssupporters preach, “Love is love,” and “Let people love who they want to love.” The sentiment is sweet, but the ideology is soft-headed. It can’t explain, logically, why Rick Santorum’s parade of horribles—polygamy, adultery, incest, pedophilia—doesn’t follow.

These liberal Catholic protesters say that the Church should support free love and abortion. The only thing they want to forbid is forbidding. Saletan, again, thinks Cordileone’s policy is wrong, but he’s completely exasperated by his fellow liberals:

Liberal Catholics are right to reject their leaders’ pronouncements on these issues. But you can’t beat something with nothing, and you can’t replace wrongheaded conservatism with empty-headed liberalism.

The good news — or bad news, as you prefer — is that these people’s children will not be around to annoy the future Catholic bishops of San Francisco. They will have left the Church. Their parents already have, though they don’t realize it yet. They have apostatized in place.

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  1. Eli Seton says:

    What does the word ‘judge’ actually entail? We need to consider the etymology of this word as well as the spirit in which it was written. God granted us each a conscience that is pre-formed if and only if we are His chosen ones. We can evaluate (discern) morally correct behavior and refrain from anything not acceptable to our faith. If we choose to live among people who have a difference of opinion, we set ourselves up (and our children) to be formed by their values.
    Please, tell me my faults so I can purge myself and become heaven-ready! We live in a community for this reason: to get each other to Heaven!

  2. Charles Grecu says:

    I just sent this out to my email list today and then saw your post.  Thanks for the confirmation!  People better wake up! Larry GrecuBaker, FloridaMarch 21, 2015 WHY YOU BETTER KNOW HOW GOD JUDGES! “Against thee, thee only have I sinned, and done this evil IN THY SIGHT: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest” (KJV, Psalm 51:4). “I did what you said is wrong. You are the one I have sinned against. I say this so that people will know that I am wrong and you are right. What you decided is fair” (ERV, Psalm 51:4). These words above were spoken to God by King David after Nathan the prophet had been sent by God to uncover the sins that David had been trying to hide. David – like Nimrod, like the men of Sodom, like Zimri the Simeonite prince, like the sons of Belial in Gibeah of Benjamin, and others – had “sinned and done this evil IN THY SIGHT (the very sight of God).” David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, had her husband put on the frontline of battle to be murdered (sound familiar?), and then married Bathsheba so he could cover up his sin, a sin that was not going to be hidden much longer because Bathsheba was now pregnant. David was without excuse! David knew that God was right in His judgment and he (David) was wrong. In the soon-to-come national judgments upon the United States, its leaders, and the people of our country, we will be without excuse. God is raising up His prophets in this hour who are already warning of coming judgments. But, the day is coming and now is that the prophets of God are going to confront publicly our nation’s sins from top to bottom. When judgment falls, there will be both Christians and non-Christians alike who will put the blame on God. They will be saying, “How could God do this to us? Where was God? Why did God allow this to happen?” They will place ALL the blame on God. Individuals – again, Christians and non-Christians alike – will not be willing to take responsibility for their and our national sin(s). As a result, many believers will turn from the Lord, and unbelievers will go deeper into unbelief.  But God has a solution to this problem before there is even a problem. Christians as a whole, much less unbelievers, do not understand the principles of God’s judgment, nor do they recognize Him as a just Judge. How can we avoid the pitfall of calling the judgments of God unrighteous and, therefore, calling God unrighteous? The answer is to study Romans 1-3 where all the principles of God’s judgment are clearly laid out. King David, as the national leader, knew that he was wrong and God was right. In fact, David knew that God’s judgment was right when David and Bathsheba’s baby died as a result of the sins of the father. Our nation is already experiencing small evidences of the judgment/wrath of God, but what is coming will pale in comparison. It is better now for us to find out how the Just Judge makes His decisions rather than wait until it is too late and find ourselves, in God’s eyes, without excuse!

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