Wednesday, May 06, 2009

On complacent and apathetic Catholics.

Another bishop speaks.
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Archbishop Chaput is one of our country's 'great' bishops who understands well what is happening in our culture.
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"Archbishop Chaput said that the public witness of many American Christians is “softening,” with some groups working “very vigorously” to secularize or de-Christianize public life and popular culture.
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American Catholics have successfully fit themselves into American culture, so that “too many of us are happy with our complacency, vanity, compromises, comfort and bad formation.”
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“What’s new about our current moment is that too many Christians have made peace with that sinfulness, baptized it with the language of personal conscience, and stopped trying to convert anybody -- including themselves.”
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While a “post-Christian” society may seem similar to the world St. Paul confronted, it is in fact “much worse” because the old pagan world was ignorant of Christ, but today’s paganism involves “a specific choice against Jesus Christ.” - Source
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It seems to me "a specific choice against Jesus Christ" can be defined as apostasy.

8 comments:

  1. I used to live in Denver, and once attended a Mass that Archbishop Chaput presided over (it was connected with some type of charity outreach). I'll never forget his homily. He said, in his underspoken, gentle way, "If you're not helping the poor you are going to Hell."

    He doesn't mince words does he?

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  2. Yes, it seems that way to me, too.

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  3. Do I have to change my blog name to "Acts of the Specific Choice Against Jesus Christ" now? I kinda like the way it is now.

    Seriously, though - I believe him. It's like what Fr Corapi said once - we have it harder than the first Christians because Satan has been unleashed in our age.

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  4. "...the old pagan world was ignorant of Christ, but today’s paganism involves “a specific choice against Jesus Christ.”

    1 John 2:18-22Little children, it is the last hour. Just as you heard that an antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour.

    They left us, but they were not part of us, for if they had been part of us, they would have stayed with us. Their leaving made it clear that none of them was really part of us.

    You have an anointing from the Holy One and know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because lies don’t come from truth.

    Who is a liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Messiah? The person who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.

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  5. Larry - I always thought your blog nme was Acts of the Apostles.
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    I'm just kidding - I knew it was apostasy.

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  6. Larry,
    BTW - someone told me Corapi was on EWTN and when asked about the end times he pointed to the sections of True Devotion where St. Louis discusses it. I read it this morning - terrific. I'll be posting on it here and there. Keep your scapular on. (Like 'keep your shirt on' - get it?)

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  7. I wonder where you got that photo of Ray sleeping during the Homily again!

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  8. Terry - just mentioning Fr Corapi's name gets us on the Federal Watch list, you know!

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