Dearly Beloved in Christ"
"For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and
will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the
elect." (Matt: 24, 24.) These words linger haltingly today,
even more so than they seem to linger ordinarily -- perhaps because of the even
greater apostasies in the Church, which we see emanating from Fatima. It
does not matter that what we are hearing is not the "official
position" of the Holy See. And I must be quick to add that the silence
on the matter coming from the Eternal City is indeed deafening!
The fact that cardinals and bishops and other persons of repute are making such
statements constitutes unspeakable heresy and apostasy from the Church.
Plainly, in God's own words, "Thou shalt not have
strange gods before Me." Every single form of religious expression
that does not come from the mouth of Jesus Christ is FALSE! There is not,
there cannot be any "compromise." There is no such thing as
compromising one's faith. As devout children of God we must get over the
notion -- if some of us have it -- that we must be ever sparing of pain and
embarrassment to those whose faith, morals, and conduct differ from the
teachings of Jesus Christ.
We cannot, on the one hand, say we reject abortion --
BECAUSE GOD FORBIDS IT; but on the other hand say, "I will not
interfere with your 'right' to have an abortion. We cannot, on the one
hand, say that we want no "second class citizens in this land -- BECAUSE WE
HAVE STATED AS A NATION THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL; but, on the other
hand justify "marriage" for persons of the same sex. We cannot,
on the one hand, insist that we are moral Christians -- BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT
CHRIST EXPECTS OF US; while on the other hand sanctioning a Christian
denomination's "consecration to the episcopate" of one mired in a life
of blatant homosexuality. We cannot, on the one hand, speak of "death
with dignity" -- BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT CHRIST INTENDS FOR ALL OF US;
while, on the other hand, snuffing out the life of one whose normal
means of sustenance is provided through a tube inserted into her body. We
cannot, on the one hand, speak of one of the greatest shrines on the face of
this earth as a "Marian Shrine of great Catholic faith and devotion --
BECAUSE THIS IS THE WILL OF OUR LADY; while on the other hand, attempting
to phase into existence a so called "interfaith shrine." In each
one of these instances we are creating an affront to Almighty God. In each
one of these instances, we are not expounding the teachings of the Church, or
the hierarchy, or the Fathers of the Church, or the great theologians of all
time. Those who accept these contradictions are attempting to thwart the
very WILL of God Himself. That is precisely what God forbids in His
Commandments, the same that at least one court in this land has so boldly stated
are not above the laws of the state.
Those of us who call ourselves Catholics had better a good
hard look at ourselves, and we had best take a good hard look at our neighbors
who behave in a manner at odds with the will of God. And, contrary to what
"they" are teaching at Fatima and the other sacred places within the
Church, our job as faithful children of God is to convert our
"separated brethren," to bring them to the one God, and to preach the
words of repentance uttered by the Baptist and by Jesus Christ Himself.
"I have learned that all the works which God hath
made continue forever; we cannot add anything, nor take away from those
things which God hath made, that He may be feared."
(Eccles: 3, 14.) Let us live by what we believe and act
accordingly -- toward God, our nation and our neighbor.
With every good wish and prayerful blessing. I am
devotedly yours in Christ.
+ John J. Humphreys
The Most Reverend John J. Humphreys, Archbishop