Celibacy is always, shall we say, an affront to what man normally thinks. It is something that can be done, and is only credible, if there is a God and if celibacy is my doorway into the kingdom of God.
Assuredly, the word of truth can be painful and uncomfortable. But it is the way to holiness, to peace, and to inner freedom. A pastoral approach which truly wants to help the people concerned must always be grounded in the truth. In the end, only the truth can be pastoral.
“If you believe what you like in the Gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.”
To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth – that is not living, but existing.
A civilization inspired by a consumerist, anti-birth mentality is not and cannot ever be a civilization of love.
With knights like these, no wonder the Church is losing. The Order of Malta was created to fight for the Church, and now they fold like little girls interrupted by rain on their picnic.
Bergoglio has gone so far off the boil that it doesn't even make news when he says that we should stop evangelising, or proselytising, words which he uses interchangeably. Ecumenism is his religion, that is when he has time left over from practising indifferentism and atheism.