Certainly, it is difficult to make the demands of the Gospel understandable to secularized people. But this pastoral difficulty must not lead to compromises with the truth.
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.
It is sad that there are what you might call professional Catholics who make a living on their Catholicism, but in whom the spring of faith flows only faintly, in a few scattered drops. We must really make an effort to change this.
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.
For many people today, practical atheism is the normal rule of life...If this attitude becomes a general existential position, then freedom no longer has any standards, then everyting is possible and permissible.
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.
Rorate Caeli asks what the true intention of the 2018 synod - which is claimed to be on youth and vocation - is.
I dare not venture a guess, but knowing the diabolical intentions of the man in charge, and his incessant hachinations to pervert the faith, we can be sure that the intentions are as diabolical and sinister as they get.