and Speak No More
Thomas A. Droleskey
Jesus went up unto Mount Olivet. And early in the morning He came
again into the temple, and all the people came to Him, and sitting
down he taught them. And the scribes and the Pharisess bring unto
Him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst, and
said to Him: "Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest
Thou?" And this they said tempting Him, that they might accuse
Him. But Jesus bowing Himself down, wrote with His finger on the ground.
therefore they continued and asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and
said to them: "He that is without sin among you, let him cast
a stone at her." And again stopping down, He wrote on the ground.
But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest.
And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst. Then
Jesus lifting up Himself, said to her: "Woman, where are they
that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?"
said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: "Neither will I condemn thee.
Go, and now sin no more." (Jn. 8:1-11)
from the Gospel according to Saint John, which is read in the Traditional
Latin Mass on the Friday of the Third Week of Lent, teaches us much
about the authentic compassion of the Second Person of the Blessed
Trinity made Man in Our Lady's virginal and immaculate womb, Our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ, towards us erring sinners. It is good to
meditate upon this compassion for a moment or two.
sought to stone the woman taken in adultery. Such was the prescription
of the Mosaic law. Our Lord knew each of the sins of the men who wanted
the woman taken in adultery to be stoned to death. Thus, He began
to write in the dust of the earth the sins of each of the men who
had brought Him the woman taken in adultery. This is also very significant.
This is the only account we have of Our Lord actually writing something.
He wrote the sins of the men who were so eager to stone a fellow sinner
in the dust of the earth, signifying that He knows each one of us
sins but is nevertheless willing to have them blown away off of our
souls in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance if we seek out the absolution
available to us there from an alter Christus. We still need
to make reparation for the sins that are absolved in the Sacrament
of Penance. The sins themselves, though, are wiped out.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque's spiritual director wanted to test the
validity of the claim that Our Lord was appearing to her to spread
devotion to His Most Sacred Heart. He asked her to ask Our Lord to
name the last sin that she confessed in the confessional. Saint Margaret
Mary did as her spiritual director requested. She was asked by her
director what Our Lord's response to her was when she asked Him to
name the last sin she had confessed. She quoted Our Lord as saying,
"I forgot." It was at that moment that her spiritual director,
Saint Claude de la Colombière, knew that her apparitions were
authentic. Our Lord loves us so much and is so moved by the contrite
heart of a sincere penitent that He wills to forget our sins once
the words of absolution have been uttered by a priest in the administration
of His ineffable mercy after a good and humble confession. Yes, our
sins are blown away just as the wind was to blow away the writings
Our Lord made in the dust of the earth, the very element from which
our bodies are formed and will return upon our deaths, when He confronted
the hypocrisy and righteousness of the Pharisees, so eager to put
a fellow sinner to death.
though, Our Lord did not reaffirm the woman taken in adultery in her
sin. He did not excuse her sin. He did not tell her that she was the
victim of parental abuse or that she was unable to control her passions
as a result of some genetic deformity. While He understood the weakness
that caused her to sin and thus did not condemn her for sinning, He
nevertheless exhorted her to "Go, and sin no more." That
is, each of us, erring and frequently recidivist sinners, must make
an effort to reform our lives and to cooperate with the graces won
for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious
Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday to avoid the near
occasions of sin and to scale the heights of sanctity, especially
by being totally consecrated to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate
Heart. Sinners we will be until the day we die. As the late Archbishop
Fulton J. Sheen noted on many occasions, "A saint is sinner who
is trying to reform on a daily basis."
disciple of Our Lord must grow to despise even his least venial sins,
understanding that even our least venial sins caused Our Lord to suffer
unspeakable horrors during His Passion and Death and wounds His Mystical
Body, Holy Mother Church, today. The canonized saints of the Church
despised sin. Some of them, such as Saint Bridget of Sweden, were
given mystical experiences to see how our sins caused Our Lord to
suffer so much. We must therefore endeavor to root out sin from our
lives, being earnest at all times, but especially in this season of
Lent, to avail ourselves of the graces administered to us in the Sacrament
of Penance and by seeking to live penitentially as consecrated sons
and daughters of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Sin is
what causes all of the problems of the world, bar none. There is no
other remedy to the problems of the world than by the reform of the
lives of individual Catholics on a daily basis in cooperation with
the sacraments and by the conversion of everyone in the whole world,
without exception, to the Catholic Church so that they will also reform
their lives in cooperation with sanctifying grace.
It is thus
one thing to sin and to express sorrow for one's sins in the Sacrament
of Penance. It is quite another to persist in sin unrepenantly, worse
yet to exult in one's sins, even worse still to promote sin under
cover of law as a matter of public policy. No one can say that He
loves Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His true Church while
He persists in sin unrepentantly and encourages others to sin by means
of His bad example and/or by seeing to institutionalize sin as a matter
of public policy. Such a person has no idea what Our Lord suffered
as a result of our sins and that every bit of evil and disorder that
exists in the world today is the result of mankind's sins.
A Successor of the
Apostles has the obligation to call sinners to repentance. One of
the Spiritual Works of Mercy is "To Admonish the Sinner."
A bishop, especially a diocesan or archdiocesan ordinary, has the
obligation to see to it that the truths of the true Faith are preached
without equivocation or hesitation to everyone, Catholic and non-Catholic,
without the boundaries of his episcopal jurisdiction. Upon his immortal
soul rests the eternal welfare of everyone who has been entrusted
to his pastoral care. It is a grave crime against the Faith, therefore,
for a bishop to remain silent in the face of the promotion of evils
or to actually seem to reward those who promote evils, as Pope Saint
Gregory the Great intimated in his Pastoral Guide.
Cardinal McCarrick, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Fresh off the
shameful role he played last year in an effort to indemnify pro-abortion
politicians from being refused Holy Communion because of their active
support for one of the Four Sins that Cry out to Heaven for Vengeance,
the murder of the innocent, Cardinal McCarrick is now stating that
the bishops of the United States should not ban pro-abortion politicians
from speaking at Catholic colleges and universities. Consider this
news item from LifeSiteNews.com, dated March 4, 2005:
March 4, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Boston Globe reports today
that Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has said he supports allowing
politicians who disagree with Church teaching on issues such as abortion
to speak at Catholic colleges.
The Cardinal is heading a special task force on implementation of
a United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement
agreed upon last June. The statement, "Catholics in Political Life,"
says pro-abortion politicians should not be honored by Catholic communities
and institutions. "They should not be given awards, honors or platforms
which would suggest support for their actions," says the statement.
However , the interpretation of not giving ‘platforms' to pro-abortion
politicians seems to be weakening. “McCarrick said he will argue that
politicians who disagree with church teachings should be allowed to
speak at Catholic colleges but should not receive honorary degrees,”
reports the Globe.
The news came as a disappointment to Catholic pro-life activists even
outside the US. Surresh Dominic, spokesman for Canada's Campaign Life
Catholic told LifeSiteNews.com “It's totally inappropriate for a Catholic
institution to give a platform to someone who supports what the church
teaches is murder of the innocent.”
Dominic added, “I doubt the Cardinal would even consider having a
white supremacist come and speak at a Catholic college since such
a person would rightly be viewed as a supporter of discrimination
based on race, which the church condemns. However, according to the
Catholic church, abortion is at least as evil as racism.”
Dominic concluded, “And besides, abortion, like racism, is all about
discrimination. It's discrimination based on age, size and dependency.”
about white supremacy. Forget about racism. A Catholic who opposed
the conciliarist error of ecumenism and wanted to promote Pope Pius
XI's Mortalium Animos as an expression of the consistent
teaching of the Catholic Church on inter-religious relations would
be banned at most of our Catholic colleges and universities in a heartbeat.
A Catholic who wanted to give a talk about the revolutionary nature
of the General Instruction to the Roman Missal, say, about
a book named G.I.R.M. Warfare, would be prohibited from speaking
without any reservation whatsoever.
member of the Society of Saint Pius X or a priest who has broken ranks
with the diocesan structure (Father Stephen P. Zigrang, Father Lawrence
Smith, Father Paul Sretenovic) or who is no longer associated with
an Ecclesia Dei "approved" community (Father Patrick Perez,
Father Paul Petko) be welcomed to speak at one of "our"
colleges or universities under the banner of "academic freedom"?
Perish the thought. Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Unitarians,
Jews, Mohammedans, Photians, Buddhists, Hindus, feminists, Communists,
New Agers, Wiccans, and other asserted heretics and infidels are quite
welcome in Catholic colleges and universities. Many teach at "Catholic"
really should not shock us that Catholics in public life who support
abortion would be deemed "appropriate" to speak at a Catholic
college or university as long as they are not receiving an "award"
or an "honorary degree." The mere fact that they are invited
to speak at all is a sign of honor extended to these reprobates, men
and women who support the mystical destruction of Our Lord in the
person of preborn children in their mothers' wombs. How in the world
can anyone say He loves Our Lord while he supports the mystical destruction
of Christ in the person of preborn children in their mothers' wombs?
While we have the obligation to pray for the conversion of such individuals
our bishops have the obligation to excommunicate them from the Church
and to ban them from any and all appearances on Catholic institutions.
Any Catholic institution that is unwilling to ban individuals who
promote the sins of abortion and perversity and usury and euthanasia
(among many others) under cover of law should be placed under an edict
and forbidden to call itself in any, way, shape or form a Catholic
institution in good standing.
of our situation, which I have experienced first-hand as a student
at four Catholic institutions of higher "learning" (two
universities, two seminary) and a professor at four Catholic colleges
and universities (and two high schools), is that those who promote
sin and/or who are steeped in doctrinal errors and heresies are indeed
the honored faculty members and guest speakers at so-called Catholic
universities and colleges. My Master's alma mater, the University
of Notre Dame, just recently held its second annual "festival"
in honor of perverse, unnatural sins committed against the Sixth and
Ninth Commandments. A play with a particularly vulgar name was produced
on the campus of Our Lady's university once again during that same
"festival." All of this represents a fundamental loss of
the Catholic Faith on the part of the administrators and many of the
faculty members of these once proud institutions of Catholic education.
Our Lord meant it when He said that it was better for one to have
a millstone placed around his neck and dumped into a lake than to
lead one of His little ones astray. Millions of little ones have been
and are continuing to be led astray by the promotion of sin in Catholic
universities and colleges and seminaries and religious education programs.
No one who promotes
serious sin under cover of law and/or as a matter of "personal
freedom" or "cultural diversity" is a friend of Our
Lord. No such person has anything--and I mean anything--constructive
to offer to students or to a college or university community. Consider
the words of Pope Leo XIII, contained in Immortale Dei in
too, the liberty of thinking, and of publishing, whatsoever each one
likes, without any hindrance, is not in itself an advantage over which
society can wisely rejoice. On the contrary, it is the fountain-head
and origin of many evils. Liberty is a power perfecting man, and hence
should have truth and goodness for its object. But the character of
goodness and truth cannot be changed at option. These remain ever
one and the same, and are no less unchangeable than nature itself.
If the mind assents to false opinions, and the will chooses and follows
after what is wrong, neither can attain its native fullness, but both
must fall from their native dignity into an abyss of corruption. Whatever,
therefore, is opposed to virtue and truth may not rightly be brought
temptingly before the eye of man, much less sanctioned by the favor
and protection of the law. A well-spent life is the only way to heaven,
whither all are bound, and on this account the State is acting against
the laws and dictates of nature whenever it permits the license of
opinion and of action to lead minds astray from truth and souls away
from the practice of virtue. To exclude the Church, founded by God
Himself, from life, from laws, from the education of youth, from domestic
society is a grave and fatal error. A State from which religion is
banished can never be well regulated; and already perhaps more than
is desirable is known of the nature and tendency of the so-called
civil philosophy of life and morals. The Church of Christ is the true
and sole teacher of virtue and guardian of morals. She it is who preserves
in their purity the principles from which duties flow, and, by setting
forth most urgent reasons for virtuous life, bids us not only to turn
away from wicked deeds, but even to curb all movements of the mind
that are opposed to reason, even though they be not carried out in
support even one abortion under cover of law are supporting that which
is "opposed to virtue and truth" and thus "may not
rightly be brought temptingly before the eye of man, much less sanctioned
by the favor and the protection of law." How can it be that that
which cannot be be favored rightly by the State can be looked upon
with indifference by a cardinal archbishop of the Catholic Church?
One whose mind is poisoned by support for baby-killing is disqualified
from any having any platform in a Catholic facility. This applies
to those individuals in public life who say they are "pro-life"
but who actually support the slicing and dicing of little babies in
their mothers' wombs in some instances. Such individuals are not "pro-life,"
simply less pro-abortion than those who support unlimited baby-killing.
Similarly, those who support the funding of chemical abortions here
and around the world by means of voting to support "family planning"
programs should be subjected to solemn excommunication and to being
barred from any and all platforms that are connected in any way with
the Catholic Church. The Fifth Commandment means what it says: "Thou
shalt not kill."
the war that was being waged against the right of the Church to direct
those in public life to subordinate their policies to the binding
precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law, Poe Leo XIII
wrote the following in Sapientiae Christianae, issued in
with what bitterness and in how many guises war has been waged against
the Church it would be ill-timed now to urge. From the fact that it
has been vouchsafed to human reason to snatch from nature, through
the investigations of science, many of her treasured secrets and to
apply them befittingly to the divers requirements of life, men have
become possessed with so arrogant a sense of their own powers as already
to consider themselves able to banish from social life the authority
and empire of God. Led away by this delusion, they make over to human
nature the dominion of which they think God has been despoiled; from
nature, they maintain, we must seek the principle and rule of all
truth; from nature, they aver, alone spring, and to it should be referred,
all the duties that religious feeling prompts. Hence, they deny all
revelation from on high, and all fealty due to the Christian teaching
of morals as well as all obedience to the Church, and they go so far
as to deny her power of making laws and exercising every other kind
of right, even disallowing the Church any place among the civil institutions
of the commonweal. These men aspire unjustly, and with their might
strive, to gain control over public affairs and lay hands on the rudder
of the State, in order that the legislation may the more easily be
adapted to these principles, and the morals of the people influenced
in accordance with them. Whence it comes to pass that in many countries
Catholicism is either openly assailed or else secretly interfered
with, full impunity being granted to the most pernicious doctrines,
while the public profession of Christian truth is shackled oftentimes
with manifold constraints.
XIII went on to note in the same encyclical letter:
such reckless and widespread folly of opinion, it is, as We have said,
the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot
errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly
observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of
men are confided to her keeping. But, when necessity compels, not
those only who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard
the integrity of faith, but, as St. Thomas maintains: "Each one
is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and
encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.''
To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides
such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either
devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what
he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base
and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation
of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies
of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack
of courage on the part of the good. Moreover, want of vigor on the
part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom
little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges
and refute erroneous opinions, and by always exerting themselves more
strenuously they might reckon upon being successful. After all, no
one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which
is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such
display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted.
Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the
vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: "Have confidence;
I have overcome the world." Nor is there any ground for alleging
that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs
not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting
to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in
obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His
XIII was calling upon every Catholic, but especially his bishops,
to root out error, not to reaffirm others, Catholic and non-Catholic
alike, who are steeped in sin and/or who promote sin under cover of
law. Ah, this is the nub of the problem we face today. Most of the
bishops in the developed world, including the United States of America,
infected with the ethos of Modernism, no longer understand or believe
in the horror of personal sin. Everything becomes a matter of "discussion"
and "debate," not a matter of correction and discipline
(except in the case of Traditional Catholics, that is). Cardinal McCarrick
said last year that the bishops should engage Catholic politicians
who support abortion in a "dialogue," leaving it anyone's
guess as to how much innocent blood has to be shed by means of surgical
and chemical abortions before such "dialogue" is pronounced
as having been useless and even counter-productive. And, obviously,
Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, has said
repeatedly that he regrets not the impending execution of Mrs. Terri
Schinlder-Schiavo by her faithless husband under the terms of an unjust
and immoral law on the statute books in the State of Florida but the
fact that the family did not "come together" to "discuss"
the matter in order to come to an "agreement" which would
give everyone involved a sense of "peace." No sense of the
horror of her impending murder, condemned once again by Renato Cardinal
Martino on March 7, 2005 (see A
Clear Defense of Terri Schiavo) and by Dr. Gian Luigi
Gigli, President of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations
(see a report on that statement below). Oh, no. The only sin for Bishop
Lynch is the "excessive" rhetoric being used by those who
are pointing out his manifold errors and statements that are contrary
to the Catholic Faith.
reality of sin means so very little to so many of our bishops. Look
at the almost irrational hatred for Mel Gibson's masterpiece, The
Passion of the Christ, which was exhibited by not a few Catholic
bishops in the United States. This inspired film demonstrates quite
graphically the physical and emotional sufferings our sins, having
transcended time, imposed upon the God-Man as He undertook to redeem
us by paying back the blood debt of our sins in His Sacred Humanity
that was owed to Him in His Infinity as God. Look at the contempt
shown this great film by the likes of Roger Cardinal Mahony, the Archbishop
of Los Angeles, and William Cardinal Keeler, the Archbishop of Baltimore.
The hierarchy--and the bureaucracies associated with it--in the United
States is filled to rafters with men who have lost the Faith (see
"Enemies of the Faith in Shepherds' Clothing" on this site),
promoting things that undermine the innocence and purity of the young
(explicit instruction in matters of the Sixth and Ninth Commandment
that was specifically forbidden by Pope Pius XI in Divini Illius
Magistri in 1929), recruiting, coddling and protecting men steeped
in unrepentant perversity in the priesthood, telling Catholics that
they have the right to withdraw food and water from their relatives
and institutionalizing this act of murder as a pretty standard practice
in many Catholic hospitals and hospices, pushing the envelope on the
liturgical revolution with a demonic fury, deconstructing the truths
of the Faith into meaninglessness, denying dogmas contained in the
Deposit of Faith, and embracing every known public enemy of Christ
while they castigate the defenders of Tradition.
think about it, though, it makes perfect sense for those who have
aborted the Faith to welcome those who believe in the killing of babies,
both by surgical and chemical means, to speak at so-called Catholic
institutions of learning. We must pray for the day when some pope
is going to regain the actual, daily governance of the Church in her
human elements, saying to these nefarious enemies of Christ and promoters
of sin, "Go, and speak no more."
In the meantime,
we pray for Holy Mother Church as she suffers attacks upon the truths
deposited in her by her Divine Bridegroom, offering up the sufferings
of this present moment as consecrated slaves of Our Lady's Sorrowful
and Immaculate Heart, to whom belongs the Triumph promised in her
Fatima Message. Let us never lose heart as we united ourselves to
the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through that same Immaculate Heart
of Fatima, pray for us.
of God, pray for us.
Report on the Statement of the World Federation Federation of Catholic
7, 2005 ( Zenit.org ).- If Terri
Schiavo "can be condemned to death," every person whose life is considered
of insufficient quality by a guardian or court could face euthanasia,
warns a Catholic organization.
The World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) issued
its warning Sunday in regard to the case of the brain-damaged Florida
woman whose husband has been in an intense legal battle to stop her
"She is not guilty of any crime, except to a burden for her husband
and for a selfish society," said Dr. Gian Luigi Gigli, president of
FIAMC, of Schiavo.
"The real core of the problem is the attempt to decide about the right
to life of a human being, not on the basis of her/his dignity, but
on an external evaluation of the quality of life," Gigli said.
"The importance of this case goes beyond this deplorable circumstance,"
his statement continued. "It will open the floodgates to euthanasia
in the United States, at all ages, without even a legislative decision.
FIAMC "strongly appeals to the United States authorities to react
immediately and effectively to save Terri's life" and urges U.S. bishops
"to mobilize every resource and influence of the Catholic Church to
counteract this impending tragedy."
Care to respond, Bishop Lynch? We're still waiting for you to comment
on Cardinal Martino's unequivocal support for Mrs. Schiavo's absolute
right to food and water. Are you willing now to condemn the Florida
law that is being used to threaten her life as unjust and immoral?
The whole Catholic world is looking at you, Bishop Lynch. And what
it sees at present is not a pretty picture at all. An innocent woman
is receiving help from a curial cardinal and from medical professionals
around the world while her shepherd says that the "decision"
in her case rests with her faithless husband. Not a pretty picture
at all. Saint Robert Bellarmine, continue to pray for Bishop Robert