The following quote from Archbishop Burke about scandal given by Catholics who publicly oppose Catholic teaching happens also to accurately sum up the goal of this blog, which attempts to stand up for the Church and her teachings in matters of the moral law in the current environment. Of course I don’t always succeed, nor am I endowed with the infallibility of the Church. But that is the goal to which I strive. And His Grace certainly nails the logic of the Catholic “progressive” dissenter quite well. The truth is dangerous because it exposes the fallacy of the false “unity” of “tolerance”.
Christ demands a choice– will we follow Him or not? cf. John 15:18
From Whispers in the Loggia:
“It is clear that we are experiencing today a period of intense and critical struggle in the advancement of the culture of life in our nation. The administration of our federal government openly and aggressively follows a secularist agenda. While it may employ religious language and even invoke the name of God, in fact, it proposes programs and policies for our people without respect for God and His Law. In the words of the Servant of God Pope John Paul II, it proceeds ‘as if God did not exist’….
One of the ironies of the present situation is that the person who experiences scandal at the gravely sinful public actions of a fellow Catholic is accused of a lack of charity and of causing division within the unity of the Church. In a society whose thinking is governed by the ‘tyranny of relativism’ and in which political correctness and human respect are the ultimate criteria of what is to be done and what is to be avoided, the notion of leading someone into moral error makes little sense. What causes wonderment in such a society is the fact that someone fails to observe political correctness and, thereby, seems to be disruptive of the so-called peace of society. Lying or failing to tell the truth, however, is never a sign of charity. A unity which is not founded on the truth of the moral law is not the unity of the Church. The Church’s unity is founded on speaking the truth with love. The person who experiences scandal at public actions of Catholics, which are gravely contrary to the moral law, not only does not destroy unity but invites the Church to repair what is clearly a serious breach in Her life. Were he not to experience scandal at the public support of attacks on human life and the family, his conscience would be uninformed or dulled about the most sacred realities.”
–Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
“Reflections on the Struggle to Advance the Culture of Life”
InsideCatholic Partnership Dinner
18 September 2009