“Why call you me, Lord, Lord; and do not the things which I say?” – God (Luke 6:46)
I was going to title this post “The wrongs of militant Catholicism” but I think that was too close to the bone. The tradition of the Church has always viewed the Church as three fold, Church Militant, Church Suffering and the Church Triumphant. But the sense of “Militant” is as the Apostle to the Gentiles said “our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” (Eph 6:12).
Here is a very important point, the strife we as Catholics have to fight, is not a physical one (flesh and blood), it is a spiritual strife (principalities and powers). Our enemy is not our fellow man, it is against “the spirits of wickedness in the high places” who are “the rulers of the world of this darkness”.
Malicious Catholicism takes the evil that our neighbour does, and labels the doer as “the enemy”. In this sense, malicious Catholicism would take evil of persistence in error of an Muhammadan and label the person “the enemy”. “Enemies”, in malicious Catholicism, are to be treated as enemies of the state, if they don’t change… well, I think you get the idea.
Thus to malicious Catholicism, a Muhammadan is “the enemy of the Church”, a Communist is “the enemy of the Church”, someone who is same-sex attracted is “the enemy of the Church”, and on ad infinitum. These “enemies”, malicious Catholicism intimates, need to “be dealt with” by conversion or the sword.
But here are some questions to the adherent of malicious Catholicism:
- Do you profess Jesus Christ to be the Only Begotten Son of God?
- Did Our Lord and Saviour say “Love your enemies, do good to those that hate you”(Mt 5:44)?
- “Why call you [Him], Lord, Lord; and do not the things which [He] say[s]?” (Lk 6:46)
The evils of the sins are what we have to fight against; the spirit of paganism, of indifference, of sodomy. These are evils, in the absolute. Hate the sin, wage war against the sin, but not war as we know it, with guns, blades, words and enmity, it is a spiritual war. And only doing as Our Lord and Saviour instructs will victory be assured.
The Catholic Scout whose objective is the Kingdom of Heaven needs to be careful not to fall into the deadly trap of malicious Catholicism, because “from the beginning it was not so”.
Leave a comment, let me know your responses to the questions.