I have been reading the fascinating comments in blogosphere and Facebook on the latest victim of thuggery at Patheos: Lifesite News.
Whatever you do, don't go looking for it directly at Patheos. They are paid for their sucker punches upon faithful Catholics per hit.
It really isn't even necessary to know the details if you don't know them by now. It's the same old SSSSS: Simcha, Scalia, Shea Sycophant Syndrome. Steve Skojec has a good of a round up as any. (Ignore the 'schism is here' meme. Will people break off? Maybe - but they are broken off. An internal schism has been in power for years within but they do not have access to the Deposit of Faith which exists in purity and always will, in perpetuity.)
What is fascinating about the comments is, the overwhelming sentiments that they've gone too far this time, that they've turned blogosphere into a place where they are shooting at faithful Catholics from their silo, that the product they are selling is the catfight. Turning Catholic blogosphere into the killing fields is the patheos at patheos because it is a moneymaker. Everyone loves to gawk at the car accidents they are intentionally causing on the freeway on the web. As they are paid for each hit, they slam into every vehicle they can.
The altercation with our friends at Lifesite News was a head-on collision by the vulgar mouthed funny woman patheos.
The consensus is: Nuttin funny 'bout 'dat.
The jury has finally reached its verdict. The patheos at patheos is rotten and the ax needs to be taken to it.
What EWTN is doing financing the show is a mystery that is damaging their apostolate. But I know they have been warned and it appears the financing is deliberate.
They are leading a culture in blogosphere into a nose dive.
It turns out the church of nice isn't all that nice.
The problem seems pretty clear to me.
The Church is a Mystical Body with many moving parts but they wish to amputate Church Militant.
Who was it that said that the Church is militant because Her enemies are always pursuing Her destruction?
The battle wages inside of our Church and there are many who have a stake in protecting the enemies within.
The sedevacanists are not helping the dynamic in Catholic blogosphere.
When we think about what Pope Francis is doing, there is no question that he sees this big picture. Many think he does not, but my sense is, he does and what he is doing is trying to lead the way out of it.
Like it or lump it, Pope Francis IS onto something.
Ephesians 4 1
I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called,
2 With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity.
3 Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling.
,5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.
We're all on board with supporting one another in charity.
But that can never happen and will never happen so long as Church leaders stack our disastries, apostolates, parishes and schools with apostates and heretics and tell us to fugghetaboutit.
We can't and musn't fuggetaboutit because that contradicts the third, fourth and fifth verse of Ephesians 4:1 - keeping the unity of the Spirit of our tenets of our religion.
Our children have a right to their inheritance and Church Militant is here to protect uncatechized from the corruption within. It is a legitimate role in Christ's Church and an important one.
Patheos, for whatever reason, has an interest in protecting politicians who murder and slay souls and the enemies within who are contradicting Church teaching in every apostolate. I can't figure out what EWTN is doing protecting the enemies within but it is what it is and we must face it.
Never, ever, ever sit in silence when the episcopal leadership on the Chancery level or at the level of the Holy See, even the Chair of Peter, if they are stacking the decks with heretics.
If you do that, the next generation will not be equipped to evangelize and do the work in the vineyard of the salvation of souls.
We don't let Patheos silence. We don't let EWTN silence. We don't let blogosphere silence. We don't let the apostates in the Chancery or even at the Holy See silence. I think Pope Francis is actually on board this matrix.
Where the Chair of Peter is, this is where we will always be because without it, we do not have access to the Sacraments through the Door. Christ is not anywhere but beating inside His Own Sanctuaries.
I recently came across a post on Facebook from a person who had always been a faithful Catholic. A man who gave much, suffered much through the years. His post was off of the reservation. I engaged him for a bit but his logic became more twisted.
I thought to myself, ugh - he's away from the Sacraments. I asked him and sure enough, he has stopped going to Church and said he was thinking of leaving the Catholic Church. He said he didn't believe Pope Francis was a real Pope but rather, the antichrist. I told him to forget about Pope Francis and all of the discussions on the internet and get back to the Sacrament of Confession and the Eucharist, the prayers of our Church. Every day if he has to, until he feels the release. I told him he was under the influence of a spirit and needed release through the Sacraments. I told him he will feel the release when it happens.
I didn't make much progress with that one, but several chimed in to encourage him to follow my advice. Perhaps whoever has been reading his posts and hasn't fallen as far will read and run.
It's all we can do. The world is on fire. Grab what you can around you and hold onto it, but always, always speak up when prelates are stacking with apostates. Always.