I wish I had a dime for every time we heard a Catholics who was asked to stop teaching heresy used today's readings to imply Christ fought against faithful teachers.
Yesterday's homily blew me away. As is customary, I went to confession this week to confess my contempt for what the pope is doing, that I was seeing the consequences and he's driving me bonkers. I always explain that I'm a writer and so my screw ups are more serious than the average person because they could cause a reader to despair. And I'm working out a lot of frustration before I post.
Lo and behold, the homily was about our little problem in Rome. No names were mentioned but great emphasis was placed on the baptismal duty to challenge leadership even at the top because power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Father mentioned you may be accused of being a 'pharisee', but to remember that 'pharisees' were people who were teaching the law but not practicing it themselves. Pharisees were actually teaching people it was ok to divorce and Christ corrected them.
He said it doesn't matter how high in leadership a person is, you have to balance what they say against the Catechism, the doctors of the Church to confirm whether the person is teaching Truth. If in error, the person needs to be corrected and if he doesn't correct himself, the error needs to be explained to the people so they do not follow the leader into the rabbit hole. It needs to be done charitably - which is where I think we often fail - but not to ever convince ourselves that we should hold back from challenging the person in error.
As the confessor reminded me, the key is supernatural Grace and to keep pursuing it because using It in practice does not come easy. I've been taking my frustrations to confession about the Holy Father to try to draw supernatural Grace so I can use it to keep readers from despair, tethered to the Sacraments and on the path to know what to say and how to say it to the people around us, for years. I never once heard the pope is being misunderstood. I have heard "don't even get me started", "it's a problem", etc.
Please - if you are struggle with this - take your concerns into the confessional. As a reminder, the confessional is a place to plan to say whatever needs to be said in less than 2 minutes and to have expectations that what will be said to you will be said in less than 30 seconds. I wait in long lines with good confessors and people are in and out in less than 4 minutes. It's not a place for a long-winded sob story. You touch the cloak to draw supernatural Grace, get a one-minute summary of your trajectory and you are off like bride's pajamas.
I don't think we've seen the tip of the iceberg of destruction at hand, so there is a looong road ahead of us. Christ help us to always serve You, come what may.
The King of love my shepherd is,Whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am His and He is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul He leadeth, and where the verdant pastures grow,with food celestial feedeth.