Years ago I became convinced that the evil one is quite clever in deceiving good Catholics into error and sin. I think he knows better than to present us with gross sin such as wild orgies or inebriated debauchery. No, he'll cloak his temptations to us in holy trappings. Please note that I'm not putting those last two words in quotes because often enough, the trappings are very good in and of themselves and can lead to real benefit.
For instance, I mentioned a few days ago the Medjugorje apparitions (that I initially believed). Now at that site many good people are praying. They're going to Confession (some folks for the first time in many years), receiving Holy Communion at Mass, praying the Rosary, etc. For the most part, the proceedings from the apparition are sweet if somewhat trite. However, it's those zingers of indifferentism that are the problem. Because the devotees are predisposed to accept whatever the apparition says, they're less likely to subject it to needed scrutiny and thus they incorporate the indifferentism into their own thinking. Therein lies the danger.
Such seems to be the case with the book Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. Last year it was sold at my church and was announced from the pulpit. It only cost $2.00. I bought one and started to read it. This book's main "zinger" (and it is a big one) occurs right in the prologue. I suppose Kelly was trying to illustrate the magnitude of the Crucifixion of Our Lord and what it cost both Son and Father. He wound up committing what I believe is blasphemy with his attempt.
He devised a hypothetical situation in which a father of a small boy hears that there is a fatal epidemic. A vaccine has been developed but will require blood from someone who hasn't been infected. All are called upon to volunteer blood samples. The father trots his family to be tested. Lo and behold, the small boy is not infected and his blood can be used. However, a lot of blood is required and to draw the required amount of blood from the boy will kill him. The doctors break the news to the father and let him know that if he doesn't give permission for this blood-letting, all mankind may well die. The parents give their "consent" for this procedure. Of course the little boy is bewildered - but it's such a great cause!
So here you have a man's murder of his own little boy being compared with the Crucifixion of Our Lord. Murder is the deliberate taking of innocent human life; nothing justifies that for as any decent Catholic knows, the end of a sinful act, be it ever so noble, never justifies the sin.
I could spend several posts unpacking the moral mess encompassed in these few paragraphs. There is the comparison of Jesus' voluntary act with the horror inflicted on a helpless child. There is the aspect of the boy being utterly betrayed by his parents whose first charge was to protect, not sacrifice him. And of course we have here a thinly-disguised apologetics for both abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
Some might argue that the rest of the book was okay and even very good. Be that as it very well may, it matters not one damned bit. If you knew that the most nutritious meal in the world contained just a little bit of arsenic, would you take one bit of that most nutritious meal? I didn't think so!
After I read this prologue, I immediately alerted the pastor. As I was talking, he completed my sentence for me. That indicated to me that mine was not the first complaint about this heresy. However, the boxes of books remained in the lobby for several more weeks; I don't know why.
I forgot about it until I went to Mass today at Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase - and saw three or four boxes of these books in that church's lobby, just as I saw in St John Neumann last year. I thought to myself, "well, maybe they've removed the offending prologue in these copies." It was still there. In googling the book, I learned that it was popping up in parishes all over the country. I don't know who is making book-buying decisions or what kind of marketing effort is underway here.
I am urging all to be on the lookout for this in your own parishes and to be prepared to sound the alarm at your church. Do NOT use Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly.