A month after last October's sin-nod ended, a conference occurred in Ireland to address the moral ills that are looming on the horizon for Ireland. We in the U.S. are further down that spiral of death than are the Irish - at present. While that conference was going on, Father gave an interview to Kathy Sinnot; I posted it at that time and now link again to it.
I now link to a lecture that Father gave during that conference. In that lecture he elaborated on the themes that he briefly touched in the interview. In that he makes the point quite clearly why the legalization of both abortion the perversion of marriage by gay activists is a clear threat to our civilization, not to mention the salvation of souls. Please listen to the entire talk; it's well worth the time investment.
One point he made is that social justice, as currently promoted by progressives within the church, will never suffice to serve civilization. Much of "social justice" is focused on this world only with little thought given to the next; it is the next world that will last into eternity not this so it's only logical to conclude that the progressives have their priorities exactly ass-backwards. Perhaps I'll go so far as to say that some of the progressive masterminds are deliberately obfuscating our future beyond this world for they stand in hatred of God Himself.
Michael Hichborn of Lepanto Institute published a piece today entitled "The Robe Of Christ" that in part dwells on this very topic of "social justice" perverting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Serving the temporal needs of others is important, but even that is ancillary to the Gospel and our call to obey Him and His Church in matters of faith and morals.
With that in mind, I was saddened (but not surprised) to learn that this coming Good Friday, the pope plans to turn the Way of the Cross commemoration into a screed against the death penalty. I've blogged before why I believe such a stance is rank heresy. The Lepanto piece cited in my previous paragraph touches upon the matter as well. Now I read on a blog somewhere (I can't remember which, but the blogger made a fantastic point) that the attempt of progressives to link the Crucifixion with the death penalty may well speak volumes about their attitudes toward the Crucifixion. I think it's quite possible that they have no concern for eternal life and the salvation of their souls. Given such warped perspectives, it's no wonder that they'd hold the Cross of Christ in disdain. God have mercy on them.
Both Father Guarnizo and Michael Hichborn, in their respective pieces, suggested prayer to Our Lady for her intercession. Let's do that.