Monday, December 14, 2015

Letters to Bishops: A Scandal of Cataclysmic Proportions

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The following letter was written a few years ago by yet another pained Catholic with a very urgent message for the local Bishop. It is reprinted with permission and with minor changes to protect the identities  of those concerned.

Your Grace,

Greetings in the name of Christ our Lord!

Perhaps Your Grace will already know that I regularly take part in pro-life protests including some outside our own local parishes. My protests have met with a number of upset parishioners as well as a couple of upset priests due to the graphic nature of some of the signs. On the other hand I have also had a show of support from some parishioners, although support for my protests—or lack thereof—is quite irrelevant.

I wish to let Your Grace know that I intend to continue my protests but would like to provide Your Grace with the necessary background and understanding related to those protests. It is hoped that the enclosed letter will provide that important information related to my heart felt convictions about the “legal” destruction of human life in our province and in our nation. I believe the failure of Catholic Bishops to stop the slaughter of innocent unborn children in Canada is a scandal of cataclysmic proportions, a much more shocking and grievous scandal than any priestly child abuse scandal. It has placed Canada on a trajectory to adversity and collapse.

As my letter will explain, I hold the Catholic Bishops of Canada fully responsible for the status quo on abortion in Canada and maintain that the judgment of God has been pronounced against the Bishops and against our once great nation for the failures and sins of Bishops which originally led to legalized abortion and for the ongoing spiritual paralysis of the Bishops which sustains the continued murder of God’s little children. I believe that the Catholic Bishops could, at will, bind the demon of abortion which they unleashed so many years ago through their disobedience to Magisterial and papal teaching on contraception and through capitulation to worldly powers.

Perhaps Your Grace has seen through God’s eyes your own part in this awful crime and if so I pray that Your Grace has repented for your own share of the blame. If such is the case I beg of Your Grace to make such repentance a public act and undertake a campaign immediately to have your brother Bishops throughout Canada make similar public acts of repentance and the requisite penance in order to completely purge Canada of the demonic powers robbing God of so many of His children and to fully satisfy the anger of God. The Lord your God will then help and guide all humble Bishops to bring about a full cleansing in Canada of this devastating plague and begin to heal and prosper our parishes and our nation.

However, if Your Grace has not already made such an act of contrition and repentance, I pray that God our Father might grant you and your fellow Bishops repentance to the acknowledging of the truth and that as the Successors of the Apostles of Christ you might recover yourselves out of the snare of the devil, to the glory of God the Father and for the sake of the Church of Jesus Christ as well as for every human life divinely granted to mothers in this great nation.

Be assured, Your Grace, that although my words appear bold and brash I speak in the strength of the Lord and speak I must. I can no longer remain silent. St. Thomas Aquinas stated, “If the faith is in imminent peril, prelates ought to be accused by their subjects, even in public.” He also referred to St. Augustine: “On the contrary, Augustine says in his Rule: ‘Show mercy not only to yourselves, but also to him who, being in the higher position among you, is therefore in greater danger.’ But fraternal correction is a work of mercy. Therefore even prelates ought to be corrected.” [Summa Theologica II, II, q. 33, a. 4, Sed Contra].

At this severe and aggravated stage of legalized child killing, any suggestion of a simple dialogue with me could accomplish nothing of substance. There is but one course of action for the Catholic Bishops of Canada and that is the course set forth. Furthermore, no campaign in the name of “social justice” can be counted as credible—let alone effective—nor bear any significant measure of God’s blessing while this atrocious evil continues, in the shadows and silence, to lay waste.

Be advised Your Grace that, although I do associate at times and in different places with other Catholic and pro-life groups, my actions in the formulation of this letter are purely my own, with no connection to any other group or individual, and I take full responsibility for them, God helping me.

Rest assured that I pray daily for the Pope, Catholic Bishops and Priests everywhere and throughout the Church of Christ.

God grant to you the wisdom and help of God that the scourge of legalized abortion in our land might be extinguished.

Faithfully yours


Suzanne Jacklin said...

I've had similar thoughts/feelings about a lack of spiritual leadership by our Bishops! I perceive this as a public display of their LACK OF FAITH IN GOD ... IN HIS POWER to stop this atrocity of legalized abortion in our country.

For several years now, I've felt quite strongly that 'pro-life groups' here in Ottawa, should organize 'prayer walks' around the Supreme Court Building ... and around our Parliament Buildings ... praying the Rosary ... to turn the hearts and minds of our Lawyers, Judges AND our elected Politicians BACK to PROTECTING LIFE... at every stage of life! I've mentioned this idea to a few people, but nothing has come of it.

Perhaps, a PUBLIC 'ACT OF REPENTANCE BY OUR BISHOPS' could include THEIR LEADING such a PUBLIC 'PRAYER WALK' throughout each town's, each city's, each province's Court buildings and Legislatures.

I am CONVINCED that doing something like this, would SUCCEED in shaking the 'demonic powers' controlling the hearts and minds of our political leaders and law-makers! Does anyone agree with me?

ELA said...

Suzanne, I think there is definite merit in your suggestion and I believe any actions on the part of a Bishop who wished to make public his act of repentance would surely include such expressions as public prayer, prayer walks, calls to fasting, etc. Unfortunately, nothing as yet has moved our Bishops to any degree of public repentance, which only means our nation will continue its demise until more desperate conditions force them to face up to the truth. Thanks for leaving your comment.