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Thursday, 16 October 2014

On Schisms Again And Your Responses One

One must be prepared for schism openly in one's own parish.

Someone wrote to me about this happening already. In other words, the machinations of the liberals in Rome have emboldened some priests to "come out" as heretics regarding ssm, divorce and Communion without annulment and other such false teachings.

The first recourse one has is to write to one's bishop. Then, if that does not work in stopping false preaching and teaching, one must write to the national representative from Rome, be it an apostolic vicar, apostolic delegate or apostolic nuncio. If one does not get an answer, one must write to Rome.

And, if the priest remains unrepentant and continues to be schismatic in all but name, one must find another parish.

This will cause suffering for many families, but one cannot stay in such a parish.

This type of thing happened before in the terrible chaos caused by the Arians and Gnostics during those heresies, when such cities as Alexandria and Antioch, and other places in Egypt and Syria went over to false leaders. Arius, remember, was Bishop of Nicomedia while Athanasius was a lowly and very young deacon at the beginning of the controversy.

The Church was being beset by Donatism as well as Gnosticism and Arianism. Much like today, the heresies were located in certain dioceses because of the infection of the bishops who held these false ideas as against Rome. Remember also that at one time, Athanasius was banished to Trier for 18 months on false personal charges. Some bishops vacillated back and forth, sometimes supporting Arius and sometimes Rome.

Does this sound familiar?

At that time, the emperors got involved, and depending on the emperor (or empress) banished the "good guys" and supported the "bad guys". Hilary of Poitiers and Eusebius of Vercellae were two who had been banished for holding the Nicene Creed, but they were supported by the great St. Basil, St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. Gregory of Nazianzus. St. Cyril of Jersusalem also was a strong, open supporter of the truth concerning Christ, consubstantial with the Father.

Times of heresies create saints as well as heseriarchs.

We are seeing the open battles now and will see worse.

How those Catholics in the large cities which went over to false teaching survived is a question we must all ask ourselves.

Imagine, for example, most of the parishes in Boston, New York City and Washington D.C. breaking from Rome over ssm, divorce and Communion and so on.

What would you do?

You, dear readers, need to start asking yourselves these types of questions.