THE SERVANT GENERAL
Today’s reading: Romans 1:16-25
What has infected the world, including our Church, including
some elders of our Church, are the modern isms -
secularism, humanism, Modernism. Modernism is a philosophical
movement that, when applied to our faith, tries to eliminate
God from all social life, puts man at the center of everything
(rather than God), tries to live in harmony with the spirit
of the age, and adapts Catholicism to the intellectual, moral
and social needs of today.
is what is happening with some prelates at the Synod, who
look at society today and desire to adapt the Church to the
times. Rather than being counter-cultural, they want the Church
to be the one to conform to the culture of the age. Thus,
with regards to the various irregular situations in the area
of human sexuality (live-in, divorce and remarriage, same-sex),
these prelates would like to see how these Catholics who are
in serious sin can be accommodated, accompanied, shown mercy
Modernism has been around for quite some time. It was there
at the time of Paul and the early Church. Paul spoke about
it to the Romans. “They exchanged the truth of God for
a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the
creator” (v.25a). This is what our liberal prelates
are doing. They will set aside the truth of the teaching of
Jesus and the Church (for example about divorce and re-marriage
being adultery) and settle for the lie. They look to the well-being
of the sinner rather than the righteousness of God (and the
ultimate well-being of the sinner). They want to adapt godly
virtues such as mercy and compassion to the convenience of
men and thus accommodate their sin.
our liberal prelates not aware of the wrong that they advocate?
But they are Church elders, steeped in religious study. “For
what can be known about God is evident to them, because God
made it evident to them.” (v.19). What then has happened?
They no longer know nor live out the faith. They have been
absorbed by the spirit of the age and have looked to man rather
than God. Do they even truly pray? How can the more extreme
liberals among the prelates at the Synod even support the
abomination of homosexual relationships? What has happened
is that “although they knew God they did not accord
him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became
vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.”
these liberal prelates propose all kinds of approaches that
are contrary to our faith and are very dangerous, with the
potential of ultimately destroying faith, family and life.
“While claiming to be wise, they became fools”
(v.22). Not only that, many of them end up destroying themselves.
There are some who are active homosexuals. “Therefore,
God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their
hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies.”
deep has been the infiltration of our Church by these liberals?
Well, they are in positions of influence. There is Msgr Krzystof
Charamsa who came out as gay on the eve of the Synod and flaunted
his having a homosexual lover; he is with the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith. There is Fr Thomas Rosica,
who lauded former Catholic priest Gregory Baum who advocates
homosexual marriage and sex outside marriage; Fr Rosica is
the spokesperson of the Synod of Bishops. There is Cardinal
Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who publicly supports radical
activist group LGBT Catholics Westminster, which publicly
rejects Catholic teachings on homosexuality; he was elected
as moderator of one of the small discussion groups at the
We certainly cannot and will not accept Modernism in our Church,
in whatever form. We hate the sin but love the sinner, and
so we desire to help those Catholics who are in sin, not keep
them in their sin as the liberals would do. We also should
speak out forcefully against those clerics or religious who
speak and promote Modernism. They not only endanger the eternal
destiny of Catholics, but their own souls as well. “The
wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against
every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth
by their wickedness.” (v.18).
the faith. Know the gospel. Live it. Defend it. Die for it.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power
of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (v.16a).
The authentic Catholic faith is the only way to eternal life.
It certainly in no way sets aside the hard teachings of Jesus
nor the Magisterium of our Church.
to pray for our prelates and the pope at the Ordinary Assembly
of the Synod of Bishops ongoing in Rome. Pray ardently that
liberalism and Modernism do not gain any more foothold inside
our Church. Pray for the righteousness of God to be their
focus. Our very salvation is on the line. “For in it
is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;
as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous by faith
will live.’” (v.17).