The Joy of Spiritual Combat and the victory of the Gospel
It is sometimes difficult to be joyful with all the bad news about concerning the Church. However, I am sure that the vast majority of it is false news, the anti-Gospel of the secular world. It is because of the modern media’s penchant for making bad news the main news, and of course if they can spread this anti-Gospel in the direction of the Church, so much the better as far as they are concerned. And don’t people love bad news? But what they fail to realise is that the victory of the Gospel has already been won. For when Jesus arose from the dead he proclaimed the victory of the cross; all we need to do is follow Him. It is not always easy but prayer and the sacraments are the weapons of Spiritual Combat. These are not weapons in the usual sense of the word – they are much more powerful. Didn’t Christ and His followers conquer the Roman Empire without an army? And now the Catholic Church is the largest religious organisation in the world with 1.3 billion members. Our rules are strict and some say difficult and unrealistic to follow. However, this is not true; all you need to do is follow Christ’s example. When Jesus made Peter the leader of the apostles and gave him the authority to ‘bind and to loose’ he set in motion a blue print of the Church that will last for all time.
It is clear that the Church faces many challenges, not least because of the over sexed world we live in. The media has been at the forefront of this ultra-sexualisation and the Catholic Church has been trying to hold back this polluted tide. This is the main reason why we are so attacked. One of the biggest problems in the modern world is homosexuality – no, I am not a homophobe; I just tell the truth based on Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church. A true homophobe is someone who is so browbeaten by the vicious homosexual lobby and their media cohorts that they will give in to anything 'Gay' activists want; hence the preposterous Gay marriage proposal which has passed its first stage in Parliament by 400-175 votes - absolutely ridiculous.
On the day that Cardinal O’Brien has resigned over 'inappropriate behaviour' allegations with priests we need to pray harder than ever. However, it all sounds very fishy, - that a Catholic Cardinal who has been the most vocal against Gay marriage and has even condemned homosexuality as harmful saying that it is “harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of those involved.” It would be unlikely that he would be guilty of such behaviour. And we need to remember that he denies these allegations. Why have these only come out now? Why not when he was condemning ‘Gay’ marriage? It’s all to do with the media, it's hate of the Catholic Church, and the all positive publicity over the next conclave. As someone commented on the last blog on Spiritual Combat “I am sure that a little background research will reveal some uncanny links to 'liberal Catholicism.' Will the general public care though as the mass media enjoys its very own 'Dreyfus affair'.” We must pray for them and for Cardinal O’Brien and all involved. But most of all we must pray for Holy Mother Church.