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Is the abolition of celibacy a solution to the crisis in the Church? (+video)

Post date:   2019-08-28
Autor:   BCP

 

Is the abolition of celibacy a solution to the crisis in the Church?

 

Dear bishops and priests,

what would the Apostle Paul say to you today on solving the crisis in the Church by abolishing celibacy? He would first listen to all your arguments about the explosion of paedophilia, homosexuality and a moral crisis, and then he would say to you: Being apostles of Christ, you are sent to open people’s eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins by faith in Jesus. (cf. Acts 26:18) You cannot be in unity with pseudo Pope Francis who legalizes sin, homosexualism, and even witchcraft! Do you mean to solve the crisis in the Church in unity with him without repentance? You will not become holy priests by abolishing celibacy. Today the Church and the world need you for the sake of their salvation!

 

The solution to all our problems is in Jesus Christ the Crucified!

The Scripture gives the Apostle Paul as an example for a celibate priest. He was not only very active but also deeply spiritual. He says: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) He beseeches you, bishops and priests: “Become like me.” He was aware of the harsh reality of sin. In Romans 7, he strikes at the root and says: “I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” His deepest spiritual exclamation is: “O wretched man that I am!” and then he asks painfully: “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” But immediately after that, he thanks God and confesses that it is done through Jesus Christ. In chapter 8, he emphasizes that the law of the Spirit of life delivered him from the law of sin and death. The Apostle Paul was no man of steel who would be immune to the influence of sin both from without and within. No celibate bishop, priest or monk has an excuse. Everyone can follow the Apostle of the nations. The Apostle Paul is primarily an example of the inward life. He essentially joined the fight against sin with the effort to follow Christ and union with the Crucified. The root of evil in man, in other words original sin with its lusts and pride, is a reality. It is absurd to try to solve this reality by abolishing celibacy and ordaining women first to deacons and then to priests.

 

Our life is a hard fight for the salvation of our own soul and the salvation of those whom God has entrusted to us. Every warrior of God can say with the Apostle at the hour of death: “I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of eternal glory.” (cf. 2Tim)

What is the solution for priests today? Not to be alone! To have a spiritual family, i.e. fellowship. This fellowship must persevere in the apostles’ doctrine, and not in heretical theology! (cf. Acts 2:42) Prayer, God’s Word and fellowship was the programme of the early Christians in Jerusalem.

 

Nowadays, the internet and the spirit of the world behind it mould the minds of priests but unfortunately not vertically! True self-criticism requires that one renounces the internet or other media insofar as they are an obstacle to the life with God. True discernment, however, is not possible without self-criticism and fellowship.

It must be admitted that the generations of priests after Vatican II have not been truly and responsibly prepared either for a personal life with Christ or for the proclamation of the full Gospel.

 

If a seminarian underwent deep spiritual formation under the guidance of an experienced and holy spiritual adviser, it would be a great treasure. If he devoted two hours daily to interior prayer, he would develop a habit of prayer. Even if after the seminary he spent three years in a desert like the Apostle Paul and experienced a deep conversion like St Ignatius in the cave in Manresa, it would still not be enough. If a priest wants to persevere and resist the spirit of the world, he must have not only the Spirit of Christ but also fellowship. Fellowship is the necessary means of solving the spiritual crisis in the Church. A priest should spend at least one and a half days in fellowship with several other priests and they should devote themselves to prayer and God’s Word (cf. Acts 6:4). On Sunday evening, they would meet together to spend time in a spiritual desert. On Tuesday, after having lunch together, they would leave. The programme for the first day is 4 hours of interior prayer (programme of interior prayer, see http://vkpatriarhat.org/en/?p=11486) with testimonies about what God has revealed to each personally during the prayer. One of these four hours would be devoted to a reflection on God’s Word as a preparation for Sunday sermon. The fifth hour of prayer would be spent in praise and songs from 8 to 9 pm. During these two days of prayer, the priests have a dispensation from the Divine Office. (http://vkpatriarhat.org/en/?p=16774)

 

As for the spirit of Vatican II, it did not open the door for true repentance and true restoration of the Church but rather for the Church’s gradual destruction brought to a climax by pseudo Pope Francis. Francis eliminates the universally valid moral principles as well as God’s commandments. Not only Card. Marx but the whole homosexual network in the Church cooperates with Bergoglio in accomplishing destruction. This path leads to eternal damnation!

 

Even today, the means of restoring the Church are the four basic pillars of the early Christians: prayer, the breaking of bread, the apostles’ doctrine, and fellowship! (Acts 2:42)

 

+ Elijah
Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate
 
+ Methodius OSBMr                                     + Timothy OSBMr

Secretary Bishops

 

26 August 2019

 

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