Benedict’s pontificate, while comparably much shorter than JPII,will have been considered a revolution for the Church.
The implementation of Benedict’s new law will resuscitate true voluntary charity after a century-long Church alliance with a government that has now turned against it in fury. But do not expect it to be welcomed. Leaders of these Church bureaucracies (including the colleges and universities) will undoubtedly insist that Intima Ecclesiae Natura changes nothing, that they need the money, and that they are already obeying it anyway.
Unfortunately, they aren’t. But it will be a brave bishop who will hold their feet to the fire; and it will take a brave pope who will guide, support, and instruct those bishops with love, fortitude, and perseverance. After all, billions and billions of dollars are at stake—a drop in the bucket to the feds, but critical to funding Church institutions as they are run today.
And that is why those institutions will change dramatically as Intima Ecclesiae Natura is implemented in coming years, and the Church renounces government funding (as bishops in Illinois and Oklahoma already have). Once those “golden handcuffs” are removed, liberated Catholic bishops will also be able to implement existing Canon Law regarding public scandal. Raymond Cardinal Burke, who heads the Vatican’s highest court, insisted earlier this month that, if a Catholic politician “support[s] legislation which fosters abortion or other intrinsic evils, then he should be refused Holy Communion.”
Such steps are taken not only to bring the supporter of “grave moral evil” back to the Church, but also to avoid “the grave sin of sacrilege,” as well as to prevent public scandal, since failure to act “gives the impression that the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion is not firm.”… (Source)
One wonders when this is going to come into play in Canada with Development & Peace. My guess: not bloody well soon enough. I fear it’s more of the same.
My dear readers, we can clearly see that once the Church is financially tied to the State, the Church just becomes another organ of it. We’ve lost our moral power. We’ve lost our independence. We’ve lost our prophetic voice. We’ve lost the respect of our society. We’ve become comfortable and minor professional bureaucrats of the State.
We’re bought and paid for like a prostitute – a cheap version of a televangelist with a Roman collar, peddling “social justice” instead of the other fraudster who does the health and wealth “Gospel”.
Socialism is triumphant where the Church is subordinate and dependent on the State for its missionary work. It needs to end. It must end. And it has to end. Right now.
We need to renounce that ring.
“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.