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How Much Longer Must We Tolerate This Wayward Priest?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 26, 2017

Father James Martin, SJ and his “Gay Church” juggernaut are on a roll, and anyone, even a bishop, who gets in his way must be crushed. Emboldened by the support of “gay”-friendly bishops and even cardinals, virtually all installed by Pope Francis, Martin dares to attack publicly a non-Francis bishop, Robert C. Morlino (consecrated by John Paul II in 1999) because his diocese of Madison, Wisconsin has published guidelines on avoiding scandal in the conduct of funerals for deceased involved in “gay marriage” or other forms of “homosexual union.”

The diocesan guidelines, published by Bishop Morlino’s Vicar General, rightly provide that, whatever the final state of soul of a deceased who may have repented and made peace with God, his “partner” in a “civil or notorious homosexual union” should not be allowed any public role or mention in the funeral proceedings. Martin, clearly enraged, unleashed a furious Tweet storm against Bishop Morlino, which Father John Zuhlsdorf observes was clearly designed to incite “a black and chilling sleet of hatred” against the Bishop from Martin’s Twitter followers.

Unfortunately, “Father Z” himself appears to have been cowed by what he himself calls “our new Catholic cultural revolution’s Red Guard.”  He attempts to defend Bishop Morlino by placing the “blame” for the diocesan guidelines on the Vicar General, arguing that the guidelines were “a communication from the Vicar General’s office, not from the Bishop.  It was not a statement of diocesan policy.  Clearly, there cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ policy for complicated situations.”

Please!  The guidelines are not only sound moral advice but a morally imperative directive to avoid the immense scandal of dignifying in any way “unions” involving a sin that cries out to Heaven for retribution. That the issuance of such guidelines is even necessary today is a demonstration of the depth of the ecclesial crisis that now confronts us. Instead of defending the guidelines, however, “Father Z” appears to accept the very premise of Martin’s attack: that a certain special “sensitivity” is owed to people who publicly flaunted a relationship that was a monstrous perversion of God’s plan for marriage and a continuing violation of both the divine and the natural law.

With defenders like these, the poor Bishop has no need of attackers.  Yet “Father Z” goes on to observe quite rightly that Martin is part of a “zealous cadre” of ecclesial revolutionaries who “signal an ‘Enemy of the People’ to the mobs,” which then respond as expected in “the echo-chamber of hate and division” the cadre itself has created in order to subvert the constant teaching of the Church and even the natural law that binds all men.

How much longer will the Church have to suffer the likes of Father Martin?  Only God knows.  But this much is certain: the day of reckoning will come.  “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption.” (Gal. 6:7-8) And, as the integral Message of Fatima warns, the day of God’s justice will be all the more terrible the longer it is deferred while His enemies wage war against His Church from within. 

In His inscrutable designs, God is allowing those enemies to heap up a vast harvest of destruction.  As Saint Pius XII warned as early as 1951: “The human race is involved today in a supreme crisis, which will issue in its salvation by Christ, or in its dire destruction.”  That is the essence of the admonitory prophecy of the Message of Fatima.