Notre Dame University did incalculable harm to the Church yesterday by having President Obama receive an honrary doctorate of law and give the commencement address. Lets look at this more closely.
President Father Jenkins just told off the bishops. He got up there on stage and launched into an apologia for why he was having Obama talk. He made a plea to faith and reason for why it was ok to have the President there. In fact by the end you might think we have as Catholics have a duty to honor the President. President Jenkins embarrassed the Bishops who stood up to him and made fools of the Pro-Life movement, all by sounding quite reasonable. Millions were watching.
President Jenkins showed us how to be "reasonable". He showed us that it is reasonable to "dialogue" and honor with a man who believes it is ok to kill a newborn child if you initially intended to kill it but by a miracle of God failed. That man believes this act should be lawful. They gave him a law degree.
That's all evil has to be for us to go along with it, isn't it? All evil has to do to win us over is to be reasonable. That is how weak we are. It doesn't necessarily have to be attractive, alluring, deceitful, in your face, or anything else. Just reasonable. After all, for what other reason do we choose it? Attraction to the evil is only the kickstart to the sin. We think our way to hell, hell becomes reasonable: "If I do this, it will be enjoyable..." "If I do that it will feel good..." "I'll stop tomorrow..." "I mean why can't they marry..." "Abortion is ok in some circumstances..." "Heck they are old and going to die anyway..." "By having him speak we are entering into dialogue..."
Reason, enlightened by Faith, should have shown Father Jenkins and Notre Dame that what they were doing would hurt the Body of Christ. It hurts our unity. It hurts the teaching authority of the Bishops which is already wounded for other reasons, and it leads people into error. How much worse can you get? He sounded entirely orthodox in his speech and was obviously trying to appeal to practicing and knowledgeable Catholics. How insidious. The devil has a slippery tongue as they say. May God have mercy on him, and on us.
After Mass and coffee hour yesterday I spent some time in front of the tabernacle as a reparation for the scandal. I also prayed for the conversions of President Jenkins, Obama, and the people who have reasoned with this evil. I want them to go to heaven. I want everyone to go to heaven. We need the strength of prayer and the Eucharist if we are to endure this age of dry martyrdom. A strong devotion to the Sacred Heart would be a good reparation to Our Lord.
This is an era in which we need to be saints. Every great persecution is a time of great holiness. We must remain unspotted from the world. Go to confession, pray, go to adoration, read holy books, study Scripture, pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, wear the Scapular.
James 1:2-5My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations; Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience. And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing. But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.