Monday, January 14, 2013
LET THEM GO IF THEY CANNOT ACCEPT JESUS AND HIS MORAL DEMANDS
Should we grieve when someone leaves the Church? Of course, because in doing so the graces God wants to give them and which by His grace they are able to receive (not take) is for them and their salvation. So a Catholic's departure from the full communion of the Church is a sign that that person really doesn't want to be oriented toward God's grace or reception of it as God intends.
Some people of course depart the Church out of anger at someone who has hurt or abuse them in despicable ways or others simply a loss of faith. In a sense there is a bit of integrity related to these kinds of decisions.
But then there are those who completely disagree with the Church's stance on particular moral issues, what is called pejoratively, the pelvic issues. Those in the homosexual political movement take great exception toward the Church and her embrace of Divine Law found in Scripture, Tradition and Natural Law. They wish to rewrite Scripture through re-interpretation based upon cultural changes, but they can't contend or deal with either Tradition or Natural Law as these thwart their efforts.
So many Catholics who have same sex attractions are angry at Church leaders who say that the homosexual orientation is disordered (not to be confused with sinful) and that any sex outside of marriage between one man and one woman and recognized by the Church is considered sinful.
So we see many homosexuals leaving the Church, becoming totally secular or joining Protestant communions such as the Episcopal Church which has no prohibitions against sin.
Jesus of course never stops anyone from departing from His company and these people in His public ministry departed precisely because they did not like the truths He taught and the implications of His miracles and the necessity to eat His Body and Drink His Blood for their salvation. He let them go. Did he stew over it? Evidently not since this is not reported in the Scriptures.