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A Tainted Libation


 Being poured out for Christ

  “I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”

(2 Timothy 4:6-7)


Have we been “poured out as a libation” for Christ Jesus?

Probably not.

In fact, the point of our being Catholic at all very likely has had  little in the way of any adverse consequences in our lives until recently, following the homosexual clerical abuse scandal that is still unfolding worldwide — for more than 20 years now, and still counting.

In other words, if we have not suffered for the sake of Christ:

  • shame

  • humiliation

  • disdain

  • ridicule

  • rejection

  • contempt

 If we have not been marginalized as:

  • fanatic

  • behind the times

  • holier-than-thou

  • traditionalist

  • extremist

  • pre-Vatican II

  • patriarchal

  • anti-feminist

If we have not been:

  • castigated

  • ridiculed

  • excluded

  • shunned


If no epithet has been hurled at us to make us feel like fools in the mocking faces of “modern” and “progressive” Catholics, to say nothing of the world at large — then we have not been “poured out.

We have cherished the world over Christ; and have even been applauded for it. We use “the Name” even as we repudiate the “Person”. We lustily sing that “We are the sheep of His fold” ... even after we have torn down the fence and strayed, with no clear direction from our priests and bishops, into other pastures. We are told, in an age of mindless and unbridled ecumenism,  that there really are no fences any longer and that one fold is really no different from another, however much the sheep somehow look like wolves. And behave like wolves. And howl like wolves.

Why, then, is Saint Paul’s fate so different from our own? Following Christ literally cost him his head in Rome.

The answer is found in the previous verses omitted from today’s readings:

“For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.”   (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

People will not tolerate sound doctrine

Let us put Saint Paul’s words in a more contemporary setting:

Following our own desires and insatiable curiosity, we have accumulated teachers (popes — most conspicuously, Francis — cardinals, bishops, priests, theologians, CCD teachers, RCIA instructors) who will teach us what we want to hear, and not what we must hear. They teach us that sin and corruption and perversion, properly understood, are acceptable to God ... after all ... and that this whole “Roman thing” doesn’t apply to Catholicism in America, Europe, or, for that matter, to any “enlightened” culture any longer. It is, we are told, hopelessly archaic, unenlightened, “patriarchal”, stultifying, and terribly dissonant with everything that is now socially correct, legislated, mandated and rigorously  —  even ruthlessly — enforced by the secular State and its tri-initialed apparatchik which are absolutely intolerant of intolerance ... and which, by policy, refuses to acknowledge this contradiction.

This attitude explains why we have kept our own heads (in a manner of speaking), while Saint Paul lost his.

We have no libation to pour out — because no one has filled our cups since the Second Vatican Council ... or if they have, the substance is either profoundly diluted, or brazenly tainted and contaminated with foreign doctrines. Instead of sound dogma, our cups have been, by and large, filled with quite nearly anything calculated to satisfy our desires — which are not the same as God’s. And this really is the root of the problem.

We still want God’s “stamp of approval”, and since Rome will not give it to us, we seek out bishops, priests, theologians, clerics, ecclesiastical functionaries of every sort more perverse than ourselves who will give us both: our own corrupt desires and a counterfeit stamp of God’s approval.

This is what the Roman State wanted from Saint Paul.

And it is precisely what Saint Paul would not give them.

But ... unlike St. Paul, for Heaven’s sake ... we must not lose our heads over it.

Mustn’t we ...?


Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal


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