"AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS"
The Weeds and the Wheat
A Parable for the Crisis in the Church
“The Kingdom of
Heaven is likened to a man that sowed good
seeds in his field. But while men were asleep,
his enemy came and over-sowed weeds among
the wheat and went his way. And when
the blade was sprung up, and had brought
forth fruit, then appeared also the weeds.
And the servants of the master of the house
coming said to him: Sir, did you not sow
good seed in thy field? Whence then has
it weeds? And he said to them: An enemy
has done this. And the servants said
to him: Will you that we go and gather it
up? And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering
up the weeds, you root up the wheat also
together with it. Allow both to grow until
the harvest, and in the time of the harvest
I will say to the reapers: Gather up first
the weeds, and bind it into bundles to burn,
but the wheat gather into my barn.”
(Saint Matthew 13.29-30)
nearly everything that is occurring in the Church today is outlined
in this brief but enormously important parable. The parable
explains how it happened and who is responsible
for it. It is striking in both its brevity and its scope.
What is happening in the Church,
right now, is horrific! It is historically unprecedented and
morally execrable. Never has the Church been so afflicted since
the great Arian heresies in the 3rd century
almost two millennia ago. Even the Protestant Revolt
instigated by Martin Luther is not comparable in the intrinsic
evil and the devastation it wrought — to the Body of Christ,
the Church, and to the world around it.
While others speak in
terms of the Faithful’s “frustration” and “concerns”
— let us describe it in terms of our lived experience:
We are not “frustrated”—
we are outraged!
We are not “concerned”— we are horrified, shamed, scandalized,
above all we are
angry! — angry
at the seemingly “routine” way that it is being trivialized
by our bishops, our priests, and, for all his pretensions,
“Put this on the calendar” to be addressed at
the next meeting” — months from now.
ARE YOU KIDDING?
Catholics are scared! We are
afraid of what is being done not only to our children, but our
Church! We want heads to fly! We want Birettas placed
down in shame. We want guilty priests defrocked — immediately
— and jailed! We want complicit cardinals to be removed
from office at once, silent bishops to be dismissed
from the episcopacy and all that responsibility of which they
have proven themselves unworthy or unequal — and if not
subsequently laicized then at the very least educated
on basic morality and the difference between sanctity and sin
— based on the Sacred Depository of Faith, and authentic
and established doctrine: not the whims of “pop” theologians
who make a living off the Church even while despising her.
WHAT WE DO NOT WANT:
No more! The sociological rhetoric in which they are
increasingly addressed and inevitably culminate will
never suffice to accomplish anything. The time of
showmanship is past. It is now a very dangerous matter of
Much has been lost and
much more stands to be lost.
want action to be taken
— and not “sometime
in the future”, but NOW! THIS DAY! THIS MOMENT!
IS that serious
... and the hierarchy — to the very top
— seems too obtuse or simply too stupid to recognize it! Or
… more frightening still, and much more darkly … unwilling
to — because to address it would be to implicate themselves!
This is where the devil comes in
Let us look more closely at
this extremely important and eschatological (pertaining to the
end of the world) Parable:
“his enemy came
and over-sowed weeds among the wheat and went his way.”
Who is the enemy? The
devil of course! It is satan! It is he who sowed the weeds among
How and why?
First we must ask ourselves
the most basic question about this parable: what is a weed?
Interestingly, and succinctly, Wikipedia nails it on the head:
A weed is a plant considered undesirable
in a particular situation, “a plant in the wrong place”.
This is actually an admirable
description and entirely appropriate to our purposes.
A weed is not of itself evil.
It is simply a plant among other plants. But in Christ’s Parable we
must take note that an “enemy came and over-sowed
weeds among the wheat” They were not native to that group of
plants. Wheat does not become weed. It remains wheat. The weed,
we find, is surreptitiously introduced among the desirable plants:
in this case, wheat. The wheat is “sown-over” for a purpose: to
fester among it and to impede and eventually destroy the wheat.
There was a purpose to its planting by the evil one just as there
was a purpose to God’s planting of the wheat — the purpose of the
latter, the wheat, was to nourish other things. Of the former, the
weed, it was to destroy, to crowd out, to entangle and kill the
wheat — and with the wheat, all that it nourishes.
The “particular situation”
referred to as “undesirable” in Wikipedia is, in the case of the parable,
the Field that nourishes, which is the Church —
and the wheat, Her priesthood together with the Faithful. It
is, after all, through the Church that Christ comes to man in
the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Church is the indispensable
means of salvation for all men. Destroy the Field (the Church) through
the depredation of weeds and you destroy the means of salvation. Is
this not the sole objective of satan — that none
should attain to salvation, but perish everlastingly in the "Lake of
the Second Death", in Hell, together with him and those who serve
him — among which are not only the demons, but men?
may reply that the same soil nourishes and feeds wheat and
weed alike. True. But the wheat in the Field (the
Good seed 2) was planted
by God Himself to be nourished
and grow and to further nourish unto Eternal Life. The weeds deplete the
soil of what the wheat needs to grow: it steals nourishment intended
for the wheat.
God Himself established the
Field and planted each seed of wheat — but this was not so of the weed.
It had to be planted by
someone else other than the Master of the Field. The parable explicitly
and pointedly states that
“it was the enemy who had
done this.” Finding
that he could not destroy the Field, the enemy secretly infiltrated it, planting
weeds among the wheat which, in time, would choke it and kill it.
This is precisely what happened
within the Church following Vatican II. The priesthood, Religious life,
vocations and the fidelity of the Faithful had flourished. The “plant
considered undesirable in a particular situation” — specifically
homosexuals — rather than being excluded from, were cultivated in the seminaries and houses of Religious
life. People who had no business in the Field — the “plants in the wrong
place” — were permitted to flourish to the detriment of the wheat.
the weeds flourished, the wheat withered.
This is a concise summary
of the present situation concerning priests and seminarians. The
weeds choked out the wheat until a Field that was largely wheat became
a desolate Field that was largely weed with little wheat remaining.
It is a queer weed, lavender and pink with flowery petals that reek
of decay, rooting deeply and spreading aggressively. But few are willing
to call it a weed preferring to call it a flower ...
— that old serpent, who is the devil,
satan” 3 — we would do well
to be clear about the enemy and name him for what he is: vicious, deadly,
“the prince of this world”
4 who has no place in God’s Church. He does not treat or parley: he drags off to
Hell whom he can … and deceives the rest that he is just a twinkle
in a predator’s eye
... those whom he has over sown in our seminaries, monasteries,
rectories, and chanceries. The dismissive voices that would call the
charade simply “progress” and a “gay” affair at that — despite
its manifestly deadly consequences, are now without excuse ... or
Are we alone is this
frightful indictment? We think not — even apart from
explosive revelations of the homosexual predatory network in the
Church, Bishop Mutsaerts — of the Netherlands, appointed by
the Dutch Bishop’s
Conference to attend the Youth Synod in Rome in October, has refused
to attend for clearly articulated reasons in an interview with
Lifesite News yesterday (21 September 2018) that underscore the
absence of accountability in this grave situation:
LifeSite: “Excellency, why
did you decide not to go to Rome where you were to have
joined the youth Synod in October?”
Bishop Mutsaerts: “To put things briefly, it comes
down to this: given all the recent difficulties and lack of
openness, the whole thing will lack credibility. We are
going to talk about young people, no less, even though it
appears that we are not even capable of offering them
security. We all know of the difficulties in Rome, we also
know of the Pope's letter about Ireland, with its mea culpa
and “forgiveness” and all, but
there is not a
single word about what we are going to do about it,
who are the culprits and what are we going to do with
them. It would totally discredit us if in this
situation, we go and talk about youth. If it were
another subject, it would be different. But we need openness
about this business. What we need is the truth, only it will
serve us. That will only be possible if there is openness,
and well, we can't have openness without an independent
investigation. That is also what Archbishop Chaput said.”
[American Archbishop Chaput, chairman of the Committee on
Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged Francis to
cancel the Synod on Young People altogether, given the
lack of confidence in the credibility of the bishops, while
others such as Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas, New
York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop Edward Burns, of Dallas
Texas, Bishop Philip Egan, bishop of Portsmouth, England,
among others who wish, instead, to address the most
critical issue of the clerical abuse that has shattered
LifeSite: “But you would prefer that the whole
affair be scrapped, in order first to let light shine on
everything that's coming out right now.”
Bishop Mutsaerts: “Yes, we need light to shine
on all that. Our credibility is in jeopardy. And we
shouldn’t do it ourselves. I understand from the Pope that
he identifies clericalism as the main cause. That's probably
true to some extent, but the greater part of the problem is
somewhere completely different.”
LifeSite: “Where is the problem, then?”
“When I read the
reports of the scientific institute of the New York
University, almost 80 percent of the people involved have
something to do with homosexuality. It’s a tricky
subject, but we have to name it
because if you
don’t name it, you can’t judge it properly and you can’t
investigate it properly, and take measures. I’m not saying
that’s the cause, I don't know how I should interpret those
figures, just don’t sweep it away, just take them into
What did Shakespeare say
about “A Rose by any other name ...”?
Another Synod — as we see above — has been called for
instead: a Synod of the Bishops — concerning their
job description ... and their abject failure in
don’t count on Francis summoning it: he is too heavily
vested in the very causes that demand it!
Boston Catholic Journal
September 23, 2018
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2 Apocalypse 20.2
3 Saint John 14.30