Connecting the Dots
“Connect-the-dots” is a tagline used to explain the joining of scripture based homilies to one or more Catholic Catechism elements in an environment which recognizes the unique beauty of Catholicism. The phrase is intended as a way (but certainly not the only way) to draw attention to fact that Catholicism is the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself. One should understand two basic premises in order to accept the legitimacy of “connecting the dots”.
The “CHURCH of NICE”
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Catholic Complacency exists because it’s been allowed to; perhaps even cultivated by those entrusted with helping us gain our salvation.
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The “CHURCH of NICE”
Many high ranking church leaders, Cardinal Raymond Burke among them, are publicly acknowledging that the current decline in the number of practicing Catholics can be traced to the lack of, or minimally, to poor catechesis over the past 40 to 50 years. For whatever reasons (and there are many) Catholic Bishops and priests have succumbed to the ideas of the secular world, embracing the ideas of personal comfort. What has been sacrificed in turn is the teaching of the authentic and beautiful truths of the Catholic religion.
An anonymous priest is quoted as saying “if the truths of the faith were to be preached…the medicine would kill the dog.” Instead, “Don’t rock the boat; don’t threaten the cash cow of the collection plate” has become the theme in many parishes and dioceses in our country. Jesus once commanded St. Francis “Rebuild My Church”. Many parishes and dioceses, however, exist only (as a priest once personally told me) “to maintain fair balance between all God’s children”. In other words don’t speak the truth. It might offend someone.
So what’s wrong with making people feel good; with not offending anyone? In many matters of earthly life…nothing. But in matters of salvation…everything! We learn in Matthew 7:13-14 that the road to eternal happiness (heaven) is, by definition, not an easy road.
(13) "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. (14) "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
It is the responsibility of our bishops and parish priests to help us find that narrow path to heaven; only through the narrow gate. Not through a path of comfort; not through making people feel good; not by compromising Catholic teaching for the sake of a “fair balance” between all parishioners. Many bishops and clergy have created an environment by which parishes can be called “The Church of Nice”. * Let’s all get along … let’s all feel good. The results have been devastating. See the tab “4C Scope” immediately to the left for more on this.
In July 2013, a well-known radio personality raised this question, “Who is God?” A reply from someone on his staff was “God is Love”. Acknowledging that to be a widely-held view, he then asked “What is the essence of God? The ultimate answer was “God is Truth”! And this should be the basis for all Catholic instruction, beginning especially with Sunday Homilies.
The “Church of Nice” substitutes Knowledge (Truths) with Feelings (Love). As a result many Catholics don’t know their faith. They haven’t been taught their faith. (Our comment: But don’t become too worried; we can still learn with the right instruction. There are countless resources available to us. More on this at a later time.) We should expect our local parish priests to be our primary instructors. The philosophy of the “Church of Nice” has led to diminished Catholic population and the closing of thousands of parishes with the result that many souls are at risk.
It is possible that a parish/diocese could preach both…although very unlikely. Usually “God is Love” is preached; rarely is “God is Truth” preached. Which parish do you belong to?
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*The Term “Church Of Nice” discovered at Church Militant TV’s, ‘The Vortex’. 4CToday has no relationship, either formal or informal with Church Militant TV, or any member of its management team.
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