Why We Don’t Trust You, Gentlemen

Just another sample of correspondence from a Monday morning:

Rod Dreher blogged an interesting L.A. New Times article which chronicles the corrupt network of “progressive” clerics in Southern California. And as depressing as it is, it’s not surprising. If I were to describe in a word the ecclesiastical situation in Southern California, it would be hopeless. The problem is that if an orthodox Catholic complains about any questionable practice,

he gets the brush off. I found this out when I complained to the Pastor of a prominent Southland parish about his final blessing in a wedding mass being “in the name of the Father, Son, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, and the Holy Spirit.”

This, combined with Cardinal Mahony’s ironic fascination with building a monument to his memory in the form of the “Taj Mahony” while he permits such wilful demolition of the Church, reminds me of a passage from Jeremiah 7:1-14:

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord. 3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’

5 “For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly execute justice one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers for ever.

8 “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’ —only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, says the Lord. 12 Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these things, says the Lord, and when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, 14 therefore I will do to the house which is called by my name, and in which you trust, and to the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh.