Sowing Seeds of Doubt, Darth Vader Is Not Impressed…

… My word. You’d never know it’s still Easter, the most joyous liturgical time of the year, and that Lent was over judging by all the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

I’ve had to give up reading some of my most favorite blogs. The stink of the novusordoist disease is everywhere and there’s nowhere to go? Pope Francis is destroying the Church? The very idea exudes a heartbreaking lack of hope and Catholics are anything but hopeless.

Please, stop it. Everyone. Just stop. The spiritual harm you are causing is far greater than anything Pope Francis has done thus far in his short time as pope. If you are genuinely distressed, than for heaven’s sake, pray. Quit sowing the seeds of doubts and reaping spiritual discord. Plainly, you are spooking the herd… for what? To have your concerns validated by reader comments? Just stop.

Plenty are hurting enough with this transition from Benedict to Francis and for many this is a huge test of faith. The gates of hell will not prevail… and your every negative word is nothing more than strength behind the battering ram. So shut it. I love you all, passionate lovers of the Church, but for the love of all that’s holy shut it.

To quote the strange and eccentric Terry Nelson;

The constant criticism, the questioning and suspicion-mongering rumor mill, along with all the speculation on what may happen next, foments doubt and fear in the minds of simple souls. It implants skepticism in the hearts of fellow Catholics. It betrays the negative culture deeply embedded within extreme traditionalist/fundamentalist circles.

“Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.” Luke 8:50

Might I suggest a remedy for trust issues, the Divine Mercy Novena. Or simply repeating “Jesus, I trust in thee” when moments of fear and hopelessness swallow your hope whole. Oh, and staying away from the internet. The internet will kill you if you let it. Kill your soul dead.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • Monique Ocampo

    I’m so sorry that it’s hard to read your favorite blogs. I still love you. I’m happy seeing Pope Francis right now. I honestly feel like asking questions, but a thought-provoking pope is a good thing.

    • TeresaThereseTeresa

      I’m with Monique…a thought-provoking pope is what we needed.

  • roughplacesplain

    The holier-than-the-pope song and dance is becoming very tiresome.

    • Philomena50

      I, like our excellent blog hostess, have stopped reading some of my favorite blogs. The sheer volume of uncharitable comments can easily wear away at even the strongest faith. And Terry absolutely nailed it with his assessment of the problem and its effects. So, since I allow myself a limited amount of time on the internet to “learn” from others, I believe I shall divert my time toward reading his commentary more often.

  • disqus_dssaDA40EY

    yes, Yes, YES!!!!

  • Koh

    I totally agree with you — so many of these arguments are so *tiresome* (like washing the feet of women: seriously? This makes the pope a “servant of the enemy”?). I’m sorry your favorite blogs are infested with this! I’ve been lucky in that regard, pretty much all of the blogs I follow have stayed sane.

    A minor question though: “your every negative word is nothing more than strength behind the battering ram.”? I’m having trouble picturing this: if it’s the Church attacking the gates of hell that will eventually fall (which is the picture Jesus is invoking, as counterintuitive as it is), then surely the negative words make the gates stronger to make our work harder? Or am I missing your point? :D I’m just asking because I very often mix up this image and catch myself picturing hell at the Church’s gates.

  • Gordis85

    The devil has succeeded in sowing seeds of discord and division among God’s people. All of us are guilty of having partaken. We are so distracted in criticizing the Vicar of Christ in what he does or does not do that we are not praying while the world presses on and passes laws that will leave us all out in the cold, the HHS mandate and gay marriage, are two examples.

    Our brothers and sisters in the other countries of the world, where they are being persecuted for their faith and yes, even losing their lives, urgently need our prayers and our love. They do not have the luxury, like so many of us do, to sit in front of a computer speculating what “it all means” by criticizing our Holy Father.

    I read a very sad article today from New Advent, about a seminary rector in India who was beaten to death with a brick on Easter night inside the seminary. As I read it I began to realize how petty and sad all of the vitriol, from both sides, has been since Papa Francis’s election.

    I decided to part ways with it all. I stand with Jesus, His Church, and His Vicar. I will refuse to continue to take sides but chose instead, to the best of my ability, to pray, to hope, to trust, and to be a faithful daughter of the Church.

  • Kim Burmeister

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love how you don’t mix words. Perfect!

  • Jane Hartman

    I read your blog, The Anchoress, Conversion Diary, Bad Catholic. The rest are just stumbling blocks for my faith. I can’t afford to be doubtful or unhappy with the church when I know the Lord is in charge.

  • Barbara Worn

    I follow a lot of Catholic Boards on Pinterest and judging by the massive quantities of photos and Prayers for our new Pope, I get the impression that more Catholics love, trust and accept him than the few nasty Bloggers who want to draw attention to their blogs. I’m not scared. I loved him the moment I heard his name and saw his shoes.

  • Micha

    AMEN! You literally took the words out of my mouth! You shall know them by their fruits… and I think the level of suspicion, despair, and anxiety coming out of traditionalist circles is a fruit we need to pay heed to.

  • FuquaySteve

    Ah, I see your point, because I am concerned about the increase of modernism in the holy Catholic Church, means I don’t pray for the Pope, nor have any hope. How provincial of you. Be assured, I indeed pray for our Pope and am confident the Church will survive throughout time. Modernism however will only hinder the process.