Only from the mind of Fr. James Martin, LGBTSJ, can we get this shocker. I had another post all tee’d up but this one deserved a response.
I understand the desire among some church leaders to call for the church to fast and pray in response to the sex abuse crisis. It’s a recognition that we are all the Body of Christ, the People of God, united as one, in Christ’s name. And we are all called to prayer. However, in this case, to imply that the laity, in any way, should perform any kinds of penances, including fasting, is simply wrong. The laity should not have to do one minute of penance for the crimes, sins and failings of the hierarchy and the clergy. And yes, we are all one, but it’s important, especially in this case, not victimize people all over again. To use the model of the sacrament of reconciliation, it is the sinner, the one seeking forgiveness, who repents, not the one, or ones, sinned against.
Put your eyes back in your head. Yep, he actually said that. It was so fantastical that I screenshot that puppy for you. Oh, Fr. Martin, where in the heck is the Catholicism in this three tweet rant? Sorry, Blessed Mother. All of those times you urged us to prayer, fasting, and penance to hold back God’s wrath and drive the evil out of the world, well, you were wrong. Oh, and your spot at the foot of the Cross was useless, since you were free from sin. Not your problem. And Apostles, you wasted your time, too. Please, please, tell me that even some of the Fr. Martin groupies cocked their head at this one!!!
Sorry, Father Martin. “Not my problem, responsibility or duty” is a total train wreck of understanding the Body of Christ. You don’t have to do the crime to do the time. Kind of like Christ didn’t have to die for our sins, nor was it the personal fault of the children of Fatima that Russia was spreading her errors.
Don’t believe me?
Col 1:24 24 Even as I write, I am glad of my sufferings on your behalf, as, in this mortal frame of mine, I help to pay off the debt which the afflictions of Christ still leave to be paid, for the sake of his body, the Church.
Luke 13: 1-5 1 At this very time there were some present that told him the story of those Galileans, whose blood Pilate had shed in the midst of their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus said in answer, Do you suppose, because this befell them, that these men were worse sinners than all else in Galilee? 3 I tell you it is not so; you will all perish as they did, if you do not repent. 4 What of those eighteen men on whom the tower fell in Siloe, and killed them; do you suppose that there was a heavier account against them, than against any others who then dwelt at Jerusalem? 5 I tell you it was not so; you will all perish as they did, if you do not repent.
Our Lady of Fatima:
Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the suffering He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?
Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to Hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.
Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.
Look, my daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.
There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I have come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.
We could go on to quite a few more apparitions but I’ll leave you with one last biggie:
Jesus to Saint Faustina:
You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone.
It is about souls, isn’t it, Father Martin? Last time I checked, that would be a yes.
Disorder comes into this world through sin, whether our personal sin or not, and penance and reparation are the ways we can help restore order. I realize you absolutely hate the word “disorder”, but it is a reality of sin entering the world. I find it odd that you talk about the Sacrament of Confession in your tweet, since you try so hard to hide the fact that some sins are indeed sins. Yes, confession by a sinner is good for the entire world, but clearly, the world ain’t getting into line to have their confessions heard. Might be because you’ve misguided them in the area of personal conscience, but what do I know.
Sorry, I want disorder gone from the world as much as possible for my children and future generations of the Mad Mom family tree. If you think I’m going to wait for, say, Rembert Weakland to atone for his sins and do penance and reparation before I start doing some penance and sacrifice for the disorder in the world, you’d be crazy. He’s still a little bitter that his lover turned on him for money and the Church didn’t let him get away with sin. Seriously, I’m still a bit stunned that you would, even for a moment, suggest that the only people who should beg for God’s mercy over this scandal would be those who did it or covered it up. Sorry, I’ve got kids living in this world. I can’t wait for the likes of Weakland, McCarrick, Wuerl, Cupich, Farrell, or McElroy to get their heads on straight. They’re still trying to figure out who to throw under the bus in their places.
Father, you might have missed this gem by your fellow Jesuit, Fr. John Hardon (may he rest in peace). Well, you might have seen it, but clearly, if you did, you chose to ignore some downright solid theology on sin, penance, reparation, etc. He was a Doctor of Theology after all and, of course, the Society of Jesus was none too fond of him, so he might be one to pay attention to, but that’s just me.
Notice, all along I have been using the first person plural, “we”, because penance and reparation are owed to God not only because I have individually sinned, but because we human beings have sinned and are sinning, in our day, on a scale never before conceived in the annals of history.
We know better than Cain after he killed his brother, Abel. We are our brother’s keepers. We are mysteriously co-responsible for what other people do wrong. There is a profound sense in which all of us are somehow to do penance and make reparation, not only for our sinful misdeeds, but for the sins of our country and, indeed, for the sins of the whole human race.
We return to our question: Why penance and reparation? Because, in Christ’s words, “Unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish”.
So, yeah, Fr. Martin. The idea that the entire Body of Christ, we who are all sinners in some manner (might be a foreign concept to you), should perform penances, including fasting, is totally and utterly correct, and the hierarchy of the Church would be totally right in asking us to do so. The laity should most certainly do far more than a minute of penance for the crimes, sins, and failings of the hierarchy and the clergy, too. And they shouldn’t just do it for the wayward clergy, but for the entire Body of Christ, from the abuser to their victims, with the endless hope for God’s mercy on our world and in our Church.
Just one final thought, Fr. Martin. I find it super creepy that you are trying to dissuade people from doing acts of penance, reparation, fasting, etc., or from our pastors asking us to do so. There’s only one person I can think of off the top of my head who tried to dissuade someone else from fasting. Don’t be him, Fr. Martin. #ResignNow