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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fr. Campbell, "Believing with the Church"

Believing with the Church

Fr. Campbell 

Note: TradCatKnight is not sedevacantist therefore not an endorsement for the position

One of the best things about being Catholic is that you can believe without question everything that has been revealed by God and taught by the Catholic Church. Except, of course, the false teachings, the heresies of Vatican II, and the false “popes” who sponsored it. But the smallest child can believe what the True Church believes, and be a Catholic.

As Catholics we don’t have to constantly sift everything through our intellect so as to decide which doctrines are worthy of belief and which are not. To do so is a great mistake. But we just believe all of it because it has been revealed to us by God “Who can neither deceive nor be deceived.” What a relief it is to find that we don’t have to figure out everything for ourselves beginning at square one. We could never arrive at certainty because of the weakness of our human intellects and the wounds to our human nature caused by Original Sin. But God would not, could not lie to us because His very nature is Truth. Perhaps this is part of what Jesus meant when He said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn.8:32).

Faith makes us free. Worries and anxieties take flight, and it becomes easier to smile and take life as it comes. Faith enlightens everything, for “we know that for those who love God all things work together unto good…” (Rom.8:28a).

This does not mean that we give up the use of reason and go by “blind faith” as some think we do. Plain common sense tells us that we must believe God when He speaks, as He did through the prophets and through His Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and the Church He founded and sent forth to preach the Gospel. This is not blind faith, but a most reasonable and intelligent decision. It stands to reason that we must believe God’s word.

In fact, only the true believer is able to think clearly and see things as they really are.
Those who do not have faith, even if they are brilliant geniuses with multiple PhDs, and have access to vast stores of knowledge and information through the great libraries and the internet, can never arrive at a certain and secure knowledge of the truth. Pontius Pilate, no doubt a well-educated man of his time, asked of Our Lord skeptically, “What is truth?” The Pharisees, too, as we hear in today’s Gospel (Mt.22:34-46), without faith, were left speechless when they could not answer the challenging questions of Our Lord: “And no one could answer Him a word; neither did anyone dare from that day forth to ask Him any more questions” (Mt.22:46).

We must believe what God tells us because He is infinite Truth and All-knowing. Can we do better than that? Can the tiny created human mind think more clearly than the Creator Himself? This is pride at its worst. It is entirely reasonable to believe what God has revealed. Those lacking true judgment and discernment think they can choose for themselves what is worthy of belief. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Ps.13:1).

For almost two thousand years the Catholic Church has believed what God has revealed. But a disastrous change came with Vatican II. And the apostasy at the Vatican gets worse every day. Because of the example of Francis Bergoglio, who worships with Jews, Muslims, and whoever wants to join the group, most of the Novus Ordo crowd now believe that one religion is as good as another, and that truth can shift gears from one religion to another.

Even the young and innocent are not safe from the rot. Catholic Psychiatrist Rick Fitzgibbons writes in the opinion column of LifeSite News (Sept. 2, 2016):

“In my professional opinion, the most dangerous threat to Catholic youth that I have seen over the past 40 years is the Vatican’s new sexual education program, The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People.”

When did the Catholic Church stop believing in the words of Jesus Christ, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me. If you had known me, you would have also known my Father” (Jn.14:6,7a)?

When did the Catholic Church ever forget the words of St. John in his first epistle, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. No one who disowns the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also” (1Jn.2:22,23)?

How, then, can anyone who calls himself Catholic claim that we can witness to the True God together with those who deny the Son? How can they be called “believers”? Can they be “believers” without faith?

The fullness of what God has revealed is found only in the Catholic Church. Pity the poor human beings who have not yet received the gift of faith. They wander “in darkness and in the shadow of death” (Lk.1:79b). The Catholic Church has always taught that Sanctifying Grace comes to us through the Sacrament of Baptism, and that all must believe and be baptized: “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned” (Mk.16:15,16). 

We are not given this great gift for ourselves alone, but that we might share it with the people of the world. We must pray for them and share the Gospel with them in every possible way, with the greatest respect for the people of all religions, even though we know their religions are not from God and do not lead to life.

With gratitude to God for our Catholic faith, let us pray in the words of the opening prayer of today’s Mass: “Grant to Your people, we beseech You, O Lord, to avoid every contamination of the devil, and, with pure minds, to follow You, the only God. Through Christ our Lord!