Gay Civil War

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  May 24, 2018   

Abp. Sheen: Laity must fight this war

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The civil war in the Catholic Church that is fomented by gay clergy and homosexual-friendly bishops must be fought by the laity.

By 1972, Abp. Fulton Sheen recognized the crisis of faith stemming from weak Catholic leadership and the poor formation of clerics. He also saw the role of the laity in turning the tide. That year, the holy and learned bishop said as much in an address to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus:

Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.


The Church crisis Abp. Sheen foresaw in 1972 and the laity's role in coming to the aid of Holy Mother Church has been repeated by modern prelates, including Cdl. Raymond Burke, former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, and Bp. René Gracida, the former bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Cardinal Burke says that turning things around in the Church must begin at the grassroots level as other avenues within the Church's hierarchy are being blocked. Bishop Gracida said fellow bishops need courage most of all and the laity must stand up and boldly confront errors perpetrated by their pastors.

They all agree that the first battle for everyone is interior. Each person must first fight to become saints themselves before they can fight the larger battle raging within the Church.

Watch the panel discuss the battle which laity must fight in The Download—Gay Civil War.


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