‘Silence Stops Now’ Rally: Matt Walsh

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by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 13, 2018   

A spirit of worldliness has infected the Church

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BALTIMORE (ChurchMilitant.com) - A spirit of worldliness has infected the Church — that was the message from author and speaker Matt Walsh at the Silence Stops Now rally on Tuesday.

"If you weren't already a Catholic would you become one today? Ask yourself that question. I'm devastated to answer, I don't know. Would I see something holy and timeless?" he asked.

The authority and credibility of the Church is being destroyed by the crisis.

"Think about how many millions of people will never become Catholic because you bishops have given them a reason not to be," he said.

"It's hard enough to be a Christian it this culture. ... How much harder it becomes ... when many priests and bishops, including the bishop of Rome" are filled with contempt for faithful Catholics.


 

Walsh slammed Pope Francis for smearing faithful Catholics as "rigid" and suggesting that critics are "in league with the devil."

"We are not devils, Holy Father," Walsh declared. "And we deserve answers."

"Pope Francis is not acting as a reformer. ... He's acting as a defender of the status quo," Walsh said. 

Anyone who would claim that laity commits a sin by criticizing the Pope, "We have a moral right and moral obligation to call out corruption" wherever it lies.

Those who remain silent will answer to God.

Bishops can "fortify souls or ruin them," he said. Many have chosen a course to ruin souls. And they will face the harshest judgment from God, Walsh said.

Walsh said the Church did not become infested with predators by accident. The Church lost the courage of its convictions long ago, and then it lost its convictions. The most terrible crimes did not occur in a vacuum.

Walsh declared that the crisis in the Church is the work of Satan, noting that, in the West, he "has sent his agents into our ruling institutions, right to the very top of them." 

"We must expect moral leadership from our Church," he said. "The Church must elevate us above our fallen nature, not bring itself down to our level."

 

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