The Queen of Vices

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  June 8, 2021   

Pride is the beginning of all sin

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June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and God's great mercy upon sinners. But instead of such holy images, people are being bombarded with images of same-sex couples, drag queens and rainbow flags.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen has said that whatever the Catholic Church throws off, the world picks up. This occurred in June 1969, when sodomites in New York City rioted outside the Stonewall Inn after it and other local sodomite hangouts were raided by police.

While the Church was beginning its foray into dialogue with the modern world, many things were cast away by priests and bishops with the world picking them up and making them its own.

Since mercy became so cheap that people no longer even needed to ask for it, the world designated June so-called gay pride month, claiming the Stonewall rioters were fighting for a human right.

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Marxists bent on the destruction of the Church and Western civilization never say what they mean. Rather, they prefer to steal words and reinterpret them to justify their moral degeneracy. Words like "gay" took on a whole new connotation. The word "pride," once a reference to the chief capital sin, now evokes images of rainbow parades with leather-clad, gyrating men beaming amidst the "rightness" of their debauchery. 

According to The Catechism Explained, "Pride leads to all manner of vices, to degradation here and eternal damnation hereafter." On top of that, "it also destroys the value of all our good works."

"Vice," it defines as "proficiency in the practice of evil and the confirmed tendency of the will towards evil which is acquired by habitual sin."

Pride leads to all manner of vices, to degradation here and eternal damnation hereafter.

The great Jesuit theologian, Fr. John Hardon, defines pride as "an inordinate esteem of oneself," adding that "it is inordinate because it is contrary to the truth." 

Hardon explains further:

When pride is carried to the extent that a person is unwilling to acknowledge dependence on God and refuses to submit his or her will to God or lawful authority, it is a grave sin. The gravity arises from the fact that a person shows contempt for God or of those who take His place.

The fruit of pride is disobedience, cruelty, apostasy, strife, envy, ingratitude and impurity. The Catechism Explained discusses vice further, revealing "The habitual sinner is so blinded that he regards abhorrent vices as virtues, and is angry if his attention is drawn to his evil habits, their disgraceful nature and their fatal consequences."

There are remedies to the sin of pride and a way out. Frequent worthy reception of the sacraments of confession and Holy Communion, as well as practicing humility — the virtue opposite pride — are the antidotes to this poison.

Learn more by watching The Download—The Queen of Vices.

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