|Pope Benedict XVI|
Now, a lie is bad enough, but sadly the false comment went unchallenged by the other four panelists and this raised another question in my mind: where are today's media people and politicians that represent the Christian view or at least those that could counter the expressed deceptive view? Here we get mostly silence. As a result, the statement goes unquestioned as if this man were saying something truthful and worthy of consideration. However, he was peddling a lie, and he got away with it. This is how the culture of death spreads like a cancer until it destroys the thinking and lives of more and more people, especially the young.
This brings me to another question: where have Canada's Christian leaders gone? In Ontario, as the battle was fought during the last four years over "equity and inclusive" education, there were very few Christian voices that could be heard and seen in the public square. Ontario's children are being exposed to the most over-sexualized curriculum in the history of public education and very little was said and done to protect them. These misguided government social changes and legislation continue to question and undermine the sanctity of life, the family and Christian marriage. Most of the faithful in the pews have heard little of this, unlike the voices of the politically correct that have been all too loud and clear about their agenda. In the end, the Ontario government, the school boards, the media and the teachers' unions all did their part to make sure Ontario adopted and promoted "inclusive" education.
But doesn't the Church as mother and teacher need to counter this by instructing and guiding the faithful in morals matters? Here's what the Catechism states: "The Church, the 'pillar and bulwark of the truth, has received this solemn command of Christ from the apostles to announce the saving truth.' To the Church belongs the right always and everywhere to announce moral principles, including those pertaining to the social order, and to make judgments on any human affairs to the extent that they are required by the fundamental rights of the human person or the salvation of souls." (2032)
And who will pass the faith and teachings to the new generation if parents and the Church fail to protect the essence of a Christian education? As baptized people, we all have this moral responsibility: "The Magisterium of the Pastors of the Church in moral matters is ordinarily exercised in catechesis and preaching, with the help of the works of theologians and spiritual authors. Thus from generation to generation, under the aegis and vigilance of the pastors, the 'deposit' of Christian moral teaching has been handed on, a deposit composed of a characteristic body of rules, commandments, and virtues proceeding from faith in Christ and animated by charity. Alongside the Creed and the Our Father, the basis for this catechesis has traditionally been the Decalogue (The Ten Commandments) which sets out the principles of moral life valid for all men." (2033)
Of course the faithful too must work together so that, "In the work of teaching and applying Christian morality, the Church needs the dedication of pastors, the knowledge of theologians, and the contribution of all Christians and men of good will. Faith and the practice of the Gospel provide each person with an experience of life 'in Christ,' who enlightens him and makes him able to evaluate the divine and human realities according to the Spirit of God. Thus the Holy Spirit can use the humblest to enlighten the learned and those in the highest positions." (2038)
We hope and pray that the Year of Faith proves to be a time of renewal for both the faithful and for Catholic/Christian leadership in Canada.