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Lectionary, Quotage

Against degeneration.

Do not preach degeneration. Do not encourage it. Do not be inclusive of those who practice such: be it financial, sexual, or ethical. You will be praised by the world for allowing them in, and then damned, convicted and jailed for their actions. We all have enough troube with our own vices.

And our enemies will go back forty years to find our faults. The correct response to the homosexual predation of the Catholic priests was to ensure celibacy, and those who could not keep their vows being defrocked: either to be handed to the secular arm or (if he courts did not care) ordered to a community of anchorites.

Many a protestant pastor has been drummed out for sexual sin, and more for financial impropriety. We should not tolerate degeneration. And we should not need the courts to do it for us.

Stone in May found the 67-year-old cleric guilty in the Newcastle Local Court of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by paedophile priest James Fletcher in the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney during the 1970s. Wilson faced a potential maximum sentence of two years in prison.

Stone said Wilson failed to act against Fletcher because he “wanted to protect the church and its image”. “The whole of the community is devastated in so many ways by the decades of abuse and its concealment,” the magistrate said. “We are all the poorer for what has occurred.”

The sentencing was another step toward holding the church to account for a global abuse crisis that has also engulfed Pope Francis’ Financial Minister, Australian Cardinal George Pell. Some lawyers said they expect many more clerics to be charged in Australia as a result of Wilson’s test case.

Survivors of abuse who protested against the church outside the court yesterday called on Wilson to resign as archbishop. They carried signs accusing the church of hypocrisy and describing it as a “fraudulent cult”. One of Fletcher’s victims, Peter Gogarty, an advocate for fellow survivors, said he was disappointed that Wilson had walked free from court, but “there is no doubt the archbishop has received a significant sentence”. Survivors remained pleased by the landmark conviction, he said.

“We have made history here in Australia: The highest-ranked church official to ever be brought to account for what we know was a worldwide systematic abuse of children and the concealment of that abuse,” Gogarty told report

Associated Press

The problem is that all those who are rejoicing that this old cleric has been convicted are themselves fleshly, with their vices, carefully hidden. We all have habitual sins. The old theologians called this a carnal life, and used the text for today as a warning. Giving sin room in your life makes you build a living hell, and enslaves you. Christ did not die for this.

And this struggle affects us all, for though we are saved, the world is fallen.

Romans 7:13-25

13Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

14For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. 15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

Those who oppose us are relentless, but stupid. We need to be wise, at times circumspect: there is no free speech left and the decisions of the past are being re examined by those who will find a crime. This is the end of the progressive virtue cycle: if the battle of Portland is an indication, it will collapse into violence, as surely as Merkel’s project to import a new class of serfs to the Vaterland has been foiled by the German people.

Never, ever expect the progressive spirit of this age to apply justice to their side. They will protect their own. They will try to regulate us, micromanage us, and disestablish our schools and training.

Their demands for ideological purity are greater than the puritans, for they will not acknowledge sin on their side.

But we have all sinned, and we all fall short of the glory of God. We are all degenerate. We are all warnings of what not to be. But by the grace of God, we can start again, and rebuild rightly.

And Christ will know his own. He will bring true justice: this time will pass.

Do not align with this fallen time. Do not preach degeneration. Instead, redeem your life, so you are now no longer like them.

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