The Priesthood commands the Priesthood but Christ lives no more.
The priesthood in the world has been tarnished, says the Most High. A priest or presbyter always does what his parish priest orders him to do; a parish priest always does what his Bishop orders him to do, and his Bishop always does whatever he himself pleases. The Lord almighty says, Each day I stretched out my hands to a rebellious people who follow a way which is not good, as the fancy takes them.
The priest swears loyalty to his Bishop, and consequently, the unity of the Church is reaffirmed, that is, a Church that is solely one and without division. Leaders are faithful to their parish priests yet not to Christ; a presbyter nowadays is faithful to his parish priest yet not to Christ; the parish priest is faithful to his Bishop and to his community yet not to Christ. The Bishop is faithful to the Church yet not to Christ, and Peter is faithful to the Church since hes the people/multitudes chief, but its as if Christ were a mere fiction.
A Bishop or parish priest always speaks in a communal sense and is always defending what the community says or decides; this is the favored method of freeing oneself of both the personal and evangelic responsibility one has unto Christ, that is, instead of obeying Christthe owner of the Church, one does only that which others decide. The priesthood easily washes its hands before the world and societies by doing or saying whatever societies like; or by doing whatever the leaders and coordinators decide; or following whatever the pastoral recommendations are.
A priest nowadays isnt autonomous. His gospel is not that of Christ but of his parish priest, and the gospel of the parish priest is the gospel of the Bishop, and the Gospel of the Bishop consists of all the dioceses economic needs, and the Gospel of the Diocese is all about: the economy, and Christ and his Father are left outside of his people or nation. Christ is now but a coin in the Church. Today, the Churchs salvation resides in the weekly Sunday collections.
Yes, because our priests dont have time to educate themselves in their own religion or even time for praying to their divine Master. They dont have time for reflection and not even for turning their lives around, toward the Lord of Supreme Holiness. Our priests hand over the daily bread to the faithful, yet they themselves are left without Him; they proclaim holiness yet teach a pitiful and paltry gospel full of many words or insignificant talk that merely puts everyone to sleep. They plead for laborers to come and tend the Lords harvest, yet they stone the first one who shows up.
Our priests promote grand spiritual retreats of conversion, and they are the first to be left without Spirit and without conversion. Our priests promote marvelous theological courses in their dioceses and parishes, and they are the first ones to be lacking in wisdom and knowledge of God. Today, the seed of leadership, which is being and has been taught by the Church over these past few decades, is finally bearing fruit.
The societies of lay-directors and coordinators have been sitting upon their own thrones, much the same as presbyters or judges of the Mosaic dynasty, doing justice and deliberating by their very own authority invested in them by the highest ecclesial authority.
And corruption ends up leading or taking charge in all places; theres a surplus of those who want to lead in the Church; theres a surplus of those who want to direct grand diocesan projects and important ministries. Nowadays, even in spite of the Churchs insistence on inviting the community to participate and belong to the Church, theres still a surplus of those who take possession of their ministries and dont let anyone else participate in the Church. Theres an excess of those who are recognized as magnificent servants, but in reality, theyre manipulative persons or agents who exploit strategic networking within the Church. Theres a surplus of auxiliary and parish priests who protect these corrupt leadersleaders who command strong ownership of their seniority. However, those who seek poverty and loyalty to the Most High are not even taken into account or looked upon.
My Lord says, Then I pastured for slaughter the sheep belonging to the sheep-dealers. I took two staves: the one I called Goodwill, the other Couplers; and I tended to the sheep myself, getting rid of three shepherds in one month. But I lost patience with them, and they equally detested me. I then said, I am not going to pasture you anymore; the one doomed to die can die; the one doomed to perish can perish; and the rest can devour one another.
I then took my staff, Goodwill, and broke it in half, to break my covenant, which I had made with all the peoples. When it was broken, that day the sheep-dealers, who were watching me, realized that this had been a word of Yahweh. I then said to them, If you see fit, give me my wages; if not, never mind. So they weighed out my wages: thirty coins of silver. Yahweh said to me, Throw it to the smelter, this princely sum at which they have valued me! (Zechariah 11, 7-13).
This is what my Lord says; for He is tired of leadership and the pitifulness of the priesthood.
The problem today is that the Church is so united that it doesnt hear Christ. The Churchs ears are shut, their minds fixed on fables and personal interpretations of Scripture, and their hearts hardened from dealing with the economy of the temples and fleeting debts in this life. But there is one thing that our bishops and priests listen to they listen to all the gossip and falsehood told by corrupt lay-directors, lay-coordinators, or servant-laymen who make sure that priests know all the things they want done in the dioceses or parishes.
They only listen to the complaints and rumors brought to them by greedy and ambitious leaders, for its always the unworthy persons, the arrogant and selfish ones, those without the knowledge of Christ, people lacking in doctrine, and those not carrying Gods presence in them, its always these who take command in parishes and dioceses. Nevertheless, nobody can ever tell who these people are because they are persons of humble character, sweet words, theyre very hospitable and can win anyone overespecially priests, but most of the time these persons are hyenas.
These unworthy persons are the new god; that is, they are the god, which for decades now, our bishops and priests have been obeying, and Christs voice has been lost in the darkness of this life, since our priests dont spend time with and get to know Gods people; thus, they dont understand whats really happening. Nowadays, the priest or bishop is merely a political leader, ready to take a picture or selfie with the community, or in other words: the leaders; or with the multitudes, or with various media outlets.
The priesthoods knowledge of what goes on is obtained entirely from secondhand information provided by lay-leaders: leaders who seek the most important office/posts in their parishes; leaders who manipulate or monopolize Church ministries by doing things their wayunder the pretext of serving Christ; lay-leaders who are corrupted from the many years of seniority and presided leadership.
However, whats most offensive about these leaders is the fact that they are leaders in their parish communities yet the faithful, who go to these communities during the week, dont know that these administrators (i.e. those in charge of Small Christian Communities, Catechism administrators or catechist coordinators in charge of other catechists, that is; those in charge of youth groups and choir coordinators, those in charge of evangelization, diocesan coordinators for the youth, etc., etc., etc.) are often wage-earning individuals.
Many of them arent there because they love Christ or the ministry voluntarily, but rather they are persons earning a fixed salary; and everyone in the community ignorantly believes that these persons are volunteers dedicated to their ministries day and night because of their love for Christ. Of course, there are always exceptions, but in certain cases, this is the norm. The faithful dont know that all of these administrators are given a salary by the parish or diocese, and thus they are not able to love Christ or their ministry since they love their check, their salary, and the wages that theyre paid in order to boss others around, give orders, and take advantage.
This is not taking into account the additional salary paid to priests and deacons in our dioceses or other utilities which include: food, maids, five-star living quarters, brand new cars, and a free stay.
This is just a very small oversight from the thousands of other little things which pass unnoticed yet exist in parish communities, the crux of the matter being that Christ is absent in all of this, and the plundering of collections and economic income never stops and is always at work in parishes; however, the laity isnt aware of any of this, since the wonderfully, kind-hearted priest knows what hes doing.
There are many extremely deplorable cases throughout the different communities within our dioceses, and the laitys ignorance is greater each and every time. Even in light of these situations, however, no one takes interest in educating themselves in the Catholic religion. Laymen prefer to switch religions, since if we actually had laymen who were educated and learned in matters of religion, then there would always be someone to expose these leaders or false servants, someone to denounce all of the corrupt deeds from Church leaders. Sure, the status quo continues because current leaders would never denounce other corrupt leaders, since everyone wants to be on the good side of their higher ranking superiors or leaders, thus tossing away their responsibility unto Christ.
For example in this parish, the community collected both the money and materials needed to have a community sale and fund-raise the amount needed for everyone to buy the Catechism books.
Even after the leaders bought all the Catechism books for all the members of the community, there was still more than a thousand dollars left over.
Whats most surprising is that these leaders decided to sale these same Catechism books to the very community that had already put in the work to obtain them in the first place, yet these ignorant members, without reproaching anything, end up paying seven or more dollars for each book, the very books that they themselves had already labored to have.
The corruption of leaders in parishes and the dioceses is truly an epidemic. This is what our priests teach and support; this is the reality of our contemporary Catholic priests; for their conscience has been blinded, and money is now a full-fledged god that reigns in parish communities.
In the homily during mass, the parish priest proceeds calmly as he calls attention to both mothers and families for the way in which adolescent girls are wearing tight-fitting pants nowadays, which are being sold in stores everywhere. The parish priest gently rebukes such immorality.
The reason being is that many young girls come to mass dressed in short-shorts, such that theyre basically showing way too much. There are also some who like coming to church dressed in tops that cover very little or wear dresses that show too much. In fact, those who serve at the altar are nearly always the most lecherous, vain, and highly praised.
Whats rather peculiar about this is that not a single priest dares reprove such behavior or gives real-life examples correlating to the real world so that the faithful may better understand the gospel and avoid sinning. The priesthood always speaks in terms of the biblical passages or stories going back to the time of Christ, since if there were priests who understood the gospel and they were to explain it with current, real-world examples, then the entire community would benefit immensely.
For example, instead of indicating the seriousness of those actions and the reasons as to why they are serious, the priest merely reprimands their immorality and reminds them that if they come to church that, please, they are to come fully covered even if outside of Mass they wish to continue wearing such revealing clothes or dress however they please.
What a marvelous message coming from a Catholic priest. Thus, we can understand why our priests, instead of moving mountains according to the gospel, only move hills of rubbish since they dont do a thing to correct the problem, even as the corruption and bad examples are happening under their very noses. If theres a reason as to why they cannot give true, evangelic teachings, that reason can be none other than the ignorance of their religion, the absence of Christ in their lives, and their underhandedness. It can be no other thing but the life of corruption that they secretly lead, which prevents them from being honest and loyal to the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
This meager and pitiful character of the priesthood is leading them to offend Christ, and with that, to the torture of eternal punishment: Hell.
In regard to this priest (and for the sake of giving an example), wewho are basically the refuse or dregs of society (and of course, who really cares what a useless layman has to say?) well, we are going to give the simplest of examples to show what, at the very least, this priest was obligated to teach in his very own parish, to his community in need of Christ.
Firstly, why must we not dress in exotic/inappropriate clothes when attending Mass? That is to say, no sandals, not in any exotic or short dresses, no shorts, flip-flops, tennis shoes in other words, no untucked shirts or any kind of sloppy/unkempt clothes.
The reason is, simply and plainly, because Mass is the assembly of Gods children who come to be regenerated and to be nourished by the Bread of Eternal Life; and because Mass is a place meant exclusively for reflection and for the adoration of the Most High. Mass is not the time for flaunting the latest fashions or for wearing baggy clothes; its not the time to be thinking about luxuries or showing off bits of jewelry or the vices of our personal pantheism. This is why its required to come properly dressedrid of our vices and personal disorders in order to ascribe the necessary value to our own salvation. Otherwise, we will be nothing but a fraud and hypocritical Pharisees.
Mass is not the pagan celebration that everyone imagines it to be, where we can come dressed however we want; nor is it a place where pagan food is eaten or where the wine of worldly inebriation is drunk. All who are not properly dressed for the banquet or table of the Lord will be thrown out into the darkness outside where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, so says my Lord (Matthew 22, 13).
At present, our priests have only taught that Mass is a celebration, and so theres a vast number of young girls and ladies who come to Mass dressed like showgirls or exotic dancers; however, that celebrationthe one referenced by the Apostle John in his Revelation and promised by Christ is not here on earth. That celebration is only the guarantee for our sacrifice here on earth; its Christs promise to his sacrificed and peregrinating Church, because here in the world, there is only work, fatigue, pain, and sacrifice.
Mass is the promised celebration up there in Heaven, belonging to those who persevere in the good fight and to those who humble themselves before everyone and before God. Mass is the Lambs blood which forgives us through the sacrifice of work and torment of fulfilling the gospel here on earth. Mass is not the consecrated Bread that we must eat every Sunday in order to receive Christ and be with God for a few seconds, and upon having done so, we immediately go out and continue living our same old pagan lifestyle. Mass is the sacramental strength that invigorates us to press forward with evangelization throughout our life, here on earth. Mass has nothing to do with partying or worldly festivities, and even less so is there any reason for attending Mass slovenly dressed or wearing slipshod clothes.
Our priests have made the grave mistake of not presenting a good explanation regarding this, and they have seriously harmed Christs doctrine and true teaching. They have offended my celestial Father, and Christ, my brother, bears a wound in his heart.
Its a grave sin to attend mass wearing exotic clothes, showing cleavage, and its also a sin to show up in t-shirts, shorts, and sandals (albeit there are some exceptions, such as for certain indigenous cultures or other exceptions not mentioned here or when theres extreme poverty), such that, instead of focusing on the divine mission, all that these indecent people achieve is to put the Devil in everyones head with their fashions.
(Note: the beauty of the human body, in both women and men, is not cause for offense to God, but it is wrong and gravely offends Christ when we use it with/without the intention and with the aim of distracting, seducing, provoking, perturbing, or causing death to others souls.)
Being poor doesnt mean being dirty or messy; rather, one can be very poor and still come to Mass decently dressed. If instead, however, youre in the middle class or are wealthy, then youre obligated to come properly dressed to Mass for your own spiritual benefit and to be a good example for others. Being rich or in the middle class is not any sort of excuse for coming dressed up in high-waters, sandals, and in exaggeratedly exotic or short dresses.
Being wealthy, in the middle class, or American is no reason for offending Christ, coming to Mass in club outfits, beach clothes, pajamas, or in exaggeratedly casual clothes, as someone who arrives to their house in baggy, carefree garments. Wealth isnt any kind of excuse for disobeying Christ or for not bearing testimony of sacrifices before God. Whoevers wealthy is doubly obligated, before God, to sacrifice themselves for the pooreven more so than the poor and for their own salvation
Those who dont obey arent anything else but that which Our Lord Jesus Christ calls a stirring-up-of-disagreements in addition to saying, Causes of falling are sure to come, but alas for the one through whom they occur! It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone round the neck than to be the downfall of a single one of these little ones.
This is how our Lord Jesus Christ punishes these people who are intent on perverting othersteaching or transmitting their sinful ways with their fashions, customs, and pagan vices.
This doesnt even take into account that whosoever comes dressed up exotically breaches the Fifth Commandment, which not only orders that: You shall NOT kill the body, but in particular, it orders (through the very lips of the true God himselfChrist Our Lord) that: we mustnt kill the soul.
Thus, we can understand why Our Lord Jesus Christ says that we mustnt fear the one who causes death to the body but rather whoever murders the soul, that is, sin.
And if that werent enough, all women who dress up exotically when coming to mass, wearing excessive makeup, exotic or ridiculous hairdos, or excessively short dresses, exaggeratedly tight pantsgoing overboard with their vanity and moral disregard: They breach the First Commandment of Gods Law, which orders to Love Him above all things, and also the Sixth Commandment, which prohibits all manner of action that incites lechery, temptation, and the obscene desires of the flesh.
If we, being some poor unfortunate laymen, we who are the refuse of the Church, we who are deprived of everything, we who are looked down upon by everyone in the Church
if we, being some lowlifes and scum of the world, can give a message, albeit a simple one yet just, thats fundamental for saving the souls of others, tell me then: How is it possible that a Catholic priest, having received top-notch schooling, having garnered a sublime reputation, being a seminary graduate with studies in theology, adept in religion, advocate of grand, diocese-authorized courses in theology within his diocese or parish, and moreover, being a priest whose religious studies have cost us an arm and a leg, how is it then that he cannot bear witness or testimony of the most basic teachings in Catholicism?
Our contemporary priests truly are a pity and an embarrassment.
In order to understand what happens in the Church, one must be educated and know Christs doctrine well. Otherwise, my ignorance and my poor understanding will always believe what someone else tells me, suffice it for someone to be wearing a cassock and say whatever idiocy comes to mind. For in our ignorance, well believe it all.
The unity of the Church resides in Christ, its owner, and in the fulfillment of the gospel and in a life of holiness attested to by its members, who are faithful to Christ in life and total sacrifice. Humility and mercy are the badge worn by Gods children; holiness is the aim of the Church. Our priests must be faithful to Christ; our bishops must always listen and obey Christ. The entire Church must always, in unity with Christ and the Popeor successor of Christ, walk in sacrifice and humility. The Church must walk forth announcing Christ and his gospel, without being ashamed of Him and without omitting the truths of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The unity thats promoted by the Church nowadays isnt the one established by Christ, but rather its one that the Church itself has created with its democracy, absolute economic power, excess of evangelical licentiousness from laymen, and the increment of ignorance of the divine laws disobeying Christ, focusing on money, and dismissing all those come in the name of God.
The Church mustnt obscure the gospel, announcing it in political terms and expressing it in communal terms.
For example, in order to justify a person who was dismissed because of their good deeds, a clergyman says that the community was requesting the changes, when in fact, whats being justified or covered up is actually an offense, a sin, or some act of corruption that was perpetrated by a leader or priest whos abusing of his authority.
The Church mustnt shroud the gospel in philosophical and rhetorical terms so as to confound the faithful and favor the multitudes.
The Church mustnt evangelize, allowing money to be mistaken for Christ. The Church mustnt broadcast political-religious messages in order to win the worlds favor.
For example: Where theres no mercy theres no justice these are religious terms or precepts most important in Gods law but when combined in this way, these words form a new kind of precept used by certain religious or cardinals, the significance of which is very convenient for pretending that God accepts human fallacies or distorted ideologies; such words express a political agenda masked by religion, as if a grand evangelical message were being given, yet in reality such a person is against God or, more specifically, against Christ.
Peter must place his attention on Christs will, and listen to and obey only Christ. Peter must not be ashamed of mentioning or naming Christ before the multitudes, preferring to communicate his own humanitarian or philanthropic messages. Peter mustnt give dubious and anti-evangelic messages, merely for the sake of flattering others or making a good impression on the multitudes.
Peter mustnt deceive the masses and multitudes with dubious messages or make hazy invitations to the Church because its one and the same as lying to the multitudes and to societies, while at the same time betraying Christ. When Christ is betrayed, Godmy celestial Fatheris gravely offended. When both Christ and my eternal Father are offended, I myselfChrists messengeram offended, and moreover, Marymy celestial Mother, the ever virgin of Guadalupeis also deeply and severely offended.
The Church mustnt transmit dubious or philanthropic messages that please the crowds or societies, the leaders or coordinators, but that bury or destroy the gospel at its core.
The Church must walk faithfully to Christ, without falsehood. The Church mustnt reject anyone, but it mustnt omit saying the truth at the opportune moments, in order to avoid confounding the societies and so that hypocrisy doesnt end up being a lethal weapon against the Church itself. When the multitudes are deceived in the name of Christ, the eighth and first commandments of Gods law are breached. Todays priest must knock on the faithfuls door, so to speak, with their saintly conduct and loyalty before Christ.
When will it be possible for our priests to hear Christs voice? Could it be possible, for once, that a Sunday mass be celebrated without the existence of money, where only Christ and his Gospel are celebrated?
Messages and Reflections | May the peace of Christ be with everyone,
Your lowly brother Jesé RetoñoMy Messenger.
Translation by León Jesuita.
Image art by Krzysztof Krygier.