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What is your opinion?
I want to thank all of my audience for your participation here at Piedrecita and on Facebook; whatever your comment, here at Piedrecita, you’ll always be shown respect.
When we express our opinion, criticize, and denounce the errors of the priesthood, there are always many Catholics, trained Catholics…many times, they’re poorly instructed in matters of religion and theology…yet very perfect Catholics, but they get offended when we criticize or comment on truths about the wrongs committed by the priesthood. When an opinion gets expressed, it gets construed as gossip or judgment; yet they don’t understand what a critique is. The typical response of any Catholic without sufficient doctrinal understanding is: “Nobody is one to judge anybody” or “God will be the judge.” It’s true: who am I to judge!
I know there are many brothers and sisters of mine, Catholic bretheren…and I know that in most cases, it’s the leaders and the religious who are often the most ignorant, especially in matters of religion. For they never understood and will never understand Christ and His evangelical violence. I understand them because to be a leader in the Church, only persistence and ambition are required; that simple.
It’s true; I admit it; I am a violent being, and I ask for everyone’s compassion and mercy, but I want to refer you to the words of Christ: From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force (Matthew 12, 12). Being violent in the Church means having the courage to always tell the truth, without any cover-ups, and to represent Christ with all loyalty.
I know too that there are many leaders and priests who are righteous and faithful to God; I know, and Christ knows. That’s why I’m here. But, Christ is just and faithful to save them. For them, I declare myself before Christ and before my heavenly Father. Glory be to God! I know that they’re also suffering hardships in the Church for these same reasons, without even being able to comment or say a word. I know! Because they too can be let go or dismissed. My regards; honor and glory to those who deserve it.
But, nevertheless, this type of response, “God will be the Judge!,” is usually perfect for washing one’s hands of any responsibility and making a good impression upon others, without it costing you an ounce of knowledge of God. These people—laymen or leaders—are telling us that priests can do all the possible good, without avoiding all the possible wrong. That is, they’re telling us that they (the priests) can violate God’s laws and contradict the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, without incurring eternal punishment.
Denouncing corrupted priests and leaders is God’s law, for that is what the eighth commandment of the Divine Law commands. The commandments of God’s law were written for God’s people, not for the world and its rulers. Christ never changed the commandments of God’s law; on the contrary, he obeyed them until his death, which was a death on a cross. This Divine Law mandates that the truth be told at the proper place and time to avoid perpetuating mistakes or violations towards God and others; this mandate is in place so that the ecclesial community may be corrected and so that it may be free of offenses against God.
In Christ, we are free from sin, but there is no free will. Being free from sin means that we are no longer free to continue sinning, even in the very Church. Much less are we to think that, in God, we’re now free to do whatever we want against God himself.
This is the true function of the Church or rather of the faithful Christians: to correct each other, and thus be pleasing to God, as opposed to everyone being together in the Church and not refraining from violating God’s laws and committing sins, with the hope of one day finding mercy before God. What an absurd irony! This is the imprudence of the five foolish virgins of which Christ refers to in the Gospel.
Fulfilling these laws is what caused Christ to be unjustly condemned, that is, for denouncing the traitors and corrupt priests of his time.
If nobody is one to judge anybody, and we refrain from criticizing and denouncing errors of the priesthood and corrupted leaders, then we are accepting that because of their cassock and economic power, they have the power to violate the commandments of God’s law and disobey Christ. And if nobody is one to judge anybody, then these people are telling us that criticizing and commenting is the same as condemning or sentencing. Obviously, these people don’t know what a true judgment is, in relation to a critique or comment.
Here at Piedrecita, we do not make any judgments. The judgment is made by each individual, according to their own works, and it is Christ who has implanted his double-edged sword (the law of the Gospel) to judge, until the end of time. But indeed, in heaven there is no judgment because the judgment was established by Christ here on earth, through his Gospel and by the washing of our garments in the blood of the Celestial Lamb. Once you fulfill the sacraments instituted by Christ, your garments will be purified, and you will be clean, ready to enter the celestial kingdom.
I have said it before: In the Church, we don’t even have the right to express our opinion without being dismissed by our own ecclesial communities. And, I am one of many who have been dismissed and insulted by the priesthood…without telling you about harassments and sexual abuse done to members of my family; I will save that for another time.
If nobody is one to judge anybody, then these people are telling us that we are making a judgment without it being a judgement; and therefore, all what these people want is to feel revered and pretend that they are true saints in the Church, wise, competent and literate people, superior to God and others. Well, they haven’t really said anything sensible!
Evidently, these people are violating the fifth commandment of God’s law, since their arrogance implies a holiness superior to God, which kills the soul of many including their own.
If nobody is one to judge anybody, then these people are covering up the wrongs of the priesthood and corrupted leaders, all with a mediocre phrase that makes them feel holy and wise, when in reality they are violating the eighth commandment of God’s law.
Maybe I should just be quiet and let many live their own lives, as you have told me. Maybe I should stop reprimanding and not try to correct that which has never been corrected. Perhaps it would have been better if Christ had not come into the world to offer us his salvation through the cross. Perhaps it would have been better for Christ to remain on his throne, and he shouldn’t have come to bother us here on earth.
Maybe, I—Jesé Retoño—have a trunk in my eye, as some have told me, but the splinter that the majority have in the Church is possibly larger than the trunk in my eye because: not seeing the errors and sins in the Church, means that Christ didn’t know we were sinners; and thus Christ ends up becoming a fool, worse than us, by not knowing what would become of his future Church.
Certainly, the Church is made up of sinners, just as you have told me before; but that does not mean that Christ has commanded us to continue sinning. Continuing to sin is the opposite of the Gospel, and it’s an attack against Christ and God our heavenly Father. That’s the response of God’s enemy in Genesis, “I will not serve.”
But time and again, it can be seen how Catholics give up cowardly when it’s time to bear witness to Christ and prefer to cover up the defects and sins of their family, even if these members are entirely wrong, as are they themselves. It’s better to go with the flow and not fight to rectify anything in the Church. As one saying goes, “Más vale malo por conocido, que bueno por conocer,” which means: “A known evil is better than an unknown good.”
As St. Paul, the apostle of the people, said, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die!”
How do you like that?! Because evidently, when a person says “nobody is one to judge anybody” or “God will be the judge,” they’re sinning out of arrogance (i.e., killing their soul) and violating the fifth commandment of God’s law. That is, they’re sinning, and at the same time, they’re committing suicide before God.
If you believe that I have sinned for speaking truths and that I don’t like to cover up the nonexistent virtues in the Church, then I reference the words of the Apostle Paul, “And woe to me if I didn’t preach [the Gospel]!” (1 Cor. 9, 14-16).
Isn’t this a great truth?
Could it be that God was wrong to forge and deliver the tablets of the Law to Moses and the Israelite people?
Could it be that Christ was wrong to die on the cross, obeying the laws of God our heavenly Father?
Would it be better to cover up sins in the Church and to keep sinning?
What is your opinion?
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