Jesus Was a Liberal?!


A lot of people out there seriously think Our Lord was a preacher of political correctness.  Sources like LiberalsLikeChrist and Salon are known for their anti-Catholic rhetoric and reinterpreting the message Christ taught which is alien to what has been taught for 2,000 years.  Here is the article.

One of the comments made was, “Confronted by bishops protecting dogma and tradition against Pope Francis’ embrace of empathy for the ‘other’ we have a choice: follow Jesus or protect the institution.  This is interesting seeing that I have seen almost no criticism of the Holy Father from the bishops.  This is practically like looking for the mythical Bigfoot or unicorn.  Also, whenever a bishop is criticizing the Pontiff it is in charity and on non-doctrinal topics such as his statements on Islam; though for a modernist this is a doctrinal issue.  Jesus and the institution (a.k.a. the Church) are one in the same thing as the Church is the mystical body and spouse of Christ (rf. 1 Corinthians 10:17, Ephesians 5:21-33), and promised this Church, built upon the apostles, namely Saint Peter (rf. Ephesians 2:20, Matthew 16:17-19) that the gates of Hell could never prevail against her (ibid), thus making her fall into error.  He sanctified her with His Spirit, so that she may be guided to all truth (rf. John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7).

The other thing stated was, “Every time conservative Roman Catholics try to stop the Pope from bringing change to the Church they are on the side to those who killed Jesus.”  This is completely and utterly stupid as it is devoid of exegetical, hermeneutical and theological facts.  Jesus Christ came to heal us, no doubt about that, but He never claimed to change things the way the left claims.  To top that off, Jesus told His disciples to “do and observe all things whatsoever they [Pharisees] tell you, but do not follow their example” (cf. Matthew 23:3).  Jesus condemned the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, not their piety, which is why He called them out for being holy on the outside, but putrid in the inside, and thus called them “whitewashed tombs” (v. 27).  He even upheld what we call Christian ethics when He stated, “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly” (Mark 7:21-22), adding that “these evils come from within and they defile” (v. 23).  He condemned unlawful divorce and remarriage which He called adultery [1], masturbation and pornography [2]; He called himself the only way to the Father [3], mandated that Baptism was necessary for salvation [4], that Confession was necessary for salvation [5], that Eucharist was necessary for salvation [6], that Matrimony was only between one man and one woman [7], and that a valid marriage is lifelong and cannot be nullified [8].  These are consistently taught since the earliest days of Christianity; these are not my personal opinions or fabrications of the Council of Trent.  I dare anybody to read the Church Fathers, Doctors and Ecumenical Councils to see what the early Church believed and practiced.  If we should be talking about any novelties, then we should talk about these kind of novelties written by people on secular websites with a personal, political agenda who not only reject the authority of the same Church which compiled the Scriptures, but lack any kind of theological degree.  If you want learn exegesis, hermeneutics and theology, read books by Benedict XVI and other Catholic writers; Church history is full of these kind of theologically and spiritually insightful people.  So, when it comes to interpreting Scriptures, why should I go to Salon and not the Westboro Baptist church, Martin Luther or John Calvin?  The Church has consistently preserved the same interpretation of Scripture throughout the centuries since century 1 A.D., and has done so even in the face of great persecution and scandals.  Even secular historians have noted how the Church is the best record-keeper of any institution, religious or secular.

[1] Matthew 19:9-10

[2] Matthew 5:28-30

[3] John 14:6

[4] John 3:5, Mark 16:16

[5] Matthew 16:18, 18:18, John 20:23

[6] John 6:51-56

[7] Matthew 19:4-5

[8] Matthew 19:6


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