Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Disobedience Causes Division
The division in Guam's Catholic Church may be caused by the disobedience of some priests. According to some of the comments published under my post Virtue of Obedience, it was alleged that a priest here on Guam made photocopies of a letter sent by the Archbishop and distributed to the parishioners.
In the first place, a priest is supposed to bring his flock to Jesus Christ. He is NOT supposed to bring the flock to himself so he can gain the affection of the flock. The priest is also not supposed to be attached to his parish as he may be called to serve another parish or even be called to another country.
Getting back to photocopying the Archbishop's letter, for what reason would a priest distribute such letter to his parishioners? A priest took a vow of obedience to the Archbishop. This means that if the Archbishop tells the parish priest to open his parish to the NCW, the priest is supposed to obey the Archbishop. The only reason I see a priest distributing the Archbishop's letter to his parishioners is to rile up his flock against the Archbishop.
Because of his vow of obedience, he is to obey the Archbishop. The priest is not the one to determine whether the NCW is Catholic or not. Rome has already determined it to be Catholic. The priest is not the one to determine whether the NCW is approved by the Catholic Church or not. Rome has already approved of the NCW in that its Statutes and Catechetical Directory has been established. The priest is supposed to obey the Archbishop with the faith that God is the one taking the lead.
The Holy Bible shows that disobedience (which is a sin) leads to division. In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and thus caused a separation between themselves and God. The harmony between man and woman have also been disrupted as a result of this sin.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church is Pope-Bishop-Priest-Deacon. It is the same in the human family: Husband-Wife-Children. The head of the Church is Christ, and the head of the husband is also Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3). In this hierarchy, the Pope obeys Christ, the Bishops obeys the Pope, the Priests obeys the Bishops, and the Deacons obeys the Priests. The Catholic faithful obeys their Church leaders. A priest is not supposed to lead the Catholic faithful into going against the Bishop just because he does not want to obey the Bishop. If he does not want to obey the Bishop, that is his problem.
In the human family, it is the same. The husband is the head of the household, and he obeys Christ. The wife obeys her husband, and the children obeys their parents. For those liberal Catholics who believe that the husband and wife are both heads of the same household, I am sorry but that was never Catholic teaching and it also goes against what the Holy Bible says.
Throughout the Bible, God and His angels have always recognized the head of the house. God spoke only to Abraham, not to Sarah because Abraham was the head of the house. God also spoke to Adam even after the Fall before He addresses Eve. The only time God and the Angels spoke to a woman is when the woman is single or unmarried. The Angel Gabriel spoke to Mary when she was single. After she married Joseph, the angel never spoke to her again. Instead, the angel spoke to Joseph, the head of the house. Mary, on the other hand, was obedient to her husband Joseph. The angel also spoke to Zechariah and told him that his wife Elizabeth will bear a son. The angel did not speak directly to Elizabeth because she was not the head of the house.
Now, in Genesis who did Satan speak to? Satan was fully aware that Adam was the head of the house, but he spoke to Eve because his intention was to cause trouble.
What we learn in the Holy Bible still happens today. God still speaks to the Pope, the successor of the Apostle Peter. The Bishops obey the Pope with the faith that God leads the Pope. The priest also obeys the Bishop with the faith that God is the one who leads. A priest who disobeys is a priest with no faith.