This explains so much why we have the problems we have within our Culture around so many “issues.” You know if we just stuck to the Truth, these issues wouldn’t really be issues. The issues only arise when someone wants to be obstinate or ignorant in sin and they ask that truth to make some kind of accommodation for the sin. It almost always done under the guise and the language of “pastoral” care.
Three great examples of our time, contraception, so called “gay” marriage, and now with a lot coverage on attention on the upcoming synod divorce with remarriage and reception of the Eucharist.
CONTRACEPTION (Stage 7 Heresy)
Until the 20th Century all Christian denominations prohibited it as a moral wrong.
Then the Anglicans in the 1930 Lambeth Conference, in a move of so called compassionate “pastoral” care did find that under certain circumstances which were to have been very serious in nature that it would be permissible for a married coupled practice contraception. It was expected if and when that circumstances were resolved the couple with discontinue contraception.
The very effective method of Natural Family Planning “NFP” is often called the Catholic method of birth control. (The fact that it is often thought of in that plain language is actually not good.) It can and is used by couple to regulate or facilitate contraception. In fact, it is morally good in the aspect that it can be used to facilitate contraception naturally. The regulation of, i.e. the avoidance of contraception is much more murky morally. (So I will have to refrain and leave if for a discussion of another time.) The problem with NFP culturally is that it unfortunately too has been and is being abused by many in our culture to not have children because they are not open to life.
So it is undisputed that contraception is rampantly on demand and considered the norm in our society. In fact when a family has more than 2 possibly 3 children there is often a cultural view of the family that they are selfish or they really need to start being more responsible. I can attest personally to having been asked by well-meaning family and friends, “do you know how this happens?” - this being a child - as though we are ignorant or that we have a problem they are trying to help us solve.
So many in our culture, and so very many Catholics do not have a clue of the moral gravity of this sin because it has reach the stage 7 on the scale. That no one sees it all.
SO CALLED “GAY” MARRIAGE (Stage 5/6 Heresy - but may Jump to Stage 7+ really quickly.)
This issue is only a few decades behind but moving at such an accelerated pace that it too is approaching full blown heresy. In the early 1970’s the American Psychological Association (APA) declassified homosexuality as a disorder, largely under the auspice of attempting to de-stigmatize the condition in an effort to help those who suffered from it to come out of the shadows and get help.
Then in with the next two decades the idea of civil unions jumped on the scene again it was seen as a caring response. The argument being that they have loving relationship too that we need to acknowledge in some way societally. Civil Unions were not Marriage but gave them the same rights as married couples.
Then fast forward another nearly two decades to the present day and now so called “gay” marriage is the Cause célèbre and the issue d’jour for our times. In fact to be against it is to be morally “to be unnecessarily hurting those with its outdated intolerance” [quoting from the article] and is quickly become viewed as evil in of itself (this is turning truth in its head) to say otherwise with real-life consequences for those who continue to hold to this “outdated intolerance.”
The “bigger fish to fry” in this case that are on their way are of course: polygamy, pedophilia, incest, pederasty, etc. You can fill in the blank with so many other sexually related behaviors.
DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE (Stage 3/4 Heresy pushing toward 5)
This one is really tough for so many because of the underlying tragedy, hurt and pain that starts at the heart of this issue. Also making this particularly painful is that we find that many are in a divorced situation through largely no fault of their own.
Of course the issue here does not apply those whose unions has been determined by the Church to have not really been in a legitimate union from day one, i.e. the marriage being annulled or being declared to have never really existed.
However many marriages are and indeed remain valid, but because of the behavior of one or both spouse the marriage relationship deteriorates and the intimacy, friendship, and love is lost. The couple civilly divorces, no longer live together, dividing up the assets and children. This is tragic. The civil divorce is in of itself is not a sin.
The problem is when one of the civilly divorced spouses attempts to marry another. In truth this is not possible because they are still married. So to attempt this, another marriage, and to live with another person is to sin.
It doesn’t help the case for clarity of the Truth when regrettably the very princes of the church (and it has been well documented regrettably), for example Cardinal Schönborn, have campaigned in favor of divorced and re-married people receiving Communion.
Think about it, he is actually campaigning for those who are in all likelihood a sinful situation to quite possibly commit a sacrilege.
Simply because the numbers are so large. Yes, it may be the case that evil wins the day, but as friend of mine is often quoted to say with a smile, “We know how the story ultimately ends”.
The fact is the truth regardless of what we say is the truth, because the Truth is God and we deceive ourselves at our own folly and we do so largely because we want to and continue to be obstinate in our selfish desires. God have mercy on us!