I Do Refuse

I always enjoy reading interviews with and books by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, a great defender of the Holy Eucharist and orthodoxy; a great scholar; a great bishop. I have written about him in the past in conjunction with the topic of communion in the hand. So naturally I was eager to read his latest interview, which has been posted at the blog Rorate Caeli. It is spectacular. He is talking about all the political intrigue that happened at this year’s Extraordinary Synod on the family, including old heresies concerning marriage and family issues that forcefully have been re-asserted even by eminent Cardinals. It has been a scandal to Catholics and other people of good will throughout the world… but fortunately there have also been bishops who have courageously stood up and defended the truth – including Bishop Schneider, Cardinal Pell, and Cardinal Burke, to name just three from the circle of those who speak English.

There is one excerpt, in particular, that I would like to share from Schneider’s interview:

Cardinals, bishops, priests, Catholic families, Catholic young people have to say to themselves: I refuse to conform to the neo-pagan spirit of this world, even when this spirit is spread by some bishops and cardinals; I will not accept their fallacious and perverse use of holy Divine mercy and of “new Pentecost”; I refuse to throw grains of incense before the statue of the idol of the gender ideology, before the idol of second marriages, of concubinage, even if my bishop would do so, I will not do so; with the grace of God I will choose to suffer rather than betray the whole truth of Christ on human sexuality and on marriage.

And a question: Are you prepared to say these same words? Will you choose to suffer rather than betray Christ?

These words had a great impact on me when I first read them, and I keep coming back to them over these last few days. But I am happy to make them also my own.

With God’s grace, I do refuse to compromise on the truth; with God’s help, I will suffer rather than betray Christ!

Thank you, Bishop Schneider, for your inspiring example and teaching. I hope that many will listen and will repeat these words with you as well.

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5 Responses to I Do Refuse

  1. Maria says:

    Thank you so much for this post, Father. I followed as closely as I could the Synod, and I was astounded, angry, depressed, and a whole range of emotions, at the way the interim report was published, and the manipulations that went on.

    I thank Cardinals Pell, Napier and Burke for being so outspoken and to address these manipulations head on.

    It is going to be a tough time for those of us who want to be loyal and follow the teachings of Our Lord. I hope it will continue to be that the teachings of Our Lord, and that of His Bride, Our Church, will be the same. But, as the manipulations in the Synod show, there is danger of the two going separate ways.

  2. Bee says:

    Yes, Father, I AM prepared to say those words. I DO refuse to conform to the neo-pagan spirits of this current world; I DO refuse to accept the fallacious use of Divine Mercy’ or to throw incense on those idols the world holds out to me to worship, even if my bishop would do so. I DO choose to suffer rather than betray Christ. I am with Archbishop Schneider and YOU, and I am going to print out his words to place in my prayer book, so I will see them often, and to copy them to place on other web sites and comment boxes. so others will see them too.
    Thank you for this post, because these words have strengthened me and my resolve. God bless you, Father.

  3. Bishop Schneider truly is a great hero of the Church. I’m proud to say that my maiden name is Schneider and my great grandfather emigrated from the Alsace-Lorraine region of Germany. (At least that’s what my mom always thought.) May we all pray to have the courage to refuse to cooperate with the spirit of the world.

  4. iPadre says:

    Amen! For all the world to see!

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