I’m not the sort who trolls my own combox for something to post about, but a comment left on my Catholyc Doctrine ≠ Catholic Doctrine post really deserves wider attention – because it’s as terrible as it is sad.
Over the years, I’ve engaged in a mostly civil back and forth with a man named Joe who consistently lands on the Catholyc side of any disagreement or argument. But a comment he left yesterday really floored me, which gave me motivation to repost it – not as means of admonition or disparagement or humiliation.
Except to myself – and as a call to prayer.
Here’s the relevant portion of his comment, and my response:
Lastly, … LarryD: we are donating funds withdrawn from our Diocese to the Women’s Ordination Conference. And we were happy to participate in the first ordination of women priests in our area several weeks ago.
Actually, Joe, that is quite possibly the saddest thing I’ve read in quite some time. To hear you joyfully and gleefully admit that you’ve freely chosen to ex-communicate yourself (if I read your comment correctly, in that you participated in the fake ordination)… In fact, from now on, when I spend an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration, you will be foremost in my prayers.
I’m not interested in arguing with you anymore, Joe. I’m sorry I had said some time ago that I thought your comments were “cute”. They aren’t cute – they’re very, very sad and this has truly become a very serious situation.
I should have been praying for you much sooner than now, and I hope that Jesus in His loving mercy does not hold that against me.
I ask all my readers to pray for Joe as well.
Like I had said earlier – I’m not reprinting this in order to embarrass Joe. I’m certain he’s quite proud of what’s he done and supported, so that’s not the issue. No, I’m reprinting this merely to solicit help, as stated in the final line of my response. Will you join me?