|The outcast: Bishop Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth|
Protect the Pope picked up the story from Life Site News's Hilary White that gave more details of the letter from Greg Pope reassuring Catholic MPs that there will be no official reproach and certainly no refusal of Holy Communion to those who have voted for, among other policies, 'same-sex marriage'.
According to the words of Pope Francis, it is those who are outcasts in society - those who are shunned, persecuted for the cause of right, who face the rejection experienced by Our Lord -who obtain Salvation, rather than the self-assured, those who want to just get along moving with the tide of society, who just wish to 'fit in' into a comfortable religiosity that has no convictions and ultimately, no true faith.
“No prophet is accepted in his hometown”. It was a place where he never worked miracles because “they had no faith”. Jesus recalls two biblical episodes: the miracle of the healing of the leper Naaman, and the meeting of the prophet Elijah with the widow of Serapta who shared her last morsel of food and was saved from famine. “Lepers and widows – Pope Francis explained – in those days were the outcasts of society”. And yet, these two outcasts, welcomed the prophets and were saved, while the people of Nazareth did not accept Jesus because “they felt so strong in their faith”, so sure of their faithful observance of the Commandments, they felt they had no need for other salvation”.
“It is the tragedy of observing the Commandments without faith: ‘I save myself because I go to the Synagogue every Saturday, I try to obey the Commandments, I do not want to hear that the leper or the widow is better than me!’ They are outcasts! And Jesus tells us: ‘if you do not put yourself on the margins, if you don’t feel what it is to be an outcast, you will not obtain salvation’. This is humility, the path of humility: to feel so marginalized that we need the Salvation of the Lord. He alone saves us, not our observance of the law. And they did not like this; they were angry and wanted to kill him”.
- Pope Francis, 23 March 2014
Pray for Bishop Egan and pray for the turncoats, the cowards and the traitors that surround him. It must be a lonely job being a faithful Bishop who cares more for the Opinion of his Lord than the compromises and denials of the Faith that emanate from his spiritually worldly brothers who prefer the opinion of men. God help him and may God have mercy on those who have turned away from his bold stand for Jesus Christ.
I suppose if you are going to stab a brother Bishop in the back and hang him out to dry, its best to do it with as much gracious 'collegiality' as possible. What does Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the majority of the Bishops Conference think Holy Communion is? Candy? Bread? Wine? Would they prefer the comforts of this world to the point of bringing God's wrath down from Heaven upon them and the unrepentant criminals in Parliament they seek to confirm in their sin?
What a way to be remembered in Church history. What a way to be remembered by those who are Faithful to Christ. What a way to gain the whole world and lose your immortal soul! And for what?! Westminster?!
Bishop Philip Egan
Bishop’s House, Bishop Crispian Way,
Phone: (44) (0) 23 9282 0894
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Phone: (44) (0) 020 7798 9033