My bishop is a liberal. Is that a problem?

Q: My bishop is a liberal. Is that a problem?

A: Other than the obvious political ramifications, which we won’t address here, the answer is, “YES!”

Here’s why:

Liberalism infects the Body of Christ just as an on-line virus infects a computer. Strange, unexpected and inexplicable events typically follow. Most of them bad.

Liberalism is a sign of religious anarchy. Jesus Christ rightly pointed out that no man can serve two masters. The leader of a particular church has a prior commitment to serve God by teaching, sanctifying and governing his people, according to the laws, teachings and Traditions of the Catholic Church.  A liberal mindset is the synthesis of many errors, most or all of them contrary to Church teachings. That means trouble!

Liberals tolerate almost anything (except for orthodoxy). This can make church unity very hard to achieve.

Liberalism is a sin. From a practical standpoint, the tenets of liberalism violate just about every commandment of God, resulting in a tyranny of personal conscience. This would tend to explain why many of the priestly abuse scandals occurred, and why they were so badly mishandled.

Liberalism is the antithesis of truth. Since God’s word is absolute truth, and the dogmas of the Catholic Church are infallible proclamations and explanations of that truth, you can see the obvious conflict here.

Liberalism accepts the false premise that there is one law of God, which applies to Catholics, and another law (not of God) which applies to non-Catholics and secular society, and that both are essentially equal. This gives power to enemies of the Church, and often results in the legalization of evils, like abortion.

Liberals prefer to act stealthily. They often resort to forms of double-talk, indistinct speech and writing, and they always try to avoid being “pinned-down” on any subject. Teaching and promoting the authentic Catholic faith under these constraints is difficult, if not impossible. Credibility and trust suffers. Confusion reigns. (Welcome to the 21st century Catholic Church!)

Liberals incorrectly believe that it is charitable to be non-critical and non-judgmental, even when it comes to essential matters of faith and morality. Calling evil, good and good, evil, in this way, permits scandal and immorality to go virtually unchecked.

Liberals generally fail to teach and promote the authentic Catholic faith. The reasons for this should be clear to all!