It seems that there are Catholics here in the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia, and throughout the world who have come to their own conclusion about Catholicism. Yes, conclusion in the singular. Because in reality, it is one singular belief that many are following, and that is, that anything they think the Church should be holds clout, and anything that is taught by the Church is up for debate, or perhaps more truthfully, up for total dismissal.
We are constantly reading stories in the press about individuals or groups that are in total opposition to one or more of Church teaching's or doctrine. Once again, they fall into the incorrect supposition that the Church is a democracy, and even believe, that they are more Catholic than the Church! These people and groups of people are Catholic in name only, what I call CINO (pronounced as see-no). You might be surprised to find out just who these CINO's are, and what they believe...or don't believe for that matter. Every parish, every diocese, every nation where Catholic's live and practice their faith have CINO's within.
Take for instance the group of women (a Swiss woman and three American women) who were recently “ordained” as Roman Catholic “priests” by “one of three Catholic women bishops”, Dr. Patricia Fresen (who is called a nun in the story on All Africa.com, who obtained a doctorate in liberation theology). There is a word for these women. That word is heretics. In every sense of the word. In regard to the Swiss woman we are told in a story on NZZ: “Monika Wyss, a divorced mother of four, feels she has the right to become a priest even though she will probably be excommunicated”. As well she should be excommunicated, along with the “bishop” who “ordained” these women. When asked about the possibility of excommunication Ms. Wyss stated "I will still be a Roman Catholic, but I will no longer be accepted by the Church," she said. "I have no chance of getting a job within the Church with my ideas, so in real terms, it makes no difference for me." Definitely a bunch of CINO's there, and although she calls herself Roman Catholic, she isn't.
Then we have a story related to us from Australia, in regards to the prayer of a Catholic priest there. It seems that a few years ago, when Pope John Paul II was still living and his health was beginning to get worse, there was a priest leading a retreat. This priest in his prayer, prayed for the death of the Holy Father, and that the new Holy Father would allow women in the priesthood. My only regret in sharing this story with all of you is that I don't know what the priest's name is, or where his parish is, so that the whole world could know. I don't understand how anyone who calls themselves Christian could pray for the death of another, especially one who is a priest who would pray for the death of the Holy Father. Another CINO no less. Complete with habit and collar! That priest is best described in this passage from the gospel according to Matthew 7:15--Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. He may call himself a Catholic priest, but, there are two things he is not. He is neither Catholic or a priest. He has betrayed both.
So, why do these people do these things? Why, because nothing in the world is as important to themselves as themselves. They are the epitome of the “me generation”. The teachings of the Church, the teachings and Traditions of the Apostles means absolutely nothing to them. Now, take Ms.Wyss for instance. Just how many divorced Catholic priests do you know? It seems that the alleged “priest” and the alleged “bishop” don't fool around when they throw out Church Tradition and Holy Scripture. No sir (or should I say no ma'am?), when they dismiss it, they dismiss it all. Forget Saint Paul's instruction that a bishop, priest and deacon be sober, chaste and the husband of only one wife. Do they think that doesn't count either? In scripture it says in 1 Timothy 3:2-- It behoveth therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, of good behaviour, chaste, given to hospitality, a teacher, 3 Not given to wine, no striker, but modest, not quarrelsome, not covetous, but 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity. 5 But if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? Maybe they think it doesn't count since Ms. Wyss never had a wife, but, had a husband instead. All Catholics know that matrimony itself is a Sacrament and is a vocation. If Ms.Wyss couldn't fulfill the requirements of that vocation and that Sacrament, what make her think herself capable of being a priest? The fact that she is a woman was already one indication she isn't capable. The fact that she is divorced removes all doubt of her being capable. This proves that absolutely nothing in the Magisterium, nothing in the Traditions of the Church, nothing within all of Christianity is sacred, holy or hallowed by this “priest” the “bishop” or the other woman “priests”. All are proven CINO's. Their's is not a struggle for equality, no for them the priesthood is a seen as a source of power, and not one of service. This is for them, for “self” and to get them, to get “self” noticed.
So, these are just a couple of examples of the CINO's who are scattered throughout the world. Others are those who call themselves Catholic and support such things as abortion, euthanasia, and same sex marriage just to name a few things that are close to the hearts of CINO's. These people are the anti-Catholics of today. They point their fingers at the Church and those of us who follow the Church, and call us “intolerant”. They are under the mistaken impression that because what they believe is outside of Church teaching, that therefore God changes because they do, and then they call us “unchristian” when we point out the truth that God and His law never changes.
They think that the world will still see them as Catholic. They are not. The day they turned their back on the Magisterium, the day they turned their back on the Church, the day they began to think themselves more Catholic than the Church, is the day when they ceased being Catholic. And please, don't bother adding comments to this post proclaiming these heretics as Catholic, because if you consider yourself Catholic, and you see these blatant heretics as Catholic then you also have thrown your faith away. You have turned your back on Christ's Church, and you have joined the CINO's. As if being CINO is something anyone should desire to be.
2 Timothy 4:3 For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: 4 And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.
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