The Feast of The Holy
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
7th January 2018
Do Not Be Scandalised by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
The Church is divine; She will always possess the eternal
truth. Yes, the Church is divine, but She is also human, and
much more so than Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the Saint,
the Just par excellence, He could not sin, whereas the
Church on the contrary is made up of sinful men. It is true
that the Pope has a share in the divinity of the Church to a
certain degree by the charism of infallibility; yet he is
still a man, he is still a sinner. Outside of those cases
where he invokes his charism of infallibility, he can err,
he can sin. So why do we take scandal and say like some "He
is not the Pope"; as Arius said of Our Lord "He is not God"?
We, too, could be tempted to say "it's not possible, he
could never be Pope and still do the things he is doing".
Are we supposed to separate ourselves from the Church of
Rome and cling directly, so to speak, to Our Lord Jesus
Christ? Dangerous mistake!
Pope Pius XII says very well that "If at times there appears
in the Church something that indicates the weakness of our
human nature, it should not be attributed to Her juridical
constitution, but rather to that regrettable inclination to
evil found in each individual, which its Divine Founder
permits even at times in the most exalted members of His
Mystical Body, for the purpose of testing the virtue of the
Shepherds no less than of the flocks". That is no reason why
we should lessen our love for the Church, but rather a
reason why we should increase our devotion to Her members.
These words are prophetic. We need no other explanation to
understand the situation we are living through today. Right
now, we do not have the happiness of living in peace and in
total confidence in the hierarchy. We are caught up in a
great disorder, but it is our duty to maintain the most
appropriate attitude, so we don't go astray and don't hold
in our hearts certain sentiments and orientations that would
lead us straight out of the Church.
Other people, on the contrary, divinise the Church to such a
point that they consider everything in Her to be perfect. So
for them it is out of the question to offer any opposition
whatsoever to anything that comes from Rome, because they
consider that everything in Rome is divine. They are
imitating those who said that Our Lord was so much God that
He could not have suffered. They said that He appeared to
suffer but in reality He did not suffer, His blood did not
flow. It is the same thing with certain people today who say
"No, nothing can be human, nothing can be imperfect in the
Church". They are wrong, too. They are not looking at
reality straight on.
Just as we never would have dared to place those words on
the lips of Our Lord, "My God, My God, why have you
abandoned Me?" (Mt. 27), so we never would have thought it
possible for error to penetrate so far inside the Church.
We cannot close our eyes to the problem. The realities are
right there in front of us and they refuse to be ignored. We
must not abandon Our Lord Jesus Christ, even if, as
Scripture says, He appears "Like a leper" (Is. 53).