DID I CALL IT OR WHAT?
A few days ago, I linked to Fr. Miguel Rodriguez’s fantastic column in the Aug. 2 _El Paso Times_.
As I predicted, his bishop, the Most Rev. Armando Ochoa, has written a rebuke in the same paper, saying that Fr. Rodriguez’s column does not represent the “official position” of the Catholic Church but rather his personal opinions. Bishop Ochoa has done the whole “yes, the Church technically teaches abortion and homosexuality are wrong,” BUT “these are difficult decisions” and “Fr. Rodriguez’s approach wasn’t pastoral.”
Did the woman who microwaved her baby face a difficult choice? His her “difficult choice” worse than the woman who tells a doctor to vacuum up her baby?
It’s especially ironic given that this weekend’s Gospel was the “narrow gate” passage, where Jesus tells us that even most people who think they’re going to Heaven because they’re Christians (or Jews) are in for a big surprise when they get there and He says, “I don’t know you.”
It’s popular among liberal Christians to wonder “what about the Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, pagans, etc.?” whom they should be evangelizing. “How could a loving God let so many of His children go to Hell?”
Well, how could a loving God force His children who hate Him to live with him?
Again, Heaven would be worse than Hell for Christopher Hitchens. He hates God. To be in Heaven would be a constant wound to his pride.
Yet Jesus tells us just the opposite: it’s a very narrow way.