If they went to Mass today, the protestants still claiming to be Catholics, the catholycs, probably gnashed their teeth and squirmed in their seats as they heard the Word of God. Maybe, they walked out in protest, or sent a nasty letter to the bishop for the lack of inclusiveness, or left a sniffling voicemail for Pope Francis to complain. Maybe they met their cohorts before the tabernacle but with their backs to it afterwards and loudly decried their incredulity that the Church would still read these mean things in this age of mercy. Why hasn’t Pope Francis changed these things yet?
The first reading was all about those Ten Commandments and how in the age of primitive man these were actually understood as being the law of God. Imagine that? Get this: the Scripture says that God spoke these words of His Commandments, and those people believed that He did! What would Cardinal Kasper say to those primitive people? He would set them straight and tell them that God doesn’t speak, that this was just a legend devised to make the primitives behave themselves in a time before organized police forces, and modern people don’t need to believe these are actually Commandments, but only suggestions because they are too hard for enlightened moderns to obey, and who wants to be told what to do by God? And He understands the weakness and pain and poverty of enlightened modern people and he is merciful and doesn’t judge them, but meets them where they are. What would Pope Francis say about these so-called Commandments? He’d point to Kasper, whose theology was developed on his knees, don’tcha know, and say “ditto”. He probably was thinking that he needs to look into changing the Lectionary in October so these mean things don’t get read anymore; I’m the pope so I can do that, can’t I?, he wonders. Then there was that slip up: the word “ass” was said, although it might have been a mispronunciation of the Italian, like I did with that other word!
Then the Psalm grated even more on the frayed nerves, stating emphatically that:
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Once again, those primitives believed these things! Call Pope Francis and tell him to tell the Church to stop reading these hurtful things in this age of mercy. Why is the Church still hurting people’s feelings? And what about those unbelievers? How can the Church “dialogue” with them if She insists on reading these divisive things, that after all are telling them that their religions are false? And what about what Pope Francis said about those who actually obey being Pharisees and neo-Pelagians? So how can these readings still be read as if they ought to be obeyed and believed as really true??
Then came the whopper from Saint Paul! How is this guy still considered a saint in these enlightened modern days? He’s sooo not with the times, and this stuff doesn’t help the whole “dialogue” thingy with the unbelievers, especially the mohamedans.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Come on! Doesn’t this say that some are called, and mean that some are not? How’s that for inclusiveness??!! How does this help the “dialogue”? It doesn’t and Pope Francis must delete this because it’s definitely not merciful! And this Saint Paul has the audacity to say this as if it’s actually true! How would that new saint, Pope Paul VI, said this? Not like that old saint!
Then, the Gospel! This is the mean Jesus if we ever saw it! How rude to go into the temple and then whip people, turn over their tables and chase them and their animals out! Why hasn’t the Church changed this already?? This isn’t the modern hippy, girly-man Jesus of Francis, Kasper, Marx and all the other modernists we love so much. And this is the worst for inclusiveness and dialogue! Fortunately, Kasper would tell us that this didn’t really happen, that is was a construct after the fact by the followers of Jesus to make the legend! Whew! That might help with the dialogue thingy, but still, why is this still read? Pope Francis would likely refer to his past statements and say that this is what Jesus would do to today’s real Catholics that actually obey the Commandments, and that the real Jesus, or the legendary Kasperian one, would do this to them today! And he would emphasize that Jesus didn’t actually whip anyone or turn the tables, it was just a literary device to show how miserable and poor everyone is, maybe, yes? No?
Indeed, there was no doubt great discomfort and uneasiness in the pews today, unless of course the modernists had something better to do and stayed away. The ones who didn’t go were spared the potential apoplexy.