Not long ago there was a letter to the editor that took exception to that which I wrote. It was not a particularly strong exception, but one that was present just the same. In fact, one could read the letter and think it was but a “slap on the hands” given me.
I was grateful to read it and had hoped that others would give response to what I wrote more than just the one I have seen.
In any case, the gist of the letter was that 1) The “Catholic Church has and will continue to maintain that Holy Matrimony is indissoluble between one man and one woman,” and 2) “[e]very effort must be undertaken in these contemporary times to engage those who profess perfectly or imperfectly their faith in Christ.”
Without dealing with the first point, let me address the second. It is true that the Lord’s church should seek to make a positive difference in the lives of those who struggle with sin. This approach not only applies to those outside of Christ, but those in Christ who continue to struggle. The nature of the sin is immaterial, struggling with whatever it is – people need an answer and a spiritual place where others can assist. Who of us can’t relate with such a sentiment?
Being able to relate is tremendously important, but no saint should even entertain the thought, much less speak it, that it is okay to compromise the Lord’s way for the benefit of making oneself acceptable to a larger number of people. Frankly put, there is no way we can improve upon the Lord’s message and method, so we ought not to try. Yes, it may be true, that more flies will be caught with honey than with some other trap – but a trap is all that it is. It is a feigned effort with a disguise that will fall off.