Going to Confession in China, or not

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In China, churches by the thousands are being defaced and destroyed by the communists of the Patriotic Ass. (an abbreviation), which also hunts down, spies on, murders, imprisons, jails and tortures the bishops and priests and laity of the underground church, sending them off to labor and reeducation (torture) camps. It is illegal for any priest to enter into a hospital to provide pastoral care regardless of whether the priest is faithful to Rome or is a freakoid marxist belonging to the Patriotic Ass. Oh, is that impolite? At any rate, there is no chance at all for the sacraments or last rites. The Patriotic Ass. was always a joke, meant as a stepping stone for something even worse.

But hey! I have an idea! Let’s give a Catholic Church to the Patriotic Ass. right here in these USA! Sorry, we already did that back in the 1990s. I spoke with those priests at some length at the time face to face and a number of times by phone. They were trying to fake like they were not the Patriotic Ass., but finally admitted it:

  • “It’s complex,” they said, just as they had been trained.
  • “But how can you enjoy all the benefits of having a church and car and the nice things of life when you know that your fellow bishops and priests and seminarians are being hunted down, spied on, murdered, imprisoned, jailed and tortured, and sent off to labor and reeducation (torture) camps?” I asked.
  • “It’s complex,” they said, just as they had been trained.
  • “Who am I to judge,” said I, “not being in dire circumstances in China, but I do think that God gives the grace to be faithful to Him and His Church especially in dire circumstances.”
  • “It’s complex,” they said, just as they had been trained, insisting that the US bishops were behind them, fully supporting them, though not saying a word about those faithful to Rome.
  • “And when you die and go before the Judge, and those martyr bishops and priests are standing next to Jesus, what complexity is it that you will offer to our Lord, who was Himself tortured to death, betrayed by His fellow priests?”
  • “I have to make a phone call,” they all agreed, running away.

Perhaps I am bad and evil, impolite and discourteous, but I’ve had this exact same conversation with priests and seminarians of the Patriotic Ass. so very many other times throughout the subsequent years, throughout the world (especially frequently at the Casa Santa Maria in Rome where they were guests) always with the statements about complexity and phone calls being made.

The phone call thing, by the way, is actually a threat. They will make a call and report who was giving them trouble, for, you see, I could be a Patriotic Ass. plant, presenting them such trouble to test to see if they will make the call or not. And I don’t say that just to be paranoid about it. This is what happens:

Say there is a priest who wants to be faithful to Rome but has caved under pressure to the Patriotic Ass., has a church and car and servants and a nice life, but is feeling guilty, which is immediately known. So, he is tested in the confessional. A fake penitent from the Chinese communist police goes to confession and confesses, say, to having recklessly endangered the lives of others by organizing a protest against the Patriotic Ass. that will be televised by foreign media. If the priest, who is bound by the seal of confession does not report that confession and that person to the police, he himself will be put into prison as a traitor. So, what does he do?

“It’s complex!” they scream, eating ice cream and smiling a sick smile. But it’s not complex. One can be faithful. No one is ever “forced” to do the wrong thing. One can always suffer. It’s as simple as saying, “Abba, Father! Not my will but thine be done.” Heaven is forever. And so is hell. It’s not about our lack of strength. Jesus lifts us up into His strength.

Oh, and the upshot of all this? Let’s all of us go to Confession regularly while we can. Let’s walk humbly with the Most High God who has walked among us. Let’s pray always.

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One response to “Going to Confession in China, or not

  1. sanfelipe007

    Amen!

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