A Short Exposition of 2nd Peter 2 in Light of the Current Crisis in the Church
A Short Exposition of 2nd Peter Chapter 2 in Light of the Current Crisis in the Catholic Church

[1] But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

Pope St. Pius X admonished the Church in his Papal encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis that any compromise with the Modernist heresy would have grave consequences for the Church.  Modernism, wrote the Pontiff, is “the synthesis of all heresies” which “annihilates all religion.”  He did more than just warn; he established a mandate to remove from any teaching position in Catholic academia even those in whom a Modernist tendency was detected.  He also issued a Motu Proprio in 1910 requiring all candidates for ordination to swear an oath against Modernism.  That oath was abrogated in 1967 by Pope Paul VI, and the Church has been under siege from false teachers within her confines ever since.

[2] And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

How true in our day, when those who hold to Tradition and true morals are ridiculed by many and accused as being rebellious, schismatic, out-of-touch, behind the times, etc… as though Christian morality were subject to the vicissitudes of contemporary currents and popular philosophical conventions.

[3] And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not.

This is a frightening statement that should make the pious Catholic tremble.  For the Prince of the Apostles speaks here not of any ordinary heretic such as a layman in error, but of those charged with teaching the Faith, such as Bishops, priests and seminary professors who defy the teaching and discipline of the Church.  The Modernists covet the support of the many because without popular support, they cannot survive.  Their doctrines understood on their own clearly oppose the tradition of the Church.  By deceptively placing their ambiguous and open-ended doctrinal statements side-by-side with Magisterial teaching in order to confuse the Faithful, they introduce concepts foreign to tradition such as the dignity of man, religious liberty, the unity of mankind, and an ecumenism that leads to universalism if followed to its logical conclusions.

[4] For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down by infernal ropes to the lower hell, unto torments, to be reserved unto judgment: [5] And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.  [6] And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites, into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example to those that should after act wickedly.

This generation, being overwhelmed with the false application of so-called biblical criticism dismisses the account of the judgment from heaven on wicked Sodom, for whom is named the execrable ‘sin against nature.’  With deceitful sophistry and a rejection of the supernatural order and the historicity of the events described in the Sacred Scriptures, the Modernists attempt to destroy faith in the divine Word of God. And not content to explain away the sin of Sodom as something it was not (an alleged lack of hospitality), they encourage the acceptance of practicing sodomites (those that practice and approve of ‘homosexual sex’) into the very bosom of the Church, and most disastrously into the ranks of the holy priesthood.  Far from learning from wicked Sodom, these reprobates mock God and tempt Him with their impunity.

[7] And delivered just Lot, oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation of the wicked. [8] For in sight and hearing he was just: dwelling among them, who from day to day vexed the just soul with unjust works. [9] The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly from temptation, but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented. [10] And especially them who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government, audacious, self willed, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming.

These priests wickedly presented themselves for holy orders knowing that they habitually committed the sin against nature. They are guilty, says St. Thomas Aquinas of mortal sin, as are their ordinaries. As Lot’s was in wicked Sodom, pious souls today are vexed by the scandalous conduct of sodomitie priests and their heterodox homilies, heretical teaching and incitements to political action in support of ideas contrary to Catholic values. Although Pope Benedict has forbid them to study for ordination or to be ordained, these as the Apostle says, “despise government, [are] audacious, self willed, [and] they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming.”  They make common cause with all manner of anti-Catholic educators, philosophers, theologians and activists, all the while abusing the Novus Ordo Mass as a vehicle to promulgate their destructive, alien, Modernist religion.

[11] Whereas angels who are greater in strength and power, bring not against themselves a railing judgment. [12] But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not, shall perish in their corruption, [13] Receiving the reward of their injustice, counting for a pleasure the delights of a day: stains and spots, sporting themselves to excess, rioting in their feasts with you:

Here the Apostle unleashes righteous indignation upon those that spoil the Church, and he spares not:  in calling them irrational beasts, his words precede those of holy shepherds of the Church who would later denounce the sin against nature among the clergy as did St. Thomas Aquinas:   “However, they are called passions of ignominy because they are not worthy of being named, according to that passage in Ephesians (5:12): ‘For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.’ For if the sins of the flesh are commonly censurable because they lead man to that which is bestial in him, much more so is the sin against nature, by which man debases himself lower than even his animal nature.”  St. Peter explains that they blaspheme those things which they know not – and how is this possible, if they have been ordained?  St. Paul explains in Romans 1:28:  “And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient…” which reveals that they do not know the God they are ordained to serve and that their sensibilities are reprobate – incapable of reasoning with proper moral faculties.  And why?  The Apostle teaches, “because they “liked not to have God in their knowledge,” which is to say, they preferred the new Modernist god of changeability and evolutionary ‘progress’ to the Eternal, unchanging God worshiped by the Roman Catholic Church for two millennia.  Lastly, St. Peter denounces them for rioting in their feasts with you, brazenly celebrating both their perversion and the entire Modernist agenda, exploiting the Church’s liturgies and celebrations for their own wicked purposes.

[14] Having eyes full of adultery and of sin that ceaseth not: alluring unstable souls, having their heart exercised with covetousness, children of malediction:

This adultery is not merely the carnal trespass, but the spiritual adultery of love of this world and its temporal glory:  “Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God.”  (James 4:4)  They speak endlessly of man, the world, society, justice, etc… while nary a word about the eternal state of the faithful who share in Christ’s sufferings in the here and now.  St. Peter condemns them not only for their own depravity, but especially for their unquenchable lust for gathering others to themselves to share in their apostasy.

[15] Leaving the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity, [16] But had a check of his madness, the dumb beast used to the yoke, which speaking with man's voice, forbade the folly of the prophet.

Again, as St. Thomas Aquinas cited earlier, these have sunk even below brute beasts in their degeneration. As Baalam was rebuked by the pack animal in Numbers 22:30, these are ensnared in a perversity not known even in the animal kingdom, from which they refuse even the instruction provided by nature itself.  How can a priest in this state provide pastoral care to the Church of God?

[17] These are fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved.

Tremble at these words, O you faithful!  The mist of darkness awaits these liars and frauds pretending to be true ministers of Jesus Christ, and likewise all them that follow their Modernist errors.  Empty fountains, having long ago grieved the Holy Spirit and refused His graces, clouds tossed about with every novelty of Modernist departure from orthodoxy, doomed for eternal destruction.

[18] For, speaking proud words of vanity, they allure by the desires of fleshly riotousness, those who for a little while escape, such as converse in error: [19] Promising them liberty, whereas they themselves are the slaves of corruption.

How true today!  For the Modernist and liberal are forever promising a false kind of liberty, which is in effect a license to sin, while they themselves are bound by a yoke of slavery to the fear of death and carnal desire.   They promiscuously offer ‘liberty’ from the cross of Christ, from the need for holiness, from the Church’s teachings regarding sex and marriage and artificial contraception.  They deceive the simple with a ‘new religion’ liberated from the ‘backward ways’ of the past, promising worldly fulfillment and immediate gratification for the adherents of ‘progressive’ Catholicism, plundering the Church of its most vulnerable members, the young and the uncatechized.

For by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave. [20] For if, flying from the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be again entangled in them and overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former.  [21] For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them. [22] For, that of the true proverb has happened to them: The dog is returned to his vomit: and, The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

These words also elicit holy fear; as it speaks of the infinitely worse state of that man whom has received the Lord of All in the holy Eucharist, and tasted the powers of the world to come, but has chosen to follow worldly-minded deceivers and false teachers.  Their association with the Holy Catholic Church, her doctrines and Sacraments increase their trespass and deepen their culpability.  As our Lord said to the cities of Corozain and Bethsaida:

“I say to you, it shall be more tolerable at that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe to thee, Corozain, woe to thee, Bethsaida. For if in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought the mighty works that have been wrought in you, they would have done penance long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capharnaum, which art exalted unto heaven, thou shalt be thrust down to hell.  He that heareth you, heareth me…”  Luke 10:12-16

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