Cri De Coeur Dear Priest, I offer this letter as a prayer – a kind of lament that speaks from the perspective of a simple pewsitter..... The salvation of my soul is in the hands of you - the Priest. The Priest has the obligation of teaching me the unchanging laws of God beginning with the ten commandments that educate me on how I sin against a just God; the Priest has the obligation to instruct and provide me with the solution to the terrible knowledge that I was conceived and born into a state of sin through no fault of my own. The Priest has to tell me about a Redeemer who alone has the power to forgive me my sins and deliver me from the state of original sin. He has the basic obligation to keep teaching me how to pray; to deepen my faith when under attack from the Tempter and from the living enemies of Christ and his followers; to keep hearing my Confessions, to keep me on the one way track to heaven. He has the obligation not only to obey the Magisterium and uphold Catholic doctrine, but to teach me to obey and uphold them. He has to witness to them so that I can witness to them along with him. He has to teach me the value of Penance and making sacrifices even if it means going against loved and respected persons. The first commandment of the great Spiritual Mercies is to admonish sinners. We need each other to admonish, correct and uphold the Truth. None of the Apostles could stand alone. Each one sinned and was corrected just as Our Lord forgave Peter and gave grace to St.. John to continue even though he fled when Our Lord was being crucified. It is better therefore that two should be together, than one: for they have the advantage of their society: If one fall he shall be supported by the other: woe to him that is alone, for when he falleth, he hath none to lift him up. And if two lie together, they shall warm one another: how shall one alone be warmed? And if a man prevail against one, two shall withstand him: a threefold cord is not easily broken. Eccles 4 : 9 I would never know what sin is unless the priest taught me from childhood the ten commandments; that I, a growing child, could go to hell; that unless my parents had baptised me I would never enter the Kingdom of Heaven; that there is a place called Purgatory where I can spend a long or short time after I die; that only through the Priest can I be absolved from my sins (after I have learned them). That if I do not assist at Mass and receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion that I cannot save my soul etc. etc. How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:14) How greatly the Priest sins if he does not diligently keep teaching, preaching and administering the Sacraments; how greatly he sins if he has abandoned the obligations mentioned above. The salvation of every layman/woman cannot do without Him because we need to know how to keep the faith today in the midst of fully-fledged modernism rearing its ugly head, along with sedevacantism and paedophilia; when the brotherhood of the Priesthood has become a Babel of voices all saying different things to me. Who do I believe? The Priest never lies! Only he can tell me what is right according to the perennial teachings of Mother Church. If he says something different then it must be true. But, wait a minute! He is saying a different thing to his brother priest. He IS saying something different to what I was taught as a child learning my Catechism. Result: my faith so pure and clear as crystal shatters in pieces around my feet. I am not only losing my faith - I am losing my soul. This Pewsitter knows that if a Priest does not say the very same thing each day, in the same language, as all priests have said in the Church right from the beginning then that priest has to be corrected. I am told this in the first commandment of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Only recently the realisation came to me as a shock that if no priest was teaching the same faith I learned as child I would lose my faith. This thought horrified me because I have always believed I could never lose the faith if I keep practising it but how can I keep practising my faith if the priests are saying different things? If, perchance the final voice was no longer heard, that preached and taught me again and again the same things then I would definitely lose my faith. The reason for this is simple – one person alone cannot keep the faith. There HAS to be a solid unchanging foundation that is preserved and maintained by a community from get to go. Only the inseparably united priesthood can fulfil that role. Many Pewsitters are forced into singling out a particular group of priests midst the Babel of voices then decide to stick with that particular group. Another pewsitter will choose another group and settle there. But one thing is for sure – every pewsitter needs the priest in order to save his/her soul. If he is AWOL not only will he lose his own soul, but he will have to answer for the loss of MY soul, not to mention other souls as well. The Church teaches that there are various levels of suffering in hell. Such a one exists especially for priests. Only two choices for the pewsitter The only alternative left to the pewsitter today is to choose either: (a) belong to Group A,B, or C etc. (already explained) or (b) face what seems at first to be a deafening and frightening silence outside of the Babel. The voice of truth would not have had a chance of being heard midst the Babel of Voices, so maybe, just maybe it has separated itself. Unable to be heard within, it can speak outside. Thus goes the reasoning of one making this second choice because, after all,God has promised that His Voice will not be silenced. (The gates of Hell will not prevail...) That the faith is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. That it is exactly what I learned in my childhood Catechism. Are any souls capable of taking this latter step? Looking around the world today it is obvious that pewsitters in general are choosing step (a) which, in practice, means that countless souls are losing the one true Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith. And as the process continues to devour Catholics and spit them out - the Faith itself is gradually lost to the world at large. None of us will get a second chance dear Priest. Christ will not come again. Are the sheep already being separated from the goats? ..