The Ideological Colonization of the Church

Pope Francis recently commented to the press that the wealthy nations attach certain unjust conditions to the aid they offer to developing nations. The conditions require the nation to adopt the current prevalent sociological ideas of Western society. Read the Vatican Insider description of the Pope’s comments. The Pope was describing one secular society pressing another secular society to adopt it’s views.

But the same type of ideological colonization occurs in the Church. Sinful secular society engages in the ideological colonization of the Church. Society pressures the Church to approve of same-sex marriage, to allow women in the priesthood, to approve of contraception, and to adopt its views on each political or sociological issue.

This effect occurs in two ways. First, the laws of a nation tend to reflect the prevalent sociological views of its society. For example, gay marriage is becoming legal in the U.S. in one State after another; it may soon become legal on a federal level. When the laws of the U.S. are in agreement on the legality of gay marriage, Christians who disagree will find themselves pressured to change their minds. The Catholic position on marriage will be seen (is already seen by many) as if it were a type of discrimination. Businesses will be forced to cooperate with same-sex marriages.

The laws of the U.S. may eventually compel schools to teach certain ideas on gender and sexuality, on alleged rights and freedoms, on whatever is the current favored set of ideas. This could affect Catholic schools, if religious schools are not given a broad exemption. The idea of exempting religion-based institutions from these types of laws is falling out of favor.

The second way that this ideological colonization occurs in the Church is by the influence of society on the minds of both children and adults. Children raised in a society which constantly teaches, implicitly and explicitly, grave moral errors will find it difficult to accept the teaching of the Church on morality. Society teaches, by word and example, that all consensual sexual acts are moral. The Catholic Faith teaches that natural marital relations open to life is the only moral sexual act. Most Catholic children believe what society teaches on sex and gender, not what the Church teaches.

Adults are also affected. There is a battle in the Church today over the basic principles of ethics taught, clearly and consistently, by the Roman Catholic Magisterium. Many Catholic laypersons, theologians, and priests are advancing the claim that intrinsically evil acts require a certain intention or the act is not intrinsically evil. This claim nullifies the teaching of the Magisterium that intrinsically evil acts are always immoral, regardless of intention or circumstances. Why is this radical reinterpretation of magisterial teaching makes such quick progress among believers and even teachers in the Church? It is the constant pressure of sinful secular society to accept contraception, abortifacient contraception, abortion and other grave sins that leads members of the Church to seek a way to nullify or reinterpret Church teaching to the contrary.


Recently, an Irish Catholic priest told his parishioners, during holy Mass, that he is gay AND that they should vote in favor of gay marriage. He received a standing ovation. Same-sex marriage is gravely contrary to the teaching of the ordinary and universal Magisterium on marriage. The fact that nearly everyone attending Mass, during Mass, in the sanctuary, would applaud the sin of this priest in promoting same-sex marriage shows the extent of this ideological colonization.

In an example from the Anglican church, archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa said he would reject God and Heaven if God and Heaven were “homophobic”. He said: “I would not worship a God who is homophobic” and “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.” When sinful secular society teaches one thing on the issue of homosexuality, and the Bible teaches another, Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu would rather reject God and deliberately choose eternity in Hell, rather than reject the teaching of society. This goes beyond colonization to an ideological invasion and conquering of religion.

What will happen next? The Catholic Church will continue to teach the truth across a wide range of issues of concern to Catholics as well as society. Many Catholics will be forced to choose, and it is very likely that most Catholics will choose to reject the Church, rather than believe that sinful secular society has the wrong position on a wide range of issues. The result will be the great apostasy.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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