Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Hubris of a Tax-Code System of Morality

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Aug 29, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

Humility is a commonly misunderstood virtue. Humility does not deny legitimate talents and attributes; it is the honest assessment of our relationship with God and others.

A humble person recognizes the sovereignty of God. We are His creatures and servants. Adam and Eve violated His Kingship, persuaded they would “be as gods” (Gen. 3:5), and, in their arrogance, committed Original Sin. The ancient temptation reappears throughout history and takes many forms.

Communism, National Socialism, and modern secularism are variants of post-Enlightenment atheism. Increasingly, the clergy—and even the highest ranking clergy—also undermine the sovereignty of God and their proper relationship with the Church. They treat the Catholic faith as an elaborate tax code. …

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