Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Magisterium of the Martyrs

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Dec 13, 2021

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. …


We all have personal comfort zones. Priests generally live in a comfort-zone bubble, surrounded by friendly parishioners. Most parishioners, in contrast, enter daily into the lion’s den of a hostile secular workplace. So the very least a priest can do is support the faithful with orthodox teachings. Yet many priests and bishops hunger for cultural acceptance and allow politically-correct fashions to frame and influence their ministry.

The scandal (more or less) of clerical comfort is hardly new. Pious words disembodied from our Christian actions are common enough throughout history. Responding to the call of Jesus requires a willingness to violate our comfort zones and accentuates the significance of Christian martyrdom. The sufferings of martyrs have magisterial authority because the witness highlights and ratifies the essentials of Church teaching. …

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