Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Ten Commandments and Systemic Clericalism

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, March 22, 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. …

The Ten Commandments represent God’s immutable laws. Obedience to Jesus and His name brings salvation: “He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (Jn. 3:18) The Commandments, fulfilled in Jesus, form the “skeletal structure” of Christian morality. Our virtuous response forms the muscles, sinews, and flesh. But we remain in conflict with ourselves because of our sinful inclinations, while the Commandments provoke conflict with the world—and within the Church.

The secular enemies of the Commandments—the proponents of modern political-correctness—initially insisted: “Do not impose your morality upon me!” Of course, every law—from traffic laws to IRS regulations—does exactly that by regulating societal rules of behavior. The pro-choice ideology aimed to replace the moral structure of the Commandments—and Jesus—with an abnormal framework of moral degradation.  …

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