10: NOT All Are Welcome!

With this tenth installment we continue our special Year of Exclusion, Judgment, and Condemnation series, where we remind people of forgotten truths of the holy Catholic Faith that are considered by our sorry society as extremely judgmental, exclusionary, negative, hateful, bigoted, intolerant, condemnatory, unwelcoming, dogmatic, narrow-minded, and everything else that oh-so-enlightened modern man despises and detests.

One of the most politically-correct and foolish mantras being mindlessly thrown around these days is the effeminate “All are Welcome” slogan. The most famous proponent of this idiocy is the Jesuit apostate Jorge Bergoglio, better known by his stage name “Pope Francis”. For example, in May of this year, he gave a homily at the Vatican in which he claimed that a Christian always includes and never excludes — without reference to any object or person; no, he was speaking quite generally: inclusion good, exclusion bad!

The truth is, of course, that neither inclusion nor exclusion have any moral significance per se — it entirely depends on what or who is to be included or excluded, in or from what, in what way, in what sense, and in what context. But this makes little difference to the all-are-welcome cheerleaders because their intent is to be deliberately vague about it in order to smooth over what their maxim is really meant to signify: “All Public Perverts are Welcome” and “All Immoral Ideas are Welcome”! That’s what this is about.

So then, let us pose the question: Are all welcome in the Catholic Church? The answer depends on how the question is meant: Yes, all are welcome to join her and be Catholics, absolutely. In fact, that is not merely an invitation but God’s very command! But if what is meant is that all be welcome to remain as they are and be accepted in the Catholic Church regardless of what they believe or how they live, the answer is a clear NO, absolutely not!

Of course, it is exclusively — no pun intended — the latter understanding of “All are Welcome” that is in everyone’s mind whenever this slogan is used in connection with the question of whether “all are welcome” in the Church. We need but look at the news story of the “Catholic” parish in San Jose, California, that promoted an inclusive “All Are Welcome” message, which in reality was just an abridged way of saying, “All Unrepentant Public Perverts Are Welcome”. But if you put it that way, it’s just not that attractive.

Yet, the fact that not all are welcome in the Catholic Church should not be particularly puzzling, for it is quite natural for any institution to have conditions for membership, participation, or any other sort of attachment. If you want to play tennis in a club, you are welcome only insofar as you are actually willing to play the game of tennis. If you show up with a baseball bat and try to introduce that into the game of tennis in order to be “inclusive”, you will find out very quickly how un-welcome you are. Likewise, you are welcome to be a teacher in the American public school system only if you adhere to their standards, guidelines, and curriculum, and should you refuse to do abide by their terms, you will find out in a jiffy that the door also swings the other way. And why should this be surprising? Even the diabolical Freemasons only allow people to become members who profess some sort of creed in line with their Naturalist and anti-Catholic ideals.

Or try to join and remain in a country club without paying the membership dues. Will you be “included”? Not so much. Even the European Union has rules that determine whether a country can be included in it or must be excluded from it, and probably countries from America, Oceania, Africa, and Asia aren’t going to find themselves in the former category any time soon. People who are looking to join the Zoroastrian religion will presumably be confronted with a few rules before they are accepted as converts, and last time we checked, present-day Jews, too, aren’t exactly the “inclusive” kind.

So, just as there are certain conditions that have to be met to be included in various institutions, organizations, and communities, and just as we find codes of belief and behavior also in other religions, so there are non-negotiable standards and conditions in the true religion, the Catholic religion. Does this mean we “exclude”? You bet it does! And if you don’t like it, you know where the door is.

Lest we be accused of not being in line with the Gospel of our Merciful Savior or the Bible in general, let’s have a look at a few rather narrow-minded, negative, and “exlusive” passages in Holy Scripture. All of the following pericopes in some way speak about or imply people being excluded, and/or allude to conditions for inclusion (all underlining added):

  • And he destroyed all the substance that was upon the earth, from man even to beast, and the creeping things and fowls of the air: and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noe only remained, and they that were with him in the ark. (Genesis 7:23)
  • And when your children shall say to you: What is the meaning of this service? You shall say to them: It is the victim of the passage of the Lord, when he passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, striking the Egyptians, and saving our houses. And the people bowing themselves, adored. (Exodus 12:26-27)
  • Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:13-15)
  • If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
  • And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:11-14)
  • Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise. But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:1-13)
  • He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. (Mark 16:16)
  • But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. (Luke 12:39)
  • And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able. But when the master of the house shall be gone in, and shall shut the door, you shall begin to stand without, and knock at the door, saying: Lord, open to us. And he answering, shall say to you: I know you not, whence you are. Then you shall begin to say: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. And he shall say to you: I know you not, whence you are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (Luke 13:23-28)
  • If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple…. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple. Salt is good. But if the salt shall lose its savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither profitable for the land nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:26-27,33-35)
  • See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. (Romans 11:22)
  • But now I have written to you, not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or a server of idols, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such a one, not so much as to eat. For what have I to do to judge them that are without? Do not you judge them that are within? For them that are without, God will judge. Put away the evil one from among yourselves. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13)
  • Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
  • If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you. (2 John 1:10)
  • And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the pool of fire. (Apocalypse 20:15)

Ouch, it’s just not looking too good for our lemmings of perpetual inclusion, is it?

So, next time some “All are Welcome” cheerleader challenges you, “Where in the Bible is anyone ever excluded?!!”… LET HIM KNOW!

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