The Great Doctor of the Church, St. John Chrysostom, gave frightening warnings how hard it is for a bishop to save his soul. Here is one of his warnings:
I do not think there are many among Bishops that will be saved; there are many more that perish.
St. John Chrysostom, Sermon III on The Acts of the Apostles.
St. John Chrysostom gives these grave warnings to move us—especially bishops—to a sober fear of hell. Hell is no joking matter! Here are his words:
What can be more grievous than hell? Yet nothing is more profitable than the fear of it; for the fear of hell will bring us the crown of the Kingdom.
St. John Chrysostom, Sermon XV, On Statues.
At a banquet following Bishop Zendejas’s consecration, Bishop Williamson made the following joke, scoffing at St. John Chrysostom’s warning:
So the first thing I said this morning, after the ceremony, the first thing I said [sic] to Bishop Zendejas, was, St. John Chrysostom says: “Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops. ”1
The joke met with general laughter in the banquet room. Id. Listen for yourself. He and Bishops Zendejas and Faure all cracked big smiles. Id. See for yourself.
St. John Chrysostom’s warning is no laughing matter! He gravely warns us —especially bishops—so we would be moved to a sober fear!
Sacred Scripture shows us repeatedly that it is the wicked who laugh at sober warnings of judgment and hell! For example, in a messianic psalm about the wicked men who persecute Our Lord, the psalmist (speaking in the Person of Our Lord) laments:
They that sat in the gate spoke against me: and they that drank wine made me their song.
The prophet Jeremias, who was persecuted for calling Israel to repentance (and who symbolizes Our Lord being persecuted by the ungodly), laments how the wicked scoffed at his warnings:
I am made a derision to all my people, their song all the day long.
Lamentations of Jeremias, 3:14.
Let us pray for those poor, blind Fake Resistance bishops!
We also pray for their followers, and we ask them:
Do you consider St. John Chrysostom’s frightening and sober warning as a punchline? If not, then don’t associate with those who do!Home