Sep 13, 2006

Spraying for Heretical Pests

One of our fruit trees is well loaded with delicious apples at this time of year. To control pests, I sprayed the tree twice in the dormant stage with oil spray, and then used a commercial spray from late April through June when spraying stopped.

Since then, the tree has been partially reinfected and a few apples have worms--but the apples are not nearly as badly infected as in previous years. [For those readers who do not believe in commercial sprays, I previously painted a ring of sticky material around the trunk to keep insects from crawling up the tree, but the sticky stuff also adheres to young grandchildren!]

It seems that a reasonable comparison can be made between the Church and an apple tree. The apples are Catholic members of the Church who are prime targets for hereretical pests. Should the Church be sprayed routinely to eliminate the pests and other infectious diseases? If sprayings [appropriate disciplinary actions in the Church] are done, then pests will be killed to leave unblemished Catholic apples without worms.

Has the Church been sprayed since Vatican II? I would say almost no spraying to kill heresies has been done since 1960. The pests have full access to the tree and devour the apples as they wish. That's why so many rotten apples lie on the ground never to produce edible fruit.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said, Dusty.

cranky said...

Wish I had said that.

Anonymous said...

"Has the Church been sprayed since Vatican II? I would say almost no spraying to kill heresies has been done since 1960."

Have you read any of the conciliar documents,the encyclicals of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. And of course there's that handy volume known as the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Dust I Am said...

Yes, the Church has taught the truth, but has not enforced it. I can preach all I want for the worms to stop eating my apples, but it won't do any good. Spraying for heresies means the Church has to enforce its teachings.