Likely ‘Twould Be Inexpedient

Martyrdom of Thomas Becket
The earliest known manuscript miniature of St. Thomas Becket’s martyrdom, from Alan of Tewkesbury’s “Letters of Thomas Becket”

A day late, but considering yesterday’s great Martyr of Canterbury I found myself reflecting on the seeming inexpedience of publicly professing the Truth of Christ.

Specifically, I found myself reflecting on a number of comments I’ve heard lately from priests, which might best be summarized: “It would be inexpedient at this point to openly proclaim the full doctrine of Christ, and to return to right worship in the traditional rites… folks just aren’t ready for that.”

To any priest who finds himself thinking in this or like manner, I would invite him to a deeper meditation on the life and ministry of St. Thomas Becket, a man truly proven faithful “in season, and out of season.”

One also recalls the infallible teaching of the First Vatican Council: “If anyone shall say that it is impossible or inexpedient that man should be taught by Divine Revelation concerning God and the worship to be paid to Him; let him be anathema.” (Dei Filius c. II.2)

Good priests of Christ, in an age of widespread apostasy, how can divine Truth be inexpedient? Surely its rigorous proclamation is all the more pressing.

More to it, who could possibly guess at the impact of a wholesale restoration of devout and unashamedly Catholic preaching, teaching, worship, and life in every sector of the Church?

What would happen?

Good priests of Christ, try us.

We are waiting.


“How shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
 and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
 and how shall they hear without a preacher?
…Faith cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.”
(Rom 10:14, 17)

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