Saturday, April 9, 2016

Don't worry folks, the exhortation only teaches how to ignore Church teaching and live in a perpetual state of mortal sin. Nothing to see here!

Trustworthy sources are excerpting the exhortation and the news doesn't seem to be very good.

I confess that I'm having some trouble mustering up the courage to read the pope's exhortation. I seem to be experiencing some of the same repulsion and resistance my soul generates when I encounter a cultural message from Bruce Jenner. I think it's critical we approach reading it with the mindset that gives the Pope every benefit of the doubt.

I was finally able to set aside my own convictions about Pope Francis early this morning and began to read it with the hope that it would not be as bad as the stuff we're reading.

I got to paragraph 3:

Since “time is greater than space”, I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf. Jn 16:13), until he leads us fully into the mystery of Christ and enables us to see all things as he does. Each country or region,moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle… needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied”.3

Given the context, what the Holy Father is saying is once a culture descends into Sodom and Gommorah,it is seeking solutions better suited to inculturate sodomy and adultery and this turn of events does not preclude the Church from the practice of deception. Because my friends, time is greater than space.

This paragraph, at least to my reading, convicts the intentions of the Holy Father.

I am working my way through it, am on Chapter 3 and there is much to parse.

Does this mean that sex is a property of God himself...? Naturally, the answer is no.

Sex is not a talent and gift which people are free to use as they desire.

Sex was created by God and is endowed to us as a talent and gift. On our day of reckoning, how we used that talent and gift is taught to us in Matthew 25. One man squanders, another doesn't use it and one uses it as intended and gives back to God the fruit.

The gift is His. The talent is His. The vineyard is His. The fruit is His.

The Church is there to teach resistance to the immorality and sins of Sodom and Gommorah. It does not obstruct and twist Church teaching to bring about the consequence of having the family respect and apply demonic cultural practices to their lives.

We have long thought that simply by stressing doctrinal, bioethical and moral issues, without encouraging openness to grace, we were providing sufficient support to families, strengthening the marriage bond and giving meaning to marital life. We find it difficult to present marriage more as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfilment than as a lifelong burden. We also find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them.

What support?

The bulk of the job of ordained men is not the 'formation' of consciences. It is doing what it takes to keep consciences in a state of Sanctifying Grace. The teaching from the pulpit is supposed to drive the people in the pew to the Sacrament of Confession.

If there are no lines in the Confessional, the priest is doing a lousy job 'supporting' families in the parish.

There are a handful of priests in every diocese 'supporting' families.

The family has suffered five generations of the hierarchy ordaining immoral men who contradict the Catechism. We have five generations of children who received that advice and acted on it. They are positively NOT capable of carrying out discernment.

Our children were taught adultery, sodomy and contraception were ok and the Sacrament of Confession is unnecessary. When parents reported it and asked to have their children's consciences corrected, I don't know any practicing Catholic family who wasn't told to go scratch their backsides with a broken bottle. In several parishes.

That's the support we have all received.

Here we seem to find the cause of their shocking ineptitude:

Here I would also like to mention the situation of families living in dire poverty and great limitations. The problems faced by poor households are often all the more trying. For example, if a single mother has to raise a child by herself and needs to leave the child alone at home while she goes to work, the child can grow up exposed to all kind of risks and obstacles to personal growth. In such difficult situations of need, the Church must be particularly concerned to offer understanding, comfort and acceptance, rather than imposing straightaway a set of rules
that only lead people to feel judged and abandoned by the very Mother called to show them God’s mercy. Rather than offering the healing
power of grace and the light of the Gospel message, some would “indoctrinate” that message, turning it into “dead stones to be hurled at others

He believes the slavery of communism he is forcing down the throats of every nation, which forces mothers and fathers to work 10 hours a day to put food on the table, only affects 'poor households'. But that is not the shockeroo. When our children are exposed to the dangers of uncatechized and misled, they think their role is then not to inform, teach and sanctify.

The stupidity leaves me speechless.

More later, but I encourage you to read it yourself...


TLM said...

Oh just wait till you get further along in this atrocity. Some of it is in the 'footnotes'. In one section (can't remember now which) he talks about people in 'irregular' marriages, and poo poos the idea of living together as brother and sister to raise the children, because........wait for it! 'this could actually create more sin, driving one spouse to be 'unfaithful' (yet even MORE adultery) and would be harmful to the children.' (I'm paraphrasing here but I had to read and reread this part because I absolutely COULD NOT believe what I was reading!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where oh where did this guy come from, I'd like to know???? I'm telling you true, this thing is absolutely diabolical, no doubt about it!!!!

I thought I was prepared for the worst, but I really wasn't prepared for such clarity in dissent from Catholic teaching, not to mention doing away with sin pretty much altogether! Lord, we are in the very midst of total apostasy!!!!!

fRED said...

I spent too much time yesterday (during a "vacation" day) following the news about AL. Early on I downloaded the pdf (I also saw that several groups are selling printed copies already) but the 200+ pages turned me off. I read the summary (from Vatican Radio posted at various places [e.g. The Remnant]) and several early comments. After that it hardly seemed essential to keep reading.

My efforts rewarded me with a feelings of depression, betrayal, and bewilderment. I am LOST. Where are the shepherds? I wish they had scattered but, instead, they seem to be collaborating with the WOLF.

As you note, this pot has been cooking for five generations or so. Therefore, it would not be accurate to merely allocate our catastrophic state to the actions of PF. This didn't happen overnight and without the help of many. We have been swindled!

My own marriage was a casualty of the negligence of the Church and society's corruption. As a baby boomer I look back stunned at what happened to the good intentions of my life. I wonder what future, if any, lies ahead for me. My trust in the Church to guide my way has left me lost and confused.

What are we to do? I don't know. Oh God rescue us!

M. Prodigal said...

I do not read the writings of this pope. Never plan to. I do have a whole bookshelf of encyclicals that I have read though.
"the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth"... Golly, I thought we already had the entire Truth in Jesus Christ and His Gospel!

MANY are confused now. The Church, like in 1970, seems again to be built on shifting sand. Many are like fRED. Yet to Whom must we go? To Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Mother. As one blogger writes: nail your shoe to the place at the pew. Intensify the prayer and sacramental life. Tune out the garbage all around which leads one to despair. Keep the eye on the Lord! The corruption in the Church is there and to the top. We cannot trust in man but in God. The teachings of the Church still hole, in spite of the 'pastoral interpretations' that seem to mean to condone people in sin. If everyone is going to heaven and there is no hell, then why would the concept of salvation be important? Why did the martyrs die? Why did 2000 years of saints and holy ones live penitential lives if it did not matter one bit? Oh, yeah, that is "pre-conciliar" and we have a "new church" now? NO, we don't in spite of what a modernist Jesuit may write, do, or say.

SULLY said...

Hi CM. How you doin this fine Easter season. The good news is you can still find some of those cheap little chocolate cream filled Easter candies in the checkout at Rite Aid. That is it. That is all the good news I can muster.

When Il Papa speaks as a lightweight extolling the cheap grace of "personal conscience" it is demoralizing and demotivating.

Well CM, all I can cling to is the belief that God will have mercy on the truly ignorant who are left uncatachized, unchallenged, and uninformed by a leader of the Church who succeeds only in sowing confusion.

But that was not Jesus` commission to Peter. To so thoroughly confuse the teachings of the Church that mercy requires the application of the insanity defense at judgement.

And yet I feel...dirty...sinfully proud...chastised...I can't explain it...when I criticize him in writing. When you join the KofC you promise to support the Pope.

But I mean I don't have time to scrutinize foolish tomes to find some thread to cling to that I can support.

Oy very...

TTC said...

fRED, I couldn't stop thinking about your post yesterday. We have a front row seat to the harvest of the antichrist. There are things we can do and things that are completely out of our hands. What do we do? Stay close to the Sacraments, keep praying, find networks of people who are striving to live every day in a State of Grace who can see the deception of the antichrist and do what we can do to live out our baptismal promises to Christ. Love, find the joy and beauty around us. Be a witness for Truth.

Hang in there!

TTC said...

Sully! How are ya?!!

The Canons and Scripture give us the authority and fiat of speaking out against heresy no matter who is doing it - including a pope. I think this is one of the proverbial times when it is inconvenient!

Anonymous said...

My own marriage was a casualty of the negligence of the Church and society's corruption. As a baby boomer I look back stunned at what happened to the good intentions of my life. I wonder what future, if any, lies ahead for me. My trust in the Church to guide my way has left me lost and confused.

What are we to do? I don't know. Oh God rescue us!

Don't trust ecclesiastics or academics. Trust Jesus. Seriously. He is the only one who can remove sin. Trust the Holy Spirit, who will lead you into all truth -- even the truth that the ecclesiastics and academics ignore or distort.

At the expense of sounding trite, Jesus is your spiritual life preserver. Any and all who come to Him will be saved! He has promised this, and His promises will endure!