This one really hits home for me because I was a victim of this malady for so many years when I was rebelling against Church teaching on contraception.
As I've mentioned before on this blog, people whose minds are muddled from sin seek out priests who will enable the behavior. We find out where they are and drive to their parish to listen to their lies so we can keep on doing what we're doing without guilt.
The secular culture hates guilt because it drives you crazy until you stop the bad behavior.
If you have an affinity to be attracted to ordained men who will relieve you of guilt, your soul is so far gone it has affected your intellect. The only fix for that is the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist.
Most of the priests I would go out of my way to use as a shepherd would not absolve the use of contraception. I could never quite get comfortable with it, but I continued to put my salvation in their care.
The one thing that saved me was the consistent voice of St. John Paul II. With the Pope constantly articulating Church teaching, I eventually knew I was being lied to.
I still went to the bad priests to hear the lies but each time St. John Paul II spoke about contraception, my skepticism grew.
I remember the last time a priest tried to tell me he wasn't going to absolve me. I interrupted him with "Don't you dare try to tell me...etc. He obliged and absolved me and I walked out of the counterfeit church for good.
I think this is why the disordered nonsense coming out of Pope Francis is so disturbing to me. Our people are being hoodwinked from the Chair of Peter.
Just listen to this irrational bag of lies he is selling:
“The Church today needs to grow in the ability of spiritual discernment,” the pope told the Polish Jesuits, whom he met with during his visit to Krakow as he led a week-long Catholic festival called World Youth Day.express remorse to God for your lack of faith, your fall to temptation - and receive the gift of Sanctifying Grace to help resist temptation.
“Some programs of priestly formation run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined in advance and that set aside concrete situations: this must be done, this mustn’t be done,” the pope said during the July 30 meeting he had with some 30 Jesuits.
Francis said that priests who weren’t taught the “wisdom of discernment” during their formation years, later “find themselves in difficulty in accompanying the life of so many young people and adults.”
“And many people leave the confessional disappointed. Not because the priest is bad, but because the priest doesn’t have the ability to discern situations, to accompany them in authentic discernment,”
If a person is confessing a sin in the confessional, they know the behavior is an offense to God and the proper response to the activity is to receive Sanctifying Grace.
There's a spark of Sanctifying Grace already at work and we now have a Pope who is asking priests to throw a wet blanket on it by deliberately befuddling them and withholding absolution.
That's what the Holy Father is talking about here. If there was ever a statement that defines the trajectory he is imposing upon the people we love, this is it. What harm could ever be done by absolution and the power in Sanctifying Grace? What on earth would ever posses the man to instruct priests to obstruct it?
Oh, we are discerning all right.
You can take that to the bank.