– In another in a long stream of apparent attacks on his critics, Pope Francis gave a homily last week accusing Christians who avoid taking risks out of concern for the Ten Commandments as suffering from “cowardliness,” warning that such people become “paralyzed” and unable to “go forward.”
“‘Not taking risks, please, no... prudence...Obeying all the commandments, all of them...,'” the pope said, characterizing the thinking of such Christians. “Yes, it’s true, but this paralyzes you too, it makes you forget so many graces received, it takes away memory, it takes away hope, because it doesn’t allow you to go forward.”
Yeah, there is nothing like obeying all the commandments that robs one of the "hope" of moving forward with commiting sin.
I've got such a nasty case of paralysis and amnesia, I don't ever remember learning about "the many graces that come with the seven deadly sins.
Here's where the Pope's thoughts really twist themselves into a pretzel:
...souls” who suffer from the sin of “cowardice,” the pope added. “And the presen[ce] of a Christian, of such a Christian, is like when one goes along the street and an unexpected rain comes, and the garment is not so good and the fabric shrinks...Confined souls...This is cowardliness: this is the sin against memory, courage, patience, and hope.”
Again, I just want to remind you this is a Pope saying people who don't break commandments are cowards who sin against memory, courage, patience and hope.
Forget about the theological madness, these thoughts do not gel enough to form any kind of rational thesis. A pagan could not make sense out of it.
I've said this before, but this is a clearer example that the Pope seems to be ignorant of how the Properties of Divinity work when a soul is in a state of Sanctifying Grace. He keeps inventing sinister conspiracy theories about where and why we draw the strength to prevent us from violating commandments. And much more importantly, he sees the prevention of falling to temptation as something nefarious.
This situation is out to lunch as it gets.
The elevator is not going all the way to the top.
Both oars are not in the water.
The wheel is turning but the hamster is dead.