New Franciscan “gospel of mercy” yielding predictable results: impiety, hardness of heart January 13, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, catachesis, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Papa, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Sandro Magister has an article at Chiesa that includes a letter he received from an Italian priest. That priest relates how souls are now using the new, false gospel of mercy to refuse correction in the confessional, and, even more, express an unrepentant, almost proud attitude towards their sins, even very grave ones (including abortion). They basically go into the confessional now expecting absolution (and approval to receive the Blessed Sacrament, which is odd) irrespective of their lack of contrition or their total lack of purpose of amendment. And they often directly quote Pope Francis in defense of their new-found reprobate sense.
Magister prefaces that letter with a number of statistics…….the attitude that Pope Francis is instilling in souls is bearing its inevitable fruit. When people are told that ancient, cherished beliefs, fought for and defended for so long, no longer really matter, and that God is just a cosmic Pez dispenser of endless forgiveness and salvation in spite of our sinfulness and lack of faith, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that many souls will conclude all this religion stuff is a bunch of hooey, and that they are just as well blowing it all off and watching football on Sunday. IOW, when the hierarchy attacks the Doctrine of the Faith, the faithful respond by falling away in huge droves.
First, some of Magister’s statistics:
At the Wednesday general audiences there was a drop from 1,199,000 visitors in 2014 to 704,100 in 2015. While for the Sunday Angelus the fall was from 3,040,000 to 1,585,000.
…….Other revelations are much more indicative in this regard. For example, the official figures that ISTAT compiles every year in Italy on the daily life of a gigantic sampling of citizens, made up of almost 24,000 families, for a total of 54,000 individuals residing in 850 cities large and small.
In the most recent annual report made public, relative to 2014, the “percentage of persons over the age of 6 who go to a place of worship at least once a week” turned out to be 28.8 percent……..
…….During the seven years of the pontificate of Benedict XVI, this same indicator was consistently above 30 percent in Italy, on average around 32-33 percent. Decisively higher than in 2014, the first full year of the pontificate of Francis and the one in which his popularity reached its peak. [So can it be inferred that Francis is directly responsible for a ~5% falloff in Mass attendance in a single year, a HUGE figure and one that represents an enormous tragedy for hundreds of thousands of souls?]
Now to excerpts from the priest’s incredible letter:
The facts are these. Since the opening of the Holy Year backed by Pope Francis and on the occasion of the Christmas festivities of 2015 – as also since Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been sitting on the throne of Peter – the number of faithful who approach the confessional has not increased, neither in ordinary time nor in festive. The trend of a progressive, rapid diminution of the frequency of sacramental reconciliation that has characterized recent decades has not stopped. On the contrary: the confessionals of my church have been largely deserted. [The priest earlier related that he makes an effort to offer Confession frequently]
I have sought comfort for this bitter consideration by imagining that the basilicas connected to the Holy Year in Rome or in other cities, or the shrines and convents, have been able to attract a larger number of penitents. But a round of phone calls to some fellow priests who regularly hear confessions in these places (using the opportunity of the Christmas wishes that I extend every year) has confirmed my observation: lines of penitents that are anything but long, everywhere, even less than at the festivities of past years…….[Doctrinal indifference leads to sacramental indifference, and soon, a total collapse of faith]
…….Distrusting the value of the numbers, because even the salvation of one soul has an infinite value in the eyes of God, I reviewed the “quality” of the confessions I have heard and I asked – while respecting the secret of the confessional concerning the identity of the penitent – for news from a few fellow confessors of long experience. The picture that presents itself is certainly not a happy one, both concerning the awareness of sin and in reference to the awareness of the prerequisites for obtaining God’s forgiveness (in this case as well, I know that the term “forgiveness” is giving way to “mercy” and is in danger of being mothballed soon, but at what theological, spiritual, and pastoral cost?). [An incalculable one, to be sure]
[Now for the amazing tales…….] Two examples stand for all. One middle-aged gentleman whom I asked, with discretion and delicacy, if he had repented of a repeated series of grave sins against the seventh commandment “do not steal,” of which he had accused himself with a certain frivolity and almost joking about the circumstances, certainly not attenuating, that had accompanied them, responded to me with the words of Pope Francis: “Mercy knows no limits” and by showing surprise that I would remind him of the need for repentance and for the resolution to avoid falling back into the same sin in the future: “I did what I did. What I will do I will decide when I go from here. What I think about what I have done is a question between me and God. I am here only to have what everyone deserves at least at Christmas: to be able to receive communion at midnight!” And he concluded by paraphrasing the now archfamous expression of Pope Francis: “Who are you to judge me?” [Simply one instance of this kind is an incredible damnation of the errors people are absorbing from this pontificate. Words and actions have huge consequences at times. Off the cuff statements can be incredibly damaging. We now have souls falling into the gravest of sin, and, even worse, assuming titanic presumption regarding their status with regard to salvation and God’s infinite mercy, and infinitesimal justice. Each one of these souls represents a human tragedy of infinite proportions, and experience shows that those invincibly convinced by Church authorities (and this from the very highest) of erroneous beliefs are almost impossible to persuade otherwise, because they have heard what they have always wanted to hear, they have been confirmed in their sin from an authoritative source. That is the tragedy of this pontificate on an individual level.]
One young lady, to whom I had proposed as an act of penance connected to the sacramental absolution of a grave sin against the fifth commandment “do not kill” [almost certainly an abortion] that she kneel in prayer before the Most Holy Sacrament exposed on the altar of a church and perform an act of material charity toward a poor person to the extent of her means, responded to me with annoyance that “no one must ask for anything in exchange for God’s mercy, because it is free,” and that she had neither the time to stop at a church to pray (she had to “run around doing Christmas shopping downtown”), nor money to give to the poor (“who don’t even need it that much, because they have more than we do”). [Do you see the kind of titanic hubris, a veritable permanent antidote to humility, that is being created?]
It is evident that a certain message, at least as received from the pope and come down to the faithful, easily lends itself to being misunderstood, mistaken, and therefore of no help in the maturation of a sure and upright conscience in the faithful concerning their sins and the conditions of their remission in the sacrament of reconciliation.
I haven’t much else to add. These are souls who may well never find their way back to the life of Grace. And I’m certain they are not the only two examples possible, I would wager there are tens or hundreds of thousands like them around the world right now. They have been taught that the Blessed Sacrament is a “right,” not an incredible gift of which we shall always remain completely unworthy, even if our practice of the Faith and virtue by of enormous sanctity. And I imagine these folks are waltzing their way out of the Church, waltzing to Francis’ tune. There really are not words for this, it’s really an unspeakable tragedy.
Thanks to reader FM for the link.