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New Franciscan “gospel of mercy” yielding predictable results: impiety, hardness of heart January 13, 2016

Posted 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.



1. c matt - January 13, 2016

seriously?!?! You go into a confessional to confess, not to argue.

2. Faith of Our Fathers - January 13, 2016

Sir I couldn’t agree more with this article . When divorce is perfectly legalised with Francis,s tenure Catholicism seases to be. When Thomas Moore practically stood alone against Henry8th England feared him and so to did Henry because they knew he stood for the truth and they,the new Clergy knew they were living a lie. To live a lie pretending it’s the truth is the worst form of corruption ,we know when Our Lord condemned the Hypocrits this was what he was talking about. To not be aware of Sin is the worst Sin of all.

davidmiller661 - January 15, 2016

Sir, you have hit the nail on the head. Indifference towards what sin is goes together with doctrinal indifference. And both are promoted by Francis. I would like to bring to your attention the serious collection of studies on this matter that I found indeed helpful: http://en.denzingerbergoglio.com/queries-and-doubts/

3. coradcorloquitor - January 14, 2016

I believe Francis and the coincidental falloff in mass attendance is more a function of the spirit of apostasy that is sweeping the Church throughout the world. It is ominous that this is the year of Mercy, given the warnings of Saint Faustina, the ending of the year of Mercy immediately before the beginning of the liturgical year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, and Our Blessed Lord’s warning to His ministers about following the monarchs of France into misfortune. Francis and the confusion and infidelity of the bishops and cardinals is a punishment of the world for the widespread disdain for God. The warning of Pius XII comes to mind: “A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?’” What is left for us? Our Lady at Akita gave the answer: “The rosary and the sign left by her son”.

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5. Confused Catholic - January 14, 2016

How can Vatican II bind under pain of sin? How can the church ask us to call a man who continuously broke the 1st commandment publically without repentance a saint? Are we sure this is the Holy Roman Catholic Church? If this man can wear a Halloween costume and call himself Pope I am mayor of the planet Zog.

Tantumblogo - January 14, 2016

What’s the annual budget of planet Zog, and can I get a grant?

Confused Catholic - January 14, 2016

Touché sir. You made me grin. I was feeling depressed. Please pray for me. I don’t want die a heretic, sinner or schismatic. I’m only trying to keep the faith, practice charity and save my soul. So far the evidence appears to be sedevacantism. I’m scared of being trapped in Mystery Babylon, which God in the Apocalypse calls his people to leave.

Tantumblogo - January 14, 2016

If you’re not confused, you’re either not thinking, don’t care, or have your head buried in the sand. I cannot say I have definitive answers, I’m working out my salvation with fear and trembling in public, trying to get a grip on all this.

Tim - January 14, 2016

Agreed. Just because we are confused does not mean we should despair. God knew this would happen before He created us. He is in control. We need only stick to sound doctrine and tradition, pray, frequent Mass and the Sacraments and hope and trust in God. We should pray for our leaders but not necessarily trust in them.

6. Marianne - January 15, 2016

I just returned from the Vatican and Rome. The numbers of visitors to Italy are down 50% directly attributed to post Paris attacks. The number of Pilgrims is stable – very disappointing to our taxi driver as apparently pilgrims do not have a reputation for tipping! If anything and speaking as a pilgrim……Pope Francis has been encouraging us to stay in our home dioceses and take the jubilee of Mercy into the lives of those in need, lonely, and broken. This is both important to note and to act upon! We have daily access to holy doors and access no matter our financial status in our own dioceses. We all know someone … maybe even the person in the mirror….who needs to reconnect or make the first connection to God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit through mother Church. We are called individually to act on the Spiritual and Temporal works of Mercy and to be the hands and feet of Christ. If someone is unable or uniformed about how to make a contrite confession and you are in the position to give them proper guidance….it is your duty isn’t it?
Those we met in Rome were filled with the Holy Spirit. If you aren’t “feeling it” don’t blame the Pope! It might be good to remember he is the Vicar of Christ and very aware of the responsibilities of his calling. Likewise each one of us is responsible for opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit and fully committing ourselves to our calling. Those who I know who are doing this generally don’t have a much time for complaining. Just saying…….

7. docmx001 - January 15, 2016

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