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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Let's Get Specific on the Pope's Exhortation: Rewrites on paragraph 305

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I received this email from a friend today and have to say her priest friend pegged it. Here's what she wrote:

A priest friend of mine took one of Pope Francis’s quotes on “irregular marriages” and substituted. It cuts to the chase. See below:
paragraph 305, et ceterized ...
(Original) For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those living in “irregular” situations, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings.
For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those who withhold the wages of vulnerable workers, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings.

For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those who grow rich by selling Third World orphans into sex-slavery, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings.

For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those who sink refugee craft at sea and drown their passengers, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings.

For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those who strap Semtex vests to 8-year-olds and detonate them in crowded places, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings.

For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to his curate-confessors who betray the seal of the confessional and make public the sins of their penitents, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings.
Want to add one of your own? Here's mine:
For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those who decapitate Christians who refuse to abandon the faith, as if they were stones to throw at people's lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church's teachings. 






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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those who mock and decry the confusion of the Jesuits.

Felix M said...

For this reason, a bishop cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to priests who sexually assault little children, as if they were stones to throw at people's lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church's teachings.

Anonymous said...

Felix M,
Exactly. You win the internet. This apostolic excrementation is not worth the cost of buying a printed copy to burn.

Stephen Lowe said...

For those who do not cover thy neighbors goods or wife for those things/person are intended for all God's children.

Anonymous said...

...those priests who ignore abortion in favor of material comfort...

...those priests who lead the faithful entrusted to him into the errors of contraception or should at least confirm them by approval or by guilty silence...

Anonymous said...

So your answer for the children living in "irregular" families is what exactly?

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

The answer? It's the same that orthodox pastors have always recommended. If there are children involved, as Pope St. John Paul II said, staying together for the good of the children is wise, but if the couple wants to return to the active practice of the faith (i.e., receive the sacraments) they should make the decision to live as brother and sister. If not, they can engage in the parish (as many do), attend Mass, join groups, but they may not hold a position (such as CCD teacher) that would cause scandal because it is in conflict with their living situation. Nobody is trying to beat up on people. I'm sick of hearing about mercy as if the Church has been Torquemada up til now and only now is being compassionate. It's nonsense!

I have friends and even family members who are cohabiting or in invalid marriages. I love them and continue to have relationships with them. But I could not invite them to visit and share a bedroom. One does the best one can treating others with dignity while maintaining one's own integrity.