Well, it's official. The pope tells us it's a sin to follow Christ's great commission. Addressing a group of visiting Lutherans standing next to a large statue of the excommunicated monk, the pope responded to a young girl's question about witnessing to her non-believing friends that “It is not licit that you convince them of your faith; proselytism is the strongest poison against the ecumenical path.” Hmm...
A few weeks earlier, the pope said trying to convert Orthodox Christians was a "very grave sin against ecumenism."
So let's get this straight. Living in an adulterous union isn't necessarily sinful and those in such unions may be able to return to the sacraments, but sharing your faith with others in the hopes they may embrace the fullness of the truth and enter the Catholic Church is a "very grave sin."
The Church has always taught that we are called to teach and to encourage the conversion of others. Why? For their eternal salvation. Now the pope is honoring a heretic who seduced millions out of the Church in a revolt that led to bloody wars and the deconstruction and reduction of the faith until there are today tens of thousands of Protestant sects. What's wrong with this picture?
Somebody wake me up. I must be dreaming! Does this pope believe in the Eucharist? Does he believe that Jesus is really present -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Sacred Species? How can he believe and not want to bring others to Christ? There is something very rotten in the state of Rome.
On Palm Sunday Jesus was hailed as God by His disciples. When the Pharisees demanded that Jesus rebuke them, He responded, "If they were to keep silence, I tell you the very stones would cry out." This pope, in conflict with the perennial teaching of the Church, is telling us to shut up, that our speaking out for the faith is a "grave sin." How can that be? The entire book of Acts tells of the apostles preaching and converting. Were they all the real heretics while Martin Luther was the enlightened one?
Like I said, please wake me up from this nightmare so I can stop crying for poor Holy Mother Church!