An Ironic nod to the Chair of St. Peter

by Datechguy | October 10th, 2012

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An Ironic nod to the Chair of St. Peter

I would nor­mally ignore the new attempt of the 60’s “Catholic” crowd to con the church into re-​defining sin to accom­mo­date their pro­cliv­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly after Mark Shea deliv­ered the per­fect one line take­down:

Some peo­ple have lived 44 years since 1968. Some peo­ple have lived 1968 44 times.

and a fol­low up by Tom McDon­ald longer but just as good:

Their com­plaints are the usual litany of tedious­ness: less pope, more sex. That’s really it. That’s what it all boils down to: chil­dren who don’t like being told what to do with their gen­tiles by an adult. It’s not like they’re in a scream­ing hurry to rewrite our under­stand­ing of the dual nature of Christ in the incar­na­tion, or dis­man­tle the pref­er­en­tial option for the poor. They’re only attack­ing this make-​believe boogey­man (“author­ity”) because it’s in the way of get­tin’ biddy.

Their pre­scrip­tion is lots and lots of vot­ing: vot­ing on every­thing from bish­ops to con­doms. Democ­racy may be a fine fit for run­ning the occa­sional town meet­ing and decid­ing who gets eaten first when the rations run out on the lifeboat, but apply democ­racy to eter­nal truths, and you’ll have those Ten Com­mand­ments whit­tled down to three in no time at all. And that’s what they’re sug­gest­ing: putting the faith up to a vote. First order of busi­ness is to amend “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife” to add “unless she’s totally HAWT!” Can I see a show of hands? Sorry, Mr. Kennedy, you may only vote once.

But what really struck me was a par­tic­u­lar joke he led with:

Their motto for the past 40 years? “Too lazy to con­vert to Protestantism.”

But the more I thought about it the more the ques­tion came up, Why HAVEN’T they in all these year con­verted if they thought the church was wrong? Sure some are draw­ing church pay but surely some like Hans Kung could find an excel­lent finan­cial reward as a for­mer Catholic, and oth­ers would be lion­ized by press and by var­i­ous churches for aban­don­ing the faith.

That’s when it hit me. The prob­lem isn’t because they don’t believe in the church, it’s because they still do.

One of the impor­tant aspects of con­fes­sion is con­tri­tion, even if you are trapped in a cycle of repet­i­tive sin, like say gam­bling or porn at the time of con­fes­sion if you actu­ally regret your sin and attempt to amend your ways you are for­given. You may relapse, you may sin again but if you are actu­ally try­ing, actu­ally resist­ing and actu­ally try­ing to amend your ways that makes all the difference.

But what if you aren’t sorry for your sins? What if isn’t a ques­tion of being trapped in a cycle of sin, but enjoy­ing, cel­e­brat­ing and lov­ing your sins and don’t want to give them up? What if you go into that con­fes­sional know­ing you aren’t sorry for your sins and can’t wait to com­mit them again?

Can this be done? Well there is in fact a way:

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the nether­world shall not pre­vail against it. I will give you the keys to the king­dom of heaven. What­ever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and what­ever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt 16:15 – 19 Matthew 16:18 – 19

Note how Christ phrases this, not might be bound, or could be bound but shall be bound.

That leave them an open­ing, if they can some­how, by some quirk of fate, by some mirac­u­lous shift by the Church and the Holy Father their sins can van­ish, not by repen­tance of sin or absti­nence of sin, but redefin­ing what sin actu­ally is sud­denly all the things they cel­e­brate become pure as the dri­ven snow, some­thing to be enjoyed again and again with­out the slight­est fear of eternity.

The log­i­cal ques­tion would be: Why bother with such an impos­si­ble task? Why not sim­ply choose a Protes­tant denom­i­na­tion that embraces those par­tic­u­lar sins or even one that sim­ply preaches “Once Saved Always Saved”. That would solve the prob­lem wouldn’t it.

Well it would except for one thing. They under­stand the truth of the Church..

Moral sin, the recipe for damna­tion, requires three things: 1. Grave Mat­ter, 2. Delib­er­a­tion 3. Under­stand­ing. If one doesn’t know the church due to never being prop­erly taught (either from the inside or out­side) that third vital piece needed to achieve mor­tal sin can’t be achieved.

But these peo­ple know the church, they have under­stand­ing and worse of all they KNOW the con­se­quences of said under­stand­ing. To delib­er­ately leave while believ­ing the church is true is sim­ply self damnation.

So instead they stay, hop­ing upon hope that best case, they will get the church to see things their way, or bar­ring that hope they will get a chance for abso­lu­tion just before the moment of death, play­ing the 3 in their hand hop­ing upon hope that the church is hold­ing a deuce.

Me I wouldn’t bet my soul on it.

They say deceit is the trib­ute dis­hon­esty gives to the truth, iron­i­cally in their fee­ble attempt at self-​justification our friends at Church Author­ity are doing they same their insis­tence on remain­ing Catholic declares to all the world that this is the place for salvation.

God cer­tainly does work in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

I would normally ignore the new attempt of the 60′s “Catholic” crowd to con the church into re-defining sin to accommodate their proclivities, particularly after Mark Shea delivered the perfect one line takedown:

Some people have lived 44 years since 1968. Some people have lived 1968 44 times.

and a follow up by Tom McDonald longer but just as good:

Their complaints are the usual litany of tediousness: less pope, more sex. That’s really it. That’s what it all boils down to: children who don’t like being told what to do with their gentiles by an adult. It’s not like they’re in a screaming hurry to rewrite our understanding of the dual nature of Christ in the incarnation, or dismantle the preferential option for the poor. They’re only attacking this make-believe boogeyman (“authority”) because it’s in the way of gettin’ biddy.

Their prescription is lots and lots of voting: voting on everything from bishops to condoms. Democracy may be a fine fit for running the occasional town meeting and deciding who gets eaten first when the rations run out on the lifeboat, but apply democracy to eternal truths, and you’ll have those Ten Commandments whittled down to three in no time at all. And that’s what they’re suggesting: putting the faith up to a vote. First order of business is to amend “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife” to add “unless she’s totally HAWT!” Can I see a show of hands? Sorry, Mr. Kennedy, you may only vote once.

But what really struck me was a particular joke he led with:

Their motto for the past 40 years? “Too lazy to convert to Protestantism.”

But the more I thought about it the more the question came up, Why HAVEN’T they in all these year converted if they thought the church was wrong? Sure some are drawing church pay but surely some like Hans Kung could find an excellent financial reward as a former Catholic, and others would be lionized by press and by various churches for abandoning the faith.

That’s when it hit me. The problem isn’t because they don’t believe in the church, it’s because they still do.

One of the important aspects of confession is contrition, even if you are trapped in a cycle of repetitive sin, like say gambling or porn at the time of confession if you actually regret your sin and attempt to amend your ways you are forgiven. You may relapse, you may sin again but if you are actually trying, actually resisting and actually trying to amend your ways that makes all the difference.

But what if you aren’t sorry for your sins? What if isn’t a question of being trapped in a cycle of sin, but enjoying, celebrating and loving your sins and don’t want to give them up? What if you go into that confessional knowing you aren’t sorry for your sins and can’t wait to commit them again?

Can this be done? Well there is in fact a way:

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt 16:15-19 Matthew 16:18-19

Note how Christ phrases this, not might be bound, or could be bound but shall be bound.

That leave them an opening, if they can somehow, by some quirk of fate, by some miraculous shift by the Church and the Holy Father their sins can vanish, not by repentance of sin or abstinence of sin, but redefining what sin actually is suddenly all the things they celebrate become pure as the driven snow, something to be enjoyed again and again without the slightest fear of eternity.

The logical question would be: Why bother with such an impossible task? Why not simply choose a Protestant denomination that embraces those particular sins or even one that simply preaches “Once Saved Always Saved”. That would solve the problem wouldn’t it.

Well it would except for one thing. They understand the truth of the Church..

Moral sin, the recipe for damnation, requires three things: 1. Grave Matter, 2. Deliberation 3. Understanding. If one doesn’t know the church due to never being properly taught (either from the inside or outside) that third vital piece needed to achieve mortal sin can’t be achieved.

But these people know the church, they have understanding and worse of all they KNOW the consequences of said understanding. To deliberately leave while believing the church is true is simply self damnation.

So instead they stay, hoping upon hope that best case, they will get the church to see things their way, or barring that hope they will get a chance for absolution just before the moment of death, playing the 3 in their hand hoping upon hope that the church is holding a deuce.

Me I wouldn’t bet my soul on it.

They say deceit is the tribute dishonesty gives to the truth, ironically in their feeble attempt at self-justification our friends at Church Authority are doing they same their insistence on remaining Catholic declares to all the world that this is the place for salvation.

God certainly does work in mysterious ways.

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