It’s a Trap: Deep Breath My Fellow Catholics

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It's a Trap: Deep Breath My Fellow Catholics

Penny Carter: Is any­one gonna tell me what’s going on?

10th Doc­tor: What, you’re a jour­nal­ist?

Penny Carter: Yes.

10th Doc­tor: Well, make it up!

Doc­tor Who Part­ners in Crime 2008

There seems to be a lot of peo­ple very wor­ried about the media jump­ing all over the Pope’s state­ment as reported with weep­ing and Gnash­ing of teeth. Here is the ABC report in full:

Pope Fran­cis is reach­ing out to gays, say­ing he won’t judge priests for their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, in a remark­ably open and wide-​ranging news con­fer­ence as he returns from his first for­eign trip.

Fran­cis says: “If some­one is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

His pre­de­ces­sor, Pope Bene­dict XVI, authored a doc­u­ment that said men with deep-​rooted homo­sex­ual ten­den­cies should not be priests. Fran­cis is being much more con­cil­ia­tory, say­ing gay cler­gy­men should be for­given and their sins forgotten.

His remarks came Mon­day dur­ing a plane jour­ney back to the Vat­i­can from his first for­eign trip in Brazil.

Before we even bother to touch this in con­text, lets look at it as ABC presents it.

“A per­son search­ing for the Lord and has good will” a per­son search­ing for the Lord is implic­itly look­ing for truth, and per­son of good will, when find­ing truth will accept it. It might be hard, it might take time but a per­son search­ing the Lord will even­tu­ally find him wait­ing with arms open.

In other words, he is say­ing the Doc­trine of the church as it has been, the prob­lem being the MSM has always painted the church as some­thing it is not.

This of course is not the mes­sage the media is trans­mit­ting or even want­ing to trans­mit. The left is look­ing to spin this as: The Pope says Gay sex is OK and the low infor­ma­tion voter might fall for it.

Catholics should not.

Now let’s look at it all in con­text. There are sev­eral issues, lets take them one by one:

Pope Fran­cis told reporters, “I did what canon law said must be done, I ordered an ‘inves­ti­ga­tion bre­via,’ and this inves­ti­ga­tion found nothing.”

The pope con­tin­ued by talk­ing about how “many times in the church, out­side this case, but also in this one, we go search­ing for the sins — of one’s youth, for exam­ple — for pub­lic­ity. I’m not talk­ing about crimes here — the abuse of a minor is a crime — but of sins.”

There is a dif­fer­ence between sin and crime. You won’t always find crime when you look at a per­son but you’ll always be able to find sin because that is the nature of humanity:

But if a per­son, whether a layper­son, priest or sis­ter, goes to con­fes­sion and con­verts, the Lord for­gives. And when the Lord for­gives, he for­gets. This is impor­tant,” he said, because those who want the Lord to for­get their sins should for­get those of others.

That is the whole point of con­fes­sion, to have our sins for­given. Even if we haven’t con­quered them, even if we are still strug­gling with sin and wrestling with it as Jacob did with the angel.

St. Peter com­mit­ted one of the biggest sins ever — he denied Christ — and he made him pope,” Pope Fran­cis said.

That’s some seri­ous per­spec­tive. Now comes the quote the media is going nuts over.

A gay per­son who is seek­ing God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said.

I’ve already gone over this but with the con­text above the mes­sage is even clearer. Stripped of all con­text it’s eas­ier to spin, in con­text it’s a lot harder.

The Cat­e­chism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not mar­gin­al­ize these per­sons, they must be inte­grated into society.

Again this is clearly stated by any­one who has read it.

The prob­lem isn’t this (homo­sex­ual) ori­en­ta­tion — we must be like broth­ers and sisters.

We are all sin­ners and falling short of the glory of God, oth­er­wise Christ’s sac­ri­fice would not have been needed.

The prob­lem is some­thing else, the prob­lem is lob­by­ing either for this ori­en­ta­tion or a polit­i­cal lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

BINGO! Once we define our­selves, are lives and our actions based on sin, or based on our desire for sin every­thing changes. Instead of being the woman caught in sin accept­ing the for­give­ness Christ offers her:

Nei­ther do I con­demn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

we instead answer back:

But Jesus, I like this sin, I enjoy this sin and who are you to really say this is sin? Maybe you should reconsider.

The media is set­ting two traps with the same bait. The media want both the unin­formed about the faith and the faith­ful to think the Pope is say­ing some­thing he is not and on the later Satan is help­ing out using the most effec­tive temp­ta­tion of all, the sin of pride.

Let’s not fall for either. I’ll give the last word to the Anchoress:

To pro­claim a Gospel of Mercy and then only per­mit a man or woman who has con­verted their lives in Christ to assume lesser or menial posi­tions is to say we do not trust our own teach­ing — Christ’s own teach­ing — about mercy. The pope is cor­rect; by that way of think­ing, Peter would never have been given the keys to the king­dom. We are the church of Saint Mary Mag­da­lene and Saint Paul; sin­ners who were first for­given and then trusted with prominence.


Update:
KJ Lopez at National Review:

It’s impor­tant to bear in mind that the pope today seemed (we’ve been read­ing par­tial tran­scripts in news sto­ries) to be talk­ing about men who are priests, not sem­i­nary can­di­dates. Fun­da­men­tally, he was talk­ing about mercy. It wasn’t a break with Bene­dict or a pol­icy change but an elu­ci­da­tion of Church teach­ing (which popes don’t make up on air­plane rides).

The media has not men­tioned that there has been a real change in the sem­i­nar­ies over the last 10 years and those changes haven’t changed.

Update 2:
Lisa Graas makes a great point

San­dro Mag­is­ter offers a con­cise expla­na­tion, in the con­text of the Msgr. Ricca story/​scandal, of the dif­fer­ence in require­ments re: same-​sex attrac­tion among priests, bish­ops and car­di­nals as opposed to con­se­crated per­sons. I knew this, but it leaped out at me as I read it as a point I have over­looked. A light bulb went off in my head.

Against homo­sex­u­als who live in chastity, includ­ing priests, bish­ops, car­di­nals, there is no pre­con­ceived hos­til­ity what­so­ever in the Church, so much so that, in tran­quil­ity, a num­ber of them have occu­pied and still occupy impor­tant positions.

What the Church does not accept is that con­se­crated per­sons, who have made a pub­lic com­mit­ment of celibacy and chastity “for the King­dom of Heaven,” should betray their promise.

Aha. Like I said, I knew that…but it’s been going way over my head. If you want peo­ple to become saints, if you want peo­ple to know Jesus as St. Gemma did, you’re “hos­tile” to “gays.”

BTW that is a betrayal no mat­ter who that vow is bro­ken with is it’s own sin. If you have a sec­ond sin along with it that’s another story.

Update 3: Car­di­nal Dolan on CBS This Morning

What sur­prises me is that any­one is surprised

He is on the Today’s show and they are try­ing to pound him and he’s just let­ting it slide off his back.

Update 4: The Anchoress gets it so well we’ll quote her fol­low up post as well:

I am not sure many peo­ple fully real­ize what Fran­cis did on that plane, so let me tell you: he neu­tral­ized the power of the media nar­ra­tive; he exposed the truth that in Christ there is mercy and for­give­ness, and that the church exists to offer this in his name; he set what­ever “gay lobby” exists in the church on notice that while he has no inten­tion of act­ing as gay-​priest-​witch-​hunter, he won’t tol­er­ate a bloc act­ing against the inter­ests of the church.

in fact we’ll quote two of them:

As Mol­lie Hem­ing­way pointed out at Get Reli­gion, any pope dis­cussing gay any­thing will make head­lines. In this case, noth­ing Fran­cis actu­ally said about homo­sex­u­al­ity was new. In fact, in these two quotes Fran­cis is doing noth­ing more than pro­nounc­ing long-​standing Catholic teach­ing on homo­sex­u­al­ity, sin, and the mercy of God.

Let that sink in for a moment: A pope is teach­ing the Chris­t­ian faith, and the press is accu­rately quot­ing him, in blaz­ing head­lines that every­one will read.

The Press doesn’t know what he is doing but the Holy Spirit does.

Update 5: Fr Lon­ge­necker

So if you think the main­stream media are pleased about Pope Fran­cis the rock star pope. Think again. They’re hop­ping mad….

…but they’re not going to show it.

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Penny Carter: Is anyone gonna tell me what’s going on?

10th Doctor: What, you’re a journalist?

Penny Carter: Yes.

10th Doctor: Well, make it up!

Doctor Who Partners in Crime 2008

There seems to be a lot of people very worried about the media jumping all over the Pope’s statement as reported   with weeping and Gnashing of teeth. Here is the ABC report in full:

Pope Francis is reaching out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation, in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returns from his first foreign trip.

Francis says: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, authored a document that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis is being much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

His remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil.

Before we even bother to touch this in context, lets look at it as ABC presents it.

“A person searching for the Lord and has good will” a person searching for the Lord is implicitly looking for truth, and person of good will, when finding truth will accept it. It might be hard, it might take time but a person searching the Lord will eventually find him waiting with arms open.

In other words, he is saying the Doctrine of the church as it has been, the problem being the MSM has always painted the church as something it is not.

This of course is not the message the media is transmitting or even wanting to transmit. The left is looking to spin this as: The Pope says Gay sex is OK and the low information voter might fall for it.

Catholics should not.

Now let’s look at it all in context. There are several issues, lets take them one by one:

Pope Francis told reporters, “I did what canon law said must be done, I ordered an ‘investigation brevia,’ and this investigation found nothing.”

The pope continued by talking about how “many times in the church, outside this case, but also in this one, we go searching for the sins — of one’s youth, for example — for publicity. I’m not talking about crimes here — the abuse of a minor is a crime — but of sins.”

There is a difference between sin and crime. You won’t always find crime when you look at a person but you’ll always be able to find sin because that is the nature of humanity:

“But if a person, whether a layperson, priest or sister, goes to confession and converts, the Lord forgives. And when the Lord forgives, he forgets. This is important,” he said, because those who want the Lord to forget their sins should forget those of others.

That is the whole point of confession, to have our sins forgiven. Even if we haven’t conquered them, even if we are still struggling with sin and wrestling with it as Jacob did with the angel.

“St. Peter committed one of the biggest sins ever — he denied Christ — and he made him pope,” Pope Francis said.

That’s some serious perspective. Now comes the quote the media is going nuts over.

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said.

I’ve already gone over this but with the context above the message is even clearer.  Stripped of all context it’s easier to spin, in context it’s a lot harder.

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society.

Again this is clearly stated by anyone who has read it.

The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters.

We are all sinners and falling short of the glory of God, otherwise Christ’s sacrifice would not have been needed.

The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

BINGO! Once we define ourselves, are lives and our actions based on sin, or based on our desire for sin everything changes. Instead of being the woman caught in sin accepting the forgiveness Christ offers her:

Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

we instead answer back:

But Jesus, I like this sin, I enjoy this sin and who are you to really say this is sin? Maybe you should reconsider.

The media is setting two traps with the same bait. The media want both the uninformed about the faith and the faithful to think the Pope is saying something he is not and on the later Satan is helping out using the most effective temptation of all, the sin of pride.

Let’s not fall for either. I’ll give the last word to the Anchoress:

To proclaim a Gospel of Mercy and then only permit a man or woman who has converted their lives in Christ to assume lesser or menial positions is to say we do not trust our own teaching — Christ’s own teaching — about mercy. The pope is correct; by that way of thinking, Peter would never have been given the keys to the kingdom. We are the church of Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint Paul; sinners who were first forgiven and then trusted with prominence.


Update:
KJ Lopez at National Review:

It’s important to bear in mind that the pope today seemed (we’ve been reading partial transcripts in news stories) to be talking about men who are priests, not seminary candidates. Fundamentally, he was talking about mercy. It wasn’t a break with Benedict or a policy change but an elucidation of Church teaching (which popes don’t make up on airplane rides).

The media has not mentioned that there has been a real change in the seminaries over the last 10 years and those changes haven’t changed.

Update 2:
Lisa Graas makes a great point

Sandro Magister offers a concise explanation, in the context of the Msgr. Ricca story/scandal, of the difference in requirements re: same-sex attraction among priests, bishops and cardinals as opposed to consecrated persons. I knew this, but it leaped out at me as I read it as a point I have overlooked. A light bulb went off in my head.

Against homosexuals who live in chastity, including priests, bishops, cardinals, there is no preconceived hostility whatsoever in the Church, so much so that, in tranquility, a number of them have occupied and still occupy important positions.

What the Church does not accept is that consecrated persons, who have made a public commitment of celibacy and chastity “for the Kingdom of Heaven,” should betray their promise.

Aha. Like I said, I knew that…but it’s been going way over my head. If you want people to become saints, if you want people to know Jesus as St. Gemma did, you’re “hostile” to “gays.”

BTW that is a betrayal no matter who that vow is broken with is it’s own sin. If you have a second sin along with it that’s another story.

Update 3: Cardinal Dolan on CBS This Morning

What surprises me is that anyone is surprised

He is on the Today’s show and they are trying to pound him and he’s just letting it slide off his back.

Update 4: The Anchoress gets it so well we’ll quote her follow up post as well:

I am not sure many people fully realize what Francis did on that plane, so let me tell you: he neutralized the power of the media narrative; he exposed the truth that in Christ there is mercy and forgiveness, and that the church exists to offer this in his name; he set whatever “gay lobby” exists in the church on notice that while he has no intention of acting as gay-priest-witch-hunter, he won’t tolerate a bloc acting against the interests of the church.

in fact we’ll quote two of them:

As Mollie Hemingway pointed out at Get Religion, any pope discussing gay anything will make headlines. In this case, nothing Francis actually said about homosexuality was new. In fact, in these two quotes Francis is doing nothing more than pronouncing long-standing Catholic teaching on homosexuality, sin, and the mercy of God.

Let that sink in for a moment: A pope is teaching the Christian faith, and the press is accurately quoting him, in blazing headlines that everyone will read.

The Press doesn’t know what he is doing but the Holy Spirit does.

Update 5: Fr Longenecker

So if you think the mainstream media are pleased about Pope Francis the rock star pope. Think again. They’re hopping mad….

…but they’re not going to show it.

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