CATHOLIC VERSION OF THE BIG 10:
PROTESTANT VERSION OF THE BIG 10:
This is a portion of the Gospel reading for our daily Mass of Wednesday, February 8th:
Do you not realize that everything
that goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
since it enters not the heart but the stomach
and passes out into the latrine?"
"But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.
From within the man, from his heart,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile."
This is more of Jesus, not the pope, indicating that one can be smugly following all the Commandments plus the added Jewish minutia, and yet their heart is far from God, it is impure.
Thus one takes refuge in the externals in a rigid way, but their heart remains unconverted.
Now let me make a comment concerning comments about the pope or anyone else who comments here.
You might not actually break the Catholic 5th Commandment externally and you can take rigid refuge in this fact. However, name calling, denigrating anyone, especially the pope, to whom Catholic must show respect and obedience in the areas of defined faith and morals, not to mention Church governance, breaks the Catholic 5th Commandment, not externally but internally. And thus this is serious matter, you now know that it is serious matter and if you do it in a written form on a public blog with full consent of the will, with a bit of forethought and planning, you are guilty of killing. Get thee to Confession and make a firm purpose of amendment.
With all due respect Father, the principles of the ten commandments are "written on the heart" of every human being, and are represented in what some call the natural law. We have the ten commandments as a gift from God because the heart can and does get corrupted, and so the heart needs to be reminded of its right way. You seem to be placing the commandments in opposition to what is written on the heart. If one truly loves the commandments as the psalmist suggests, then the heart will be divinised in conformity with its nature, that is to say, in love with God as the source of all Good.
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