Don't get me wrong, I am glad I no longer smoke and that public places no longer allow smoking. I think we fall into the heresy of dualism if we think we don't have to take care of our bodies since these are mortal and thus the care of our immortal soul is the primary concern to the neglect of the body.
But in our modern culture, care of the mortal body or satisfying its every craving eclipses the care of the soul and saving it from the corruption of sin and demonic forces.
Thus Pope Francis is unambiguous about the detrimental use of tobacco and contributing to the bad health illnesses it brings to the body.
But when it comes to the mortal sins associated with sex, marriage, adultery and mocking the sacredness of the marital act when one isn't married to their partner, discernment, flexibility, ambiguity and encouragement to make a sacrilegious Communion reigns.
And the kicker is that the Pope calls the Church a field hospital, which in fact is a beautiful metaphor, but does not allow the doctors of the Church to use the actual terms to diagnose and name the moral disease that afflict sinners, such as "living in sin", "adulterous union" "fornicator", "disordered" and the like.
This is also the heresy of dualism, no?
"It seems to me that Pope Francis' unilateral and decisive act unambiguously to ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at the Vatican smacks of Puritanism."
I would not mix prudential judgements with those of faith and morals. Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes causes cancer to those predisposed to such cancers, which is most people. The Holy Father has simply decided to follow many governments in not accepting bribe money from the big tobacco companies, and do the right thing to promote the health of people rather than encourage them to kill themselves and thereby dishonour their God-given bodies.
If Santita is doing this in his capacity as head of state of Vatican City, so be it. But the looney left will see this as another sign that Santita is one of them.
Tempest in a teapot. I agree with Fr. MacDonald. It is a red herring while everything moral goes to Hell.
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