Thursday, March 22, 2018
AN ANTIDOTE TO PELAGIANISM IN POPE FRANCIS' WORDS ON CONFESSION AT HIS MASS IN THE CHAPEL OF THE VATICAN MOTEL 6 THIS MORNING?
I think the Holy Father makes a good point about Confession, but His Holiness should have framed is anti-Pelagian message in a different way to include not "either/or" but "both/and" and with the proper understanding of Who it is Who does the cleansing.
This is what Pope Francis said:
Francis then reflected on the fact that when we seek the Sacrament of Penance we must not do so as if we were going to the Laundromat to wash away the dirt: “No. We go to Confession to receive the love of this faithful God who always awaits us. Always”.
Of course, when we think that going to Confession, we are washing away the dirt, that is Pelagian! No?
And certainly I like the emphasis of Pope Francis that "We go to Confession to receive the love of this faithful God who always awaits us. Always”.
But the Holy Father could have also included that it is God who gives us His love and is the One who has actually brought us to the confessional, and it is He Who washes away our sins, not we who do so by going to Confession.
I prefer erases our sins for the Sacrament of Penance, since God has already washed them away in Holy Baptism. Post Baptismal sins are erased by God in Confession since this sacrament doesn't use Holy Water, no?