I want to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt about the language it is reported that he used when he met with Spanish seminarians. You can read that story at the HERE.
If the language issue is true, this is quite alarming and most priests would be reprimanded or worse if they used this kind of language at a religious gathering of college age parishioners. I can’t even imagine the rector of a seminary speaking this way to a gathering of seminarians who then would not be removed from his position.
If true, there must be a cognitive or mental issue at work here related to rage and anger. If true, this is quite sad to say the least.
But that’s another story for the Holy Spirit to work out. What about denying absolution to anyone and by extension, denying Holy Communion to anyone. The two are related, no?
I can only think of one time that I could not absolve but I did bless a penitent; one time in 43 years. Several years ago, even Pope Francis offered that solution in a situation where a priest could not absolve.
Ultimately, if someone has made a “bad” confession, their bad confession invalidates any absolution I might give, no?
Thus, I feel that if I give someone absolution who is yanking me around, that’s that person’s aggravated sin and God will have to deal with them on that, not me.
The same with Holy Communion. Unless I know for sure someone should not receive Holy Communion, I offer the Sacrament if a person presents themselves for Holy Communion. If a person is totally out of it, doesn’t know how to receive and looks befuddled, I offer a blessing instead. But those are rare occurrences.
There are some mortal sins reserved to the bishop and in the case of violating the Sacrament of Penance by telling specific sins of a specific person or absolving someone whose sin was with the absolving priest, that mortal sin is reserved to the pope.
So, is Pope Francis yacking too much about this. He condemns yacking quite often using the Italian word for it. I find that people who condemn people for this, that or the other, usually suffer from the same problem they condemn. Who knows?