John Allen writes a commentary in today’s Crux on what he initially describes as open warfare at the Vatican. He dampens down his own hyperbole in that regard, but one has to be deaf and blind not to know that things are in a catastrophic state in today’s Catholic Church, especially in Europe and particularly in Rome.
You can read Allen’s commentary HERE.
But, it seems, that new documents from Pope Benedict are now being released to include this bombshell from the late pope:
This quote from Pope Francis is typical of his 1970’s shallow pastoral theology that is simply erroneous and enabling of what Pope Benedict decries in the seminaries and what exacerbated the abuse scandal in the 1970’s with 1974 being the apex of the upside down Church created by Catholic liberals on steroids following the Second Vatican Council.
While the first part of Pope Francis statement is true and supported by the Deposit of Faith, his last part is false and enables what has happened in the Church for the past 50 years. Pope Francis says in a dogmatic way that God is not a God of judgement and marginalization. That is false; it is a lie. God does judge and His judgments are just and true and no mistakes are ever made. God sends His people into exile, a marginalization if there ever was one, because of His people’s infidelity. As it concerns His perfect judgements at the our of our death, it can lead to our damnation and if we are damned it is perfectly reasonable as to why this has occurred. It is not a mistake made by a JUST JUDGE AND HIS JUDGEMENTS!
God’s marginalization of His people in Scripture, while a punishment, need not be permanent in this life. It is kind of like an excommunication, a grace to encourage, by searing the conscience of the one marginalized, to return to God, to Divine Truth and to orthodox living, the right practice of the faith, be it Judaism or Christianity. It is a call to repentance, seeking mercy and forgiveness and the willingness to do penance and make amendments in one’s life.
It is this pope’s talking off the cuff and making false “dogmatic” statements that has encourage what Pope Benedict correctly diagnosis as the source of the sex abuse scandal in seminaries and the priesthood, not to mention religious life.