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To: Mr Rogers
Those paragraphs you quoted don't mention contrition, but this was in the larger context of confession and repentance. Pope Francis went on to say:

"The confessor, for example, is always in danger of being either too much of a rigorist or too lax. Neither is merciful, because neither of them really takes responsibility for the person. The rigorist washes his hands so that he leaves it to the commandment. The loose minister washes his hands by simply saying, ‘This is not a sin’ or something like that. In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds."

This is what he's getting at, and I think he's right. He sees that rigorism and laxity both deviate from the path of true mercy. The rigorist says "You're wrong" and chop-chop, that's it. He's a Pharisee who won't lift a finger to help. The laxist says "You're OK, it's all good," and again, does not help the sinner to understand his sin, nor to become free of it.

The key is seeing the person, first. Not the sin, but the person. What follows is a relationship of trust, in which the sinner knows you're for him. How else can you lead him to Christ?

23 posted on 09/22/2013 6:19:08 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (B.A.S.I.C. = "Brothers and Sisters in Christ")
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To: Mrs. Don-o
This is what he's getting at, and I think he's right. He sees that rigorism and laxity both deviate from the path of true mercy. The rigorist says "You're wrong" and chop-chop, that's it. He's a Pharisee who won't lift a finger to help. The laxist says "You're OK, it's all good," and again, does not help the sinner to understand his sin, nor to become free of it.

The key is seeing the person, first. Not the sin, but the person. What follows is a relationship of trust, in which the sinner knows you're for him. How else can you lead him to Christ?

Beautifully stated.


34 posted on 09/23/2013 1:02:43 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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