The Parable of the Lost Sheep- The Lord speaks of a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine sheep to search for one who is lost. Would a shepherd likely do this? Probably not! The passage drips with irony, even absurdity. Perhaps if the lost sheep was near at hand he might venture over the next hill. But the average human shepherd would cut his losses and stay with the ninety-nine. Many of us might even consider it irresponsible to leave ninety-nine to search for one. It's crazy!
Crazy! A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year
It is their teachings which draw people....be kind, be loving, visit the sick, respect, etc etc....it’s all about purpose and goodness and faith.
Its the 99 who were missing! he said. In this culture, lets face it, we have only 1. We are the minority! [Pope Francis]Indeed. Loved this article; Phil Lawler is always a good read.
Zot, One of your favorite parables.
A pastoral outréach is great. But I pray the church will continue preaching the moral message, too. Right now there are so few places other than the church where basic morality is even considered (other than as fodder for jokes).
If the medium’s still the message, the Vatican PR folks certainly chose the wrong magazine, despite the Pope’s connection with its publishers, to explain the “new” message. The ultra-leftist “America” has been propping up the so-called “theology” of the so-called “99” for 3/4 of a century! No orthodox Catholic will take a word in this article at face-value.
I think that instead of trying to convert the unbelievers, the Pope would do better to court the protestant churches and to try to convince them to rejoin the catholic line. He may be only 1 sheep of a 100, but the 99 are still mostly christian believers, they just aren’t catholic. In particular, he should more forcefully address their sola fide and sola scriptura doctrines. If he presented concrete scriptural evidence for the necessity of good works and of the sacraments, and presented it directly to the ministers of the protestant churches instead of their constituents who listen to the ministers before the Pope, the reunification of the church just might happen.
I’m a big fan of Phil Lawler. And God bless him for putting the best possible spin on the situation. I’m just highly skeptical that this Pope’s approach, however well-intentioned, will be a successful strategy for the Church. By all accounts, the Buenos Aires diocese was hardly thriving during his tenure. Vocations to the priesthood declined. Mass attendance... abysmal. So, why should we believe that an approach that failed on a local level will succeed worldwide?
NYer, I know you are a good Catholic, but this article is written in such denial.
There will be countless multitudes who will commit abortions and sins of homosexuality due to Catholic priests and other leaders the world over who talk about abortion, gay marriage, contraception less.
The father in the Prodigal Son story was merciful after the son asked for forgiveness. We should do the same, but we should not deemphasize the nature of these sins, which are very grave. Love the sinner, but hate the sin.
Pope Francis was not talking about forgiving these people after they had repented. He was talking about how we should not ask these people to repent. Just the opposite of what Our Lord frequently said - “to repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Further in the interview, Pope Francis says you would not believe how many conservatives send messages to Rome, complaining about orthodoxy! So if a “conservative” objects to the GIRM not being followed, or some other illicit problem with the Mass or a Catholic priest or organization, we should not bother Rome??? How dare he!
Pope Francis should resign and become an Episcopalian. Maybe he can be the next Archbishop of Canterbury.