IMO, it's only a matter of time before the Almighty puts an end to the wholesale slaughter of these innocents.
The good Pope would do better to more forcibly warn of this sin against both God and humanity.
I posted the following link on another thread but perhaps you missed it. Fr. Longenecker pinpoints the problem, most insightfully.
Beginning in the 60's, Christian preachers started to play down the sin thing. People were sick not sinful. They were wounded and needed healing. They were confused and needed guidance they were lost and needed to be found. They were OK, they just needed to find out that they were OK.
A few generations went by and people no longer understood what this thing called sin was at all. Furthermore we told them that they were wounded and lost and confused and sick, but they told us they didnt feel wounded or lost or sick or confused so we clearly had the problem they didnt.
Suddenly they didnt know that they needed a saviorsomeone who supernaturally forgave them of their sins because they didnt know that they were sinners because we didnt tell them what sin was.
The high standards of Catholic moral teaching are given as a criteria for diagnosis of the human condition. The preacher who points out sin is not a bad guyhes a good guylike the doctor who gives the bad news that what you thought was heartburn is actually cancer and you need surgery and quick. If he just pats you on the head and smiles and gives you an aspirin he may be a nice guy, but hes not a good doctor.
As the Pope has pointed out in todays interview just telling people they are sinners in an arbitrary way doesnt make sense. They dont know why what they are doing is wrong. Just saying that its wrong because the Bible says so doesnt work. They dont believe the Bible. Just saying its wrong because I am an authority figure and I say its wrong doesnt work because they do not accept my authority.
Essentially, moral relativism has taken over in western society. What was once considered sin has been twisted by this society, even to its legalization. Preaching is no longer effective when people respond that government has given them them their legal rights. Hence, they begin to doubt the existence of God. Think carefully about that ... look around you ... those folks cohabiting outside of marriage, contracepting, aborting their unwanted children ... all legal ... are "attached" to their sin and blinded by its legalization. To reach them, requires a more loving approach.
Well stated, Errant. The numbers who have learned to accept this luke-warm version of Catholicism are astoundingly large and probably growing; nevertheless, they’re still very much in error. Fortunately, when I receive my copies of Catholic Family News and The Remnant, I’m comforted in knowing that not all have gone off the reservation. John Vennari and Chris Ferrara are a blessing.
>> “IMO, it’s only a matter of time before the Almighty puts an end to the wholesale slaughter of these innocents.” <<
Without question, but he is also going to deal with all of the issues. He’ll do it by his own plan, and it will mean that billions who deserve his judgement will receive it eternally.
Let’s not pretend that we are going to win this one for him, and the victims are surely in his hands, and not suffering further.