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To: Mrs. Don-o
Not much encouragement there, I'm afraid, as the blood of those destroyed in the womb will be paid for in kind by the blood of the unrepentant of world.

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.

11 posted on 09/21/2013 8:57:15 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant; Mrs. Don-o
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 didn’t feel wounded or lost or sick or confused so we clearly had the problem they didn’t.

Suddenly they didn’t know that they needed a savior–someone who supernaturally forgave them of their sins because they didn’t know that they were sinners because we didn’t 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 guy–he’s a good guy–like 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 he’s not a good doctor.

As the Pope has pointed out in today’s interview just telling people they are sinners in an arbitrary way doesn’t make sense. They don’t know why what they are doing is wrong. Just saying that it’s wrong because the Bible says so doesn’t work. They don’t believe the Bible. Just saying it’s wrong because I am an authority figure and I say it’s wrong doesn’t work because they do not accept my authority.

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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.

15 posted on 09/21/2013 9:45:59 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: Errant

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.


23 posted on 09/21/2013 2:49:32 PM PDT by tomsbartoo (St Pius X watch over us)
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To: Errant; don-o

>> “IMO, it’s only a matter of time before the Almighty puts an end to the wholesale slaughter of these innocents.” <<

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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.


26 posted on 09/21/2013 3:25:51 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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