CNN reports that, in an incredibly cynical and opportunistic move, the Pope has extended last year’s “Year of Mercy” indefinitely. The move will broadened the reach of those who can forgive what Catholicism holds as one of the most grievous of sins within the faith: the act of killing an unborn child.
In a stunningly calculated move to increase Church coffers while assuming that the existing faithful won’t leave the church in droves, the Pope appears to be hedging his bets that Roman Catholicism will enjoy a tidy little uptick in the bottom line and P & L numbers in the years ahead:
While the practical effect of Francis’ announcement remains unclear, it draws attention to the prevailing theme of his papacy: That the doors of the Church must remain open, just as God’s forgiveness and mercy extend to all those who repent from sin.That said, the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion has not changed — it is still viewed as a “grave sin.” But it makes it easier for women who have had abortions to be absolved for their actions, and rejoin the church.”I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life,” the Pope’s letter states.”In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.”
We Catholics knew, going in, that this Pope brought with him a very different view of the world than those that have preceded him. I’m fairly certain, though, that a great many of us never expected that he would apologize to hand-picked sets of demographics that the Church has spent centuries trying to convert to its doctrine and dogma solely because he wants them to sign up and empty their pockets into the tithing basket.
The idea of “forgiveness” was never meant to be used as a permission slip to commit sin and it was never meant to be relied on as the means by which you justify in your own mind committing the sin in the first place. It has always been assumed that – once forgiveness is asked for and granted – the sin will never be committed again.
Does anyone out there reading this know of anyone that the Church is now apologizing to that will never do again whatever it is that the Church has forgiven them for doing?
I know I don’t.
From where I sit, here in the cheap seats, it would appear that Liberalism is on its way to ruining the Roman Catholic church like it has done to every other institution and tradition that it has gotten its grubby little paws on.
[Images courtesy of CNN]
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