What???? – say the modernist-liberal factions in the Church. I mean, Jesus was a “nice guy” wasn’t He? I mean, He welcomed sinners and everyone.
Well, my friends, IMO it all depends on what one means by “nice.” Nice does not mean “winking at sin.” Our Lord encouraged sinners to reform their lives and “sin no more.” In fact, when He encountered the money-changers in the Temple, He fashioned a whip, overturned their tables, and drove them out saying: “My Father’s house is a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves.” When He encountered the woman caught in adultery and akled her if her accusers were present, she replied: none, Lord. He then said to her neither will I accuse you. Go, and sin no more. This is the message which is missing from the pope’s exhortations today – that sinners, including all of us by the way, must reform our lives if we are to achieve eternal life.