Yet Another Papal Judgment: ‘Obstinate Christians Are Rebels and Idolaters’

Yet Another Papal Judgment: ‘Obstinate Christians Are Rebels and Idolaters’

Written by Michael Matt | Editor

This just in from Vatican Radio: “(Vatican Radio) Christians who say “it’s always been done that way,” and stop there have hearts closed to the surprises of the Holy Spirit. They are idolaters and rebels will never arrive at the fullness of the truth. That was the message of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday morning at the chapel in the Casa Santa Marta.”

The Pope’s words: “Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,’ this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination. It’s as if they went about by guessing: ‘What has been said and what doesn’t change is what’s important; what I hear—from myself and my closed heart—more than the Word of the Lord.’ Obstinacy is also the sin of idolatry: the Christian who is obstinate sins! The sin of idolatry. ‘And what is the way, Father?’ Open the heart to the Holy Spirit, discern what is the will of God….This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God…”

REMNANT COMMENT: Give us a break, Holiness. Those of us who are still paying attention to your schoolmarm papacy are beginning to long for the good ole days of Pope Who Am I To Judge. Now it’s more like: “Whom am I to judge?”– as in: “Whom am I to judge first? Get in line!”

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3 comments on “Yet Another Papal Judgment: ‘Obstinate Christians Are Rebels and Idolaters’

  1. Baaa — that’s three months old. Gimme some fresh spirit!

    From the Epistle today James 1: “[16] Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren. [17] Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration.

    From Vatican I:
    “For the holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles. Indeed, their apostolic teaching was embraced by all the venerable fathers and reverenced and followed by all the holy orthodox doctors, for they knew very well that this see of St. Peter always remains unblemished by any error, in accordance with the divine promise of our Lord and Saviour to the prince of his disciples: I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.

    It is hard to reconcile the prayer of Our Lord for Peter’s Faith, a prayer including all his successors according to the Council, with the current pope. Maybe we’re in that second part of the prayer, awaiting the turn.

    • Great quotes!
      As Canon Hesse would also comment on Vatican I, the deposit of faith must be interpreted in the same understanding and in the same judgment as in previous Magisterial statements (eodem sensu eodemque sententia).

  2. So those of us who actually believe that Tradition is a safeguard of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Faith, and that God is unchanging, have “hearts closed”, practice the “sin of idolatry” , and are “obstinate”.

    … and this is the Pope who said, “Who am I to judge?” !!!!

    Wow! Am I ever glad he does not judge, imagine how nasty he could be if he did judge.

    By the way, let me strongly assert that I am an obstinate, close hearted, idolater, because I do believe in the God given Tradition of Christ’s Church.

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