Pope warns world's priests against "heresy".....
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Benedict chastises those held in error within the Church itself, mainly rogue priests enmeshed in the abuse scandals.

We need to hear more of this from the pontiff and his bishops more often.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10061116.html

Pope Warns World's Priests Against "Heresy"



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By Hilary White

VATICAN CITY, June 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Sin, satanic influence and the toleration of heresy lie at the root of the priestly sexual abuse scandals, Pope Benedict XVI said today. Precisely because it is an institution erected by God to make himself sacramentally "present to all men and women," the devil is interested in destroying the priesthood, he said. 

Referring to the line in Psalm 22 ("Your rod and your staff - they comfort me"), Benedict became explicit about the need for the "rod" of discipline to correct errors in the Church.

"The Church too must use the shepherd's rod," he said, "the rod with which he protects the faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray."

"Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated. Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented."

Pope Benedict spoke today to 15,000 priests at the closing Mass of the Vatican's Year for Priests at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

The priesthood, Pope Benedict said, is not "pleasing to the 'enemy,'" (the devil). 

"He would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world. And so it happened that, in this very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light - particularly the abuse of the little ones, in which the priesthood, whose task is to manifest God's concern for our good, turns into its very opposite."

With evident personal sadness, the pope again extended his apology to the victims of sexual abuse, saying, "We too insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved."

This was followed by a promise to "do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again" by more scrutiny and better formation of those who apply for the priesthood.

Statistics on the abuse scandals have found that the abuse cases are overwhelmingly homosexual in nature and occurred between the 1960s and 1980s, at time in which psychological and theological trends were against excluding men with homosexual inclinations from the priesthood.

Benedict, as Cardinal Ratzinger, was clear with a 2005 document issued from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office that had oversight on the abuse scandals around the world, that men with such inclinations should not be admitted to seminaries.

Benedict also made more subtle references to the movement from the Church's extreme left wing to open the priesthood to women and to married men. Among the opening lines of his homily, Pope Benedict laid out the nature of the priesthood, saying it is not a matter of mere functionality but a sacramental reality derived from Christ himself.

"The priest is not a mere office-holder," he said, "like those which every society needs in order to carry out certain functions."

Video clip from Rome Reports

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(06-12-2010, 09:37 PM)alaric Wrote: "The Church too must use the shepherd's rod," he said, "the rod with which he protects the faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray."

"Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated. Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented."

WOW.

This is great! I don't think I've ever heard the Pope be this blunt before.
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http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedi...ac_en.html

Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated. Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented. As if it were no longer God’s gift, the precious pearl which we cannot let be taken from us. Even so, the rod must always become once again the shepherd’s staff – a staff which helps men and women to tread difficult paths and to follow the Lord.

This was the sermon for the Mass of Sacred Heart Jesus

The liturgy of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus also permits another phrase, similar to this, to be used as the communion antiphon. It is taken from the Gospel of John: Whoever is thirsty, let him come to me. And let the one who believes in me drink. As the Scripture has said: “Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water” (cf. Jn 7:37ff.) In faith we drink, so to speak, of the living water of God’s Word. In this way the believer himself becomes a wellspring which gives living water to the parched earth of history.
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(06-13-2010, 03:40 AM)Servus_Maria Wrote:
(06-12-2010, 09:37 PM)alaric Wrote: "The Church too must use the shepherd's rod," he said, "the rod with which he protects the faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray."

"Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated. Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented."

WOW.

This is great! I don't think I've ever heard the Pope be this blunt before.


I don't want to be unkind agaisnt John Paul II but our Holy father is very good aout saying these things we should all pray for him more now since he"s going to UK I'm sure he'll have speechs like these when he's over there
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(06-13-2010, 03:40 AM)Servus_Maria Wrote:
(06-12-2010, 09:37 PM)alaric Wrote: "The Church too must use the shepherd's rod," he said, "the rod with which he protects the faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray."

"Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated. Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented."

WOW.

This is great! I don't think I've ever heard the Pope be this blunt before.




I can't think of Bishops more deserving of the word HERESY than those of England, Wales and Scotland.

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Now am confused.  Wasn't it last week the pope was greeting heretics, Lutherans and Buddhists? 
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(06-14-2010, 05:46 PM)califman831 Wrote: Now am confused.  Wasn't it last week the pope was greeting heretics, Lutherans and Buddhists? 

What's confusing?  They aren't Catholic priests.  This homily was addressed to Catholic priests.
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what am saying if he wishes to stand against heresies, then he should lead by a strong example.  But you are correct they are not true priests as we had before the counter cultural revolution infected our beloved church. 
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Brava, Papa Benedetto.

Pray that he lives many more years as he is working to rebuild the Church, "brick by
brick," as Fr. Z says.  He seems to be laying the bricks a bit faster lately and I pray he continues and that the mortar is top quality.  He also has to deal with some badly laid walls from the past forty years, ones in which the mortar is crumbling and falling out, like many of the clergy and faithful have fallen out.
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Let us not forget theat he was one of the primary bricklayers of those crumbling walls. He's got a long ways to go to undue all the damage he created. I hope he can.
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