"If you don’t feel in need of God’s mercy don’t go to Mass, says Pope"!
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Evie Butland on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 Wrote:Pope Francis has said that if you no do feel that you are in need of God’s mercy then it is better not to go to Mass.

Speaking at his general audience today, Pope Francis said: “Sometimes someone asks: ‘Why bother going to church, the people who always go to Mass are sinners like the others’. If you do not feel in need of God’s mercy, if you do not feel you are a sinner, then it’s better not go to Mass, because we go to Mass because we are sinners and we want to receive the forgiveness of Jesus, to participate in His redemption, His forgiveness.

“That ‘I confess’ we say at the beginning is not a ‘pro forma’, is a true act of penance, ‘I am a sinner and I confess’. We have to go to Mass humbly, as sinners, and the Lord reconciles us.”

Pope Francis went on to say: “We celebrate the Eucharist not because we are worthy, but because we recognise our need for God’s mercy, incarnate in Jesus Christ… I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives.”

The Pope said that “the Eucharist affects the way we see others. So too the Eucharist brings us together with others – young and old, poor and affluent, neighbours and visitors. The Eucharist calls us to see all of them as our brothers and sisters.”

Pope Francis said that with the renewed idea from God’s gift presented in the service “our hearts are enlarged to receive and show mercy.”
(source: Catholic Herold)
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#2
In context, which, thankfully, you have given, it is obvious that the Pope is looking for rhetorical effect here, rather than to discourage anyone from going to Church..
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Modernists think faith is a feeling. Read Pascendi, esp. §7, which says that, according to the Modernists,
Quote:faith, which is the basis and the foundation of all religion, consists in a sentiment which originates from a need of the divine.
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#4
You crack me up, Geremia.

So when Jesus says that he has never seen such faith in all of Israel, speaking of the centurion, do you think He was making a reference to Pascendi?
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(02-15-2014, 06:48 PM)maldon Wrote: You crack me up, Geremia.
Heresy isn't funny.
(02-15-2014, 06:48 PM)maldon Wrote: So when Jesus says that he has never seen such faith in all of Israel, speaking of the centurion, do you think He was making a reference to Pascendi?
"He who heareth you, heareth me." (Luke 10:15); Christ speaks through encyclicals, their being of the "ordinary teaching authority" (cf. Humani Generis §20).

The centurion knows Christ is ruler of the universe in a similar way that the centurion rules his soldiers (Matt. 8:9). The centurion's faith is thus very reasonable and not a feeling.
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#6
I didn't say that heresy cracks me up, Geremia; I said that you crack me up. 
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