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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Hoping the Pope Listens to the Right Voices

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Father Scanlon gets it right again. Why can’t good priests like him be the advisers to the Pope. The Holy Father needs to be surrounded by the right people… not dissenters.

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Stuck Between the Rock & a Hard Place

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Who are we going to punish? I worry about this as a priest in reference to the distribution of Holy Communion, absolution in the sacrament of Penance and in terms of preaching a faith message from the Scriptures that might immediately be interpreted as “hate speech.” Passivity and toleration is not enough to appease certain people… it is being demanded that conventional Christians become advocates for sinful behavior. If a priest gives the sacraments to anyone, no matter what their views and lifestyle, then does he not become an accomplice in their sin? Would he forfeit his own immortal soul for causing scandal and violating conscience, the commandments and his sacred duty? For the sake of accompaniment, can a bishop or even pope force a priest to say or do something that he views as sinful and wrong?

Matters are Heating Up in Rome

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Bishop René Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, has asked that his name be added to the Filial Correction. The document asserts that ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is promoting heretical propositions, particularly about marriage and the reception of the sacraments. He views the current situation as akin to the historical Arian controversy. This is a bad situation all around.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/vatican-remains-silent-on-filial-correction

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/28/popes-deputy-urges-dialogue-after-francis-accused-heresy.html

The Pope is Servant, Not Master

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Bishop Schneider states:

“We should bear in mind, that the Pope is the first servant in the Church (servus servorum). He is the first who has to obey in an exemplary manner all the truths of the unchanging and constant Magisterium, because he is only an administrator, and not an owner, of the Catholic truths, which he has received from all his predecessors.”

“The bishops are not employees of the Pope, but Divinely constituted colleagues of the Pope, although jurisdictionally subordinated to him, yet still colleagues and brothers. When the Pope is himself tolerating a wide dissemination of obvious errors of faith and of grave abuses of the sacraments (like the admittance of unrepentant adulterers to the sacraments), the bishops should not behave themselves like servile employees wrapping themselves in silence.”

But Did the Good Father Classify the Right as Nazis?

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And the enemies of Christ must be laughing as the Church fights with herself. The left and right battle it out… while everyone in the middle suffers. I hope we do not forget the forgiveness of sins and the salvation of souls. Truth and charity are often the first casualties when it comes to heated polemics.

Do We Want YES MEN or Prophets of Truth?

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With all due respect to the Vatican, the Cardinal has a point. We must practice what we preach. In this case, social justice starts at home.

Not Hard to Read Between the Lines

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This will be interpreted by many as an attempt to supercede the clarity of St. Pope John Paul II’s FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO with the ambiguity of AMORIS LAETITIA.

I would still want to show every respect and priests need to be obedient to Christ, the Holy Father and to their bishops. But I am also trying to be honest as I struggle with this change of direction in the Church. Parsing words by those in denial will no longer work. It is obvious now, our course has shifted.