FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
October 13, 2015
Those prelates who want to liberalize our Church’s teaching and pastoral practice bring up good aspects or virtues but applied in a non-positive way. The most blatant is to cite mercy and compassion but to actually propose false mercy. The other is to not speak in offensive language, but in so doing, fail to speak of one’s sin.
Now we have another. It is “accompaniment.” This means to accompany those who are in sin, be nice to them, not to antagonize them, and then hopefully they will at some point see the light and turn away from their sin. No, that is not going to work. Indeed we accompany those who have lost their way, but it is not just being with them as they continue to lose their way. It is being with them so that we might lead them to the truth.
Liberal prelates will try every approach, coated with spiritual language, to try to get their way in accommodating sin. Know the truth and resist distortions of the truth. Be very discerning. Reject anything and everything that will water down our faith, and worse, open the door to Modernism in our Church.
Toronto’s cardinal tells Synod: True ‘mercy’ challenges people to follow God
ROME, October 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – As participants and attendees at the Vatican’s Synod on the Family seek greater emphasis on “accompanying” people in sinful situations, Toronto’s cardinal is stressing that true accompaniment must lead people to follow God.
Cardinal Thomas Collins told Catholic News Service on Thursday that during his three-minute intervention at the Synod he used the Gospel account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus to illustrate his point.
“They were going in the wrong direction, actually, and they’re going into the night,” he said. “Just to have accompaniment as people are moving in the direction away from the Lord is not enough. We need to be with them in order to help people to follow our Lord.”
“The truest compassionate mercy is a compassion that challenges,” the cardinal explained. Meeting people “where they are” comes first, “but that is only the first thing. The second thing is to help them become what God wants them to be.”
Many have expressed concern that the “accompaniment” proposed by many Synod fathers would involve watering down the Church’s teaching and compromising with sin. The most high-profile example is Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and then remarried civilly.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned in his intervention to the Synod, which he published on the website of his archdiocesan newspaper, that the Synod’s working text has a “subtle hopelessness” about the possibility of families living out the Church’s teachings.
“This leads to a spirit of compromise with certain sinful patterns of life and the reduction of Christian truths about marriage and sexuality to a set of beautiful ideals — which then leads to surrendering the redemptive mission of the Church,” he said.
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