PopeWatch: Sin is Still Sin

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Well that is a relief!  Pope Francis has not abolished sin.  Father Z gives us the details:

Sometimes the truth is weirder than fiction.

I saw it first at Newsmax and hunted up the links.

On 30 December atheist editor of La Reppublica, Eugenio Scalfari, wrote in an editorial piece entitled  ”La Rivoluzione di Francesco – Ha abolito il peccato … “Francis’ Revolution – He abolished sin” HERE

(You will recall that Scalfari printed an “interview” with Pope Francis, during which he didn’t record anything or make notes and subsequently got a bunch of things wrong, cooked up in his ideologized imagination.  The Holy See, ridiculously, put the interview on the Vatican website as if it were some sort of magisterial document and later took it down.  Bottom line: Scalfari gets it wrong… a lot.)

Fr. Lombardi, the papal spokesman, responded that the Pope really didn’t abolish sin.  HERE

Scalfari responds to the response. HERE  Thus, they sell more newspapers.

Newsmax reports it this way:

Vatican Stresses That Pope Has Not Abolished Sin

The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had “abolished sin”, after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures.

The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled “Francis’ Revolution: He has abolished sin”.

Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God’s mercy and forgiveness were “eternal”.  [In your dreams, Gene ol’ buddy, ol’ shoe.]

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that “this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin” was wrong.

“Those who really follow the pope daily know how many times he has spoken about sin and our (human) condition as sinners,” Lombardi said.

Go here to read the rest.  Jesuits, in my experience, tend to be prolix and relish ambiguity.  Neither are helpful to a pope.

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  1. Scalfari has abolished the reality of the human soul, his own. The doctrine of free will is next. Then salvation, mercy and redemption. Atheists have no life in them, only numbness. Perhaps atheists have achieved Nirvana.How does a person love without a human soul? Denying the human soul rejects free will and intellect, not to mention all unalienable rights endowed by our Creator. Alienable rights that are fallible, are granted by the state, and the state can remove them. It is obvious that Scalfari has rejected his intellect using his God-given free will.

  2. It’s hard to believe that Pope Francis would grant an interview
    with the far-left, atheist and gay activist, Eugenio Scalfari, while
    Francis condemns traditional Catholics and warns Catholics to
    view life from experience and not from ideology.

    Also, Pope Francis, who knows good Marxists, is upset with Scalfari
    for distorting his comments concerning sin.

    I miss Pope Benedict!

  3. Too good a Pope we have today ! In spite of his accent on the love and mercy of God he cannot abolish the concept of sin and eternal punishment in hell because , those are things revealed by God through the Scriptures. Jesus Himself has spoken about it very clearly, and the second coming of Christ is precisely for rewarding and punishing the people according to their works !

    Pope is first and for most a jesuit priest. And they meditate upon sin and hell in their annual retreat as taught by the founder of the society of Jesus

  4. The same man makes snide comments about being “inquisitorial” and “condemnational” when preaching the Gospel.

    Raymond Cardinal Burke would never talk like Papa Bergoglio. We would all understand Burke.

  5. How, then, do we balance our message? We do so by preaching Law and Gospel. The Law condemns, but the Gospel, which is a counterbalance, gives life. Everything we were always taught about sin is true. But the Gospel is the message that God, in Jesus Christ, saves us from our sin, that he does not condemn us if we call on him, but gives us life.

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