Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI: Sin, Satanic Influence and the Toleration of Evil Are at the Root of the priestly sexual abuse scandals

"The theology of the wandering people of God, who have 'no lasting city' here but are simply on their way to the Promised Land, to their inheritance, has here one of its basic starting points. The Eucharist is nourishment for pilgrims; Christ is the spiritual Rock, who is wandering along with us.....The Eucharist does not grant us any quasi-magical assurance of salvation. It always demands and involves our freedom. And therefore the risk of losing our salvation always remains; our gaze remains fixed on the judgment to come." (Pope Benedict XVI, Eucharist and Mission, Address given at the Eucharistic Congress of Como, September 10, 1997).

"..what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?" (1 Corinthians 10: 20-22).

Saint Paul instructs us to "shun the worship of idols." (1 Corinthians 10: 14). Anything which takes the place of God is an idol: money, power, fame, lust. God does not want us to be partners with demons.


Derek said...

I wonder if "Terry" finds Pope Benedict XVI to be "too negative"?

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Like many other confused Catholics, Terry chooses to ignore the words of Pope John XXIII: " long as we are journeying in exile over this earth, our peace and happiness will be imperfect. For such peace is not completely untroubled and serene; it is active, not calm and motionless. In short, this is a peace that is ever at war. It wars with every sort of error, including that which falsely wears the face of truth; it struggles against the enticements of vice, against those enemies of the soul, of whatever description, who can weaken, blemish, or destroy our innocence or Catholic faith." (Ad Petri Cathedram No. 93).

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