By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pope Not Following the "Raise the Ramparts" Talking Points on the Web

Such an approach is very popular among some conservatives on the internet. It is about time that some of us conservative Catholics simply drop the irate, polemical approach which is tiresome, self-defeating, and, most important of all, simply not Christian. That tiresome approach is not the approach of the Pope. Here are his words. They remind me of Bonhoeffer's famous remarks condemning "cheap grace." The two Germans are thinking alike on this matter.

“This we have always known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way, that the greatest persecution of the church does not come from the enemies outside but is born from the sin in the church,” he added. “The church has a profound need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn on the one hand forgiveness but also the necessity of justice. And forgiveness does not substitute justice.”

Source link (thanks to our Rhode Island news source; emphasis added).

The last line is powerful and applicable in many settings. Too many have adopted an easy, superficial Christianity that supposedly gives them the license to say that they are forgiven without seriously and diligently desiring to embrace the obligations of justice which are the authentic signs of true contrition. If you want an easy "out," stick with your prior beliefs.