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the parable of the Good Predator

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 19, 2007

Wrapping up a characteristically petulant and dishonest diatribe against the "fundamentalism" of Church teaching-- in which, this time, he characterizes Sacramentum Caritatis as "a manifesto designed to keep many Catholics from receiving Communion at Mass"-- the Boston Globe's resident anti-Catholic James Carroll poses an interesting question:

The pope's exhortation concludes by referring to the Catholic people as the "flock" entrusted to bishops. Sheep stay inside the fence. But what happens when Catholics stop thinking of themselves as sheep?

They leave the Shepherd, Jim. Hadn't you noticed? And get acquainted with the wolves.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 20, 2007 10:52 AM ET USA

    To enter heaven, we need to hold the true Catholic Faith and we need to be in a state of sanctifying grace. We obtain sanctifying grace through valid sacraments, particularly Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confession. If the shepherds become wolves or if the sacraments become compromised, then reaching heaven is objectively much more difficult. But our Lord has permitted the current situation in the Church, and those who sincerely desire to be saved at any cost can find Truth and salvation.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 19, 2007 10:32 PM ET USA

    Come on hUMPTY, salvation is deacon proof, priest proof, and even bishop proof. There is only one Good Shepherd, and to the extent that the others conform themselves to Him they are good too. But if they don't, which they don't very often, that does not do too much damage to the work of the Good.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 19, 2007 2:39 PM ET USA

    what should members of the flock do when they learn their Shepherd is really a Wolf?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 19, 2007 12:20 PM ET USA

    They start out like James Carroll and end up in a nice warm place with Judas and Hitler as neighbors.

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