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Pope decries attitudes that hinder the sheep from following Christ

May 06, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on May 5 (video), Pope Francis prayed for those who have died during the pandemic. During his homily, he preached on John 10:22-30, the Gospel reading of the day, and identified wealth, rigidity, sloth, clericalism, and worldliness as attitudes that hinder the sheep from following Christ. The Pope invited those watching the Mass to pray St. Alphonsus Liguori’s act of spiritual communion. The Mass concluded with adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the chanting of the Regina Caeli.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 19, 2020 5:41 PM ET USA

    In the Pope's homily we see another refinement in his definition of "rigidity." "Rigidity" not only includes the condemned behaviors that we have extracted from his comments over the years, but added to this list is scrupulosity. It's not that the confused woman in his story had actually committed this sin, but the intent of the story was to denounce scrupulosity. The woman made 2 mistakes: (1) confusing a venial sin for a mortal sin, (2) blurting it out in public rather than in the confessional