Vatican cardinal: ‘It is not mercy to lie about sin’
March 23, 2023
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary since 2013, delivered an 11-page lecture to participants in the Penitentiary’s 33rd annual course on the internal forum.
Devoting his lecture to the gift of indulgences, the 78-year-old prelate said that indulgences manifest God’s mercy and contribute to the sanctification of the faithful. He highlighted in the value of partial indulgences, which help the faithful to turn their hearts to the Beloved several times per day, and encouraged participants to preach about indulgences as a means to open the hearts of a secularized generation to “the greatness of the mystery of redemption and, with it, of that of sanctification.”
Cardinal Piacenza, who once served as Secretary (2007-10) and Prefect (2010-13) of the Congregation for the Clergy, also warned that “it is not mercy to lie about sin.”
“Only a misunderstood mercy, devoid of Christian realism, can abdicate the very serious task of judge and physician that Christ entrusts to the Apostles and their successors,” and which “Christ entrusts to every confessor,” he said.
The prelate said that the Lord longs “to destroy every sin with the fire of His Mercy.” Thus, “the individual priest has the serious duty to admonish the sinner about the gravity of his condition and, if he were not do it, he himself would answer before God.”
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- Lectio Magistralis (Apostolic Penitentiary)
- L’indulgenza segno della misericordia (L’Osservatore Romano)
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Posted by: Gramps -
Mar. 24, 2023 8:42 PM ET USA
"Only a misunderstood mercy, devoid of Christian realism, can abdicate the very serious task of judge and physician that Christ entrusts to the Apostles and their successors,...." Christian, no, Catholic realism is missing from Francis' entire pontificate. Result? Three years in a new (Midwest) parish: Homilies on Confession? ZERO. On sin? ZERO. On the Eucharist? ZERO. On the Commandments? ONLY on "love your neighbor". This parish is a part of the Church of "nice". Pathetic.
Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Mar. 23, 2023 10:17 PM ET USA
"Only a misunderstood mercy, devoid of Christian realism, can abdicate the very serious task of judge. ...the individual priest has the serious duty to admonish the sinner about the gravity of his condition". Now this is the way that popes prior to the present evangelized clergy and the faithful. There is no room in this indictment for wishy-washy or slanderous notions such as "Who am I to judge?" This cardinal insists that a yes means yes, and a no means no. Utterly refreshing message from Rome