On All Souls’ Day, Francis reminds his sheeple that nothing can separate us from Christ’s Love — Yeah well, not quite: It is true that St. Paul asks rhetorically, “Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword?” (Rom 8:35). But notice what St. Paul does not say, namely, “Shall adultery? Shall fornication? Shall calumny? Shall blasphemy? Shall murder? Shall drunkenness? Shall theft?” — Because those things do indeed separate us from the love of Christ, as they destroy sanctifying grace: “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9-10)
@AlbinusFalco But we’re not talking about merely *apparent* contradictions with Francis. Like I said, either the death penalty is morally wrong or it’s not. You can’t accept both, and Francis has explicitly noted the contradiction to prior teaching.
@AlbinusFalco No, absurdities cannot be accepted for any reason, nor can any legitimate authority require us to (least of all God, who is perfectly wise and reasonable). You’re equivocating on the term “absurdity.”
@AlbinusFalco Well of course you can always simply pretend that all is well, but the human mind cannot be obliged to accept absurdities. You either believe the death penalty is or isn’t per se contrary to the Gospel. Both can’t be, Francis or no Francis.
@AlbinusFalco It has not been divinely revealed that Francis is Pope, so it cannot be accepted on Faith. Either way, though, accepting Francis as Pope has consequences, and the consequences lead to contradiction.