I suppose that title doesn’t narrow things down much. I mean there’s a lot in it, but, buried in the gratuitous detailed sexual content and useless advice helpful to nobody, there was one little tidbit. Personally, I might even find this the biggest scandal, so I am going to focus on this since, well, everyone else is focusing on the sexual content because there was so much of it and it was so bad. That is covered so I’ll focus on this mostly overlooked tidbit.
Let us remember that God’s grace can coexist with weaknesses and even with sins, when there is a very strong conditioning. In those cases, the person can do things that are objectively sinful, without being guilty, and without losing the grace of God or the experience of his love. Let’s see how the Catechism of the Catholic Church says this:
Imputability and responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified by ignorance, inadvertence, duress, fear, habit, inordinate attachments, and other psychological or social factors (CCC 1735). https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2024/01/mysticism-and-sex-rediscovered-1998.html (Honestly, if you don’t have to discuss it or educate people as to why Cardinal Fernandez should be in a corner somewhere saying non-stop Rosaries for the rest of his life, I wouldn’t click the link.)
He quoted the catechism out of context for a reason. This is a common tactic with him and the James Martin, SJ cult and it’s poisoning people. I know someone who was told by his spiritual director that if you’ve been committing a sin for a long time, you are not culpable for it because it’s just become habitual. This is why these jerks have to partially quote this, because if they actually quoted in context, people might see that, no, they still have a responsibility to try and overcome that sin and properly form their conscience. Do you know how hard it is to deprogram someone from bad spiritual advice? It’s mighty hard because they’ve just been told they can keep sinning and their sin isn’t a sin. Who doesn’t want to believe that???
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