Does the Faith matter anymore? Does the Church care anymore about the salvation of souls? Does the Church believe what She has always taught anymore? Apparently not in many cases, as exemplified here, among the laity and the priests, not to mention the pope and hierarchy.
The story from Italy today is that a reporter went to confession and then reported the “sage” half-baked advice given by the priest. The uproar from the bishops is that her reporting is a violation of the sacrament of confession. From the newspaper’s view, the problem was that the advice was not more clearly in tune with the apparently real changes to doctrine that Pope Francis has sent out by his “sheep whistle”, that people in mortal sin can and should receive Holy Communion, and must be told this in the confessional by all priests now, and that the priest told the woman to seek an annulment, which the report implicitly mocks as stupid because it’s expensive.
The editor of Il Resto Del Carlino, Andrea Cangini, said protests were understandable, but said his paper wanted to investigate “in the most truthful and unprecedented way the extent to which grassroot priests’ sensitivities coincide with Pope Francis’.”
The problem is made worse with the priestly advice, which is deadly for a soul. It started out well enough but devolved into pseudo-Catholicism. When told that the woman was divorced and remarried, he tells her she should seek an annulment.
Alari – who describes herself as a Catholic – wrote that the priest who confessed her suggested she could change parish so as “not to create a scandal,” and asked her to consider seeking the annulment of her failed marriage from a Catholic court – a costly procedure.
He was also quoted as telling her that it was up to her conscience how to behave.
“I am telling you what the Church is asking, but at the end it is you who must make a choice,” the prelate reportedly said.
“It’s clear that from my position, I will never tell you that you can take the communion, as long as the church recognizes only one matrimony. But I will never tell you either that you cannot take it,” he reportedly added.
“I find this perverse from the point of view of professional ethics, and unspeakable from a human point of view,” the segretary [sic] general of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, said in Rome.
A day earlier, the Archbishop of Bologna Carlo Caffarra, speaking on behalf of other bishops from the northern Emilia-Romagna region, issued “the strongest protest” against “serious violation” of a Catholic sacrament.