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Thursday, March 24, 2016
  Loss of the Council of Trent and its Sacramental Teachings
Priests today, the majority of them, and that includes the Pope, need a good talking to. His, the Holy Father seems to have completely removed the defined teachings of The Council of Trent on the Sacraments. It seems, the ex opere operato and ex opere operantis have been forgotten and have no relevance anymore. Operato the Sacrament is to impart grace by the deed or action itself if no obstacle is placed in the way. The Sacrament is valid if the person receiving is of the right disposition to receive. Operantis means the effect of the Sacrament does not rely upon the acts of the receiver or the validity (worthiness) of the minister. What it means that the Sacrament is valid if it is done with the Church’s viewpoint in the mind of the Administrator. How can we know what the mind of others wants for the one baptized? I dread to think and I hope that the formation in the seminaries really teaches the Council of Trent and the Doctrine of Grace but I fear this hope of mine is wasted.
Vatican 2 expressed the viewpoint Catholics should study Scriptures more. When I hear the Priestly understanding of Baptism from the Scriptures and of the Parable (Ballad) of the prodigal son, I am genuinely astounded at how incomplete is their knowledge. When I hear sermons on the good thief etc that too is a source of amazement at how much is missing from the actual happening. Let me deal with Baptism, Peter as a Hebrew knew full well what the washing of the feet meant. It would do you all good to read Christ’s answer to his refusal and Peter’s eager acceptance His word. That occasion was the Sacrament of Baptism and each of the Apostles knew that sins were forgiven when the dust of the world was washed away. Dust to the Hebrews is and was the dirt of the world, a symbol to them of sin. Thus, a little later in their conversation with Christ, the promise of the arrival of the Paraclete all would understand. Therefore without the state of grace that sanctified, they, the Apostles would  have not been worthy to feast upon the Eucharist. later they through the Paraclete would have understood all the implications of Christ’s words. We too should understand as did the Apostles without “the Divine Advocate to whom we cry, the promise of the Lord most high”, we stand no chance of any real comprehension of the Autobiographical dictations by The Holy Ghost to the Apostles. The Prodigal Son is all by our standards all about and a belief of easy forgiveness, a forgiveness without any effort on our part. Yet I never hear no mention of the Father’s position ever given. He waited for an apology, an expression of sorrow of atonement and reparation from his wayward son, until it came he remained aloof. Then and only then was the fatted calf sacrificed. This my comment, it is perhaps a not very good comment by me that says the atoning sinner received the Father’s blessing, perhaps the symbol of the Eucharist is or can be seen in the fatted calf?
Look at the Good Thief, His confession received forgiveness yet Jesus never once addresses the unrepentant thief. He does not even turn to face him, as the Psalmist often beseeches God to do. It was just as Habakkuk prophesied or taught the Eyes of God are so pure He does not (cannot) see Sinners. One thief received sanctifying grace for his repentance after all this day he was in Paradise. When will Priests teach us of penance, atonement and reparation or are they too far into the principality of lutheran protestantism? I do not think many of priests of the west of whom I am talking are of this mind but their minds are shuttered by their vow to obey the Bishops at the expense of their free will.
So with the silliness of this Pope who does not seem to understand Christ’s acts or does not comprehend Scriptures. He has baptized Moslems and others into the Church. Has he ever gone back and taught them the faith and Catholic Beliefs? He gave them sanctifying Grace but not followed up as without a shadow of doubt they are either lost of fallen catholics. The new claim of Pastoral Judgement for the Church is so far off base. Pastoral is the saving and protection of the sheep from the wolves That is the teaching of Christ's dogma, doctrines and directives that signpost the way of the righteous, as per the shepherding psalm. When the priesthood in the west understand what the priestly power of the keys really are and not use them to make disorder legal and licit their sins of disordered sexuality it will not belong before God Himself will undo the mooring lines and throw us, many of us, out to a stormy sea we will not survive without a true sorrow for our behaviour.

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