I confess directly to God!

“I don’t need to confess my sins to a man, I confess directly to God!”  How often have we heard that from our Protestant friends and, even from some Catholics.  Why have Catholic lost their love and understanding for this great gift from Our Lord?  As a kid, I remember my parents standing in long lines on a Saturday to go to Confession.  Much has changed in those years.  In your average parish, the priest is lucky to have a couple of visitors during one hour on a Saturday afternoon.

Forgiveness is the central message of our Lord’s ministry.  Throughout the Gospels, we have examples of Jesus forgiving sins.  Jesus healed the paralytic, and forgave his sins. (Mk 2:5)  He forgave the sinful woman at Simon’s home. (Lk 7:48)  Because the people doubted Jesus’ authority to forgive sins, He healed the paralytic as a sign to demonstrate His power.  (Lk 5:24)

The Church’s authority to forgive sins is not it’s own, it is that power received by Christ with a commission to us it.  Jesus did not call the Apostles to do their own work or to exorcise their own authority.  The Apostles were called to continue the carry on the mission of Jesus Christ.  Part of the Lord’s mission is to sanctify.  Each one of us is called to personal sanctification.  We strive for holiness, yet we are hindered by our sinfulness.

The work of sanctification is to free those in bondage.  Sin is bondage and Jesus came to set the captive free.  There is no greater freedom in life, than knowing you are forgiven.  So, being a major part of His ministry, Our Lord wanted this work to continue through His ministers.  Our Lord breathed the Holy Spirit upon the the Apostles and gave them power.  “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (Jn 20:23)

The Holy Spirit speaking through St. James tells us: “Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.” (James 5:16)  Who would be foolish enough to confess their sins to a man who doesn’t have the authority to forgive the?  There are those who will not tell their sins to a priest, yet they will bear their souls to a counselor or a friend who can do nothing but encourage them.  Who in their right mind would tell their deepest secrets to someone, unless that someone could heal them!  Jesus invested the Apostles and their successors (bishops) and their collaborators (priests) with His divine power to forgive sins in His name.

How can anyone say that they don’t believe in confessing to a priest, when Sacred Scripture directly tells us that is what we need to do!  It is never easy to confess our sins to a priest, but saying your sorry never is!

What if we were to be obedient?

Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in an overwhelming majority, gave final approval to the new translations of the Roman Missal for use in the United States and English speaking countries.  This translation process has dragged on for many, many years.  I was told by a prominent theologian that we would have a new translation in about two years, that was 27 years ago.  The translation in current use is riddled with poor translation.  Some of the prayers in no way resemble the original Latin text.

The problems the new translation faced were many.  In the beginning, most of the translators wanted to put everything into inclusive language, even where it affected the veracity of the prayers.  Because of political correct thinking of the time, so people would have removed “He”, “Him” and “Lord” when referring to Jesus, just to appease a small group of extreme feminists.

The whole translation war came to a grinding halt with “Liturgiam Authenticam“, a document from the Congregation for Divine Worship & The Discipline of the Sacraments, on May 7, 2001.  This document made it very clear what the Church required for official translations of Her Liturgical books.  This document was a major blow to those who wished to water down the Liturgical translations or even compose their own prayers for the Liturgy.  The CDW ” makes it clear in very strong language that poor translations of Liturgical texts have caused harm to the Church and hindered the true renewal intended by the Council Father at Vatican II.

During and right up until the final vote, certain people fought tooth and nail to stop the new translation from being approved by the US Bishops.  They failed!  As we know, it was approved and is not awaiting final approval from Rome, before it goes to press.

If we were handed a horrible translation, like the one in current use, we would be expected to use it, no questions asked.  And if we were to question it, we would be called disobedient, radicals, non-conformists and maybe even traditionalists.  However, since the new translation has been approved, there is a new group, who wants to do their own “grassroots review of the new Roman Missal”.  This group has a website called “What If We Just Said Wait?”.  On the website is a petition with a “Statement of Concern”.

No!  Enough is enough!  No translation is perfect, and if that is what we want, then let’s just go back to the Latin.  If not, there is no more time for waiting.  We have waited long enough!  Maybe the signers of the “wait” website should ask another question, “What if we were to be obedient?”

iPadre #158 – Good and Faithful Servant

God is with us at every aspect of lives journey.  We see this displayed clearly in the seven sacraments.  In this show, we are going to talk about how God even cares for us in our illness and agedness as we prepare to return to the Father’s house.  He does this, in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  How many times a day can you receive Holy Communion?  One of our listeners is taking part in a blog fund raiser. And more feedback.

– Music: “I Give It All To You” by John Polce
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