Sunday, December 13, 2015

Examination of Conscience for Social Justice Warriors



UPDATE: As expected, the Bear's well-crafted email (he is a lawyer after all) failed to impress Father. "One of many," "none are complete," "where different people are in their lives," "year of mercy," etc. The Bear did learn it came from the local Newman Center, and he suspects it was a project by sincere undergrads. The Bear isn't going to confiscate them all. He did his part. He will respect the priest. (Plus, it would look rather suspicious. Bears are canny that way.) Besides, "Do I need to be in control of all people and all situations?" Maybe he could offer to print out a number of the more traditional version from the USCCB website and put them next to the wacky ones?

At the entrance of the church day, the Bear saw a stack of pages entitled "Examination of Conscience Based on Confiteor." It had a picture of Pope Francis on it. The Bear was pleased that the sacrament of reconciliation was being promoted, so he took one.

Here were some of the "sins" we were supposed to confess.

  • Am I aware of my global relationship to those suffering and dying in other parts of the world?
  • Am I committed to seek peace and promote justice for every person?
  • Do I need to be in control of all people and all situations?
  • Do I use the Earth's resources wisely?
  • Do I accept that society's evils are within my power to change? (Bear's favorite.)

But the really remarkable part was that with all the social justice sins there were hardly any real sins. Not a single sexual sin. No theft, or coveting either. Nothing about the faith. But of course there is the number one sin of Pope Francis: "Have my words caused others hurt?"

Sadly, a person who really relied on this social justice warrior "examination of conscience" would never be able to make a good confession because he would never confront most of his sins.

This is a prime example of how the leftist Franciscan Church can be so easily pushed at the parish level. Note how it re-defines sin: it is now the failure to get with the leftist agenda for the world. You can keep your adulteries, homosexuality and pornography. Just "accept that society's evils are within my power to change."

But we must accept that the Church's evils are within our power to change!

The Bear wrote an email to his priest respectfully asking that they be removed. Is removing harmful material from your church stealing?

On another note, the Bear does not want his new posts to bury what he considers an important one: Sorry St. Paul, We've Written Off Your People. It's about the Vatican's latest statement that it does not seek the conversion of the Jews, and the implications. Please check it out.

19 comments:

  1. Good for you for contacting your priest. Imo if he has any spine, he will think deeply about the implications of these handouts -- something he may not have done -- and remove them.

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  2. It is even worse in my view. Some clergy and modern texts promote the idea of "societal" or "corporate" sin. I guess we are supposed to confess that we live in an unjust society, not about any of our own sins of commission or omission, particularly those related to the 10 commandments.

    Here is the primary examination of conscience. Do I live in a society that is:

    racist, homophobic, fearful of Islam, sexist, plagued by income inequality, prejudice against "the Other," does not "welcome the stranger," and so on.

    And of course their own definitions as to what actions/words constitute such sins apply.

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    1. It really isn't fair for those of us with half a brain. Suddenly we're guilty of twice as many sins.

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  3. Aaaaarrgghh! At the parish penance service last week a version of that same examination of conscience was read aloud by the priest. I was truly anticpating having to hear the words carbon footprint fall from his lips. Deo gratias that did not happen. But Icalled the church office to find out the origin of this hideous tripe and was told (proudly, may I note) that it comes from...wait for it...the USCCB website. So much for my plan to report it to my bishop!

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    1. I checked the USCCB website before writing to see if they were the culprits. They have a normal examination of conscience and a social justice one. The one in question didn't come from there, though.

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  4. Was that last one, "have my words caused others hurt?" really on the list?

    Ignoring Francis for a minute,

    People don't realize that trying to eliminate words that hurt... can hurt those who felt hurt even more than the words did.

    I really liked the diagnosis given by Lukianoff and Haidt in their recent article in The Atlantic, "The Coddling of the American Mind". They describe how treating subjectively-determined offense as objectively-punishable harm is creating real mental harm, starting on our college campuses and working out from there.

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  5. Seems to me Bear that the propaganda you describe is harmful to the parishioners eternal salvation. Therefore it should be an act of charity to grab and pitch it.

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  6. I thought this article was intended to be humorous, didn't realize you were serious. If this is the new Examination I guess I'll have to bring a bag lunch into my next Confession...gonna be in there awhile. I have enough real stuff to clear up every couple of weeks without this.

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    1. The Bear asked if we should just use the Democrat Party platform as our examination of conscience.

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    2. Well, that sure would let off the hook most of the Catholic deathocrats in Congress. But, by using the dem. platform, the rest of us would be piling up sins of omission....

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  7. "On another note, the Bear does not want his new posts to bury what he considers an important one: Sorry St. Paul, We've Written Off Your People.....Please check it out".

    Sacramental Confession is a bedrock Sacrament. I think it is really cool you did something about its protection.

    The two topics are tied together. What a man believes at his core, he will evangelize for. It's only natural. It need not be Christian Faith or even classical religion. It may be atheism, darwinsm .... environmentalism. These other gods also have the flavor of religion.

    Anyone who believes in God does not need instructions from the Pope to evangelize .... or refrain. It is just going to happen anyway.

    And since I don't share belief in environmentalism, I will not " accompany" them down those "new-age" Gaiyan paths. It just isn't going to happen with my eternal soul at stake, with or without their stern lectures.

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    1. We seem to be in an age of deconstruction. But you're right, we can trust our Catholic instincts. Indeed, they are the best guide we have right now.

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  8. Human Life International, a (amazingly enough) international pro life group, used to print a pocket sized confession guide that was of good quality. If still available, you can buy in bulk. A good spiritual work of mercy for your parish in this Year of Mercy.

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  9. Follow up on HLI. Here is a link:
    http://shop.hli.org/product/a-practical-guide-for-the-sacrament-of-confession/

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    1. Thanks. The chance of Father letting me put out any reactionary non-mercy tracts is zilch, however. Personally, I use the iOS one, iConfess. I've seen better, but it's always with me and I'll use it. You can even add sins, which is nice, since some Bear sins aren't normally covered.

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    2. Yes, you're moment of weakness in attacking Leonardo DiCaprio in his new flick, while laudible, probably should be confessed.

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    3. You know, Bear, you could just leave them there w/o making an advanced request. What is it you military guys say: Better to ask forgiveness than permission.

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    4. I definitely think you should re-purpose all copies of such crap for fireplace fodder. I have done so with several Novus Ordo church library books---especially the ones by Sr. Joan Chitster--the pro-abortion nun. Her books were especially fun to burn.

      Seattle Kim

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  10. Seattle Kim,
    Seems to me that would fall somewhere in our spiritual works of mercy.

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