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.