- Dec 14, 2019
David Cloutier and Jana Bennett are the editors of ‘Naming Our Sins: How Recognizing the Seven Deadly Vices Can Renew the Sacrament of Reconciliation.’ They spoke to Crux.
When Lent begins March 6, U.S. Catholics will likely be more than ready for it.
In Lent, Father Jeffrey Kirby writes, “It’s the assurance of love and divine acceptance that empowers us to acknowledge our offenses and sins.”
“We’re in a struggle for souls. Our adversary is the devil,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has warned, adding that Satan appreciates the irony that humanity cannot appreciate Jesus’ mission without him and that he “exploits this to his full advantage.”
‘Amoris Laetitia’ has caused a shift in moral theology — but no innovation: As many have pointed out, it’s wholly consonant even with recent papal teaching, and is rooted in an ancient pastoral tradition. To walk with people living in objective states of sin but with diminished subjective culpability, helping them to do God’s will in their concrete state with the help of the sacraments, doesn’t undermine teaching on sin, but puts into practice the merciful pedagogy of God.
In a new interview with a German newspaper, Pope Francis denies seeing conservative American Cardinal Raymond Burke as an “enemy,” but does take a gentle swipe at “fundamentalist Catholics,” saying their self-assurance reminds him of St. Peter just before he denied knowing Jesus.