Answering a letter from a priest
1st of May 2021 | AronRa
- Ah, thanks for telling me that Breaking in the Habit = Fr Casey Cole.
- 5:10 It is true that there is no Catholic dogma stating St. Eustace would have been saved even if remaining pagan.
But there is a very definite Catholic legend that Christ told him - from the cross between the antlers of a stag he had been hunting - that he had pleased Him, and this referring to his habit of almsgiving.
- 5:24 "all sins may be forgiven if you but believe"
Do you consider the Council of Trent was held by Sankey and Moodey?
It clearly says, while faith is necessary, it is not sufficient. It says you also need hope and charity and the latter virtue means living a life of love to God and to neighbour. Not only sins against the faith, nor those and those against hope, and in the case of charity, not just sins against charity to God can damn you. Charity against the neighbour is so important, if you don't have it, you lose grace. You are in for Hell.
That is why confession exists. You get a chance to repent. However, confession also means, a thief (if he can) needs to restore the stolen goods and if not at least tell those he stole from he's sorry. Unless he's risking death penalty, or something degrading to the faith, confession means usually he has to give himself in to authorities.
But even more, at least in theory, if you have been guilty of calumniating someone, in ways no court will judge you for, you still need to reverse your ways. E.g. if you have contributed to putting someone into mental hospital by lying about how he was acting when you met him, you'd have to own up, so he could get out, even if you got to gaol.
- 5:33 Three Bible passages noted:
 He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.  Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven.  And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.
 "The blasphemy of the Spirit": The sin here spoken of is that blasphemy, by which the Pharisees attributed the miracles of Christ, wrought by the Spirit of God, to Beelzebub the prince of devils. Now this kind of sin is usually accompanied with so much obstinacy, and such wilful opposing the Spirit of God, and the known truth, that men who are guilty of it, are seldom or never converted: and therefore are never forgiven, because they will not repent. Otherwise there is no sin, which God cannot or will not forgive to such as sincerely repent, and have recourse to the keys of the church.
 "Nor in the world to come": From these words St. Augustine (De Civ. Dei, lib. 21, c. 13) and St. Gregory (Dialog., 4, c. 39) gather, that some sins may be remitted in the world to come; and, consequently, that there is a purgatory or a middle place.
 Amen I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme:  But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.  Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit.
If someone levitates, you can claim he did so by an unclean spirit. If someone breaks bars of iron, you can also claim that. But if someone before your eyes makes people you know to be blind see, people you know to be lame walk, people afflicted with leprosy clean, and later on a man dead for four days live again, you are not entitled to say it's by an unclean spirit.
It's not a question of all and any disbelief.
The third passage is about something else:
 And I say to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God.  But he that shall deny me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God.  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven.
Denying Christ and speaking against Him are two different things. The people who deny Him are those who have already admitted Him, but who refuse to say so when the alternative is martyrdom. It specifically says, there is some kind of understanding for those who mistook Him for only just a man, if for instance they were not seeing His miracles. But there are also ways of being very hardened in disbelief - comparable to a Pharisee seing Him give eyesight to a blind. [and still refusing to believe]
[He seems to have deleted or youtube seems to have deleted reference to Italic quoted comments as being from Challoner. In DR revised by Challoner.]
- 7:30 "the entire history of the Catholic Church"
Is your historiography of that history indebted to Sankey and Moody?