…with more guts – and a better grip on the Bible – than many Protestants. In the pew or at the pulpit.
Can old-school Catholics go to heaven?
Entrance into heaven is not based on the votes of men: and a good thing too. But if God chooses to ask my opinion (and Christians are supposed to have the Mind of Christ), I’ll say yes to this man.
Despite his obvious theological errors — “Queen of Heaven? Vicar of Christ? The very notion of a priesthood above the commoners? Magical rites?” — he understands there are sins, as defined by God, that must be repented of to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Definitely imperfect. Serious theological errors. But salvation is not based on how sharp our theology is, but if we place Christ and His Word above all things.
Regardless of the will of our Betters. Or of the masses, for the matter.”
If the majority of Catholic priests – never mind the cardinals and the pope, just the majority of priests – were as serious and as committed as this man, the Roman Catholic Church would have already reconquered the West.
Easy as pie, like a hot knife through butter.
But the new wine does not return to old wineskins.
(Although the old, 80-year-old wine in the old wineskin might be found.)
A blast from the past can be refreshing. The medieval Catholic Church, including the monasteries, have come closer to an actual, decentralized, Biblical Christian community on earth than anything the Protestants have done to date.
(Especially as Calvin and Luther were so quick to put the words of princes and kings above the Law of God!)
But we must build the Kingdom of God, with our hands and our money and our time. Today and into the future, not 800 years ago. With the growth of Christian understanding of today, not an understanding of the Gospel frozen centuries ago.
New wine for new wineskins. At least as good as the old wine, but the goal is to be better – not worse – then the old wine.
From GetReligion.com, Irish priest dares to preach on sex and sin – creating a hellish media firestorm
For centuries, Irish Catholics heard priests deliver sermons about sin, hell, repentance, grace and heaven.
Times have changed and an 80-year-old priest in County Kerry didn’t get the memo.
“How will people know that God wants to forgive them if we don’t tell them?”, said Father Sean Sheehy, preaching as a substitute priest at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel. “How will people who are lost, be found, if we – as God’s people – don’t call them and say, ‘Look, God loves you. He has come to call sinners. But he wants you to have life, and to have it to the full’? …That’s what he wants. He wants you to live life to the fullest.”
The problem was that Sheehy’s October 30 sermon stressed ancient Catholic doctrines on behaviors many modern Catholics refuse to call “sins.”
This caused a media storm, including this Irish Times headline: “Fr Sheen Sheehy’s Listowel sermon was an uncomfortable reminder of who we really were.” Also, Kerry Bishop Ray Browne apologized, after 20-plus parishioners walked out of the rite, and barred Sheehy from saying Mass until the parish priest returns to the altar.
During his sermon, Sheehy fiercely condemned core doctrines of the Sexual Revolution, while defending Catholic teachings on marriage and sex.
“What is so sad today is you rarely hear about sin but it’s rampant. It’s rampant,” he said. “We see it, for example, in the legislation of our governments. We see it in the promotion of abortion. We see it in the example of this lunatic approach of transgenderism. We see it, for example, in the promotion of sex between two men and two women.
“That is sinful, that is mortal sin and people don’t seem to realize it. … And we need to listen to God about it – because if we don’t, then there is no hope for those people.”
In his public statement about the furor, Bishop Browne said it’s crucial for Catholics to have “total respect for one another” and it was wrong for Sheehy to address these issues during a weekend Mass.
“I apologize to all who were offended,” he said. “The views expressed do not represent the Christian position.”
In a Catholic Herald essay published as the Sheehy controversy erupted, former Anglican bishop Gavin Ashenden said “sin” has become one of the most controversial words in Catholic life. This includes the new “Enlarge the Space of Your Tent” document from the Vatican’s global Synod on Synodality.
“The tent is presented as a place of radical inclusion from which no one is excluded,” wrote Ashenden, a former chaplain to the late Queen Elizabeth II. He converted to Roman Catholicism in late 2019.
“Since God is love, he obviously doesn’t want anyone to experience being unloved and therefore excluded; ergo God, who is Love, must be in favour of radical inclusion. Consequently, the language of hell and judgement in the New Testament must be some form of aberrational hyperbole which must not be taken seriously, because the idea of God as inclusive love takes precedence. And since these two concepts are mutually contradictory, one of them has to go. Inclusion stays, judgement and hell go.”
Father Sheehy, who served in the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana before retiring in Ireland, has not remained silent. In a Radio Kerry interview, he claimed that most of the congregation remained in the pews and, at the end of Mass, gave him a standing ovation.
“I know myself that what I said cannot be disproven by any honest-to-God Catholic, Christian or Catholic teaching, and that’s the bottom line,” said the priest. The bishop, he added, was “muzzling the truth in order to appease people.”
Most of all, he refused to retreat from his sermon’s call for repentance from sin – period. The goal of the Catholic life is, he said, to become a saint.
“Why are they saints? Because they repented and because they sought forgiveness,” he said, near the close of the sermon. “As somebody said one time, ‘Heaven is full of converted sinners.’ And so, today, God says to us: ‘I have come to call sinners. But if you don’t admit you’re a sinner, then you are not listening to my call, and I can’t do anything for you – because it’s a two-way street.'”
The great thing about being a Protestant is that the laity can tell the man-worshipping Bishop of Baal to get out of the church.
Something that a hierarchal church with an exalted priest controlling the
covenantal signs magical rituals simply can’t do, and the Pope simply will not do.
The Word of God trumps any church and any hierarchy. Including every state hierarchy.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” -- Matthew 7:24-27, ESV
And it’s the Christian’s job – especially the Reformed Calvinist job – to make this truth part of our deeds, as well as our words.
Every house we build – family, congregation, business, charity, club, civic association, scientific, legal, engineering, financial, local government, national government – must be founded on the rock.