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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Prodigal Son vs. The Liberal Father

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The Prodigal Son vs. The Liberal Father
Today from Vatican Insider: In the Gospel, “Jesus reminds us that one does not live in the house of the Lord because they expect a reward but because they have the dignity of co-responsible children. It is not about “bartering” with God but following Jesus who gave his life unconditionally on the cross.” At today’s Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis continued a series of catecheses dedicated to the Jubilee theme of mercy, explaining the parable of the “merciful father”, better known as the parable of the prodigal son...

 “Let us begin from the end, from the joy in the heart of the Father, who says: “Let us rejoice, because my son was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found”. These were the words with which the father interrupted his youngest son when the latter was confessing his guilt: “I am no longer worthy to be called your son…” But the father’s heart found this remark unbearable and hastened to give the symbols of his son’s dignity back to him: beautiful clothes, a ring, sandals. The father Jesus describes is not an offended or resentful father who says: ‘you’ll pay!’. No, on the contrary, the father embraces him; all the father cares about is that his son is there in front of him, alive and well. The scene of the son’s return is moving: “While he was still far away, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” What does this mean? It means the father would constantly go up onto the terrace and look out onto the road to see if his son was coming home. He waited for him. Despite everything his son had done, he waited for him. How beautiful a father’s tenderness is…” READ ARTICLE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Words fail. Surely His Holiness realizes the difference here is that the prodigal son came home. He ceased being 'prodigal' and admits to his sins. The Year of Mercy seems to be sort of glossing over that part. The prodigal son doesn't really need to change all that much, it seems.  He doesn't even need to come home. He can still live with his mistress. He can be a public adulterer. It doesn't matter. He gets the fatted calf anyway.

Holy Mother Church as always been a faithful dispenser of God's mercy, long before Francis arrived on the scene. We've all been forgiven in Confession. We've all wept with gratitude over God's great mercy. All that was ever required of us His wayward children was to make some effort to stop sinning and to repent. Demanding Mercy without repentance is a blasphemy against God.

The parable is called 'The Prodigal Son', Your Holiness, not the 'The Liberal Father.'


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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.