PrideNYC2014xThe Relatio Post Disceptationem document, (promulgated by the Synod on the Family meeting in Rome) in its current form, might be seen as inviting blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

The call for accommodation to non-traditional relationships, that equate with being in the state-of-sin (doctrine kept in the closet), represents a false compassion that will likely perpetuate—even multiply the sickness (alienation from God) that Francis seeks to assuage.

In his Encyclical Letter: The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World (1986), St. John Paul II defines blasphemy as the “refusal to accept the salvation which God offers man through the Holy Spirit, working through the power of the Cross. If man rejects the “convincing concerning sin” which comes from the Holy Spirit and which has the power to save, he also rejects the “coming” of the Counselor—that “coming” which was accomplished in the Pascal Mystery, in union with the redemptive power of Christ’s Blood: the Blood which “purifies the conscience from dead works.”

We know that the result of such purification is the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, whoever rejects the Spirit and the Blood remains in “dead works,” in sin. And the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit consists precisely in the radical refusal to accept this forgiveness, of which he is the intimate giver and which presupposes the genuine conversion which he brings about in the conscience. If Jesus says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven either in this life or in the next, it is because this “non-forgiveness” is linked, as to its cause, to “non-repentance,” in other words to the radical refusal to be converted. This means the refusal to come to the sources of Redemption, which nevertheless remain “always” open in the economy of salvation in which the mission of the Holy Spirit is accomplished. The Spirit has infinite power to draw from these sources: “he will take what is mine,” Jesus said. In this way he brings to completion in human souls the work of the Redemption accomplished by Christ, and distributes its fruit. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, then, is the sin committed by the person who claims to have a “right” to persist in evil—in any sin at all—and who thus rejects Redemption. One closes oneself up in sin, thus making impossible one’s conversion, and consequently the remission of sins, which one considers not essential or not important for one’s life. Thus is the state of spiritual ruin, because blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not allow one to escape from one’s self-imposed imprisonment and open oneself to the divine sources of purification of conscience and of the remission of sins.

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