allsaints-rouault“In this thou has spoken truly.” John 4:17

Artwork: Georges Rouault

stbenedictbasilicaIn recent days we’ve seen the flattening of churches in Norcia, Italy, including the Basilica of St. Benedict — ahead of Pope Francis’ trip to Sweden to “heap praise on Luther” as one journalist put it.

Luther’s protest of 1517 began as a response to the perversion of the indulgence process, which had became ‘pay to play’ under Pope Leo X. Today we see a perversion of ‘mercy’ in the practice of letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics decide for themselves about partaking in communion (“organic development” as one cardinal put it). To be in union with the Lord we need to not be in a structure of sin, but rather one of salvation.