Sunday, September 16, 2012

Faith vs. Works, St. Paul vs. St. James, The Bishops vs. Pelosi

We have some priests, some sisters, and some politicians who call themselves Catholic who tell everyone "I'm doing the works of God" but who turn around and reject this Church teaching or that Church teaching or don't like the Pope or don't like the Bishops. Listening to some of these priests/sisters/politicians, it is clear they believe that, in fact, one CAN simply work one's way into Heaven, and not only CAN work one's way into Heaven, but that in fact one's resume of spiritual work is ALL that matters. This, however, is the same works-based righteousness that St. Paul condemns, and it is the same works-based righteousness that Martin Luther was reacting to.