During his sermon he said in so many words that Saint John the Evangelist was wrong with his black and white stance on faith and the necessity of acknowledging Jesus Christ to avoid damnation. He added that he "was a work in progress," meaning that St. John was partly wrong.
He, of course, misreads St. John's Gospel. Nowhere in that Gospel does the Evangelist, so loved by Christ for his innocence, ever say that one must believe in Jesus Christ the first second one hears of Him [although that would be most meritorious for such a soul who did so], only that one must believe in Jesus Christ, which means before one dies, which means "a work in progress," as the priest described himself, saying that he did indeed believe in Jesus Christ. So the implication is that others may not necessarily have to, by definition or else his little blast at St. John would have been unnecessary for his sermon.<>Now the Evangelists and all the Scripture writers wrote under the infallible inspiration of God the Holy Spirit and thus every word they wrote is true and nothing can be subtracted from what they wrote because God is the actual author of the Bible. To imply that St. John was a bit rigid [in the pejorative sense] is to say that God is also, which is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, by rigid modernists mean harsh or unjust, not unchanging as God is indeed unchanging.
Please pray to St. John that this priest will realize the scandal he gave and continues to give by some of his more inane ramblings called homilies and or sermons, most of which are pep talks to tell the people how wonderful they are and how they need more self-esteem. One wonders if he knows the true meaning of humility and what authentic self-esteem is.
some prayers from the Raccolta
be said as acts of reparation, adding to the first, an intention for
priest's change of heart:
Prayer to Saint John the Evangelist
Apostle, Saint John, who for
virginal purity wast so beloved
by Jesus as to merit to rest thy head upon His Divine bosom, and to be left,
in His stead, as a son to His most holy Mother, I implore thee to set me on
fire with a burning love for Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me, I pray, this grace
from our Lord, that, even now, with my heart set free from earthly affections,
I may be made worthy to be ever united to Jesus as His faithful disciple and to
Mary as her devoted child both here on earth and then forever in Heaven. Amen.
Aspiration and Prayers for Pardon and Priests
Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, light of the world, I adore Thee; for Thee I live, for Thee I die. Amen.
My GOD, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.
This prayer is from the Diary of St. Mary Faustina Kowalska [1905-1938] of the Divine Mercy Devotion.
O MY JESUS, I beg Thee on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light Thy Spirit, and give power to the words of priests, so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to Thee.
Lord, give us holy priests; Thou Thyself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and great High Priest, may the power of Thy mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares, which are continually being set for the souls of priests.
May the power of Thy mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for Thou can do all things. I ask Thee, Jesus, for a special blessing and for light for the priests before whom I will make my confessions throughout my lifetime. Amen.
A Prayer for Priests
eternal High Priest, Divine
Thou Who in an unspeakable burst
of love for men, Thy brethren, didst cause the Christian priesthood to spring forth from
Thy Sacred Heart, vouchsafe to pour forth upon Thy priests continual living streams
of infinite love.
in them, transform them into Thee; make them, by Thy grace, fit
of Thy mercy; do Thou act in them and through them, and grant, that they may become
wholly one with Thee by their faithful imitation of Thy virtues; and, in Thy Name and
by the strength of Thy spirit, may they do the works which Thou didst
accomplish for the salvation of the world.
Redeemer of souls, behold how great is the multitude of those who still
in the darkness of error; reckon up the number of those unfaithful sheep who stray
to the edge of the precipice; consider the throngs of the poor, the hungry, the
ignorant and the feeble who groan in their abandoned condition.