Fr. Alain Lorans's reflects on the Sacrament of Penance whom Protestants have been deprived by Luther's Reform.
In the latest Letter to Friends and Benefactors of the Society of Saint Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay writes: “The dangers of this ecumenical irenicism, which was denounced by Pius XII in Humani Generis (1950), are immense and extremely serious, because it discourages conversions to Catholicism. What Protestant, seeing the ‘riches’ and the ‘venerable traditions’ of Luther’s Reform being praised, would feel the need to convert?”
In 1978 the novelist Julien Green published his spiritual autobiography entitled The Green Paradise, in which he traced his “journey from his Protestant faith to the Catholic faith.” He was 78 years old, and he was anxious to come personally and place this book into the hands of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who was passing through Suresnes, a western suburb of Paris. He admitted to the missionary prelate that his conversion had taken place in 1916 and that it would have been much more difficult, or even impossible, after the Protestantizing reforms introduced by Vatican Council II. In his book he declares that it was the unshakable certainty of forgiveness that he was looking for and that he found in the sacrament of Confession.
On July 30, 2006, the Lutheran pastor Sten Sandmark renounced his Protestant faith at the church of Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet. The previous day he admitted that for five years he had heard confessions in psychiatric hospitals or prison settings but that he had no real absolution to give. He listened to what his penitents confided to him as a psychiatrist listens to his patients. Though he had the intention of speaking to them about Jesus Christ, of course, he acknowledged: “I did not absolve them.”
Bishop Fellay concludes his letter thus: “Following Our Lord, we pray and work so that the lost sheep might find again the path that will lead them safely to salvation, the path of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. We pray also that this illusory irenicism may be abandoned very quickly and that in its place a true movement of conversion may be reborn, like the one that existed before the Council, particularly in English-speaking countries.”
Source: FSSPX.News - 04/24/2017