Saturday, September 24, 2016

Um... about that smell of the sheep thing...

 Most people's experiences with sheep is meeting a groomed pet at someone's hobby farm or seeing them at the fair. Sheep that aren't pets can get a bit whiffy when their wool gets wet from the rain or when they get sick and suffer from diarrhea. In ancient times shepherds weren't always welcomed at the finer establishments because they smelled like their sheep or to speak plainly, they stank.  When a priest or a bishop or a pope says go be among the people and smell of your sheep they're saying in a roundabout way that the laity are so dumb and sinful that we actually stink of it and that's okay. Our Lord never said "Go right along with the stinking, dumb sinner and don't hold them to any standard or ask them to mend their ways." He really didn't.

Dearest, clergy, how about washing the sheep with the sacraments and cleaning yourself while you're at it?


Sal said...

Here you go, from a man who knows what he's talking about:

Liam Ronan said...

"Now thanks be to God, who always maketh us to triumph in Christ Jesus, and manifesteth the odour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.

To the one indeed the odour of death unto death: but to the others the odour of life unto life. And for these things who is so sufficient? For we are not as many, adulterating the word of God; but with sincerity, but as from God, before God, in Christ we speak." 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

We are to seek after the odour of Christ, our Life, any other odour that clings to us is death. said...

It is clear That Pope Francis is preaching another gospel and not the Gospel deposited with the Church and that she ought to preach. And anyone preaching a gospel other than one and only Gospel that ought to be preached, let him be accursed [cf. Gal 1:6-10 (RSVCE)].
Amoris Laetitia Ch 8: “Accompanying, discerning and integrating weakness” is A NEW GOSPEL vs. "repent, and believe in the gospel" and "shepherds with the odour of the sheep” [cf. Chrism Mass 2013] vs. "the aroma of Christ to God" [cf. 2 Cor 2:15 - and @Liam Ronan's comment].
Rightfully so the sheep have been agitated since they are hearing from their chief pastor a different gospel.

SusanBV said...

I am so tired of hearing about the "smell like the sheep" thing. First of all, it is really irritating that Bergolio designates the whole lot of the laity as a stinky, stupid crowd that must be cultivated by the very priests he continually castigates for being too prideful and royal in their commodious lifestyles. If this is the way they are, then why send them to us? Aren't we worth more than their condescension? And, further, every time Bergolio talks about "the poor," he speaks as if they are all morally ignorant and incapable of rational discourse and, therefore, have to be offered his special brand of mercy that is reserved for retarded people "who know nothing." We all have much more dignity than he allows for us. We should be treat respectfully. All his gushy sentimentality is sickening. We are, indeed, made in the image and likeness of God. We are capable of deification by the grace of Christ's redemption. He should recognize this.

newguy40 said...

Sheep are an excellent comparison to people and it's no wonder that Jesus makes the comparison.
Lazy, stupid and easily distracted and led away from the shepherd. Me and the sheep, I mean.