Father Herrera, left: always carries a condom, just in case. Father Herrera, left: always carries a condom, just in case.

Priest creates stir with sex life revelations

'Having a fling is never disagreeable and gives one emotional stability'

A Catholic priest who admitted in an interview that he engages in sex has caused a stir in the church and brought an apology from the archdiocese of Hermosillo.

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Tomás Herrera confessed on Thursday to be “free” in his sex life and always carries a condom with him should the need for one arise.

“If there’s a need to play a match,” he said, “I play it.”

“I always carry my condom ready if necessary, because having a fling is never disagreeable to anyone and gives one emotional stability,” he said in the interview on an internet program called Proyecto Puente.

Although he said he had never used the condom, he did admit to having had sexual relations as a priest.

Church officials in Sonora, meanwhile, will investigate the matter and decide what consequences the priest will face.

The rector of a seminary in Hermosillo told CNN that celibacy for priests in the Catholic church was a requirement and not an option.

Originally from Spain, Herrera was appointed this week as parish priest at San Pedro-El Saucito to the east of Hermosillo, but spent six years away from the church as director of the state Institute of Values and Training.

His role was to develop a humanist vision among public servants, providing training in ethics and morals.

He was hired by former governor Guillermo Padrés, who is now in jail facing corruption charges. He is accused of embezzling nearly 450 million pesos.

Source: Animal Político (sp), Excélsior (sp), CNN (sp)

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  • jdwfinger

    The catholic church should allow priests to marry.
    Maybe even try a little birth control too in Mexico.

    • jusoh

      Those who cannot follow the oath of Celebacy need not become a priest and if already one, can apply to be laicized and get married. Why those who chose to stay have a sinister purpose which is to demonise the church in cahoot with the chief devil, Satan.

    • Vortex viewer

      This is a canard. People are not forced to become priests. If chooses to do so, its with the knowledge that celibacy is part of the deal.

    • brbg

      Diversing sexual activity from its purpose is a sin. Priests must imitate Jesus and live their lives only for God and the church. Anything else is dividing his loyalties.

    • Tony Cooper

      What an illogical statement.

  • Three score and ten

    An oath just ain’t what it used to be.

  • Beau

    “The rector of a seminary in Hermosillo told CNN that celibacy for priests in the Catholic church was a requirement and not an option”. What a stupid draconian statement, no wonder the Catholic church is full of pedophiles.

    • jusoh

      Rubbish, they are free to leave but chose to stay to damage the church from within to help Satan at his job.Also to say the Catholic Church is full of pedophiles is a great lie, its only a very small number of priest like these. Why did they choose to stay when they can leave?. None other than a demonic purpose.

    • brbg

      The sexual abusers in the church are members of the gay mafia. Teachers and coaches have the most sexual complaints against them but they can marry, thus debunking your theory.

    • Tony Cooper

      You mean homosexuals, I believe, although not as many as one finds in the Protestant cults.

  • jusoh

    This smoke of Satan must be cast out. He should leave the Priesthood but chose to stay to damage the church. An evil design. He is never forced to stay so why stay if he cannot follow the oath of Celibacy he has taken ?.

    • Live wire

      Because being a priest pays him, buys him clothes meals room and board. Unfortunately, this problem is not with just a few. One day and pray it be soon, Jesus’ church and the world will be visited by His justice. Right now is His time of mercy, but shortly will be His time of justice, according to St. Faustina. It will be a terrible day for those who have not repented

      • Mike Feehan

        Jesus’ church is made up of born again believers…Jesus’ church and the RC church with all of its man made traditions could not be any different…Nowhere in the Bible do you see that Mary is sinless, Nowhere in the Bible do you see priests forgiving sins, indulgences, purgatory, holy days of obligation, etc,etc..1 Timothy 4:3 states the following: Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth…Golly Gee, just WHO requires their priests to not marry and also to abstain from meats?? Totally against what SCRIPTURE has to say…No, Jesus’ church is made up again of true born again believers, not in an institution which has a bunch of flat out man made traditions…

        • brbg

          It’s all in the Bible, Mike. You have just been blinded by Protestant false interpretations of scripture. Besides. if you read the Bible, then you know that Jesus stated he had much more to teach us but we were not yet ready to receive it. He promised Peter and the Apostles the Holy Spirit to guide them to the fullness of Truth. Protestants don’t have this promise and have missed out on that fullness. If you read the Bible you MUST be aware of Jesus sending His priests out to forgive or bind sins in His name. Trouble is, you do not READ the Bible.Mary is the woman clothed with the sun who will crush the head of Satan.

          • Mike Feehan

            No, you are the one who has been blinded by all of your church’s man made traditions..The BIBLE conveys NOT to add to the Word of God and yet that is all your church has done throughout the years…Deuteronomy 4:2–Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you**What does “shall not add unto the word” mean to you? Do you think that that means that some Pope can come up with his own garbage over the years? Proverbs 30:6—Do not add to his words,
            or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.***What does “do not add to his words” mean to you?? Do you think that that means that some Pope can come along with his own garbage over the years? 1 Corinthians 4:6–6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. **What does “do not go beyond what is written” mean to you? Do you think that that means that some Pope can come along with some garbage over the years? You provided one verse which means NOTHING like what you state and I provided three verses which specifically state add to the Word of God…Pretty clear who is quite more knowledgeable about Scripture and it is not you….You are trusting in a bunch of fallible men..Let’s also see what Mark 7:13 has to say: Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that….** Your church nullifies the Word of God by all of your many man made traditions, such as indulgences, purgatory, calling priests Father, infant baptism, etc,etc…NOWHERE is this found in SCRIPTURE…Matthew 15:9–They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’[a]”***You know, things such as Holy Days of obligation and making folks abstain from meat on Fridays…Here is what 1 Timothy 4:3 has to say: They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth***Golly Gee, I WONDER who requires their priests not to marry AND who also who requires folks not to eat meat on Fridays?? Your church, that’s who…Go figure…Totally contradicts Scripture, what else is new? Colossians 2:8– See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ…..You are following a church based on the traditions of men, oh yes you are….Let’s now see what the BIBLE has to say about God forgiving sins…First off, 1 Timothy 2:5 states the following: There is ONE MEDIATOR between God and man, JESUS…NO MENTION of some weak, pansy priest being able to forgive sins there, is there?? I or anyone else do not need to go to another sinner to confess my sins AND DOING so clearly violates that Scripture…WHY would I go to a sinner priest, some of them clearly flaming homosexuals and child pedophiles, when I CAN AND WILL go to a sinless Jesus??? 1 John 1:9— If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. **WHY no mention of any pansy catholic priest in this verse?? Come on, tell me why?? Luke 5:21–The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? *******Who can forgive sins but God alone?”—Again, WHY no mention of some pansy priest here being able to forgive sins?? COME ON, tell me why no mention?? 1 John 2:1—My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One***WHY NO MENTION of some pansy Catholic priest here?? COME ON, why no mention?? Isiah 53:12—Isaiah 53:12, “…and he (Christ) bare the sin of many, and made INTERCESSION FOR THE TRANSGRESSORS.”**WHY no mention of some pansy Catholic priest here?? COME ON, WHY NOT?? Psalm 103:12–as far as the east is from the west,
            so far has he removed our transgressions from us.*****WHY no mention of some weak, pansy Catholic priest in this verse?? COME ON, WHY NOT?? ******One would have to outright deny the Word of God and call Jesus Christ a liar by not acknowledging that Christ, and He alone, is the only One Who can forgive our sins. Isaiah 53:5,6 describes the lost condition of man and what our Wonderful Saviour did for us. No wonder He is a jealous God!
            Again, I have been in Bible Studies for the past thirteen years and know this stuff better than you and your priests…You come on here and tell me that I have been blinded and you have no clue what you are talking about…You ACTUALLY BELIEVE that these flaming homosexuals or child pedophiles can forgive sins?? Do you?? No, the trouble is that you folks pick one verse, as you do above, John 20:21-23 and MANIPULATE it to mean opposite of what it states….I provided you with TONS of verses which say otherwise….Get to BIBLE STUDY as you need one badly and get to a BBILE BASED church as I and TONS of other folks who have left your church have done…

            Matthew 15:9 : Col 2:20-22

            Matthew 15:9 : Isa 29:13; Mal 2:2

          • Tony Cooper

            Is it not the Catholic Church that compiled the Canon of Scripture, or was it someone else ?

          • Mike Feehan

            Compiled, NOT WROTE, HUGE DIFFERENCE…WHERE in the BIBLE do you see that Mary is sinless, book, chapter, and verse? WHERE in the BIBLE do you see priests forgiving sins, book, chapter, and verse? WHERE in the BIBLE do you see Holy Days of Obligation, book, chapter, and verse? I have included below a list of ALL of the heresies in the Catholic Church, ABSOLUTELY MADE UP by men….You want to follow a system which adds onto the Word of God with all of your man made traditions, you go right ahead…42 ROMAN CATHOLIC INVENTIONS BY MEN….

            1….Presbyters first called priests by Lucian……2nd century..

            2… Sacerdotal mass instituted by Cyprian..3rd century

            3… Prayers for the dead—-A.D. 300

            4….Making the sign of the cross—A.D. 300

            5… Wax candles—-A.D. 320

            6….Veneration of angels, dead saints, and images…A.D. 375

            7…Mass became a daily ritual—A.D. 394

            8…Beginning of exaltation of Mary, term “Mother of God” first applied to her by Council of Ephesus….A.D. 431

            9….Priests began to wear special clothing—A.D. 500

            10..Extreme Unction (Rite of Healing)….A.D. 526

            11….The doctrine of purgatory….A.D. 593

            12… Latin used in worship….A.D. 600

            13..Prayers offered to Mary, dead saints and angels…A.D. 600

            14…First man to be proclaimed Pope…(Boniface III) A.D. 610

            15…Kissing the Pope’s feet…..A.D. 709

            16….Temporal power of Popes, conferred by Pepin, King of the Franks…..A.D. 750

            17..Veneration of cross, images, relics authorized…A.D. 786

            18…Holy Water, mixed with pinch of salt, chrism, and blessed by a priest…A.D. 850

            19….Venerations of St. Joseph—A.D. 890

            20…College of Cardinals begun—A.D. 927

            21…Baptism of bells instituted by Pope John X111…A.D. 965

            22…Canonization of dead saints by Pope John XV….A.D. 995

            23…Fasting on Fridays and Lent….A.D. 998

            24….The Mass developed gradually as a sacrifice, attendance made obligatory…A.D. 11TH century…

            25…Celibacy of priests declared….A.D. 1079

            26…Rosary adopted (pagan) by Peter the Hermit….A.D. 1090

            27…The Inquisition instituted by Council of Verona….A.D. 1184

            28….Sale of indulgences….A.D 1190..

            29….Seven Sacraments, defined by Peter Lombard….12th century

            30….Transubstantiation, defined by Innocent III…A.D. 1215..

            31…Auricular confession (Rite of Reconciliation of sins to a priest instead of God, instituted by Innocent III A.D. 1215

            32….Adoration of the wafer (called the Host) decreed by Pope Honorius III….A.D. 1220

            33…Scapular invented by Simon Stock of England…A.D. 1251

            34…The cup forbidden to the laity at communion by the Council of Florence…..A.D. 1439

            35…Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence in A.D 1439

            36…***Traditions declared of EQUAL AUTHORITY with the BIBLE by the Council Of Trent…A.D. 1545

            37…Apocryphial books added to the Bible by the Council of Trent….A.D. 1546

            38…Creed of Pope Pius IV imposed as the official creed in place of the original Apostolic Creed….A.D. 1560

            39….Immaculate Conception of Mary (not virgin birth) proclaimed by Pope Pius IX…A.D. 1854

            40….Syllabus of Errors proclaimed by Pope Pius IX, and ratified by the Vatican Council; condemned freedom of religion, conscience, speech, press, and scientific discoveries which are disapproved by the Roman Church; asserted the Pope’s temporal authority over all civil rulers….A.D. 1864..

            41….Infallibility of the Pope in matters of faith and morals claimed by the Vatican Council….A.D. 1870…

            42…Assumption of Mary proclaimed by Pope Pius XII….A.D. 1950…..

          • Cody

            The angel Gabriel in Luke 1:27-28, declared to Mary, “You who are highly favored! The Lord is with you”. And also “Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit said Blessed are you among women”.

            But your trouble Mike is that you don’t recognize that the apostles are given special thrones to judge from in Matthew 19:27-28. The apostles understood the importance of Mary, but you don’t because you don’t see it written in the Gospels, even though the Angel Gabriel and God who sent him saw it.

          • Mike Feehan

            No, your trouble pal is that you follow a CHURCH’S teachings rather than the CLEAR WORD OF GOD…It states specifically in Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 5:12 and Luke 1:23 that she was a SINNER…She states in Luke 1:47 Lord my Savior…If she was SINLESS, then WHY would she need a Savior? And sorry, these weak, weak pansies in your church are not even close to the True Apostles…The TRUE APOSTLES walked with Jesus, could raise people from the dead, could heal people, could pick up snakes with their hands, could drink deadly poison and not be affected, again, could lay their hands on people and they would get well…Can your pansies, these weak bishops who REFUSE to even confront sin do that?? No, they cannot, not even close…Luke saw Mary as a sinner per clear as day biblical teaching…I will trust in God and his Word…You go rely on some man, some fallible man….

          • Cody

            To the contrary Mike, what I wrote is scripture and is the clear word of God. I only mentioned scripture because I know you would dismiss everything else. You can’t dismiss the words of God or the words of Christ with other scripture. Mary understood she was mortal and her salvation comes after this life. The saints aren’t dead, but are living as they’ve entered everlasting life.

            The original point brbg was making is that the apostasy was written in the Gospels, thus the comment below this story and to your “pansies” comment.

          • Mike Feehan

            No, it is not the clear Word of God…The clear Word of God states that ALL have sinned and makes no exceptions…I’m not dismissing the words of God…Let’s see, Romans 3:23 states the following: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, …Romans 5:8— But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. rOMANS 5:12—Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—Quite obvious here to anyone willing to read these verses objectively that Mary was a sinner…And you also pray to Mary in the Rosary and please do not say that you don’t as you say Hail Mary ten times…Here are a couple of Scriptures to totally confront that false teaching…1 Timothy 2:5—There is ONE MEDIATOR between God and man, JESUS…Notice how that verse doesn’t make any mention of Mary or some priest, does it? Deuteronomy 18:11-12– or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. I have news for you as well..I am a born again believer and thus a Saint…I certainly do not need some social justice joke Pope to canonize me…Your pope is a real piece of work…Where in the BIBLE does it mentions holy days of obligation, book, chapter, and verse/verses…Where does it mention mortal sin as well, book, chapter, and verse/verses? Who determines what a mortal sin is? Man, that’s who…Your church puts missing mass on a Sunday in the same catergory, mortal sin, as someone who commits murder or has an affair? Does that make any sense?

          • Cody

            The Orthodox Church also takes issue with the declaration of the Immaculate Conception and yet they pray to and honor Mary as their spiritual mother, as the woman from whom the sacred Flesh and blood of Christ was made. They recognize the Lord’s special love for His mother as He showed at the Wedding at Cana. They recognize what was meant when Jesus told John to “Behold your Mother!”, when in fact Mary was not John’s mother. They also recognize the genetic reality that we are all made from our mother’s flesh and blood. Thus Mary as mortal was united by the Holy Spirit with the reality of Christ’s flesh and blood. And what is Christ’s flesh? It is the bread that came down from heaven, so He said in John 6:51.

            Secondly, all in the kingdom of God are in Christ and Christ in them. They are part of the Body of Christ. They are not separate but in Christ here but also in a way we are yet to fully realize while in this earthly realm. Third, since you ignore the Meal of Thanksgiving as a ritual initiated by Jesus Himself, then you would also not understand what it is, or why Jesus did this and why the Apostles and earlier followers in Acts broke the bread in their homes. See again 1st Corinthians 11:17 and specific instructions on the Lord’s Supper. Notice 11: 33 where Paul says, “And when I come again I will give further directions”.

          • Erica Entwistle

            Excellent post, Cody.

          • Memento Mori

            1. Priest from word presbuteros meaning presbyter or elder. Duties of presbuteros-Acts 15:6, 23, how they were ordained-1 Tm 4:14, 5:22, what they did 1 Tm 5:17 and their administration of sacraments Jas 5:13-15

            2. Luke 22:19

            3. If your boy Luther didn’t drop Macabees you would have seen even there

            4. Prove that it wasn’t here in first century: “Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by WORD, or by our epistle.” 2 Thes 2,14

            5. C’mnon now.. I’m not even gonna..

            6. 3.

            7. 2.

            8. What is she, if she is not Mother of God????

            9. Exodus 28:2

            10. James 5:14-16

            11. Rev. 21:27, Hab. 1:13, again if your boy Luther didn’t drop books II Maccabees 12:39-46, Matthew 12:32 (Nor in the world to come), and Christ’s Words-Matthew 5:24-25

            12. John 19,20. It had to be one. If it was Greek you would have the same complaint.

            13. Tobit 12:15

            14. Mt 16,18. Ask Linus, Anacletus, Clement I, Everistus, and so on until 610 what were they?

            15. John 12,3.

            16. Rom 13,1, let alone the Highest Authority on this Earth.

            17. 2 Kings 2:9-14, 13:20-21, 19:11-12

            18. Numbers 5:17

            19. Examples-Genesis 37:7–9, Genesis 49:2-27. So why not the head of the Holy Family?

            20. Word Cardo, important role!

            21. 5.

            22. Mt 18;18

            23. Mt 4, 1-2, are you not to follow Our Lord??

            24. Daniel 12,11 when they change the words of consecration. As you can see sacrifice is there!

            25. 1 Cor 7,8.

            26. Given by Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace.

            27. Yeah. And the problem is where exactly? “And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Mt 10,28. Your heresies are exactly doing that, so it was a proper duty to protect the righteous doctrine, even by the penalty of death.

            28. Catholic Church does not now nor has it ever approved the sale of indulgences. If there were ever individuals such as Johann Tetzel, they were doing it contrary to the Church’s teachings.

            29. Baptism Matthew 3:16; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:16; Acts 8:36-38; Acts 11:16; Acts 16:15; Acts 16:33; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:3-6; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:25-26; Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:20-21

            Confirmation Hebrews 6:2 baptizing and laying on of hands are distinguished. Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 39:29; Joel 2:28; John 14:16; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:3-6; Hebrews 6:2.

            Eucharist Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 24:35; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:24-27;

            Penance Matthew 16:19; John 20:21-23; Rev. 1:18.

            Extreme Unction James 5:14-15.

            Holy Order Acts 6:3-6; Acts 13:2-3; 1 Tim. 3:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-9; 1 Tim. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4:16; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; 1 Tim. 5:22.

            Matrimony Mt. 19:10-11; Eph. 5:31-32.

            30. Just read John 6, yes it is truly indeed Real Body.

            31. 29 under penance.

            32. 30.

            33. Given by Our Lady, Mediatrix of all Grace.

            34. “The implication here is that bishops and priests were trying to keep from laymen something they should have had by rights. But the real situation is not hard to understand. The Catholic position has always been that, after the consecration of the elements, the entire body and blood of Christ are contained in the smallest particle from the host and in the tiniest drop from the cup. One does not receive only the body in the host and only the blood from the cup. If that were so, then for a complete Communion one indeed would need to partake of both. But if the entire body and blood are contained in both, then the communicant needs to receive only one—if there are good reasons for such a restriction, and in 1414 there certainly seemed to be.

            The first reason was that many people misunderstood the Eucharist and thought it had to be received under both forms for the Communion to be complete. By restricting communicants to the host only, the Church would emphasize the true doctrine. The other reason was a practical one. In giving the cup to the laity, there was a chance the contents would be spilled, so out of respect for Christ, the restriction was imposed.” (Bishop Robert H. Brom)

            35. You realize that when something is dogma, it does not mean it came to existence then and there, but that is was always here since the early Church.

            36. “Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by WORD, or by our epistle.” 2 Thes 2,14

            37. Lies

            38. You forgot the Atanasian Creed, but none of the three are contradictory or can be abrogated so where are you getting. We Catholics pray all three.

            39. 35.

            40. And the problem is again where? Truth cannot be contradictory to Truth, therefore anything contraty to Catholic Faith is false. Univerisites, high schools and whole Western civilization was created by Catholic Church.

            41. 39.

            42. 41.

          • Mike Feehan

            First off, in regards to that 2 Thesallonians verse, NOTICE how it says to HOLD FAST to the traditions passed down…Big difference between the traditions PASSED DOWN from the Apostles and all of the man made traditions which I have listed above, oh yes there is…In terms of baptism, please explain to me HOW a one or two month old can BELIEVE AND REPENT?? Again, please specifically let me know how that is possible? Infant baptism is NOWHERE found in Scripture…Yes, baptism once someone is saved as I and TONS of others are is a sign of obedience, but it has NOTHING to do with salvation as your church falsely teaches….Oh, and you actually believe in purgatory?? REALLY? Please explain the thief on the cross to me…Jesus told him that TODAY you will be with me in paradise, not six months or six years from now, but TODAY…John 5:24 states: 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life…Does “crossed over from death to life” sound like purgatory to you? How about 2 Corinthians 5:8 which states: We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord…Does that sound like PURGATORY to you? And it states all throughout the BIBLE that ONLY GOD can forgive sins, 1 John 1, verse 9, Luke 5:21, Mark 2:5, Psalm 103:12, just to name a few and yet you believe that these weak, pansy priests, some of them flaming homosexuals, some of them child pedophiles, can forgive sins…WOW…As it pertains to John 6, it is a memorial and Jesus is speaking in figurative language…Your church attempts to hold folks in fear and bondage by this verse…Sorry, it is a memorial….Please explain your belief that it is actually JESUS that you are eating with the following verses. Matthew 24:23-27: Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

            26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it
            **These verses are specifically stating NOT to believe anyone if they say there is the Christ…And yet you believe that that wafer that you are receiving is actually Jesus and yet these verses say not to believe it..Which is it, the BIBLE being the truth or your false church’s teaching? Or how about Acts 1:11 which states: Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”**That verse specifically states that Jesus will come back down in the same manner in which he went up…Do you ACTUALLY believe that Jesus when he comes back will come back in the form of a wafer? Do you? If John 6:53 is interpreted literally, it is in disharmony with the rest of the Bible. Eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ for eternal life adds another requirement to the Gospel of grace. Furthermore, it gives no hope of eternal life to any Christian who does not consume the body and blood of Christ. A literal translation of this verse would oppose hundreds of Scriptures that declare justification and salvation are by grace through faith alone in Christ.

            Unexplainable Dilemma

            Since the “eating and drinking” in verse 6:54 and the “believing” in verse 6:40 produce the same result – eternal life we have an unexplainable dilemma if both are taken literally. What if a person “believes” but does not “eat or drink”? Or what if a person “eats and drinks” but does not “believe?” This could happen any time a non-believer walked into a Catholic Church and received the Eucharist. Does this person have eternal life because he met one of the requirements but not the other? The only possible way to harmonize these two verses is to accept one verse as figurative and one as literal.

            Eating and Drinking Can Be Figurative

            The Jews were familiar with the use of the figurative language of “eating and drinking” in the Old Testament to describe the appropriation of divine blessings to one’s innermost being. It was God’s way of providing spiritual nourishment for the soul. (See Jeremiah 15:16 and Ezekiel 2:8, 3:1)

            Jesus Confirmed His Use of Figurative Language

            Jesus informed His disciples there were times when He spoke figuratively to impart spiritual truths (John 16:25). He often used that type of language to describe Himself. The Gospel of John records seven figurative declarations Jesus made of Himself — “the bread of life” (6:48), “the light of the world” (8:12), “the door” (10:9), “the good shepherd” (10:11), “the resurrection and the life” (11:25), “the way, the truth and the life” (14:6), and “the true vine” (15:1). He also referred to His body as the temple (2:19). When speaking to a mixed crowd of believers and unbelievers, Jesus used parables (figurative language) so that unbelievers could not understand the mysteries of heaven which were not granted to them (Mat. 13:10-17). The reason the multitude were seeking after Jesus was because they wanted more physical food (John 6:26). Jesus was offering them spiritual food (John 6:32-33). As believers partake of Jesus, He will abide in them (John 6:53). They will never hunger or thirst. Clearly this is in a figurative sense (John 6:35). As the good shepherd, He feeds His people knowledge and understanding of Himself (Jer. 3:15).

            His Words Were Spiritual

            ****Jesus ended this teaching by revealing “the words I have spoken to you are spirit” (6:63). As with each of the seven miracles in John’s Gospel, Jesus uses the miracle to convey a spiritual truth. Here Jesus has just multiplied the loaves and fish and uses a human analogy to teach the necessity of spiritual nourishment. This is consistent with His teaching on how we are to worship God. “God is Spirit and His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). As we worship Christ He is present spiritually, not physically. In fact, Jesus can only be bodily present at one place at one time. His omnipresence refers only to His spirit. It is impossible for Christ to be bodily present in thousands of Catholic Churches around the world.

            A Counterfeit Miracle?

            There is no Biblical precedent where something supernatural occurred where the outward evidence indicated no miracle had taken place. (The wafer and wine look, taste and feel the same before and after the supposed miracle of transubstantion). When Jesus changed water into wine, all the elements of water changed into the actual elements of wine.

            Conclusion

            *****The 6th chapter of John took place three years before the Last Supper.****** If the Words of Christ were taken literally, why didn’t people start gnawing on His flesh after this teaching? The ones who departed from Jesus were unbelievers (6:36) who had followed him to Capernaum for another free lunch (6:26). When Jesus offered Himself as “spiritual” food they were not interested (6:63). *****Those who ate of the spiritual food for eternal life were believers (6:40) and remained with Jesus. He had the words [not the flesh] of eternal life (6:68). Catholics need to know that when Jesus is received spiritually, one time in the heart, there is no need to receive him physically, over and over again in the stomach. ****Anyone who believes they are literally eating Jesus is absurd and cannibalistic.

          • Live wire

            If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained'” (John 20:21–23

          • Cody

            No, brbg wasn’t twisting John 20:20-24. Jesus dies on the cross, is resurrected, goes to the Father and returns with the Holy Spirit which He breathes upon the apostles and the first thing Jesus says after that is “If you forgive anyone their sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Nothing is being twisted there. It’s quite clear.
            In John 6:51 Jesus says, “this bread is my flesh”. Notice that even though the Gospel of John 1:14 opens with “The Word became Flesh”, Jesus makes a point of saying, “this bread is my flesh”. So God is the Holy Spirit and God is His Word and Jesus who is one of the three persons of God, said, “this bread is my flesh”.
            Then Jesus goes on to explain in 6:52 that “ For my flesh is real food and my blood is drink”. Notice that Jesus didn’t change what He was saying to for example, my flesh is my word and is real food and real drink, but says my flesh is real food. So the bread that comes down from heaven is not just the word of God, but the word made flesh and also that His body and blood is real food and real drink. Of course Jesus is foretelling of the Last Supper where He changes Himself into the sacrifice of the bread of Melchizedek and the sacrifice of Abraham. If you doubt it you can turn to 1st Corinthians 10:16 where Paul affirms the Last Supper Thanksgiving (which in Greek is Eucharist) as a real participation in the body and blood of Christ. Read further to 10:18 where Paul affirms that the people of Israel eat the sacrifices of God’s altar. Read further 10:20 where Paul then distinguishes such from the sacrifices of the pagans which are sacrifices to demons. But back to John: 6: 63 Jesus adds, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life”. What words is Jesus referring to? Is He negating what He just said, this bread is my flesh? That is, the bread Jesus was referring to all through the discourse on the bread in John? Or is he affirming the words, this bread is my flesh? Of course He is affirming His own words, which are of the spirit, the life, the truth of God and so therefore is His person in the flesh which He sacrifices and restores to life and ascends in heaven with.

        • Live wire

          What do you know about the Bible? Your Bible doesn’t even contain all the books of the Bible. Where in the Bible is the word “trinity”? Furthermore by whose authority is your interpretation correct? I know you will say the Holy Spirit, but so do all the other 40k denominations. All with partial truths. You need to move beyond your perception of what the RCC and research into why the RCC believes what it does. For 1500 yrs the RCC was the only Christian religion. Since the reformation there are now over 40k denominations. All disagree, yet not a single doctrine has been changed in all 2000 years, not one. Why? Because Christ told Peter (the first pope) upon you Peter I will build my church and not even the gates of hell shall prevail over it. Sure you’ll have bad popes throughput history, but none has changed doctrine. I feel for you and others like you who speak of tradition. Where in the Bible does it say “just use the Bible”? You have been told a lie. A protestant lie

          • Mike Feehan

            I know a TON about the BIBLE, you know that book that you don’t have in your pews, yes, that one…The word trinity is not in the Bible, but it is definitely implied, oh yes it is…Partial truths?? Do you mean believing such lies such as Mary being sinless or that priests, all of them sinners, can forgive sins when the BIBLE in so several places, 1 John 1:9, Luke 5:21, Psalm 103:12, 1 John 2:1, Isiah 53:12, is that what you mean by following lies? ***One would have to outright deny the Word of God and call Jesus Christ a liar by not acknowledging that Christ, and He alone, is the only One Who can forgive our sins Blah, blah, blah, about that whole first Pope garbage, heard that one a million times….Where does it say “just use the Bible” you ask? SO GLAD you asked…Let’s see…Deuteronomy 4:2 states the following: Ye shall not ***add unto the word which I command you*, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.**Yes, it doesn’t say Bible alone specifically, but it doesn’t have to as it is definitely implied…What do you think “shall not add unto the word which I command you” mean to you? Do you think that that means that some Pope can come along over the years and add on all of these man made traditions? Proverbs 30:6–****Do not add to his words,
            or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.**What do you think “do not add to his words” mean to you? Do you think that that means that some Pope can come along over the years and add on all of these man made traditions, absolutely adding to the BIBLE thus violating this scripture? 1 Corinthians 4:6— Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “****Do not go beyond what is written.” **What does “do not go beyond what is written” mean to you? Do you think that that means that anyone, including Popes, can just come along over the years and add on to the Bible when that scripture specifically states to not go beyond what is written? You are following the commandments of fallible men and certainly not the Word of God, not even close…WHY no BIBLES in the pews??

          • Cody

            The Holy Spirit was sent as a gift at great expense by the merit of the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood to help teach us because the Bible is not complete without the Holy Spirit. But also Jesus left us the Meal of Thanksgiving by which we experience His very person in us and this too is additional to sola scriptura. To say the Bible is enough is to deny the Holy Spirit and to deny the presence of Christ in the Meal of Thanksgiving as testified to by Paul in 1st Cor. 10:16 which you have judged unnecessary. Likewise, the instructions from John 20:21-23 is a practice initiated by Jesus Himself to be followed as part of the Christian life, just as is the Lord’s instructions for us to love one another is also a commandment. That is, the practice of His words and behavior in actions takes place outside the actual written book itself in the world we live in which was willed into existence by the love of God. So the word is the life of God who created us as well. All this is instructed in the New Testament. Rather, you are passing judgement on many of the very words of Jesus Himself. You might want to consider that you are using scripture to deny the words of Jesus as they are written in the Gospels regarding the instructions Christ left the Apostles and all Christians.

          • Deb

            Cody, I only have one issue with what you say – referring to Holy Communion as a “meal”. It is a sacrifice, and it’s made on an altar (not a table as so many like to refer to it nowadays). Should we give thanks for the sacrifice? Absolutely, but let’s keep the proper perspective in the terminology, and keep the descriptor as sacrifice, not “meal.”

          • Cody

            Yes, Deb I agree it is sacrifice, but the Jewish sacrifice was also eaten, though the blood was poured over the altar and Jesus Himself refers to His Body as real food and His Blood as real drink in John 6:55.

          • John Laperuta

            Mike..how is it people like yourself seem to come off as knowing more about Catholicism and what it teaches more than Catholics themselves?Perhpas you find the many who are ignorant of it’s teachings and find them easy targets..but you will never convince a true Catholic..you show your own complete ignorance of what we Catholics believe and why..to me you sound like every other protestant spewing the mindless hate filled crap that they indoctrinate you with..never in a Catholic mass will you hear another faith being attacked..I have attended a few protestant meetings and everyone of them had some slanted off handed attack on Catholicism..we don’t have bibles in our pews?We have missles..which contains the bible readings ..in a full year of Catholic masses the entire bible is covered in the readings..how about doing this..actually read up on Catholicism and know what your talking about before igonrantly ranting the same ridiculous baseless attacks your pastors spew..heres some good reading for you..The Catechism of the Catholic Church..read that with your bible at hand..Scott Hahns..conversion story Rome Sweet Home..and his book on Mary..which all denominations should read including Catholics..Hail Holy Queen..one of the best books on Mary using scripture to better paint what her role is and why she is so highly honored…why is it that other Christians need to attack their brothers and sisters in Christ..does not Jesus say..if they are with me..then they are not agaisnt me?Also..how about when Jesus says..unless you eat my Flesh and drink my Blood you will have no life in you…those who could’nt handle this teaching walked away..is’nt that where you and your fellow protestants are today?God bless you on your journey and in your search for the truth..I truly hope you find it.

  • Power to him. A little nookie now and then never hurt anyone.

    • brbg

      It is not power that he will reap on his judgement day.

  • Commander Barkfeather

    It is, after reading articles such as this, that I feel the irresistible compulsion to drop to my knees, raise my voice unto Heaven, and thank the Almighty that I’m Jewish.

    • Tony Cooper

      C’mon pal, the Talmud is full of encouragement for sexual perversion, and the porn industry is owned by your co- religionists.

      • Commander Barkfeather

        Interesting. I’ve never met a Talmudic scholar who was also an expert on the porn industry. What exactly were they teaching at the yeshiva?

  • Charliej

    There is not god and no satan. There is no heaven or hell. All religion is superstition. And you people are willing to kill over your particular brand of superstition. Maybe one day humanity will mature to the point that there is no superstition and religious wars will cease.

  • DomineNonSumDignus

    The nerve. The audacity. Then again, what should we expect from post-conciliar leadership who no longer believe in sin or the integrity of religious life?

  • Hans Novel

    THOUSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN HELL WILL BELIEVE WHEN THEY ARE THERE! THIS SO CALLED PRIEST WILL BE ONE OF THEM

  • Erica Entwistle

    Wow, way to obfuscate! Discussion has absolutely nothing to do with the article. A priest who embezzles and who proudly flaunts his loss of priestly celibacy needs our prayers – for himself and for all those souls he leads astray.

  • Tom Mulcahy

    He needs to go. This should be an easy decision. Outrageous. What an ass.

  • Conspirador

    This playboy priest most likely has more than one child born out of wedlock, sad.

    • Güerito

      Sounds like he’s gay. Can I get a confirmation on that?

      • Conspirador

        It is hard to tell but the one on the right looks like.

  • Peregrino

    Keep your wives and daughters far away from priests. Come to think of it, keep your sons away too.

  • Eva Phi

    They want to destroy the Church. Shame!

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