Pope Francis versus Thomas Merton
One of the great things about the Catholic Church is they’ve got dogma for just about any occasion. Thomas Merton, following Church teachings, says, “When you are baptized, there is no power in existence that can force you to commit a sin – nothing that will be able to drive you to it against your own conscience. And if you merely will it, you will be free forever, because the strength will be given you, as much as you need, and as often as you ask, and as soon as you ask, and generally long before you ask for it, too.” (The Seven Storey Mountain, p.437).
Baptize a sinner off the street, and he is not only made free of sin, but is protected by Jesus and the Holy Spirit so that “no power in existence that can force you to commit a sin.” Not only that, the newly baptized Catholic retains a permanent shield, and is free of sin “as often as you ask, and as soon as you ask, and generally long before you ask for it, too.”
But now consider the professionals of the Catholic Church, God's earthly agents, who are officially wed to Christ. Both reason and dogma dictate that they should be far more righteous than a newly baptized sinner. Yet Pope Francis recently warned of Satan’s influence over the Catholic Church (Pope Francis says Church under Satan’s influence). And in fact thousands of priests have raped tens of thousands of children, and the princes of the Church have covered up these crimes.
How the mighty have fallen!! Maybe all these priests and bishops and cardinals need to be baptized again – and held under water until their sins have departed. Then you can baptize their dogma.