Why do Archbishops Nichols & Longley talk about accepting failure and imperfection?

A Catholic Deacon  asks the question here

My answer to the question it’s because they are Catholic Archbishops.

I thought this was a good article for explaining about imperfections in the saints. Our Archbishops have vast experience – meeting imperfect people who have failed many times. They know however, that with time, patience & God’s grace many of the most unexpected people may even become saints. Deo gratias.

Pope Francis: On religious life & evangelism:

“You should be real witnesses of a world of doing and acting differently. But in life it is difficult for everything to be clear, precise, outlined neatly. Life is complicated; it consists of grace and sin. He who does not sin is not human. We all make mistakes and we need to recognise our weakness. A religious who recognises himself as weak and a sinner does not negate the witness that he is called to give, rather he reinforces it, and this is good for everyone. What I expect of you therefore is to give witness. I want this special witness from religious.”

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7 Responses to Why do Archbishops Nichols & Longley talk about accepting failure and imperfection?

  1. John Kearney says:

    They do so because they have put Christ out of Christianity. They do not want to understand grace, they do not want to understand the need for holiness. They despise regular confession and their counsells of imperfection being `the way` make them popular . Little wonder young catholics leaving school do not go to Church for they have been basically taught that there is no real need for it.

  2. Joe says:

    I would agree with one of the commenters on the Deacon's post – the cited quotations from Archbishops Nichols and Longley do not suggest an acceptance of failure or imperfection; rather an acknowledgement that imperfection exists as we journey towards communion with God. Both Archbishops, indeed, as cited, make reference to the perfection offered by Christ.

    I am prompted to think of a phrase from Pope Francis homily for Christmas night: “In our personal history too, there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows”. Not for the first time, Pope Francis used an inclusive “our” to refer not only to others but also to himself.

  3. Thanks Joe – you are right..I should have read more carefully.

  4. Absolutely disagree with you John – it's you who have little understanding of grace & are driving people away from the Church!

  5. Having said that we do have to accept our failures & imperfections & realise it's only by God's grace that we can grow in holiness. When Our Lord appeared to St Faustina & Sr Josephs Menendez he chose out the most weak & imperfect souls so that His grace might be apparent. Deacon Nick is essentially wrong imho in that you can't castigate grace into a person.

  6. Tony Flavin says:

    I wonder if John has spoken to any of these young people. I work in chaplaincy for 2,000 of them, I don't recognise anything of what he says, however, I do recognise your reply Jackie, how such negativity takes the Christ out of Christianity and leaves them cold to God's love.

    I am not a fan of Deacon Nick's blog. However, having spoken to the gentleman and knowing people who know him, I am a Deacon Nick fan. I feel the blog persona deacon is an illustration of the imperfection of which the archbishops speak. As you point out above, he is in error over the matter of grace.

    I am comfortable saying all this as I too am a weak and feeble human, prone to error and misjudgment as all humanity is. The very humanity Christ came to out of love, accepted them and moved them on to greater things.

    It's ok to acknowledge imperfection, but it's wrong to make a feature of it, which I fear Deacon Nick's blog does inadvertently.

  7. Thanks Tony – I like John very much, have met him & known him a long time. I don't think he knows much about the youth today. One of mine – Mary has just completed a year at the Diocesan Youth Centre for young people. The stirling work done by these young people is incredible. 2 of her friends are currently missionaries in Africa.I think you must be right about Deacon Nick because personally I too hear he's a good man. I think the vitriol from the comments on his blog doesn't help.

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