For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men, as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.—1 Pt 2:15-16.
Catholics have been sinning for 2,000 years. I’m under no illusions that major sin started in the lives of most Catholics only in the 1960s or 1970s. However, if someone went to confession 100 years ago or 700 years ago or 1500 years ago, the penitent would generally be hard pressed to find a priest (good or bad) who gave a “pass” to his serious sins. In other words, even a morally-compromised priest hearing confessions would have had too much fear-of-God in his heart to name a sin as a non-sin while hearing confessions even 100 years ago.
But today, one need only “shop around” to find a priest (or even a bishop) to give him the green-light to keep sinning. This is leading untold numbers of souls to hell. The truth is just this: God is not obliged to give “a pass” to a penitent just because his confessor gave “a pass” in regards to a serious sin. To be sure, conscience is extremely important in the liberty of Catholics living under the New Testament. But, as St. Peter admonished the early Jewish converts to Christianty, those living in the new law of love must live as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.—1 Pt 2:16.
But conscience during the past 50 years (but especially under the past 10 years dark years in the Vatican) has become the new key-word to ratify even the most broken consciences into continuing in serious sin. This is truly the epitome of making liberty a cloak for malice, and it comes directly from Satan. The only explanation to such destruction of souls can be the prophesy of St. Francis of Assisi that I published back first on my blog in 2018:
“Act bravely, my brethren; take courage and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase. The devils will have unusual power; the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who obey the true Supreme Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal ears and perfect charity.
“At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.
“There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God….
“Those who persevere in their fervor and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth…
“Some preachers will keep silent about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them, not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.”
—Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi, published in 1882 by the London-based Catholic publishing house R. Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250.