“The dignified shame” and “the dignity that knows how to be ashamed”


A)  The text of the speech by J.M.Bergoglio:

Our response to God’s superabundant forgiveness should be always to preserve that healthy tension between a dignified shame and a shamed dignity.  It is the attitude of one who seeks a humble and lowly place, but who can also allow the Lord to raise him up for the good of the mission, without complacency.  The model that the Gospel consecrates, and which can help us when we confess our sins, is Peter, who allowed himself to be questioned about his love for the Lord, but who also renewed his acceptance of the ministry of shepherding the flock which the Lord had entrusted to him” (Holy Chrism Mass Homily in Vatican Basilica – Holy Thursday, 24 March 2016)


B) References to Scriptures:

Since every one of you that has been baptised has been clothed in Christ” (Gal 3:27)

Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are; and being in every way like a human being, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross” (Phi 2:8)

The Word was the real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the world. He was in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognise him. He came to his own and his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believed in his name who were born not from human stock or human desire or human will but from God himself. The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth” (Joh 1:9-14)


C) Comment:

Bergoglio teaches a doctrine contrary to that of Christ.

Christ came down from Heaven to give dignity back to all His children, oppressed, downtrodden by the iniquity of the world, not to be ashamed!

Christ came to unclothe Himself of His regality of God to cover the men of good will of His divinity. As St. Paul says, “Christ did not consider His equality with God as a jealous treasure but divested himself”. Christ undressed Himself to divinely clothe those who were naked with shame, caused by the original sin of Adam and Eve and renewed every time (rather than remaining in grace) that man embraces sin again and returns to be naked. But the children of God are called to live in holiness, not in sin. Those who live in sin should be ashamed, not the children of God who strive to be holy.

This is the profound meaning of Christian baptism: those reborn to new life in Christ, with Christ and for Christ, wipe out sin and the shame brought from sin, to become a son of God in Christ.

Whoever is not baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is not a true son of God but remains a “creature” of God. So it is not true, as Bergoglio always says, “that we are all children of God”. Only those who are baptized in Christ are true children of God. And the true children of God, that have received in Christ His regality of Man God, that with all their strength flee sin to live like saints, should not be ashamed!

The “dignified shame” taught by Bergoglio is reserved for the children of darkness, to those who live in sin, that deprives them of the dignity of children, that interrupts the state of grace with the Son of God.

The “dignity that knows how to be ashamed” is a lesson that is not from Christ but only and only from Bergoglio and those who follow him!

The true children of God want to live the resurrection in Christ, to revive to new Life and born again from above, in Spirit, as Jesus said to Nicodemus.

Reborn in the Spirit, true Christians want to proceed with humility but with their heads held high, with dignity and holy pride, that dignity that belongs to the children of Christ and to the children of Mary, that live to follow the Commandments of the Father and to embody the example of the Son, that never taught His children to be ashamed of their dignity of children of God, indeed!

The Pope St. Leo the Great, doctor of the Church, in his speech “Christian, remember your dignity”:

… “The Son of God in fact, in the fullness of time that the unfathomable depths of God’s wisdom took for himself our common humanity in order to reconcile it with its creator, He came to overthrow the devil, the origin of death, in that very nature by which he had overthrown mankind. And so at the birth of our Lord the angels sing in joy: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to men of good will (Lk 2,14).  They see the heavenly Jerusalem being built from all the nations of the world. When the angels on high are so exultant at this marvellous work of God’s goodness, what joy should it not bring to the lowly hearts of men? Beloved, let us give thanks to God the Father, through his Son, in the Holy Spirit, because in His great love for us he took pity on us, and when we were dead in our sins He brought us to life with Christ (Eph. 2,5) so that in Him we might be a new creation”. 

What difference is there between the “Christian, remember your dignity!” of St. Leo the Great and the “dignified shame” taught by Bergoglio!