“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell….”

I was alerted to this tweet by His Eminence Oscar Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Caveat:  One has to wonder if this is truly His Eminence’s account or if it is someone else’s.

A screenshot of the tweet.


Unless, of course, it doesn’t.

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  1. andia says:

    Dear Eminence,

    As someone who has been brought back into the Church by Authentic Pastoral Care ( I used to be a fully professed Buddhist Monk) I can tell you that not all roads lead to heaven and I am extremely grateful that the priests who took the time to walk with me -also knew what Authentic Pastoral Care REALLY means and gently guided me back to the True and Living God, The True Church and a real path to heaven. They did this not by telling me that I would go to haven no matter what I believed-but by loving example, by kindness and faith when my dad wad dying, and by never buying into the idea that ‘all paths lead to heaven’. I will forever be grateful for their loving and true witness to Christ.


  2. Maltese says:

    All paths lead to Rome, became ‘all roads lead to heaven’? Moral relativism is not the path to heaven, an arrow, correctly pointed, leads to the target. If one leads one’s life pointed to hell, there it will go.

  3. Back pew sitter says:

    I think it’s a fake twitter account. There have been just 16 tweets since the account began in January 2014. The second tweet reads: “In today’s gospel Jesus stops two men from engaging in the wasteful practice of drag-fishing. Our planet’s resources must be guarded well.”

    Not even Cardinal Maradiaga would really believe and say that….would he?

    [Could be.]

  4. BenFischer says:

    It’s got to be a fake account. His bio includes the fact he’s a “keen saxophonist”. The tweets are all subtle enough to be almost believable. It’s not Eye of The Tiber for sure.

  5. The Cobbler says:

    In this day and age, any publicly known office ought to have its own PGP key to be able to confirm the authenticity of any electronic communications.

    Of course, the odds are better that Twitter will support PGP signatures tomorrow than that anyone in the Church will figure out what the letters even stand for in the next hundred years.

  6. Matt R says:

    If it is not him, they are in violation of Twitter’s ToS by pretending to be a real person (or being a fake parody account without saying so) and Twitter missed this one because it is an account that Twitter could verify…

  7. demivalka says:

    BenFischer — Sorry but it looks like the Cardinal likes to give sax concerts.


  8. davidpaulyoung says:

    The Fatima prayer is an interesting prayer. It includes the prayer “lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy”. Maybe the Cardinal just isn’t that articulate and meant to express in his own way the second part of the Fatima prayer but did so poorly.

  9. Lutgardis says:

    demivalka, I think that’s part of the joke. It would be like St. Pope John Paul II adding “avid skier” to the end of his Twitter bio or Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI writing his as “Pope, Scholar, Cat Lover.”

    That said, I am positive this parody account was created to highlight some serious and important issues with the cardinal’s actual theology, not just for the sake of humor.

  10. Grumpy Beggar says:

    “Authentic pastoral accompaniment means always walking with the person and knowing that, whatever road they walk, it leads to heaven.”

    Whoever wrote that, they had to have been sleep-deprived or something: “Always walking with the person” , doesn’t work – it isn’t realistic. In the example Jesus gave us of the Prodigal Son, the Father doesn’t “walk with” the son . . . More like the son grabs the money and runs, which to some extent insinuates a sentiment of ,”Back off and leave me alone- I don’t want you walking with me. I’m going off to squander right now – by myself, and this is mine. . . mine, mine, mine !”

    The Father waits, hoping dearly that his son will come back to his senses, and return. The Father doesn’t walk with him : Rather, we are told by our Blessed Lord that upon the prodigal son’s return, the Father sees him while he is still far off and is deeply moved and runs out to meet him and embrace him (how can you do that if you’re always walking with him?)

    In Blessed John Henry Newman’s prayer Lead,Kindly Light , he admits :

    “I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
    Shouldst lead me on;
    I loved to choose and see my path; but now
    Lead Thou me on!
    I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
    Pride ruled my will . . .”

    There is this terrible side to our freedom when we choose to follow the path of pride – a side which can lead us to actually say to everyone else (even to God), “Leave me alone (in my sin) – I don’t want your help.” We would be deceiving ourselves to believe we could actually walk with a soul pastorally when it finds itself in such a state. We could try to be there for them if and when they return, and to pray for their return, but in the interim, they’re gone and we aren’t walking with them.

    Referring once more to the parable of the Prodigal Son , how could one claim to always be walking with a son (or brother) whom the Father tells us, ” ‘. . . was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ ” ?

    If “whatever road we walk, . . leads to heaven” then we don’t really need the sacrament of Confession . . . do we ? Now that’s a scary thought.

  11. FrAnt says:

    Being that there is no mention of Jesus, I gather He is not essential to the heavenly reward. PS: I don’t believe it to be a real account either.

  12. Tiber Swimmer 2012 says:

    Not much different than Fr. Barron stating, “we have a reasonable hope that all people [and things] will be saved”.

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