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Brief commentary on: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2014/03/pope-francis-again-who-am-i-to-judge/

 

It is interesting how popes before the conciliar age seem to have had no problems whatsoever being "misunderstood" in the way Pope Francis is.  This actually has very little do with the "communications age".  Popes gave newspaper interviews in times past - of course, they gave them *prudently*, referring to both whom they spoke to, how often, and what they said.  They simply never said the kinds of things this pope does.

 

We didn't have such problems of misunderstanding previously because until recent times a pope would not give a reply like "Who am I to judge?" to general questions about homosexual behavior, with no qualification.  Such a reply begs for clarification!  It most clearly requires clarification: are you talking about homosexual temptation or behavior?  As everyone knows, to the world, these two things are so closely related as to be the same topic.

 

Popes are bound to speak clearly about the truths of the faith.  Vatican I - in what is an actual, binding teaching made with precise language - defined the papal mandate thus: "For the holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles.

 

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Councils/ecum20.htm

 

Are we witnessing the truths of the faith "religiously guarded" and "faithfully expounded" here?

 

It is a fact that people - apparently in large numbers - are using the pope's words to justify grave sin (his "slogans" appear on the websites and t-shirts of pro-abortion and pro-homosexual groups - again this is new ground from even previous post-conciliar pontiffs).  Whether or not he's been "misinterpreted, this ought to scare the heck out of the supreme pontiff.  I recall reading one story of a particular judgement rendered by a mystic-saint.  The subject was an artist who had painted one risque portrait; he was held accountable by God for every sin it induced.  How much more accountable is the holy father, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, Pastor of Souls, Head of the Universal Church?

 

"Mercy is what we give to people who have done something wrong" - indeed.  What is the point of this comment - and many of the others - other than to say what wasn't said, or rather to expound by inference if not by assumption?  Are we hearing Pope Francis's sermon (fervorino) or Fr. Z's?  (Or Jimmy Akin or any number of the other pundits that "explain" the pope's interviews and sermons for us?  The point of a sermon itself is to explain; it should not require an explanation of itself.)

 

"He says nothing that forms a part of his Ordinary Magisterium."  If that's true (it is, of course), why the Pollyannaic defense?  (Of course, it's debatable whether or not Evangelii Gaudium is part of the magisterium.  Cardinal Burke said 'no', more or less, but then he lost his job shortly afterward.  That encyclical enshrines the teaching that the Old Covenant is still salvific, despite the constant witness of the Church to the opposite position.)

 

Just as "reading in the small" (proof-texting) is a (Protestant) method of Scriptural exegesis that leads very often to error, one will rarely - or not as readily - spot modernism by examining individual statements.  As Pius IX stated in that great encyclical, "Hence in their books you find some things which might well be expressed by a Catholic, but in the next page you find other things which might have been dictated by a rationalist".

 

Now, of course, the neo-Catholics immediately bristle at the association of the supreme pontiff with modernism.  But such a reaction is simply nonsensical.  Like other post-conciliar popes, Pope Francis is clearly influenced by the modernist theologians who were suppressed by the Holy Office in the 1940s and 50s (yet in several cases went on to become the council periti).  Beyond that, the man who is widely-regarded as his principle advisor shocked the Catholic world (even the liberals) not long ago when he declared that Vatican II marked the end of the Church's fight against modernism.  (So much for Pascenci, the Syllabus, and in general the popes of the 19th & early 20th centuries.)

 

It is most curious that the dogma "don't criticize the pope" was born at the very time such criticism is most pressingly necessary.  (Necessary?  The 1983 Code of Canon law tells Catholic laymen that they have the duty to publicly correct wayward prelates.)  It is at this very time when neo-Catholic apologists have cultivated a cult-of-personality around the pope (not without assistance) and implicitly forbid any criticism of any statement or action (except perhaps by "saints in the making").

 

The whole thing makes even less sense when we see individuals who will criticize bishops in the sharpest manner possible but refuse to call the Bishop of Rome (as he prefers to be known, in the spirit of the novelty of congiality) on exactly the same issues.  As noted, the supreme pontiff has the greatest responsibility of all to maintain the faith & teach it clearly.

 

This is one of those oft-repeated traditionalist quotes, yet perhaps it is not repeated enough:

 

"Peter has no need for our lies or flattery.  Those who blindly and indiscriminately defend every decision of the supreme pontiff are the very ones who do the most to undermine the authority of the Holy See - they destroy instead of strengthening its foundations." - Theologian of the Council of Trent Bishop Melchior Cano

 

We have now seen the Franciscans of the Immaculate brutally suppressed - that is really an appropriate word.  Due to a vague accusation of, more or less, not toeing the Vatican II line on the new orientation and the new Mass on the part of six priests, out of more than four hundred, all four hundred are now forbidden to offer the Mass of All Time, in a very direct violation of Summorum Pontificum, whilst, as usual, tens or hundreds of thousands of heterodox priests are left undisturbed.

 

Who's next?  In previous pontificates it was a sure bet that that ICK or FSSP would not be gutted because they were created to counter the Society of St. Pius X, and to suppress them would be to simply drive the faithful there, but in this new, perhaps final stage of said Revolution the powers that be may no longer care enough about the wants of "restorationists" or even the growing of the ranks of the Society to maintain the previous status quo.  This remains to be seen.

 

These traditional-minded folks (Latin Mass-goers, for this purpose) who remain blithely unaware of the dangers of this pontificate, and of the root causes of post-conciliar orientation in general, are like the proverbial frog in the pot.  The water is hot already.  You may be used to it, but it is hot.  

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Hello Catholic Thinker

Thanks for the link. A good post. Very gentle, given the current situation. I think what sums it up, is, 'the Immaculate brutally suppressed ' = at least brutally since JXXIII.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersaluto

p.s. re Mr Verricchio's blog, when I registered under the new (and necessary) regime as 'saluto' - the email has disappeared into the virtual. At least that means no one esle (hopefully) will use the handle - henceforth, on HTF, hello from fidelium, if that hasn't gone into the virtual. it's a weird business, virtual Catholicism.

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