Posted by Oakes Spalding on 6/17/16
At the end of an otherwise useful analysis of the Pope’s recent remarks on how most people aren’t really married and many people who aren’t married really are, Father Z whoppered again:
BTW… as I just remarked to someone, the Pope didn’t change the Code of Canon Law or anything else for that matter via off-the-cuff remarks to a layman during Q&A at a conference. What he said may be confusing, and we can use his words as a stimulus to do a better job of marriage prep, but his words change nothing: the Church’s pernnenial teaching and law are today what they were the day before yesterday.
Don’t have a spittle-flecked nutty. Just shake your head with a smile as you flip to another page and say, “Bless him, he sure likes to gab with people, doesn’t he!”
Well, as Camille Paglia might say, what if I want to have a spittle-flecked nuttie?
First of all, the Pope did change Canon Law ten months ago regarding the annulment process. What he’s doing now is explaining why he did it. He did it to make it easier to get an annulment because (we now find out) he believes most marriages are invalid, and thus most married Catholics would be perfectly within their rights to get an annulment.
At the time, some said the change in the annulment rules was tantamount to legitimizing Catholic divorce. The Pope is now confirming that they were correct.
If this isn’t Catholic divorce, nothing is.
No doubt, Father Z would say nothing is.
But secondly, this “he can’t change doctrine” thing has got to stop. It’s idiotic. It’s moronic. It’s very stupid.
If the Pope suddenly declared on a plane, “I’m now going to change doctrine,” that wouldn’t change doctrine.
If the Pope (pardon the image I’m now going to share) suddenly took an AK-47 out of his cassock and opened fire on assembled journalists, that wouldn’t change doctrine either.
If the Pope projected demonic images onto St. Peter’s, that wouldn’t change doctrine.
Actually, he already did that.
And doctrine didn’t change.
But of course, since doctrine can’t change, it’s meaningless to claim that he didn’t change it.
It’s like saying “relax, the Pope didn’t kill God” (after he killed those journalists).
So I propose that everyone just stop saying it. Just stop it now.
Or if you must do it. If you must, so to speak, periodically break into “Everything is Awesome” (because awesomeness can’t change), then you have to pay a tax. Call it the Mahound tax. You can send $10 per utterance of “doctrine hasn’t changed” to my PayPal account.
It will be used for mocking Muhammed, and booze.