Posted by Oakes Spalding on SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017
Today’s interview, from Raymond Arroyo’s World Over Live, is a great indication on where the center of gravity is now moving within the ranks of the knowledgable Catholic faithful.
The interview was with author and apologist Robert Royal and canon lawyer and priest Gerald Murray. I think it’s fair to say that all (including Arroyo) were highly critical of Francis and the recent direction of his pontificate in the wake of Amoris Laetitia.
Among other things they addressed the report – now confirmed by many sources – that the Pope ordered the firings of three faithful “un-mutual” priests from important positions and then belligerently exclaimed that, as Pope, he didn’t have to explain himself to anyone.
Hence the jab about corporate America.
The three were somewhat restrained and “respectful” – they didn’t claim Francis was a heretic or the forerunner to the Anti-Christ, etc. – but the overall negative sentiments were obvious. And I suspect all three may be less restrained in private.
Schism is coming. And more and more fence sitters are taking sides in their own way.
And no, I don’t want schism. No true Catholic would. Francis recently privately admitted that he may be the cause of it. But everyone will have to answer to God for the part that he played.
C.S. Lewis once had a character say in That Hideous Strength:
If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family—anything you like—at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing. The whole thing is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper and harder.
Obviously Lewis didn’t have the early 21st century crisis (stemming from the late 20th century crisis) of the Catholic Church in mind, exactly. But the point is still apt.
There is no refuge. More and more, to exhibit even “apparent neutrality” is to take a side.
Which side are you on?