January 10, 2017
The new year began the same way the old one ended: with lots of breaking news on Amoris Laetitia, the infamous “Apostolic exhortation” on the family that effectively gives public adulterers the permission to receive Holy Communion and penance (confession) without having to cease their adulterous activities. The “theological” basis Francis provides for this absurdity is a redefinition of sin from “voluntary transgression of the divine law” into “the best you can do for the moment, although falling short of the ideal”. Amoris Laetitia even includes the blasphemy that God Himself may be “asking” adulterous couples to commit adultery in their particular situation (see n. 303).
In the last few days, one piece of news after another appeared with various updates on the controversy surrounding the dubia (“doubts” — a set of questions asking for clarification) submitted to Francis by Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other red hats, which they made public after Francis refused to answer them privately.
However, the latest development, appearing today, really takes the cake: According to the Spanish portal Religion Confidencial, unnamed sources working inside the Vatican’s Roman Curia claim that the reason why Francis is refusing to respond to the dubia for the time being is that he is prudently trying to avert a greater evil for the church!
Have a look:
[These] sources point out to Confidencial that one of the evils that afflict the Catholic Church is the external pressure of certain sectors opposed to Catholic morals, which are pressuring the Holy Father to modify the Church’s doctrine on marriage.
Responding to the dubia would create a worse atmosphere within the Catholic Church, and the Pope prefers, for the moment, to remain silent about it and to follow the same line that has characterized his pontificate: prudence and discernment of the individual conscience in this matter.
(“El Papa no quiere, de momento, que Doctrina de la Fe responda las dudas de los cuatro cardenales”, Religion Confidencial, Jan. 10, 2017; our translation.)
Yeah, that’s it: Francis is the great defender of faith and morals who is just prudently keeping silent so that those evil bishops who oppose the indissolubility of marriage or are at least trying to suggest that unrepentant adulterers can now receive the sacraments, won’t cause even more trouble!
This is absurdity on stilts.
We remember that Francis is the one who started the whole mess to begin with: convening the two Synods on the Family, the endorsement of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s speech, his behind-the-scenes admission to Bruno Forte that he wanted to provide an opening for unrepentant adulterers to receive the sacraments through the backdoor, his private letter commending the bishops of Buenos Aires for their implementation of Amoris Laetitia, the fit of rage he had when he found out the dubia had been made public, his appointing of bishops like Robert McElroy and Blase Cupich, his demotion or firing of people not in line with his novelties, his constant denunciations of anyone even remotely resembling a Catholic, and, of course, his issuance of Amoris Laetitia in the first place! Contrary to what some people apparently believe, even an Antipope is quite capable of expressing himself clearly if only he wishes to; and, for those who may have forgotten, Amoris Laetitia was supposed to provide clarification after the two tumultuous Synods in the first place!
All this just goes to show that the old narrative of “the immaculate Pope of pristine orthodoxy is being surrounded by lupine evil bishops and treacherous bad advisers!” apparently will not die, no matter what the evidence. It’s one of the lifelines that has kept the Vatican II Sect alive throughout the last decades.
What to do, then, with this silly claim that Francis is trying to avert a greater evil from his church? Should we assume that the story about the Vatican sources is just made up? Probably not. Rather, we suspect that the sources made up the story, perhaps at Francis’ own behest, in order to inject more disinformation and confusion into the whole mess, so as to cause the greatest chaos possible and prolong it indefinitely. Besides, it will once again give some desperate Francis adherents something to hang their hopes on because it keeps the illusion of the orthodox, pious Francis alive just a tad bit longer.
There is another possible scenario that would explain this obvious disinformation campaign: Francis wants to buy time. This story about Francis not responding to the dubia “for the moment” in order to preserve the church from a greater evil, effectively asserts that Francis wants to and will respond to the dubia — which would prevent or neutralize, at least for a time, any “formal act of correction” as threatened by Cardinal Burke or any other type of action that could result in a schism or at least greatly damage Francis’ credibility. The timing of this “revelation” by the anonymous sources is rather impeccable too: Just in December, Burke had announced that a “correction” of Francis “would probably take place sometime after” the Feast of the Epiphany, which was celebrated Jan. 6.
This year promises to be interesting, no doubt.
Meanwhile, Francis clone Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, has defended his boss on Twitter by alleging that in Sacred Theology, 2 + 2 can equal 5 because it deals “with God and [the] real life of people”. Apparently he is not aware that even in God 2 + 2 can never equal 5, and it hasn’t equaled 5 in people’s “real lives” either as of late. But of course it’s a really attractive way of getting people to think that anything goes in theology, and in Modernist theology, that’s actually true — courtesy of the Bergoglian “god of surprises”.
That this “2+2=5” lunacy is in fact also Francis’ own position is clear from a number of his daily homilies; but he underscored it again just recently in his sermon for the feast of the Epiphany, where he used cheap polemics to denounce Catholics as “King Herods” who only want “the usual fare” because they aren’t enamored with the pandora’s box of endless Bergoglian novelties — novelties which Francis is apparently putting on a par with the introduction of the New Covenant through the Birth of Christ, so much so that one has to wonder if this is a cryptic admission on Francis’ part that he is ushering in a new religion. Although the New & Improved Covenant of the Vatican II religion finds its origin in Pope John XXIII and his aggiornamento, Francis is the most open practitioner of this new, pseudo-Catholic religion.
By the way, those who now express surprise at CDF head Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller siding with Francis should remember that in an interview he gave to the German magazine Focus during the 2015 Synod on the Family, Muller already caved, signaling that it was “conceivable” to allow unrepentant public adulterers to receive the sacraments in “exceptional” cases.
This, of course, has also been the position of Pope Benedict XVI. John Paul II, we recall, did much worse: He promulgated a law permitting not adulterers but non-Catholics to receive some of the sacraments, something then-Cardinal Ratzinger was only too happy to carry out at John Paul II’s funeral.
Welcome to the Vatican II religion.
So, Francis is now being marketed as the great victim of — and eventual solution to — the very problems he introduced in the first place. Once again the arsonist is being entrusted with the job of fireman.
The theological comedy show that is the Vatican II Sect beats any American sitcom. You just can’t make it up.