From confusion to heresy: how papal statements are exploited

From confusion to heresy: how papal statements are exploited

By Phil Lawler  | Mar 30, 2018

“Pope News” tweets:

Why are some people so keen on being certain about the existence of Hell? Do they need the fear factor to be good?

Massimo Faggioli responds:

This euphoria about hell (for others, of course): the theological version of winning is the only thing that matters.

Where is this discussion headed?

  • Phase 1: He didn’t say that; he was misunderstood.
  • Phase 2: But if he did say it, it’s a good thing, because…
  • Phase 3: People who believe otherwise are rigid doctors of the law, and..
  • Phase 4: The Pope has spoken; his authority must be respected, his critics silenced.
  • Phase 5: So we need a completely new paradigm; abandon old crusty beliefs.
  • Phase 6: But why are you saying that this contradicts the Catholic tradition? Remember, he didn’t say it!

If you’ll recall, that’s pretty much the pattern we’ve seen develop in discussion of Amoris Laetitia.

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3 comments on “From confusion to heresy: how papal statements are exploited

  1. Then, of course, we find the Austen Iverleigh “take” which posits that this latest non-denial denial of rank heresy was simply Francis being “______- like” insofar as he meekly “accompanied” Scalfari in his denial of ANY deity at all capable of hating unbelief, sin or the spreading of the anti-Gospel of satan

  2. The Pope offering spontaneous interview comments on his heretical modernist opinions with a nonagenarian atheist philosopher who has an anti-Christian agenda, what could go wrong?

  3. Francis IS the ecclesial Eddy Haskell of our day, it appears. Although Eddy did go on to live an honorable life, unlike Bergoglio the Bar Bouncer, and distinguished himself with the LAPD.

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