Pope Canute (PopeWatch)

Pope Canute (PopeWatch)


It is a sad day when a Jew, Dennis Prager, is more loyal to traditional Catholic teaching than the Pope:


Last week, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had changed the Catholic catechism. After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.

And God and the Bible? They’re wrong, too.

Pope Francis, the product of Latin American liberation theology — along with many other Catholic religious and lay leaders — is remaking Catholicism in the image of leftism, just as mainstream Protestant leaders have been rendering much of mainstream Protestantism a branch of leftism, and non-Orthodox Jewish clergy and lay leaders have been rendering most non-Orthodox synagogues and lay institutions left-wing organizations.

The notion that it is immoral to execute any murderer — no matter how heinous the murder, no matter how many innocents he has murdered, no matter how incontrovertible the proof of guilt — is an expression of emotion, not of reason or natural law or Christian theology or biblical theology.

Regarding the latter, the biblical commandment to put premeditated murderers to death is unique.

First, it is fundamental to biblical morality. The injunction of putting murderers to death is the only law found in each one of the first five books of the Bible (the Torah).

Second, all other sins involving the death penalty were only applicable to Jews (and for thousands of years, Jews regarded those death penalties not as literal but as pedagogic — to teach the seriousness of various offenses in an attempt to create a moral and holy nation).

But the Bible makes it clear capital punishment for murder is applicable to all of humanity. It is the first law God gives Noah after the flood, after commanding him to be fruitful and multiply. Putting murderers to death is therefore the first moral law God gives the world. Why this draconian penalty for murder? Because the penalty is a statement about the seriousness of a crime, and the God of the Bible deems the wrongful, deliberate taking of a human life the pinnacle of injustice. Allowing all murderers to keep their own lives diminishes the evil of murder and thereby cheapens the worth of the human being. In God’s words, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image” (Genesis 9:6).

It is precisely to preserve the unique worth of the human being that the Bible mandates putting murderers to death.

Go here to read the rest.  Perhaps the most significant feature of the current Pontificate, is the attempt of Pope Francis to force Catholicism to embrace the transient current intellectual prejudices and fads of Western elites:  from global warning to capital punishment, to mass immigration from Islamic countries and serial monogamy, Pope Francis seeks to have Catholicism dash with Holy Water the ephemeral political wish list of the chattering classes of the West.  This entire pontificate is a Syllabus of Errors writ large, with a Pope placing the timeless message of the Church in thrall to a political agenda that 50 years from now will likely be completely out of date.  It is a mistake to view the Pope as a radical.  He is instead a reactionary of the deepest hue, seeking to give victory for all time to the current wisdom of the Western elites who rub shoulders each day with their clerical counterparts.  The Pope is transforming the message of Christ from the salvation of all mankind into a crutch for the political consensus of Western elites, and a manifestly failing political consensus at that.  Pope Francis is playing King Canute, with the difference that, unlike Canute, he truly believes he can stop the tide from coming in.

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