A little note before I begin this post. I will be expounding on these rather bizarre statements from the Pope, understanding of course that they are not spoken ex cathedra. However, because there are some good-hearted people who think that every word he utters is a prophetic declaration or that it's just wonderful when he dons a clown nose for a silly selfie, there needs to be some input that is not derived from the "three monkeys" approach. I'm pleased to note that many of my fellow bloggers seem similarly persuaded. In fact, I shall be linking to them (as I often do).
Within the past several weeks Pope Francis has said some things that are perilously close to being logically, philosophically and theologically impossible. These anomalies of thinking seem to be shared by prelates such as Cardinal Kasper, and their stench emanated from the SinNod.
On October 13, the Catholic Herald (UK) reported on the Pope's homily. In that, he reportedly stated that "if laws do not lead people to Jesus they are obsolete". It's obvious that he is confusing God's law with Pharisaical customs, for there is nothing inherently evil about eating with sinners (we all are sinners). Why that distinction was not drawn is not so much careless, but now in light of the SinNod, somewhat suspect. God's laws will never be obsolete. They are His word, and as God Himself is eternal, so are His laws as they reflect His eternal will.
We certainly did see an attempt during the SinNod to question the eternity and relevance of God's laws, especially with the indissolubility of marriage and the gravity of the sins of sacrilegious Holy Communion and sodomy. They are contained in those three paragraphs that should have been removed but in reality they still remain part of the report despite the votes of the prelates in attendance.
Regarding the fallacy of the law "not leading people to Jesus", recall that it's God's law that is indispensable to our discernment of Jesus in our lives and Church as opposed to some counterfeit. Let's look at that statement again, rephrasing it ever so slightly. "If laws do not lead people to Jesus, it's because that pseudo-lovely image of Jesus is a counterfeit. God's authentic laws will never lead to anyone but Jesus." With all due respect, I think this statement to be tad more accurate than the former.
In that article, we also heard about this "god of surprises", and he has been throwing that phrase at us ever since. You'll notice that I did not capitalize that "g". "God of surprises" is not a phrase that I've ever seen in the Scriptures nor in any other Church documents (I suppose that omission renders them "obsolete"?). What is with this fetish about "being surprised"? In the various contexts in which this phrase is bandied about (including the closing address of the SinNod), I suspect this "god of surprises" is not much more than a pagan idol designed to lure the naive into abandoning the One True Faith.
Let me share a particularly blasphemous manifestation of this "god of surprises", with thanks to Vox Cantoris. Father Thomas Rosica, official of the Vatican Press Office and player in the SinNod, tried his best to make those in irregular marriages (that is, adultery) seem legitimate by opining that the Holy Family was "irregular"! To suggest any hint of sin about the Holy Family is both intellectually insulting and blasphemous. Is it, as the blogger suggests, part of the campaign for us to "mature", as said Pope Francis in his closing address? Most likely so. In saner times, Father Rosica would have been disciplined if not defrocked. Now he'll probably be rewarded.
During the Mass during which Pope Paul VI was beatified, Pope Francis said repeatedly that "God is not afraid of new things". There is truth to that statement - for several good reasons. First, we read in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 that "there is nothing new under the sun". God is eternal. His Word and Law is eternal. Furthermore, we know that all public revelation has occurred and ended with the death of the last Apostle (John). If there is any new "dogma" or tweaking of settled Church teaching, the impetus of such is utter foolishness at best and diabolical at worst. Of course God can overcome all such duplicity; we weak humans need to exercise prudence and discernment. Those two qualities must not be confused with fear and suggestions for such confusion must be rejected.
Let's face it. This talk of "god of surprises" and "new things" is progressive manipulation of words to manipulate the Catholics into questioning the Magisterium and the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself, this time in regards to divorced/remarried Catholics and those embracing the sin of sodomy. Even now they are preparing in earnest for next year's ordinary synod, where they hope that they will be more successful in undermining the Faith.
Fr. Edward L. Beck: "luxury, vanity, riches...."
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