When I use the word "dissenter" I mean those who willfully deviate from the Traditions of the Catholic Church as handed down through the centuries. Two striking examples were made disgustingly evident today.
The first came from Cardinal Wuerl, in the publication of two interviews he gave after the sin-nod ended. One was given to America magazine (and expounded upon by Vox Cantoris), the other was published by Religion News Service. I am not going into a comprehensive analysis of these interviews, else we'd be here for hours. It's clear that he is feeling emboldened by this pontificate to flaunt his liberalism with aplomb and impunity. Vox Cantoris does an excellent job with the America interview. I will touch on a few points.
In the America article, he says (among other things), "no longer is the framework of the Church’s pastoral response the code of canon law." Dr. Edward Peters, a canon lawyer, refuted the Cardinal's erroneous premise that canon law was ever the framework of the Church's pastoral stances. He also points out how canon law is founded upon revelation, including the Gospels. We can see that the cardinal is trying to paint a picture in which the Church simply had things wrong during all those previous centuries, but now, under this pontificate, a new day has dawned! Halleluiah! I'm sure the Cardinal is rejoicing at that silly thought, for canon law ceased to be any sort of reference for him some time ago. Recall how he maltreated Father Guarnizo three years ago when the latter upheld Canon 915 in an archdiocesan parish (happens to be mine).
In the Religion News Service interview, we see the quote, “The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the gospel really say here?’ That’s our first task.” Really? The gospels quote Jesus as saying "if you love me you will keep my commandments". Jesus then commissioned the Church to teach His commandments to all. The head-scratcher about Wuerl's comment is the word "now". God's commands have always been the frame of reference for the Church. Why the usage of this word "now"? What meaning is that intended to convey?
Later on he says, "I’ve had priests say to me that the pope is really just affirming what most of us know in our hearts we are supposed to be doing anyway." I'm sure that there are lots of archdiocesan priests who are also dissidents, who have off-kilter ideas of what they "are supposed to be doing".
That brings us to our second striking example. I can easily imagine Father Peter Daly having such a chat with Cardinal Wuerl. I've blogged on his progressivism in the past (see here and here). He too gave an interview, this one to the Not-At-All Catholic Reporter. He didn't touch on the sin-nod, but it is all too obvious that after the sin-nod, he is feeling his oats as he trumpets loudly his dissidence regarding homosexuality. He praises the Obergefell ruling, as "making things better for our society". He lauded the Maryland legislation legalizing same-sex #mowwidge, while most sensible Catholics strove to defeat it.
Get a load of this whopper of a quote. "Same-sex marriage is a very conservative movement. Homosexual people who seek stable and committed relationships are implicitly declaring their opposition to promiscuous, violent, or exploitive sex. Like heterosexual couples they seek faithful relationships based on real love." I scarcely know where to begin with this. I think I have to start with the last sentence and work backwards, starting with the concept of "real love". First and foremost, love must be founded on God's commands, and one of those commands forbids homosexual conduct. Anything involving said activity is NOT love, pretenses notwithstanding. For that reason, there is no way such a relationship can be considered stable, since there is no real foundation in God's order. As far as it being "very conservative", I think many gays would take that remark as an insult. Now consider he's a priest. What kind of teaching about marriage did he receive in the seminary?
Now he admits his dissent and he arrogantly announces his intent to drag his parish into a spiritual and moral cesspool that may very well terminate in hell for some of his flock AND himself. "As long as I am pastor here we will welcome and register everyone who shares our Catholic faith, including same-sex couples. After all, we register divorced and remarried people. We will educate their children in our religious education programs, and we welcome them as sponsors at baptism and confirmation. We open our ministries to them. We will allow them to teach religious education so long as they are respectful of the church teaching. (That we require of everyone.) We will encourage them to participate fully in the life of the church, including the Eucharist. We will treat everyone with respect and dignity. We will allow them the right of their own conscience." If the parish is going to educate the children of these same-sex couples, just what do they intend to teach them about marriage and God's commands? Will they teach the truth or some hell-oriented lie? As far as being sponsors at baptism and confirmation, that is not an honorary role but one in which said sponsor must live out God's commands, including those pertaining to sexuality. I could go on and on about all the errors in this paragraph, errors that are simply inexcusable for someone who calls himself "priest".
Lastly he announces his intent to allow the sin of sacrilege to be committed against Our Lord Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. For all the lip-service he bestows on "respect and dignity", why doesn't Daly direct a little of that to Jesus, whose priest he's supposed to be?
He is long-time pastor of St John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick MD. His article makes evident that while he retains his post, those parishioners will find their immortal souls in grave danger of damnation - unless they learn and embrace the Faith despite his machinations. Yet Cardinal Wuerl allows Daly to carry on because they are of the same mind. Did I say "allow"? Not only that, the Cardinal probably applauds this heretic priest. Consider this; under Cardinal Wuerl this heretic is allowed to retain his pastorate while Father Guarnizo is expelled precisely because he was a faithful and orthodox priest.
Ladies and gentlemen, the sin-nod ended less than two weeks ago and already the spiritual poison is spewing forth. Of course I do live in a diocese in which one of the sin-nod's chief rainmakers holds sway so we can expect some severely noxious bilge to make its presence known here. It will have impact everywhere. Please pray and frequent the sacraments.