A December 3rd Acton Institute conference in Rome saw a close papal adviser make statements about the Magisterium that are, well, not in keeping with Church tradition. The bishop in question is Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. He unabashedly stated that the politically correct and scientifically unsound envirowhackoism as espoused by progressives is to be considered part of the magisterium. Why? Because the pope included it in Laudato Si. LifeSiteNews has a full report.
The bishop found himself contradicted by Acton president Father Robert Sirico and journalist Ricardo Cascioli. Sorondo then uttered this incredible nonsense as the definition of the magisterium: When the Pope has assumed this, it is Magisterium of the Church whether you like it or not..
Got that? According to him, mere assumption is enough to constitute Church teaching. Of course that is poppycock. At the very least, any such "assumption" must be in conformity with already-established Church teaching, and that teaching states that the pope can speak infallibly only on matters of faith and morals.
My Catholic Media Coalition colleague at Les Femmes also commented on this bishop's foolish pronouncement, one that Father Fessio called an "embarrassment to the Church". As I mentioned in her comments, this bishop was merely parroting the pope. I now link to a piece published by Catholic Citizens of Illinois (another Catholic Media Coalition member). It is by Carl Olson, editor of Catholic World Report. He writes about the many gaffes that this current pontiff has uttered and the damage done by them. I daresay this latest nonsense by Bishop Sorondo claiming that Laudato Si is defined dogma of the Church is just the latest example of the havoc being caused by these regrettable papal statements.
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