"It was about bearing witness to everyone that, for the Church, the Gospel continues to be a vital source of eternal newness, against all those who would indoctrinate it in dead stones to be hurled at others." A few things pop into mind:
- The phrase "eternal newness" is an oxymoron, for eternity by definition is neither old nor new. It is beyond the bounds of time. The truths of God revealed thousands of years ago continue to be the truths of God for they were uttered by the eternal God.
- "Indoctrinate" what? Is this just sloppy translation? How does one "indoctrinate the Gospel into stone"? This is nonsensical
- Just who are these evil boogeymen that are hurling "dead stones" at people? And why, oh why, does the pope refer to the Gospel as "dead stones"? Again, if there's a better translation, please advise the Vatican for I'm looking at their own website.
"It was about trying to open up broader horizons, rising above conspiracy theories and blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend and spread the freedom of the children of God, and to transmit the beauty of Christian Newness, at times encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible."
- There's that "newness" word again. "Newness" is irrelevant when talking of God's timeless truths.
- "Conspiracy theories and blinkered viewpoints!" Now here's where the "lovable" mask drops off and we see the real vindictiveness. Of course some of that venom is aimed at Catholic bloggers such as Yours Truly. But I believe faithful prelates who vocally called out the obvious rigging of the sin-nod are in the cross-hairs: prelates such as Cardinal Sarah, Archbishop Gadecki, Bishop Schneider, the thirteen cardinals who signed the letter, those who wrote "Remaining In The Truth Of Christ" and "Preferential Option For The Family", and others. Voice of the Family just released a piece asking the pope to address the crisis of trust; do you think this "conspiracy theory" slur will help?
- What is meant by "language which is archaic"? If Latin, may I remind us all of why Latin is used? It is used precisely because it is a dead language; that is, the meanings of its grammar and vocabulary will not "evolve" with time. Latin has worked well for the Church for 2000 years; there's no reason to pretend that it isn't sufficient now. I realize that may not fit in with this "newness" fad, but so what?
- Let's look at the "incomprehensible" part. Another reason why certain language may seem "incomprehensible" to certain individuals is precisely because they don't want to understand it; they don't like the demands it places on them and their behaviors. Any parent who's raised children will understand the concept. The answer is NOT to change the language but to continue to proclaim the teaching and insist on obedience for the eternal salvation of these recalcitrant individuals.
"We have also seen that what seems normal for a bishop on one continent, is considered strange and almost scandalous for a bishop from another; what is considered a violation of a right in one society is an evident and inviolable rule in another; what for some is freedom of conscience is for others simply confusion."
- God's truths are not only eternal, they are omnipresent. That is, they apply everywhere and equally. Marriage, being between one biologically born man and one biologically born woman, is one such truth.
- "true defenders of doctrine are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit". No. Enough of these false dichotomies. When it comes to God's word, "letter" and "spirit" CANNOT be held in opposition to one another for they both emanate from the same God. One does not uphold any "spirit" of God's word without upholding every single solitary letter of it. Got that???
There are more problems with this but I think you get the gist. The Relatio is out already, but so far only in Italian (again, why not Latin?). Rorate has some of that translated and even that small snippet is fraught with serious problems, not the least is the "wiggle room" being implied regarding the matter of adulterers receiving Holy Communion while still in sin. At best, it sounds like a time bomb that will explode at the most inopportune time. Please pray; frequent the Sacraments, pray the Rosary, wear the scapulars. We are in for some difficult times as Catholics.