I thank Vox Cantoris for pointing out the pope's mindset that underlies his rhetoric and actions in two areas. Let's look at priestly formation, for starters. Rorate Caeli analyzed a talk that the Pope gave to a group of Jesuits a few months back. In it he lamented "rigidity" in the priestly formation in traditional circles. Notice how he slyly insinuates that when a young man is "too confident, rigid and fundamentalist", then he might be "mentally ill". Of seminary teaching he laments "educating in light of overly clear and distinct ideas". Then he talks about the "dynamics of personal discernment, which respects the law but knows how to go beyond."
There's much to unpack here. First, let's look at the phrase "overly clear". Most sane people would agree that clarity is a good to be desired. Clarity is tied to truth. How is it possible to be "overly clear" or "overly truthful"? If one lessens the truth or clarity, then one is engaging in dishonesty and obfuscation, right?
Now let's address that second quip about the "rigidity" indicating "mental illness". This is nothing short of slander directed at young men, aspiring to the priesthood, who exert much effort to follow God's immutable commands. And yes, God's commands are quite clear. For instance, "thou shalt not commit adultery" does not admit of any exception. Does the pope find that "overly clear"? Well, perhaps he needs to take that up with the Author of that "rigid"command.
This dovetails right into that last quote: "respect the law but know how to go beyond". If one is going beyond what God's law says is permissible, he/she should drop any pretense of "respecting the law". "Respect" is just a mental game played by those who would justify thumbing their noses at God's law, and ultimately God Himself.
So, as far as Pope Francis is concerned, is everything up for "discernment" and "accompaning on the journey"? Is everything to be considered free of "rigidity"? Surprisingly, NO! There are some matters, according to this pontiff, that are to be considered set in stone, that admit of no divergence of opinion whatsoever. These are matters that are indicative of his real loves and mindsets.
Today he addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences regarding "climate change". He said it's "indispensible to create a regulatory system that includes inviolable limits and ensure the protection of ecosystems" blah-blah-blah. "Indispensible"! "Inviolable"! Hmmm! Sounds like rather "rigid" language to me! Where does "knowing how to go beyond" fit in with this paradigm? So the Teachings of Jesus Christ as revealed through His Church is subject to "gray areas" but "climate change" junk sciene is sacrosanct?
Let's look at this "regulatory system". Who will be controlling this "regulatory system"? The pope never got around to divulging that teensy detail, but one can imagine that the UN (Useless Nincompoops) would have their hand in that, along with George Soros and other assorted oligarchs. Over the years I've done many posts on the menace of environmentalism. As you read the posts, you'll notice that one underlying motive to this movement is the deconstruction of western civilization and its Christian roots. In particular, pay close attention to this post, noticing the three motives that seem to be underlying this junk science (and watch the video).
Unless we believe that the pope is a total idiot, we must concede that he is in cahoots with the progressives and their agendas. Owing to his position as Vicar of Christ, he is poised to spread the poison of progressivism. Many Catholics at one time were naive in their disbelief of this problem. While some continue their pollyanna-esque blindness, an increasing number are admitting that the ever-mounting pile of evidence is shattering their illusions. Some of these, though, are now trying to ignore the problem, pretending that it has no relevance to their lives. This blog joins with the Remnant in stating that we cannot be indifferent and silent with respect to the harm being caused by this papacy, for souls are at stake.
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