Some of my blogging colleagues reposted a story from last year regarding Father Timothy Radcliffe, a former Master General of the Dominicans who is now an open homophile. That last term is not to imply that he himself is embroiled in the gay lifestyle (although there is reasonable probability of that) but it does signify that he is a willing enabler of such sinful conduct.
Initially I declined to do so, simply because his appointment by Pope Francis to the post of Consulter for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was last year's news. In retrospect, I see my colleagues' wisdom in so doing for the recent events regarding Amoralis Lamentia and the dubia do put the Radcliffe matter in a new light.
Recall how Radcliffe stated that "gay sex..can be expressive of Christ's self-gift". Of course this statement is pure blasphemy, to equate mortal sin with Christ's love for mankind. But now consider the interim relatio report from the sin-nod from two years ago. It drew much-justified criticism because it too suggested that mortal sin can "contain positive values". And yes, the pope was well aware of this content before the document was promulgated with his approval.
No reasonable, honest person can deny any longer that there are efforts afoot by progressives in the Vatican (and that includes Pope Francis) to undermine the Teachings of Jesus Christ Himsef regarding faith and morality. While it's true that the pope cannot solemnly proclaim error, he can accomplish nefarious ends by other, less flamboyant methods such as introducing confusing documents (such as Amoralis Lamentia), appointing dissidents such as Radcliffe to influential posts and by removing faithful prelates from their positions of influence.
Cardinal Burke, one of the authors of the dubia, has asked that rosaries be offered "so that bishops and priests will have the courage to teach the truth and defend the faith against all her enemies, both within the Church and outside the Church. And may all confusion be dispelled from the Church." While he made that appeal specifically for Dec 1, this intention is obviously one that deserves ongoing prayers. Let us also pray that Pope Francis does restore clarity, as requested in the dubia. But if he doesn't, let us pray that these cardinals follow up with the corrective measures as briefly described by Cardinal Burke. The festering boil of heresy within the Church must be brought to a head so that it can be lanced and the infection treated.
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