Mundabor has a great post on it here. Excerpt:
Francis very often has a way of expressing himself that, no doubt with premeditation and malice, achieves his objective in a refined way. He does so by using a double subject that I will call, for the purposes of this post, the major and the minor one. The major subject is the one meant to make the worldwide headlines, the minor one is there to feed the pigeons. I have noticed this trick several times already. If you have paid attention to Francis’ utterances you will immediately recognise the style.
Imagine a phrase like this:
Gays, those who love God and do good, are the crown of Christ.
The major subject is “Gays”, the word Francis and other Modernists uses for “Homosexuals” and/or “Sodomites”. This is what makes the worldwide headlines.
The minor subject, “those who love God and do good”, is the pigeon food. The Pollyannas will immediately clutch on this straw to interpret “gays” as “those homosexuals who accept in its entirety the teaching of the Church, live a chaste life and pray unceasingly that God’s may give them the necessary graces so that they may get rid of their horrible perversion”.
After the phrase has been printed into the atheist and anti-clerical newspaper of your choice, Bergoglio’s Jesuitical Spiel begins: liberal newspapers the world over will run headlines on the lines of “Gays Are The Crown Of Christ, Says Pope”. Meanwhile, the “reading Hitler through Snow White” party will publish countless blog post, all more or less titled “did Francis really say that Gays are the crown of Christ?”, trying to explain to us the baddies of the press of the entire planet – yes, pretty much all of them – really do not get the humble, saintly man. You see, they will explain, he did say “Gays” (which is unfortunate, they will admit obtorto collo under the pressure of their smarter commenters) but hold on, he meant a certain particular very rare type of “gay”, who never even calls himself “gay”, and not your usual sodomite.
Yes, I’ve noticed this, too, although I’ve never described it so well. And, of course, Pope Francis is by no means the only, or even the most egregious, one I hear it from. It irritates me even more than outright heresy would, because heresy at least is honest in its aggression. When I hear from various prelates that “proselytism” is evil, that “homophobia” is a sin, or that one shouldn’t “obsess” over doctrine, I know perfectly well that orthodox Catholicism is being attacked. But when I, as an orthodox Catholic, defend my beliefs, someone will always tell me that I am being “uncharitable” in not giving these statements a Catholic meaning (rather than the meaning suggested by the statement’s context or the meaning its audience would be expected to take, and without any evidence that the orthodox reading was the speaker’s intended one), and that in showing myself so unkind and impious to my spiritual shepherds, I no doubt deserve to be further harangued by our non-judgemental pope. Yes, one can define “proselytism” to mean something other than “evangelism”; one can define “homophobia” to mean something other than “disapproval of sodomy”; one can imagine a purely hypothetical situation of someone too obsessed with arguing the filioque for his own spiritual good. But to speak this way is not to use the language as its current speakers do. It is, at the very least, unpastoral. It objectively promotes heresy, whether or not this was subjectively intended. And, confound it, I wasn’t born yesterday–it certainly was intended.
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