When the bishops fail to assert a Catholic doctrine when the subject comes up, when they ask us to consider the positive side of politically popular sins, when the Pope makes a statement that he must know will be interpreted in a heterodox way–when the context of his remark even suggests the heterodox interpretation–it’s silly to deny that they’re deliberately undermining the Catholic faith. Whether or not an individual statement stripped of its context can be given an orthodox meaning is irrelevant.
Because so many people seem to think it clever to say otherwise, we should be grateful to Edward Feser for arguing the point at length. Often, the job of philosophy is to defend common sense from clever silliness.
Peter Kwansniewski makes similar points more concisely at Rorate Caeli.
See also Mundabor’s great essay on “Francispeak“.
So, if we’re allowed to notice the obvious, there’s nothing wrong with noticing, as this article does, the contrast between the Vatican’s treatment of the religious sisters of the USA and of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Father Z points out that the CDF is still slowly investigating the LCWR, but really, what’s to investigate? Their apostasy is completely out in the open. The Vatican certainly doesn’t wait years before striking against those suspected of Lefebvrist sympathies. The fact that everyone in the LCWR hasn’t been summarily excommunicated proves that Rome has no sense that it is dealing with open rebellion against Christianity and that nothing will happen. Some time ago, Rod Dreher pointed out that, by its actions, one would conclude that the Vatican thinks preferring the Latin Mass is worse than child rape. It is also clearly true that the Holy Father and the bishops regard the Latin Mass as worse than abortion advocacy, lesbianism, goddess worship, pantheism, and support for communism. In fact, the post-Vatican II hierarchy acts very much like a Cathedral occupation force charged with suppressing any signs of pre-VII Catholicism.
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