Cardinal Wuerl has expressed my sentiments perfectly

The frame of reference now is no longer the Code of Canon Law. The frame of reference is now going to be, “What does the Gospel really say here?”

I’m so glad someone else feels this way!  I’m so sick of all this lawyer BS, parsing subtleties about the meaning of “consent” and “maturity”, nailing down the exact spiritual conditions for being an usher or lector, and so forth.  Let’s you and me, Your Eminence, sit down, open up our New Testaments, and see exactly what they say about remarriage and sodomy.

7 Responses

  1. But … but that would involve him acting as though he actually meant what he said. Just like if these guys actually believed that half of marriages are null they would be making a full court press to get them convalidated.

  2. The idea that trying to construct loopholes is legalistic never occurs to some people. The lights are on, but nobody’s home.

  3. The lights are on, but nobody’s home.

    Actually, I think the lights are on. It’s not a defect of the intellect, but of the will.

  4. Actually they just sound Protestantized. It’s the whole law-gospel distinction thing – the Gospel doesn’t include condemnation of sin – the law does – and it just serves to drive us to the good news.

    In reality, I wonder if these men are even believers of the most basic type.

  5. Actually they just sound Protestantized. It’s the whole law-gospel distinction thing – the Gospel doesn’t include condemnation of sin – the law does – and it just serves to drive us to the good news.

    Yeah, which is silly. The “law” which the Gospel delivered us from is the Mosaic law, which permitted divorce for pastoral reasons!

  6. To me, the whole business (what they’re actually doing, not the terms they couch it in) sounds more like a Judaized thought process than a Protestantized one – imagining God as having very precise and strict rules that need to be worked around through the construction of loopholes, rather than not having any rules at all. The “Air Bud” school of theology, if you will.

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