It’s clear that this papacy has sloughed off all its former capacity to confuse and scandalize faithful Catholics, so I’m glad I’m no longer spending time analyzing it.
For, if I were still commenting on This Pope, I’d be searching in vain for “material.”
There’s just nothing to be alarmed at, and the obvious forecast is smooth sailing.
“It’s all good,” as they say.
We can finally celebrate with equanimity the indisputable fact that the Barque of Peter is being steered by a transparent and unflinchingly orthodox shepherd in Rome.
Just thought I’d share that warm-and-fuzzy, like a docile, well-formed Catholic should.
P.S. Anyone out there interested in a used copy of Denzinger?
Apparently, it’s obsolete.
P.P.S. Here’s a fitting coda that has come up in conversation more than a few times in the recent past:
“16 All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, 17 That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work. … 1 I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom: 2 Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. 3 For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: 4 And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. 5 But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober.” — 2 Timothy 3, 4
But perhaps that’s just me being obsolete again.
P.P.P.S. Chills up my spine, care of a colleague:
“The Protestant doctrine and that of the schismatic Greeks are to spread everywhere…. The Little Black Man in Rome, whom I see so often, has many working for him without their clearly knowing for what end…. I see the Little Black Man in his own country committing many thefts and falsifying things generally….” — Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, Oct 1, 1820