Because they are not getting serious enough doctrine…

1 in 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. Americanism is still a heresy. But it’s okay, because, Pope Francis has totally got this.

The local bishop is directly responsible, Voris argues, brushing aside any reference to the pope, but are the bishops supposed to follow the wishes of the laity or the example of the pope? Discuss. As Bishop Villegas, head of the Philippine bishops conference, was reported to have said on July 6:

“(Pope Francis) shakes up our old belief systems about spiritual shepherding. He jolts us from our complacency and status quo attitude. He humbles us with his simplicity. He disturbs us to make us better,” Villegas said in his speech opening the 109th CBCP Plenary Assembly at the Pius XII Catholic Center. “He has slowly moved the Church from being a dogmatic, self engrossed and authoritative sick institution to being a gentle, outreaching, compassionate and persuasive Church through the power of love and mercy,” Villegas added.

We should avoid the fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc, to be sure, but we must also take seriously how dramatically this pope has impacted the Church’s entire approach to conflict and compromise in the past 16 months. As one Jesuit told Francis directly, in a recent Q&A session:

You certainly have brought about a Copernican revolution in terms of language, lifestyle, behaviour and witness on the most considerable issues at the global level, even with atheists and with those who are far from the Christian Catholic Church. The question I ask you: how is it possible in this society, with a Church that hopes for growth and development, in this society in an evolution that is dynamic and conflictual and very often distant from the values ​​of the Gospel of Christ, that we are a Church very often behind? Your linguistic, semantic, cultural revolution, your evangelical witness is stirring an existential crisis for us priests. What imaginative and creative ways do you suggest for us to overcome or at least to mitigate this crisis that we perceive?

Pope Francis is hardly the man in the high tower. He’s all about the nitty gritty, and he has no qualms about intervening directly in local affairs, as, among other things, his phone call to Mrs. Lisbona shows, and as his live radio interview is meant to show: “Despite expectations building ahead of the event, Fr. Lombardi stressed that the interview will be directed to the local Church, and that nothing of “great resonance” should be expected outside the context of the local community.” So the dilemma seems to be that, pleading to bishops for pious change is to kick against the goads and waste one’s breath, since such bishops only feel empowered by Francis zeal for an ecclesial lío, while drawing attention to Francis as the actual source of the ongoing waves of confusion, is criticized as misdirected activism.


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3 Responses to Because they are not getting serious enough doctrine…

  1. Stephen Spencer says:

    That is bad enough, but on top of that Church Militant TV condemned those who do point out the obvious–and said they shouldn’t be read!

  2. I used to support Vortex Voris, but his cultic ‘don’t criticize the pope’ stand showed me he was part of the problem, not a solution to it. If the head man is part of the problem, he has to be called out!

  3. Tony Jokin says:

    Well, I suppose Voris for all his talk never tried out the strategy of complaining about something to a Bishop or priest?

    In the case of a Bishop, he has nothing to fear when he has a firm belief that the Pope is on his side. The local priest has nothing to fear because he has a firm belief that both the Bishops and the Popes are on his side. In short, I think one can safely conclude that there is a growing sense that there is no higher place to appeal to in the event that ones complaints go unheeded.

    Why is that? Is it not the ambiguous (which is the best charitable interpretation possible considering the gravity of some of them) actions and words of the Pope that has lead us here? I have heard many a person quote Pope Francis to me on the issue of sodomy to justify their inaction or acceptance of such things. I have heard that Cardinal Kasper claimed that the Pope was on his side. I have seen new reports and transcribed speeches where the Pope praises non-Catholics and seems to talk if everything is well with such groups which no doubt is going to be the foundation of subsequent Unity Sunday ecumenical celebrations and homilies (as if they weren’t painful already).

    I think people need to wake up. People need to point out that regardless of what might be the Pope’s intentions, his actions and words are just outright confusing and easily lends itself to heretical interpretations. It is a very real problem for Catholics as well as the non-Catholic. The liberal Catholics don’t care because they love the heretical interpretations anyway. The secular world loves it because now they can make news out of the Papacy shocking the outcast Catholics.

    And really, at the end of the day, to point this out is not uncharitable. Countless Catholics are mislead regardless of whether or not the Pope intended it. These mislead Catholics in turn support decadence of society or will “tolerate” them leading to institutionalization of sinful activity in our society. All these lead to many souls that will be possibly lost when it could have been avoided.

    Honestly though, my guess is that not many who have authority want to speak up at this point. The Pope is enjoying such popularity in the world today that anyone who makes some criticism will be lynched as a hater or anti-Catholic. It is hard enough being persecuted by the secular world that I am sure no one wants to have the extra tag of being called anti-Catholic added on top of it. Some people think the popularity of the Pope means “good times ahead!!!”. The only “good times” that are coming ahead would be confusion. Confusion is never a good thing.

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