I beg your pardon?
Small-minded rules that are driving the faithful away?
Most certainly a breathtaking glimpse into how the Pope views our magnificent Magisterium and the tools for the salvation of immortal souls.
You can't kid me baby!
Take that seamless garment and put it right back into the mothballs. We are allergic to it.
And while we are at it, don't come around these parts telling the starving flock that the problem with the Church is...we have oversaturated our parishes with Church teaching. That observation is so patently absurd, it is maddening.
Is he serious?
If he is that out of touch with reality, we better strap ourselves in because this papacy is going to be a poop show.
Since Woodstock, we could count on one hand number of times we have heard priests teach women about contraception and abortion or gays about abstinence and celibacy.
If these teachings are being 'repeated constantly', we would all certainly like to know where.
Please. Send us map.
What makes this ludicrous observation so frightening is, his fix is in: We have to find new ways to reserve Church teaching or we will fall like a deck of cards.
He certainly published his piece in the right magazine. America have been misleading the flock with this praxis for decades. Look how it has panned out for the culture.
This ought to give the thugs in the Chancery some real talking points against priests who have been teaching and preaching the faith to the starving lambs.
If you really want to get scared, read this.
The fruits of Vatican II?
People fell out of a state of grace, the pews emptied out and we have a mess in the world from the diabolical disorientation of sin.
It is not possible to interfere in the spiritual life of a person?
What is he talking about?
That is our entire mission. Our whole fiat in a nutshell.
For the love of Christ, please do permit His Church to interfere in my spiritual life and into the spiritual life of the people I love and care about.
Just when you think it couldn't possibly get any more insane.
I have not read the interview in its entirety, but have been following the spin. Whenever I feel like the Pope is off of his rocker, I fly unto the sanity of Fr. Z. to talk me out of it.
Fr. Z does a masterful job at putting the shinola on the Pope's latest controversial statements and I agree with the tenet of his talking points.
But... me thinks...at this point...our dear Fr. Z is examining each flea on the dog to explain it all away.
There are many excerpts from the interview that reinforce the gut instincts I have had since the beginning: This is a shepherd who is going after the lost, those duped by the mainstream and chanceries who have portrayed repentance and the Sacramental tools of Confession and the Eucharist as an unwelcome sign.
This is the most compelling:
"I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.... And you have to start from the ground up."
He has taken control of the soundbytes of the MSM. This is spectacular and we are on board any momentum to cast the net into the deep.
I see where he's going, but there are several problems in the execution of it.
First, he is not the brightest bulb and the articulation of his off-the-cuff remarks are a theological disaster.
I suspect he too is aghast when he sees how his own remarks are being cast. As soon as his gag order on teaching was published in the mainstream media, in a little-covered story, he blasted the siren on abortion.
More importantly, if it were not for the fact that once the uncatechized and defiant show up and volunteer to teach their views in CCD, RCIA and the Liturgy and the bishops didn't load the chancery with them, Catholic parents would buy into his fix.
But we are all too familiar with the execution of this fix.
We have been there done that and we now have two generations who have been led astray.
Here's an honest and decent summary of the general sentiments of the shtick.
It is SO clear to me over the past few weeks that the Pope is going after couples cohabitating, the gays, divorced, women who have been brainwashed into being chemically sterilized with contraception. I am praying for reconciliation and fruit and my ground game, still, is looking everywhere and in every thing to support and assist with that goal.
Keep your hands on that wheel and we can worry about the rest later.
I can't, at this point, spit on people and tell them that its raining.
That's my two cents, FWIW.
Meanwhile, here is a developing story.