Some great observations by Janet Baker has in her reply to Thom Peter's objections to Catholics expressing concerns about the Pope's confusing statements.
...especially to Thom's question below.
"If Pope Francis sees dissenting Catholics living more active lives of charity, showing more passion in their desire to fix the problems of the world, and being more vocal in the great debates of our time, what happens then?"
I'm trying to understand this concept.
Pope Francis is aware that people who dissent from Church teaching are people who are selfishly enticing and baiting others into committing offenses against God that rob them of their salvation.
Was Thom trying to suggest it is possible that the Pope is so theologically shallow that in spite of this, he could perceive public statements about wanting to fix the problems of the world as living more active lives of charity?
Does this hanging question imply Pope Francis would reconstruct the deposit of faith upon the same old crackpot attempt at charity tried by Judas 2000 years ago?
What happens then?
I think I can answer that one.
Then, charitably...we announce he is daft. We step up the campaign to keep Catholics on the ship. Instruct them on how to ride out the storm. Remind them that while we are obliged to accept what is written into a Catechism under his watch - we ought not to to participate in the behavior ourselves, and anything contradictory which he expresses outside of the Catechism is anathema.
Come on Thom!!!! The possibility that the Pope is this shallow is way below zero.
There is one thing everyone can take to the bank:
The Catholics who have the spinal fortitude to express what every well-educated, well-formed and catechized Catholic knows or should know about the circus in Rome for the last eight months have zero interest in competing in a popularity contest for the Pope's affections. We don't give a rat's patoot whether he likes us or he doesn't like us. Our focus - every scintilla of our energy and being - is on the salvation of souls.
If he's going to spend the rest of his pontificate making a mockery out of our religion and undermining the moral compasses of our children, it's going to get ugly.
Also - check out this post-Is this the Martini Pope?
..and Fr. Ray Blake's post on the disconcerting situation in Rome.
If these people weren't running every chancery in the United States we wouldn't be so concerned. But they are and they have robbed two generations of Catholics of their religion. Those of us who somehow made it through are done with it. Completely done. Over and out done. Restructuring the Inheritance of Christ after it will result in quite a donnybrook in the public square.
That's what happens then!