Saturday, June 28, 2014
Was I dreaming or did he not announce he was going to ferme la bouche for a while?
Here we were thinking we would have a respite from kooky theology now coming at us from the Romans.
It's a cruel world!
The newspapers are splashing the headlines: Pope Francis said Jesus was a pastor without interest in morals. A jolly bloat who was just happy to be with his peeps. And they were happy to be with him.
Christ was chased out of every town He visited, cruelly executed by the mad mob with only three people standing under His Crucified Corpus because... the people really, really loved the things He said.
Take the time to read the entire article.
Jesus Christ, who called people among other things... snakes,a brood of vipers, dogs, swine, son of the devil, simply 'brought wonder to their hearts, the wonder of finding something good, great'.
Why then did they kill the Man?
If the crowds so 'astonished' with the Via Dolorosa of happy, joyful, warm people who reach the heart, why would they execute eleven of His Apostles?
I'm wondering all right.
We are all wondering: Who and what is Pope Francis talking 'bout?
Who is this Christ disinterested in moral theology who goes along to get along?
I like that plan better than the one where we teach moral theology and they persecute and kill us all for it.
Still, I cannot reconcile the Person of Christ the Pope is speaking about and the fiat he describes to the one witnessed in Scripture.
It is disconcerting.
I am sincerely trying to get the underlying message in the Pope's latest homily and I have narrowed it down to two things:
1. He is asking us to believe the millions of martyrs who went before us were executed for being nice.
2. He's here to tell us the 2000 years of martyrs teaching moral theology have been going about it all wrong.
This sissification of Christ seems, at least to me, to be contradicted by Christ Himself, the New Testament and 2000 years of Roman Catholic theology.
For instance, how does he reconcile his theology about Christ with what Christ Himself said about St. John the Baptist?
For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife...
This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say to you: Amongst those that are born of women, there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.
Pope Francis refers to St. John the Baptist as a moralistic, quibbling pharisee. Christ says he is his angel sent before thy face and the greatest prophet who ever lived.
This contradiction and caricature of Christ and the evangelization of our religion is deeply disturbing.
While Canon 15 is the religious law that carries out the precept of Christ that what is holy should not be given to the dogs, Pope Francis instructs priests to disobey Canon law.
The pastoral common sense that you do not feed the Eucharist into a soul who has lost the ability to intellectually combat the spiritual warfare within because it drives them to self destruction has gone out the window with this papacy.
We need a pastor like that about as much as we need an oncologist who gives out tickets to the theater to cure cancer.
Relieve us of our vices sir, through the the teaching of moral theology, which is absolutely necessary for right judgment that ultimately drives the soul to the Sacrament of Confession.
We have friends and relatives to make us feel cozy and warm.
We come to the ordained to receive Sacramental Graces in the Sacraments.
Withholding moral theology from our people, as the world is drawing them into confusion, may save your hide from martyrdom but it is the antithesis of the role of the baptized and ordained.
Stand up and fight for the souls of your people, of Christ's people.
Perhaps we will see another clarification from the Romans about Pope Francis' redaction of the pursuit of morality and purity from 2000 years of theology?
I hope so.
It is half past time for vacation.
Please. Go on vacation.
This video message from Fr. Nicholson is most timely and efficacious. He articulates everything I wanted to say and couldn't.
These days, people do not get angry at injustice...be good little boys..do not get into fights. When little boys act like little boys, we tranquilize them and try to get them to act like little girls. This incapacity to get angry is not a virtue, but evidence of a great internal problem. The inability to get angry is a distinctive result of an inordinate desire and attachment to pleasure...
Purity needs a public relations campaign to give it a better profile. Purity is interpreted as living a frustrated and unhappy life but nothing could be further than the truth. Purity of heart is the occasion by which we can see God. This finding and feeling of God is the tremendous source of happiness and cheerfulness.
Amen Father, amen.