Saturday, March 7, 2015

More Kookery at the National Catholic Register



I somehow missed the latest skullduggery at the National Catholic Register.

They got together with the bastions of faithful Catholic thought - National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor - and published a joint statement hoping the teachings of the Church in the Catechism will be subordinated by the Supreme Court.

Whooh boy. Here we have a shining example of why the problems at EWTN are waaaaayy above Mark Shea, Lizzy and Simcha Fisher.

Catholics have been warning that the Pope's subordination of the Deposit of Faith in one matter will result in others taking it upon themselves to subordinate it in other matters.

If, as Kasper's suggests, the Pope will create a policy around their evolving understanding that a state of sanctifying Grace is restored to a soul the more you sleep around with one person, and you are therefore eligible to return to Holy Communion, the Deposit of Faith is pretty much moot.

I digress here a bit, but have you ever wondered what the Pope's new policy would look like?

Will they call it a Canonical common law sacrament of monogamous sex?

Will it be based upon the number of years you've slept with the same person?

Will an accelerated program be allowed for couples who have frequent sex in a shorter duration?

Will they explain how many times you have to have sex with the same person before you restore your soul to a State of Sanctifying Grace?

What will you have to submit to the Church to return to the Sacraments?

Will people have to keep a log?

Will the sacrament of monogamous sex be restricted for people living together or will it be applicable if you sleep with some eye candy at the gym?


Anyway, I think somebody is going to have to start a real Catholic newspaper.

We had a good run with the Register. It's dead Jim!

The Register is implying Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis did not abolish Church teaching approving the use of the death penalty through the Catechism. Rather, they left the Catholic Church's disordered approval in the Catechism and told practicing Catholics to abolish it.

Get it?

These two Popes have left the abolition of a heresy in the Catechism up to Mark Shea, Joan Chittister, America Magazine and our Sunday Visitor.

Shea calls this phenomenon, at the National Catholic Register mind you, 'non dogmatic guidance'. I refuse to link to it.

The CROOKS is calling it the Pope Francis miracle of mercy, where heresy is the faithful 'flexible' applicability of Truth.

Quite a cacophony of intellectual and spiritual bedlham.

These are the teachings of the Church on the Death Penalty.

2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.

2266 The efforts of the state to curb the spread of behavior harmful to people's rights and to the basic rules of civil society correspond to the requirement of safeguarding the common good. Legitimate public authority has the right and duty to inflict punishment proportionate to the gravity of the offense. Punishment has the primary aim of redressing the disorder introduced by the offense. When it is willingly accepted by the guilty party, it assumes the value of expiation. Punishment then, in addition to defending public order and protecting people's safety, has a medicinal purpose: as far as possible, it must contribute to the correction of the guilty party.67

2267 Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor. If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically nonexistent."

They are rare and practically non-existent but they do exist and for reasons the Church enumerates.

In no way, shape or form was it ever the intention of Pope John Paul II to imply the Church has retained a heresy in the Catechism and it is the duty of the faithful to see it is abolished.

Utter nonsense.

Pat Archibold responds that they are actually asking the Supreme Court to override the authority of the states. As I mention above, I think the problem is much bigger. They are putting the Supreme Court above the Catechism.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

More obfuscation from the latest National un-Catholic Register? (I have given it that moniker since it made common-ground editorial policy with the National un-Catholic Reporter.)

‘It’s a Mistake to See Francis as Wanting Kasper’s Proposals’

Author Austen Ivereigh weighs in on the Pope and the October Synod.

by EDWARD PENTIN 03/06/2015

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/its-a-mistake-to-see-francis-as-wanting-kaspers-proposals/#ixzz3TjLweaCy

TTC said...

Yes, why would we draw the conclusion that the people the Pope hand-selected to teach, govern and sanctify as he stood on the sidelines to be wanting those ideas.

Somewhere in the wacky world in St. Peter's Square, there is an SOP that tells Popes to pick people to teach and govern whose ideas contradict the Church when you don't want to see those executed.

Is there a red rubber ball at the end of my nose?

Ann said...

the article that you reference toward the end of your post:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/mar/06/sdqt-new-catholic-bishop/#

is an Onion-like parody...you might want to delete that section as illustration of your point; your point stands well without it.

It's truly sad that parodies ring like truth in this new-church.

TTC said...

Ann, thanks for your thoughts. I did delete it.

Michael Smith said...

Unrelated question: Do I want to support the Boston Cardinal's Appeal this weekend? If not, why?

Anonymous said...

Every Sunday after Mass, my husband asks the same question: Why are people still giving them money?

Why indeed.

Anonymous said...

This is not "kookery." This is the logical extension of these ideas:

1. Pope John Paul II's arbitrary revisionism on capital punishment that contradicts centuries of teaching from both Scripture and Tradition.

2. The Catholic hierarchy's historical preference for authoritarian government over democratic institutions.

3. The substitution of propaganda for coherent thought in the debate about abortion. Let me explain: The whole "pro-life" meme has been extended to include things that have nothing to do with abortion (i.e. "seamless garment"). As a result, Catholics -- even educated ones -- tend to think along the lines of superficial rhetoric rather than solid moral reasoning.

Anonymous said...

"The Register is implying Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis did not abolish Church teaching approving the use of the death penalty through the Catechism. Rather, they left the Catholic Church's disordered approval in the Catechism and told practicing Catholics to abolish it."

This is madness, utter madness!!

This is the logical consequence of Mottramism...which, more and more, appears to be the de facto Catholic position on anything.

Anonymous said...

"The Register is implying Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis did not abolish Church teaching approving the use of the death penalty through the Catechism. Rather, they left the Catholic Church's disordered approval in the Catechism and told practicing Catholics to abolish it."

This is madness, utter madness!!

This is the logical consequence of Mottramism...which, more and more, appears to be the de facto Catholic position on anything.