Sometimes an honest and frank discussion of what Pope Francis is doing hits you between the eyes.
In the following interview with the Register, Msgr. Bux explains that the Church is in a “full crisis of faith” and that the storms of division the Church is currently experiencing are due to apostasy — the “abandonment of Catholic thought.”
Is abandonment the right word?
Seems worse than abandonment.
I feel like we experienced abandonment for the last 30 years. They have moved on to the discrediting Catholic thought phase.
The cardinals expressed concern over the “grave situation” of episcopal conferences and individual bishops offering widely differing interpretations of the document, some of which they say break with the Church’s teaching. They are particularly concerned about the deep confusion this has caused, especially for priests.
PENTIN How can this problem best be resolved?
BUX: The point is: what idea does the Pope have of the Petrine ministry, as described in Lumen gentium 18 and codified in canon law? Faced with confusion and apostasy, the Pope should make the distinction — as Benedict XVI did — between what he thinks and says as a private, learned person, and what he must say as Pope of the Catholic Church. [Fr Z: I believe JPII did the same before B16 did.] To be clear: the Pope can express his ideas as a private learned person on disputable matters which are not defined by the Church, but he cannot make heretical claims, even privately. Otherwise it would be equally heretical.
I would encourage all readers to read the entire interview. His honest but frank discussion of the damage done by Pope Francis is an eyeopener.