I confess that I'm having some trouble mustering up the courage to read the pope's exhortation. I seem to be experiencing some of the same repulsion and resistance my soul generates when I encounter a cultural message from Bruce Jenner. I think it's critical we approach reading it with the mindset that gives the Pope every benefit of the doubt.
I was finally able to set aside my own convictions about Pope Francis early this morning and began to read it with the hope that it would not be as bad as the stuff we're reading.
I got to paragraph 3:
Since “time is greater than space”, I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf. Jn 16:13), until he leads us fully into the mystery of Christ and enables us to see all things as he does. Each country or region,moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle… needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied”.3
Given the context, what the Holy Father is saying is once a culture descends into Sodom and Gommorah,it is seeking solutions better suited to inculturate sodomy and adultery and this turn of events does not preclude the Church from the practice of deception. Because my friends, time is greater than space.
This paragraph, at least to my reading, convicts the intentions of the Holy Father.
I am working my way through it, am on Chapter 3 and there is much to parse.
Does this mean that sex is a property of God himself...? Naturally, the answer is no.
Sex is not a talent and gift which people are free to use as they desire.
Sex was created by God and is endowed to us as a talent and gift. On our day of reckoning, how we used that talent and gift is taught to us in Matthew 25. One man squanders, another doesn't use it and one uses it as intended and gives back to God the fruit.
The gift is His. The talent is His. The vineyard is His. The fruit is His.
The Church is there to teach resistance to the immorality and sins of Sodom and Gommorah. It does not obstruct and twist Church teaching to bring about the consequence of having the family respect and apply demonic cultural practices to their lives.
We have long thought that simply by stressing doctrinal, bioethical and moral issues, without encouraging openness to grace, we were providing sufficient support to families, strengthening the marriage bond and giving meaning to marital life. We find it difficult to present marriage more as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfilment than as a lifelong burden. We also find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them.
The bulk of the job of ordained men is not the 'formation' of consciences. It is doing what it takes to keep consciences in a state of Sanctifying Grace. The teaching from the pulpit is supposed to drive the people in the pew to the Sacrament of Confession.
If there are no lines in the Confessional, the priest is doing a lousy job 'supporting' families in the parish.
There are a handful of priests in every diocese 'supporting' families.
The family has suffered five generations of the hierarchy ordaining immoral men who contradict the Catechism. We have five generations of children who received that advice and acted on it. They are positively NOT capable of carrying out discernment.
Our children were taught adultery, sodomy and contraception were ok and the Sacrament of Confession is unnecessary. When parents reported it and asked to have their children's consciences corrected, I don't know any practicing Catholic family who wasn't told to go scratch their backsides with a broken bottle. In several parishes.
That's the support we have all received.
Here we seem to find the cause of their shocking ineptitude:
Here I would also like to mention the situation of families living in dire poverty and great limitations. The problems faced by poor households are often all the more trying. For example, if a single mother has to raise a child by herself and needs to leave the child alone at home while she goes to work, the child can grow up exposed to all kind of risks and obstacles to personal growth. In such difficult situations of need, the Church must be particularly concerned to offer understanding, comfort and acceptance, rather than imposing straightaway a set of rules
that only lead people to feel judged and abandoned by the very Mother called to show them God’s mercy. Rather than offering the healing
power of grace and the light of the Gospel message, some would “indoctrinate” that message, turning it into “dead stones to be hurled at others
He believes the slavery of communism he is forcing down the throats of every nation, which forces mothers and fathers to work 10 hours a day to put food on the table, only affects 'poor households'. But that is not the shockeroo. When our children are exposed to the dangers of uncatechized and misled, they think their role is then not to inform, teach and sanctify.
The stupidity leaves me speechless.
More later, but I encourage you to read it yourself...