Fr. Murray is a frequent contributor to Raymond's show on EWTN. His eloquence on the errors of this papacy is lethal to its efficacy.
Cardinal Cupich argues: “It goes without saying that this will also mean rejecting an authoritarian or paternalistic way of dealing with people that lays down the law, that pretends to have all the answers, or easy answers to complex problems, that suggests that general rules will seamlessly bring immediate clarity or that the teachings of our tradition can preemptively be applied to the particular challenges confronting couples and families. In its place a new direction will be required, one that envisions ministry as accompaniment, an accompaniment, which we will see, is marked by a deep respect for the conscience of the faithful.”
It is deeply demoralizing to hear a Catholic bishop describe the task of teaching the faithful the truths of the Gospel as being an exercise of authoritarianism or paternalism that “pretends” to answer the difficult questions or problems people have. When he claims that it is wrong to think that “the teachings of our tradition” can “preemptively” meet “particular challenges confronting couples and families,” he is reducing Church teaching to an inadequate set of possibly useful suggestions. The voice of the Lord speaking through the doctrine of his Church is no longer reliable or universally applicable. Instead, we must listen to the conscience of married couples, which is even seen as a new source of divine teaching...
Thus a decision of conscience, for instance, to leave one’s wife and civilly “remarry,” is labeled “God’s personal guidance” that would grant divine approval to one’s blameless embrace of the “necessity” of what is euphemistically called “living at some distance from the Church’s understanding of the ideal.” Cardinal Cupich is telling us that God will inspire someone to serenely decide in his conscience that it is necessary for him to commit adulterous acts, and that this is therefore God’s will for him.
Fr. Murray asks if there is any possible way this could be reconciled with Church teaching. But Cardinal's jaw-dropping apostasy makes it a rhetorical question.
Last week, Pope Francis said he tries to 'dialogue' with Catholics who misunderstand what they are trying to teach. But there is no misunderstanding. We understand the claptrap prattle all too well. Good faith efforts to explain how his irrational and unfaithful poppycock contradicts authentic Catholic theology is not the 'dialogue' he wants to hear.
The kind of 'dialogue' that leaves their errors completely defenseless is just too embarrassing. Unwilling to accept their own foolishness, they turn to slander, insults and threats.
What is revolutionary here is not any change in the Church’s teaching on marriage (which is impossible), but rather the attempt to impugn that teaching by claiming that since some people decide that they would rather not be faithful to their marriage vows, they may in good conscience claim that God does not require them to be faithful; rather they should calmly recognize the “necessity” of embracing what has always been taught by the Church to be a gravely immoral lifestyle.
A theological checkmate.
Meanwhile, what they don't say about Fr. Martin, et. al., is deafening.
UPDATE-a good summary here of EWTN content here
I'd love to be a fly on the wall at Robert Royal's house where Spadaro's asinine threat is a hot topic. The World Over is going to be fun this week. Everyone awake, alert and oriented will be tuning in tomorrow - Thursday - at 8pm.
This is how they roll when they don't have the Communists in China to do the dirty work of oppressing the truth faith and obstructing us from the Sacraments.