Pope Francis’ annulment novelties will NOT be overturned….. September 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
….at least not by the next pope, and quite possibly not for a very long time, if ever?
That’s the thinking of Amateur Brain Surgeon’s post quoting the tendency in Western society going back several hundred years to first experience some great revolution that runs counter to the society as previously established, and then have “conservatives” come in shortly later and claim whatever revolutionary change accomplished a few years ago is now a dear part of “tradition” and can never be done away with. That would be too radical! The post hinges on this quote from Chesterton, of which I was previously unfamiliar (I add emphasis and comments):
“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.”
Anti-lock Braking System Amateur Brain Surgeon goes on to say:
Sure, the Annulment Reform means the process will become the abattoir of marriage but we also know it will not be ditched by the next Pope. [Well. JPII did undo a very similar annulment process operative in the US in the 70s with the ’83 Code of Canon Law. But that was overturning an abuse by a local group of bishops, not a positive papal act. I have to say ABS is probably right, there is almost no chance of the next pope overturning this “reform,” but he might, if we are blessed with a different kind of pope, undo some of its more egregious measures. Overall, though, no, I doubt the next pope will repeal it, unless there is some kind of miracle]
As Mr. Kenneth Jones noted, In 1968 there were 338 annulments, in 2002 there were 50,000.Get used to it, Trads, these reforms will be defended by the ultramontanes and the conservatives in the Hierarchy will not cast out these execrable reforms for that would be too radical. [And thus, for 500 years, the Revolution has gone from one advance to the next, with very few setbacks]Just think about how these events happen – revolutionaries destroy the Roman Rite and impose an anthropocentric happy meal for women and children upon us and then a Pope is elected who could have – he had the power – simply restored the Real Mass and suppressed the Lil’ Licit Liturgy – but he didn’t.If you can’t hear the revolutionaries celebrating the permanency of their victory, then you are spiritually deaf.The Synod will do something that will, in practice, undermine the permanent doctrines of the One True Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church and those reforms will become permanent. [I prefer not to give them the benefit of the doubt by using the word reform. I either use scare quotes, or I use other, more accurate terms: novelties, revolutionary changes, etc.]Look, what G.K. Chesterton had to say about the political world is also applicable to The Church for it has become anthropocentric and not only open to change but it is populated by progressive prelates sedulously soliciting change.
Aye, there’s the rub. I think that’s an extremely significant comment. We are often told by generally well meaning souls that applying political terms to the Church is incorrect, because the Church is beyond mere politics, and in saner times that has been correct. But as ABS notes, the Church has been thoroughly infiltrated by individuals of a very worldly sort, and even more, profoundly political actors (the left generally believing the personal is the political, and thus all aspects of life are political) who are committed to enacting a culturally and politically progressive/leftist agenda in the Church. Thus, the political language becomes more apt every day.
Be that as it may, whether its political or cultural, progressivism or modernism or all of the above, the Church has been besieged by agents of the Revolution within her walls for decades now. This is an unprecedented development and the millions (I pray its millions) of faithful are still very much working out how to most effectively respond. While we do so, the Revolution tends to advance by leaps and bounds. The 60s/70s saw a period of enormous revolutionary advance, with the 80s-00s now seeming to be more a period institutionalization of those changes rather than any kind of real retrenchment (the awesome Summorum Pontificum aside). We see how easily all the relatively orthodox encyclicals of JPII and Benedict (yes, I know, now is not the time to parse their doctrinal content) are set aside and the Revolution resumes its course. I like to think – I probably need to think – that eventually this revolutionary generation will die off in sufficient numbers for a general restoration to get underway. But who knows?!? Every year takes us further from the Church That Was and further into the Church That Is. These two are not the same, and the basis for Restoration probably slips a bit with the advance of each year.
Sorry to be a downer, but I think we need to be realistic. We need to find the best communities we can to sustain ourselves because we are in for a very long, and very unpleasant, ride.