Francis, asked about “new concrete possibilities” for Church Doctrine, answers “Yes. Period.” April 18, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, Francis, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Hilary White has gone apoplectic over this, and I can see why. Francis was directly asked a very specific question by American Church-insider blogger Francis Rocca regarding change to what Rocca calls the “discipline” (it’s not mere discipline, it’s solemn Doctrine, but we can see how the constant apologists will be framing this matter, redefining Doctrine down to discipline) in the matters of morality touched on by Amoris Laetitia, and especially as it relates to those persisting in adulterous “unions.” The answer was very clear and to the point, but I’ll let you decide for yourself:
Today on the plane press conference on the way back to Rome from Greece, Pope Francis was asked a very direct question about the exhortation*:
Some maintain that nothing has changed with respect to the discipline that governs the access to the Sacraments for the divorced and remarried, and that the law and the pastoral practice and obviously the doctrine remains the same; others maintain instead that much has changed and that there are many new openings and possibilities. The question is for one person, a Catholic, that wants to know: Are there new concrete possibilities, that did not exist before the publication of the Exhortation or not.
His answer, though it went on longer, contained a straightforward affirmation:
“I can say yes.” (“Posso dire di sì“)
And that “yes” was immediately followed with a “punto,” meaning “period.” As in yes, period, or yes, damnit, I’m the Bishop of Rome, and I can do whatever I want.
Intent is the key to everything in the moral sphere. Asked directly if he intended to change Church “discipline” – and again, this is not a matter of discipline, but touches on a command straight from Our Blessed Lord’s own mouth – Francis did not equivocate. “New concrete possibilities” has been, for 50 years now, post-conciliar Church-speak for radical change. You can draw your own conclusions.
Now I kind of doubt Francis or the Vatican will issue clear commands to admit manifest adulterers to the Blessed Sacrament. He and his allies may be that bold, but I imagine they’ll just let events play out as they know they will – it will be the national conferences that will issue “guidelines” demanding/recommending/permitting the divorced and remarried (without annulments) to the Blessed Sacrament. Very soon this “permission” will become de rigeuer, and essentially mandatory, like Communion in the hand, god-awful protestant hymns, and barring Latin from the Mass. And I strongly doubt it will stop there. It is an open question whether the Ecclesia Dei communities will long be permitted to refuse such “service” to demanding customers.
It’s late and I’ve got to go, but I wonder if this rare moment of candor will finally convince some folks that the occasional orthodox bones they are thrown do not represent the “real” Francis of their surely well-meaning longings? I tend to doubt it, very little seems able to penetrate the bastions of the papologists, but it might move a few. Not that I rejoice in that. This whole business is as sorry as it is sad.
PS – This has been reported and translated by many and this is not a translation issue.