Francis: “Obstinate Christians are rebels and idolators” April 25, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, different religion, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
And what makes you obstinate? Apparently, adhering to the constant belief and practice of the Faith. Put more harshly, but I think it can be fairly argued, more honestly: opposing Francis’ program to radically remake the Church is, to his mind, being sinful. But whom, precisely, is being idolatrous here? Those who cling to the very Word of Jesus Christ about something like marriage, wherein He plainly declared that having more than one living spouse at the same time (“divorce” or no) was adultery, or the new doctrine of Francis?
How similar is this “new wine” we’re being sold to the vinegar of a Robert Tilton?
The Pope’s words: “Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,’ this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination. It’s as if they went about by guessing: ‘What has been said and what doesn’t change is what’s important; what I hear—from myself and my closed heart—more than the Word of the Lord.’ Obstinacy is also the sin of idolatry: the Christian who is obstinate sins! The sin of idolatry. ‘And what is the way, Father?’ Open the heart to the Holy Spirit, discern what is the will of God….This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God…” READ REPORT HERE
Note the language: this is what “the Church” gives us. That’s a slick bit of sleight of hand.
Note also the stark dichotomy: adhering to the constant Magisterial belief of the Church is false divination, but going around”discerning the Spirit” willy-nilly is not. How the Spirit is to be discerned from the false spirit of the world, and the wiles of satan, absent the guidance of the Doctrine of the Faith, is not mentioned, obviously, because it would obliterate the argument. One might be tempted to keep in mind the dictum that leftists always project, as in project their own psychoses, faults, and biases, onto others, especially their perceived enemies.
And once again we see Francis seemingly pitting the Holy Ghost against Himself. On its face – and let’s be truthful, this is far from the first time – he is either proclaiming that God can radically change His mind and contradict Himself – in which case He would no longer be God – or He is setting forth a dangerous new, deconstructive (but thoroughly modernist) approach to Doctrine and its definition, which posits that there basically have been no dogmatic definitions (this would be similar to the arguments of the atrocious American theologian Dr. Rick Gaillardetz (that’s just one post – search his name and find three dozen more)), so popes can simply make things up as they go along. Either will have the effect of spreading mass confusion, scandal, and defections from the Faith. This kind of stuff is the most powerful corrosive imaginable with regard to the doctrinal integrity of the Church.
The only real question that remains in my mind is, feature or bug? Not that it matters, the effect is the same.
I questioned whether to post this or not, as I am trying to avoid pounding on Francis when formal teaching is not in play, but this was so clear, so revealing, and so egregious, I thought it merited posting. It is revealing in what it says about his intent, and how he views the Doctrine of the Faith. I don’t mean to be repetitive, nor stir up scandal. I know many of us have been forced to draw difficult and uncomfortable conclusions. While I try to keep my head down regarding this pontificate as much as possible (to the extent that I read virtually zero Catholic blogs anymore), I can’t just bury my head in the sand ever deeper as this pontificate reveals itself more and more. Some things need to be examined. This is one of them.
One of the infinite number of tragedies surrounding Francis is his Trump-like tendency to cause even very small divisions in belief to stand out like mountainous divides. People of good will fall on different sides of whether, and to what extent, to point out the rank novelties and grave dangers emanating from Rome since March 2013. It’s been painful for me to endure some splits with folks over the things I say and write. I’ve got to do what I feel called to do. That’s about all I can say on that.