Francis declares Clear Doctrinal Definitions Heretical June 10, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, different religion, error, Francis, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, suicide, the struggle for the Church.
How can one respond to this very bold declaration from the Bishop of Rome, Francis, in declaring clear doctrinal definitions to be the stuff of heresy? My first reaction is that this is a rhetorical excommunication of the entire pre-Franciscan Magisterium. And not for the first time, mind you!
As Rorate notes, this declaration stands in irreformable contrast to the declarations of even the post-conciliar popes (let alone their predecessors). That is to say, only one or the other can be right – either Francis is right, and the Church must jettison doctrinal definitions for the
sake of the leftist cause “good” of souls, or the entire pre-conciliar Magisterium is right.
I know where my money will lay:
Francis……by qualifying as “heretical” a rejection of the “Doctrine of the Ideal” as well as any affirmation of the absoluteness of moral prohibitions (‘or this or nothing’).
“This (is the) healthy realism of the Catholic Church: the Church never teaches us ‘or this or that.’ That is not Catholic. The Church says to us: ‘this and that.’ [Fornication AND Sodomy! Marriage AND Adultery!] ‘Strive for perfectionism: reconcile with your brother. Do not insult him. Love him. And if there is a problem, at the very least settle your differences so that war doesn’t break out.’ This (is) the healthy realism of Catholicism. It is not Catholic (to say) ‘or this or nothing:’ This is not Catholic, this is heretical. Jesus always knows how to accompany us, he gives us the ideal, he accompanies us towards the ideal, He frees us from the chains of the laws’ rigidity and tells us: ‘But do that up to the point that you are capable.’ And he understands us very well. He is our Lord and this is what he teaches us.”
Homily at Santa MartaJune 9, 2016
Not Cathoilc, eh? But what of those on the left hand and right hand, or “If you do not eat My Flesh and drink My Blood you do not have life within you?” What about “go and sin no more,” and “let them be as a heathen and publican.”
It’s not some man-made law of the Church that Francis is contradicting; it is Jesus Christ Himself.
The only way I can comprehend that he can mentally justify his stance, is if he is a modernist who believes basically all of Scripture is just an ex post facto creation of men with little or no relation to the supernatural. Thus, it’s pick and choose (which correlates with his love for protestants) and will to power.
Rorate has the countervailing quotes from John Paul II, which I recommend reading for completeness.