There were fundamentalist Protestant Christians with signs directly in front of the Cathedral-Basilica telling us poor Roman Catholics that God will save us, not our sacraments, that Jesus is the one intercessor before God not his mother and that all we had to do was to accept Jesus Christ to be saved, we can't do it as Catholics though.
I found it sad that these Christians (probably Calvinists) felt compelled to hurl stones at the good Catholics of Saint Augustine on such a wonderful day. But alas, they have the right to do so and I am grateful to live in a country where free speech is allowed, unless, of course, one calls out fire in a crowded church. But it might be the preacher doing it as a means to scare the hell out of people, but I digress.
Here is Father Dwight Longnecker's fabulous article on authentic Catholic dissent and chiding Catholic fundamentalists in their crude antipathy towards Pope Francis:
Is "Conservative Dissent" Brewing Inside the Vatican?
September 8, 2015 by
This article from the Washington Post gives a typical progressive slant on Catholic news.
The headline suggests that “Conservative Dissent is Brewing Inside the Vatican.” Ho hum.
You can guess the tired narrative: Pope Francis is the great reformer who wants to clean up the corrupt Vatican Bank, open communion to divorced and re-married people, lift the ban on artificial contraception, give the nod to abortion, make way for women priests and green light same sex marriage.
Except of course that he’s spoken out clearly against all those things.
Nevertheless, he’s a subtle worker don’t you know, and he’s moving things along slowly but surely. Here a clever liberal appointment and there a back room deal. Here a little wink and nudge to journalists and there a promotion of one of his liberal buddies and a demotion of one the bad guys. In other words, the Vatican is working just like Washington DC and any powerful organization–it’s a network of crafty cardinals, manipulative monsignors and corrupt curial officials.
Of course there will always be politicking in any organization and the Vatican is no exception. Furthermore, there will alway be disagreement and dissent within an organization.
Is there “dissent” amongst some conservative American Catholics? There is certainly some genuine ugliness rumbling in a few extreme traditionalist blogs, but must we take seriously flat earth bloggers who rant about the pope being a communist antiChrist, modernist, Jew loving, infiltrator who is ushering in the New World Order of Illuminati/Freemasons? Probbly not.
Are there grumbles amongst conservatives about the detail? Sure. Are there concerns that the church is drifting away from her true priorities? Sure. Are conservatives fighting for their viewpoint? Is there opposition? Sure.
What is remarkable about the article, however, is where the writer identifies the “dissent”
He doesn’t actually find that many dissenters, so of course he names Cardinal Burke (that was easy) and a few other prelates. He mentions conservative websites and blogs and that’s about it.
What he misses completely is that these conservative voices are not the ones dissenting at all. If they were dissenting they would be protesting against Catholic teaching. They’re not. They’re simply upholding the faith once delivered to the saints.
Surely it’s Cardinal Kasper and the progressives who are being sneaky with the secret synod they held a few months ago to try to promote their progressive causes.
Brewing Inside the Vatican?
It’s the progressives who manipulated the procedures in the first round of the synod last Autumn. It was the progressives who tried to stop a book defending true church teaching from getting into the hands of synod participants. It’s the progressives who tried to marginalize the Africans (who are virtually all traditionalist in their views on the family) It was the progressives who suggested that the Africans weren’t worth listening to.
There is no conservative dissent in the Vatican. “Dissent” is rebellion against orthodox Catholic beliefs and against the status quo and the establishment. To suggest that the conservatives are “dissenting” is to assume that the progressives’ position is what Bruce Caitlyn Jenner calls “the new normal.”
The progressive position is not “the new normal” it’s the old abnormal. “Abnormal” is actually a good word for the dissenting position because the dissenter (which is another name for heretic) is always trying to promote a half truth, and a half truth is more abnormal than either the truth in all its splendor or an outright lie.
In Catholic terms one who dissents from the fullness of Catholic truth is mixing lies with truth. They’re selling watered down wine, and that’s abnormal.
People should get it straight. Conservative Catholics aren’t dissenting from anything.
We’re loyal to the pope, loyal to the church and loyal to the faith once delivered to the saints.
It’s the progressives who dissent, and their dissent is indecent.