Friday, November 25, 2016
POPE FRANCIS CONFUSES AND CONFOUNDS BECAUSE HIS AMBIGUITIES GO BEYOND CONSERVATIIVE/LIBERAL, ORTHODOX/HETERODOX CATEGORIES. JUST AS THERE IS A POST-CHRISTIAN THRUST TODAY, FRANCIS HAS A POST-VATICAN II THRUST!
Crux has an interview with the closest collaborator of Pope Francis, Fr. Joseph Sparado. It is very telling and quite frankly captures the anxiety that both progressive and conservative Catholics have in Pope Francis post' Vatican II ethos. You can read the interview in its entirety HERE.
Below my comments here, I post snippets of that interview. On one hand Pope Francis appreciates what Pope Paul VI try to do with the Jesuits in the 1970's when they along with most male and female religious orders lost their identity, lost members, lost vocations and were on the road to extinction because of it. One would think this would resonate with more traditional Catholics that Pope Francis did not see the manner of renewal of religious orders and by extension, of the Church of the 1970's which led to a loss of identity of not only religious orders, but of the Church in general, which has seen an unimaginable decline in membership due to that loss of Catholic identity.
Yet, Pope Francis' "post Vatican II" emphasis (and I use post as one would understand "post-Christian") seems to many to be the same old that leads to the same old loss of Catholic identity. Just ask the four cardinals that have pushed Pope Francis against the wall and the bishops who support them, not to mention rank and file clergy and laity.
Pope Francis acknowledges the polarization in the Catholic Church as well as in the world of politics. I am not sure though, that His Holiness acknowledges that he is the source of this recovery of confusion in Catholicism which his two immediate predecessors worked so hard to remediate, one of whom is still living and surely must feel the sting of this movement backwards.
As I mention in my previous post, the greatest problem with those who are anxious about Pope Francis approach him with the logic of deductive reasoning whereas Pope Francis has abandoned those kind of reasoning for deductive reasoning. What strikes me about this is that inductive reasoning is more feminine than deductive reasoning which is masculine and ties into His Holiness' concern about legalism and rigidity which tend to be more masculine characteristics than feminine.
In fact the Vatican II Liturgy is more feminine in this regard (flexible, not regimented or prone to a scrupulosity of rubric fidelity) as is the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
Here are the money quotes from Fr. Sparado who surely has inside knowledge of the mind of Pope Francis who is tenacious in bringing the Church into a post-Vatican II existence. He acknowledges though, that there is anxiety in the Jesuits about the next pope who can be as vicious as Pope Francis in breaking with his predecessor:
The Society of Jesus is right now called to take part in a reform of the Church that in some ways goes beyond what we are used to. We have long thought of ourselves as being out in front, in the trenches and at the crossroads. But now one of our own is pope, and the frontier has shifted in an unexpected direction, so that we are no longer “conservative” or “progressive,” liberal or traditional.
As an Argentine provincial, Bergoglio attended the historic GC-32 in 1974-75, and eight years later, when he was rector of the Colegio Máximo, he was present at GC-33.