Monday, January 22, 2018
THE POLARIZATION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BY THE MOST POLARIZING POPE IN CENTURIES IS UNIFYING THE DIFFERENT FACTIONS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE MOST UNHEALTHY WAY: COMMON ANGER!
Excerpt from Crux:
Luis Badilla, writing in the well-known Italian blog “Il Sismografo”, often labeled as close to the Vatican, published a piece Sunday calling for Barros’s resignation and for the pope to “promptly” accept it, saying that it’s not only the Chilean church that is suffering from the “Bishop Barros War” but the whole Church.
Joelle Casteix, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in the United States, told Crux that with his comments, Francis had made a “fatal error,” because he “let people know how he truly feels about survivors of abuse and the scandal in general.”
Crux has a stunning article on Pope Francis' unmitigated disaster concerning sex abuse victims which you can press the headline below to read. The anger this has generated in one part of the Church is just a symptom of the anger that the Holy Father in generating in many parts of the Church. Anger isn't healthy for the Church no matter which faction has it and expresses it. It's not the right way to unify the Church, to say the least!
This horrible polarization of anger in the Church began day one when Pope Francis' portrayed His Holiness as the anti-Pope Benedict undoing almost everything Pope Benedict tried valiantly to bring about, especially "renewal of the Church in continuity with the Pre-Vatican II Church not in rupture with it." The "reform of the reform" was spot on and it still is even though Pope Francis has turned the clock back to the 1960's worst intuitions about how to bring about a "new springtime" for the Church, a term itself fraught with wrongheaded triumphalism.
The only plan of God I can see in all of this mess that we are experiencing is that a completely new generation of Catholics is experiencing first hand what the early post-Vatican II Church experienced in the 1960's and it wasn't pretty. That experience led to the decline of the Church today and yes, there is a cause and effect. What is happening now, so similar to the 1960's, will lead to tomorrow's (the next two generations) demise of the Catholic Church, a clear cause and effect. For current Catholics exposed now to the Old Rite of the Mass and the corruption of renewal in discontinuity that is occurring at the same time, may well be the path that will be Catholicism's hope to embrace Pope Benedict's form of renewal in the not too distant future.
The Church has been waiting a year or more for the Cardinals who issued the dubia to issue a correction of the Holy Roman Pontiff if His Holiness did not clarify the ambiguities of His Holiness' teachings concerning the Sacrament of Marriage and who is elibible to receive Holy Communion.
There has been no clarification that these dubia cardinals would find satisfactory nor have they issued a "correction of the Holy Roman Pontiff."
However, Cardinal O"Mally and the nation of Chile issued a correction to the Holy Roman Pontiff with lightening speed as the Associated Press reports:
The pope’s comments sparked such an outcry that both (Cardinal) O’Malley, Francis’ own top adviser on abuse, and the Chilean government made the highly rare decision to publicly rebuke him – an extraordinary correction of a pontiff from both church and state. The criticisms were all the more remarkable given that they came on the Argentina-born pontiff’s home turf in Latin America.
Read the Crux article here as what is described is symptomatic of so much afflicting the Church of Pope Francis today: