Monday, February 12, 2018
IN THIS ERA OF HYPER-CONSCIOUSNESS ON ALL SORTS OF ABUSE, IS IT AN ABUSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CLAIM THAT HE, THE HOLY SPIRIT, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLARIZATION IN THE CHURCH TODAY WHICH IS WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WANTS?
The following is what a Malaysian bishop is saying about the leadership of Pope Francis--that it is of the Holy Spirit.
I might be wrong, but I thought we could only claim the Holy Spirit's guidance in actual Magisterial teachings and only say that it is of the Holy Spirit when a pope or an ecumenical council with the pope declares something to be infallible in the areas of faith and morals.
We can't say that all things that a pope or council says or does is led by the Holy Spirit. In fact this would seem to me to be the so-called "blasphemy" of the Holy Spirit.
It would would be patently blasphemous to say that Pope Francis' recent comments about Bishop Baros and how he has handled this situation since day one is the work of the Holy Spirit.
However, the evil or wrong-headed things that popes and bishops as well as priests do, the Holy Spirit can bring good to the Church. But that's another discussion.