There are news stories from all over the world about the divisions and disarray in the Church. Here is another example from Pope Francis Argentina as reported by Crux:
Near the end of a troubling year in Pope Francis’s home country, the bishops of Argentina have expressed their support for the pontiff, claiming the Church and its leader have never been under attack, both at home and abroad as they are right now.
Bishop Oscar Ojea, president of the Argentine bishops’ conference, said these attacks even come from inside the institution. Speaking about the country’s general situation, he warned that the “social and economic crisis hitting the entire Argentine people is beginning to erode trust in political leadership, increasing a social bad mood, the anger and intolerance which makes coexistence very tough.”
As I have written before, progressive ideologies ever since Vatican II bishops met, have been responsible for tearing the Church apart especially when these ideologies are imposed upon Catholics in the most authoritarian and dictatorial way, but under the guise of collegiality or subsidiarity. In other words, crammed down people’s throats in a hypocritical way. The 1960’s and 70’s left the Church weakened and bruised. Pope’s John Paul II and Benedict heroically tried to restore the great discipline and orthodoxy of the Church. Benedict wanted to promote the inner healing of the Church and restore external supports for this through the theology of continuity rather than rupture.
Since the “good evening” of Pope Francis from St. Peter’s loggia, we saw the 1960’s ideology of rupture return with a vengeance as well as the Church as a social service agency and the clergy as social workers, the 1960,s Church of the poor and for the poor, built upon South American political/religious realities, quite foreign to the rest of the Church.
In addition Catholics normally quite orthodox as it concerns the papacy and its authority to safeguard the orthodoxy of the Church have been called names, marginalized and ridiculed by Pope Francis. These orthodox, conservative and traditional Catholics for the first time since Vatican II are now in open rebellion and greater in number than the Lefeberist movement after Vatican II.
This polarization this time is during the perfect storm of the uncovering of the most despicable forms of sexual immorality of the clergy to include bishops and cardinals and reaching the Vatican itself. And all we hear is Francis’ famous, papacy defining quote, “who am I to judge.” Yet in all things orthodox,this pope is the most judgmental pope ever.
As well, manipulation of the synods has exacerbated the appearance of a pope who speaks out of both sides of his mouth, one collegial and synod all and the other dictatorial and potentate like.
Where this will lead God only knows! But Pope Francis rather than building bridges is exacerbating the potential for an actual schism.