Thursday, June 13, 2013
AS I'VE SAID BEFORE AND SAY IT AGAIN, THE GREATEST THREAT TO THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH IS ON THE RIGHT, NOT THE LEFT, ALTHOUGH THE LEFT'S THREAT IS DUMB, PURE AND SIMPLE, BUT THANKFULLY DISORGANIZED
Religious News Service has a good opinion piece on Pope Francis and that His Holiness is now coming across to ultra-traditionalists as not being too friendly to them as Pope Benedict was perceived to be. You can read the full piece at RNS BY PRESSING HERE.
I agree with this opinion piece up to a point. The traditionalists, like the SSPX, are highly organized, highly motivated and sometimes (not always) highly fanatical. They are rigid in their approach and think that it is infallible. They can easily go into schism because they are so organized as SSPX proves. But of course, like all of Protestantism, this neo-Protestantism against the Magisterium of the Church also fragments and splinters. But they have bishops that assist in this.
Then think of the wacky left. They aren't fanatical, they are wacky. Think of WomenChurch and those groups who are "ordaining" women, pushing for actively gay clergy, gay marriage and opposition to Sacred Scripture, Tradition and natural law. How can anyone really take these people seriously. They are disorganized, hate structures of authority and can never become like the SSPX, never! Many of these who promote the wacky agenda are academics living in the world of academia and part of that ultra-clericalist culture.
So Pope Benedict's solicitousness to the SSPX and other traditions of the Church was based upon their organized ability to go into schism and the Holy Father saw himself as the pontiff, the bridge builder.
RNS gets it right but unwittingly when the author writes: "It’s not just that he’s living up to his namesake (Pope Francis) in simplicity of dress, modesty of living arrangements, and true devotion to the poor. It’s that he has shown, in his supposedly offhand remarks, that he sees threats to the Church on the right as well as on the left. Last week, at an audience with the leaders of religious orders from Latin America and the Caribbean, he suggested that they not be “bothered” by getting some criticism from the CDF."
Pope Francis is concerned about the two extremes in today's Church and is calling them heretical! Yes, heretical! I don't think Pope Benedict ever called any group heretical during the time of his papacy. So we are moving into a new era where the pope speaks of heresy and calls all Catholics to orthodoxy and orthopraxis.
Pope Francis, more than Pope Benedict, is calling for fidelity to Holy Mother Church and Her Magisterium, which happens to be this pope and the bishops in union with him. He is calling all other "magisteriums" into question, including the left-wing wackos in women's Religious Life and the right wing fanatics in the various traditionalist's movements.
I'd say this is a positive development folks. The Holy Father wants us to move forward to caring for the poor, but in fidelity to Holy Mother Church and her Magisterium, even if pastoral mistakes are made in the process. He's not holding up pastoral mistakes for others to follow, he's saying keep going and try to get it right!