We know how the neo-traditionalists (neo-Protestants really) have turned on the pope because of his outerwear of all things and his folksy ways of saying things, but just wait as the post-catholics of the Church begin to really rip this pope apart for his orthodoxy. Even the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) is begrudgingly reporting that Pope Francis is no post-catholic. While the report is matter of fact, read the comments after it. As I post this there are only four, but WOW read them and you see how post-catholic their readers are! YOU CAN READ IT HERE AT THE NCR!
I've said all along that the neo-traditionalists (neo-Protestants really) and the post-catholics (heterdox heretics) are cut from the same cloth or are mirror images of each other but just in the opposite extreme.
The following is from the "Vatican Insider."
"Never be afraid of tenderness"
In this exclusive interview, Pope Francis speaks about Christmas, hunger in the world, the suffering of children, the reform of the Roman Curia, women cardinals, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and the upcoming visit to the Holy Land
“Christmas is God’s meeting with his people. It is also a consolation, a mystery of consolation,” Francis explains. “After the midnight mass I have often spent an hour or so alone in the chapel before celebrating the dawn mass. I felt a profound feeling of consolation and peace.” “On Christmas eve, my thoughts are above all with the Christians who live there, with those who are in difficulty, with the many people who have had to leave that land because of various problems,” the Pope adds, referring to the Holy Land.
On the subject of children’s suffering, Francis says: “When I come across a suffering child, the only prayer that comes to mind is the “why” prayer. Why Lord?” In response to the criticism he received after the publication of the “Evangelii Gaudium” from ultraconservatives in the US who accused him of being a “Marxist”, the Pope remarks: “Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.” But, he points out, “there is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church.”
Replying to a question on Christian unity, Francis referred to the “ecumenism of blood”: In some countries Christians are killed for wearing a cross or having a Bible and before they are killed they are not asked whether they are Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic or Orthodox. Blood is mixed. To those who kill we are Christians.” Regarding the subject of remarried divorcees, Francis recalls that their exclusion from communion is “not a sanction” and confirms that these issues will be dealt with in greater depth at the next Synod.
Commenting on Curia reform, the Pope informs that in February his eight cardinal “advisers” will deliver their “first” concrete “suggestions”.
Francis flatly denies allegations that he intends to nominate women cardinals, stating: “I don’t know where any such an idea came from. Women in the Church must be valued not “clericalised”.”
MY FINAL COMMENTS: As you know I am clairvoyant but maybe not. How will the Synod on the Family in two years I think deal with the issue of Holy Communion to those who are divorced and remarried outside the Church? Our Holy Father, Francis, wants to help them and I think there are two ways this could be accomplished.
The first is going the route of the Orthodox Churches. You can look their method up for yourselves as I've already had a post on that. I think there is some merit to going this route.
The second, which I think is more likely, is to continue to use our current pastoral approach in terms of tribunals placing failed marriages on trial and determining if these marriages were valid as a Sacrament of the Church but expanding the grounds for annulments and the internal forum.
We have two ways of doing this today, the external and internal forums.
As it concerns the "external forum", an ecclesiastical trial of the failed marriage, we can certainly expand the grounds for annulments and state that Protestants who do not believe marriage is a Sacrament of the Church do not in fact have the Sacrament of Marriage precisely because of this heterodox or heretical belief. Thus this would simplify the annulment procedure for most divorced Protestants who wish to marry a Catholic or be received into the Church.
As it concerns the "internal forum" which may occur at the request of one who has tried and failed with the "external forum" because witnesses are dead or unwilling to cooperate, even the ex-spouse, the guidelines for this form of accommodation could be relaxed in a codified sort of way.
Currently with the "internal forum" the penitent him or herself must approach the priest within the Sacrament of Penance. They can only do so after having exhausted the annulment procedure or external forum and it is unsucessful due to the lack of evidence based usually on the lack of witness who knew what happened in the fail marriage and prior to the marriage during the courtship.
The penitent who has remarried outside of the Church tells the priest that they in good conscience believe that their existing, unrecognized marriage is good, holy and fruitful and there is no scandal in the community concerning their divorce and remarriage as no one knows. They have exhausted the annulment procedure to no avail and now they wish an internal solution through the Sacrament of Penance which is under the seal of Confession.
The priest, if he agrees, may communicate to them that if they return to the sacraments, this is a decision of conscience on their part and that they may receive absolution and Holy Communion as long as no scandal is given to the other Catholics who know of their situation in the parish.
They may be urged to go to another parish to receive Holy Communion rather than their existing parish. But the priest may not "con-validate" their current marriage as the decision of conscience rest with the penitent and the penitent alone will have to face their maker in terms of this internal, seal of the confession, private forum DECISION OF THEIR CONSCIENCE!
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