Saturday, March 1, 2014
I AM GETTING A BIT NERVOUS ABOUT EVEN MORE POLARIZATION IN THE CHURCH BETWEEN TRADITIONALISTS AND PROGRESSIVES LEADING POSSIBLY TO AN UNPRECEDENTED TYPE OF SCHISM NOT SEEN SINCE THE GREAT SCHISM
I suspect too there could be rumblings from more centrist cardinals and bishops in Rome and elsewhere that the appearance of a major discontinuity between the two current successors of St. Peter, one an emeritus, one who is the successor to the emeritus has led to an unprecedented apologia for the validity of his resignation (and thus validity of the new pope) from both the emeritus and his personal secretary who also happens to be the head of the current successor's pontifical household.
You can read about these bombshells of Pope Emeritus Benedict and his secretary HERE .
And you can read the other post HERE.
Now we have the recent meeting of the cardinals of the Church with Pope Francis to discuss marriage and family life and Cardinal Kasper's curious and controversial logic of mercy to assist Catholics in a second invalid marriage to return to the sacraments. I personally think it is much to do about nothing because the much to do is based upon false premises.
As I have discussed before, there is what is called the "Internal Forum" which has some very strict grounds that govern it even in the internal forum, the seal of confession. It seems to me that it is this pastoral solution of the internal forum (when the external forum has been completed exhausted and no determination can be made about the validity or invalidity of the marriage on ecclesiastical trial due to lack of testimony although evidence exist from the petitioner/respondents).
It seems to me that Cardinal Kasper is calling on the Church (Magisterium) to make more explicit this internal forum and perhaps to codify it in Canon Law, with clear canons to govern it, which currently do not exist, as the internal forum is under the seal of confession.
But to the right and at the center, Catholics are concerned about the process of discussion on marriage and family life and the manipulation of that discussion by so many in the press and the Church similar to what happened during and after Vatican II that caused so much strife, confusion and dissension.
Are we heading back to those good old sad days again, to the 1960's and 70's that we thought the last three pontificates had heroically led us forward and away from? Can't be go back to the future?
At any rate, while I don't agree with alarmists in the more polarized segments of the Church, to get a taste of what might be in store for us moving forward, but back to the 1970's in a retro way, you can read an article on Rorate Caeli and their consternation HERE.
Will there be another Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre who will sound the alarm and go his own way?
Who knows, but no matter what , I'm sticking with Rome and the Lord will straighten out any schisms in eternity!