Wednesday, May 21, 2014


One of my favorite Italian words is "chiacchiere" which in English means spreading rumor or gossip through chatter or talking. 

Pope Francis has consistently condemned "chiacchiere" because it is gossip and rumor. He has condemned it in the curia, the college of bishops and the lay faithful.

Yet there is still a lot of "chiacchiere" coming from cardinals and bishops who should know better who promote on a worldwide basis even more gossip and rumor about the Church actually changing doctrines and dogmas from Christ which the Church or the pope or the pope in union with the bishops has no authority whatsoever to change. 

Fr. Z on his blog tells of one cardinal in Italy is backtracking on some of the things he has said which fall into the category of chiacchiere :

A Cardinal backtracks
A while back, the head of the Synod of Bishops, Card. Baldissieri, made some comments about a change in the Church’s teaching about marriage.
Remember my post: What is Card. Baldissieri up to?
Baldissieri is backtracking.
Bishops’ synod head: October meeting not solely about divorce
Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused exclusively on the much-talked about issue of Communion for the divorced and remarried.
“Regarding the possibility for the synod of bishops of changing the doctrine of the Church,” Cardinal Baldisseri said, “I underscore that the First Vatican Council’s document ‘Dei Filius’ affirmed that ‘understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding.’”
The cardinal then continued: “And I also remind you that John XXIII said in the inaugural speech of the Second Vatican Council [The address is called "Gaudet Mater Ecclesia", which I quote on this blog pretty often.] that ‘authentic doctrine … should be studied and expounded through the methods of research and through the literary forms of modern thought. The substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another.’”
“But Father! But Father!”, some of you are saying, “Is this a big deal?  Isn’t this just a, you know, like, Cardinal saying what the Church says?”
Yes and no.  This is a Cardinal issuing a corrective to what he openly stated in a previous interview.
My guess is that Pope Francis is noticing the turmoil in the global MSM about the upcoming synod and the speculations about – and calls for – fundamental changes to the Church’s doctrine.

My Final Comment: I agree with Fr. Z that Pope Francis is intervening now in these situations and calling for correctives from those sowing angst amongst the orthodox, false hope and glee amongst the heterodox and fodder for the mainstream media to continue to confuse the rank and file of the Church or outside the Church . Fr. Z calls this speculation about--and calls for--fundamental changes to the Church's doctrine. Pope Francis, I think, would call it chiacchire!

1 comment:

MR said...

Thank God!