Wednesday, September 3, 2014
THE NEW PARADIGM POPE FRANCIS HAS BROUGHT TO THE PAPACY AND CHURCH
It is hard to pin Pope Francis down and classify him in any category usually reserved for political designations. Is His Holiness conservative, liberal, progressive, traditionalist, radical or middle of the road? Yes to all of these. Thus the new paradigm.
At this point in the papacy, those left of the middle of the road take great comfort in Pope Francis because they think he is more like Saint Pope John XXIII or Pope Paul VI rather than St. Pope John Paul II or Pope Benedict. Thus they see His Holiness as a progressive. But I am not sure His Holiness is except when it comes to the pastoral care of his flock. I think he is of the school of bending the rules to assist the laity in feeling loved by God and included in the Church and will do all in his power to allow Catholics to know, love and serve the Lord even in irregular situations. The synod on the family will be quite telling in this regard and may upset some apple carts.
But in other ways he is to the right of the middle of the road.
For example this is what Pope Francis said about the nature of the Church in his Wednesday audience catechesis:
"Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis, we have often noted that we do not become a Christian on our own, but by being born and nurtured in the faith in the midst of the People of God, that is the Church. She is a true mother who gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters. The model of motherhood for the Church is the Blessed Virgin Mary, who in the fullness of time conceived through the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the Son of God. Her motherhood continues through the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through baptism, whom she nourishes through the Word of God. In fact, Jesus gave the Gospel to the Church to bring forth new life by generously proclaiming his word and winning other sons and daughters for God our Father. As a mother, the Church nurtures us throughout life by illuminating our path with the light of the Gospel and by sustaining us with the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. With this nourishment, we are able to choose the good and be vigilant against evil and deceit, and overcome the difficult moments of life with courage and hope. This is the Church: a mother who has at heart the good of her children. And since we are the Church, we are called to live this same spiritual, maternal attitude towards our brothers and sisters, by welcoming, forgiving and inspiring trust and hope."
My comments: I can say from my experience of the 1970's seminary and the ideology of those to the left of center in the Church, that the use of male and female to describe God and Church was/is anathema. The ideology to stop using "sexist" words in Scripture and liturgy began in the 1970's. Even the term "sexist words" is of this ideological perspective to demonize words in order to change doctrine.
For example, radical feminism is insecure with male pronouns to describe men and women collectively. Thus a woman cannot be referred to as a chairman of a organization, it must be changed to chairperson or chairwoman. Many make fun of this ideology by reminding feminists that the word women must be changed too to something like woperson or wogirl or wolady or just womyn or wo?
But apart from bastardizing the English language, feminists also want to bastardize the Church by removing anything masculine or feminine from the Church. Thus the Church is not referred to as "mother", "she", or "her" as Pope Francis reiterates time and time again, but rather as "it."
God is never referred to has Father, but only as God and male pronouns for God, such as He, Him and His are change to God. So in the sentence, "God our Father is good and He is loving and His family is the the Church and we thank Him for her because she is a mother." is changed to "God our Creator is good and God is loving and God's family is the Church and we thank God for it because it is a parent."
But the silly feminists forget that even the word "god" is masculine since there is a feminine counterpart in English of "goddess." The same is true of the word priest in English which is masculine with the feminine counterpart being "priestess." In English the word priestess has an almost exclusive pagan connotation while the word priest does not although it could refer to a pagan priest, but he would be male of course.
Even the Trinitarian formula is bastardized being changed from "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" to "Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier" or some other such neutral concoction that boarders on the heretical. In fact baptisms that change the traditional Trinitarian formula are deemed invalid by the Church not just illicit.
This tinkering with God language and pronouns has an even more sinister, heretical thrust to it as well, especially in the areas of sexual morality and fecundity not to mention the true nature of Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony.
Once the language for God is bastardized and neutered, then the same can happen for the Church and the eligibility of the sacraments of Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony not to mention changing the nature of sex by eliminating its procreative power and making it simply a physical act of pleasure or comfort given or received with or without love or commitment and regardless of gender and numbers participating.
Thus the Church cannot be described as mother or bride and Jesus cannot be describe as bridegroom or father.
This opens the door to same sex relationships that are sexual and same sex "marriage." It opens the door to the contraceptive mentality in line with the sterility of homosexual sex. It opens the door to abortion since the intention of sex resides with the one who is doing it and not as God created it.
This neutered sexuality in words and practices then opens the door to females being priestesses as the bridegroom sacramental aspect of the priest is eliminated in disdain as well as the fecundity of the true nature of the Church and priesthood as generative of new members in a marital paradigm. The priestess simply becomes a functionary to do a ceremony and shows forth the perversion of sexuality that is desired by those who are left of center.
Pope Francis rejects this paradigm and has done so brilliantly and in a stealthy way! God bless His Holiness. The heretics really don't know what has hit them and do not know that the Trojan horse triumphs in the end.