Ever since Pope Francis has been pope he has consistently criticized, ostracized and condemned “rigid Catholics” or “rigidity”. He sees it as a stumbling block for the synodality he proposes and the “God of Surprises” that this new Gnosticism will expose.
Ever since I’ve been a priest, to combat heretical voices in the Church, when I teach religion education classes, like RCIA, I emphasize that all Catholic teachings are out in the open and can be discovered by anyone willing to find those teachings. These are contained in the Deposit of Faith, the Scripture and Tradition of the Church and the Church’s perennial magisterium.
No one in the Church, be he the pope or a lay person has an inside track or knowledge about the Church that isn’t available to anyone else.
I can’t help but think that the current papal phobia toward the older liturgical books and Pope Benedict’s vision of the hermeneutic of continuity in terms of how to interpret Vatican II is that both the pre-Vatican II Church and her liturgical books assure orthodoxy. In this sense, there is a rigidity against heterodoxy and novelty.
The greatest heterodoxy is Gnosticism.
Where will synodality lead us? Just look at the Anglican Communion and all that it allows and supports which is a far cry from the out in the open Deposit of Faith of the Catholic Church. They have become Gnosticism personified.
And how do you promote this new Gnosticism? You marginalize the rigid and accompany them to this new Gnosticism where they humbly genuflect to the elitists who know something they don’t know and promote something that has no basis in the Deposit of Faith or discovered by anyone because it is out in the open available to all not just an elite group.