Another good article from Fr Gary Dickson of Catholic Collar and Tie.
Following the Pope’s statement about his intention to decentralise authority from Rome to the Episcopal Conferences, many faithful Catholics see a dangerous weakening of the entire Church.
When I trained in counselling the tutors would ask us to assess one another in role play (and later in real sharing between ourselves) so that we could tell the ‘counsellor’ where they were good or bad in their use of skills and theory. Taking the non-judgemental ideology seriously I would describe the ‘counsellors’ interventions as ‘helpful’ or ‘unhelpful’ rather than ‘good’ and ‘bad’. I apply this to my comments on Pope Francis too, since we cannot read his soul and cannot know his motivation; we can only judge his actions as good/helpful or otherwise -and one has to say they are ‘otherwise’. In fact the idea of devolved authority is downright damaging to the unity of the Church and to the integrity of Doctrine, and as such can be pleasing only to the devil, Freemasons, Communists and ‘c’atholics who have lost their faith in Divine Revelation and the Church and wish to see the Church become a house divided, which cannot stand (Mk.3v25).
The way Our Lord determined to preserve the unity of the Church was through the Petrine Ministry; the Rock (Matt.16v18) who was to confirm the brethren in the Faith (Lk.22v32) as their supreme shepherd (Jn.15v15-17), so when Francis speaks of decentralising authority he cannot complain if he is described as doing the enemy’s work. Devolution to national Churches is not however, a new thing; it began many decades ago and we were softened up for it by the abandoning of Latin as the universal language in favour of diverse national languages. Truly, IMHO, the loss of Latin was the writing on the door to disunity. Today, Francis is trying to open that door. Let us pray that the Holy Ghost, working through orthodox Bishops, priests and laity will enlighten him and remind him that he does not own the house of God; that he is merely its caretaker, and that his responsibility is to defend the holy edifice, not hand it over to the enemy.
Make no mistake about it, devolution will destroy the Church. Not only will Truth be abandoned in favour of ‘local circumstances’ (localised relativism of areas or groups of persons such as adulterers, active homosexuals and paedophiles) but even practical day to day unity will be broken as English, American, Australian and the rest of the Anglophone world determine their own translation (paraphrases) of the Roman liturgy -if they agree to use it at all.
Truly, the idea of devolving authority to Episcopal Conferences is pure Protestantism, even when the idea comes from Rome herself.
[Best Comment from ‘Torch of the Faith’]:
Yes – this is indeed Protestantism!
In fact, as a vile attack on the Four Marks of the Church, it even whiffs of freemasonry.
Those Four Marks of the Church – One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic – were such a blessing to my parents and I (Alan) when we discovered them in the Catholic Church. This has been the case for countless souls who were guided by Grace onto the Barque of Peter.
In our Protestant days, we used to lament the fact that every parish – heck, every pew – had disparate beliefs regarding the nature of the Church, Scripture, Baptism, Priesthood and the Eucharist. As such, there was no real unity.
The notion that unity is somehow more important than truth – or even attainable without truth – is truly diabolical. It is an insult to the Most Blessed Trinity as well as to one’s basic intelligence.
These are perilous times indeed. May Our Blessed Lord and Our Lady keep us all safe. We have found reading the prophecies at Akita, Fatima, La Salette and Quito to be revealing in these times. So too, the private revelations to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.
Thank you Father, for having the courage to speak out during this dark storm of Apostasy. It is a great encouragement to lay people everywhere to see such lights shining, like storm lanterns, in the darkness.