September 25, 2017
Primum, denigrate. Saddle the adversary with a label, which will in any case place him in difficulty regarding public opinion as well as put him on the defensive. It is a rhetoric device as old as the world itself and with which the Church is well-acquainted. Thus, faced with an undoubtedly exceptional and exceptionally agonizing event, such as Correctio filialis, signed – at the present moment – by 62 personalities in the Catholic world, both laity and priests (cardinals and bishops, we are told, have been voluntarily excluded) we have two reactions. The first, on the part of those directly concerned, which we will return to, is: silence.
The second, by his strongmen, of pen or computer, or the TV, if you prefer, is to: belittle, label in a way as to marginalize, make it understood that they are a poor lot, and (horror of horrors!) right-wing; after all, didn’t Monsignor Fellay the Superior of the Lefebvrians sign ? Another reaction: let’s pray for them, the poor things, who dare to say that the pope can write erroneous things! It’s not possible: it’s the pope himself that defines who is a heretic! How could he write erroneous things? Let’s leave it to those who know more than we do to confute this thesis, which seems to attribute to the pope, always and everywhere, prerogatives which he doesn’t have and which no-one has ever claimed. We note in the articles of criticism, more or less veiled, an element which is rigorously missing: the evaluation whether what is said in the formal correction makes sense or doesn’t.
The Writer here is a an ordinary person, with no academic titles. He received a classical education, where he was instructed in logic. Now, logic is not Catholic; it is simply at the base of human reasoning. Also for Catholics; given that The Mind which created everything, has placed logic as the foundation of His creation. All this to say, as other more learned and more refined than The Writer have already done, that when in consequence of Amoris Laetitia and its borne out interpretations, the Correctio signatories write: “A person, while obeying the Divine Law, can sin against God, in virtue of the same obedience” , it is not only the Faith that is, at any rate wounded, but logic itself. Which precedes Faith. And the same could be said for all or almost all the other six notations. Which the critics carefully avoid raising: they repeat “Conservatives! “Traditionalists!” and think they have resolved the problem, or at least a day’s pay.
I don’t know all of the 62 signatories; in fact, I know very few; but taking a quick look at their Curricula, it seems to me that they are scholars well-versed in studies and analysis. Liquidating their suffering and effort with a label, is an act of propaganda, alas, now not unknown in the Church. Certainly, they are courageous; what with the atmosphere we have been breathing inside and outside the Vatican, of control, espionage, punishments and repressions – I won’t say dissents, but of any non-conforming notion; so for them to have acted thus, they must truly have a great love for the Church, that is, the Church of all time. They prefer running some risks rather than failing in their duty to speak.
This brings us back to the beginning of our reflection. Since Amoris laetitia exploded in its devastating ambiguity, desired inside the Church, the reigning Pontiff has received petitions, appeals, Dubia, personal and private letters from hundreds and hundreds of people, many of whom have spent their lives for the Church and don’t have for sure – unlike others – ambitions of power or personal interest to defend. Now, almost as an extreme step, we have the Correctio. There was only one response to all of this: silence. The Writer understands well the impasse in which calculated errors, good intentions and tainted counsel may have lead the principal protagonist in this drama. The Writer understands also the devastating, depressing effect that the recognition of error could have on a particular person. Yet silence does not become the One who is responsible for the Faith of a billion, two hundred million people, among whom confusion is increasing. Particularly if he does nothing else but talk, talk, talk – but of other things entirely.
H/T: Chiesa e Post Concilio
Translation: Contributor, Francesca Romana
CP&S – And, dear readers, don’t miss this post from Steve Skojec on 1Peter5 where he describes the self righteous nutties some of the old Modernists are having at the publishing of this Filial Correction. They totally fail to understand that its publication had only one aim: to safeguard the Catholic Faith from the preaching of dangerous heresies, even if these happen to come from the mouth of the person most responsible to be its guardian, Christ’s Vicar on Earth, the Pope! 1P5 also provides access to a petition where average pewsitters may sign to show their support for the Filial Correction signatories, Catholic theologians, academics and scholars from all over the world.
By all means, “marginalize” 2000 years of Church teaching (or even 5000, if you include us and the Jews in the whole people of God). “Marginalize” the great moral philosophers. “Marginalize” St. Thomas Aquinas.
Sure, that’s the way to really build up the Church. (If, that is, multiplying the number of empty parishes counts as “building up.”)
La Salette is a harvest and everything that was told to the two children is pretty reflective of the ruined harvest of souls we see before Us.
If Rome does what Jerusalem did 2000 years ago and disowns the Truth then its lot will be that of Jerusalem.
It is a great relief to millions of faithful Catholics, after months of worry and confusion, that a Filial Correction signed by (so far) 62 Catholic academics has been delivered to Pope Francis (over a month ago apparently) and has now finally been made public. I presume a “Fraternal Correction” from faithful cardinals and bishops should soon follow… and then a formal rewriting with corrections of the heretical teachings in Amoris Laetitia wiould have to be made. Does anyone know if these will be the possible next steps to be taken?
The “silence” of Pope Francis speaks volumes! How seething with rage he must be that his apparent plans to rewrite Catholic doctrine have been thwarted. What will he do next? For really he has only three choices now.
Either he must, sooner or later, acknowledge the Correctio, recognise his errors, apologise, and set to the task of correcting them…, OR, secondly, to try to stick by his “heresies” by trying to justify them, either publicly or privately…, OR, finally, by remaining silent and carrying on as usual, hoping this annoying incommodity will fade away!
But it won’t, will it? Millions of Catholics worldwide have had enough of these four years of shenanigans (and worse) that have caused such damage in the heart of the One Holy Catholic Church.
Truly – the Emperor has no clothes!
P.S. I signed the petition mentioned above. Looks like thousands of other Catholic members of the laity are doing so too!
Kathleen, I can’t find where to sign the petition. Please point out where I may go for it. Blessings
Thanks for wanting to sign the petition. It’s important the laity should raise their voice too in defence of Truth and the Church.
Yes, it is not very clear where to find the link of the petition as it’s embedded within the text in the paragraph which starts: “When I got back from Mass on Sunday…”
Anyway, here it is:
In an article in the Catholic Herald today entitled, “Bishop Gracida and Fr Andrew Pinsent: Why we signed the filial correction“, I read that over 80 more academics and priests have now also added their names to the original 62 signatories of the Filial Correction!
God bless you too.
Roger is right, however popes come and popes go, the Church is invincible, we will survive Francis.