Cardinal Burke: Nancy Pelosi ‘Must’ be Denied Communion ... Is This a "Disciplinarian Solution"? What Would Francis Say??
The cardinal also spoke about the rapid advance of the homosexual agenda, the decline in catechesis that, he says, has crippled the Church’s response to pressing moral issues of the day, and the growing danger of Christian persecution under an increasingly “totalitarian” government. More >
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This is an excellent article which elucidates the importance of recognizing the authentic meaning of charity. It is not charitable to ignore or "welcome" in the church those who obstinately oppose her teaching, especially as Catholics. Cardinal Burke is calling us to prayer and fasting, which is almost unheard of these days, but it is as relevant as it is necessary today. He cites a failure in catechesis since the 60's and notes the great risk of our government becoming increasingly totalitarian. From this, he says, persecutions are sure to follow. It seems increasingly true that, as Fr. Hardon once observed, that simply living faithfully the teachings of the Church in our culture today... requires heroic virtue. At any rate, what Cardinal Burke illustrates in the article above, is that dogma and orthopraxy (the living out of one's faith -- viz. Christ's New Law of love) are not mutually exclusive. "Church teaching" has as its final cause... as its end... love (caritas, agape). If we get Church teaching wrong, we will never love rightly. If we fail to live out the Church's teaching, we are hypocrites. Let us not set authority and bold, uncompromising truth... against love and mercy as if they are contradictory. In fact, the Catholic view is they are complementary and both as necessary as love is to truth and truth is to love.
Take all of these observations in the article now in light of the almost daily articles about Pope Francis' statements about various aspects of the faith.
Abortion, gay marriage and contraception: "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. ”. On homosexuals: "It is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person... It is necessary to accompany them with mercy." On the Church's moral teaching: "We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards...". On orthodoxy: "Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,' those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists-they have a static and inward-directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies." On dogma of the Church: "The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently." But ... to use Pope Francis' own lingo ... "who am I to judge?" What do you think? Are the Pope's comments building up or tearing down? Are they providing answers and direction or causing confusion? Are the liberals he wishes to reach out to... interpreting his comments constructively or using them as ammunition to hurl at the Church?
Here is an example of how these comments are taking effect. FOX News article just posted reads: "Catholics around the world may be especially tuned in during Sunday's homilies, following Pope Francis' bombshell interview in which he urged the church to take a softer line on the hot-button issues that have become increasingly polarizing in recent years...The statements were hailed by liberal Catholics as the latest evidence that Pope Francis could lead the church to a new age of tolerance toward abortion and homosexuality." Check out the article HERE.
I have NEVER read such widespread interpretations of a pope's statements as being a retraction or repudiation of magisterial teaching in my lifetime. Pope John Paul II nor Pope Benedict XVI statements were never even remotely interpreted in this way, even by the liberal media. In addition, this is not an occasional line here and there from Francis, but almost a daily dose of commentary that is (not unreasonably) being interpreted as a capitulation or "softer line" regarding intrinsic evils which have destroyed and are destroying souls and our civilization. Pope Francis does not intend this, but the reality of the effects of so many confusing comments... speaks for itself. The dogma of the Church will not change, nor does Francis want it to. I support and love our Holy Father. The daily rush of cardinals, bishops and priests... scrambling to "explain" what Francis really meant or put it in context ... speaks for itself. We need to speak the truth in love, backed up by orthopraxy in our daily actions. Peace + DDG