The overture comes from Fr. Edward L. Beck, C.P. who finishes up an emetic piece in Crux with these words:
Francis saves some of his most startling and liberating comments for the latter part of the exhortation. After having made an earnest appeal for the primacy of conscience and individual discernment within the context of the faith community, Francis says this: "It can no longer simply be said that all those in any 'irregular' situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace."
That means those who cohabitate without the benefit of marriage are not to be perceived a priori as "living in sin"— nor is anyone else, for that matter. We do not have states of life that are deemed sinful, or beyond the reach of grace. Rather, we have individuals who must be encouraged, no matter what their state in life, to be continually transformed by the grace of inclusion and mercy.
Joyous indeed.The Bear just realized that his "Dear Reinhard" satires, where Cardinal Marx plays agony aunt to a group in various "irregular situations," has already evolved from satire to reality in the space of eight months.
Bear prophecy is awesome.
The kid who always gives the wrong answer when called upon in class, Archbishop Blase Cupich contributes this incendiary quote in the Chicago Tribune: "a game changer."
Cupich called the document "a game changer for the way we as a diocese are going to work with people."
"There's not really any doctrine as such that's changed, but there is, I think, a very fresh way that will strike Catholic people in the pews and the priests about how we pastorally deal with people, especially those people whose lives are really very complicated,"
But see, he gets it. If there were weeping in Heaven, St. Thomas would be sitting with his face buried in his hands, because buzzwords have replaced the inspired intellect. "Conscience." "Pastoral." "Mercy." "Game-Changer." We have seen the same phenomenon in society in general. We can't be bothered to think. We just react, like the galvanically excited legs of a dead frog. We are following Pope Francis into a new age of the Church, from the dark ages of doctrine to the light of merciful and creative pastoral solutions.
(h/t Father Z) Dymphna's Road sums it up with genius. (But the Bear is going to make you go there for the traffic. Just wait, or be sure to come back, because the worst is yet to come.)
Then there is the wisdom of America's editors. (Warning, those with high blood pressure should not view due to danger of stroke.)
|Observation deck of Pope's Flagship Santa Marta orbiting in low earth orbit today.|
Not to be outdone, this very day, Pope Francis grieves over freaking Judas -- "this poor, repentant man" -- who went to the Jewish priests for forgiveness and only found rules. While you read, the Bear is going to make himself a cheap-vodka martini, very dry.
Pope Francis said: "It hurts when I read that small passage from the Gospel of Matthew, when Judas, who has repented, goes to the priests and says: ‘I have sinned' and wants to give ... and gives them the coins. ‘Who cares! - they say to him: it’s none of our business!’ They closed their hearts before this poor, repentant man, who did not know what to do. And he went and hanged himself. And what did they do when Judas hanged himself? They spoke amongst themselves and said: 'Is he a poor man? No! These coins are the price of blood, they must not enter the temple... and they referred to this rule and to that… The doctors of the letter."
How long will it be before we hear Pope Francis ponder poor Satan, an angel of light who was harshly judged by God's Rules, rather than Mercy for his non serviam? Pastorally, God should have accompanied Satan; and offered a respected place for him in the angelic host while Lucifer worked out his complicated, irregular situation of rebel. After all, it was only forced upon him by his sovereign conscience.
What does it take to open a cause for psychological incompetence on the Pope? This does not seem to the Bear to be the sermon of an educated Catholic in a sound state of mental health. "Mercy" vs. "Rules" has become an idée fixe for him. The Bear is being quite serious, and views with a mixture of sympathy and horror a man who should never have been pope sowing confusion at every opportunity. How horrible it would be to be a pope, and not to have anyone to say, "I'm worried about you."
Had the Bear read of a bomb going off somewhere in the Vatican, he does not think he would feel any more dismay than what is happening now.