SUBJECTING THE POPE TO SCRUTINY

SUBJECTING THE POPE TO SCRUTINY  

Regarding the Pope’s proposal that married men in S America in remote areas be ordained. No doubt this is an extension of his ‘modernising policy’ following ‘Amoris Laetitia’. In that, he was supposedly acting to help those ‘in second marriages’ when in fact the only way to do so would be to urge them to go to confession and be absolved for their adultery – leave their concubines, and either return to their husbands or wives – or live celibately. And in giving them leave to take Communion while ‘living-in-sin’ what the Pope did was (a) suggest the ‘marriage’ was valid and (b) increase the pain of the rejected wife or husband and especially any children, who, in the proposals of Amoris Laetitia are scandalously left ‘out of the loop’. And now by proposing the above change, he is setting a precedent that is bound to be exploited to put pressure on the traditional requirement for a priest to remain celibate. He justifies it by claiming ‘a special case’, namely that in the wider Amazon region, there are Catholics who live too far from churches to have access to the Mass and the Eucharist. I would be sceptical of that, because being so far from civilisation, surrounded by water infested by piranhas and inhabited by pagan Indians wielding poison-darts, it begs certain questions. How transparent is the evidence? Does it conform to the demands of academia? So let’s take a critical look at his proposals. For in specifying those in ‘remote’ areas, he is raising other questions. These Amazon dwellers ‘too far for Mass’ how did they get there? .. For Bergoglio – is there a ‘spontaneous generation of Catholics’? Because, for there to be Catholics – there must be PRIESTS!! Like Love and Marriage, Horse and Carriage – YOU CAN’T GET ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER, So what Bergoglio is positing – is a pastoral impossibility.. Babies don’t baptise themselves. So the real solution would be – not to have a quick sacramental ‘fix-it’, but to send out priests as was traditionally the work of ‘Propaganda Fidei’ – a Vatican Department, and to declare their regions ‘missionary areas’, You can’t just ordain someone if he lacks priestly formation – that must come first. In other words the Pope is ‘putting the sacramental cart before the pastoral horse’. He is as in Amoris Laetitia riding roughshod over 2000 years of tradition in the name of his new church.

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