Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Chicago (Catholic) Way: Elide Stuff

With the installation of Bp. Cupich in Chicago, "Chicago Way" politics enters the Church.  Note the very important elision in Abp. Cupich's flapjaw here:

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago  — who is participating in the Synod of the Family at Pope Francis’ personal invitation —  said at a press scrum in the Vatican press office this afternoon that the conscience is "inviolable" and that he believes divorced and remarried couples could be permitted to receive the sacraments, if they have "come to a decision" to do so "in good conscience"

What's missing?

The most important two words:  "rightly" and "informed."  A "rightly formed" conscience is, indeed, "inviolable."  Others need not apply.


GOR said...

As I noted elsewhere, this is a reprise of the ‘primacy of conscience’ argument used to undermine Humanae Vitae after 1968.

Back then the qualifier ‘right-ordered’ in regard to conscience was conveniently omitted also, resulting in mass disregard of Church Doctrine. ‘Conscience’ was reduced to ‘feelings’ – if it feels right, it must be right.

Priests in confession were admonished not to ‘disturb the conscience’ of penitents who felt this way, by directing them to an informed conscience. “Go, and sin no more” became: “Who am I to judge?”

Anonymous said...

Dad, are you not the type of Fundamentalist Pope Francis is talking about?

Anonymous said...

So, I guess if you are a Catholic "Fundamentalist" as I am, and you believe in absolute truth, you are on the Pope’s lump of coal list and you do evil. Sigh. At this point it is even hard to get worked up about this, because Pope Francis is so obviously a deeply confused man, and if the Holy Spirit had any role in his selection, the kindest interpretation is that we are living through an immense divine practical joke. In regard to his comment about the Muslims not sacking Rome, Holy Father it was not for lack of trying. The reason they did not do so is because generation after generation of Christians took up arms to defend the Cross. We can expect the Pope to thank those brave men the 25th of Never.