This makes sense. Not the sense one would like, but...
...Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an eighteenth-century French critic and
philosopher whose thought has permeated the West. It was a theme of his
philosophy that man although naturally innocent had been corrupted by
the intrusion of law and tradition, which, rather than informing and
elevating, always restricted and deformed. Pope Francis has not been
known to advance a doctrine of original innocence, but his persistent
theme that the mission of the Church is misrepresented by defenders of
the tradition, whom he unfailingly associates with the Christ-denying
Pharisees, who are soul-damaging rigorists, is an idea that, while it
may have other immediate sources, can certainly be traced, by however
circuitous a route, to Rousseau....
Yah, well. The Jebbies and Rousseau. That makes sense, too.
Anyhow, if not Rousseau, how about a bit of Hegel??
...An editorial writer in the Guardian has said that Francis has
changed the Church forever from a rule-bound institution to an
instinctive Church. Good luck with your instincts. The world is full of
divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who think it would be good to
receive the body and blood of Christ. If their instincts say they are at
peace with God, why not? The vast majority of Catholics don’t follow Humanae Vitae anyhow so, as Francis has written, Humanae Vitae must be revisited. The teaching of the Church should be accommodated to what is actually happening....
Or as Flip Wilson would have it, "The Church of What's Happening Now!!"
...Cardinal Newman wrote that it would be better for millions to die in
pain and poverty than for one soul knowingly to commit a venial sin,
that, he said, was merely a preamble to the Gospel just as “Whereas”
might be to an act of Parliament. To this has been appended the fact of
the sacrifice of Christ, the aid of the sacraments and the offer of
forgiveness. The requirement that we love God most is ideal, and it will
be realized in his elect. Without this high calling, mercy is the
answer to a question that has not been asked....
Read the last line again. Well done, indeed!
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