Is Francis Mocking those Catholics who Believe and Teach the Infallible Doctrines of Divine Revelation?
Renowned political philosophy professor James V. Schall, S.J., showed why Francis's rhetoric which apparently uses the modern political philosophy perceptive about giving "evangelization" priority "over doctrine" is incoherent:
Benedict carefully points out what happens when we reject hell but try to extend our lives by scientific methods to the point of denying death. These were also topics that I discussed in At the Limits of Political Philosophy. The present book’s subtitle, “On the Strange Coherences of Catholicism” comes from these considerations. Modern political philosophy is in one sense a systematic effort to avoid seeing what it [Revelation and infallible doctrine] is actually about.[https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/digital/political-philosophy-needs-revelation-a-conversation-with-james-v-schall/]
In 2019, the National Catholic Register reported that "Francis’ new apostolic
constitution for the Roman Curia" appears to give "evangelization"
priority "over doctrine":
"Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, a former executive director of the U.S. bishops’ committee on doctrine, expressed misgivings over the document’s ambiguity, as reported so far."
"If evangelization is being emphasized over doctrine in order to give evangelization priority, Father Weinandy said he would have 'no problem' with that as it would be in keeping with Christ’s command and the Church’s tradition."
"But if, within such a stress on evangelization, it meant Church doctrine would not be emphasized at the same time, then that would not be a 'true evangelization' as the Church’s doctrines 'are at the heart of evangelization.'"
'Without doctrine there is no evangelization!' he said."
The apostolic constitution, like Francis's document Gaudete et Exsultate which are supposed to be calls to evangelization and holiness, unfortunately, appears not to be calls to either evangelization or holiness. Below is the reason why:
This is why Dan Hitchens in First Things says of the document "there is an orthodox interpretation," but then writes:
"But there is a different interpretation: that when someone says 'The Church teaches that X is intrinsically wrong,' he is probably a bit of a Pharisee. The history of Amoris Laetitia suggests that more expansive interpretation often gains the upper hand." (First Things, "An Ambiguous Exhortation," 4-12-18)
Hitchens suggests that this papal document is mocking those Catholics who believe and teach the infallible moral doctrines of Divine Revelation.
Obviously if one knowingly rejects Divine Revelation, one rejects God and loses his salvation.
But there is another reason why Gaudete et Exsultate will not make you holy and could help you lose your salvation.
St. Augustine said that no one can save his soul if he doesn't pray.
Augustine is talking about true prayer.
Prayer simply means to communicate or have dialogue with God. St. Teresa of Avila says prayer is conversation with God.
An excellent book on prayer by Tim Gray titled "Praying Scriptures for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina" explains what is needed to have true prayer:
"With the effects of original sin distorting both the book of nature and the book of the human person, how can we hear God's communication?... When the Word became flesh, God's voice at last could be heard... Only through Jesus can we come to discern and hear clearly God's Word to us."
"This Word of divine revelation is handed down to us through Scripture and Tradition [infallible Church doctrines], which provide us with the Rosetta Stone for deciphering all that God wants to communicate to humanity. God desires enter into dialogue with us." (Pages 13-14)
St. Ignatius of Loyola couldn't have put it better on how to pray and make discernment.
Unfortunately, Francis's Gaudete et Exsultate says " the Holy Spirit... discernment... develop[s]... [by] prayer, reflection, reading and good counsel" (First Things, "An Ambiguous Exhortation, 4-12-18)," but not through Divine Revelation.
In fact, the document apparently condemns or as Hitchens says "criticizes... 'dogmatism'" and thus those who discern or pray using "dogmatism" or Divine Revelation as the only foundation to true prayer.
As all saints in history have taught, the only way to become holy is by prayer using Divine Revelation as it's only foundation.
So, Gaudete et Exsultate's method of prayer and discernment apparently will not make you holy and could help you lose your salvation if all the saints and St. Augustine are correct.
Stop for a moment of silence, ask Jesus Christ what He want you to do now and next. In this silence remember God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost - Three Divine Persons yet One God, has an ordered universe where you can know truth and falsehood as well as never forget that He wants you to have eternal happiness with Him as his son or daughter by grace. Make this a practice. By doing this you are doing more good than reading anything here or anywhere else on the Internet.
of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt
the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church
in such a situation:
"[T]he Pope... WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See."
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)
Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said "the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church."
- "If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html
- "Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html
- LifeSiteNews, "Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial
weight behind communion for adulterers," December 4, 2017:
The AAS guidelines explicitly allows "sexually active adulterous couples facing 'complex circumstances' to 'access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'"
- On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:
"The AAS statement... establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense."
- On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:
"Francis' heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents."
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.
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