I have, like many Traditional Catholics, struggled with some of the messages and decisions delivered by Pope Francis. Preferring to see in Francis the Vicar of Christ, rather than another pop star, I have made the mistake of listening to what Pope Francis has said from sources other than himself. Unlike liberals, however, who hijacked Vatican II by interpreting the ‘spirit’ rather than the words of the documents of the Council, I have decided to prayerfully study Pope Francis’ Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ word for word, digesting and assimilating them, then sharing their true meaning.
In the first three chapters of this Exhortation (holding off discernment (judgment?) of later chapters until a future time), Francis is surprisingly, refreshingly, and unapologetically Orthodox in his preaching and teaching of Catholic Truth concerning marriage, family, and sexuality. I know that there is the lurking Chapter 8 in the Exhortation, but lets’ just focus on the first three chapters where we find a truly faithful, orthodox, and Traditional Francis witnessing to the Catholic Truth without fear or trepidation.
In his own words:
Francis speaks on the Divine Truth of heterosexual love and the exclusive gift of marriage in the Divine Plan found solely between a man and a woman.
Speaking of Adam and Eve, and Creation, and Holy Matrimony:
“They embody the primordial divine plan clearly spoken of by Christ himself: ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female?’… Francis adds: “It is striking that the ‘image of God’ here refers to the couple, ‘male and female.’…”God’s transcendence is preserved, yet inasmuch as he is also the Creator, the fruitfulness of the human couple is a living and effective ‘image,’ a visible sign of his creative act.” He adds: “This Trinitarian dimension finds expression in the theology of St. Paul who relates the couple to the ‘mystery’ of the union of Christ and the Church.” Where “two become one flesh.” He adds: “The word of God tells us that the family is entrusted to a man and a woman and their children.”
He states without equivocation: “There is a failure to realize that only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in a new life. We need to acknowledge the great variety of family situations that can offer a certain stability, but de-facto or same sex unions for example, may not simply be equated with marriage.”
Concerning the political-ideological push for transgenderism:
“Yet another challenge is posed by the various forms of an ideology of gender that ‘denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family.” He adds: “Consequently , human identity becomes the choice of the individual, one which can also change over time.”
He states without equivocation: “It needs to be emphasized that the ‘biological sex and the sociological role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated.”
On Biotechnology which makes an end run around the natural (and Divinely planned) heterosexual procreative participation in Creation:
“…the technological revolution in the field of human procreation has introduced the ability to manipulate the reproductive act, making it independent of the sexual relationship between a man and a woman…ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality.”
He states without equivocation: “Let us not fall into the sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, and not omnipotent. Creation is prior to us and must be received as a gift.”
So you see, Francis is orthodox, Traditional, faithful, or whatever words you would like to use to envision him as a Vicar of integrity.
So far so good!
To be continued…