Prayerfully, I, a former Francis doubter, have been meditating, with joyful surprise and faithful satisfaction, over the ‘orthodoxy’ and Traditional Catholicism expressed by our current Pontiff, and Vicar of Christ. Avoiding the hearsay of progressive cafeteria Catholics, and their pawns in the main stream media, distorting the words, and never said words, of the Pope, I have utilized the safest method of finding the truth…going to the source himself.
And now, I am at the notorious Chapter 8 of his Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation…
I am only half way through, and I am already torn asunder in my faith perception of what is stated, and what can be implied in the printed words. Word by word, I gather the grace to see a Pope full of Mercy, authentically in Love with the reality of Divine Mercy; the Christ who dined purposefully with sinners, who died while we were still sinners, who instituted the sacraments of baptism and confession in His divine knowledge of our weakness.
And then there is the ambiguity.
Oh how painful it is to read, from a full appreciation of the Pope’s sincere compassion for fallen Catholics, from a message drowning in dangerous ambiguity, which I am convinced does not come from any faithlessness to the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality, and family, but, nonetheless, is fuel for the fire of the manipulative liberal and anti-Catholic.
Pope Francis powerfully describes the Mercy of Jesus in Sacred Scripture. So powerfully that a Catholic can do nothing but acquiesce in faith and hope! But then, sentence after sentence, he ambiguously speaks of ‘pastor discernment’ and ‘gradualness’ and ‘individual cases’ and ‘a return to the full participation in the Church.’ Truthfully, in reading the beginning of this chapter IN CONTEXT with the previously read pages, I trust Francis!
But, honestly, after the messy implementation of Vatican II, the sexual abuse scandal, two cafeteria Catholic voter-inaugurations of Pro-Choice Barack Obama, and the aggressiveness of anti-Catholic groups like the ‘culture of death,’ the progressive Democratic party, the militant gay and transgender community–aided by the pop culture, Washington D.C., the Supreme Court, and the main stream media, empowered in a social milieu of relativism, political correctness, and an electronically induced lack of knowledge and wisdom–I do not trust the official American implementers of this message.
Mercy drips from every word of the Pope. He is, however, gentle and compassionate and trusting, to a fault. And this fault is expressed in vagueness. Pope Francis might very well be a living saint. A beauty of spirit like his is rare, to say the least.
But that never stopped the devil from latching on to well meaning vagueness.
Therefore, Traditional Catholics have a duty!
Our duty is to clarify Francis’ message (and he is clear about his fidelity to Church teaching within the pages of this Exhortation, if you actually read the document), keeping His powerful witness to Divine Mercy within the fullness of Truth, where Justice and Mercy co-reside; specifically, where the Mercy of Jesus is found concerning marriage, sexuality, and family.
And that would be found in the bosom of Holy Mother Church, in the Heart of the Eucharistic Christ, and in the Holy Spirit’s guidance of the Apostolic Teaching Magisterium.
For, you see, Mercy is most safely found in obedience to the Will of God.