So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, December 23, 2016

On the Francis papacy. Wise words to the wise.

A comment in the combox at 1Peter5 captures very nicely the Christian witness to the truth spoken in charity: 
For sure it's a shame that Catholics who want to adhere to the fulness of the Church's teaching feel so alienated from the present successor of St Peter. And for sure, a Pauline moment of 'opposing Peter to his face' is now upon us: which, if Scripture sheds any light on this at all, should be done by successors to the Apostles - since that is, alas, part of their responsibility when Peter is not tending to the flock as he ought.
So we should be careful about furthering a loss of confidence in the Holy Father by speculations which are basically just hearsay. And we should be reluctant to arrogate to ourselves the role of St Paul - who as Apostle had a particular role in the governance of the Church.
It's truly hard to imagine Our Lady participating in some of the language used in relation to the Holy Father in the traditional Catholic blogosphere. And, yes, it is hard to imagine Our Lady endorsing many of the pronouncements made by this pontificate - but we will be judged on our own actions, Pope Francis on his: let us be mindful, then, of his office even if he is not.—ardenjm.
Such commentary greatly fuels the impulse to go to confession.

Fast and pray.

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