The Field Hospital According To Sound Teaching

5 May 1956: Inauguration of the "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza", the hospital created by Padre Pio.

5 May 1956: Inauguration of the “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”, the hospital created by Padre Pio.



I never understood – it must be my lack of experience of the real thing – why the comparison of the Church as a “field hospital” should be something leading to heresy, or perversion of doctrine through other and more Jesuitical ways.

What is a field hospital there for? To heal the sick and wounded, I would say.

I imagine that in a field hospital no one looks to which army the wounded belongs: friend or enemy, the field hospital accepts everyone. Very fine. Beautiful. Utterly Christian.

But then, the absolute priority of the doctors in the field hospital is, I think, saving the patients’ life. If, to do this, very unpleasant things are necessary – things that would be unthinkable in less serious circumstances, like amputations – then the doctors go on and do what they have to do, because the greater good – the human life – has precedence over the lesser good – the limb -.

The field hospital, in other words, is not there to tell the wounded they are healthy and all fine, but to make them healthy again, with whatever means necessary.

Not differently, if you ask me, for the field hospital that we call the Church.

No one is left out. Prostitutes, concubines, perverts, sinners of all sorts, Catholic and not, Christian and not, are all welcomed in. But they are welcomed in in order that they may be healed. This healing is, and can only be, the only priority, and the goal to which, if necessary, everything else must be sacrificed. If in order to save a human life a limb can be sacrificed, it is evident that in order to save the infinitely more important soul no sacrifice is too big.

When I read people writing “the concubine should not stop living in mortal sin, because otherwise the children would (insert here your excuse: hate the church, change schools, have to do without a garden, see their father a bit less, which does not even have to be, etc), I truly wonder whether these people once in their life stopped and examined hell as a real possibility, or – as it is far more probable – whether they think that hell never concerns them, so the good of the children is the first priority.

It is, for these people, as if Christ were something you should try to accommodate, if no detriment to a host of other priorities results from it. Hey, there is a problem of cost!  (how about downsizing). Hey, there is a problem of schools! (how about spending more time helping your children). Hey, the children would, (oohhh, ahhh: can’t you see me crying?) **lose their father!** (no, they wouldn’t). Hey, there is one more of the infinite series of excuses everyone can put in the middle (are they more important than your salvation? Yes or no).

The “field hospital” meme, Francis style, is an excuse. It is as inane and senseless as this pontificate. The Church is there to lead souls to heaven. She is not there to let them feel good. This is not healing, but accompanying these souls all the way to death. It is telling the patient some happy story whilst the gangrene advances, because it would upset him too much to say that if he wants to save his life, the leg must go.

The Kasperites are not concerned about salvation. Their focus is exclusively on the worldly. When the wounded adulterous woman comes in their field hospital, to them “healing” is not helping her to save her soul, but helping her to damn her soul, eating and drinking God’s judgment upon herself.

“We must find ways to help her receive communion”, they think. They do not think “we must find ways to make her worthy of communion”. They aren’t afraid of hell and they have no fear of the Lord, so they can’t see the sacrilege. To them, it is as if there were only legalistic, procedural obstacles that must be cleared, so that “mercy” may advance.

This is the very crux of Kasperite thinking: “let us find a way that suits you”, instead of “let us follow Christ’s way”. 

It pains me very, very much to say that as the weeks and months to this disgraceful Synod pass, a climate of expectation is being created, the aim of which is to arrive to October in readiness for the mother of all excuses: “now it’s too late to not do anything”. Schisms will be painted on the wall. Mass defections. The need to “heal” after the pedophile priests scandal (the pedophile priest scandal is always handy; but the canonisation of a Pope who failed egregiously in the matter is wonderful, too). An orgy of “pastoral” thinking. A gradualism after which it is better for now to pave ways for sacrilege, and then try to teach the faithful better; something which has never been done in the first place. Infinite excuses will be found. They will be as numerous as human sins.

When it’s done, all hell will – literally- break loose. The popolo bue, the tepid and unthinking majority, will follow without any trouble. They don’t understand what scandal is, because the priest only talks about the “joy of being a Christian”. And how can Mrs Smith, who partakes of such “joy”, be so, oohhh sooo cruelly left out?

An army of blind will follow their blind pastors. They will be told “this is how we do things now”. They will never stop and think whether “how we do things now” is sacrilegious or not, and whether priests did differently then, and why. They won’t, because they never think in terms of sacrilege, but only of niceness. They never see the danger of hell, only the present discomfort at being counter-cultural, “uncharitable”, or not “inclusive”.

They will say “oh, of course it’s fine. Mrs Smith isn’t doing any harm to anyone!”.

She is doing harm to Jesus first, is the answer, and to the real wife of Mr Smith second. Nowadays, most people do not even realise that a sin is something that offends God, not something that hurts the cat.

Alas, in the religion of niceness Jesus has no place, sin is only when someone we know and like is hurt – never the former wife; who knows her, after all? – and being a nice “community” is next to holiness.

This is not a field hospital.

This is a front line brothel.









Posted on May 4, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. God bless you, Mundabor. You express precisely the things many of see, and give voice to a large number of the faithful who are deeply wounded and in pain. Hear our cry, Lord.

    Please continue launching these broadsides into the HHS Kasper. There needs to exist a concise record of this slow-motion shipwreck we are witnessing. Future generations need to know that there were some who tried to stop it from sinking the barque of Peter and were not heeded.

  2. There’s no question that we are being softened up for de facto drastic changes in October: Bishop Frank has made it crystal clear that Walter Kasper’s “profound and serene” theology is firmly in sync with his own.

    Furthermore, during the course of his notorious phone conversation with the lady from Argentina, Frank is alleged to have stated, “A little bread and wine does no harm.”

    If “Father Bergoglio” did indeed say that, the implications are horrendous.

    To the best of my knowledge, Bishop Frank has not corrected any of his alleged remarks – although he was quick to correct BHO’s version of a ‘private conversation which took place between them. So he’s well aware of the damage that can be done by misleading impressions.

    You never know, then. Perhaps Bishop Frank will upload a video onto his Twitter account, a la Jeremy Clarkson, explaining how he “tried everything (his) power” not to make misleading or scandalous comments, but didn’t quite get there.

    In any case, it’s alarming to find that, despite being told for years that JP II and Benedict had taken care to appoint “conservative” bishops and cardinals, we still ended up with Bishop Frank.

    And all the signs point to ‘Frank the Liberator’ leading us into an ‘October Revolution’.

    Or doing his best to.

    Yet the Church will go on: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

    Until the end of time.

  3. It seems the Church has changed it’s interpretation of what is required to contract a valid marriage under the new codes of canon law as compared to the previous one. Marriage tribunals , at least in the USA make very loose interpretations of the concept of psychological immaturity, which is the main reason for the granting of Church annulments; this practice was criticized publicly by ST. John Paul ii . St. J.P. ii maintained an interpretation of a quite minimal requirement of psychological maturity necessary to conduct a valid marriage. So in the “field hospital Church”, the granting of some of the church annulments would like saying, ” your dead limb is not really dead, and here is the official document stating that, and it is only our judgment that counts.” The very common attitude in the USA, even in conservative circles is that most people are not mature enough to conduct a valid marriage at the time they marry so most Catholic marriages are good candidates for annulment, and that “fact ” is the cause of the inability for the Church to keep up with the demand for official Church annulments. Now the Synod will have to come up with ways to fill the supply and demand gap. The USA has about 6% of the world’s Catholic and about 60% of the world’s Catholic annulments.

  4. “The Kasperites are not concerned about salvation. Their focus is exclusively on the worldly. When the wounded adulterous woman comes in their field hospital, to them “healing” is not helping her to save her soul, but helping her to damn her soul, eating and drinking God’s judgment upon herself.”
    So they are concerned about salvation after all. They want to help souls avoid it. Man’s servant, but the devil’s first.

    “Nowadays, most people do not even realise that a sin is something that offends got”
    Whom? Some months ago we had “Hod”, now “got”? What is going on here? Polytheism? 😉

  5. You’ve nailed it completely, M. One of your best posts ever!

    P.S. I presume you meant to write “sin is something that offends God”?
    I blame auto-correct! 😉

  6. “got”

    I suspect there’s no shortage of terrors of the tambourine who’d love to see M “get got” 😉

  7. “And the gates of Hell will not prevail” but the “gays” of Hell, sure will!

  8. You’re looking at the subject from the wrong angle. You’re thinking of the functions of a “hospital”; Francis and company are thinking of the requirement of the “field”. Their reasoning is, “A field hospital doesn’t operate like a normal hospital. We’re at WAR! This is an emergency! In an emergency, rules have to give way!” This is their excuse for dumping all the understanding of the past. But like most of the ideas of the half-witted, this one is half-baked and not really very carefully thought through.

    A field hospital may have to work quickly, with sharp decisions to take without the luxury of second opinions or lengthy treatments. But the doctors there still follow the rules of medicine, rules which were developed over many hundreds of years. They don’t sew up open wounds with dirty yarn, or slap cow dung over a wound instead of a bandage. It isn’t “anything goes” just because the surroundings are difficult.

    • Exactly. I also would have thought a field hospital may be a bit chaotic, but is still ordered according to the normal rules: say, the nurse isn’t allowed to amputate legs because there’s shortage of doctors.


  9. Francis and his clerical boyos staff the only known “field hospital” that only performs cosmetic surgery. The patient in danger of eternal damnation gets him or herself a face lift or tuck designed to smooth over the outward appearance of mortal sin. Unfortunately the fine print on the medical disclosure form warns: ” our work is superficial and is designed to make the patient feel good about themselves during their brief worldly sojourn. We explicitly make no representations that our supercial cover job will fool Saint Peter or the Almighty.”

  10. When I read Francis talk about the Church as an hospital my though was. It always was, the problem today is there is no wounded that want come in. I hope you found them Francis.

  11. Isn’t Gott the German word for God? So Got would be kind of close, no? My comment has nothing to do with the topic of this blog but it’s something I’ve been hoping is true. When Pope Francis made the statement last year about not talking so much about abortion, SSM, divorce, etc., . . . not sure of exact quote . . . could he possibly have meant that we don’t need to discuss these issues because the Church’s position is set in stone and there will be no changes ever? Like I say, just hoping and praying this is the case.

    • No, this was the auto-correct. A true irreligious bastard (it also changes “God” with “a God”; this time it didn’t because of the typo).

      As to Francis, I will be frank: you are Pollyann-ing like there is no tomorrow.


    • Pollyanna! Yes, indeed. Hope is what keeps me sane.

    • But does it?
      If the price of sanity is a flight from reality, is one not sane only in a fantasy world?


    • I understand your point, though, for me, I would like to believe that Pope Francis is being honest when he proclaims he’s a son of the Church. Until he comes out and changes doctrine, which I pray does not happen, I hope . . . there it is again, . . . that I’m right. I don’t consider myself to be unrealistic or to be living in a fantasy world. I know all too well what can happen if all hell breaks loose, so to speak. I see both sides, I just prefer, and pray daily, that our worst fears will not come to pass. Do you live in the UK? Noticed that you are 8 hours ahead of my time.

    • I would say that to think Francis “honest” might not qualify for the accusation of Pollyannism, if one sees the evil that is objectively caused by his actions.

      The real Pollyannism is, I wanted to say, in believing or pretending that things are fine, or making extraordinary equilibrisms to try to explain how they might be fine (your first comment).

      In the end, we all hope Francis may be simply stupid.


    • Oh, things are not fine, that’s for sure. I can’t recall a more frightening time in the Church during my lifetime and I’m old enough to have seen quite a bit of upheaval. Unfortunately, I live in an extremely progressive, US city, which shall remain nameless. It became so crazy at the NO church I was attending, e.g., lots of open support for SSM, that I switched to a TLM church. Wonderful, no-nonsense sermons, Eucharist on the tongue, and such reverence! A bit of heaven on earth. .

    • Support for so-called SSM in a Catholic parish.

      Boy, Satan is having a party.


    • Yes, I can’t put into words how outraged and just plain discouraged I was. On another topic, while I didn’t plan it this way, I will be in Western Europe during the October Synod of Bishops. I’m interested in seeing how the European Catholics view this event as it unfolds. Fortunately, I’ve managed to find a couple TLM churches to attend while I’m visiting there, so I’ll be among like-minded folks for a few hours each week..

    • My forectast:

      the majority without interest as it unfolds, and taking notice of “changes” after they have been announced. Some headlines for the Pope. Some interviews to adulterers who say how good Francis is.

      Then, the decay will continue, accelerated, as sacrilege becomes a well spread exercise all over the Western world.


  12. I particularly appreciate the comment regarding the accommodation of Christ if it doesn’t get in the way of other priorities. It does seem that so many believe that their ‘wants and needs and feelings’ are of a higher priority. I think it is beginning to occur to me why God was so strict in the Old Testament. People don’t get the whole idea of God.

    I’ve started my ‘writing to the Pope’ campaign. This past week’s letter was on upholding the traditional teaching on marriage. I’m not sure what this week’s will be. Maybe I should pretend to be in distress because of the harsh dogmas of the Church. Maybe he’ll call me….

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