The Ugly Truth Begins To Emerge
There is an article on that pit of iniquity called New York Times that, for once, deals with the events of the last weeks in a half balanced way.
Forget the man’s rubbish about “the gays” (he writes for the NYT after all, “where sodomy and lesbianism are embraced and proposed”), and focus on the main points of Mr Douthat’s article:
1. The Pope was the instigator of the attempt at the Church’s sacramental life
2. He has failed to see it executed.
3. The Bishops (at large) did not follow him, because they never could.
4. Were it to happen as the Pope desires, a situation of – proclaimed or de facto – schism or vacant see would kick in as the bishops who still are Catholic refuse to share responsibility with those who aren’t. Pat Buchanan made a similar point last week. They are clearly both right.
It does not take a genius to get all these points, but it is notable that a Mr Douthat – a mainstream journalist writing for an atrociously secular and anti-Christian publication – gets them. It means that in the next 12 months more and more people, even not interested in the ways and life of the Church, will get one thing clear: that whatever their personal errors and warped way of seeing life, they can’t just demand that the Church converts to them. She will not, because she is the Church.
An outsider like Douthat sees, though, very clearly what many of our own Pollyannas still do not want to see: this Pope has already led the Church on the brink of the abyss, and there is no guarantee he will not decide to jump into it, carrying with him as many as he can.
In Catholic language – which Mr Douthat does not use – it means that this Pope is the enemy of Catholicism, and a threat to the Church the like of which has not been seen since John XXII.
Even the parts of the secular world with a functioning brain begin to understand the stakes of this tragic game.
It is astonishing – and inexcusable – that so many parts of the Catholics still do not.
Posted on October 28, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged Extraordinary Synod 2014 synod, Pope Francis, The New York Times. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.