Pope Francis Causes Theological Advancement
I have often read in the past that it was an open theological matter whether canonisations are infallible or not. The prevalent opinion stated they are, and I followed it at the beginning of Francis’ strange canonisation habits. However, as the canonisations became more and more outlandish, and increasingly more clearly politically motivated, it became more and more difficult to reconcile the prevalent opinion with the reality on the ground. One could have swallowed the canonisation of JP II as an isolated episode, and concluded that the man must be in heaven because the Church has canonised him. But several additional years of savage canonisations and beatifications have, in my eyes, settled the question: the minority position appears the correct one.
Obviously, this extraordinary events must be looked at in the light of this extraordinary period: an age of insanity that could, if God so allows, go on for a long time and bury us all.
At some point – and be it only when we are all six feet under – sanity will come back and the dust will settle. When the dust is settled, I think that the prevalent opinion will be corrected to adjust for the facts. I can easily imagine that, in the Year of the Lord 2933, and hopefully again in an age of sanity, theologians will teach that canonisations are generally considered to be extremely valuable indicators of a person being in paradise, but without no absolute guarantee, particularly in times of high corruption within the Church; as seen in the string of canonisations proclaimed by the horrible Popes of the XXI Century, many of them revoked in stages in the years 2167, 2274 and 2488 by subsequent councils.
We need to see the Church not merely as a worldly organisation, but also as a divinely ordained process. The Church is the sum total of the Catholics of the last two thousand years and of all the years after us until Judgment Day. Francis’ abuses are, whilst enraging, merely Satan’s tantrums against powers he cannot control. We see in the disorder of the present age the consequence of our rebellion as Catholics starting from the Sixties. But we also see all ages of the Church as a process of progressive refinement of all aspects of truths, a real evolution that is never, as Francis is so fond to say, a revolution.
It seems to me that even in the midst of this mess, Providence is helping us to grow in theological and every day matters.
Think of this: when this insanity has ended, we will be cured of clericalism and papolatry for a very, very long time.
Out of the evil, God always makes something good.