George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #223
MORE ABOUT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CRISIS.
We talk here about "Crisis", a word whose Chinese character is a combination of the words for "Danger" and for "Opportunity".
And so it is now.
what is not helpful, except to provide relevant facts, is the
Hatchet-Job offered in the Oct. 28, 2018 publication of National
Review, the most conservative of conservative organs - founded by
"The Unheroic Pope: The Case Against Francis", by
Michael Brendan Dougherty. And in case you would rather just read the
Cliff's Note version:
"He has elevated immoral men in order to change the Catholic faith".
HOGWASH! But I digress. Let us dissect his offering.
the hyperbolic subtitle, the author accurately describes the Church
that Pope Francis inherited: dysfunction at the Vatican that had
resulted in a very rare Papal resignation. This first Jesuit Pope was
chosen as "a man who had a common touch and would stop the Church from
becoming a museum of dead dogmas..." and a man who "had shown the
energy to reform the dysfunctional curia."
And more: "The Francis
pontificate was to be an era of mercy for sinners at the peripheries
and accountability for malefactors at the Vatican."
And so it was, until the malefactors rose up to take over the asylum, even threatening a "schism" in the Church.
guess what! There is already a schism in the Church: the decline of the
Faith and support of the Laity, the "Body of the Church". Meanwhile,
Pope Francis published his "Amoris Laetitia" document, opened a two
year Synod on the Family, and revised the Catechism of the Catholic
Church with regard to the death penalty.
This Pope is no
push-over. If anything, he is keeping the velvet glove on his iron fist
for too long in dealing with the "den of thieves" he inherited.
rest of this screed is a hyperbolic and fevered accusation and
condemnation of a good man and a Holy Father to his faithful. This
Church greatly needed an "aggiornamento" called for by Pope John XXlll
in the 1960's...and it has much greater need for it now, giving the
exhuming of so many Church sins of the last century.
So don't be
surprised by the vicious attacks on Pope Francis and his supporting
Archbishops and Cardinals in their efforts to align Church teaching
where possible with the basic needs of today's Catholic persons in
their quest to achieve salvation. I have addressed in my opinion those
opportunities in an earlier statement in this section. For it is
members of the Laity like myself who must help to lead the Clergy out
of the pit into which they have dug themselves.
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