OK, some Facebook friends expressed dismay over the CDF's castigation of the LCWR's recognition of Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ. Friend #1: "Well, that's some bull***t. Everyone go buy more of Johnson's books immediately." <<edited version!>> Somebody posted musings about Pope Francis' view of Johnson, to which Friend #2 posted: "
Does this pontiff's honeymoon ever end? He reiterated full-bodied support for Ex Corde and all the Catholic Identify jive-ass mantras in speech not long ago...coulda been reading verbatim from the Benny-Wotyla playbook. Nary a word on this from 'progressive' Catholic media..."
Translation: Pope Francis is way more conservative than anybody is willing to say, and [the one posting] doesn't like it.
H/T to those FB friends--they know who they are
OK, insert here a blog post about the distance between Pope Francis and the media perspectives thereof.
Then consider this: last September the Catholic News Service posted a video about the dual canonization's announcement. Check out the YouTube combox reactions recently! Views range from those unhinged about the clergy sexual abuse scandal:
Whatever!...two old creepy men, head of the biggest pedophile ring in history get canonized? They do nothing for humanity. Do you forget this church supported Adolf Hitler's Nazi's and do you forget the dark ages where they also murdered millions? They bless wars, promote wars they do not promote peace but promote hatred and lies.
Earlier somebody else suspected a deeper problem:
John Paul II, Woytila was not the legitimate Pope, but a jewish infiltrator. The real Pope was Gregory XVII (the former cardinal Joseph Siri) at the time when JPII was `elected`. John Paul II has hijacked the holy see, persecuted the real Catholic church and the real Pope just as Nero did in his cruelty. He is the antiPope of the New world order universal religion. Funded and supported by jewry, the most cruel enemy of Catholicism, he can be compared to Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ by a kiss. never in the world would the real Church declare this deceiver a saint. But he is the hero of the new world order guided by Antichrist´s spirit. His damned soul has descended into hell.
Do not interpret this blog as endorsing these views! Antisemitic sedevacantism and postmodern, ahistorical sexual nihilism must be seen and combated as the gnostic sins that they are. Second, nor should good ol' fashioned liberal American Catholicism (although truth be told, both of my FB friends mentioned above really don't consider themselves Catholic anymore) be confused with the outer rim territories that are conspiracy theories. Liberal Catholicism has its problems, but those are of a different kind and character than the likes of sedevacantism.
That being said, notice the shared target: the broader Roman Catholic tradition that continues to churn along. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. That's because it won't. We do need to be honest: in several instances the Church's members have done quite a good job helping the darkness accomplish precisely that. It's this humanity and holiness that in part perhaps fosters such a broad spectrum of rejection. And yet the Church possesses and celebrates a vision that includes all, even the active deniers:
Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it eagerly; and rightly to be sure. Often however they foster it perversely as a license for doing whatever pleases them, even if it is evil. For its part, authentic freedom is an exceptional sign of the divine image within man. For God has willed that man remain "under the control of his own decisions,"(12) so that he can seek his Creator spontaneously, and come freely to utter and blissful perfection through loyalty to Him. Hence man's dignity demands that he act according to a knowing and free choice that is personally motivated and prompted from within, not under blind internal impulse nor by mere external pressure.