Thursday, April 7, 2016

New York Times Attempts to Read Tea Leaves Ahead of Amoris Laetitia

New York Times Attempts to Read Tea Leaves Ahead of Amoris Laetitia

Latest post by Scott Eric Alt at Patheos, wherein the intrepid Mr. Alt assesses the NYT and finds it wanting.  Namely, it wants--wants Pope Francis to finally get with the program and deliver the liberal goods promised at his 2013 election.

The Synod's final report Amoris Laetitia has been rumored/feared (depends on whom you ask) to do this.

Alt's not buying it and nor should we.  A sample, starting with the Times quoted:

For the past two years, Francis has guided the church through a sweeping exercise of self-examination that some scholars have compared to the Second Vatican Council.
Really? Methinks “some scholars” doth exaggerate too much—perhaps the result of their own private fantasies of hope and change.
Having led Catholics into such delicate terrain, Francis has stirred hope and fear. Some religious conservatives warn he could destabilize the church and undermine Catholic doctrine. [The sky is falling.] Some liberals, though, are hoping Francis will directly address same-sex marriage and contraception in a way that would make the church more responsive to today’s realities.
By “responsive,” read “obeisant.” That is what the Times hopes. But the conservatives and the liberals are both wrong. (That will not stop either of them, after tomorrow, from claiming vindication, but wrong they are.)
Earlier this year Alt addressed with equally calm demeanor and sharp logic what he has correctly labeled "Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome" among the Church's right-wing.  The left and its secular support staff (i.e., the NY Times) doesn't have derangement syndrome as much as "dissatisfied irrational hope syndrome."  They--the left--keep thinking we're just days away from the Francis-inaugurated Eschaton wherein Vatican II will be restored authentically.  That, Alt notes, isn't going to happen any time soon.  The Right, though, suffers from its own maladies.  As one of Alt's friends cross-posted on Facebook from Catholic Memes (who, in turn, received it from Greg Hillis):

As Alt notes, maybe we should, y'know, read the document before commenting.  Well said.

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