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Double-Edged: Francis Attacks “Ready-Made Formulas” – By Fr Reto Nay

Before the September 16 Angelus, Pope Francis delivered a counterfactual exegesis of the Gospel passage where Christ asks his disciples who he is and first wants to know what the people think of him (Mk 8,27-35).

Francis commented, “In reality, he isn’t interested in people’s opinion polls and gossip.” But if he is not interested, why does he ask?

Francis went on, “He isn’t interested either in His disciples responding to His questions with ready-made formulas”. Again, why then does he praise the “ready-made formula” of Saint Peter “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16,16)?

Instead of “ready-made formulas”, Francis proposes a “personal relationship” with Christ. Nice. But how can one have a personal relationship with Christ without taking his words seriously? Francis adds that the profession of faith “can’t stop at words”. But did anybody claim this?

It is an old trick of the modernists to attack “formulas” because, for the sake of deception, they avoid a direct attack against Scripture and Faith.

But the modernists forget that their polemics can be used against their own “formulas” like, for instance, those contained in Amoris Laetitia.

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Dr Bobus
@Radulph: Good point. But existentialism loves contradictions.
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POOP FRANCIS YOU ARE JUST SPINNING, AND SPINNING, AND SPINNING
AND NOBODY BUYS YOUR " HOLY CRAP" ANYWAY
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Don Reto Nay
@Radulf: The "liberals" forget that their sophisms can also be used against them. Remember the "liberal" sentence: "There is no truth". Well, if "there is no truth", the sentence "there is no truth" cannot be true.
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Radulf
What about "neo pelagian", "gnostic pharisean", "rigid catholic" etc. etc. etc., Georgie? Aren't that ready-made formulas too?
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De Profundis
Off topic: Il Messagero reported that illegal immigrants (i.e those who entered Italy clandestinely) who live at the this centre, were excluded from this lunch with Pope Francis for security reasons.
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Dr Bobus
Dogmatic formulae don't guarantee understanding of the dogma. They provide a starting point that cannot be contradicted. There can be different formulations of the same mystery unless they are so ambiguous that they permit contraditions of the dogma.
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Jim Dorchak
Squirming like a worm...........
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Dr Bobus
Francis is a son of Karl Rahner. I would say intellectual son, but Francis is anti-intellectual.
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De Profundis
“A faith that is reduced to formulas is a myopic faith” is one of those 1960s slogans (after all these years)
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Dr Bobus
Francis' attack of ready-made formulas is itself a ready-made formula. We are seeing in Francis the product of very poor formation on a sociopath (Kolvenbach's description of Bergoglio).
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