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Good Luck! Francis Again Rants Against Catholic Bloggers

During the June 23 General Audience, Francis was unable to hold back his anger over Catholic bloggers who have become the extra-parliamentary opposition against his tyranny.

He lashed out against those who "sow division and mistrust online" calling them "preachers" who through the new means of communication "can disturb communities." The "community" most disturbed by Catholic preaching is Francis' Vatican.

Francis identified these bloggers as those who insist to be “as they call it - true ‘keepers of the truth’.” In other words: Francis doesn't worry about the myriad of modernist webpages "who suppress the truth by their wickedness" (Rom 1,18). What's wrong with "keeping the truth"?

During his rant, Francis resurrected the old arsenal of anti-Catholic propaganda, saying that Catholic bloggers "strongly affirm that the true Christianity is the one they adhere to." The Christian is indeed called to believe, not to doubt. According to James 1,6 the doubter "must not expect to receive anything from the Lord."

The elderly Francis who is stuck in the secularised forms of the 1960s, accuses mostly young and convinced Catholics of "identifying with certain forms of the past" - as if "past" or "present" were criteria for the truth.

For Francis, there is "a temptation to close oneself up in some of the certainties acquired in past traditions.” With stubborn certainty, he keeps casting a bad light on terms like "certainty" and "tradition." This is partly due to his poor theological formation in the 1960s and to the resulting ignorance of the Scriptures which teach to "stand firm and hold fast to the traditions" (2Th 2,15) and to keep away from believers who don't live according to the tradition they have received (2Th 3,6).

Inevitably, Francis also accused these "new preachers" of "rigidity" and a lack of "meekness and obedience." Obedience? Was it not Francis who called out to the youth in Rio de Jainero, "¡Hagan lío!" ("Make a mess).

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Scapular
I recon the vax is working.
Hugh N. Cry
Peanuts adult voice when he speaks: wawawa wawa wa.
P. O'B
What a crabby old man!
GTVisrockin
Perhaps he should vent his anger on those who promote the china virus injection.
Ultraviolet
...and offend his generous Asian donors? Surely you jest. :D
Dr Bobus
The pope doesn't understand that certain positions that he endorses are just ideas that have been around for hundreds of years.

He is more ideologue than pastor.
philosopher
@Dr Bobus Spot on! An ideology rooted in the Enlightenment thought of materialism, immanentism and a rejection of metaphysics.
Ultraviolet
Very true. Bad Popes have been around for hundreds of years as well. It's the main reason I can't get worked up about the latest one. Pope Tagle is going to make Francis look like like a saint. You heard it here first.
Dr Bobus
philosopher I wasn't referring to the Enlightenment. In fact, the Existentialism at the base of the pope's formation was itself a reaction against the Enlightenment. More specifically, against the Rationalism that had influenced (or infected) Neo Scholasticism.

I was actually referring to centuries before the Enlightenment--the 12th to be specific.
philosopher
@Dr Bobus True, we see the rejection of metaphysics beginning with Ockham's nominalism and its subsequent fragmentation of scholastic philosophy. The Radical Orthodoxy theologians such as John Milbank, identify Dun Scotus as the culprit who started the philosophical and civilizational slide toward modernism, but I think he misreads and hence distorts his understanding of his scholasticism, …More
@Dr Bobus True, we see the rejection of metaphysics beginning with Ockham's nominalism and its subsequent fragmentation of scholastic philosophy. The Radical Orthodoxy theologians such as John Milbank, identify Dun Scotus as the culprit who started the philosophical and civilizational slide toward modernism, but I think he misreads and hence distorts his understanding of his scholasticism, which is actually a more intense Aristotelianism than even Aquinas. The unscholastic relativism of Ockham is the actual prime-mover of all modern philosophies running through Luther, Descartes, Bacon, Rousseau, Hobbs, Locke, Hume, Kant, and the existentialists to Derrida and the postmoderns.

We need a robust and un apologetic return to scholasticism, especially in the Church. All modern philosophies are routes traveling from nowhere and arriving at nothing.
Dr Bobus
Both Ockham and Scotus were born after the 12th century. I was referring to the misunderstanding of the structure of the human act found in Amoris Laetitia.

To a great extent the thought of Scotus, distilled by the Jesuits, dominated the Counter Reformation Church.
philosopher
@Dr Bobus Thanks for the clarification. I overlooked Peter Abelard in the 12th century, who posited his own form of nominalism and subjective ethics. I can see the connection with Pope Francis and AL. Abelard argued that no matter the human act if the persons intention was pure then they did not sin. He defended his sordid affair with the 16-year-old Heloise who later became an Abbess (Abelard …More
@Dr Bobus Thanks for the clarification. I overlooked Peter Abelard in the 12th century, who posited his own form of nominalism and subjective ethics. I can see the connection with Pope Francis and AL. Abelard argued that no matter the human act if the persons intention was pure then they did not sin. He defended his sordid affair with the 16-year-old Heloise who later became an Abbess (Abelard was around 30 at the time and her tutor) by stating that a woman who commits fornication with a man out of love has not sinned. Its the same kind of logic we see with Frances.
Ultraviolet
Ah... The Supreme Pontiff has apparently been surfing the internet. :D Many clergy (novus ordo and traditionalists alike) are horrified when they read the unedited views of Catholics with opposing positions. They suddenly realize just how deeply the ideological schism has gone. They also learn what Catholics say to each other at "coffee 'n doughnut socials" after Mass in NO way reflects what …More
Ah... The Supreme Pontiff has apparently been surfing the internet. :D Many clergy (novus ordo and traditionalists alike) are horrified when they read the unedited views of Catholics with opposing positions. They suddenly realize just how deeply the ideological schism has gone. They also learn what Catholics say to each other at "coffee 'n doughnut socials" after Mass in NO way reflects what Catholics say to each other online. :D
HerzMariae
The caricatures of Gloria.tv are probably not good for his blood pressure.