Skip to comments.Dr. S.M. Hutchens on Francis' Church
Posted on 01/12/2018 2:35:33 PM PST by NRx
Brethren: Since I am, after all, a senior editor of such a journal as Touchstone, I need to tell you some of my late thoughts on the Catholic Church. I sent a draft of these originally to Bill Tighe, who keeps me very supplied with links to Catholic sources. You may share this with whomever you please. //
An interesting and unhappy feature of Francis's pontificate is that disciplinary decisions the history and logic of the papal office would seem to place in the popes' prerogative seem to be falling on the faithful, led by a minority of vocal bishops. If Cardinal Parolin, who we may assume does not speak on such matters without the pope's approval, is right about Amoris Laetitia representing a "paradigm shift" and a "new spirit," I am convinced he is talking about nothing less than a de-catholicization and with it a de-Christianization of Catholicism--victory of the progressives of Vatican II whose horrifying progeny I encountered in such profusion when I studied at the Catholic Theological Union.
It becomes harder to deny Collins' and Wall's assertion in Roman but Not Catholic that now the Catholic Church is the world's largest liberal Protestant denomination. Like mainline Protestantism, it has its traditionalist outliers (the mere existence of a progressivist pope, given the dogmatically defined signification of his office, makes all opposition "outlying"), and this is a group of considerable size. But it is clearer than ever that the Catholic, like the Protestant, must search among the churches of his tribe to find a faithful pastor and congregation, a place where his faith and that of his children is built up rather than given over to an invisible hierarchy of non-Christian spiritual forces. It is also becoming more difficult, I should think, for faithful Catholics simply to dismiss these considerations in favor of the argument that because Rome is the True Church, one should subject oneself to it in whatever local form it happens to take.
If I were a Catholic, I would have difficulty finding words to express my outrage at the poisonous influence of Pope Francis. During his reign every Catholic must become protestant to remain Catholic--a paradox with which we members of the "ecclesial communities" are quite familiar. As a Protestant, though, I say, "Welcome to the club"--or perhaps, rather unkindly to drive in the nail, "Welcome home."
I am still mystified at how this hireling could be elected in the train of two of the greatest popes in history--popes that made me long to be a Catholic. I will also make the easy prediction that the inflow of many of the best and brightest young orthodox-minded Protestants into Rome is for some while over, for there is no better apologist than Francis for Protestant constructions on the identity of the Church.
While I do not agree with the e-mail’s author that “...the Catholic Church is the world’s largest liberal Protestant denomination.” Pope Francis has been on a secularization of the Catholic Church to turn it into the Roman version of the American Episcopal Church, in which our traditional Christian teachings are being perverted.
No, we need to stay more Catholic.
I am convinced he is talking about nothing less than a de-catholicization and with it a de-Christianization of Catholicism—victory of the progressives of Vatican II.
I am Catholic, and I agree with the author 100%. Except that Francis actually wants to make it the worlds largest Unitarian denomination.
Antipope Bergoglio is the false-prophet forerunner of the Antichrist.
“Protestant” is not the only alternative to “Roman Catholic.”
The Anglican Church of today is, except for the lack of Latin, the same as the Roman Catholic church I attended until about age 20.
I am a life-long Orthodox Christian, and beyond the obvious agreement that it is very clear about Pope Francis’ divisiveness, I will mention one interesting detail. My whole life, my Roman Catholic friends have always said, “You Orthodox are so much like us that I wish we could all just finally reunite after so many centuries.” Now that Francis is Pope, I don’t get that anymore, just veiled complaints about the direction of their own church. I think the self-confidence of Roman Catholics has been shaken to the core.
“The Anglican Church of today is, except for the lack of Latin, the same as the Roman Catholic church I attended until about age 20.”
The Catholic Church - even when you were 20 - and still now teaches that the abortion is intrinsically evil and that artificial contraception is wrong. Are you really claiming those are the teachings of the Anglican Communion?
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