5 thoughts on “Violence against the intellect

  1. As far as I know the pope has only clarified in ways that are reported second hand in private communications and so forth that are unreliable. Are you aware of him openly and explicitly saying himself that adulterers can go to communion? I would be interested. I don’t go to mass anymore, btw, for a variety of reasons, chief among them being the whole reason I converted in the first place was Church authority, which I now sincerely doubt, because of Pope Francis and his, what looks to me like, weasely machinations.

    1. Pope Francis has published on the official Vatican website and, later on, on the Acta Apostolicae Sedes, the letter with the interpretation from the Buenos Aires Bishops and a letter of his own saying that this was the “only interpretation”. The Argentine Bishops do indeed, allow communion for divorced and remarried people in very select and limited cases, where mitigating factors may diminish subjective culpability, so that their sin is no longer mortal, but venial.

      I am sorry you are experiencing that withdrawal from the mass… but I hope that you will take this experience to grow in empathy with people who may also struggle with certain teachings of the Church and who may find themselves “trapped” on a situation they find difficult to get out of, especially when there are children involved. Their struggle is not different from yours and in fact, may be harder to get out of.

      Just like Francis urges those divorced and remarried people to start their journey back to the fulness of the Catholic doctrine, I also urge you to take today a first step into trying to understand Francis’ teachings and how they are compatible with sound and orthodox doctrine. This blog has lots of resources that may help you with that.

  2. “Mark Shea usually quips that there are people who ask questions to find out, and there are people who ask questions to keep from finding out. ”

    Mark Shea is now an authority on something? I’m sorry for this troubled soul (he called me a supporter of pedophilia and abortion!) but the less said about this lunatic the better.

    1. Mark Shea is not an authority, but his observations about people who ask questions for the purpose of keeping from finding out is spot on.

      If you have something to add to the conversartion that is not as hominem by calling other people lunatics, you’re free to do so. If not, refrain from commenting.

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