Cowardice in the anti-Francis brigade

I find it interesting that this group of “scholars, prelates and clergy”  want anonymity because they “fear reprisals, or they are concerned about repercussions on their religious community, or if they have an academic career and a family, they fear they might lose their jobs.”  How about all the theologians who had the guts to openly state their opinions in the last two papacies without hiding behind anonymity??  How about all those who have been “outed” in this country either because they are LGBT or have made a statement that their local bishop did not like and lost their jobs?  The anti-Francis brigade is getting bolder and bolder in what they are demanding but not bold enough in this case to put their name out there.  And read the list of the things that they find PF is at fault in….among the issues: “consecrated virginity” is not upheld as higher than the married state, the “headship” of the husband is not emphasized and capital punishment is not upheld in certain cases.  Capital punishment???  What does this have to do with Amoris laetitia, the document they want PF to repudiate???  I may need a new keyboard for my computer soon as I keep encountering these stories where I just keep banging my head on it……reyanna

By Michael Sean Winters                July 12, 2016                     NCR on-line

A group of 45 “scholars, prelates and clergy” have sent an appeal to the world’s cardinals, asking them to implore Pope Francis to correct what they deem to be “erroneous propositions” in Amoris Laetitia,according to this report from the National Catholic Register‘s Edward Pentin.

Pentin reports:

‘We are not accusing the Pope of heresy,’ said Joseph Shaw, a signatory of the appeal who is also acting as spokesman for the authors, ‘but we consider that numerous propositions in Amoris Laetitia can be construed as heretical upon a natural reading of the text. Additional statements would fall under other established theological censures, such as scandalous, erroneous in faith, and ambiguous, among others.’

Phew! I am so glad this group doesn’t think the pope is a heretic, at least not necessarily, and provided he agrees to withdraw the propositions in question. And, at least only parts of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation are “scandalous, erroneous in faith, and ambiguous” not the whole thing.

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One Comment

  1. Posted July 18, 2016 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    After watching the video, I found it frightening. Intelligent people are begging Pope Francis for definitive rules in black and white disallowing people the right to think for themselves. Sadly, the Church has been the “rule machine” for hundreds of years and those speaking are stuck in a time gone by.

    Currently, we find more Catholic adults often more educated than the aging clerical culture and Pope Francis is inviting us to a different model of faith, a faith that emboldens the People of God as competent adults who are respected and can THINK! “Thinking Catholics” has been an oxymoronic phrase for far too long.

    If LOVE is Jesus’ simple message while fear and a rules focus is the clerical culture’s message riddled with man-made restrictions that reinforce their power and princely privilege, this is not faith. This is the human failing of power gone amuck.

    My call is to follow the Jesus model and continue to be faithful to it and make every element of His message as a work in progress to being an intentional Catholic!

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