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Attempts by many faithful Catholic leaders to shoehorn Pope Francis’s blatantly heretical statements into conformity with orthodoxy are not only devoid of the true charity and justice owed to the Pope, but are directly uncharitable and unjust in regard to the faithful. (Thread)
We all agree it would be profoundly unjust and uncharitable to simply /presume/ that Pope Francis holds to heresy, and seek to enact any penalty against him (setting aside for the moment his lack of an early superior) without ensuring he does in fact hold to heresy!
HOWEVER, anyone who is intellectually honest would agree that the benefit of the doubt cannot be applied infinitely, but must have an end point where the doubt is found justified or unjustified. The question is where this end point is and what it looks like.
The difference between the “traditionalist” and the “conservative” broadly speaking is that the traditionalist recognizes that Pope Francis has had ample opportunity to clarify his statements (I.e. the dubia or the correctio filialis) and has chosen not to.
The conservative, on the other hand, has not felt the need to give a point at which the benefit of the doubt meets its end, instead relying on a vague idea of “When he says ______, then the Cardinals must act!” - the very same private judgement they rightly caution against!
I would argue that this amounts to no less than the monstrous idea that Pope Francis has a /greater right/ not to be inconvenienced by answering dubias and filial corrections than the the faithful has to be fed the truths required to save their souls from eternal damnation.
Pope Francis is not being dragged bodily from Rome, nor is anyone calling for it (despite the clear fact that in much of history this would have almost certainly already occurred). He is being asked to condemn heresies as heresies.
The faithful, on the other hand, are in practice being expected to either a) take up an intensive, complex self study of Catholicism in order to understand what the faith actually teaches or b) risk letting their local priest lead them / their families to hell. #CatholicTwitter
(Yes, we should want to know our faith. Yes, we should dedicate time to studying our faith. No, it is not healthy that a Catholic should ABSOLUTELY REQUIRE more knowledge than taught by an average parish priest to have the knowledge of the faith needed to make it to purgatory.)
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