Some of you have expressed your dismay that I have taken a critical view of the Pope in light of the Sham Synod which has just concluded in Rome, and what steps I would take if push came to shove. I have heard from you in e-mails, blog comments, and facebook messages.
As I have said, I will not be part of any Church which gives tacit approval to adultery or sodomy or contraception….or any things the Catholic Church has clearly condemned for the past 2,000 years.
I have also said that I ain’t going anywhere because there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church and there is no such thing as the Catholic Church without the Pope.
I also don’t believe in a theoretical church where we can be technically Catholic but not be in real submission to real authority. That’s just sophistry. But the Church’s hierarchy needs to understand that as it moves pastorally farther away from Our Lord’s commandments, the children will be come more and more distant from the Church’s leadership so that it becomes a mere legal arrangement without any real teeth.
I’m pretty sure the Pope “got the message” that what transpired during the Synod was not our finest hour and was not his finest hour. He must understand by now that a lot of confusion and harm can come by promoting the pet heresies of “serene theologies” of men like Walter Kasper. We hope that he has learned, and we hope that he understands that this past Synod Circus has weakened the faith of millions. That surely cannot have been his goal.
Conservatives (meaning Faithful Catholics) have done what we can to alert him about the perilous path the Church is on, but we ourselves have to be careful not to keep attacking his leadership…otherwise the barque of St. Peter ends up letting in more water than we can bail out.
In economics there is a concept called marginal benefits vs. marginal costs. It means that when the next “event” costs you more than you can gain, you should give it up and fold up the tent. That applies here, I think. You let your objections be heard – even vigorously and angrily if you must – but at the end of the day, we all have to be good accountants and count the costs. If the Pope doesn’t listen to us after the Sham Synod, our future criticisms are not going to earn for us one blessed farthing. And we risk scandalizing the “little ones” for something that is now likely not going to transpire.
And so, going forward, this blog will be focusing its guns on the direct perpetrators and leaving the Pope alone….not because his actions may or may not be scandalous or erroneous, but from a tactical point of view, it is not the smartest thing to attack one’s leader even if he is weak or misunderstood. That is especially true if that leader is the Vicar of Christ on earth. If we can’t fight City Hall, we ain’t gonna win against infallibility or indefectability, either.