I wonder if we all think we are experts in the Law - better than the rest of sinful humanity? I wonder if we think we deserve praise for our good works and fidelity - when in fact, at best, we have only done our duty? And perhaps, not all that well. I think we may all be Pharisees, seeking praise from men and places of honor at dinners and award ceremonies - or just a jump in stats on one's website.
So many people feel insulted by the Holy Father?
I wonder why? If they came from my background, they maybe wouldn't feel so put down. If they knew the scripture, "If a good man reproves me it is kindness" maybe they would have a deeper, spiritual experience of what the Holy Father says. I don't know - I'm just as much a Pharisee for even writing about this stuff. I've been steeped in sin since birth, like the man born blind - I can't presume to teach or advise, much less correct others. I dare not even criticize any longer, lest I sin even more.
I was a little surprised today by comments and articles on Catholic sites, more and more people seem to feel insulted by the Pope. It's not so surprising I guess - nevertheless it is so strange to read - coming as it does from teachers and doctors ... of the faith.
Calling names without naming names.
The following are a summation of the Pope's comments on the Synod - explaining what the Synod was supposed to be about:
It was about bearing witness to everyone that, for the Church, the Gospel continues to be a vital source of eternal newness, against all those who would “indoctrinate” it in dead stones to be hurled at others.
It was also about laying bare closed hearts, which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families….
It was about trying to open up broader horizons, rising above conspiracy theories and blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend and spread the freedom of the children of God, and to transmit the beauty of Christian Newness, at times encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible. - Dr. Mirius
Dr. Jeffery Mirius wrote that the Pope's tendency of 'calling names without naming names' is his least likable characteristic. Nothing wrong with saying that, nor is there anything wrong with not liking the Pope or pointing out personality traits one doesn't like in him. Dr. Mirius obviously likes the Pope, but he expresses something other Catholics have used to berate the Pope with, even denouncing and mocking just about everything else he says and does because of it. For instance, almost from the beginning of his papacy, bloggers have collected and cataloged Francis' 'insults' - into his 'little book of insults'. Mirius isn't doing that, of course - but many are. One priest mocking the pope as 'a baby throwing his toys out of his pram'.
I don't know. I don't get it.
It seems as if everyone is now making a living online hurling insults at one another - blaming this one and that one for all the troubles in the world and the Church - and turning on the Holy Father - something they predicted liberals would do. (There are those outside the Church who have no love for the pope and have said as much - but when Catholics use the term liberal - they mean other Catholics. It is a political term - the Church is not a political institution - it is the Mystical Body of Christ. They overlook the supernatural dimension when they speak that way.)
Maybe they don't need a pope? Maybe they can be sedevacantists or protestants?
No one listens to popes anyway. Just when they say things they want to hear, or when they confer honors and honorary titles. (Unless of course they canonize this or that person whom they don't like.) Benedict XV was ignored when he offered his peace plan - WWI followed. Paul VI was ignored for Humanae Vitae. JPII and Benedict XVI were conveniently ignored on various teachings and by alternate groups ... while Vatican II has been largely ignored by traditionalists.
I don't know why I wrote this. Dr. Mirius' essay is fine - other complainers and whiners - they're fine too. These poor Catholics in the United States seem to be so bullied and abused... If they came from my background - I think they might interpret things another way.
I'm sure I'm wrong, however. Steeped in sin and perversion since birth - blind, deaf and dumb. Please pray for me. Thanks.
"To attain the ideal life of the soul, I believe we must live on the supernatural level." - Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity