I had business to attend to earlier today, so by the time I type this the usual spin doctors of damage control (principally neo-Catholic varietals) and damage exploiters (principally sodomy-enablers) have parsed the Pope's "off-the-cuff" remarks of today.
What did he say? Well, it goes without saying that His Holiness cannot, and did not, change any Church teaching on the grave immorality of sodomy, or habitual sodomy. He reaffirmed this teaching. But he unfortunately did give fodder to the Church's enemies by inexact language.
He is quoted as having said, "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?" Well, of course if this is understood in a certain way, it makes sense. The problem is that every person who would in fact understand this remark in the correct sense doesn't need to be told it, yet so many-- the vast majority, in fact-- who hear or read this will take it as an indication that the teaching on sodomy has changed or will change or can change.
It can confirm persons in sin; it tends to discourage the faithful under increasing attack from the world. Particularly, it can discourage those persons with temptations to that particular sin to wonder whether they need to continue to resist. Already the story is reported that the Pope won't judge "gay people", and some are reporting it as "gay priests".
Thus, these comments seem quite inopportune. The only real question is whether the Pope made them innocently, or intentionally. I don't know which is worse. Popes and airplane press conferences don't seem to go together.
But wait! There's more...
Francis also commented that the role of women in the Church can't be limited to just being altar girls... "there must be more." Terrific. I guess we won't see the end of altar girls soon. Maybe when the novus ordo finally bites the dust. We can only pray we don't see the foisting of deaconesses on the Church; the Church is already effeminized enough.
But wait! There's still more...
Into all of this mix is the stunning decision of the Congregation for Institutes of Religious Life, approved in forma specifica by Pope Francis, greatly limiting the right of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate to celebrate the traditional Mass. Rorate has the story, and frankly, does a fine job of giving the facts, the text of the decree, and the spin-doctoring surrounding it as well. All told, it does not bode well at all. Of course, one can limit this decision to its facts-- that hardly seems the point. It speaks to the mind of the Holy Father, or at least as to the power of those within the Curia who hate the Mass. Read and pray.
From the full post:
What should be noted is that it matters not to the enemies of the Mass that the order is flourishing and growing. It matters not that the order attracts vocations. It doesn't matter that the order is successful. Actually, that's all that matters. Flourishing Catholic groups are not wanted.