But I guess for Lent I will try to do a much better job discerning just when that situation really exists. Because, in the end, Saint Louis Catholic-- the blog-- does not and cannot institute any program of needed reform and restoration in the Church. God has willed, in His wisdom, that any such restoration will have to be enacted and enforced by the lawful authority-- the Church and her hierarchy. And no, I don't see it happening soon, absent divine intervention.
But you know what, divine intervention happens. And how can I, a servant of Mary and a person who believes that Fatima has yet to play out (but could soon) despair of God's providence in these times?
As a person, there could be events where I would consider myself bound in conscience (as I did in last year's Synod
So, let me clean out some news of the strange, bad, weird and whatever today:
1. Rorate Caeli, which has kept the light shining on the shameful treatment of the Franciscans of the Immaculate for the crime, principally, of celebrating the traditional Mass (yes, that's what I said), posts on the admission of defamation on the part of the Pope's appointed visitor against the Manelli family. He is being forced to issue public apologies and pay a 20,000 euro fine. Read the whole post here. We can only join in suggesting that this might be the time to call off the reverse inquisition of this order.
UPDATE: Fr. Volpi has issued a denial of this story, and the relevant contentions can be read here.
2. Cardinal Wuerl has posted on his blog thinly-disguised counter to Cardinal Burke and those who wish to uphold the unchangeable teachings of the Church on marriage and the integrity of the sacraments. His post is here, and offers a fascinating misstatement of recent Church history.
I encourage you to read the whole piece, so you have the entire context. It seems to me that the article says essentially two things: 1) The Pope is very popular and therefore is right about everything; and, 2) All of the good popes since Vatican II have detractors, particularly those nasty trads-- can't they just shut it already?
I wrote a response to His Eminence's article, and I give him credit in that it escaped comment moderation. I post it below:
Your article is not fair towards those who love the faith and see it undefended at the highest levels of the hierarchy. One may love the Pope precisely by pleading with him to defend the faith as it has been handed down by the apostles.
I of course will give you credit for good will and good intentions. But your depiction of the pope as universally revered and loved, one who draws such large crowds, is simply not accurate. It is a soft sell, to say the least. And even if it were true, the love of the world is not the measure of the greatness of a Vicar of Christ.
I beg you to uphold the teachings of Christ on marriage and communion; in this you will prove the good will and good intentions of which I give you credit.
Saint Louis Catholic
Dear Readers, have a blessed and spiritually beneficial Lent.
Oremus pro invicem!