Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just pull the trigger already

The always excellent Rorate Caeli relates that the German Church has essentially declared its independence:
The synod would have to find a text that would "further encourage" discussion and find a common position in fundamental questions. Doctrinally, one would remain within the community of the [Universal]Church, but in detailed questions of pastoral care "the synod cannot prescribe in detail what we must do in Germany”. Therefore, the bishops wanted to publish their own pastoral letter on marriage and family after the synod. It was not the duty of the bishops to wait for permissions.

"We are no subsidiaries of Rome. Each conference of bishops is responsible for pastoral care in its culture, and must, as its most proper task, preach the Gospel on our own. We cannot wait for a synod to tell us how we have to shape pastoral care for marriage and family here".
According to the German bishops' position, the reality of life constitutes an important factor for the doctrine of the Church.
"Pastoral" essentially means the application of doctrine. If doctrine doesn't matter, then what's the point of being pastoral? If reality of life constitutes an important factor in the doctrine of the Church, then can we repeal that "turn the other cheek" stuff? I mean if we're going to ignore the plain words of Christ concerning the indissolubility of marriage, then surely we can make some paaaastoral exceptions for the descendants of Norse and Germanic barbarians  like myself to bust some heads and flip some wigs up in this joint?

I don't want there to be a formal schism, but on the other hand it'd be an enormous relief if the weenies finally pulled the trigger. It's perfectly obvious that many of our shepherds don't believe the theological doctrines they swore to uphold. Whether they perjured themselves at their ordinations or gradually lost the faith over time, I leave to God. But please don't patronize me by scolding me for "judging" them. The German bishops simply would not be doing what they're doing if they loved the words of Christ more than they loved the tax money they receive from the German government. I'm not judging their souls, I'm judging their public words, their public actions, which anyone with a lick of sense ought to do in order to protect themselves and their neighbors from their poison.

Many of the bishops we have today - including Pope Francis - are the apotheosis of the Spirit of Vatican II. They personify Vatican II's fundamental principle that, hey, maybe the world isn't so bad after all. Maybe we can form an alliance with the world to do good works like taking care of the environment or making nice with the Godless heathens, heretics, and pagans throughout the world in endless dialogue. So help me, one of the bishops in the article spoke of the "dialogical" structure of reality. What the hell does that even mean? The Church somehow managed to survive and thrive for nearly 2000 years without this unending dialogue.

The more time goes by, the more glad I am to be a layperson. On the other hand, it's a sign of our evil times that it falls to lay people to kick bishops in the ass and remind them of who they are and what they're supposed to stand for.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like they might be willing to do us a favor with this. Honesty and openness helps all of us.