The Liability of Logic
If I cannot
be certain about what my Catholic Faith holds to be indefeasibly
true — not by any conflict
between internal logic and divine revelation — but because Pope Francis
is ambiguous about tenets held for 2000 years and inscribed in
Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Deposit of Faith — such as the
existence of Hell, the immortality of the soul, the absolute proscription
against Adultery in the Ten Commandments, the condemnation of Homosexuality
— despite the constant 2000 years old teaching of every pope in the
history of the Church, then I do not reject my faith, but I do
take issue with — indeed, reject — the disordered thinking of the present
pope, and, with cause, likely his sanity or at least his mental
Why will no one state the obvious?
Francis is either cognitively impaired, deeply defective in his
understanding of Christianity, the Person of Christ, and the nature
of His Church — or a madman.
would simply call him a buffoon;
however, buffoons are rarely dangerous, but ...
He is because he is held to speak
the mind of the Church — even when he is not speaking ex-Cathedra
— and what he states has a direct impact upon the faithful to whom he
has been faithless. That is why he is dangerous. He is not just in conflict
with the Church and the faithful: his conflict with the Church
results in not just confusion among the faithful, but
a scandal within the faithful who cannot reconcile his
bewildering pseudo-theological episodes with 2000 years of constant
Church teaching and Sacred Scripture itself.
The danger is defection.
And the danger is real
The faithful will embrace the one or the other,
but they cannot embrace both — or … they can reject both as
irrational nonsense since such a state of affairs conflicts with
reason and what was held to be inviolable revelation. God
Himself cannot make 2 plus 2 equal 5. This violates reason and consequently
our understanding of God. Outside of divine revelation (which, while
not conflicting with reason, exceeds it) anything we predicate
of God is done so through the vehicle of reason. Any sentence that starts
with “God is …” can only conclude in two ways: through an appeal
to reason or to revelation. We cannot sustain our association with
any organization that demands not just the suspension, but the
violation of reason — and if we do, we can, eo ipso, provide
no reason for it.
us simplify the matter: either GOD and 2000 years of Church teaching
— including the authority of Holy Writ are right — or Francis is right.
But by the Law of non-contradiction
both cannot be right if there exists a contradiction between
them. The assertions that “Hell exists” and “Hell does not exist”
cannot be reconciled: the one is contradictory to the other.
God asserts the first.
Francis repudiates it.
The Church teaches the immortality
of the soul.
Francis denies it. *
The Divine proscription
against adultery is not capable of attenuation (read
“discernment” or “accompaniment”) in Holy Scripture. It is absolute.
No Commandment can be negotiated to accommodate man. Commandments
are not “Propositions”.
For Francis, it is not an inviolable Commandment — literally set in stone —
but a matter of Situational Ethics (a discredited moral concept
condemned by the Church).
Homosexuality, toward which
he shows remarkable deference, has always been condemned
by the Church and Sacred Scripture — but “Who is he to judge”?
Law of Non-Contradiction
Whenever we are confronted with a
contradiction, we must not only decide which is right, but adduce reasons
for it — or remain in a state of abstention, aloof from the proposition
entirely. Given what Holy Mother Church has taught — and has held as
indefeasible — for 2000 years, what we cannot do is affirm
both since the one negates the other. In other words we
cannot be both Catholic and “indifferent”, both Catholic and “undecided”,
both Catholic and “permissive”. It is not consistent with logic — which
is another of saying that it is illogical. For human beings, logical
contradictions cannot be sustained. We cannot posit one thing and its
contrary at one and the same time. It is, in fact, one of the signatures
Given the illogical nightmare that Francis has
brought to the Church — in what he apparently believes is his fulfilling
the mandate of the staggeringly destructive
“Spirit of Vatican
he has left a vacuum in reason, one into which something diabolical,
irrational, and recreant has rushed.
Why this has been allowed to come to such a pass in this unfortunate
generation, given the responsibility of the episcopate — the cardinals
and bishops who should be fraternally correcting him for the sake of
Jesus Christ and the souls of the faithful He came to save — rather
than pusillanimously colluding with him — is anyone’s guess.
One thing is apparent: there is as deep a defection from the Catholic
Faith in the cardinals and bishops as there is in Francis. Perhaps
they fear him — and losing the perquisites of their positions of authority-seldom-exercised,
or exercised only to the detriment of the faithful.
Their fear, however, is deeply misplaced: rather
than fearing the retaliation of an autocrat arrogating the Seat of Peter,
they should fear Him Who can cast both body and soul into Hell.
(St. Luke 12.5).
Perhaps that fear is reserved to simple Catholics
and it is time that the sheep teach the shepherds.
* While the official
Vatican organ delegated with re-constructing Francis’s logical and theological
... paroxysms ... with feeble and
ambiguous statements such as “What is reported by the author in today’s
article is the result of his reconstruction, in which the literal words
pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned
article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of
the words of the Holy Father.” This is proffered as assurance that
he said no such thing (which it does not say, for it speaks
only of Scalfari’s assertions — not Francis’s)
it sounds much more like the non-committal, ambiguous, and litigious
language of a solicitor or attorney who pleads an “objection!”
to a potentially damaging assertion — no? Nor does it help matters when
Francis makes no effort to deny or distance himself from
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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