Saturday, December 17, 2016

Even Roman Catholics see the corrosive, duplicitous, and laughable nature of Pope Bergoglio’s “Amoris Laetitia”

The rhetorical strategy to debunk the dubia:
As you read through these talking points, you might notice some contradictions. We’re saying that it’s all very simple, yet we’re saying that it’s all very complex. We’re insisting that “Rome has spoken,” yet the whole point is that Rome has not spoken, leaving fundamental questions up to individual priests. We’re inveighing against “clericalism,” yet giving priests enormous new powers with no means of accountability. We’re saying that the Pope is a pastor rather than a lawmaker, yet we’re trying to lay down the law. We’re telling people that Amoris Laetitia upholds the traditional Church teaching, yet we’re making fun of that teaching. These are not comfortable arguments to make. That’s why we’re trying to end the debate quickly. When in doubt, remember point #1: Don’t talk about the dubia.


  1. Interesting article abount an oh so familiar strategy, making me very sympathetic to the questioning cardinals. It's not like we haven't seen the same sort of gaming with evolution and the ordination of women.

  2. When I start to feel sympathetic to members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, I try to remember John Huss, for starters.

    1. Empathize may be a better word, but you know what I mean; it's not like we don't know what it is to deal with church agenda-bent equivocators in high places, watching them wreak havoc with seemingly no temporal consequences until enough damage is done to overcome officialdom's ingrained inertia. The LCMS had Becker most recently; I'm sure you coulld name one or two on your side of the aisle.

  3. Hi Kirk, I understand what you are saying. But whereas LCMS and PCA (for example) start from a position of relative orthodoxy, Roman Catholics in this issue start with very bad doctrine, and the "agenda-bent equivocators" are loosening up and damaging those bad doctrines (albeit in a bad way). Contrary to my hopes and prayers vis-a-vis LCMS and PCA, for whom I pray for "peace and purity", there is no such thing with respect to Rome. In a way, the chiseling away of the old bad doctrines may actually set some people free. So that's why I'm rooting for Bergoglio to live a long and meddlesome life.

  4. By the way Kirk, I have downloaded a Chrome-based add-on that enables me to copy-and-paste text from some of those websites that block that functionality -- it seems to have broken the "reply" button for me.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for chatting with me here :-)