The Reign of Doubletalk
by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 23, 2015
Item: In a recent letter to Cardinal Aurelio Poli, Grand Chancellor of the Catholic University of Argentina, Pope Francis wrote that in the Church “the theology that developed is therefore rooted and based on Revelation, on tradition, but also accompanies the cultural and social processes, in particular the difficult transitions.”
How exactly is a theology rooted in Revelation and Tradition supposed to “accompany cultural and social processes”? What does “accompany” mean? Who knows? But the implication is that theology — especially the Church’s moral teaching — ought to be accommodated in practice to changing mores in society, which is precisely what “the Pope’s theologian,” Cardinal Kasper, advocates when he says “between the Church’s doctrine on marriage and the family and the ‘real life’ convictions of many Christians, an abyss has been created.” No kidding! That abyss is called apostasy, and the solution to apostasy is not to “accompany” it but rather to warn its victims that they must leave their state of apostasy for the good of their souls.
The idea that Revelation and Tradition must “accompany” social and cultural “processes” is simply doubletalk. Revelation and Tradition are timeless, and where morality is concerned they have always addressed in the same way the same sins that men have committed throughout human history: “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind [homosexuals], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10).”
The controllers of the Phony Synod, with their own theme of “accompaniment,” would like to ignore the inspired and infallible teaching of Saint Paul, reflected in the Church’s infallible Magisterium down through the centuries. Hence they too resort to doubletalk: preserve the teaching but “apply” it “pastorally” in a way that means no one has to follow it because the Church will now “accompany” grave sinners in their sin, while perhaps suggesting that they should consider “gradual” improvements in their behavior. Meanwhile, however, admit them to Holy Communion on a “case-by-case basis” — meaning, of course, admit them all in keeping with the post-Vatican II principle, straight from Wonderland, that the exception is the rule and the rule is the exception.
Item: The Secretary of Pope Francis’s “Gang of Eight,” Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, recently told the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference (a veritable oxymoron) that “Mission is not proselytism. We are not going to the mission trying to convert other people, to say, ‘If you don’t convert you will go to hell.’ No, this is not mission.” According to the Cardinal (as reported by the news source) mission means “personal acts of charity and love.”
More doubletalk. As Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga would have it, the Church’s mission does not include seeking converts! Simply incredible. If the Apostles had taken that approach to the Church’s divine commission to make disciples of all nations, the Church would have ceased to exist at its very beginning.
And what if the reaction of non-Catholics to “personal acts of charity and love” is not conversion, but at most simple gratitude with no change in their relationship to God? Is there to be no mention of hell even then, Cardinal? Never mention hell at any time in the course of “mission”? Let them go to hell, then, for lack of the sacraments and for the lack of the state of sanctifying grace they would insure if worthily received? Again, simply incredible.
The “Spirit of Vatican II” means the reign of doubletalk in the Church. No wonder the Message of Fatima has been targeted for burial by the Vatican powers that be: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
How quaint, the members of the current Vatican regime would think, although they would never say so openly. (Mustn’t offend the “simple faithful” who still believe in such melodramatic threats.)
The reign of doubletalk must be seen for what it is: “diabolical disorientation” in the Church among the upper hierarchy, to which Lucia of Fatima referred thematically in her correspondence and conversations in light of that part of the Third Secret which Benedict hinted in 2010 but which we have yet to see.