Cardinal Screwtape

This essay in the Jesuit magazine America, by Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego (above, being made a cardinal by Pope Francis), brings the dubious insights of Critical Theory to the life of the Roman Catholic Church. It is an astonishing document that lays bare the agenda of Pope Francis — who made McElroy a cardinal — and his supporters to radicalize Catholicism. This is something we all should pay attention to, even non-Catholics. The woke are storming the citadel of Western religion.

The language itself is a huge tell. See the words and phrases I have boldfaced in this passage:

It is important at this stage in the synodal process for the Catholic community in the United States to deepen our dialogue about these structures and cultures of exclusion for two reasons. The first is to continue to contribute to the universal discernment on these issues, recognizing that these same questions have surfaced in many nations of the world. The second reason is the recognition that since the call to synodality is a call to continuing conversion, reforming our own structures of exclusion will require a long pilgrimage of sustained prayer, reflection, dialogue and action—all of which should begin now.

Such a pilgrimage must be infused with an overpowering dedication to listen attentively to the Holy Spirit in a process of discernment, not political action. It must reflect the reality that we are part of a universal and hierarchical church that is bound together on a journey of faith and communion.

As faithful Protestants who have watched their own churches fall to the woke over the past two or three decades, the call to “dialogue” is a trap. They say that they just want to talk, but by now, anyone with half a brain understands that “dialogue” is a tactic to be used only until the Left gains power, after which “the Holy Spirit has spoken,” and the dialogue ends. The use of the term “structures of exclusion” is pure Critical Theory. And of course construing the discussion about Truth is a “journey” that goes only one way.

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