‘This pontificate will naturally come to an end,’ writes Bishop Rob Mutsaerts. ‘Should you obey him? No. Stay in the Church!’
Fiducia Supplicans – the controversial Declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith – is above all a cowardly document. It refuses to name homosexual practices as intrinsically evil. It is now clear that Fiducia Supplicans is not about an expansion of the meaning of blessings, but of a deliberate modification of what is sin. Objections from numerous bishops – indeed, bishops’ conferences – and hundreds of priests and faithful are arrogantly dismissed.
FS explains “blessings” in such a way that they no longer have a clear meaning. This happens more often under this pontificate. When concepts become vacuous they are easily manipulated. Don’t call a child in his mother’s womb a child but a clump of cells, and you can do whatever you want with him. Then abortion is not murder, but surgery. Give “blessing” a new meaning, and you can do anything with it. The magic word that is then easily pulled out is “pastoral.” A formal blessing is not allowed, the Declaration says, but a spontaneous blessing is. That is “pastoral.”
How often the word “pastoral” is used to set aside the Magisterium, to set doctrine and life in opposition to each other, and then to condone life that is at odds with doctrine. Pastoral care is no longer soul care; it has become soulless. Doctrine is set aside; after all, it is only words; it says nothing about the real meaning, or so people reason. Nominalism is back from (never) being gone. Subjectivism and relativism reign supreme today at the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. “Dicastery of Deconstruction” would be a more appropriate name.
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