Wednesday, April 30, 2014

THE SOCIALIZATION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: BY POPE FRANCIS

As we know only too well, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a mocker of doctrinal purity, claiming that the only thing that matters to God is his kind of “concern” for “the poor.” This is why he has no problem “rehabilitating” so-called “theologians whose support of unrepentant sin was so blatant that they were disciplined by the conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Indeed, Bergoglio considers it his duty to “liberate” free thinkers from the confines of “small minded” would-be clerics who, he believes, live lives from that detached from the “people in the streets.” This is why he has seen to it that sanctions upon an octogenarian Irish priest who has argued for decades that moral truth can “change” were lifted: Pope Francis is believed to have intervened directly with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to have all sanctions on silenced Irish priest Fr Sean Fagan (86) lifted. It was confirmed to The Irish Times in Rome last night that Marist priest Fr Fagan, who has been subject to sanction by the Vatican for six years, is no longer so. The superior general of the Marist congregation in Rome, Fr John Hannan, said last night that Fr Fagan is now “a priest in good standing” where the church is concerned. It has also emerged that the change in Fr Fagan’s circumstances may have involved direct intervention by both Pope Francis and the former President of Ireland Mary McAleese. The Irish Times has learned that Mrs McAleese, who is away from Rome at the moment, wrote to Pope Francis last December requesting that he directly intervene where Fr Fagan’s case was concerned. Receipt of the letter was acknowledged by the Pope’s secretary. It is understood that the Marist congregation was informed of Fr Fagan’s changed situation at Easter. Others understood to have been approached to intervene with the Vatican on Fr Fagan’s behalf include his own congregation, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, the papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and the former head of the Dominicans Fr Timothy Radcliffe. For many years Fr Fagan, who has suffered ill health for some time, had been critical of rigid stances by the Vatican on issues to do with conscience and sexual morality notably in letters to this newspaper. In 2003 he published the book Does Morality Change? And in 2008 Whatever Happened to Sin? In 2010 he was informed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he would be laicised should be write for publication any material it considered contrary to Church teaching and should he disclose this to media. Remaining copies of his book were bought up by the Marist congregation whose website last night still carried a statement first posted in February of last year which reads that “ the writings of Fr. Sean Fagan in the book What Happened to Sin do not have the approval of or represent the views of the Society of Mary. (From www.newchristorchaos.com)

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