My advice as the Vatican Channels Sir Humphrey Appleby et/all

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My advice as the Vatican Channels Sir Humphrey Appleby et/all

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Any­thing more is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:37

James Hacker: Will you answer a direct ques­tion?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: I strongly advise you not to ask a direct ques­tion.
James Hacker: Why?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: It might pro­voke a direct answer.
James Hacker: Never has yet.

Yes Min­is­ter: The Moral Dimen­sion 1982

I’ve been too busy with other things to talk about Pope Fran­cis and the for­mal Fil­ial Cor­rec­tion sent to him, the first such doc­u­ment sent to a pope since 1333.

With pro­found grief, but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by fil­ial devo­tion toward your­self, we are com­pelled to address a cor­rec­tion to Your Holi­ness on account of the prop­a­ga­tion of here­sies effected by the apos­tolic exhor­ta­tion Amoris laeti­tia and by other words, deeds and omis­sions of Your Holiness.

We are per­mit­ted to issue this cor­rec­tion by nat­ural law, by the law of Christ, and by the law of the Church, which three things Your Holi­ness has been appointed by divine prov­i­dence to guard. By nat­ural law: for as sub­jects have by nature a duty to obey their supe­ri­ors in all law­ful things, so they have a right to be gov­erned accord­ing to law, and there­fore to insist, where need be, that their supe­ri­ors so gov­ern. By the law of Christ: for His Spirit inspired the apos­tle Paul to rebuke Peter in pub­lic when the lat­ter did not act accord­ing to the truth of the gospel (Gal. 2). St Thomas Aquinas notes that this pub­lic rebuke from a sub­ject to a supe­rior was licit on account of the immi­nent dan­ger of scan­dal con­cern­ing the faith (Summa The­olo­giae 2a 2ae, 33, 4 ad 2), and ‘the gloss of St Augus­tine’ adds that on this occa­sion, “Peter gave an exam­ple to supe­ri­ors, that if at any time they should hap­pen to stray from the straight path, they should not dis­dain to be reproved by their sub­jects” (ibid.). The law of the Church also con­strains us, since it states that “Christ’s faith­ful … have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keep­ing with their knowl­edge, com­pe­tence, and posi­tion, to man­i­fest to the sacred pas­tors their views on mat­ters which con­cern the good of the Church” (Code of Canon Law 212:23; Code of Canons of Ori­en­tal Churches 15:3).

Scan­dal con­cern­ing faith and morals has been given to the Church and to the world by the pub­li­ca­tion of Amoris laeti­tia and by other acts through which Your Holi­ness has suf­fi­ciently made clear the scope and pur­pose of this document.

The Doc­u­ment lists seven hereti­cal posi­tions that directly con­tra­dict the faith as taught for cen­turies. and these posi­tions have been prop­a­gated via Amoris Laetitia’s

Iron­i­cally as I’ve writ­ten the vast major­ity of Amoris Laeti­tia is pretty good. Para­graph after para­graph con­tains teach­ing that a Catholic should take to heart but the infa­mous foot­note included has been used by those on the left in the church have used to drive a bus through doc­trine. Much like this exchange from Yes Prime Minister

PM Jim Hacker: I can read between the lines, Some politi­cians have a feel­ing for for­eign affairs. I could tell that you were warn­ing me that St. George Island might need our help
Luke: Oh Yes, Well No actu­ally, only on one para­graph on page 107!
PM Jim Hacker: It was enough I can take a hint.

Yes Prime Min­is­ter A Vic­tory for Democ­racy 1986

It didn’t mat­ter how much good was in that doc­u­ment, that foot­note was used by sev­eral Bish­ops around the world to directly coun­ter­act Catholic Doc­trine in their areas of com­mu­nion for the divorced and remar­ried, doc­trine that has been clearly estab­lished as long as there has been a church.

Now a year ago a set of Car­di­nals sent a Dubia ask­ing the Holy Father to clar­ify this foot­note. The car­di­nals and the dubia have alter­na­tively been ignored and attacked at the Vat­i­can but most impor­tantly nobody has answered them.

There are many things I like about Pope Fran­cis, his empha­sis on Mercy, on Con­fes­sion and his direct state­ments about the Devil being real are first rate. He has also been very explicit on life in all of his encycli­cals (some­thing that I keep urg­ing the GOP to bring up every time a Demo­c­rat quotes one but I digress). Fur­ther­more I cer­tainly get the idea of try­ing to get those in mor­tal sin back into the Church to aid their sal­va­tion as that is the pri­mary job of the church.

It my opin­ion, how­ever, that his silence on this mat­ter has been a huge mis­take. It is pro­mul­gat­ing divi­sion in the church and the sooner these ques­tions are directly answered, our yes mean­ing yes and our no being no, the bet­ter for the Church and the peo­ple it serves.

It is the job of the Vat­i­can to emu­late Christ, by refus­ing to answer a direct ques­tion we have reached this point, that it is instead emu­lat­ing Sir Humphrey and the civil ser­vants of British comedy.

Two years ago (before we found the real­ity of Catholic front group” I famously asked Catholic Call to action this ques­tion in response to their tweets on Synod 2015.

They declined to answer and I wrote at the time:

Now I’m not a pro­fessed catholic orga­ni­za­tion with a big lead­er­ship team, chap­ters around the nation hold­ing national con­fer­ences with a list of keynote speak­ers and endorse­ments as famous a Chris­t­ian an ex-​president of the United States but I know this much:

Any chris­t­ian indi­vid­ual or orga­ni­za­tion whether Catholic or Protes­tant should give Catholic Call to Action the widest birth pos­si­ble because any orga­ni­za­tion that can’t clearly and with­out hes­i­ta­tion pro­claim: “Jesus Christ is the son of God and died and rose from the dead” yet claims to be “Catholic” can’t be trusted.

I urge the Vat­i­can not to mimic the silence these fellow’s silence in response to a direct ques­tion. It speaks vol­umes and none of it is good.

My advice to my fel­low Catholics, con­tinue to Pray for the Pope and the Church and con­tinue on as you have before, because even at a time like this we should remem­ber that while we have no idea what the Holy Spirit is doing, God does so we must answer this chal­lenge in the words made famous by St. Faustina:

Jesus I trust in you.

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:37

James Hacker: Will you answer a direct question?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: I strongly advise you not to ask a direct question.
James Hacker: Why?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: It might provoke a direct answer.
James Hacker: Never has yet.

Yes Minister: The Moral Dimension 1982

I’ve been too busy with other things to talk about Pope Francis and the formal Filial Correction sent to him, the first such document sent to a pope since 1333.

With profound grief, but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by filial devotion toward yourself, we are compelled to address a correction to Your Holiness on account of the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia and by other words, deeds and omissions of Your Holiness.

We are permitted to issue this correction by natural law, by the law of Christ, and by the law of the Church, which three things Your Holiness has been appointed by divine providence to guard. By natural law: for as subjects have by nature a duty to obey their superiors in all lawful things, so they have a right to be governed according to law, and therefore to insist, where need be, that their superiors so govern. By the law of Christ: for His Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to rebuke Peter in public when the latter did not act according to the truth of the gospel (Gal. 2). St Thomas Aquinas notes that this public rebuke from a subject to a superior was licit on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning the faith (Summa Theologiae 2a 2ae, 33, 4 ad 2), and ‘the gloss of St Augustine’ adds that on this occasion, “Peter gave an example to superiors, that if at any time they should happen to stray from the straight path, they should not disdain to be reproved by their subjects” (ibid.). The law of the Church also constrains us, since it states that “Christ’s faithful . . . have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence, and position, to manifest to the sacred pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church” (Code of Canon Law 212:2-3; Code of Canons of Oriental Churches 15:3).

Scandal concerning faith and morals has been given to the Church and to the world by the publication of Amoris laetitia and by other acts through which Your Holiness has sufficiently made clear the scope and purpose of this document.

The Document lists seven heretical positions that directly contradict the faith as taught for centuries. and these positions have been propagated via Amoris Laetitia’s

Ironically as I’ve written the vast majority of Amoris Laetitia is pretty good. Paragraph after paragraph contains teaching that a Catholic should take to heart but the infamous footnote included has been used by those on the left in the church have used to drive a bus through doctrine. Much like this exchange from Yes Prime Minister

PM Jim Hacker: I can read between the lines, Some politicians have a feeling for foreign affairs. I could tell that you were warning me that St. George Island might need our help
Luke: Oh Yes, Well No actually, only on one paragraph on page 107!
PM Jim Hacker: It was enough I can take a hint.

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

It didn’t matter how much good was in that document, that footnote was used by several Bishops around the world to directly counteract Catholic Doctrine in their areas of communion for the divorced and remarried, doctrine that has been clearly established as long as there has been a church.

Now a year ago a set of Cardinals sent a Dubia asking the Holy Father to clarify this footnote.  The cardinals and the dubia have alternatively been ignored and attacked at the Vatican but most importantly nobody has answered them.

There are many things I like about Pope Francis, his emphasis on Mercy, on Confession and his direct statements about the Devil being real are first rate.  He has also been very explicit on life in all of his encyclicals (something that I keep urging the GOP to bring up every time a Democrat quotes one but I digress).  Furthermore I certainly get the idea of trying to get those in mortal sin back into the Church to aid their salvation as that is the primary job of the church.

It my opinion, however, that his silence on this matter has been a huge mistake.  It is promulgating division in the church and the sooner these questions are directly answered, our yes meaning yes and our no being no, the better for the Church and the people it serves.

It is the job of the Vatican to emulate Christ, by refusing to answer a direct question we have reached this point, that it is instead emulating Sir Humphrey and the civil servants of British comedy.

Two years ago (before we found the reality of Catholic front group” I famously asked Catholic Call to action this question in response to their tweets on Synod 2015.

They declined to answer and I wrote at the time:

Now I’m not a professed catholic organization with a big leadership team, chapters around the nation holding national conferences with a list of keynote speakers and endorsements as famous a Christian an ex-president of the United States but I know this much:

Any christian individual or organization whether Catholic or Protestant should give Catholic Call to Action the widest birth possible because any organization that can’t clearly and without hesitation proclaim: “Jesus Christ is the son of God and died and rose from the dead” yet claims to be “Catholic” can’t be trusted.

I urge the Vatican not to mimic the silence these fellow’s silence in response to a direct question.  It speaks volumes and none of it is good.

My advice to my fellow Catholics, continue to Pray for the Pope and the Church and continue on as you have before, because even at a time like this we should remember that while we have no idea what the Holy Spirit is doing, God does so we must answer this challenge in the words made famous by St. Faustina:

Jesus I trust in you.