Sometimes the implications of an event don't quite come into focus until you encounter the raw visceral reaction of someone who tells you what he, at least, thinks of it. This was the case when a reader emailed me something responding to Cardinal Schönborn's statement (quoted in the above-linked article) that, in response to the Pope's new document, "There will be a 'big theological discussion.'" The emailer asked: "Is that a promise or a threat?" and then continued:
More 'Theology on Tap!'Well, the Apostolic Exhortation has certainly received its share of theological discussion in the seminary community of which I am a part, with no sign of abating. I'm not sure whether this is good or bad, but it certainly does strike me as anomalous that so much energy and time should be expended on trying to figure out what the Holy Father said or meant to say.
The takeaway, again, is that little is certain and nothing black and white.
"With this approach, the sacraments “come into another light...”
Beautiful. Move along, no change of doctrine to be seen here.
It's Vatican II all over again. These men can't get enough of these sorts of things.
For all the veneration of the papacy, you have to stop in disturbed amazement to consider its late 20th century legacy:
Seriously, is it just me? You don't have to be a sedevacantist -- I'm not -- to say the Chair of Peter is not empty but increasingly think it might as well be. I guess I should shut up and be grateful we don't have female priests or any unions.
- PAUL VI let go of the liturgy
- JPII redefined the exclusivity of salvation
- BXVI redefined original sin
- FRANCIS lets go of Indissolubility of Marriage