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In a rather silly movie in which Russell Crowe plays Father Gabriel Amorth (The Pope’s Exorcist), the demon he is assigned to deal with wants to possess him because this demon did something like that once before centuries ago and supposedly turned the Church’s chief exorcist into the catalyst for the evils of the Inquisition. (Leaving aside the bad history, odd theology, slow pace, and overdone special effects, Crowe’s performance was almost entertaining enough to salvage the film.)
But the demonic strategy of grabbing hold of important figures to make them gut the meaning and vitality of important institutions has likely always been in play. So it kinda makes you go ‘hmm’ when the current pope, for example, seems to seek a grand alignment of the Church founded on the rock of St. Peter with the zeitgeist of the New York Times editorial page. As reported in National Review, his recent comments about American Catholics are consistent with that evolving vision.
Pope Francis said there is a “very strong, organized, reactionary attitude” in the U.S. Catholic church, that is “backwards” and has led the church to replace faith with “ideology,” according to a new transcript of the comments released Monday.
Naturally, the more enlightened view is all about evolution:
“The vision of the doctrine of the church as a monolith is wrong,” he added. “When you go backward, you make something closed off, disconnected from the roots of the church.”
“I want to remind these people that backwardness is useless, and they must understand that there’s a correct evolution in the understanding of questions of faith and morals,” he said.
Speaking of ideology, the comments were initially published in a Jesuit journal, so there may be some pro-“evolution” spin involved because when it comes to inserting (Marxist political) ideology into theology, the Jesuits are really good at that.
About 30% of the pope’s own operating fund (“Peter’s Pence”) is from those mostly reactionary American Catholic dioceses, a fund which has been grossly mismanaged over the years. Maybe a little fiscal “evolution” would be nice, and a little less contempt for the free markets that provided it would be a start.Published in