By Tom Quiner
The mainstream media breathlessly reported the Pope’s pronouncement on moral matters.
They took his words last week and turned them upside down in an attempt to make them mesh with their own liberal world view. Their headlines were sensational and misleading. Their reporting essentially acknowledged the moral authority of the Roman Catholic Pope, Pope Francis.
Why else spend so much time on the Pope’s words? Because the Pope is THE moral authority of the world.
Their gleeful (mis) reporting of his interview with American Magazine has come back to bite them. The Holy See has just excommunicated a Catholic priest in Melbourne, Australia, who embraced views held near and dear by liberals, and denied by the Church.
Writing in a website called “Inclusive Catholics,” Fr. Greg Reynolds expounded on his version of Catholic theology:
“Inclusive Catholics is an evolving movement/community in Melbourne, still in its embryonic development. In late August, 2011 I resigned as a parish priest and began this new venture/ministry. I initiated it in response to two complementary unfolding experiences.
First was my growing conviction that the Institutional Catholic Church was wrong in its teaching on Women’s Ordination and on Homosexuality.”
Of course, this is one of the issues Pope Francis addressed in his interview last week. The media interpreted the Pope’s remarks as suggesting that homosexuality no longer matters, that perhaps it is not even a sin nor an impediment to taking communion, kind of like Fr. Reynolds thinks:
“More recently I discerned a personal calling to minister to and with Catholic people who share these beliefs and have been longing for a community that celebrates the Catholic Eucharist in ways that support these beliefs. Other people drawn to this movement include victims of clerical abuse, and their supporters, who do not want to be associated with the church institution.”
Ironically, 80% of the clerical abuse to which Fr. Reynolds refers was homosexual in nature targeting teen age boys. He continues:
“There has also been significant interest and encouragement from laicised Priests. Still others are supporting us due to their opposition to the way the Catholic Church is structured and governed. This is not to deny the hierarchical nature of the Church and the important role of the Pope, Bishops, Priests and Deacons, but rather opposing many of the Canon Laws and forms of governance under which these roles are exercised.
While in no way compromising our Catholic belief in the Eucharist, including the Real Presence, we do not restrict peoples’ reception of Holy Communion on the grounds of their worthiness or theology.”
Pope Francis is considered a fellow flaming liberal and ally by the MSM. So how did the Vatican under this new Pope react to Fr. Reynold’s public rejection of key teachings of the Church? They defrocked and excommunicated him.
Perhaps Pope Francis isn’t as liberal as liberals think he is.
Pope Francis’ Vatican also came down hard on Nancy Pelosi for her public stand in favor of human abortion.
The head of the Vatican Court, Cardinal Raymond Lee Burke, said Ms. Pelosi has NO RIGHT to be granted Communion because of her anti-Church views on abortion. Cardinal Burke explained:
“This is a prime example of what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the situation of Catholics who have divorced their faith from their public life and therefore are not serving their brothers and sisters in the way that they must — in safeguarding and promoting the life of the innocent and defenseless unborn, in safeguarding and promoting the integrity of marriage and the family.”
Pope Francis told us to focus on the promise of salvation found within the Church. In other words, let us help people get to know Jesus and why He created His Church the way He did. As our love for Christ swells in our hearts, we are drawn to the good, and desire to avoid sin.
The Church is clear that it considers human abortion a sin.
The Church is clear that acting on same-sex attractions is a sin.
The Vatican’s actions this week make it clear that Church teachings have not changed under Pope Francis. The focus of our new, charismatic Pope is on the promise of hope in our Catholic faith; on the sacramental beauty of Catholicism.
Each of his fights sin. The Church extends a hand to us sinners. But if we deny that a sin is a sin, we have excluded ourselves from the Body of Christ. The Church this week simply acknowledges that reality to the chagrin of liberals.