Pope Francis dashes the hopes of dissenters by insisting on the importance of faithfulness to the doctrines of the Church

In a number of recent addresses Pope Francis has insisted on the importance of faithfulness to the doctrines of the Church, dashing the hopes of dissenters that they will succeed in changing fundamental truths of the Catholic Faith.

Pope Francis’ address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

‘Since the early times of the Church the temptation has existed to understand the doctrine in an ideological sense or to reduce it to an ensemble of abstract and crystalized theories (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, 39-42). In reality, doctrine has the sole purpose of serving the life of the People of God and it seeks to assure our faith of a sure foundation. Great, in fact, is the temptation to appropriate to ourselves the gifts of salvation that come from God, to domesticate them – perhaps even with a good intention – to the views and the spirit of the world. And this is a temptation that is constantly repeated.

To take care of the integrity of the faith is a very delicate task which has been entrusted to you, always in collaboration with the local Pastors and the Doctrinal Commissions of the Episcopal Conferences. This serves to safeguard the right of all the People of God to receive the deposit of the faith in its purity and its totality. Your work seeks also to have always present the needs of a constructive dialogue, respectful and patient with authors. If truth exacts fidelity, the latter grows always in charity and in fraternal help for those called to mature and clarify their convictions.’

[Protect the Pope comment: Pope Francis puts his finger on the basic error dissenters such as the journalists of The Tablet,  the clergy and laity of A Call to Action, ans all the others have in common, they all seek to domesticate the doctrines of the Church to the views an spirit of the world. Pope Francis also makes clear he is no friends to cafeteria Catholicism when he says that the People of God have the right to ' receive the deposit of the faith in its purity and its totality.' Has this got through Eccleston Square?]

Pope Francis’ address to  the Tribunal of the Roman Rota

‘In addition to the requisites of juridical and theological doctrine, in the exercise of his ministry the judge is characterized by his skillfulness in law, objectivity of judgment and equity, judging with imperturbable and impartial equidistance. Moreover, he is guided in his activity by the intention to protect the truth, in respect of the law, without neglecting the delicacy and humanity proper of the pastor of souls.’

[Protect the Pope comment: Pope Francis makes clear that when it comes to making the Church's law  about marriage and divorce judgments must protect the truth in the exercise of mercy. Pope Francis completely contradicts Clifford Longley and The Tablet's reduction of mercy to permissive acceptance of whatever decision divorced and re-married make]

Pope Francis talks about the duty of all Christians to safeguard doctrine

‘The first fruit of Baptism is to make yourself belong to the Church, to the people of God. A Christian without a Church is not understood. And for this reason, the great Paul VI said that it is an absurd dichotomy to love Christ without the Church; to listen to Christ but not the Church; to be with Christ at the edge of the Church. It can’t be done. It is an absurd dichotomy.’

The second pillar the Pope highlighted was faithfulness, which he noted is “connected with obedience.” “Faithfulness to the Church: faithfulness to its teachings; faithfulness to the Creed; faithfulness to the doctrine, to guard this doctrine. Humility and faithfulness,” he said.

“Even Paul VI reminded us that we receive the message of the Gospel as a gift and we should transmit it as a gift, but not as something of our own: it is a received gift that we give. And be faithful in this transmission. Because we have received and we have to gift a Gospel that is not ours, that is Jesus, and we must not – he would say – become masters of the Gospel, masters of the doctrine we have received, to use it as we please,”

[Protect the Pope comment: Pope Francis' description of the correct attitude of the faithful towards the doctrines of the Faith is completely opposite to the attitude of dissenters such as members of ACTA, Queering the Church, Quest and the Farm St Masses LGBT Group. They all seek to become masters of the Gospel, masters of the doctrine they have received, to use it as they please.' In their arrogance and will to power these dissenters makes themselves the judges of God's Word safeguarded by doctrine rather than allowing God's divine teaching to judge their lives. This is the tragic absurdity of the position of all dissenters. In these three addresses Pope Francis has made it clear that he is not on sympathy with the agenda of dissent that is being promoted in his name by Catholics who are seriously misrepresenting him.]




18 comments to Pope Francis dashes the hopes of dissenters by insisting on the importance of faithfulness to the doctrines of the Church

  • ‘To take care of the integrity of the faith is a very delicate task which has been entrusted to you, always in collaboration with the local Pastors and the Doctrinal Commissions of the Episcopal Conferences.’

    What if Doctrinal Commissions of the Episcopal Conferences are not in line with Rome?

    • Lynda

      And, as we all know and suffer from, many are not “in line with Rome” but are apostate, heretical or simply condone or collude with grave immorality; and thereby endanger millions of souls.

  • ms Catholic state

    Kind of off Topic….excellent article on the lies that our culture is based upon. Should be required reading at all Catholic secondary schools. http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2901/15_lies_at_the_basis_of_our_culture.aspx#.Uu_aI1KGk3z

  • Joseph Matthew

    This is surely a step in the right direction. But when will abortion supporting Spanish nuns be told they are no longer Catholic? What about German and Austrian and Honduran dissenting Cardinals?
    Oh, and I am waiting for Mr Weldon to remind us that these dissenters have degrees.

  • Brenda Walsh

    We are begging faithful Catholics not to go to the Divine Mercy Conf in Dublin on 22/23rd Feb. Better for us
    all to say the Divine Mercy Chaplets and Rosary in our homes or churches during this weekend, rather than support such a Heretic/Apostate as Fr Radcliffe. He may have the backing of bishops but remember what Our Lady said at Garabandal, bishops and priests are on the road to Perdition taking many souls with them, similar to the Approved Apparition of Akita. If we go or support this Conf, in any way, we too are guilty of so many souls perishing. We should run from such a Charade where you have a so called popular distinguished priest like Fr Radcliffe. Ask yourself, how did such a Heretic become so distinguished. We all know the answer! Silent bishops, cowardly prelates and priests. Such Clergy with such dissenting groups as the Association of Priests in Ireland as well as the dissenting group, A Call to Action in the UK (ACTA) are trying to make the Church Humanistic as opposed to DIVINE.
    God help them all. Utter Judases and that is precisely what all of us are, if we support this Conference.
    Tell everyone you know not to go to the Dublin Conference – Send this to all your Irish Contacts

    Fr Radcliffe has compared All Sexual Activity including Homosexual Activity with Eucharistic Love!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Catholic Truth – Fr Timothy Radcliffe to speak at Divine Mercy Conf Dublin


    Pope Francis dashes the hopes of Dissenters


    Church of England (prostestant), the Pilling Report on Human Sexuality

    The Pilling Report, another response

  • Katalina

    Let’s us not forget the words the Pope used to the Norte Dame group last week. But the big question is will he be listened to and heeded and obeyed? This kind of mentality has been going on for almost half a Century and it started NOT with Pope Paul’s 1968 encyclical but the year before when the Land O Lakes statement was released and that year of 1967 was also when the number of priests nuns and brothers started to decline.

  • jacobi

    Well that is his job after all, as it was that of his 265 predecessors, to be keeper of the Keys, the guardian and protector of Scripture, Revelation, Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church! And incidentally to exercise sound and public judgement on all matters concerning such!

    • iggy o'donovan

      Yes jacobi you are correct “it is his job”. The Keys as you say have been in the hands of 265 keepers. The history of the papacy is facinating – such saints and also sinners. I have always admired Pope John XII (955-964). He was one of the more interesting incumbents.

      • Augustine

        Fr Iggy, why do you admire Pope John XII who was infamous for his depravity and worldliness?


        • iggy o'donovan

          When I used the word “admire” i should have made it clear I was speaking tongue in cheek. John xii was a young teenager when he became Vicar of Christ. He had not an iota of theology or a religious brain cell
          between his ears, or the most rudimentary knowledge of his catechism.
          Nevertheless there are those who believe that at the moment of his election as Pope the entire deposit of the Faith was somehow infused into his empty Godless brain. My point really is I would not put ALL my eggs in a Roman basket.

          • Augustine

            “I should have made it clear I was speaking tongue in cheek.”

            Thank goodness for that!

            I remember the (perhaps apocryphal)story about someone visiting Rome during the Middle Ages and witnessing the scandalous events in the Papal Court – and then saying: “Any organisation that can survive such appalling leadership must have Divine protection.”

            Obviously the doctrine of Papal Infallibility does not claim that the entire deposit of the faith was infused into the “empty Godless brain” of John XII – but rather that despite his wickedness Pope John XII did not lead the Church into heresy.

            Of course during the existence of the Papal States, the Pope was both spiritual leader of the Church and also political ruler of a large part of Central Italy.

            Naturally it helps to have the benefit of hindsight, but I am sure that the loss of the Papal States was of huge spiritual benefit to the Church.

            And I do not think it is a coincidence that there has been no hint of scandalous or sinful behaviour on the part of any of the Popes since 1870: – from that time the Cardinals no longer has to choose a man who needed be an effective secular ruler but only had to select a spiritual leader.

  • iggy o'donovan

    Augustine your summary is in my view quite good. It is worth noting though that in 1870 those who argued that the temporal power of the Papacy was an anachronism were condemned as “liberals” dissidents and heretics.And much more besides.
    Ironically Garibaldi and Cavour did the Church a huge favour.

    • Augustine

      Fr Iggy, I think there were extremists in 1870 on both sides of the debate!

      Cardinal Newman never doubted Papal Infallibility but he did not think that it was opportune to define Papal Infallibility in 1870. He was however much relieved at what the definition actually stated – and in his “Letter to the Duke of Norfolk” he explained the implications of the doctrine.

      In 1879 when Pope Leo XIII made him a Cardinal, this showed Papal approval of Newman’s explanation of Papal Infallibility.

      Needless to say, the temporal power of the Papacy and the existence of the Papal States was never a defined doctrine of the Catholic Church.

      Therefore it was completely misguided for anyone to label opponents of the temporal power of the Papacy as heretics.

  • Ioannes

    The Papal States were necessary to protect the independence of the papacy at a time when Italy was the cockpit of Europe. A study of the Italian wars which began with the French invasion of 1494 is salutary. I have a certain amount of sympathy for Julius II.

    • iggy o'donovan

      Ioannes. Julius ii was a great patron of the arts. He did not trouble himself with religious matters. The papal States were NEVER necesary for the Church or the Gospel. They enriched the Borgia, the Medici and many more ecclesiastics. Leo XIII (1878-1903) was the first pope who was not encumbered with that relic of Medievalism the Papal States. Wasnt he lucky and so was the Church.

      • Augustine

        Of course we now have the benefit of hindsight – but perhaps the Papal States existed not just to protect the Pope: sometimes the residents of the Papal States may have actually preferred to be ruled by the Pope rather than one of the (usually) blood thirsty and barbaric European princes.

        Compare and contrast Italy with Poland & Ireland before they achieved independence from foreign domination (I am an Englishman but with Irish ancestors!). Virtually the only institution in both Poland and Ireland that was independent of the occupying powers was the Catholic Church.

        And although the Church never ruled those countries as it once ruled half of Italy, it did exercise considerable political influence and power.

        We all remember that Lord Acton famously said: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Sadly this is often so true.

        Just as one could debate at great length whether or not the Church’s political influence in Poland and Ireland has been a good thing or a bad thing, so too one could debate whether or not the Papal States were a good thing or not.

        I wonder though whether in 452 the people of Italy would have preferred to be ruled by Pope Leo the Great – or by Atilla the Hun (if there had been no Emperor Valentinian III on the scene).

    • Augustine

      And Castel San Angelo was necessary as a fortress during the sack of Rome by Charles V’s troops in 1527.

      Pope Clement VII had to run for his life along the Passetto di Borgo (the covered fortified corridor that links the Vatican to Castel San Angelo).

      Fortunately Castel San Angelo is no longer needed by the Pope – either as a fortress or as a prison.

      But the Papal States (had they still existed) would not have been able to protect the Pope (for example) from the Nazis during World War II. Nor would the Passetto or Castel San Angelo have been much help.

      Instead Pius XII is reported to have issued instructions stating that in the event of his being kidnapped by the Nazis (and there were orders, albeit not implemented, to do so) he would have automatically resigned as Pope and reverted to being Cardinal Pacelli.

      • iggy o'donovan

        Augustine we probably agree on much of this.
        The point about Clement VII fleeing from the troops of Charles V in 1527. That had little to do with religion. The Pope was in a military alliance against the emperor and came out the worse. I know that Charles had some Lutheran troops who were anti catholic.
        Anyhow whats done is done and i guess we will leave it at that.

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