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.]