The reverberations over pope Francis’ recent invocation of “authentic magisterium” (i.e., correct and binding teaching) in regards to his lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees are shaking the Catholic church at its very foundations. Where is all this leading to?
The other day, I was listening to the 12/8/17 podcast of the “Calling All Catholics” talk radio show (The Station of the Cross, WLOF – Our Lady of Fatima, 101.7 FM, Buffalo, NY) featuring moderator, Jim Havens, and priest-host, Ronan Murphy. The two spent a lengthy amount of time wringing their hands over the pope’s latest chess move in the “Amoris Laetitia” controversy. While Murphy refrained from calling Francis a heretic directly, he had no problem saying Francis’ actions are spreading error and heresy within the church.
The distraught priest became more passionate the longer he spoke:
“(Amoris Laetitia’s) very beautiful. I’ve read some of it, but sorry to say, rat poison is ninety-percent nutritious and ten-percent poison. It’s the ten-percent poison that gets you and that’s the, that ambiguity there in chapter eight (allowing communion to remarried divorcees) is the poison, especially if it’s interpreted in a heterodox way. If John the Baptist were alive today, I’m really sure that he would walk up the steps of the Vatican and rip that document up in front of the holy father and say, ‘I was the first martyr for the indissolubility of marriage.’”
Interesting. So now we have a parish priest telling Catholics the pope is feeding them metaphorical rat poison! Just like the remarks from a different radio priest that I posted previously (see here), Murphy suggests that priests are not obligated to obey the pope regarding allowing remarried divorcees to receive communion, even though Francis has invoked “authentic magisterium.” But in his invocation of “correct and binding teaching,” Francis preempted any further debate or challenges by also declaring “there is no other interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia other than that which allows for communion to remarried divorcees. In other words, “Case closed!”
My! We are certainly living in unusual times when parish priests are advising people to disobey the pope. The Lord is showing the entire world through this controversy that papal infallibility and Catholicism’s other man-made, anti-Biblical traditions are all bogus.