Be Not Confused! On Authentic Dogmatic Development and Sound Doctrinal Interpretation

Part 13

What I have laid out in the previous twelve posts is relevant for a Catholic today. Someone might, for instance, take the apparent silence of Pope Francis on the Truth of Marriage, Sexuality, etc., as tacit acceptance of a revolution in Church doctrine.

Indeed, there are a number of bishops and theologians who wish to destroy the Catholic Church’s teaching, and hence the very Church of Christ, and hence the very face of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who reigns now at the right hand of the Father. They wish to re-configure the Church to their image. They wish to late the latest pseudo-magisterial utterance confuse the public, weaken the public, assist them in the overthrow of Truth Himself!

But these are renegades and revolutionaries. They are enemies. Traitors. Betrayers of innocent blood. For if blood is life, and if salvation, our life, is lost, by this confusion, then they are slaying innocent blood. Murdering innocent souls. Preying on the weak to fill up their measure of honor on earth, human honor, not to lose their precious German Religious Tax! Hounds for blood, not for life. Predators.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

And after their nine month trumpeting of their position, while all the world in silence waits, finally a noble shepherd, a true man after the lamb of God, Cardinal Burke, calls upon the Pope to speak up and once again reaffirm Catholic dogma on marriage and sex. Amen to this appeal from Cardinal Burke. Amen.

However, I would add one thing. It would be pastorally helpful, a true act of feeding the flock, for Pope Francis to make such a statement. The Pope urged us to ask bishops to feed us. We need his food now, for our practical solace, our encouragement, our vigor, our ability to carry our cross, our confidence in Truth as the dictatorship of relativism wages its mightiest against us.

However, in order for you and me to know the truth, such a papal statement is not necessary. It is not, for the teaching is already in place. It is dogma.

Thus, if we wait like deer in dry lands, weary, yearning for consolation and healing, if we wait for Pope Francis’s words to feed and encourage us, yet we wait not with any worry about the truth of the matter. We do not wait, in expectation that the truth could be overturned. It cannot.

Any real attempt, internal or external, by any Catholic official, explicitly to overturn the dogma of the Church would constitute the sin of heresy. Heresy entails the loss of the teaching office. Hence, no one could utter such a statement and continue to hold the office, but would lose it. And we would wait for competent authority to state that this is so.

It wouldn’t matter if the whole world went after such a statement, in hopes that all its lust and lascivious lifestyle were thereby affirmed. None of that would matter.

Those who hear the voice of the Shepherd would know not to heed the voice of heresy.

Our Lord declares, “The sheep follow him [the true shepherd], for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers” (Jn 10:4f).

All shepherds must come through the one shepherd, must heed his voice, must follow his way, must embrace His Truth. All who do not are thieves and robbers (v. 8). “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (v. 10).

In the face of the thieving wolf, the raging dragon, the good shepherd lays down his life.

But in the face of the thieving wolf, the hireling flees.

Let us not leave our posts or our faith. Let us pray for the Victory of Truth in the midst of this confusing synod, the confusion of which is no doubt wreaking havoc in people’s lives.

But those who are being confused are perhaps vincibly ignorant. God knows who they are. Those who have long wished for ears to be tickled. These are now being tickled, even deceived. No wonder that “God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false” by his permissive will. No wonder; this is so that “all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess 1:11), words very well chosen by the Apostle to the Gentiles.

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