Friday, 14 March 2014
More Curious Words but from another Cardinal...
Rorate Caeli notes that Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor is quoted in ‘Vatican Insider’ as saying
“...the doctrine of the Church develops by going out in a different direction. And it could develop in the question of the divorced and remarried.”
This phrase that will make progressive Catholics jump up and down in glee, but will have orthodox Catholics shaking their head in confusion and disbelief. What on earth is development that is indirect; meandering? Development that meanders this way and that; development which goes off in an indirect way, is not development but distortion. Development of doctrine must be consistent with what has gone before, just as an acorn must develop into oak, not a rosebush.
My usual analogy for development is usually that of the kitten inevitably growing into a full-grown cat and not into a dog. The latter analogy is probably better since many Catholics are making a dog’s dinner of the Faith in their desire to free people from the emotional pain they suffer as a consequence of someone choosing sin; pain which is perhaps a grace calling them back to the Gospel but a grace denied to souls so that they may have peace in this world yet -very possibly- pain in the next. It really does seem that all we care about now in pastoral care is feelings, feelings, feelings... Too many Catholics “will not tolerate sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Tim.4v3).