First they want to tell us Pope Francis signed off on the LCWR witch hunt. Today Rock posted on PF’s meeting with Latin American religious. Supposedly he said:
Say you err, [or] make a blunder – it happens! Maybe you’ll receive a letter from the Congregation for Doctrine [sic], saying that they were told this or that thing…. But don’t let it bother you. Explain what you have to explain, but keep going forward…. Open doors, do something where life is calling out [to you].
The conservatives are spinning themselves dizzy over this one. Imagine a pope saying, “Pay no attention to that Joseph Ratzinger clone behind the desk.” I confess I’m feeling a little spun around on that one.
If there are Catholics who are feeling dismayed their sister and maybe brother believers are feeling a bit lifted up and not trampled, then this is a good thing.
On the other hand, this detachment from the curia is very interesting. It may be crazy like a fox. The curia could find itself totally marginalized on some fronts. They could continue as they have in the past, but if the Bishop of Rome pays no attention, and the Gang-of-8 moves forward, and the laity do things where the Holy Spirit is calling … we could end up with that diseased portion of the Body, holy as some of those individuals may be, looking out its windows on the world, wondering how it all seemed to pass by. I don’t know how Ignatian this approach is, but it sure seems pacifistic to me.
I’m sure someone will come out in the next day or two and say it was all a mistake. But still, I’m feeling like this will be a very good day at the parish. Time to get going and do something where life is calling out.