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The Liberation Theology Pope Proves Conquest’s Second Law

Posted on | October 18, 2014 | 204 Comments

Here are two sentences that caught my attention:

When word that [Cardinal Raymond Leo] Burke was on his way out [from the Apostolic Signatura] began circulating last month, it signaled that Francis would take major steps to reshape the church. It coincided with the selection of a new archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, who Catholic progressives celebrated for positions like breaking with the American church hierarchy when it withheld its support for President Obama’s health reform law over questions of abortion and contraception.

The word you’re looking for is “schism.”

Papal infallibility relies on a pope being in full solidarity with the bishops of the church, and this week solidarity is not easy to find.

Decades of growing leftist influence within the Catholic Church, which John Paul II and Benedict XVI had temporarily suppressed, but could not ultimately stop, has now elevated an Argentine leftist to the papal throne. Catholic conservatives are and will continue to be purged from positions of influence. Conquest’s Second Law: “Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.”  Catholics are seeing it confirmed.

This is now the Catholic church of the Berrigan Brothers“Nuns on the Bus” and Dignity USA. Because conservative Catholics would not excommunicate the heretics when they had the chance, now the heretics are in control. The attempt to paint a smiley face on this disaster includes, e.g., an editorial about “how gay Catholics can lead the rest of the Church to a greater understanding of God’s truth.”

Ri-iiight. Your next pedophile priest scandal in 3, 2, 1 . . .

As a conservative Protestant, I have for years resisted the “road to Rome” solicitations of my conservative Catholic friends, mainly because of ancestral prejudice — coming from a long line of stubbornly independent-minded Calvinist types — but also because I knew something like this would happen to the Catholic church sooner or later. As far as I’m concerned Rerum Novarum is ample refutation of “papal infallibility.” It’s just bad economics and Quadragesimo Anno is arguably worse. If “Catholic social teaching” is divinely inspired, why is its fundamental economic theory so laughably wrong?

Seriously, my conservative Catholic friends, why do you think you now have a socialist Pope? And don’t deny try to deny the obvious truth: Francis is somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders. You have a socialist Pope because, when you had a conservative Pope, nobody thought to hand him a copy of Human Action or The Mirage of Social Justice and say, “Here, learn something about how the economy really works.” Then get together a confab to produce a revision of “Catholic social teaching” that reflects actual facts.

Also, if you ever get another conservative Pope, excommunicate some heretics. Maybe burn a few of them at the stake, just to get the point across. But definitely excommunicate them. What’s the point of having a Pope, if he’s not excommunicating heretics?




204 Responses to “The Liberation Theology Pope Proves Conquest’s Second Law”

  1. Dennis Mahon
    October 20th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    The Church’s concern is that they don’t want a repeat of the Burning Times (such as the razing of St. Mary’s Town, or the destruction of the Ursuline Monastery on Mt. Benedict in Boston).

  2. LLC
    October 20th, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

    Pleasing men. Got it.

  3. theoldsargesays
    October 21st, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    I’ve been reading this piece and the comments on it for a couple of days and , God forgive me, agree with NeoWayland – pass the popcorn.

    I cannot help but compare the bulk of this thread of comments to what one would expect to hear between Sunnis vs. Shiites or Islamists vs. infidels of course, this without the threats of stoning or beheading (yet).

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