“Papal Response” to ChurchMilitant.com’s ‘Public Criticism of the Pope’


What does the Church Teach?

Q. May lay people manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and also make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful?

A. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church 907:

“In accord with the knowledge, competence, and preeminence which they possess, [lay people] have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard to the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons.” – [CIC, can. 212 § 3.]

Thus according to the Code of Canon Law this right and even at times duty is an obligation and right belonging to all the Christian Faithful and from the Catechism of the Catholic Church it also what comes with participation in Christ’s prophetic office.

“Papal Response” to ChurchMilitant.com’s ‘Public Criticism of the Pope’

 Q. How has the Pope responded to public criticism?

A1. When Pope Francis called Mario Palmaro, who had criticized him, the late writer recounted that Pope Francis had during the call responded by saying that he 

“understood that the critics had been moved by love for the Pope.”

A2. Recently in the letter Pope Francis sent to Antonio Socci after receiving the latter’s book, the Pope wrote:

In reality, also criticism helps us to walk on the righteous path of the Lord.

In their article “The Pope Himself Says: Your Criticism is Good for Me” – And What will the Post-Synod Document Say? RORATE CÆLI provides a translated commentary by Roberto de Mattei on the pope’s words:

These few lines demolish a certain “papalotry” widespread in conservative circles. The Pontiff states that criticizing the Pope is not only licit but can “be very good” for the Pope himself, by helping him to “walk on the righteous path of the Lord”. With the term papolatry, we mean undue divinization of the Pope’s figure, which is very different from the veneration and devout respect we owe him for the office he holds. Frankness, also in criticizing, notes Socci, may be of help to the Bishop of Rome, “particularly when the prevailing mentality exaggerates with adulation” (p.92). The great Dominican theologian Melchoir Cano states: “Peter has no need of our lies or adulation. Those who blindly, indiscriminately defend every decision by the Supreme Pontiff are those who undermine most the authority of the Holy See: instead of reinforcing its foundations, they destroy them”.

Concluding, I see ChurchMilitant.com’s mistaken position on ‘Public Criticism of the Pope’ as shirking from their right and obligation as indicated by Church teaching,  a failure to participate in Christ’s prophetic office, and a missed opportunity to do something for Pope Francis that according to the pope himself, may help him.


Why the Catholic Church is true: The Books of Maccabees

The Old is contained in the New which reveals it (the Old), the type of the New.

The Books of Maccabees: the background of both books is the resistance movement against the hellenisation of the Jewish nation by the Seleucid kings.

Stay with me … Watch as ‘they’ attempt to ‘modernise’ the Church: what has been in the works unsuspected is now very plain before our very own eyes. The new target: the saints!

Whilst the Church gave these books recognition, the others[1] rejected them to the advantage of #hell-on-the-loose.

Protestants, and other non-Catholics, please, through your Catholics friends, have masses offered up for your beloved departed. They have no one praying for them.[2]

Catholics: you know the drill: frequent confession and reception of Holy Communion, sacramental life, prayer[3], norms of piety, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Rosary, scapularNine First Fridays Devotion to the Sacred Heart, love for and tender devotion to Our lady and Mother, First Saturday devotionChaplet of The Divine Mercy, defend the faith, honor your father (the Pope, the Bishops, and the Priests, by first praying for them), holy water, etc. Do not forget B16.

St. Patrick, pray for us!

I believe in the Holy Spirit[4], the holy Catholic Church,[5]

[1] Only the Catholic divinely inspired book the Holy Bible has Hanukkah [Chanukah], the Feast of Dedication, also called “Feast of the Maccabees,” in both the Old and New Testaments.

[4] The eighth article of the Creed | A Catechism of Christian Doctrine | CTS | @CTSPublishers

[5] Part of the ninth article of the Creed. The complete article is, ‘the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints’.

[3] Cf. His Eminence Cardinal Robert Sarah’s Keynote Speech at the 12th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Tue May 17, 2016

[2] Cf. RORATE CÆLI: Purgatorial Society

Cf. Explanation at DISQUS.

[Update 4/26/15]: This is interesting:

For context cf. THE WAR Unmasks and Exposes Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Faith & Science

Faith & Science

  1. I am religious and I also find science very exciting. Is there a conflict between science and religion?
    According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS):

Science is a particular way of knowing about the world. In science, explanations are limited to those based on observations and experiments that can be substantiated by other scientists.

Progress in science consists of the development of better explanations for the causes of natural phenomena. Scientists never can be sure that a given explanation is complete and final. Some of the hypotheses advanced by scientists turn out to be incorrect when tested by further observations or experiments. Yet, many scientific explanations have been so thoroughly tested and confirmed that they are held with great confidence.

Truth in science, however, is never final, and what is accepted as a fact today may be modified or even discarded tomorrow. Science has been greatly successful at explaining natural processes, and this has led not only to increased understanding of the universe but also to major improvements in technology and public health and welfare.

The National Academy of Sciences also says:

Science is not the only way of acquiring knowledge about ourselves and the world around us. Humans gain understanding in many other ways, such as through literature, the arts, philosophical reflection, and religious experience. Scientific knowledge may enrich aesthetic and moral perceptions, but these subjects extend beyond science’s realm, which is to obtain a better understanding of the natural world.

Scientists, like many others, are touched with awe at the order and complexity of nature. Indeed, many scientists are deeply religious. But science and religion occupy two separate realms of human experience. Demanding that they be combined detracts from the glory of each.

Many religious persons, including many scientists, hold that God created the universe and the various processes driving physical and biological evolution and that these processes then resulted in the creation of galaxies, our solar system, and life on Earth. This belief, which sometimes is termed ‘theistic evolution,’ is not in disagreement with scientific explanations of evolution. Indeed, it reflects the remarkable and inspiring character of the physical universe revealed by cosmology, paleontology, molecular biology, and many other scientific disciplines.

Quotes from: 1999 report “Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, Second Edition” which is available online from the National Academy Press.