I’d like to thank Michael Sean Winters of the National Schismatic Reporter (the journal of record for all things schismatic, aka Fishwrap) for summarizing some points I made recently about the Holy Father’s remarks to a UN delegation, including his comment about “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State”. HERE
For Winters, everything the Pope says is to be taken seriously (= accepted). As MSW wrote:
Where to begin? Yes, Fr. Zuhlsdorf, many of us continue to take the Holy Father seriously on this and every topic.
I am gratified to read this from one of Fishwrap’s most prolific contributors!
I am delighted that MSW accepts and is ready to defend what Pope Francis wrote to Archbp. Marchetto:
I once told you, dear Archbishop Marchetto, and today I wish to repeat it, that I consider you to be the best interpreter of the Second Vatican Council. I know that this is a gift from God, but I also know that you made it bear fruit.
I am glad that MSW throws his considerable weight in to support, against all naysayers, what Pope Francis wrote to Card. Brandmüller, that is, His Holiness’ explicit endorsement of Benedict XVI’s “hermeneutic of continuity”:
Harking closely to the same Spirit, Holy Church in this age renews and meditates on the most abundant doctrine of the Council of Trent. In fact, the “hermeneutic of renewal” which Our Predecessor Benedict XVI explained in 2005 before the Roman Curia, refers in no way less to the Council of Trent than to the Vatican Council. To be sure, this mode of interpretation places under a brighter light a beautiful characteristic of the Church which is taught by the Lord Himself: “She is a ‘subject’ which increases in time and develops, yet always remaining the same, the one subject of the journeying People of God” (Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the Roman Curia offering them his Christmas greetings – 22 December 2005).
Far from “explaining away” what Pope Francis wrote, above, MSW will now adopt Francis’ positions as his own. How could he do less after writing:
[I]t is precisely the fact that Pope Francis does not need a translator, that his meaning is quite clear, that it cannot be explained away, is what has the right all concerned.
Welcome aboard, MSW!
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