The other day, Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, who associates himself very closely with the Holy Father, tweeted this:
Antics like Cameli’s [HERE] can only be topped by Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro’s tweet yesterday.
— Antonio Spadaro (@antoniospadaro) January 5, 2017
Spadaro ran into a buzz saw with this one, I’m afraid.
Go over to CWR and check out Carl Olsen’s demolition of Spadaro’s dreamy antic.
Olsen got Spadaro’s unwritten point right away:
Fr. Spadaro was apparently trying to make a point about certain theologians who are supposedly too rigid, dogmatic, or scholastic in their approaches to complex or difficult moral situations. A number of folks responded to his tweet, pointing out, in essence, that it was wrong, vapid, and otherwise embarrassing.
Olsen goes on to explain the incoherence of the nominalist tweet. He concludes … but you should go see the whole piece and savor it…
If “2+2” can equal “5” in the realm of theology, then it can also equal “9” and “catfish” and “?” and just about anything you want it to. More than a considered belief that there are exceptions to “the rules”, this is an irrational belief that “the rules” are essentially arbitrary and without objective, transcendent basis. And that is #arecipefordisaster.