Sometimes I have to triage my time. For example, I can do some reading about “chaos theory” or “fundamental force concepts”. On the other hand, I can read the transcript of a papal presser aboard an airplane. Either way, I have to really strain to figure out what the heck anything means.
The National Catholic Register has a piece about the latest surreal papal plane presser (PPP) HERE.
I’ll rant a little.
A lot of people are writing to me about a strange comment made by Francis during the PPP about “schism”.
It seems that Francis said:
I am not afraid of schisms, I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health. Let there be dialogue, let there be correction if there is an error, but the schismatic path is not Christian.
This is preceded and followed by various ramblings which drive me back to the relative ease of deciphering the interplay of weak and strong forces in quantum physics.
Did, as my questioners ask, Francis say that “schisms don’t scare me!”, as if to say, “Bring on the schisms!”?
I doubt it.
The more reasonable explanation is that Francis just sort of talks. He has a microphone and he rambles.
I think what he meant to say, probably, is that he doesn’t think that schisms will happen. He’s not worrying about it.
Whether that’s what he really wants or not is another matter. If you read biographies, there is a history of division when he is involved. Also, he has probably intentionally fed energy to the Anglophone movement to brand loyal critics and faithful Catholics as “schismatic”.
Every self-respecting and faithful Catholic has an innate horror of schism, which is a manifest violation of charity on many levels that ultimately leads to heresy.
That said, “schism” is a term which the New catholic Red Guards have instrumentalized in order to provoke something they hope for.
They, in fact, are the ones who want the schism. In mock horror of “schism”, they seeks to bring it about.
Libs, the Left, have had schismatic tendencies for decades, during the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict. Hence, “schism” is their default position. This is where they automatically tend. This is, as a result, how they see people on the other side of the issues. They were perpetually schismatic for decades and still are. Hence, every body else is.
What they are doing started out from these hard-wired impulses. Now, however, their version of catholic Deep State has coordinated their messaging. The Central Committee of El Pueblo, as it were, has seen the potential that “schism” talk can have. Remember, they are all about dividing, not unifying, breaking, not building. So, the CC of El P has given a signal to the troops in the streets, the street thugs of the New catholic Red Guards. The NcRGs are now marching up and down the streets, pumping their arms up and down with copies of Amoris and Laudato, confronting anyone and everyone who questions the movements of the pontificate. They specialize in targeting certain figures for vituperation and intimidation. They call for their firing. They call their bishops to tattle and to bully. They drum the drums and stoke the fires of conflict relentlessly. They spread Disinformation, intended to deceive.
What they hope will happen is that those conservative or traditional Catholics with whom they are now incessantly picking a fight with fighting words like “schism” will eventually get fed up and will make imprudent statements and gestures out of frustration. There are professional provocateurs among them. They run hither and thither on Twitter and other venues posting their Large Character Posters about
— Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) September 11, 2019
In China, during the Cultural Revolution, when the Red Guards virtually rioted, police who tried to gain control were denounced as “counter-revolutionaries”. Eventually even the head of the National Police shrugged at the violence of the Red Guards and said that beating people to death in the street was “no big deal”. So the Guards hunted down anyone suspected of being “capitalist roaders” with views that didn’t coincide with the ever moving targets of the positions of the powers that be.
You can see how this is building in Anglophone circles. Indications were sent out to the New catholic Red Guards in the form of loony notions about the American Church burbled by Antonio “2+2=4” Spadaro, SJ, in La civiltà cattolica. Nonsense essay, but filled with signals to the cells. The same Spadaro travelled to these USA to Boston to coordinate messaging with key figures present by invitation only. Thereafter, slowly, a narrative was spun up out of thin air implying that anyone who didn’t think that adulterers should receive Communion, or that not everything that Francis uttered was the equivalent of the 13th apparition of Vishnu, was probably a crypto-schismatic.
I am not sure how to create and embed a “thread” from Twitter, but Christopher Lamb, a wannabe New catholic Red Guard member, offered some logorhea about this “schism” tactic.
Splits or disagreements are nothing new for Christianity. St Paul warned the early Church: “if you bite and devour each other, you will be destroyed.”
The Pope is saying something similar to his opponents: learn how to disagree or risk schismhttps://t.co/EHILzZmdU0
— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) September 11, 2019
I made a screenshot of the thread. It’s small, but legible.
Remember… they want a schism. In an incredibly ironic charade, the gang that despised and resisted John Paul II and Benedict XVI for decades with their heterodoxy are now fashioning themselves as the defenders of the papacy. They’ve created a new orthodoxy, which shifts with every papal plane presser or document with vague authority.
If you have the stomach for this, there are some figures who are driving this.
Austen Ivereigh – various, but always Twitter
Michael Sean “Madame Defarge” Winters at the Fishwrap
Massimo “Beans” Faggioli especially on Twitter
James Martin, SJ especially at Amerika
Bobby Mickens at La Croix International