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“That language is out” – why the document doesn’t matter


This humping behemoth of a document is longer, in pages, than the entire collection of documents of Vatican II. And who’s going to actually read it? Well, pretty much no one. Because it doesn’t matter what’s in it or not in it. (Given that it was written by people who have no conception of a logical contradiction hardly helps.) What does matter, that we’ve been saying for some time, is how it will be used.

The purpose of the wording is not to guide the Church to this or that end. It is not, even in simple linguistic terms, intended to convey any particular meaning. Words are not intended to convey meaning in this regime. They are used in the way Mao used them, as “little sticks of dynamite” in men’s minds, to trigger a desired emotional reaction.

A big part of it will be to ensure that the remaining believers (I am going to give a VERY generous estimate and say it’s about 10% these days) get themselves stuck in the mud of arguing over this or that bit or piece of the thing.

James Martin SJ is doing with it what it was intended for.

Which is this:




8 thoughts on ““That language is out” – why the document doesn’t matter”

  1. VeilOfTiers says:

    More like, “Welcome! C’mon in and bring your sins with ya!”

  2. Dale Price says:

    Remember, he’s all about starting processes. The process here will lead to the complete decoupling of the idea of sin from personal sexual morality. Think of AL as a lit fuse, and you’ll have the working of it. The idea that anything the regime issues is meant to be a stopping point is a holdover from Catholic thinking, and will lead you to continually misunderstand what is going on.

  3. Michael Dowd says:

    Yes, yes the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Pope Francis has lots of good intentions.

  4. Hilary White says:

    “Go, and don’t sweat your ‘sins’. God understands.” It sounds so sweet, so nice, so easy.

  5. dcm says:

    Pope St. Pius V

    “Having determined to do away with everything that may in some way
    offend the Divine Majesty, we resolve to punish, above all and without
    indulgence, those things which, by the authority of the Sacred
    Scriptures or by most grievous examples, are more repugnant to God than
    any others and raise His wrath: that is, negligence in divine worship,
    ruinous simony, the crime of blasphemy, and the execrable libidinous
    vice against nature. For such faults peoples and nations are scourged by
    God Who, according to His just condemnation, sends catastrophes, wars,
    famine, and pestilence …

    “Let the judges know that if, even after this our Constitution,
    they are negligent in punishing these crimes, they will not only be
    guilty of them in the divine judgment but also will incur our
    indignation …

    If someone commits that nefarious crime against nature that caused
    divine wrath to be unleashed against the children of iniquity, he will
    be given over to the secular arm for punishment [of death]; and if he is
    a cleric, he will be subject to the same punishment after having been
    stripped of all his degrees [of ecclesiastical dignity].”

  6. Michael Dowd says:

    The document accomplished it’s objective. The Media gets it: “Go and sin no more” has been slightly revised: “Go and sin more.”

  7. SAF says:

    Yeah, Father Martin is obvious even for a Jesuit.

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