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It can’t be that because that would be bad!

I realize that this is the Queen-of-Spin Nicole Winfield saying this, but I think it’s a relevant point:

“Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, another leading conservative, has criticized [Amoris laetizia] as vague and confusing, and denied that it opened the door to Communion, since doing so would contradict previous church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.”

It might not be what Caffarra said or meant, (I happen to think that Caffarra really is one of the actual good ones) but this logic really can be seen coming from an increasing number of desperate novusordoist priests and laity, and of course, it’s self-refuting nonsense. It’s circular logic: “The document can’t possibly have said that because if it did, it would be a contradiction of doctrine, and that can’t possibly happen, therefore it didn’t happen.”

See where I’m going with this? It is precisely this, the lack of intellectual fortitude, the cowardly retreat into mere blandishments and finger-pointing, that has plagued the Church for 50 years or more. It has created the ever-shrinking no-man’s land of “conservative” novusordoism. It has been applied to every aspect of the Church’s life, from the liturgy to the religious life to the priesthood and the Sacraments. “It can’t possibly be as bad as the Trads say because that would mean that things were as bad as the Trads say, and that’s impossible…”

Man up, people.

And since Nicole has some kind of aversion to including links to original materials, here is the One Peter Five exclusive interview with the good Cardinal Archbishop of Bologna. (Maybe Steve’s on a blacklist… it is to laugh…)



7 thoughts on “It can’t be that because that would be bad!”

  1. Charlessn says:

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  2. Deacon Augustine says:

    The same circular reasoning is employed if you assert that the Pope has taught heresy or is a heretic: “That can’t be true because he’s the Pope.” It doesn’t matter how many times you point out that one Pope has condemned another as a heretic and that an Ecumenical Council has condemned a Pope as a heretic, it doesn’t matter that our liturgy demands we pray that Pope’s faith may not fail (implying of course that it can), the refusal to face reality just keeps leading to the same banal denial: “That can’t possibly happen because it would be bad.”

    What will it take some people to see that the emperor really doesn’t have any clothes?

  3. Bruce Grey says:

    It’s similar to the thinking of otherwise decent and intelligent friends who are pro-choice: Abortion by definition cannot involve killing a baby because, if it did, then that would mean that all those mean old-fashioned backward conservative uncool pro-lifers actually had a point.

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  6. DJR says:


    There are people, such as Cardinal Burke, who claim that Amoris Laetitia is not binding teaching because it is merely an “Apostolic Exhortation” and it contradicts previous teaching found in such things as Familiaris Consortio.

    What do those people think Familiaris Consortio is?

  7. Brian says:

    I think what we are seeing is the process at work when Grace leaves parts of the Church that have chosen evil. The lifeblood of Grace s withdrawn. That member may remain for a time. It’s branches may appear green. It may even have fruit left. But it’s all dead; in the process of decaying. You just don’t see it yet.

    50 years is nothing. NO will all eventually die out. It is obvious now to even the most obtuse that decay has set in and is doing its work.

    They have the buildings. We have the Faith. It’s all Grace. We must pray for it, and pray we remain faithful, because God will build up whatever it s that pleases Him. Our primary duty now is to abandon the NO Mass as soon as we are convinced of it’s evil nature. This is a time for choosing. Clarity demands new side or the other and our judgement depends on how we choose with stark choices presented to us. NO EXCUSE now!

  8. Jeff C. says:

    Thanks for this post Hilary. This is the exact thought I had recently. I, as well as others, have tried to debate people about the problems in the document AL on other sites and always hit a brick wall because they just go round and round with this circular reasoning.

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