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Father Rosica in a nutshell, A rotten nutshell

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  • Father Rosica in a nutshell, A rotten nutshell

    These are two reports from the 2015 Synod.

    DETROIT ( - One of the loudest supporters of Pope Francis is being slammed for making a sacrilegious remark about the Blessed Sacrament.

    Canadian priest Fr. Thomas Rosica said during a press conference at the 2015 Synod on the Family, "Please remember there is a sexual nature to the Eucharist — 'This is My Body, given up for you' — and we need to root that in human sexuality and in love, and it helps us to appreciate even better the Sacrament of the Eucharist."

    Father Rosica, a Vatican media official, presented this idea to the press during a press conference about the day's discussion subjects during the Synod in November 2015. The video clip was tweeted by @CatholicSat on September 6.

    By John Zmirak Published on August 14, 2018 • 16 Comments

    John Zmirak

    What would you think if you read an article on the Internet, allegedly by a close advisor to the pope, which claimed that the Catholic church taught the following:

    · The Pope can “break … Catholic traditions whenever he wants.”

    · He can redefine core doctrines as he pleases, since God guides him.

    · The pope is above the Bible, and the Church’s traditions of how to interpret it.

    · He can rule the church openly “as an individual,” unbound by any text or precedent.

    That’s the upshot of an essay that’s blowing up social media at the moment. And no, I’m not exaggerating. Here is the crucial quote:

    Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants because he is “free from disordered attachments.” Our Church has indeed entered a new phase: with the advent of this first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture.

    Some plausible conclusions:

    1. This is a hoax, drawn up by bitter Catholic critics of Pope Francis.

    2. It’s a parody, created by hard-core anti-Catholic fundamentalists. Or Ulster Protestants who’d lost family members to bombings by the IRA.

    3. This is an overzealous effort by a zombie-like follower of Pope Francis, trying to justify his erratic departures from ancient, apostolic teachings.

    4. It’s a trial balloon, released with Pope Francis’ quiet connivance, to see how Catholics react to the papacy grabbing powers the Church never granted it in 2,000 years.

    5. Jack Chick has grabbed control of the Catholic church from beyond the grave.

    Sorry, It’s Not a Hoax

    Well, you can scratch off options 1. and 2. The piece is real. It appeared at the mainstream Catholic news site Zenit. (That site was rock-ribbed orthodox just, like, one pope ago.)

    Likely because of the backlash against the piece, the site quickly scrubbed its craziest paragraph (quoted above), though at the moment it’s still up at Salt and Light Media. In any case, others captured the text and posted it for posterity — unless some zealous ultramontanist gets hold of an EMP and blasts the entire Internet to purge it. There’s a decent Dan Brown/James Bond film in that, I think.

    It is fundamentally necessary and healthy for Christians to acknowledge that God foreknows nothing uncertainly, but that He foresees, purposes, and does all things according to His own immutable, eternal and infallible will. This bombshell knocks "free-will" flat…

    Martin Luther The Bondage of the Will