Or, as I have written dozens of times, the Diabolical Inversion of Truth. I don’t know where this papacy is headed, but whatever it is, we are now sprinting towards it.
“the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null”
That’s right, the “great majority” of human beings are incapable of entering into a valid sacramental marriage. God created the sacred institution of marriage, created it specifically for humans, created it perfectly because He Himself is perfect, yet today the pope says the great majority of humans are incapable of contracting marriage. Because they don’t know what they are doing.
Where does one even begin?
I’m not attaching links, because I’m late to this and there has already been a lot of commentary. Frankly, I don’t have much to add to what I’ve already seen out there.
Note that he is specifically referring to “our sacramental marriages”. So he is excluding not only natural marriages, but also, it would seem, sacramental marriages outside the Church. He’s talking about Catholic marriages, possibly to include mixed marriages as well (one spouse Catholic, the other a baptized non-Catholic).
The distinction is important, because IMHO one could make a case today that many, many marriages in proddy world, and certainly in the civil realm, are very questionable for one simple reason: Divorce is on the table before the marriage is even consummated. Not just divorce, mind you, but so-called “no-fault” divorce. Walk away for any reason or no reason at all. Can someone really take their vow seriously, even as they are speaking it, when they know (or rather think) that divorce is a legitimate option from day one? I guess that is another topic.
Notice also the absolute concrete nature of what he said. He’s not proposing this as a possibility. He’s stating it as fact. “The great majority of our sacramental marriages are null.” Talk about having the humility and the ambition. It’s unbelievable. Of course, we all should have seen this coming, since the groundwork had already been laid with previous statements and Chapter Eight of AL.
There are such grave implications here.
- It means we need to presume at the outset that any particular marriage is null, then try to find evidence to the contrary
- It stands the tribunal process on its head
- It is a grave scandal to the spouses to encourage them to think it is more likely their union is null, discouraging them from sacrificing and striving for perfection
- Think of the harm this will cause children
- It makes the Church complicit, abrogates the sacrament itself, because why is She marrying this “great majority” of people She knows have impediments to marriage?!!
Not satisfied with overturning the Church’s millennial presumption of validity, Pope Francis goes full monty, or rather full diabolical inversion of truth, with his institution of the sacrament of cohabitation.
“I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity”
So according to Francis, public fornication is full of grace and is a real marriage, but chances are your sacramental marriage is not real. This is straight from the pit of Hell.
Again, not a lot of nuance here. Not “maybe”, not “possibly.” No. “I am sure that this is a real marriage” and “They have the grace of a real marriage”. It is flat out heresy, to the point where you have to wonder if the man is so astonished at what he’s already gotten away with, he just can’t resist throwing out bigger and bigger heresies to see if anyone challenges him.
Well, red hats, when will you rise up?