Because the FFIs certainly needed to be destroyed, right? Now we have a model to go forward.
Francis has issued the apostolic constitution VULTUM DEI QUAERERE on women’s contemplative life HERE.
There are copious amounts of totally sound teaching, so the Pollyannas will have plenty to crow about. At first, there is just a modest sprinkling of the Francisinsults we’ve grown accustomed to.
#4. Communities of prayer, especially contemplative communities…do not propose a more perfect fulfilment of the Gospel.
#11. Among the most perilous temptations faced by contemplatives is…the temptation to listlessness, mere routine, lack of enthusiasm and paralyzing lethargy…little by little this leads to “a tomb psychology… [that] develops and slowly transforms Christians into mummies in a museum. Disillusioned with reality, with the Church and with themselves, they experience a constant temptation to cling to a faint melancholy, lacking in hope, which seizes the heart like ‘the most precious of the devil’s potions’.”
#19. The entire Church, and especially communities completely devoted to contemplation, need to rediscover the centrality of the word of God.
#21. Your entire day, both personal and in community, ought to be organized around the word of God. Thus your communities and fraternities will become schools where the word is carefully listened to, put into practice and proclaimed to all those who encounter you.
That’s just for starters. It really kicks in around #24. Then, in case you thought the program was merely a suggestion, he lays out exactly how this is going to go down. Which is to say, exactly like the Commie re-education camps you might expect from Francis.
More to come.