“Red hat? I don’t need no stinking red hat.”
Archbishop of Philadelphia and still Not Cardinal Charles Chaput has issued a response to comments from Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell, former Bishop of Dallas and now the Prefect for Laity, Family and Life. +Farrell, whose central duty in his new role will be the worldwide
enforcement implementation of Amoris Laetitia, had already revealed his treacherous intentions in his new role last month:
“I honestly don’t see what and why some bishops seem to think that they have to interpret this document. I believe that the pope has spoken…I think that the document Amoris Laetitia is faithful to the doctrine and to the teaching of the church It is carrying on the doctrine of Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II. I believe that passionately. Basically this is the Holy Spirit speaking to us. Do we believe that the Holy Spirit wasn’t there in the first synod? Do we believe he wasn’t in the second synod? Do we believe that he didn’t inspire our Holy Father Pope Francis in writing this document?…I firmly believe this is the teaching of the church. This is a pastoral document telling us how we should proceed. I believe we should take it as it is.”
Here is what he had to say earlier this week regarding +Chaput’s diocesan guidelines on AL, which upheld traditional Catholic teaching:
“I think that it would have been wiser to wait for the gathering of the conference of bishops…I don’t share the view of what Archbishop Chaput did, no. I think there are all kinds of different circumstances and situations that we have to look at – each case as it is presented to us. I think that is what our Holy Father is speaking about, is when we talk about accompanying, it is not a decision that is made irrespective of the couple. Obviously, there is an objective moral law, but you will never find two couples who have the same reason for being divorced and remarried.” HERE
+Farrell in his own words exposes why he and AL are such frauds. It is simply not possible for a thing to be both true and untrue at the same time. If the “objective moral law” really exists, as +Farrell claims here and the Catholic faith teaches, then the subjective realities of any individual situation have zero impact on the objective moral law, because… YOU CAN’T CHANGE OBJECTIVE REALITY. Reality – it’s really real. Like the physical universe. Actually, the objective moral law is even MORE real than the physical universe. It predates the physical universe. Honestly, how hard is this? I have an undergraduate degree in Food Marketing, for crying out loud.
Look, I am critical of +Chaput and every other prelate, individually and collectively, for failing to speak more forcefully against Amoris Laetitia. But that doesn’t mean we can’t recognize incremental progress, and this is pretty good stuff. Here is his response to +Farrell (emphasis mine):
“Why would a bishop delay interpreting and applying Amoris Laetitia for the benefit of his people? On a matter as vital as sacramental marriage, hesitation and ambiguity are neither wise nor charitable…I was a delegate to the 2015 synod and then elected and appointed to the synod’s permanent council. So I’m familiar with the material and its context in a way that Cardinal-designate Farrell may not be… I wonder if Cardinal-designate Farrell actually read and understood the Philadelphia guidelines he seems to be questioning. The guidelines have a clear emphasis on mercy and compassion…But mercy and compassion cannot be separated from truth and remain legitimate virtues. The Church cannot contradict or circumvent Scripture and her own magisterium without invalidating her mission. This should be obvious. The words of Jesus himself are very direct and radical on the matter of divorce…Under canon law – not to mention common sense – governance of a diocese belongs to the local bishop as a successor of the apostles, not to a conference…As a former resident bishop, the cardinal-designate surely knows this, which makes his comments all the more puzzling in the light of our commitment to fraternal collegiality.” HERE
I wonder if this response would have been so forceful had +Burke’s interview with Edward Pentin not been released the other day. Maybe the sides will start to finally line up and show themselves? You know, “open warfare”?
Maybe. If you read the whole thing from +Chaput, there are still plenty of tender caresses for Francis, which seems kind of pointless when you’ve just outed yourself to be on the side of Truth.
In honor of the archbishop, I give you the Blunt Force Trauma speech, followed by some Philadelphia fight music: