“Pope Francis told the Roman Curia that malevolent resistance came from distorted minds which occurs when the devil inspires “cattive” intentions, bad or wicked intentions [che germogliano in menti distorte e si presentano quando il demonio ispira intenzioni cattive]. He said that such malevolent resistance often appears “under the guise of lambs”. This last type of resistance hides behind words of self-justification, and accusations, taking refuge in traditions, in appearances, in formalities, in what is known, or wanting to make everything personal without distinguishing between the act, the actor and the action.” HERE
Yes! More classic rock band names. You do remember the “Prophets of Gloom”, right? Oh yes, you must go read about the Prophets of Gloom. HERE
Well today we got more! “The Malevolent Resisters”… “Distorted Minds”… “Cattive Intentions”…”Guisers of the Lambs”… “The Tradition Refugees”.
Wait. I though Francis LURVED all the all refugees. Why now the hate?
But seriously, do re-read the last part of the last sentence of the quote. “…wanting to make everything personal without distinguishing between the act, the actor and the action.” This is the heart of Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia, as well as the Dubia. This is pure Situational Ethics and an inversion of eternal truths. Francis couldn’t be much clearer. The person isn’t really responsible, because look at his situation. Poor, poor person can’t possibly be expected to try to live by those oh so lofty “ideals”.
But for those who really do need more clarity, I proposed to Francis (or Spadaro or Tucho or whomever wrote this speech) a slightly edited update:
“Those who hide behind the Word of God as spoken from the very lips of our Lord, thus taking refuge in what is known, are possessed by the devil.”
Do I have that about right?