Black Pope

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The arrogance and offensive condescension of liberal catholics is beyond belief.

Someone called Arturo Sosa Abascal – the head, it appears, of the Jesuit order worldwide – has recently commented on a statement of Cardinal Mueller which was widely reported.

Of Mark 10: 2-9 Matthew 19; 2-12 and related texts, the Cardinal Prefect said: the words of Jesus are very clear, ‘no power in heaven and on earth, neither an angel nor the pope, neither a council nor a law of the bishops has the faculty to modify them.’

The saying might be criticised as extravagantly assertive; but that is no excuse for the combative tirade which followed from Arturo.

In the patronising way of these people, Fr Abascal explained to an interviewer from Il Giornale del Popolo of Lugano that the words of Jesus are recorded for us by evangelists (each with his own theological axe to grind); that scripture is to be read contextually, and with regard to the culture from which it comes. He seemed to be under the impression that his opinions were novel and insightful. ‘At that time, no one had a recorder to take down his words’ he usefully pointed out. ‘One does not bring into doubt, one brings into discernment,’ he says; a process which he claims to be essentially Jesuit: the way of St Ignatius and Pope Francis.

All this, of course, is patronising tosh.

It is outrageous to suggest that Mueller and those who take a different view of dominical fidelity are innocent of this nuanced approach to scripture. The critical apparatus which has been available to scholars since the dawn of Humanism is as available to them as to Arturo. They simply come to a different conclusion.

He does not help his case – or the Pope’s – by portraying his opponents as critical Neanderthals.

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