Whilst theologians and canon lawyers dispute the meaning of ‘inadmissible’ (‘non posse admitti’), the rest of us need to ask: what is the cash value of the recent rescript of para 2277 of the Catholic Catechism?
‘Atque Ipsa devovet se eidemque per omnem orbem abolendae’. Quite. But what does that mean in practical terms?
For example: China holds the world’s record for judicial executions – the estimated number was 2,400 in 2013, though the total number remains a state secret. How will this affect Vatican diplomacy in the present negotiations about the appointment of bishops? Can the Holy See be seen to do business with a regime which ostentatiously admits the ’inadmissible’?
I think we will see that it can*. And that the matter is not raised in the delicate talks which ensue.
The fact is that the rescript of 2277 is mere virtue signalling for the benefit of a Western audience and media
‘His autem temporibus magis magisque agnoscitur dignitatem personae nullius amitti posse.’ Which is to say:
Look at us – at last we are catching up!
*’Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,’ said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences,