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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Who is Pope Francis? A Wrecking Ball?

Now that I'm rid of the members of the Academy for Life, I'll
have to deal with those four pesky cardinals.
Things are getting stranger and stranger at the Vatican. The latest news reveals that the pope has dismissed all the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. 1 Peter 5's Maike Hickson reports that, "all current members will be removed and a new set of up to seventy members will be installed. As the new statutes say, these new members will be appointed independently of religious orientation." The statutes read:
a) Academicians are selected, without any religious discrimination, from among well-known ecclesiastical, religious and lay persons of various nationalities, who are expert in the disciplines pertaining to human life… [my emphasis]
All the members, some of whom had lifetime appointments will be removed as of the end of 2016. Some have been vocal critics of Amoris Laetitia The statutes reduce the importance of defending unborn children but emphasizes as Carolus states in a comment, to "promote mutual respect between the genders," which apparently is mistranslated in the article as between "the sexes." I post Carolus' entire comment here which emphasizes the troubling nature of the situation:
As an italian native speaker, I would also point out that the new statutes do not "promote mutual respect between the sexes” but "between the genders [generi, in italian]". In our language those two words are not simplistically interchangeable, the latter is far less used and inevitably brings to mind the infamous "Gender Theory". Therefore, some commentators described the new wording as a prelude to the acceptance of some principles of that ideology.
Hickson refers to Guiseppe Nardi, the original source for her article, writing:
As Nardi puts it: the purge of all members of the Academy, the elimination of the [Jerome] Lejeune Oath [similar to the Hippocratic Oath], and the exclusion of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.” An oath to defend the dignity of a person “from conception until (natural) death” is, according to Nardi, no longer to be required of members.
Archbishop Paglia, named head of the Academy a year ago, says it's important to stress "new impulses" and "renewal" but with the devastating impact of Amoris Laetitia and so many other maneuvers by this pope, the latest looks like, in Hickson's words, a continuation of the "Francis Revolution."

1 comment:

Tereze said...