David Wanat Calls the Pope’s Critics to Task

David Wanat Calls the Pope’s Critics to Task June 30, 2016

David wanat

Pietro Perugino, “Delivery of the Keys”

At his blog If I Might Interject. Highlights:

When people talk about the Catholic Church becoming more faithful, they generally think of a Church that expels the liberals and leaves us with a more conservative Church that was doctrinally pure—according to the preferences of the individual imagining it. …

But what makes this troublesome is I’m not talking about radical traditionalists here. I’m talking about people who spent years or even decades defending the Church suddenly treating Pope Francis as if he were a burden to endure and saw themselves as needing to defend the faith in spite of him.

I do not believe a person can withhold loyalty and respect to the Pope in small matters without eventually becoming disloyal and disrespectful in great matters. Our Lord warns us in Luke 16:10 … “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” If we can’t trust a person to be respectful and loyal to the Pope in small matters, how can we trust him to be faithful in large matters? …

This is the danger: If one is so confident that they know better than the Pope, they eventually will decide that they can only obey him when they agree with him.

It is excellent. Read the whole thing here.

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