Francis’ contrasts with Ecclesiastical doctrine, provided in surprising variety right from the start of his pontificate, have been mapped out by the Denzinger-Bergoglio and its collaborators. And it forms a veritable mountain-range of perplexities in which we have identified at least 123 topographical irregularities of impressive relevancy.
The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia occupies a significant place in this landscape, not only for its size, but also for the numerous fist-time reactions it provoked among the Catholic faithful, thus signaling a critical turning point. But this does not mean that new peaks may not soon crop up in this mountain-range… After the fulminating blow that this document dealt to the family and matrimony, papal infallibility and the priestly ministry may be next up. These areas are already open to bartering and could experience a metamorphosis that would put members on a par with Luther’s reformed ministers and those of other denominations where feminine ‘clergy’ is no novelty. But what really changes, with the polemic that ensued after the publication of the document, is the configuration of the Catholic space.
Little by little a conglomeration of doctrines is consolidated, and compels the minds of proponents to unite to form a sole reality that, while it musters increasing strength, brings out a difference and a distance. In simpler terms, Francis has the ‘honor’ of concentrating into one carnival parade all the currents that had been camouflaging for decades among the faithful sheep of Christ, feigning belonging to his flock. And, just as a certain kinds of sheep, with a characteristic smell, feel closer to the Pontiff, others prefer to keep a prudent distance that permits a clearer view and a better perspective of reality. All who react to the rapid transformations that Francis desires for the Church are – whether or not they realize it – taking stock of their own convictions. And they cannot help but realize that, for example, Francis has left at least 123 gaping holes along his course so far, of questions without answers. Something is definitely amiss.
The ages pass, times change, and pontificates end. The Church’s course continues. The ‘Bergoglio phenomenon’ is at risk of being considered as one whole, of which dubious symptoms are so many that it would not be surprising if the future quarantines it altogether.
In 1917, many took what Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta had to tell with curious skepticism. After almost a century – whose final year has just begun – many wonder if the content of the revelations of Our Lady of Fatima are not perhaps the key to understanding the confusing reality of the present day.
Francis plays a dynamic role in this confusion. Is it for the best? Or the worst? The Easter season of 2016 has drawn to a close. Once again, Christ, whom the Apostles had initially thought vanquished by the Cross, astounded us with his victory: Death and life strove mightily and, having died, the Author of life lives and reigns! Let’s wait and see what the future holds.