“Do we love the Church as we love our mothers, also taking into account her defects?” This question proffered by Francis, reveals the high concept he has of the institution he governs. The defects of the Church? What is he referring to? Didn’t Saint Paul proclaim her to be “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:27)? It’s possible that the Bishop of Rome does not know how to make a distinction between the Church as a divine institution and her sinful children??!! But in that case, the defect would be his, not of the Church.
On the contrary, this matter was always very clear for anyone with the most basic instruction. Perhaps Francis does not remember that the divine Church welcomes defective children in its midst, providing them with all the means necessary to cease sinning. If one refers to the divine aspect of the Church, there really is no defect to be found. But if one alludes to the human part, it is not necessarily the moment to cover it up, since there are so many scandals that we are obliged to hear about each day; a motive of real dismay for all of those who seek to fulfill the laws of God and of the Church.
If Francis wishes to know if we love the Church as our mothers, we respond that yes, and that is why it pains us to see that she is publically offended by the very one who is called to defend her. In this respect, we ask what kind of son invents lies about his mother and then spreads them to everyone on the pretext of showing love. We recall the words of Gregory XVI: “Therefore, it is obviously absurd and injurious to propose […] as if she [the Church] could be considered subject to defect or obscuration or other misfortune” (Encyclical Mirari vos, August 15, 1832).
We don’t deny that there are many sinners in the midst of our Holy Mother Church, but we must not confuse the children with the Mother. And we must also remember that these sinners are not in need of comprehension for their defects, but rather support in order to convert, which may even include the necessity of chastising them. Or by chance does Francis’ concept of mercy bring us to ignore the sins of those who commit them, attributing them instead to the Mystical Spouse of Christ? In this case, the greatest sin is committed by the one who affirms such an aberration…
Enter the various parts of our study
II – Made up of sinful members, the human part of the Church is faulty, but the actions of these members cannot alter the Church’s impeccable essence
III – The defects of unworthy members of the Church need not be ‘taken into account’ nor ‘glossed over’, but rather corrected and eradicated