The Critics of Fratelli Tutti are behaving like the godless

When a politician issues a statement on some subject, the internet will quickly be filled with commentary, most of it exaggerated based on the political biases of the commentators. There is no charity in the remarks. There’s no attempt at objectivity or the expression of truth. Many persons “have an axe to grind” in that they see the statement as an opportunity to advance their own views or goals.

When an event occurs in the news, it may be simply a human interest story, with no historical weight, or it may be a grave matter of concern for all (e.g. the pandemic). In any case, innumerable persons on the internet along with those who have access to public expression through the mass media, will comment on that story with no restraint, no justice, no temperance, no love, faith or hope, no wisdom, and no virtue of any kind. These expressions are often aimed at getting more attention in social media, gaining followers, pleasing existing followers, and the like.

The above is the culture of modern communications, which is godless in its behavior, even though many of the participants are believers. They all behave as if there were no God. The believers behave like the unbelievers.

In response to Fratelli Tutti, many Catholics behaved in the usual manner of modern culture, as if they were not members of the Church led by Pope Francis. Their language shows no charity or faith (e.g. calling the encyclical “a dumpster fire”). Their treatment of Pope Francis shows no trace of belief that he is the successor of Peter and the Vicar of Christ. Instead of being taught or corrected by the Roman Pontiff, they immediately seek, in public expressions which therefore cause grave scandal, to be the ones who are teaching the world instead of the Pope, and to be the ones who are rebuking the Pope. When the Pope rebukes, he does so mildly and gracefully. When his critics rebuke, they do so harshly and ineptly.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. This teaching is infallible under the ordinary and universal Magisterium, as it has been taught by Vatican II and the successive Popes, including Pope Saint John Paul II, and by the body of Bishops dispersed in the world as one position definitively to be held. Those who reject this teaching are heretics and schismatics. They refuse to be taught by the Church.

This is the mark of all the papal accusers: they refuse to be taught by Popes or Councils. Whatever is their own understanding and that of their religious peer group or subculture, that is what they believe. They express absolutely no obligation to believe what the Magisterium teaches. Any teaching contrary to their own mind is immediately rejected, and they then join with others online who similarly reject the teaching. They assert their own (often rather stupid) ideas as being “truth” and they reject the wisdom of the Holy Spirit expressed through the Magisterium.

There is no excuse for their behavior. They are well-educated in the Catholic faith. They know that the Roman Pontiff is the successor of Peter. Not a single one of them says that Pope Francis is an antipope, and therefore has no papal authority. (I’m not speaking of the sedevacantists here.) They all admit that he is the Pope, and yet they reject his teaching utterly, based on nothing but their own understanding. They will be judged by God and sent to the deepest parts of Hell.

{9:39} And Jesus said, “I came into this world in judgment, so that those who do not see, may see; and so that those who see, may become blind.”
{9:40} And certain Pharisees, who were with him, heard this, and they said to him, “Are we also blind?”
{9:41} Jesus said to them: “If you were blind, you would not have sin. Yet now you say, ‘We see.’ So your sin persists.”

Ronald L. Conte Jr.

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11 Responses to The Critics of Fratelli Tutti are behaving like the godless

  1. Thomas Mazanec says:

    Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. This teaching is infallible under the ordinary and universal Magisterium

    Is this what was taught before Vatican II? I seem to remember my parents religious books saying things like “Error has no rights”.

    • Ron Conte says:

      The Church has a right to teach, even when Her teaching is not infallible; Her non-infallible teaching can err. Should we say that She has no right to teach non-infallibly, because She can err?

  2. Thomas Mazanec says:

    You said the “teaching is infallible under the ordinary and universal Magisterium”. IIRC that means that the Church has always held to the teaching (“freedom of religion is a fundamental human right”). Yet in the lifetime of people alive today it held the opposite. And this would seem to be a matter of Morals if not Faith, and an important one at that.

    • Ron Conte says:

      No, the ordinary and universal magisterium does not mean that the Church has always taught something. It means the Pope and the body of Bishops dispersed in the world are in agreement on one position definitively to be held (LG 25)

    • Thomas Mazanec says:

      So “error has no rights” was never definitively held, you are saying? How was it held, then?

    • Ron Conte says:

      I have no idea what you are talking about. “Error has no rights?” ???

  3. Matt Z. says:

    Is it safe to say that Muslims are worshiping some characteristics of God but not all charicteristics of God? St.Thomas says in the Summa that if we deviate from one characteristic of God we deviate from the true God to the god of our desire. Even in this Vatican II document it states how Muslims worship some of the characterists of God the Father. So another words Muslims only worship God the Father when they take into account the true characterists of God the Father as the Catholic Church knows them.

    Second Vatican Council: “The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.”

    • Ron Conte says:

      No, they don’t worship characteristics, they worship the supreme Being. They err in some ideas about God, but so do most Catholics. People do not realize how many errors are in the minds and hearts of orthodox faithful Catholics, even Saints. God is beyond complete comprehension, and often misunderstood.

  4. Alex says:

    All those critics who say the pope is socialist, that to defend the poor and the survival of planet is socialist or pro abortion, those people do not realize that they DO NOT SERVE THE LORD AND OUR LADY. They serve a failed agenda, that same agenda that saw people and books burning throughout the centuries. And if the Christianity and the Catholic Church survived, it is not because of that failed agenda (to avoid stronger words) but despite that. I am not surprised many of those same people still defend the flat earth theory. You can see their writings in forums. And will not be surprised when they do not make it through the Chastisement. Not because they will be punished but because they punish themselves by excluding themselves from the sound reason even before they have excluded themselves from the Church and God’s Grace. They are simply insane.

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