St. James, Damned Modernist


Here he is spouting damned post-Vatican II heresy about valuing temptation:My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations: Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience And patience hath a perfect work: that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing. (Jas 1:2–4).I’m told that the bit about “valuing” the sexual orientation of gays in yesterday’s Relatio is a bad rendering of the Italian and might better be translated as “taking into consideration”. Dunno if that’s so since I don’t speak Italian. It’s a working document recall, titled in English “Report After Debate”. Expecting it to be a teaching document is like expecting a laundry list to be a novel. If you do, get used to disappointment.Me: I don’t have a big issue with either rendering since (as Damned Modernist St James, in that thoroughly Modernist Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible points out) there is lots of room in the Catholic tradition for “O Happy Fault. O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer” paradoxes that thank God even for our temptations.But mostly, the smart money is on waiting till the Synod is over and conclusions are drawn. When they are, we will discover that nothing in the Church’s basic teaching on the morality of human sexuality or the sacrament of marriage will have changed. There will simply be some practical and tactical changes in how to apply that teaching is our messy and complicated world. Neither the Great Rosy Dawn of Complete Pelvic Libertinism nor the End of Days will be fruits of the Synod.


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