|Fr John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, who seems to have
escaped from the Ghetto to give the SCT Family Retreat in 2013
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham gets a quick kick.
It [Dignitatis humanae and Unitatis Redintegratio] leaves later measures, such as the accomodation of former Anglicans within the confines of some ghetto-like personal prelature, as a mere touchline distration...
The irony of citing Vatican II's Decree on Ecumenism to dismiss the importance of the Ordinariate, the most important ecumenical project of our generation, is lost on Loftus. He typifies the attitude that is in favour of ecumenism in theory, but is horrified when it actually works and brings unity about, even if only for a relatively small group.
But if he hopes that the priests of the Ordinariate are 'confined' in their 'ghetto', he is deluding himself, as he would discover if he spoke to any of the many thousands of ordinary Catholics who have received pastoral care from them, including many Catholics attached to the Traditional Mass.
But Loftus moves on, if not smoothly, then with determination, to how we should give up all those rules about sexual sin. Or something.
...the invitation went out, first to bishops, now the whole People of God, and shortly again to the re-convened Synod of Bishops, to look at the positive spiritual and loving characteristics of those who live together without sacramental marriage, either because they have already contracted one such marriage, or because they don't feel ready for such a step, or because they are of the same gender. What can we do for them if they want to join in? Don't throw the rule-book at them. Don't bend the rules in a way that destroys the game for others. But ack-nowledge [sic] the dignity of some, not necessarily all, individual situations, and don't leave good people who want to join in, on the touchline, or in the pew when Holy Communion is distributed.
He goes on to talk about the transsexual he discussed a couple of weeks ago.
I am most intrigued by the bit about not doing anything to 'destroy the game for others'. It is a common idea that we can fool about with marriage, whether it is secular politicians on Same Sex Marriage or liberal Catholics on divorce, and not impinge on existing or future traditional marriages. This, however, is a fantasy. If the concept of marriage is blurred to the point of destruction, the social recognition of marriage is destroyed. Marriage as God intended it, marriage in Natural and Divine Law, cannot be destroyed, but the recognition and support married couples deserve and need from friends and family, from schools, employers, and the state, certainly can be. Loftus is proposing to destroy the recognition and support coming from the Church. Well, thanks a bundle.
Loftus, however, must be desperately trying to forget the remark of Cardinal Bergoglio on same-sex marriage. Let's have a bit more than the phrase most commonly quoted, from an article written at the time of the remark itself, back in 2010. Facing a referendum on Same Sex Marriage, Cardinal Bergoglio wrote:
"In the coming weeks, the Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family…At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”
Cardinal Bergoglio continued: “Let us not be naive: this is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God’s plan. It is not just a bill (a mere instrument) but a ‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
|Fr Daniel Lloyd of the Ordinariate proclaims the Gospel at an LMS Mass in Milton Manor House.
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