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I have no intention of wading through the 67 pages of Christus Vivit, the post-synodal “Apostolic Exhortation” produced by Pope Francis’ scribes in the aftermath of the worse-than-useless “Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The commentaries already published, even by “mainstream” sources little inclined to criticism of this pontificate, reveal a familiar pattern: a mixture of pious sentiment and neo-modernist shibboleths, the latter being the real intendment of the document. A few drops of strychnine in the bouillabaisse render the whole farrago fatal to sound orthodoxy.
Do I exaggerate? The following passage alone proves the point:
People - Church - Gifts - Criticism - Others
“Although many young people are happy to see a Church that is humble yet confident in her gifts and capable of offering fair and fraternal criticism, others want a Church that listens more, that does more than simply condemn the world. They do not want to see a Church that is silent and afraid to speak, but neither one that is always battling obsessively over two or three issues. To be credible to young people, there are times when she needs to regain her humility and simply listen, recognizing that what others have to say can provide some light to help her better understand the Gospel. A Church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions, loses her youth and turns into a museum. How, then, will she be able to respond to the dreams of young people? Even if she possesses the truth of the Gospel, this does not mean that she has completely understood it; rather, she is called to keep growing in her grasp of that inexhaustible treasure.
“For example, a Church that is overly fearful and tied to its structures can be invariably critical of efforts to defend the rights...
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