Quite a contradiction in my logic there I see. I think it is fair to say that since I discovered Cardinal Bagnasco I have become somewhat intrigued by him. But never-mind the Holy Spirit decided differently in any case.
It is not that I do not love Pope Francis, or pray for him every day, but I think you can sense my concern at how things are turning out. The "Relatio" report produced from the Synod has been said to have produced an "earthquake" in the Church and maybe more profound and damaging than any pastoral one. From what I can gather this is going to remain the state of affairs until the next Synod in 2015?
Yes, I think I do appreciate all the nuances on this issue. The previous doctrinal statements, interpretation of what is meant by gradualism, the status of the document and indeed the Synod itself, but this continued uncertainty, whatever the final outcome, I can only conclude will be very harmful for Mother Church. These are seemingly dark times and stormy waters on the bark. At least in comparison to any other time since I scrambled aboard I can not remember feeling so anxious and troubled about Church politics.
The irony in all this is that these are the very things Pope Francis warned us against. To be fair his concentration on the simplicity of the Gospel message has helped me in many respects. Francis keeps reminding us of the difference between the Spirit and the Law. This left one of yesterday's Readings from Mass timely in that respect.
Letter to the Galatians 5:18-25.
Brothers and sisters: If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ (Jesus) have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.
(Sure Pope Francis' "gossipping" isn't on the list, literally at least, but what I am saying is that before Francis I might be guilty of having seen impurity, idolatry, drunkenness and sexual sins as being further from God's law than the others.)
So, I give Pope Francis partial credit for redressing the balance for me at least here. He is teaching me something - a new approach. Yet being the Rock is important too, and the spiritual health of the whole Church is more important than mine alone. I will leave that to the Holy Spirit, and take Pope Francis' advise yet again by trying to avoid getting too embroiled in it all. I have made that mistake far too often in the past on matters far less trivial.
Yes maybe in many respects we could do worse than take more of a lead from him? After all, I know what I think, but "Who am I to judge?"