The Bishops are watching?

BISHOPS ARE WATCHING ?

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[…] The world synod, on the other hand, has assumed a tone of doctrine that in reality is not its responsibility, given that there is not even an assembly reconcile, and the Popes have started a little dignity to do the taillights of the synods, with limited to validate and establish their conclusions, even if they do not say anything new from the point of view of doctrine nor could. This is not dignified for the Pope, which must take back their power driving towards the bishops.

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Author John Cavalcoli OP
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John Cavalcoli, OP

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Secondo Rahner il compito del Vescovo è quello di prendere atto della fede “reale” o “effettiva” espressa dal popolo di Dio, as thematic or categorical expression and "aposteriorica" ​​of faith athematic transcendental and "priori", which is common to all men ("Supernatural existential") and then to non-Catholics and atheists themselves Explicit, from which the famous rahneriano concept of the "anonymous Christian" everywhere and always in grace, why all are saved and the damned in hell do not exist (gooders transcendental).

rahner-karl
il Padre Karl Rahner

The bishop, according to Rahner, must strive to understand how can such faith and interpret it correctly, must approve and support, must then follow it as it evolves and nshe its historical expressions, dictated by the Holy Spirit, should translate into doctrinal faith, ufficial and institutional. But it is clear that the primacy is always for the existential faith of ordinary Christians with the common baptismal priesthood, infallible listening direct interpretation of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, though the dogmatic concepts with which it is interpreted that the Word is in constant evolution and for the various culture in which express.

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Assisa del COncilio Vaticano I
seated in the First Vatican Council, stampa vintage

The Second Vatican Council, as we know, has enhanced, promoted and stimulated the activity of the laity, of religious, dei sacerdoti e dei teologi e di fatto da cinquant’anni a questa parte, many have been and are the various initiatives, some of which excellent, while others, unfortunately, — e forse le più numerose — influenzate da concezioni antigerarchiche e populiste o demagogiche della Chiesa, a certain "church from below", a certa Iglesia popular, or some "spontaneous groups or" base "of the 70s, or "charismatic movements" of the 80s. So these initiatives have taken his hand to the bishops, which, or naively seduced or intimidated in front of such intrusive, powerful and sometimes threatening effervescence, does not deprive the rest of the good sides, have come to assume certain not everyone welcomes the role outlined above by Rahner, yielding to excessive indulgence or tolerance of mistakes and bad behaviors that were spreading.

manifestante pacificoI vescovi, when there are "strong with the weak", have become as notaries who merely record and ufficializzare o al massimo tollerare la “fede” o sarebbe meglio dire le favole che maggiormente circolano tra i fedeli soprattutto quella maggiormente divulgate dai mass-media e dagli istituti educativi e culturali, but then they treat hard those few who, faithful to the evangelical concept of the shepherd, dare to remind them of their responsibility.
At the same time the Council has increased the autonomy of the local church against Rome and established, as we know, le conferenze and episcopal synods of bishops worldwide to regular deadline.

Pope Francis
Il Santo Padre Francesco during a udienza

Sembra infatti che il Santo Padre Francesco vuol rendere i vescovi partecipi della sua autorità dottrinale. Ciò vorrà dire allora che il sinodo diventerà una specie di Concilio periodico a scadenza fissa e c’è da chiedersi se la cosa non sia troppo artificiosa e poco pratica. The development of doctrine can not be programmed, but it depends on imponderables related to Divine Providence.

Tale istituzione certamente in sé molto importante era destinata a rafforzare l’iniziativa e la responsabilità pastorale dei vescovi presi singolarmente o collettivamente, but unfortunately in many cases ended up creating a figure of bishop conformist and opportunist, without a universal vision of the Church, closed in his diocese or in his nation, ready to become independent from the Pope, so as not to upset their brethren the most influential or the most respected or their bishops' conference of the nationalist.

Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014
Synod of Bishops on the Family, 2014

The world synod, on the other hand, has assumed a tone of doctrine that in reality is not its responsibility, given that there is not even an assembly reconcile, and the Popes have started a little dignity to do the taillights of the synods, with limited to validate and establish their conclusions, even if they do not say anything new from the point of view of doctrine nor could. This is not dignified for the Pope, which must take back their power driving towards the bishops.
The most serious drawback that is followed in all, without prejudice to the positive aspects, is that it has failed collaboration between the Pope and the bishops in teaching and defense of the doctrine of the faith. Of course, this function is not at all settled and we must recognize the great zeal with which such a man as the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was acquitted at his office at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith over twenty years, much less can we ignore the numerous interventions of the Popes and of good bishops, not excluding synods and episcopal conferences worldwide.

Gioco che sfugge di mano
The Holy Father takes flight to a ball game that was launched during its passage in St. Peter's Square. To his right the commander of the Vatican Gendarmerie Domenico Giani

As already noted, however, for many years, careful observers, l’autorità ecclesiastica a tutti i livelli, by the Pope to the individual bishops, is not at all able to control a complex situation doctrinal and consequently moral, disciplinary and liturgical, is that it got out of hand and that has become ungovernable, con gravissimo danno dei fedeli. Often the data or the data theologian bishop or as prophet or seer take the place of the Magisterium, which is either ignored or disprezzato. What do the bishops? Yes, of course, are watching, but with what mind? They can be happy? No cerly. It is not a pleasant sight to watch, but, albeit in the midst of positive facts, a process of dissolution and disintegration of the Church, process that some will stop, because the Church is unwavering. However, God does not spare the trials and gives the means to overcome them.

bastone pastorale
the pastoral staff who are challenging the bishops during the sacred celebrations

The means are: necessary that the bishops with a humble and courageous leap of faith in their own charisma, resume control of the situation. At the bottom of the flock of Christ, bewildered by intriguers and rebels, can not wait. The shepherd is smitten and the sheep gone astray. But God will never miss the good shepherds? In no way!
The Catholic world has still, thank God, at least in democratic countries, numerous media, teaching, pastoral action, of preaching: from the pulpits to the conferences of all kinds, from the parishes to school, from print to the internet, from publishers websites, contacts with movements and associations to those with private, from conference rooms to the squares.
And the themes of possible and desirable interventions specific and exclusive jurisdiction of the bishop are numerous and urgent. I'm not even to list.

That a bishop to intervene at the party kiwi o allo spettacolo pirotecnico o all’incontro con i buddisti o al concerto di beneficenza può essere certo simpatico e avvicinare il vescovo alla gente. However, it remains to bring people to Christ. How come the bishops feel or appear so little if only they would be the most qualified to speak? Do not just "be between people "; we need to see what is being done among the people. Why then let the laity, as competent and good will of the debate or even more the decision or judgment on matters of faith and morals where instead so important and irreplaceable, by the command of Christ Himself, is the word of the pastor?

Fontanellato, 1 April 2014

 

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