I decided to wander, as I periodically do, over to The Thinking Housewife to see what that homage site to the mores of the early twentieth century was up to, and found that they are very upset with Pope Francis, using language that is surprisingly harsh for such a genteel site. He is referred to as the ‘Argentine Bomber’, not a true pope (which they reinforce by putting “pope” in scare quotes), and even a ‘scandalous heretic’ because he did not use his trip to the Middle East to try and convert Jews and Muslims. The author has a truly novel view of religious freedom, saying “Religious freedom is no more a human right than walking down a street in the face of ongoing traffic is a human right. No one has the right to be wrong.”
The site sees Francis as the child of pope John XXIII’s Vatican II that conservative Catholics despise because it attempted to modernize the church. They say that Francis is subtly teaching that Catholic doctrine is false.
They are not going to be any happier with the recent news that the pope performed a marriage ceremony for twenty couples, some of whom had been cohabiting, and even had had children.
The diocese of Rome, which is organizing the ceremony, said the 20 couples being married range in age from those in their mid-20s to those in their 50s and include “those who are already living together, those who already have children, those who met in church.”
Francis already set a precedent of sorts back in January when he baptized the child of a couple who hadn’t married in the church, but only in a civil ceremony.
His decision to marry couples who are technically living in sin is another sign of his desire for a more merciful and forgiving church that cares less about morals and rules than it does about the conversion of souls.
You would think that traditional Catholics would be happy that the couples were no longer living in sin but in their strange world, the fact that they had been living in sin for so long means that they were not worthy of having the pope conduct their wedding and the fact that he did so somehow implies that he endorses such behavior.