seems like every day i’m writing one of these but i never thought i’d get worked up over the comments by Mr Cavuto. Here we go because of the coverage of Pope Francis on 5/1/2014.
What we have here is a lack of understanding.
First of all,the Pope cannot change Church doctrine/dogma. Not happening.He not only won’t…he can’t.
Archaic? No,Mr Cavuto. Not archaic. The word is ETERNAL. Morality doesn’t change. If it was wrong to murder a human being 500 yr ago, it is still wrong to murder a person today. If it was wrong to rob a person 200 yr ago,it is STILL wrong to rob a person today.Nothing new under the sun. Sin is sin.You can go to hell for the same reasons today as you could when Jesus walked the earth.Byzantine? That’s an Eastern rite Catholic Church.
The Byzantine Rite is the largest of the Eastern Rites in the Catholic Church. The Byzantine liturgy is based on liturgy developed by St. James for the Antiochian church, but modified by St. Basil (329-379) and St. John Chrysostom (344-407).
and then there is the Greek Byzantine Catholic Church http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_Byzantine_Catholic_Church
The Catechism lists seven rites. These rites so listed: Latin(or Western;what most people call Roman), Byzantine, Alexandrian, Syriac, Armenian, Maronite, and Chaldean
Second,you cannot have same sex marriage.You would have to change the definition of marriage and once you do that it has no meaning at all.
Third,the report on this supposed phone call to a divorced woman in Argentina was never confirmed. It made the rounds on social media but the sources were questionable at best. Did the Pope speak about the phone call? Nope. If he did, were the contents of that phone call disclosed? Nope. So even if there were a phone call (we’re not even sure about that)the supposed clearance he gave her was never substantiated by checking with the Pope.You know-from the horses mouth.I think it’s either false or misconstrued. Sorry. The Pope would never say what they quoted him as saying.
Fourth,there is no such thing as a conservative or liberal Catholic. Those are political terms. The Church is not a democracy.
Fifth,when the media covers these stories i wish they would do some background work first. They don’t seem to know a thing about the Catholic Church. I hate to say that but it’s true. Grab a Catechism,look into Church history,read some of the encyclicals. BTW, Saint Pope John Paul II,Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI and our current Pope Francis all come to the Papacy from different cultural experiences. They have different personalities(they’re not clones). They each have their own weaknesses and their own strengths (God gives them grace to get the job done no matter what their weaknesses are). The one thing they ALL have in common though is being Catholic and in that sense their experiences are the same. Don’t look at the Papacy and the Pope through the lens of the media. Look at the Papacy,the Pope and the Church through the lens of history and doctrine. When you look at it through the lens of the media you’re going to get it wrong every time. For one they don’t have the depth of understanding that is necessary to present an accurate,objective view. Pope Francis can have personal opinion on a lot of matters,except DOCTRINE. Doctrine is NOT a matter of opinion.He cannot teach re matters of faith and morals based on opinion. Doctrine is not determined by popular vote either.The segment on Pope Francis was terrible. There wasn’t enough time in the segment to really delve into the topic matter. It’s exactly why background would be helpful.