30 July 2020, The Tablet

When it comes to political and economic matters, Weigel is Catholic Lite personified

When it comes to political and economic matters, Weigel is Catholic Lite personified

The problem with heretics is that they are often right in what they affirm but wrong in what they deny. The neo-conservative Catholic writer George Weigel, for instance, is correct to demand that the successor to Pope Francis must be true to the whole spectrum of the Catholic faith. He writes that his recently published The Next Pope “must understand that doctrine is liberating, and that Catholicism can and must be both a Christ-centred Church of doctrinal clarity and a Christ-centred Church manifesting the divine mercy.”

Who could not say “Amen” to that, at face value? But the clear implication is that Pope Francis does not understand or teach such things, and instead promotes a religion which Weigel calls “Catholic Lite”, where doctrine and the Gospel are on opposite sides. He does not use the term, but this in effect is an allegation of heresy. Like many Catholic conservatives, Weigel accuses Francis of sidelining Church teaching on contraception, abortion and homosexuality; and he particularly regrets the impression Pope Francis gave in Amoris Laetitia, that there are circumstances where divorced and remarried Catholics may receive Holy Communion.

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User Comments (2)

Comment by: Brian MacGarry sj
Posted: 15/08/2020 10:04:59
re Weigel and "Catholicism Lite": Pope Francis says nothing new when he explores the possibility of people in "irregular" marriage situations receiving Communion. Our teachers in school, way back before Vatican II, went to pains to point out that there were cases where the solution lay in the "internal forum". Experience since then suggests that []#there should be more recourse to the internal forum when the external ecclesiastical forum is so overloaded that waiting for a nullity decree in even the most cut-and-dried situations places intolerable burdens on the faithful. A charitable, and possibly accurate, explanation of that observation is that diocesan tribunals have been labouring for generations under an impossible wok load.
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