Austen Ivereigh on the Pope Francis Interview
Blogged by James Preece on 1st October 2013
Ches over at The Sensible Bond is keen to emphasise that he has no intention of criticising Fr Stephen Wang. Now I agree that Fr Stephen Wang is a thoroughly nice chap and his CTS pamphlets are excellent, but I have to wonder what on earth is going on in his head.
You see, Fr Stephen Wang loudly supports Catholic Voices and takes every opportunity to promote them yet falls strangely silent when Austen Ivereigh tells the world that "urging a promiscuous infected person to at least use a condom" is "Catholic pastoral practice".
What was it Pope Leo XIII said...?
to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.
Yes, yes, I know, I know.. no doubt this is all part of a scheme to remain silent in the face of evil in order to try and fix things from the inside. I remember that part of the Gospels well.. the bit where Jesus kept his head down for several years in order to build up his reputation and become respectable among the pharisees. Oh wait...
Anyway, I've got distracted. I actually wanted to draw your attention to The Sensible Bond's rather excellent summary of Austen Ivereigh's recent, er, interpretation of the Papal interview.
Get over there and check it out!