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Has Francis Abolished Hell?
 

... and has Logic superseded Faith?
 

And they watched Him whether He would heal on the Sabbath days; that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand:
Stand up in the midst. And He saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to destroy? But they held their
peace. And looking round about on them with anger being grieved for the blindness of their hearts
 (Saint Mark 3.2-4)

If thy hand scandalize thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life, maimed, than having two hands to go into Hell, into unquenchable fire:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished.
(Saint Mark 9.42-43)


 

What is this?” you ask indignantly. “Jesus?  Angry? ... and what is this nonsense about Hell and impenitent sinners!

Surely this cannot be correct — for Pope Francis insists that such antiquated concepts cannot possibly be true! In fact he recently assured us that No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel. Here I am not speaking only of the divorced and remarried, but of everyone, in whatever situation they find themselves 1

"Who, then, uttered this nonsense?” you demand.

The answer, of course, is Saint Mark. What is more, we reply, we have never heard of the Bible as a logical formulary, or Sacred Scripture understood as a treatise on logic!

 
Is there a “Logic of the Gospel”?

Is there
a “logic of the Gospel”, we ask? One that supersedes, and so validates or invalidates statements in (the words of) the Gospel? In order to really arrive at what is written in the Gospel and uttered by Christ, must  I invoke Hypothetical Syllogisms, simple Modus Ponens, or De Morgan’s theorem in determining their logical consistency and their place in a Truth Table?

I have difficulty — apart, of course, from the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to Holy Mother Church by God Himself — with the following contention: it is now apparently incumbent upon me to explain to my acquaintances that in Saint John 8.58, in using the temporal term before Jesus is not expressing antecedence — inasmuch as it would be an anachronism in light of the concept of eternity which preceded time —De Morgans Theorem — and therefore His subsequent use of  the temporal and existential concept of am while not a breach of the concept of eternity is nevertheless a breach in the concept of time. Therefore (∴) Christ, in this and most instances, could not possibly have meant what He seems to have very clearly, simply, and unambiguously stated concerning the invisible" and the eternal? (Q.E.D)


A Propositional Exegesis of Holy Scripture?

In other words, I must propose the teachings of Holy Scripture not in terms of faith — but logic — or more to the point, in terms of logical consistency; and while Franciss appeal to logic is absurd, the inevitable conclusion of what amounts to what may be called a propositional exegesis of Sacred Scripture itself is not absurd in the least!

But we must both vigorously and respectfully disagree with Francis, Bishop of Rome, that the Four Gospels are logical treatises bound to laws inherent in propositional logic rather than the Laws of God enunciated by His Son and the Prophets in Sacred Scripture.

Indeed, one of the vexing issues that, in broad circles, “do not accord with the logic of the Gospel is in today’s reading: Jesus became angry! It does not “fit” the progressive (and fictitious) notion that Jesus — and His Father, for that matter — never become angry! In fact, they are never offended! They are totally understanding and accepting of our idiocy, even our blasphemy! After all, you have seen the real Jesus in velvet art, pop culture, and in the rudifacient “children’s homilies” at Mass by Deacon Dick:

“See Jesus come. See Jesus hug the Pharisees. See Jesus affirming the Sadducees. See Jesus smile. See Jesus apologize for inconveniencing and upsetting the Roman soldiers.  Oh … that Cross- thing? He is unhappy because we have not hugged each other enough today.”

I hate to break it you and to offend your feminized sensitivities — and proclivities — but Jesus was a man. Not Mr. Rogers, not Mrs. Doubtfire, and definitely not a wimp. He was beaten, scourged, mocked, crowned with thorns, and crucified — that is not the stuff of wimps. Or delicate men.

 And, yes — He occasionally became angry!

It is recorded in and testified to in all four Gospels-that-are-not-textbooks-on-logic.

We believe it!

NOT because you have arrived at a satisfactory truth-variable through logic — but because God said so — in Holy Scripture. And because it is what the Holy Catholic Church authentically teaches and has taught for 2000 years. Because it makes sense! And because Christ was True God and True Man!

The Bible is not a Truth Table.  It is the Living Word of God. It is Truth, just as Christ is Truth Himself (Saint John 14.6) — and most annoying to some, a truth at which you will never arrive through propositional logic.

Only Faith.

 

The Word of the Gospel vs. Franciss Logic of the Gospel”:

“Thou shalt not commit adultery”

JESUS CHRIST

 

AMORIS LÆTITIA:

In life the shades of gray predominate - Pope Francis on Amoris Laetitia
 

“We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word.” (2 Corinthians 4.2)

SAINT PAUL

 

Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.”  (5.20)

ISAIAH


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1 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-marriage-idUSKCN0X42TB

 

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