It is the Pope who is busy sowing confusion in the name of "mercy"?
The German bishops are saying: Change things while he is pope. The "reform" catholics in the states say yippee.
The new bishops being appointed are on the "reform" side.
But there is now an open revolt against the "reform" that essentially wants to make the church into a "SJW" NGO instead of a place of grace where you worship the Lord and learn how to follow him.
Interview with Bishop Burke here.
First, a point of clarification. The issue is not about divorced and remarried couples receiving Holy Communion. It is about sexually active but not validly married couples receiving Holy Communion. When a couple obtains a civil divorce and a canonical declaration that they were never validly married, then they are free to marry in the Church and receive Holy Communion, when they are properly disposed to receive. The Kasper proposal is to allow a person to receive Holy Communion when he or she has validly pronounced marriage vows but is no longer living with his or her spouse and now lives with another person with whom he or she is sexually active. In reality, this proposal opens the door for anyone committing any sin to receive Holy Communion without repenting of the sin.
The first part, about faithfulness in marriage, was proclaimed by Jesus, and that last part about the holiness of the sacrament was warned against by the apostle Paul.
The bishop continues:
Questions two, three, and four are about fundamental issues regarding the moral life: whether intrinsically evil acts exist, whether a person who habitually commits grave evil is in a state of “grave sin”, and whether a grave sin can ever become a good choice because of circumstances or intentions.
So every time you read the Pope saying don't hurt their feelings, you wonder if he is saying that to be merciful, or if he is a coenabler?
For 2000 years, Catholics who had these problems repented and went to confession and tried to live a good life. If marriages were irregular, they were encouraged to humbly go to church anyway but not receive the sacrament and figure God's mercy would save them.
In contrast, the modern world of "I'm okay your're okay" teachers: I'm a good person, but I do something evil. Does that make me evil? No, I'm not evil, so therefore the Ten Commandments must be wrong.
Didn't Kurt Vonnegut write a book about this?
update: CWR has an essay on the problem of Francis the psychologist.