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Hey Fishwrap! This is what “sentire cum Ecclesia” REALLY means!...

I wonder which of the master wordsmiths at Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) cobbled up the clucking editorial cum open letter to Pope Francis.  NSR is displaying their case of the vapors over the mean old Vatican’s treatment of the consciously evolved sister-leaders of the LCWR.  You can pretty much guess the content: Card. Müller is a meanie and men are afraid of women, blah blah blah.  I am not sure that you even need go over there to look at the editorial, unless you want to have some fun in their combox.

What I want to address hereunder is their misuse of the phrase “sentire cum Ecclesia“.  To wit:

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asks aloud if LCWR’s focus on new ideas robs it of the ability to “feel with the church.” [HERE ... BUT... Card. Müller used the Latin "sentire cum Ecclesia"] Francis, the opposite is true. It is because LCWR feels with the church that it is exploring these new ideas. [No, I don't think so.] Failure to explore what is new will cripple the church mission in the years ahead. Like it or not, change is the norm of contemporary society. Expressing changeless teachings requires new understandings and articulations.  [They want the Church to conform to prevailing culture.]

They really don’t have a clue, do they?

I have written already about what sentire cum Ecclesia means.  HERE On that occasion, NSR twisted what Pope Francis said to a  group of sisters.  He used sentire cum Ecclesia.   NSR didn’t get it.  They turned it into “feel”.

In a nutshell, if you have to cast your lot with one English word for sentire in the phrase sentire cum Ecclesia, you would have to pick “think” or “agree”, and decidedly not feel.  That is not to say that emotions are excluded and this is all über-rationalist.   No.  But the governing concept is the mind, not emotions.  Emotions come along under the tutelage of the mind and will.

The phrase “sentire cum Ecclesia” has its origins in Ignatian spirituality, with which we can assume Francis is somewhat familiar.

Sentire cum Ecclesia is straight out of the Spiritual Exercises.

If you want a crash course in St. Ignatius’ own 18 Rules for “thinking” with the Church, check this out HERE or HERE.

Here is a sample of what sentire cum Ecclesia REALLY means:

That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity with the Church herselfif she shall have defined anything to be black which to our eyes appears to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black. For we must undoubtedly believe, that the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of the Orthodox Church His Spouse, by which Spirit we are governed and directed to Salvation, is the same;…

Tell me.  Is this how the sister-leaders of the LCWR, who are moving beyond the Church, accept the Church’s teachings and discipline?  Is this how they, who are into “conscious evolution”, are receiving direction from the Cardinal Prefect of the CDF, the Vicar of Christ’s own confirmed deputy?

It takes a lot of work to sort out the rubbish they put out in a single paragraph.

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