Thursday, May 15, 2014
Disagreement, Disobedience, And Twisting Of Words
There is a difference between "disagree" and "disobey." According to Dictionary.com, "disagree is defined as 1) to fail to agree; differ and 2) to differ in opinion; dissent. "Disobey", on the other hand, is defined as "neglect or refusing to obey." It is okay to disagree with the Pope. Even Tim Rohr agreed with that in his post: Criticizing the Pope, in which two Italian intellectuals wrote an article entitled "We Do Not Like The Pope." According to Tim Rohr
This is an excellent example of how, when and why the laity can and should criticize the church hierarchy, and in this case, the pope; and a great example of how, when, and why the hierarchy can and should respond.
So, according to Junglewatch, it is okay to criticize the Pope. Yet, when it comes to the Archbishop and Kiko who DID NOT criticized the Pope, but politely expressed their disagreements......that was defined as "disobedience." In fact, that is the only perception they have concluded (see weblink here.).
Furthermore, on February 1st, Pope Francis gave the NCW three recommendations. But for some reason, Junglewatch published these recommendations as "rebukes." According to Tim Rohr in his post here:
4. And it was Francis, who on Feb. 1, 2014 gave the Neocatechumenal leadership its strongest ever public rebuke, telling them first to respect the cultures they go in to, and second to stop hounding people who want to leave the program......
Below is the Pope's letter to the Neocatechumenal leadership. According to Pope Frances, which can be found here:
And precisely in the name of the Church, our Mother....I would like to propose to you some simple recommendations.
The first is to have the utmost care to build and to preserve the communion within the particular Churches in which you will work.......
Another recommendation: wherever you may go, it would do you well to think that the Spirit of God always gets there ahead of us......Many of you will have to work hard to learn the local language, sometimes it will be difficult, and this effort is appreciated. Even more important will be your commitment to "learn" the culture you will encounter, knowing how to recognize the need of the Gospel, which is present wherever, but also that action that the Holy Spirit has accomplished in the life of every people.
Finally, I exhort you to care lovingly for each other, in a particular way for the weakest.....
According to Dictionary.com, "Rebuke" is defined as "expressing sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand" whereas "Recommend" is defined as the following:
1) to present as worthy of confidence, acceptance, use, etc; commend; mention favorably;
2) to represent or urge as advisable r expedient: to recommend caution.
3) to advise, as an alternative; suggest as appropriate, beneficial, or the like.
(Definitions were taken from Dictionary.com.)
So, how does one jump from "recommend" to "rebuke" when the two words are not even synonymous? One can easily see how the Way is being unjustly targeted with hate. The word "rebuke" was used as propaganda to get others to think that the Pope was reprimanding the Way for wrongdoing when that was never the case. There is a lot of twisting words like these from the opposition.