Criticising the Poles
|Austen Ivereigh with Pope Francis (America Magazine)|
So what's this about? As a friend recently commented, Austen went to Poland, was warmly received by his hosts who helped him to plug his book. And then he wrote this piece of rudeness.
Ivereigh arrogantly claims in his article that the Poles consider "everything since (JP II) is evidence of backsliding" conveniently forgetting that the Poles loved John Paul II's successor (and friend) Pope Benedict XVI. Ivereigh continues:
"Polish Catholics suffer from a superiority complex, an assumption that their fervent faith (and their magnificent pope) saved the church, and that everything the church has done since, culminating in Francis, is evidence of dangerous backsliding."Amusingly he goes on to criticise Poland for only accepting 10,000 asylum seekers: its as if they want to feel safe wandering about their Christmas markets or something. A Polish lorry had to find its way into Merkel's Germany before it could be forged into a weapon of murderous cruelty. Go figure Austen! I wonder how those who hosted him and helped him flog his book feel about this rant?
I used to consider Catholic Voices could be relied on for orthodoxy, but I am confused by Ivereigh's current direction which seems determined to fly in the face of facts. He maintains, for example, that Amoris Laetitia upholds Church teaching on Marriage in continuity with the Magisterium:
Yet Crux, among others, report that Cardinal Kasper states Amoris Laetitia is clear in that it permits communion for the divorced and remarried. Another friend of mine posed the question regarding this section from Ivereigh's Polish critique:
And the Pope remains silent about the meaning of his document.