Don Nicola Bux: "Pope Francis has an aversion to the Church"
(Rome) The well-known liturgist Don Nicola Bux is contradicting statements made by Pope Francis at the General Audience on 2 January.In an interview with the daily Quotidiano di Foggia, the theologian esteemed by Benedict XVI said: "The Pope can not spread his private ideas instead of the eternally valid Catholic truth.The Gospel is not revolutionary".
Don Nicola Bux was one of the advisers who were especially appreciated by Pope Benedict XVI.This is especially true for the liturgical area.Don Bux supported the liturgical renewal, which the German Pope wanted to promote through the recovery of the sacred and the promotion of the traditional Rite.
Under Pope Francis, this changed. Like all the other consultors for the liturgical celebrations of the Pope, Don Bux was no longer confirmed in office.In an interview that Bruno Volpe conducted with him, he commented on Pope Francis' controversial statement on January 4, who two days earlier had stated during the first General Audience of 2019 that the Gospel was "revolutionary."
What was evidently meant to be a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution was supposed to be taken seriously as a statement from the ruling Pope's mouth, however.The statement of the theologian and liturgical expert Don Nicola Bux took it seriously and contradicted it energetically.Here is the full interview:
QF: Don Nicola, is the gospel, as claimed by the pope, revolutionary?
Don Nicola Bux: No.This is a thesis that came into fashion in the 1970s after the publication of a few books, permitting the ideas of '68 and Marxism to shine through. It was intended to make the figure of Jesus more attractive, but has no theological foundation.
Don Nicola Bux: The Gospel tells us that Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to complete it.A revolution, on the other hand, spares neither the past nor the present.Jesus is one of them, as St. Paul says so beautifully.He unites everything in himself.It is true that it is written in the Secret Revelation that He makes everything new, but this verse is to be read in the sense that He brings everything to perfection.
QF: Better atheists than Christians who hate?
Don Nicola Bux: I think that the problem is that the Pope deviates from the text prepared for him and directs his eyes to the audience.My impression is that certain statements come from a certain complacency, but above all from his aversion to the Church.Pope Francis prefers, instead of a people in the true sense of the word, a vision of the Church as a blurred, undefined people.He does not realize that he is sliding into a contradictory and Peronist perspective, a form of schizophrenia that even clashes with the idea of mercy so much hailed.
Don Nicola Bux: When I say that someone who hates, that is objectively in a state of sin, does well to stay away from the Church, but at the same time asks divorced men who are remarried by marriage, who are objectively also sinners, in to come to the Church and give them Communion, which is impossible, I find myself this is a contradiction.Both are in a state of sin.But why be strict with those who hate, but merciful with the remarried divorced?Let us return to Peronism.At present, paradoxically, one wants to let in those who are outside but wants to push out those who are inside.Certain statements are dangerous when they fall on weak or less conscious circles, and have devastating consequences.We risk emptying the churches even more.
Q: That means?
Don Nicola Bux: It's a matter of principle.Can the Pope spread his private opinions instead of the everlasting Catholic truth? No.He is not a private doctor, and it is inconceivable to change her at will or to provide versions of her that contradict the Catholic doctrine and beliefs that are not even found in a museum.And there's something else to say about that, too.
QQ: What do you mean?
Don Nicola Bux: If the museums were useless, nobody would visit them.Do you not agree?The Pastors of the Church must always express their faithfulness to the sound and everlasting doctrine and truth without any contamination, and have to preserve it carefully.
Introduction / Translation: Giuseppe Nardi Image: Quotidiano di Foggia / Vatican.va (Screenshots)