The “clarifications” will continue until divorce and “remarriage” are approved
January 23, 2015 § 9 Comments
Notice the framing of this question:
There is bitter dispute over the meaning of the Encyclical Letter, “Vix Pervenit.” …
“… the penitent perseveres in his plan of giving money as a loan to business men, and objects that an opinion favorable to such a loan has many patrons, and, moreover, has not been condemned by the Holy See, although more than once consulted about it.” (Emphasis mine)
Notice this part of the encyclical in question:
“One cannot condone the sin of usury by arguing that the gain [on a mutuum loan] is not great or excessive, but rather moderate or small; neither can it be condoned by arguing that the borrower is rich; nor even by arguing that the money borrowed is not left idle, but is spent usefully, either to increase one’s fortune, to purchase new estates, or to engage in business transactions.” (Emphasis mine)
If your goal is to get ‘pastoral’ approval for your favorite sins, one of the most effective ways to do so is to build the answer you want into the questions you ask; even when that means turning the questions themselves into lies.