A further practical question may arise from the points I made recently about the teaching of S John Henry about the Magisterium in times of crisis and apostasy.
Should our pastoral homilies include the phrase "As our Holy Father Pope Francis has said ..."?
Personally, I was never a great addict of this sort of thing. We of the Patrimony are surely more comfortable expounding Scripture or the Fathers. How often did S John Henry Newman let drop some allusion to Pio Nono's latest bon mot? I can't even recollect one example. But times do move on and, in the last pontificate, it did seem to me that so much of what Papa Ratzinger said did sound jolly Patristic.
Is there any harm in quoting some bit of what PF says which, in itself, is quite orthodox?
I am not infallible in handling these tricky prudential questions. But it does seem to me that there are dangers in quoting even the best and most orthodox-sounding bits of PF. The risk is that one may be unwittingly spreading the notion that he is a reliable exponent of the Catholic Faith.
And, of course, it is now clear that, sadly, this is very far from being the truth. (Should we take to refering to him as Pope Liberius II?!)
Perhaps we should model ourselves on JHN's pulpit manner?? Plain and Parochial rather than Papal and Problematical!
But not on Dr Pusey. That might be Patristic Overkill!