I found a great example today in this article in Commonweal Magazine titled, "Letter From Rome: Cardinals Oppose Francis's Synod Process." The author lauded "the Vatican II-minded theologian, Enzo Bianchi," who writes in the Rome daily, La Repubblica, for using a blatant example of this technique.
Bianchi doesn't address the validity of many Cardinals' objections to the way the Synod is being handled. No, he uses his bogus superior psychic powers to discern to his own satisfaction that the Cardinals don't really care about what many perceive as an attempt to weaken Catholic doctrine on marriage.
Bianchi, who is founder and prior of the Ecumenical Monastery of Bose in Northern Italy, said, “What’s at play here is not Catholic doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage… No, it’s the pastoral dimension, his attitude towards those who make mistakes and towards contemporary society.” Then he thundered: “Let’s be clear – what scandalizes them is mercy!”
Bianchi "knows" that the objecting Cardinals just can't stand mercy. Right.
But if you take the Scriptures as the inspired word of God, as I do, and the Church does, you know that you are only going to be truly merciful if you teach couples who marry outside the Church that to live in sin and take Communion can kill the soul and the body.
I just ran across this meme quoting Archbishop Chaput that sums up what I am saying here.
And here are some more of Chaput's words from Creative Minority Report: "We all feel the dilemma of good people who are divorced and civilly remarried but wish the solace of Communion, and others who deal with same-sex attraction. No one can dismiss the hardships these persons sometimes face. But it's the Gospel that needs to guide us in our reasoning. The central issue is, do we and they want Jesus Christ on his terms or on ours? If we can't in principle accept the possibility of discomfort, suffering and even martyrdom, then we're not disciples. "