In August of this year, Pope Francis gave a three-part interview to one of his fellow Jesuits, Antonio Spadaro, S.J. The resulting article hit the Italian newspapers with a title so sickeningly sweet that it was almost juvenile: "A Big Heart Open to God."
This pope's PR strategy is intriguing. He's the humble guy whose projected persona remarkably resembles that of his namesake, Francis of Assisi. So somebody this gosh-darn "nice" must be a good guy, right?
"Come here, little girl. Would you like a piece of chocolate?"
In this interview, Bergoglio addresses mind-blowing topics with a mere whisk of his hand, as if he were talking about the weather. Because he is "the pope," however, a whisk of this hand resonates throughout the world.
THE BIG THREE
Fifty years of baby steps—slowly watering down the Catholic faith—has primed the soil enough so that the Vatican feels it time to plant the seed that will diminish, once and for all, the three gravest sins: abortion, contraception, and gay marriage.
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context."
Yes, and that context is the Ten Commandments.
"The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time."
That's like saying that there is too much talk about curing cancer.
"Religion," the pope said, "has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person."
I'm sorry, but isn't that your job? There is a difference between interfering and spiritual direction.
He goes on to say, “The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle.”
What Bergoglio neglects to mention is that "healing" can only come through confession and absolution. Vatican II, however, all but obliterated the idea of sin and judgment, replacing it with therapists and an, "I'm okay, you're okay" philosophy. This, in turn, generated an all-encompassing falling away from the Commandments.
"THE CONFESSIONAL IS NOT A TORTURE CHAMBER, BUT THE PLACE IN WHICH THE LORD’S MERCY MOTIVATES US TO DO BETTER"
Referring to the confessional as a "torture chamber" subliminally paints a picture in one's mind that repentance is a "bad" thing. The Vatican and its minions have been doing this for 50 years and the damage incurred is reflected in the tremendous loss of vocations and Mass attendance since Vatican II.
"WHAT IS THE CONFESSOR TO DO?"
What a confessor should do, "Pope Francis," is give them absolution through the sacrament of penance, acknowledging that what they have done has grievously offended God "and" that Christ is merciful. This is the pathway to healing and holiness, not giving them big, fat Teddy Bear hugs.
"WHO AM I TO JUDGE?"
Who are you to judge? YOU ARE THE LEADER OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH! The real question is: just where are you "leading" everyone?
"THE CHURCH HAS SOMETIMES LOCKED ITSELF UP IN SMALL THINGS, IN SMALL-MINDED RULES."
These "small-minded rules of which Bergoglio speaks is the dogma of Catholic Church, set down by the Councils of Nicea and Trent.
"It was also for this reason that God instituted marriage from the beginning; and therefore married persons who, to prevent conception or procure abortion, have recourse to medicine, are guilty of a most heinous crime -- nothing less than wicked conspiracy to commit murder."(1)
In the Gospel, too, Christ the Lord says: From the heart come forth adulteries and fornications, which defile a man. The Apostle Paul expresses his detestation of this crime frequently, and in the strongest terms: This is the will of God, your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication; Fly fornication; Keep not company with fornicators; Fornication, and an uncleanness and covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you; " Neither fornicators nor adulterers, nor the effeminate nor sodomites shall possess the kingdom of God.(2)
THE 'OL "DON'T JUDGE" THING AGAIN
“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?"
Apparently, the pope never heard of Sodom and Gomorrah. No, God does not condemn the person; He condemns the grave sin—so much so that he made an example of it by destroying an entire city with fireballs. It is the pope's responsibility to make a sinner aware that he is in danger of eternal damnation—unless he, himself, no longer believes that.
"And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrha brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he destroyed these cities, and all the country about, all the inhabitants of the cities, and all things that spring from the earth" (Genesis 19:24-25).
Is that enough condemnation for you?
YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE COMPANY THAT YOU KEEP
President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed Pope Francis' recent remarks that the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuals, saying the pontiff was showing incredible humility.(3)
Really? Pope Francis should be thrilled that one of the most evil human beings who walks the face of the earth—one whose own sexual orientation has been questioned—agrees with him? And who knows more about humility than self-appointed dictator, Barack Hussein Obama?
This "birds of a feather" relationship that is being subliminally impressed on the public's mind is just another precursor to the impending one world religion and one world government.
What impression does one have of someone whom Adolf Hitler endorsed?
COLLECTIVE SALVATION: THE MASK BEGINS TO SLIP
Bergoglio did another shapeshift when he said, "No one is saved alone, as an isolated individual, but God attracts us looking at the complex web of relationships that take place in the human community. God enters into this dynamic, this participation in the web of human relationships."
Once again, he is in good company, with folks like Barack Hussein Obama, Karl Marx, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Does anyone see a red flag here?
"TO BE SURE, I HAVE NEVER BEEN LIKE BLESSED IMELDA [A GOODYGOODY], BUT I HAVE NEVER BEEN A RIGHT-WINGER."
The National Catholic Review makes a point of comparing right-wingers to "goody-goodies," not only sending the message that maintaining an orthodox point of view on the Catholic Faith is a negative thing, but that doing so is deserving of mockery.
“I do not know what might be the most fitting description.... I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”
Amen to that, brother.
1. Catechism of the Council of Trent, "The Sacrament of Matrimony,"1566, p. 212.
2. Ibid., p. 259.
3. The Huffington Post, "Obama welcomes Pope Francis' remarks on gays, abortion," 10/2/13, http://news.yahoo.com/obama-welcomes-pope-francis-remarks-gays-abortion-...