Dark days, eh? Pro-abort, pro-gun control, pro-sodomy “Republican” leading the polls by a huge margin, global financial collapse imminent, Islam invading the West, and heresy from the bishop of Rome. Welcome to the pig’s breakfast of 2016.
This post attempts to categorize the errors of the Holy Father. Some are more serious than others, of course. Thankfully, none of the nonsense has approached the authority of magisterial teaching, and if this really is the Church founded by Christ, it never will. But many people think the less serious errors are “meaningless”. We’re about to find out if that’s true.
You can group most the issues into three categories. The first is statements regarding subjects he has no competence, by right of his office, to comment on. The second is statements on faith and morals possibly taken out of context, mistranslated, or twisted by the media. The third category, hitherto rare, thanks be to God, is statements on faith or morals which clearly contradict Church teaching. Let’s examine each of the three to determine which we need not be concerned about.
Category One: It’s a problem. Although I may be able to sit by the glow of my fire pit with a clear conscience as I burn off a copy of Laudato Si into the ozone, I’m afraid the rest of the world is all too eager to exploit his misguided musings. Enemies of Christ are emboldened by the never ending tirades in Marxist Modernist ideology. I’m waiting for him to attack Bernie Sanders for being too far to the Right. There are agendas to be advanced, with billions of dollars at stake. Words matter. Serious consequences result. There seems to be no subject for which this man can’t get it wrong.
Category Two: It’s a problem. “Who am I to Judge” was taken completely out of context, right? No? It doesn’t matter: It has become a virtual battle cry for those whom now feel confirmed in their sin, mostly the homosexuals. But how can the Holy Father be to blame for his words being misused? Because there has not been, in three years of this nonsense, one single word of retraction or correction. They trot out +Lombardi to squirm in front of the press, but not a single word of retraction or correction. Unless something is done, we will be living with the consequences of this statement for CENTURIES.
Category Three: It’s a really big problem, and this has now been revealed as the Final Jeopardy category. Open heresy from the lips of the Holy Father. Buckle up, buttercup.
It started with the infamous Scalfari interview, which escaped total condemnation only because there was no tape recorder. However there was also, once again, not one word of retraction. That’s how we know that every bit of it is true, and boy, the whole piece is a rather magnificent revelation of how unCatholic is the pope’s thinking. But the money quote for me was,”Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.” Holy Father, you just exterminated Christianity.
How can I explain to my children the errors of moral relativism or indifferentism with a quote like this floating around? How am I supposed to defend doctrine to my colleagues, friends and relatives, when I’ve got this guy cutting me off at the knees?
Another example, widely overlooked, was his meditation on the Blessed Virgin at the foot of the cross, wherein he believes she called God a liar. More recently was his meditation on the Fifth Joyful Mystery, wherein it was Jesus Himself who commits a sin for which He needed to beg forgiveness. No, really. I’m not making this up.
Now Zikagate is upon us. +Francis approves contraception and eugenics in one quote! +Lombardi trots out to save the day and issue a retrac…. NOPE… issues an AFFIRMATION that the pope said what he said, and meant what he meant.
The enemy is not at the gate, he is within the gate. It’s time to choose sides.
How much would you like to risk on Final Jeopardy?