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As one born out of time

By Augustinus

The Christian, and specifically Catholic vocation must be in the world but not of the world. But does this mean that we are pilgrims merely passing through the world but not really living in it and relishing it? I envy the individuals who are utterly OK with the world as it is…who fit into the world effortlessly and enjoy it thoroughly. They unself-consciously accept the world as it is and keep moving through it like all is well and all manner of things will be well. I, on the other hand, am disgusted by most of what I see around me. I do not feel at home in the world. I am repulsed by most of what passes for culture in the USA (a nation I nevertheless love). I wish I could be like those who just accept the world as it is and not rage against it all the time. The Marxist Gramsci’s slogan was optimism of the will and pessimism of the intellect. Both the liberal and the conservative, the left and the right constantly rage against the world and see it as utterly flawed and careening towards disaster.

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature this year but he has yet to acknowledge the honor. Dylan appears on the surface to be the kind of guy who effortlessly glides through the world, reveling in it and benefiting from its current zeitgeist-yet he has always also consistently shunned interviews, publicity and being “typed”. His Christian conversion in the 70s appears to have had a lasting impact on his personality and outlook so Dylan in some ways has managed to be totally in the world but not of it. The ex-beatle Paul McCartney, on the other hand, appears to have utterly merged with the zeitgeist. He appears to be totally at ease with the culture of the modern west and has benefited greatly from it.  By all accounts McCartney is a decent human being, uncorrputed by his wealth and fame -yet one feels he has not managed to be in the world but not of the world. Instead he is only in the world.

Pope Francis also seems utterly comfortable with the world today. He fits into it like hand to glove. He does not rage against the dying of the light but instead focuses on the good in front of him. Pope Benedict, on the other hand, did not attempt to fit into the modern world but he did not reject it either. He always felt that the world was going the way God wanted it to and our job  was to discern God’s will in the signs of the times. That was the message also of the classic spiritual book ” abandonment to divine providence”. Each moment brings God’s gifts to us if we but open our eyes to see and accept them….and that was how one lived fully in the world, relishing it every second but not becoming “of” it….not to get swallowed up into the world and becoming just a piece of the world with no eternal imperishable diamond within.

Douthat’s recent post on liberal vs conservative debates within the church

Ross Douthat over at the New York Times has a great recent post on the liberal vs conservative debates or fissures made acute by Pope Francis’ papacy. See http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/catholicism-at-year-zero/?_r=0

Douthat discusses the issue of how we decide when doctrine is not open to change and when it is open to change. How do we decide that some issues are settled and not open to further debate and so on? Liberals invoke a principle which implies that everything should be open to debate while conservatives say that in addition to reason you have to look at tradition and some things are settled and not open to further debate.

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O MARY CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN, PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE

An Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office

Tuesday December 8, 2015
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Your Holiness:
Pope Celestine V (r. 1294), recognizing his incapacity for the office to which he had so unexpectedly been elected as the hermit Peter of Morrone, and seeing the grave harm his bad governance had caused, resigned the papacy after a reign of only five months. He was canonized in 1313 by Pope Clement V. Pope Boniface VIII, removing any doubt about the validity of such an extraordinary papal act, confirmed in perpetuity (ad perpetuam rei memoriam) that “the Roman Pontiff may freely resign.”

A growing number of Catholics, including cardinals and bishops, are coming to recognize that your pontificate, also the result of an unexpected election, is likewise causing grave harm to the Church. It has become impossible to deny that you lack either the capacity or the will to do what your predecessor rightly observed a pope must do: “constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”

Quite the contrary, as shown in the annexed libellus, you have given many indications of an alarming hostility to the Church’s traditional teaching, discipline and customs, and the faithful who try to defend them, while being preoccupied with social and political questions beyond the competence of the Roman Pontiff. Consequently, the Church’s enemies continually delight in your pontificate, exalting you above all your predecessors. This appalling situation has no parallel in Church history.

Last year, speaking of Pope Benedict’s resignation, Your Holiness declared that if you felt incapable of exercising the papacy “I would do the same.” On the first anniversary of Benedict’s resignation, you called upon the faithful to “join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility.”

With no little trepidation, being under the gaze of the One who will judge us all on the Last Day, we your subjects respectfully petition Your Holiness to change course for the good of the Church and the welfare of souls. Failing this, would it not be better for Your Holiness to renounce the Petrine office than to preside over what threatens to be a catastrophic compromise of the Church’s integrity?

In this regard we make our own the words of Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, in her famous letter to Pope Gregory XI, urging him to steer the Church aright during one of her greatest crises: “Since He has given you authority and you have assumed it, you should use your virtue and power: and if you are not willing to use it, it would be better for you to resign what you have assumed…”

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!

Your subjects in Christ,
Christopher A. Ferrara
Michael J. Matt
Dr. John Rao
Professor Brian McCall
Elizabeth Yore
Timothy J. Cullen
Chris Jackson
Michael Lofton
Father Celatus
Connie Bagnoli
Susan Claire Potts
Robert Siscoe
John Salza, Esq.
Vincent Chiarello
John Vennari
Allan Gillis

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Libellus:

Your predecessor Benedict XVI, sitting for the first time in the Chair of Peter, reminded the Catholic faithful that “[t]he Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law,” but rather “the Pope’s ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word.” Accordingly, said Benedict, a Pope “must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”

The course of your pontificate thus far has compelled us to declare publicly that you have failed to respect the nature of the Petrine office, abusing it in a manner the Church has never before witnessed. We hereby present to Your Holiness the main concerns that have aroused alarm in all ranks of the Church and have motivated this petition.

First, rather than the constant teaching of the Church concerning God’s word, you have consistently proclaimed your own ideas in homilies, press conferences, off-the-cuff remarks, interviews with journalists, speeches of various kinds, and idiosyncratic readings of Scripture. These ideas, ranging from the disturbing to the plainly heterodox, are well represented in your personal manifesto, Evangelii Gaudium. This document contains a number of astonishing proclamations the likes of which no Roman Pontiff has ever dared to utter. Among these are your “dream… of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.” It is incredible that a Roman Pontiff would posit a non-existent opposition between the self-preservation of the Holy Catholic Church and her mission in the world.

Second, rather than binding yourself and the Church to obedience to God’s word, you have repeatedly deprecated apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions, along with the faithful who defend them. Here too Evangelii Gadium sums up your line of thought: “More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat’ (Mk 6:37).”

The Catholic mind staggers at the spectacle of a Roman Pontiff belittling the Church’s constitution, doctrines and customs as mere “structures,” “rules” and “habits” that rob people of spiritual sustenance, leaving them to starve at the Church’s door. You dare to say this respecting the very Church that built and transformed entire civilizations, nurturing countless saints, religious orders, priestly and religious vocations and institutes of charity for the salvation of souls and incomparable works of corporal mercy.

At the same time, you have so frequently derided the faithful who defend the Church’s traditions that one observer has compiled a “Little Book of Insults” recording many examples of this unprecedented verbal assault by a Pope against his own subjects. Among the epithets you have hurled at observant Catholics with reckless abandon are these: “fundamentalists,” “Pharisees,” “Pelagians,” “triumphalists,” “Gnostics,” “nostalgists,” “superficial Christians,” “band of the chosen,” “peacocks,” “moralistic quibblers” “uniformists,” “proud, self-sufficient,” “intellectual aristocrats,” “Christian bats who prefer the shadows to the light of the presence of the Lord,” etc.

Yet, not a single harsh word have you uttered concerning open enemies of the doctrines of the Faith or the sexual deviants who infest the Catholic hierarchy. On the contrary, you declared “Who am I to judge?” respecting “gay persons” among the clergy, and in particular the notorious homosexual cleric you have made the head of your very household, who shows a revolting familiarity with your person. You have granted widely publicized audiences to sexual deviants, including transsexuals and homosexuals, arranging these encounters personally by telephone. You have rehabilitated and even rewarded with prestigious appointments liberation theologians silenced and suspended by your two immediate predecessors, promoters of homosexuality, and prelates who covered up the sexual crimes of homosexual priests.

Evangelii Gaudium aptly summarizes the open contempt—without precedent in the annals of the papacy—with which you view the defenders of doctrinal and liturgical rectitude. You ridicule “an ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige” and rashly accuse tradition-minded Catholics of being “without any concern that the Gospel have a real impact on God’s faithful people and the concrete needs of the present time,” cruelly and unjustly caricaturing them as people who would reduce the Church to “a museum piece or something which is the property of a select few.”

A moment deeply revealing of your contemptuous mentality in this regard was your humiliation of an altar boy, broadcast to the world and memorialized on the Internet. As he stood in a prayerful posture, hands folded, at the entrance to the Vatican grottoes, which you were visiting, you pulled his hands apart, mocking him with the words: “Are your hands bound together? Ah, it seems they’re stuck!” To his credit, the boy put his hands back together immediately, resuming the comportment appropriate to the dignity of the occasion and in keeping with a sound spiritual formation. But one wonders what effect this public humiliation, now permanently accessible to the whole world, will have upon the spiritual life of an impressionable youngster.

In perhaps the most injurious of your insults of the faithful, Evangelii Gaudium denounces traditional Catholics for what you suppose to be “a self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism.” Presuming their interior dispositions, you declare that these Catholics “feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past”—as if our holy religion involved “styles” that become outmoded like fashions in clothing. You even go so far as to mock “a supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline” as “narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others…”

For the sake of truth and justice, Holy Father, we must say that it seems you yourself have spent a great deal of time analyzing, classifying and indeed judging others—to the growing dismay and embarrassment of your subjects, who have never seen such behavior from a Roman Pontiff. And this behavior shows no signs of abating. Recently, at a conference on priestly formation, you remarked—to laughter from your audience—that you are “scared of rigid priests… I keep away from them. They bite!” What purpose does such derisive rhetoric serve but to humiliate and marginalize those priests who still have the courage to defend the Church’s unpopular teachings without compromise in a world at war against God and His law? No wonder the mass media hail your pontificate!

But, more than words, Holy Father, you have directed the outright persecution of religious orders intent on restoring orthodoxy, sober piety, the interior life and liturgical tradition in the midst of what your own predecessor described as the “calamities” and “sufferings” the Church has endured in the name of Vatican II, including “closed seminaries, closed convents, banalized liturgy…” On your specific orders, the flourishing Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have been destroyed on account of what your apostolic commissioner (who later died of a stroke) called a “definitely traditionalist drift.” The affiliated Sisters of the Immaculate have likewise been placed under an apostolic commissioner on account of “deviations” consisting of a supposed “pre-conciliar” formation—meaning the traditional liturgy and the traditional conventual life, as if these holy things were contagions to be expunged from the Church like some disease. These are the actions of a dictator motivated by an ideology, not a paternal guardian of the Church’s sacred patrimony.

Yet, following a years-long investigation and disciplinary process initiated by Pope Benedict, under your supervision the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has been whitewashed and spared any discipline despite its support for abortion, euthanasia and “same-sex marriage” and its notorious promotion of what Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, described as “fundamental errors regarding the omnipotence of God, the Incarnation of Christ, the reality of Original Sin, the necessity of salvation and the definitive nature of the salvific action of Christ in the Paschal Mystery.”

Third, in keeping with your programmatic disparagement of the Church’s traditional doctrine and discipline and those who defend them, you presided over and controlled a “Synod on the Family” that amounted to a sustained attempt to water down or adapt the Church’s infallible teaching on marriage, procreation and sexuality in order to accommodate the rebellious spirit of the age and the immorality it has fostered throughout our post-Christian civilization.

In the name of “mercy,” the progressive prelates who dominate your circle of advisors, including the infamous Cardinal Kasper—whose views you have been promoting from the beginning of your pontificate—now proclaim a false disjunction between doctrine and its intrinsically related pastoral practice, as if the Church could forbid immoral behavior in principle while accommodating it in practice. As one prominent cardinal has put it, this “is a form of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology.” Yet it has become a theme of your pontificate, as you invoke “mercy” endlessly against the Church’s moral laws, which you demean as “small-minded rules,” “roadblocks,” “closed doors,” and “casuistry.”

The progressives you personally appointed to the Synod’s secretariat and drafting commission, and the 45 additional progressives you added to the voting membership, including Cardinal Kasper, combined to attack the indissolubility of marriage by advocating “case by case” admission of the divorced and “remarried” to Holy Communion. This would mean the overthrow of the Church’s bimillennial sacramental discipline, rooted in the words of Our Lord Himself: “Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery… (Lk. 16:18).” That discipline was reaffirmed by Benedict XVI and John Paul II in the face of challenges by dissenters from Catholic teaching—Cardinal Kasper being foremost among them. It is readily apparent that you wish to abandon that discipline, as you did when you were Archbishop of Buenos Aires and when, even as Pope, you personally telephoned a woman in Argentina, civilly married to a divorced man, to tell her that she could receive Holy Communion despite what her “rigid” parish priest had said to the contrary.

At the Synod’s first session in 2014, you personally approved and ordered published to the world, before the Synod Fathers had even seen it, a synodal “midterm report” which was never approved by them and was in fact a fabrication, apparently written in advance, that did not even remotely represent their actual consensus. This disgraceful document called for a “case by case” abandonment of the discipline of the Church respecting the divorced and “remarried” and for “valuing” the homosexual “orientation.” One courageous prelate called it “a black mark which has stained the honour of the Apostolic See.” Yet, after the Synod majority rightly rejected it, you denounced “so-called… traditionalists” for “wanting to close [themselves] within the written word… and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises…” And then you ordered the same document to be circulated to the world’s bishops, along with three paragraphs in the final report that failed to receive the requisite majority but which you ordered included anyway, having “torn up the rule book” of a Synod that was “rigged” to achieve a preordained result, but by the grace of God failed to do so.

At the Synod’s second session in 2015, you required that all deliberations be based upon an Instrumentum Laboris so heterodox that an international coalition of clergy and laity warned that it “threatens the entire structure of Catholic teaching on marriage, the family and human sexuality…” When that document was likewise rejected by the Synod majority and replaced at the last minute by a compromise document—which nonetheless creates openings for the overthrow of the Church’s sacramental discipline)—you denounced “closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge… difficult cases.” That is, you condemned the Synod Fathers who had defended the constant sacramental discipline of the Church.

In your evident determination to accommodate the divorced and civilly “remarried,” whom you inexplicably characterize as “the poor,” just before Synod 2015 you devised in secret, without consulting any competent Vatican dicastery, a sudden and drastic “streamlining” of the annulment process. A world-renowned canonist, reflecting widespread alarm over this improvident “reform,” described it as “providing a path that looks like the Catholic version of no-fault divorce.” You yourself freely acknowledged that “it has not escaped me how an abbreviated judgment might put at risk the principle of indissolubility of marriage…”

Fourth, in keeping with your astounding suggestion—promptly hailed by the mass media—that the Church has been “obsessed” with “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” by your own admission you “have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that.” Yet these grave evils threaten the very survival of our civilization in the midst of what John Paul II called a “culture of death” and “silent apostasy.” While quite vocal concerning many political issues, you were utterly silent when once Catholic Ireland legalized “gay marriage” by popular referendum and the United States Supreme Court imposed this abomination on all fifty states.

On the other hand, as the Western world descends into an abyss of depravity and Muslim fanatics are massacring Christians throughout the Middle East, in Africa and in the very heart of Europe, you are preoccupied with “climate change.” Your book length encyclical, Laudato si’, the only encyclical you have produced, posits the existence of an “ecological crisis” and uncritically adopts the ideologically motivated, strongly contested claims of “climate change science,” which a Pope has absolutely no competence to assess, much less present to the faithful as indisputable facts.

The same encyclical laments “global warming,” the excessive use of air-conditioning, the loss of mangrove swamps, the supposed threat to plankton and worms, and the extinction of various plants and animals—denouncing this as an offense to God—before it even mentions abortion (while failing utterly to mention the supremely anti-natural practice of contraception). As to abortion, the encyclical speaks only of a failure “to protect a human embryo” when in fact abortion is the brutal mass murder of innocent human beings, ripped limb from limb in the womb or stabbed to death with surgical scissors at the very moment of birth.

Not surprisingly, the powers of the world have universally acclaimed Laudato si’ as part of “the Francis revolution” which the media, including the progressive “Catholic” press, have been lauding throughout your pontificate.

Fifth, you have consistently dismissed all doctrinal differences with Protestants as insignificant and have repeatedly declared, quite falsely, that “all the baptized are members of the same Body of Christ, his Church.” Here too you ignore the teaching of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and every Pope before them, including Pius XI, who taught quite to the contrary concerning the condition of Protestants: “For since the mystical body of Christ, in the same manner as His physical body, is one, compacted and fitly joined together, it were foolish and out of place to say that the mystical body is made up of members which are disunited and scattered abroad: whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member of it, neither is he in communion with Christ its head.”

In this regard you seem heedless of the ever-worsening immorality and heresy of the same Protestant sects that engage in endless, pointless “ecumenical dialogue” with the Vatican. After fifty years of “dialogue” these sects condone divorce, contraception, abortion, homosexuality and “gay marriage,” purport to ordain women and practicing homosexuals as “priests” and “bishops,” and continue adamantly to reject fundamental dogmas of the one true religion revealed by Christ for the salvation of the world.

What of the truth that makes us free? (John 8:32) What of the witness of countless saints and martyrs who expended their substance and laid down their very lives to defend and pass on the Catholic Faith in opposition to the manifold errors and societal destruction spawned by the Protestant revolt, whose final consequences are playing out before your very eyes?

Sixth, in recent days, your public statements seem to have become increasingly careless and disordered, causing even greater scandal and apprehension among the faithful:

On November 15, during your Sunday participation in a Lutheran prayer service, you said that Catholic and Lutheran teachings concerning Christ are “the same,” being merely a matter of “Catholic language” versus “Lutheran language.” You characterized the defined dogma and ontological reality of transubstantiation as mere “explanations and interpretations,” declaring that “life is greater than explanations and interpretations”—as if “life” were “greater” than the Real Presence of God Incarnate in the Holy Eucharist, which Protestants deny.

On the same occasion you suggested that whether Protestants can receive Holy Communion is for theologians to determine, when the Church has already infallibly determined that this is impossible without conversion and profession of the same faith as Catholics. Stating that the matter was beyond your “competence”—but it is precisely the Pope’s competence to uphold the Church’s teaching in this regard—you suggested that a Lutheran married to a Catholic might receive Holy Communion after “speaking to the Lord” but that you “dare not say more.” But you had already said far too much by publicly referring a matter of grave importance for salvation to the error-prone private conscience of the individual: “he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:29).”

On November 21, you declared to a worldwide conference of Catholic educators: “Never proselytize in schools. Christian education is bringing up the young in complete reality with human values and one of these is transcendence.” On the contrary, Catholic education is above all an inculcation in divine values: The Gospel and what it requires of Catholics, indeed the whole world, not merely human values or a vague “transcendence” bereft of its proper object, which is the God who has revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate.

During your trip to Africa, November 25-30, you opined that the world is “at the limits of suicide” because of “climate change.” As you have throughout your pontificate, you failed to address the true threat of civilizational suicide in our time, remarked by your great predecessor, Venerable Pope Pius XII: that “almost the whole human race is today allowing itself to be driven into two opposing camps, for Christ or against Christ. The human race is involved today in a supreme crisis, which will issue in its salvation by Christ, or in its dire destruction.” By constantly directing the attention of the entire Church to a worldly “ecological crisis,” you cause the faithful to lose sight of the Christological crisis that threatens the eternal welfare of countless souls in our time.

During the in-flight press conference on the return to Rome from Africa, you denounced “fundamentalist” Catholics yet again, mocking the absolute religious convictions of orthodox members of your flock, based on the revealed word of God and the infallible teaching of the Magisterium on faith and morals:

Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions…. We Catholics have some—and not some, many, eh? —who believe they possess the absolute truth (che si credonono con la verita assoluta) and go ahead dirtying others with calumny, with disinformation, and they do evil…. Religious fundamentalism is not religious, because it lacks God and it is idolatrous, like the idolatry of money.

Having denounced “many” members of your own flock as godless idolaters, you later suggested a moral equivalence between Christians and the Muslim fanatics who are slaughtering, torturing, raping, enslaving and exiling Christians around the world: “You cannot wipe out a religion just because there are some or a number of groups of fundamentalists at one moment in history…. Think of all the wars we Christians have waged. It wasn’t the Muslims who were responsible for the Sack of Rome.”

Yet again you embarrass the Church—and yourself—with an ill-considered remark quite unbecoming the Roman Pontiff. The historical record demands correction of your blunder:

First of all, the Muslims did sack Rome in 846, looting old Saint Peter’s and prompting Pope Leo IV to build the “Leonine walls” “to defend the see of Peter from an Islamic jihad.”

Secondly, if you were referring to the sack of Rome in 1527 by the army of Emperor Charles V, this had nothing to do with religious “fundamentalism” but rather involved purely political retaliation against Clement VII, a weak and vacillating Pope, who had improvidently forged an alliance with the King of France (Francis I) with whom Charles was at war. In fact, the Emperor’s army included German mercenaries, most of whom were Lutherans, and it was they who were principally responsible for the depredation of the Holy City and the violence done to its Catholic inhabitants.

Thirdly, during the same era, of course, Muslim marauders—who were indeed violent “fundamentalists”—were expanding the Ottoman Empire by the conquest of Christian lands until the resounding and miraculous defeat of the Muslim fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, which prevented a Muslim conquest of all of Europe and probably another Muslim sack of Rome.

Provoking still more scandal, in answer to a question concerning whether the Church should “change its position” on the immorality of contraception to permit the use of condoms as a method of limiting new HIV infections, you referred to this evil practice as “one of the methods,” thus appearing to legitimize it, while suggesting that it presents a moral dilemma for the Church, even likening it to Our Lord healing on the Sabbath:

The question seems too small to me, it also seems to me a partial question. Yes, it is one of the methods. And the morality of the Church, finds itself, I think, on this point before a perplexity. So, the Fifth or the Sixth Commandment? Defend life [with condoms!], or that sexual relations be open to life? But this is not the problem. The problem is bigger.

This question makes me think of one they once asked Jesus: “Tell me, teacher, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” It is obligatory to heal…. [B]ut malnutrition, the development of the person, slave labor, the lack of potable drinking water, these are the problems. Let’s not talk about if one can use this type of Band-Aid [cerotto] or that for a small wound, the big wound is social injustice, environmental injustice….

Thus, you appeared to accept that there is room for consideration of this “method,” although you view it as a rather trivial matter (a Band-Aid) even though it facilitates fornication and a culture of total sexual depravity. You then subordinated the moral law to concern for social and environmental justice! And so, once again, the Church is wounded by scandal and confusion on account of your habit of careless, off-the-cuff remarks to the press on weighty moral and theological questions concerning which a pope should speak or write with utmost prudence and deliberation, invoking the divine assistance.

Finally, there has just appeared on the Vatican website an interview of Your Holiness by the weekly Credere in which you allude favorably (yet again) to Cardinal Kasper’s false notion “mercy” and reveal that you intend to conduct a “revolution of tenderness”—an allusion to the title of Cardinal Kasper’s book lauding you: Pope Francis’ Revolution of Tenderness and Love. You declare that this “revolution of tenderness” will take place during your Jubilee of Mercy, which will involve “so many gestures,” including “a different gesture” on “a Friday of every month.”

Your stated motive for the “revolution of tenderness” is that, according to you, “the Church herself sometimes follows a hard line, she falls into the temptation of following a hard line, into the temptation of stressing only the moral rules, many people are excluded.” Affirming your interviewer’s suggestion that the Church must “discover” a “God who is moved and has compassion for man,” you reply: “To discover it will lead us to have a more tolerant, more patient, more tender attitude”—as if the Church were lacking in patience and compassion for sinners before your election.

What are these astounding affirmations if not an absolutely unprecedented threat by a Roman Pontiff to disregard “moral rules”—that is, the constant teaching of the infallible Magisterium—in the name of a false mercy, evidently with regard to the divorced and “remarried” and others you deem “excluded” in some manner? What are we to make of a pope who claims that the Church that Christ founded to teach infallibly on faith and morals has “fallen” into a temptation to take a “hard line” on morality? What besides horror should the faithful experience when a pope says such things, which have never been heard from the See of Peter in 2,000 years?

Catholics know that a true revolution of tenderness occurs in every soul that undergoes Baptism or, corresponding to the grace of repentance, enters the confessional with a firm purpose of amendment and a contrite heart, unburdens the weight of sin, receives absolution by a priest acting in persona Christi, and emerges “white as snow,” to quote your own predecessor, speaking of the Sacrament of Confession. The Catholic Church has always been an inexhaustible font of divine mercy through her Sacraments. What can your proposed “revolution” add to what Christ has already provided in His Church? Can you declare an amnesty on mortal sin? Can you pardon what is not pardonable without repentance and contrition? Can you outdo the mercy of God Himself?

The perception grows daily that although you are the Vicar of Christ, you simply have no interest in defending faith and morals, which are under attack as never before, nor any intention to call the wandering sheep into the sheepfold Our Lord established for their salvation. On the contrary, you appear to have devoted your pontificate to a veritable program of doctrinal and disciplinary laxity whose theme is the regular denunciation of orthodox Catholics combined with accusations that the Church lacks mercy. At the same time, you pursue social and political matters in which a pope has no competence or authority, such as “climate change,” environmentalism, and restoring diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.

After being buffeted by one storm of controversy after another occasioned by your unprecedented words and deeds, the faithful feel increasingly as if “the ship of the Church has lost its compass.”

In sum, Holy Father, over the past two-and-a-half years you have earned the world’s unanimous praise while throwing the ecclesiastical commonwealth into a state of confusion and division. You have ridiculed, berated and condemned the orthodox, shown limitless tolerance for the heterodox and the sexually deviant, and contrived to subvert the sacramental discipline defended by the very Pope you declared a saint. Accompanied everywhere by the adulation of the media and the roar of crowds, you seem heedless of Our Lord’s admonition: “Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.”

The situation has reached the point where a senior Vatican official, reflecting the concerns of Catholics of all ranks, was constrained to warn a world-renowned Catholic journalist that “This pontificate poses serious risks for the integrity of Catholic teaching in faith and morals.”

In agreement with this prelate, we are compelled before God publicly to declare in conscience that your pontificate can only be seen as a clear and present danger to the Church, a danger that seems to increase with each passing day. Indeed, the damaging effects of your pontificate are everywhere in evidence, with Catholics throughout the world now treating more and more dismissively the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, taking as their point of reference your own words and deeds—jubilantly trumpeted to the world by the media—rather than the infallible teaching of the Magisterium on faith and morals over the past 2,000 years.

Now, as you condemn the Church’s “hard line” on “moral rules” and proclaim a “revolution of tenderness,” we are faced with the imminent threat of unheard-of “gestures” of “mercy” that would undermine the moral edifice of the Church to the great harm of souls, whose salvation is at stake. Among these gestures would appear to be a post-synodal apostolic exhortation authorizing the admission of public adulterers to Holy Communion according to the judgment of individual bishops or episcopal conferences. This would mean nothing less than mass sacrilege, the practical destruction of the Church’s unity, the de facto abolition of the doctrine on mortal sin and the requirement of the state of grace for a sacramental life, the collapse of the Church’s moral teaching, and ultimately a surrender of her very claim to an infallible Magisterium. One has the sense of a nearly apocalyptic turn of events in the history of the Church.

We dare not judge your subjective motives or intentions concerning what you have said and done to the Church’s detriment in the course of a turbulent pontificate unlike any the Church has ever seen. But we cannot remain silent in the face of the objective harm the Church has already sustained, to the world’s endless praise for “the people’s pope,” or the further harm that now appears imminent.

To recall once again the words of your predecessor, a pope must exercise his power to “bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.” When a pope is unable or unwilling to pursue that end, when in fact he seems determined to act against it, would the Church not be better served if he relinquished the most august office of Vicar of Christ? Better this than to risk a fatal compromise of the Church’s doctrine and discipline, subverting 2,000 years of apostolic and ecclesiastical tradition and incurring, to quote the famous formula employed by Pope Saint Pius V, “the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.”

December 8, 2015
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

From today’s “The Remnant”

Conservative attacks and liberal fawning over the Pope are silly

Pope Francis’ visit to the US in the last week of September 2015 received blanket media coverage. The coverage was mostly positive because liberal elites generally love this Pope. The blogosphere also lit up during the Pope’s visit but this time opinion was more divided. Liberal bloggers generally praised the Pope and exulted in the Pope’s ability to still the usual anti-Catholic diatribes put out by the press and thus the Pope was universally praised by liberal bloggers.

Conservative bloggers however took a page from their liberal counterparts during the Benedict years. All kinds of shrill, stupid, crazy, non-sense was printed by otherwise admirable conservatives during the Pope’s visit.  A new low was reached by so called conservative Rep Gosar who refused to attend the Pope’s address to the congress claiming that the Pope sounded like a leftist politician. I don’t care how the Pope sounds…. when a Pope addresses congress and you are a congressman you attend whether you like it or not.

Conservative bloggers raged in particular over Pope Francis’ call to action on the environmental destruction of the earth. Strangely these same so-called conservative never criticized Pope Benedict when HE sounded the alarm over environmental destruction. Indeed Pope Benedict was even more explicit about human contributions to climate change that Pope Francis has been…Pope Benedict several times called for dramatic reductions in fossil fuel usage that far surpasses what Pope Francis or President Obama have called for. but conservative bloggers never commented on Pope Benedict’s initiatives around climate change. Why then are they so riled up over Laudato Si?

it is time for conservative to actually READ previous Pope’s on the sin of leaving an environmentally impoverished earth to our children. It is time for conservatives to actually read the scientific papers on environmental polutants and climate change and address THAT science. It is silly in the extreme to complain that a leftist group of cardinals worked for years to elect Cardinal Bergoglio to the papacy. before that conservative cardinals worked for years to elect John Paul II and Benedict.

We need grown-up evaluations of Pope Francis–not silly sarcasm and mockery that is the stock in trade of conservative bloggers these days. We need grown-up analyses of Pope Francis’ actions not the typical liberal fawning and wishful thinking typically posted by liberal bloggers and passed off as reasoned analysis by these inane bloggers.

A Tid-Bit from Sandro Magister

 

By Allan Gillis

Perhaps you’ve heard of Sandro Magister? He is an Italian journalist who contributes to the Italian magazine “L’espressso”. He writes mainly on Vatican issues and religious “happenings” as it may affect Italians and Roman Catholics around the world. He recently had his Vatican press credentials revoked by the Bergoglio Vaticanistas for L’esppresso’s “unorthodox” handling of the “publication/timing” of the pope’s recent “global-warming/Capitalism’s gonna kills us” encyclical. But, I think he as a veteran Vatican reporter has some wonderful insight and certainly still has his contacts which render some interesting tid-bits of the daily extrusions of this loose-canonist pope of ours. I offer this to you dear reader from “L’espresso”:

United States and Cuba, the Devil and Holy Water

They are the two destinations of the next journey of Pope Francis, at the opposite poles of his geopolitical vision. The enigma of the pope’s silence on the absence of freedom in the regime of Fidel and Raúl Castro

by Sandro Magister ROME, September 11, 2015 – The United States and Cuba, or the devil and holy water. The journey that Pope Francis has scheduled from September 19 to 27 will take him to the two opposite poles of his geopolitical vision: to the temple of the “economy that kills” and just beforehand to the outpost of the peoples on the path of redemption.

In the island of the Caribbean and in the “Alianza Bolivariana” already established between Cuba and the populist regimes of Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia, the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio in fact sees a preview of the “Great Homeland” that he longs for so much, the springtime of an integration of the Latin American continent in a Catholic and anti-capitalist vein.

He has already visited two of these countries, Ecuador and Bolivia, and will soon arrive in the third, Cuba. And he has always treated their rulers with great regard and even with cordiality, including when they have presented the greatest trials.

Against the totalitarian trend in the Venezuela of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro he has never expended a single word, nor has he ever responded to the appeals of a population reduced to hunger. He has promoted the unworthy Bolivian president Evo Morales to de facto leader of those antagonistic “popular movements” that are for him, the pope, the future of the redeemed humanity. As for Cuba, here too what is startling about Francis is his silence.

Of course, once he has landed in Havana Francis will speak. But in skimming the program of the visit, it is striking how scanty it is. In other countries the pope has never failed to enter a prison or to meet with refugees and the homeless. In the United States it is already known where and when he will do this. But not in Cuba.

In Lampedusa he threw flowers into the ocean and cried out, “Shame!” but it is unlikely that he will do so from the Malecón in Havana, in front of the ocean strait that has swallowed up thousands of Cubans fleeing toward the coasts of Florida.

In a prison it would be difficult for him to encounter any of the hundreds of political detainees.

The Damas de Blanco, wives and mothers of dissidents in prison, who go to Mass every Sunday dressed in white and brave the insults and violence of the police, would have a hard time finding a place in the front row of the pope’s Masses.

As for the dissidents living in surveilled and intermittent freedom, many of them Catholic, the only hope is that the pope may be able to meet with one of them away from the spotlight and outside of the official program, as the regime benignly allowed American secretary of state John Kerry to do on the day of the inauguration of the restored United States embassy in Cuba.

There is a great deal of Realpolitik in the silence maintained by Pope Francis so far on the lack of freedom for the Cuban people. Vatican secretary of state Pietro Parolin and his substitute Angelo Becciu were raised in the school of Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, a great diplomat at the time of the Soviet empire, and were nuncios in Venezuela and Cuba respectively. They know the country profiles, and Francis seems to adhere diligently to their instructions.

What the pope adds of his own is his personal, confidential approach, almost as a confessor, with the despots he encounters. He has succeeded in touching the notoriously stony heart of Raül Castro, leading him to express, after a private conversation at the Vatican, intentions of returning to the practice of the Catholic religion. Fidel can be counted on for an encore. The wager is that during his three days on the island Francis may come up with something else unplanned, capable of giving a minimum of substance to the cry “Libertad” already raised in vain by the Cuban crowds during the visits of the two previous popes.

In the United States it will be a completely different tune. Bergoglio has never been in love with what amounts to the greatest power of the West and of the world. And in his personal relationships too he makes no mystery of preferring a Vladimir Putin to a Barack Obama.

But the pope displays the same coolness toward the country’s body of bishops, many of them unrepentant Wojtylians and Ratzingerians. Because the bishops are also critical of the Obama administration, but for reasons different from those of Francis.

For the bishops what is under attack are the identity and freedom of man as issued male and female from the hands of God, while for the pope the supreme threat is the overweening power of the free-market economy.

In the scheduled speeches to Congress, at the UN, and to the bishops, it will be seen to what extent Francis will push his reprimand.

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This commentary was published in “L’Espresso” no. 37 of 2015, on newsstands as of September 11, on the opinion page entitled “Settimo cielo” entrusted to Sandro Magister.

Here is the index of all the previous commentaries:

> “L’Espresso” in seventh heaven

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The program of the journey to Cuba and the United States:

> Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Francis, 19-28 September 2015

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English translation by Matthew Sherry, Ballwin, Missouri, U.S.A.

Conservatives vs liberals in the church

By Augustinus

Pope Francis’ actions continue to cause controversy in the church. The Washington Post yesterday published a story https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-conservative-revolt-is-brewing-inside-the-vatican/2015/09/07/1d8e02ba-4b3d-11e5-80c2-106ea7fb80d4_story.html detailing the alleged rise of an emerging conservative backlash against the reforms the Pope has instituted. While the secular press attempts to frame the Pope and the church’s recent actions in terms of a conventional liberal vs conservative struggle within the church, the Catholic blogosphere is not doing much better. It is, of course, natural that the secular conflicts that rage within the society as a whole inevitably get reflected within the church herself but that is certainly not the whole nor even the most interesting story.

We all have a responsibility to take a stand regarding the great political conflicts fo the day but we need to do so with wisdom. Wisdom suggests that the putative differences between conservatives and liberals are really not that great. Both wings of the American political establishment are utterly and entirely invested into the worst aspects of the modernity. The republicans are a little less bamboozled by the endless creation of victim groups than are the democrats and the democrats are a little less bamboozled by the endless military pursuit of “freedom” and “democracy” across the globe both wings of the Americanist heresy endorse the positing of sovereignty within “the people” rather than with God and by extension his Church.

Both conservatives and liberals tend to see the church as nothing more than just another interest group, just another power bloc. because it has a little bit of power the church needs to be occasionally placated but basically it is a non-entity for American elites. These elites would like to have the church endorse its policies but beyond that endorsement they do not much care about the church.

American elites certainly do not see the church as the body of Christ or as a site of God’s authority and sovereignty and therefore the “thing” of ultimate importance in any culture or political system. The elites and their media and press outlets therefore are not equipped to see what is really occurring in the church today.  What IS occurring is what always occurs in the church. It continually rediscovers truths hidden within the ancient deposit of faith and it does so, as John Henry Newman pointed out, by struggling against heresy.

While the wrapping or package changes the content of heresy does not change very much over the course of the ages. The battles within the church therefore are battles against heresy-not struggles within the conventional conservative vs liberal storyline.

“Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli!”

Bergoglio necklace 1   By Allan Gillis

It was a great ploy to lead good and smart people (like our own beloved Augustinus) astray with the scripted ditching of the Evo Morales gift in Bolivia. The gift of course was a crucifix with the hammer and sickle etched into and across the body of the main beam of the cross. Do you have any idea of how many Christian martyrs from across the world there are – who suffered and died under this symbol? Imagine for a moment how the western press would be howling if the pope had accepted a crucifix with a swastika on it? Whoa Baby!
Anyway, courtesy of Rorate Caeli, I have three photos that show what was offered by Morales and accepted previously and privately by Jorge. Yeah…ditch the big one! but keep the necklace!

Yo! JB! How ’bout a Wing Or Two?

Bergoglio's GrilleBy Allan Gillis

I found this on Father Z’s Blog.

He’s flipping burgers on the frickin’ balconey of St. Peter’s?!

C’mon! You have those beautiful gardens out back Dude!!!  I’ve seen them!  They’re a bit opulent one might say, but I’m sure you could find a little nook where it didn’t appear so awe-inspiring…     and luxurious.  And BEAUTIFUL.

Oh wait, THAT would be too upscale – we should sell that land off like we did with the Papal Tiara!   We gotta do this on the porch like the rest of my bruthas in the urban centers of the world where the heap of humanity is forgotten, exploited and abused – and the urban poor are down for the struggle!  Gimme a break man! There’s a time and a place for everything.  Looks like Il Papa’ could use a little of my “Probitas awareness”!  (see my earlier post)

How about a little decorum Georgie?   Please???    It IS the Vatican in Rome after all!

Putting Pope Francis Into Perspective

vINCENZO A sAN pIETRO

By Allan Gillis

I had a friend e-mail me today asking what I thought of a certain issue statement from The Vatican today:
“In his homily, or sermon, the Pope referred to a highly anticipated meeting of bishops to be held in Rome this October. The Catholic leaders are expected to discuss changes to several controversial areas of church teaching, including divorce and homosexuality.
The bishops will “consider concrete solutions,” Francis said, “to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time.”
“I ask you to pray fervently for this intention,” the Pope continued, “so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it … into a miracle.”
My friend then ends his e-mailed message to me thusly: “What do you make of this, Allan? I am perplexed … and apprehensive.”
I subsequently e-mailed a reply to the very bright and articulate “Dr. M”, who is like me; a very thankful recipient of Summorum Pontificum and the owner/moderator of a favorite blogsite: “boston-catholic-journal.com” . I quipped: “I believe that our Holy Father in Rome should always abstain from spreading doubt, confusion and apprehension. It is my belief that a good pope would be ever-so-clear in his pronouncements – always pointing to Christ, always affirming Mother Church’s teachings… always calling the world to morality, penance and an awareness of sin, Satan and Hell. This Bergoglio guy is ALWAYS “stepping in it”. He is continually disseminating confusion at best and scandal at the worst. I am very, very skeptical. One knows a tree by it’s fruit. We got a good glimpse of Hagan Lio’ last year at the first “synod on the family” – we’ll get a good snout full of Jorge by the time the second meeting is over I’m sure!”

Now, I have shared these sentiments here with you, my dear readers in the recent past. It bothers me so much to speak so “irreverently” about our Holy Father. It goes against my grain painfully. But then, I find this chronological list of stupid sayings and doings – and here I MUST share this with you from our friends at “thewildvoice.org”. They have compiled this list from “established, mainstream news services – easily confirmable through a simple Google search”  If you’re a faithful Catholic, you may find some of this hard to swallow. May I suggest a shot of Grappa to wash it down? Here’s the list done by the respectable folks at WildVoice.org:

FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI Resigns – first Papal resignation in over 600 years
Lightning Strikes Saint Peter’s Dome – twice
MARCH 13, 2013
Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes ‘Pope Francis I’. He is the first Pope from the Jesuit Order, the first Pope from the Americas, and the first Pope who became a priest after Vatican II.
Newly elected Pope Francis jokes with Cardinals saying ‘May God forgive you for what you’ve done.’
MARCH 14, 2013
Grand Master Gustavo Raffi of the Grand Orient Masonic Lodge of Italy praises election of Pope Francis writing ‘with Pope Francis, nothing will be as it was before.’
MARCH 16, 2013
Pope Francis reportedly says ‘Carnival time is over!’ when offered the traditional papal red cape after his election (BBC)
MAY 22, 2013
Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed. ‘We all have the duty to do good. For Atheists: Just do good and we’ll find a meeting point’
MAY 23, 2013
Pope Francis officially de-emphasizes papal titles, choosing instead to list himself first by the basic title “Bishop of Rome” in the Vatican’s annual directory
JUNE 02, 2013
Pope Francis speaking about Jesus multiplying the Bread and Fish says ‘Here’s the miracle, that it is more a sharing than a multiplying’
JUNE 15, 2013
Pope Francis says ‘We look for Jesus Christ and say: ‘This is your sin, and I will sin again’. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us’
JUNE 30, 2013
Pope Francis tweets ‘A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.’
JULY 08, 2013
Pope Francis says ‘I also think with affection of those Muslim immigrants who this evening begin the fast of Ramadan, which I trust will bear abundant spiritual fruit.’
JULY 16, 2013
Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ for followers of Pope Francis tweets
JULY 26, 2013
Pope Francis tells youth: ‘Be rebellious’ and ‘mess’ with dioceses
JULY 29, 2013
When asked about gay priests, Pope Francis replies ‘Who am I to judge?’
AUGUST 30, 2013
Pope Francis breaks protocol by bowing to the Queen of Jordan
AUGUST 31, 2013
Pope Francis begins the Papal Selfie trend
SEPTEMBER 04, 2013
Pope Francis says ‘The issue for those who do not believe in God is in obeying their own conscience’
SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
Pope implies The Virgin Mary has ‘defects’, saying “The Church and the Virgin Mary are mothers…All
mothers have defects, we all have defects, but when we speak of our mother’s defects we gloss over them”
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
Pope says church is obsessed with gays, abortion, and birth control – ‘It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time….We have to find a new balance’
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Pope Speaks Out Against Church’s ‘Small-Minded Rules’
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
When speaking of Adoration, Pope Francis says ‘Fall asleep then, sleep! He is still looking at you.’
OCTOBER 01, 2013
Pope Francis says:
‘Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no
sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us’
‘The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old’
‘Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good’
‘I believe in God, not in a Catholic God. There is no Catholic God’
‘You know what I think about this? Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the papacy’
NOVEMBER 24, 2013
Pope Francis on Muslims – ‘We must never forget that they profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day.’
NOVEMBER 26, 2013
Pope Francis says ‘I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty’
DECEMBER 11, 2013
Pope Francis says ‘Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side’
DECEMBER 17, 2013
Pope Francis makes the cover of The Advocate – the leading LGBT magazine
DECEMBER 20, 2013
Pope Francis speaking of The Virgin Mary says ‘Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!’
DECEMBER 23, 2013
Time Magazine names Pope Francis ‘Person of the Year’
DECEMBER 27, 2013
Esquire Magazine names Pope Francis ‘Best Dressed Man of the Year’
JANUARY, 2014
Pope sends iPhone message to televangelist Kenneth Copeland via Tony Palmer
JANUARY 20, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘Those that are Muslim, with the Quran. The faith that your parents instilled in you will always help you move on.’
JANUARY 26, 2014
Pope’s Peace Doves attacked by Crow and Seagull
JANUARY 28, 2014
Pope Francis is on the cover of Rolling Stone
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘If you don’t feel the need for God’s mercy, don’t even bother going to Mass!’
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘When love fails, and it fails many times, we have to feel the pain of that failure, accompany the people who have felt the failure of their love’
Tony Palmer, under Pope Francis’s name, releases video stating that ‘Real communion is not the bread but the brother’
MARCH 03, 2014
Pope Francis accidentally says ‘the F word’
MARCH 05, 2014
Pope Francis goes to Confession in public and breaks protocol
Pope Francis gets his own fan magazine, Il Mio Papa (or ‘My Pope’)
MARCH 10, 2014
Pope Francis says The Catholic Church should not dismiss gay marriage, but should study it
APRIL 03, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘Scold the Lord a little. ‘Hey you promised me this and you haven’t done it!…Prayer must be a negotiation with God’
APRIL 23, 2014
Pope Francis phones woman in invalid marriage, telling her it’s okay to take Holy Communion saying ‘A little Bread and Wine does no harm’
APRIL 24, 2014
Pope says ‘There are some priests who are more papist than the Pope’
APRIL 28, 2014
Pope Francis tweets ‘Inequality is the root of social evil’
MAY 9, 2014
Pope Francis calls on governments for ‘Legitimate Redistribution’ of wealth to the poor
MAY 12, 2014
Pope Francis quotes Hillary Clinton saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’
MAY 13, 2014
Pope Francis says he would baptize aliens
MAY 25, 2014
Pope Francis arrives in Jordan. Before his arrival, those
waiting at the airport in Amman felt a magnitude 4.1 earthquake that struck in Israel near its border with Jordan
MAY 24, 2014
Pope Francis visits Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. Days later, a fire breaks out at the scene.
MAY 27, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘Since it is not dogma, the door is always open to rethink priestly celibacy’
MAY 28, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘Since it is not dogma, the door is always open to rethink priestly celibacy’
JUNE 05, 2014
Pope meets with Televangelist Joel Osteen at the Vatican
JUNE 08, 2014
Pope Francis hosts inter-religious prayers for peace at Vatican, including Muslim prayers
JUNE 24, 2014
Pope meets with Televangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelicals at the Vatican
JUNE 29, 2014
Pope says ‘communists are closeted Christians’.
JULY 27, 2014
Pope Francis gives his Top 10 List on how to be happy – doesn’t mention Jesus once
JULY 28, 2014
Pope Francis apologizes to Pentecostals
SEPTEMBER 01, 2014
Pope Francis hosts all-star soccer match for peace
SEPTEMBER 04, 2014
Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres proposes a new global “United Nations of Religions” to Pope Francis
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Pope Francis marries 20 couples – some of whom were ‘living in sin’
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Pope Francis plans on exiling Cardinal Burke
OCTOBER 5, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘The world has changed and the Church cannot lock itself into alleged interpretations of dogma.’
OCTOBER 9, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘But God does not exist: Do not be shocked! So God does not exist! There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, they are persons, they are not some vague idea in the clouds … This God spray does not exist! The three persons exist!’
OCTOBER 13, 2014
Pope Francis Family Synod concludes with initial document suggesting dramatic shift in attitude toward gays – Document must be revised after public outcry
OCTOBER 17, 2014
Pope Francis rents outs Sistine Chapel to Porche
OCTOBER 19, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘The Church should not fear change…by carefully surveying the signs of the times, we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods’
OCTOBER 27, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life…Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.’
OCTOBER 27, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘But there is a third group of Christians…They are lukewarm. They are neither light not dark. And God does not love these’
OCTOBER 28, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘Jesus prays to the Father for us’
OCTOBER 29, 2014
‘It’s strange, but if I talk about these subjects then the Pope is a communist, according to some. The fact that the love for the poor is in the center of the gospel is misunderstood.’
NOVEMBER 9, 2014
Pope Francis prays in Mosque with Muslim leaders
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
It is reported in Austin Ivereigh’s book The Great Reformer, that Tony Palmer, an Anglican and long time friend of Pope Francis, spoke to Bergoglio about whether he should become Catholic. Mr. Palmer described the Cardinal’s response as: “[Bergoglio] told me that we need to have bridge-builders. He counseled me not to take the step because it looked like I was choosing a side and I would cease to be a bridge-builder.”
DECEMBER 2, 2014
Pope Francis unites Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists in joint declaration against ‘slavery’
Pope Francis compares Islamic Terrorists to Christian fundamentalists, saying ‘We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups’
DECEMBER 14, 2014
Pope Francis says ‘I confess something to you, when I have seen a Christian…with such rigidness on the outside, I ask the Lord: ‘But Lord, throw a banana peel in front of them, so that they will take a good fall, and feel shame that they are sinners…’
JANUARY 19, 2015
Pope Francis tells Catholics they ‘do not need to breed like rabbits’
JANUARY 25, 2015
Balloons Replace Doves as the Vatican Symbol of Peace
JANUARY 27, 2015
Pope Francis meets with transgender person
dubbed ‘devil’s daughter’
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
New Ways Ministry, a gay Catholic group gets audience with Pope Francis and VIP treatment at Vatican for first time
FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Pope Francis references ‘traditionalists’ followed by the phrases ‘psychological and moral problems’ in private meeting
MARCH 5, 2015
Pope Francis says in interview ‘I told the Lord: ‘you are taking care of me. But if your will is that I die or that they do something to me, I ask you only one favor: that it doesn’t hurt. Because I’m a big coward when it comes to physical pain.’
MARCH 15, 2015
Pope Francis, when asked ‘What happens to that lost soul? Will it be punished?’ reportedly replied ‘there is no punishment, but the annihilation of that soul. All the others will participate in the beatitude of living in the presence of the Father. The souls that are annihilated will not take part in that banquet; with the death of the body their journey is finished.’
MARCH 22, 2015
Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies in Naples
APRIL 4, 2015
Pope Francis washes the feet of men, women, and a transgender person named ‘Isabel’ for Holy Thursday at the Roman prison Regina Coeli.
APRIL 7, 2015
Pope Francis collaborates on commercial pop song with Italian-Argentine musician Odino Faccia titled “So We Can All Be One”. Lyrics include “The future is in your mind, In your hands and in your heart. So that all may be one – Gone are the walls, Only the value of the meeting, Which it is the bridge to peace”
APRIL 28, 2015
Pope Francis says ‘How I wish that Christians could kneel in veneration when a poor person enters the church.’
APRIL 29, 2015
Pope Francis jokes ‘being Argentinian, they thought I would call myself Jesus II’
Pope Francis demands equal pay for women, calls pay gap ‘Pure Scandal’
MAY 6, 2015
Pope Francis directs Priests to grant forgiveness to women who had abortions and former abortion doctors
MAY 7, 2015
Pope Francis says decline of marriage ‘Is a Form of Male Chauvinism’
Pope Francis makes history by welcoming a woman archbishop (Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Head of The Church of Sweden) to an official audience at the Apostolic Palace for the first time
JUNE 3, 2015
One of Pope’s closest advisors, Argentinean Archbishop Victor Fernández, gives interview explaining how Pope Francis is changing the Church, saying ‘The pope goes slow because he wants to be sure that the changes have a deep impact. The slow pace is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the changes. He knows there are those hoping that the next pope will turn everything back around. If you go slowly it’s more difficult to turn things back… . You have to realize that he is aiming at reform that is irreversible…No, there’s no turning back. If and when Francis is no longer pope, his legacy will remain strong. For example, the pope is convinced that the things he’s already written or said cannot be condemned as an error. Therefore, in the future anyone can repeat those things without fear of being sanctioned.’ (Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, May 10, 2015)
JUNE 6, 2015
The Pastoral Staff of Pope Francis breaks during a trip to Sarajevo – it is repaired with adhesive tape
JUNE 8, 2015
Pope Francis says to journalists ‘Pray for me, and if some of you can’t pray because you are not believers, send me good vibrations.’
JUNE 12, 2015
Pope Francis to hold his first public meeting with gay activist Simón Cazal, executive director of LGBT rights group SOMOSGAY on July 11, 2015
JUNE 23, 2015
Pope Francis Says Weapons Manufacturers Shouldn’t Call Themselves Christians
JUNE 29, 2015
Pope ‘plans to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit’. Coca leaves (the raw ingredient for cocaine) were declared an illegal substance under the 1961 UN convention on narcotic drugs
JULY 7, 2015  (TODAY)
Pope hints at ‘scandalous’ changes for the church – Referring to the synod on the family to be held in October, Pope Francis said to a large crowd “I ask you to pray fervently for this intention, so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it … into a miracle. Families today need miracles!”

I think I want my old Pope back.

St. Michael pray for us!!!!!