Reverse Evangelisation

Impressing the Contracepting: the Bishop of Rome, Francis.

In his most recent interview to the rag called national catholic reporter (all lower case), Archbishop Chaput makes several interesting points. One of those is that he has noticed – with some embarrassment, I am sure – that those who talk to him most often about the Pope are “non practicing Catholics or people who aren't Catholics or not even Christian”.

It is interesting that an Archbishop notices this, because if we trads do we are labelled as destructive, grumpy old men and women who will never be happy with less than Torquemada (may he rest in peace).

In the phenomenon noticed by the good Archbishop is reflected all the drama of the current papacy. It is evident to everyone with a brain that what attracts the above mentioned groups to Francis is not his Catholic talk, but his frequent departures from sound Catholic thinking.

The Bishop of Rome implying salvation for do-gooding, heart-bleeding Atheists attracts them to him because what he says – or implies – just isn't Catholic. The Bishop of Rome sabotaging ancient rules about Maundy Thursday Mass and even contravening to Canon Law precepts is not praised for his staunch Catholicism, but for his attacks to Catholic rules and traditions. The Pope not wearing the Mozzetta, using everyday cars, or wearing black shoes and calling oneself Bishop of Rome is praised not because he is seen as a great Pope, but because he is seen as downplaying the importance of the Papacy.

In short: the Bishop of Rome tends to be liked by the wrong crowds, for the wrong reasons.

How this can be seen as a positive is beyond me. If Bishop Francis were to extol the pleasure of marijuana smoking, of course all the potheads on the planet would consider him an extremely cool man.

This elementary truth does not touch the Bishop's supporters, of course. The always hilarious comment section of the ncr, a pit of dissent or outright perversion, is overflowing with those who praise the Bishop for his work of demolition, and call it very apposite and just the ticket.

What these people – among them the usual amount of perverts, as you would expect – do is actually prove our point: a Pope eschewing sound Catholicism for the sake of popularity will manage to be popular, but not really among the Catholics; nor will he make decent Catholics of his supporters.

The atheist or pervert supporting Bishop Francis isn't moved in the least away from atheism or perversion; he approves of Francis because he thinks that Francis approves him in his atheism or perversion. He wants the Church to become more atheist and more pervert, rather than wanting to become more Catholic himself.

The end result of this is that Bishop Francis ends up – unwittingly, of course – working against Catholicism, in a sort of “reverse evangelisation” that reinforces people in their error, because they see a pontiff bending over backwards to be as much like them as he can, and as least Pope as he can get away with.

A Pope not wanting to be Pope must surely be the wet dream of every enemy of the Church.

In the… bishop of Rome, they now have their man. Is it a surprise they show him their appreciation?



Posted on July 24, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. No wonder the comfy-Catholics, including plenty of Catholic bloggers, see Bishop Francis as an example to follow. One blogger in particular, who writes for the National Catholic Register, answered one of his commenters, who introduced himself as an atheist, with the words, “Some of my favorite commenters are…atheists.” It’s very fashionable to have atheist friends, didn’t you know? Makes you look less “afraid of the world”–as one of my sisters-in-law would put it. That and having sodomite bff’s (or bmf’s).

    I think some real fear of the right things would come in really handy right now.

    • After the “gay friend”, the “atheist friend” must be the most desired prize of the cafeteria Catholic.


    • adsalvandasanimas

      I have atheist friends, and hate it: even interacting with them always makes me anxious about their going to hell.

      But then again, I am also an unreconstructed traditionalist.

    • I have atheist friends (though none of my best friends are atheists), and tell them openly unless they repent they will go to hell. If they go, it will be because of their doing and God’s will, so I am fairly relaxed about that.

      Unicuique suum.


  2. Well, the likes of Leonardo Boff seem to be heartened by the good bishop. Here’s the view of a Boff aficionado:

    “Brazilian Luiz Paulo Horta, an expert on the Vatican, is convinced that Pope Francis is going to push for the priesthood of all believers. “He knows it’s absolutely crucial that lays participate [in the church],” Horta said. “Francis wants the people at grass-roots level to revive the church.”

    More here (if you can stand it):

  3. I do agree with a lot of what you’ve said but how is it possible that the Pope is saying things which are not Catholic regarding faith and morals? That just cannot be so. If it is so, who on earth is he because he cannot be the Vicar of Christ.

    • Of course he can. A Pope is not a machine, spitting out Catholic truth like popcorn. He is a human being, with all the attached problem. Even Peter denied our Lord, and he was already the Pope in waiting.

      A Pope can be corrupt, or even positively evil. Many Popes of the past have been.

      The Holy Ghost does not promise you that the Pope will always be right; but through infallible and immutable teaching allows you to recognise when he doesn’t.

      What count is the Church of Christ. The Pope is a caretaker, and he could be a good or a bad one. This is why we extol the good Popes like Leo, and condemn the bad ones like Liberius.

      Our allegiance goes to the Church. A bad Pope – and this is an extremely bad one – reinforces our allegiance to the Church, because we love the Church more when she is so mistreated.

      The Holy Ghost promises you only one thing concerning the Pope: that he will not proclaim wrong dogmas. That’s all. All that is in the middle is most certainly in the cards. Even, if we are unlucky, a Jesuit.


  4. Yes, and it is really frustrating how, ever since the beginning almost, my non-Catholic friends seem to like to rub it in. “I don’t like Catholicism – the Pope does not even want to be Pope!” Suggesting that even the Pope is on their side in their anti-Catholicism. Not good, not good. I never had a Pope whose actions served the other sides feelings against the faith like that.

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