Reading Francis Through Tolkien
This piece of senseless liberal waffle comes from the notorious 12,000 words interview. I though I would say a couple of very judgmental words about it.
“If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing. Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the courage to open up new areas to God. Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists—they have a static and inward-directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies.”
Let us leave aside all the peripheral waffle and nonsense (“courage to open new areas to God”; a phrase that every heretic could find extremely useful) and let us concentrate on the two central pearls, the “exaggerated doctrinal security” and the “stubbornly try to recover the past” bits.
As to the first, what is this? Is the doctrinal security of this man shaky? Why is he Pope? How can a Pope, of all people, think that doctrinal security can be had in excess? Are we not supposed to have an indestructible faith not only in God, but in the Truths that He gave us through Holy Mother Church? My doctrinal security is as hard as granite, and whilst I doubt I have a complete grasp of it, my faith in its righteousness and holiness is unshakable. I don’t think this bad, at all. I have not the shade of a doubt that the authentic teaching of the Church is absolutely right in absolutely everything. I believe that God can neither deceive nor be deceived, and that I can believe in the complete righteousness of everything the Church authentically teaches me. If Francis thinks otherwise he should resign at once, because he has no business being Pope. If he thinks as he should, then he should leave this waffle aside. Boy, this Francis stinks of moral relativism like the biggest rat in the favela.
As to the second, we have another Grima Wormtongue moment: the jab directed at those who “stubbornly try to recover the past that no longer exist”. Do not kid yourself into thinking this is not an utterly subversive, and at the same time defeatist, statement directed exactly at the way society is changing under our eyes.
Stop complaining “obsessively” about the abominations of modern times, says here Grima. It’s too late. The battle is lost. Get over it.
Well, I beg to differ. The battle is never lost as long as there are people ready to give battle, and God’s battles are fought with only the ultimate victory in mind. We do not fight a battle because we think we will see victory in our lifetime. We fight it because it is the right thing to do. As to the time, even cataclysmic events like the French Revolution have been largely (alas, not entirely) overcome in just a few years, certainly no thanks to people like Francis. Situations can change rapidly; particularly in the modern democracies, with their fickle electorate. The “global warming” madness seemed planet changing only five years ago, and now it is all but dead in the water; and thirty years ago, an awful lot of people seriously were in favour of sex with children. God helps those who help themselves and are ready to fight the good fight; not the whining, spineless defeatists suggesting you find a modus vivendi with the enemy because hey, you are “stubbornly trying to recover a past that no longer exist”.
Come to that, that past no longer exists because there are too many Francis around, and it will continue to exist as long as they are around. The sooner they go, the better.
This pearl of Grima Wisdom has slipped my attention yesterday. I could not left this unsaid.
Francis is obviously trying to drawn us under a huge wave of Neo-modernism. We must fight every drop of it.