Reading Francis Through Tolkien

Here, we see Grima Wormtongue explaining to Theoden that he should accept that same-sex marriage is here to stay.

Grima Wormtongue explains to Theoden that he must accept the so-called “gays”…

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.


Posted on September 21, 2013, in Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. bergoglio is more a Saruman with an army of orcs ready to kill, rape and vandalize… these people want nothing more than the TOTAL DESTRUCTION of Western Christian civilization, and they are doing it by undermining the foundations that developed society is built on: Church, family, Marriage, hard work, enterprise etc… They want to turn the world into global favela or should I say “Villa Miseria” as they call them in bergoglio’s country.

    • I would warn from such language, and frankly think such expressions should be avoided and our certainly justified anger not lead us to such excesses.
      Saruman is a character willingly doing the bidding of Sauron. You don’t want to draw a direct parallel, I hope.


  2. This would piss off the Pope.

  3. Did not know about “Sherman’s Lagoon”. Will catch up on it.

  4. Mundabor, you write:
    “Saruman is a character willingly doing the bidding of Sauron. You don’t want to draw a direct parallel, I hope.”

    I don’t know about Veronique Audouin, but I do not WANT to draw such a parallel. My problem is that increasingly I am unable to see how to AVOID drawing it. Much of what Pope Francis has done up to now certainly seems to be the work of Sauron, so to speak. He certainly SEEMS to be in the business of pillaging and destroying Catholic Tradition and Christian culture. Does he do so willingly? If not, what are the alternatives? I see three other possibilities:

    Is he merely confused (does he not know that fire burns, as I wrote in another comment recently)? Given that his words and actions DO follow a clear plan and appear to be systematic, with each new statement or action building upon previous ones, one would have to argue the case that he follows this plan *accidentally*, without realizing what kind of plan it is. Frankly, Pope Francis may not be the greatest intellectual in the world, but he is no complete dunce either. He grew up in pre-conciliar times, and he certainly knows and remembers the Catechism he was taught. Moreover, even if Pope Francis did not know and was utterly confused, are there not enough men in the Vatican to help him? It might be possible, I guess, but I find it very hard to believe.

    Is he completely mad and not responsible for his actions? I do not see any evidence for it.

    Is he being compelled to do and say things against his will? Utterly ridiculous.

    Apart from these three options, the only alternative is to say that he does, in fact, act willingly doing the bidding of Sauron. The conclusion appears logical, and therefore not born from anger (there is no such thing as “angry logic”, as opposed to “angry logicians”… ;)). It may be excessive, but if so, there must be an error in the premises or in the logical structure. I cannot find either.

    • I think he is the type of material heretic that falls in love with his intellect and in his pride thinks that he has a better interpretation of Catholicism, one that matches his own populism and low-level education.

      His intellectual pride goes hand in hand with his own “humbleness” and “love of poverty”, also carried with great pride and for all the world to see.

      Does he remember what he was taught at the seminary? Perhaps. But was this instruction so good? He says himself he became the head of a seminary at 36 because of the exodus of Jesuits that was taking place. There must have been plenty of bad apples among the Jesuits already during his time as a seminarian.

      I find the other hypothesis harder to believe, just only because if he were malicious he would go at it in a less stupid way. But in general, I prefer to think of him as the useful idiot of the devil, not his willing servant.


  5. You are not in the habit of reading a certain Dallas area Catholic blog, are you? 😉

  6. If not you and the blogger, certainly you and I. One of my comments to one of his posts related to reading Francis through Tolkien as well. I inserted this very scene in that comment.

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