The Pope And The Bus Driver

Look! The driver didn’t strike today!

I haven’t been reading anything stupid from Pope Modernist The First lately. I do not doubt he has said something stupid, and I do not doubt his thinking is fundamentally stupid; but the stupidity has not paved his way to something I would actually read.

Now, think of a bus driver. You don’t write a blog post because the bus showed up at your bus station. You don’t praise a bus driver for showing up in the morning, and driving the bus. Driving buses is his job and duty, what his employer and the community simply expect from him.

Forgive me, therefore, for not writing blog posts saying: “phew! Today the Pope has said something that was actually all right!” I do not write blog posts every time my car’s engine does its job, either.

If memory serves, Pope Honorius was condemned as a heretic because of the content of one single letter he had written. I do not doubt his conduct must have been scandalous on more occasions than one, but please reflect that one piece of written evidence was enough to have him condemned as heretic for all generations to come.

If Honorius could be condemned for one piece of evidence, think what the successors of Francis will do of him when, eventually, sanity comes back. They will atomise him, that’s what they’ll do.

Therefore, our attention must be focused on the heretical statements this Pope has already abundantly disseminated, let alone those he will continue to disseminate. At times, he will show at work on time and drive his Catholic bus. Most of the times, hopefully. But heresy – or even being a catastrophe of a Pope, if you are so astonishingly gently inclined – is not something you weight against orthodoxy. “Of the last 100 public statements of the Pope only eleven contained Neo-Modernist or Modernist elements” isn’t really a great show of orthodoxy.

This man accepted to become the Pope. As such, he must do what is expected from him. His Employer requires it, and the general public also has a justified expectation that he discharges his duty faithfully.

If one piece of evidence was enough to condemn Honorius, single episodes of orthodoxy cannot be enough to exculpate Francis in the face of the chaos he has created.

Stay vigilant. The driver of this bus will show up at your bus station most of the times; but he doesn’t think much of the Highway Code.


Posted on October 15, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Sandro Magister’s blog today finds a direct line of descent from Carlo Maria Martini to Pope Francis. A brief excerpt:

    Bergoglio said to Scalfari: “I believe in God. Not in a Catholic God, there does not exist a Catholic God, there exists God.” In 2007 Martini said in the book-interview “Nighttime conversations in Jerusalem”: “You cannot make God Catholic. God is beyond the limits and definitions that we establish.” Many there were who tore their garments. In the Catholic world this seemed to some almost a blasphemy.

  2. Don’t forget, St Pius X warned us this is how Modernists work: one day heretical or heterodox, the next day orthodox…keeps the “integrist” Trads off balance.

  3. Dear M.

    I have been following you now for over a month. Thank you for your contributions! Excellent.

    Two points I would like to share.

    Pope Francis recently said this about the devil: “We must always be on guard against the devil and his deception. “We must not confuse truth.”

    I find this to be an utterly amazing considering the confusion he caused regarding he recent statements regarding atheists and their eternal soul.

    As we all know, the Pope said atheists are redeemed by Christ. Yes, we all know this is true. But as stated in the CCC, Faith is necessary for salvation. (CCC 183      Faith is necessary for salvation. )

    A whole discussion regarding redemption and salvation followed. The Vatican had to come out and clean up the “mess” made by Pope Francis.

    Further confusion followed with his statement: “proselytizing is nonsense.” (Tell that to St. Patrick) Then his media shills went on to explain that he still wants the church to evangelize.

    Should not the pope follow his own advice? “We must not confuse truth.”

    I am certainly not looking for ways to criticize the Pope, but as you pointed out, it is not news when he’s doing his job.

    The Pope gave a blessing today. The Pope said Mass today.
    That is his job. It is not news.

    But when he says something that shocks us to the core, or makes us question his commitment to our beautiful Holy Roman Catholic Church, then yes, it is news.

    2) I have been criticized for what I am about to say next.

    Have you noticed that the Pope doesn’t capitalize Him or He when referring to our Lord on his Twitter posts?

    Trust me, I have been attacked for even bringing this up. Someone said: “Do you think he’s really even doing that himself?” Well, yes, I do. It’s only 140 characters. And if Pope Francis isn’t pressing those keys, then wouldn’t it be critical for his representative on Twitter to be sure that the Pope’s statements reflect the reverence we have for our Lord. When you made the statement regarding the Pope’s Employer, you capitalized the E, because you were referencing our Lord. Wouldn’t we expect that the Vicar of Christ would demand that this be done?

    Notice the Twitter post on September 20.
    Christ is always faithful. Let us pray to be faithful to him. (small h)

    Again, I wasn’t looking to criticize. It was just so glaring to me. Even my young children know to capitalize those pronouns when referring to our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thank you again for your work.

    • I agree with you on the first point. On the second, I would read the older encyclicals and see what they did, and do the same. It is part of the Protestant culture to, say, always want to write GOD or even G-D. Utterly un-Catholic, as again old encyclical letters and documents will tell you.
      Having said that, I write God, Him, Our Lord etc., but I never checked on purpose how the good Catholics of old did.


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