Fear Of The Lord: Either Francis Or Wisdom

Once again, the Bishop of Rome has given worldwide scandal. I do not know whether it should be considered positive that soon no one will pay attention to the inordinate rambling of this unspeakable man, or whether people are slowly getting accustomed to an heretical Pope, which can’t be good.

In his relentless work of destruction of everything that is Catholic the Bishop of Rome, shamelessly reigning, attacks the most elementary basis of traditional Catholicism: the fear of the Lord.

I was once told the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, or wisdom. This means that if one does not have the fear of the Lord, he is a fool. Makes sense, I always thought. You can’t believe in the God of the Christians and not be in fear of what this God can do to you if you refuse to acknowledge Him or despise His commandments, or gravely contravene them. Yep, pretty basic stuff.

Obviously, If I believed in the Good Fairy In The Sky, or in the Great Pink Elephant Playing The Trombone, I would be more relaxed. The Fairy would certainly give me a lot of sweets and toys to play with after I die, and the Great Pink Elephant Playing The Trombone must be a gloriously friendly chap, from whom you can take trombone lessons for free, and you’re welcome. But I happen to believe in the God of the Christians, and this is a different God, one who immediately after death will decide whether I have merited terrible torments for all eternity in Hell or will, after the usual period of painful purification, be admitted to be happy with Him forever in Paradise. It makes sense that I should be rather scared, because this is not a driving license examination. There will be no second chance if I get it wrong. I mean, it would be extremely scary even for the driving license, imagine when eternity is at stake.

In short: If I get it seriously wrong, I will be screwed forever. If this does not inspire fear of the Lord, I do not know what will, but I know what kind of person one is that is not fittingly scared.

For twenty centuries, Christians all over the planet have considered this a fundamental tenet of Christian thinking. If the frequent warning of Jesus Himself were not enough, an extremely rich and coherent tradition has always reinforced the concept. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth, and he who ignores this reality is a fool.

Of course, I also have recourse to the theological virtue of Hope, by which I can reasonably trust that the Holy Ghost will give me sufficient graces to merit, one day, heaven. But Christianity properly intended has always understood this as a two-way street. I can hope because I both believe and do. My works born of faith are the foundation of my hope. I dare to trust on unmerited grace, but I must still move my ass and follow God’s commandments to the best of my ability.

As I see it – but I am not a theologian – it’s the same as prayer. Even when God wants to give me something, he may still want me to pray that I may have it. I can’t just sit there and wait for things to fall in my lap. I must both pray and act in order to align what I want with what God hopefully wants for me. Therefore, if I want, say, a job I will have to not only pray, but also move my posterior in the appropriate manner so that, in God’s good time, things may happen.

In the same way, I am invited to hope, because my works born of faith allow me to see that this trust is not mere fantasy, but is built on solid and reasonable ground. If I were to think that I can relax and do without the works (because hey, I have the faith providing me with the necessary grace) I would be a Lutheran. If, on the other hand, I were to think that I can merit salvation exclusively through my works – that is: without the need of God’s unmerited grace and necessary assistance – I would be a Pelagian.

The way Christianity has always worked is that one prays God for the gift of hope, and trusts in His graces, graces that we cannot even merit on our own; but at the same time one acts his part, and is wisely scared that he may behave in a way that does not merit him Heaven, because he well knows that if he starts to presume that he will be saved trouble can’t be far away. We can’t merit God’s grace, but it is expected from us that we move our backside anyway. One can have a sound optimism that God will not throw him with the reprobates, but one knows the fear of God’s wrath is a prime element of the behaviour that allows one to be soundly optimistic in the first place.

The child knows his father can punish him swiftly and in an exemplary manner. He may be a beautifully obedient child. Still, this knowledge will be with him always, and there is no denying it does play a role in helping the child to be dutiful. Let the dutiful child believe that the father would never punish him, and you are heading for trouble.

Unsurprisingly, this was seen as the beginning of knowledge, or wisdom. Then if you don’t get this, you truly are an idiot.

Which leads us nicely to Bishop Francis, who is reported with the following pearl of, well, not wisdom:

Do not be afraid of the final judgment of God, when the good will be separated from the bad, because Jesus will always be at our side, because we can rely on the intercession and the benevolence of the saints and because God ” did not send his Son to condemn , but to save ” and “”he who believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned,” and in this sense “the judgment has already begun”.

This is so incoherent, contradictory, and flying in the face of Christianity one does not even know where to begin. Already the first words, “do not be afraid of the final judgment of God” must have been very popular when the joint made the round in some Argentinian seminary, but are nothing to do with Christianity. If there’s something Christians always had and were taught since they were little children is the fear of the final judgment of God.

It would appear “someone” does go to Hell, but it is difficult to see who: atheists who follow their conscience are famously OK; Jews are – says Pope Diana – still part of the Covenant so they can deny Christ and eat kosher at their heart’s content, under Francis’ expert supervision; Muslims are a religion of peace and believe in the same God – says Francis, not I – so they should be fine, too. As for the Christians, they must do nothing else than “rely on the intercession and the benevolence of the Saints”. Hey, “he who believes in him is not condemned”.

Further references are made to wholesale salvation through faith alone: one must only “embrace Jesus” and “all fear and doubt vanishes and leaves a deep joy and expectation”. This sounds like the talk of a drunken Presbyterian, certainly not of a Pope. A Pope should tell you that you either are in mortal sin or you aren’t, and whether you “luv Jesus” is neither here nor there. Many will be surprised on that day. I think Francis has good chances of being the most surprised of them all.

Fornicator? Adulterer? Sodomite? Who is Francis to judge? You are saved by faith Alone! Works of Faith? Obedience? No, no, no!He who believes is not condemned! Why would God throw you in hell? Such a waste!

But then it becomes even funnier, because now Francis tells us that “whoever does not believe in Him is already condemned”. Heck, this must include, then, his Jewish buddy, most of the members of the so-called “religion of peace”, and that nice chap Eugenio with whom he so loves to have a chat every now and then! What about following one’s conscience now? Yesterday’s snow?

And in general, what kind of person is this? Have you ever seen a public personage so relying on his own popularity that he would contradict himself in the most blatant of ways and not be concerned in the least? One day atheists are saved, another day they are already condemned. One day you are a criminal akin to a murderer if you gossip, another provided you love Christ you must be afraid of nothing. One day you can’t love Jesus without loving the Church, another day if you love Jesus you are fine regardless. Francis gives the impression of an old man rambling just for the excitement of the microphones around him, totally unconcerned or even unaware of all the rubbish he is unloading.

I say it again: evil or stupid. It seems to me whichever of the two he is, he is to a high degree.


Posted on December 13, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. maybe I need to get a new translation, “the fearful and awesome judgement seat of Christ” is too promethean neo-palagian for Bishop of Rome Francis….

  2. God save us and the Church from this madman…and awaken those who are asleep refusing to see how he is a stumbling block to your soul’s salvation

  3. Bergoglio is a crank. (A ‘raving loonie’ would be the English equivalent)

    Nothing more, nothing less.

  4. The comedy Pope’s latest diatribe against orthodox Catholics: ““These sad Christians,” Pope Francis said, “do not believe in the Holy Spirit , do not believe in the freedom that comes from preaching, which admonishes you, teaches you – slaps you, as well – but it is the very freedom that makes the Church grow. … who are afraid … who ask for certainty … these sad Christians… who always criticize … because they are afraid … ”

    You’d almost think he was some kind of troll or something 😉

    • You’d think he drinks too much, frankly. One day I will publicly question his sobriety when he talks like that. If someone were to drink too much at table and were requested to express his opinions about Muslims, or Jews, or Orthodox, you would have just that: the rambling of the day, every day different.

      I remember Boris Yeltsin giving incoherent statements before it officially came out he had a vodka problem. At the beginning they thought he was just being unconventional, then it became clear why. If Francis starts having “headaches”, we should be alert.

      Does Buddy Skorka believe in the Holy Ghost, by any chance? Or in Christ, come to that?


  5. Knowing what he’s said in the past, I seriously cannot understand a word he is saying. Yes, Jesus came to save not condemn but that is when He came in Mercy. It will not be like that at the freaking judgment. I think words just have no meaning for him. None. They mean whatever he wants them to mean at this point and everyone buys it.

  6. And in the last sentence of this homily, he says (of the Americas) “….a land where different people can live together , a land able to respect human life in all its stages, from birth to old age, able to accommodate migrants as well as the poor and marginalized of all times . A generous land”. That’s right life in all its stages from BIRTH to old age. LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION, should somebody tell him?

  7. I’m pretty disturbed by many of the pope’s statements, but this one is orthodox – He’s simply stating that the faithful should feel confidence rather than despair when facing final judgement. As to the unbelievers… “the judgement has already begun.” Doesn’t sound all that meek to my ears.


    One day animist
    The next day Latin
    One day Renew
    Some use a paten.

    Some let ministers
    Hand out Our Lord
    So you can have your pick.

    Sometimes bongos
    Assembly on their feet
    Holding hands in the air
    Kneelers obsolete.

    One Holy Catholic
    Apostolic Church?
    Good for some let others run
    In circles as they search.

    For we ourselves have ours
    Don’t ever rock the boat —
    Like those who open schools and classes
    Teaching souls to float.

    Saintly Thomas More
    Could’ve had it all
    Private Latin Masses
    Behind a purpled wall.

    But no he chose the scaffold
    Where truth and lie collide

    Heads were cut —

    Entrails gut –

    Ambiguity couldn’t hide!

  9. Excellent article. I even got to laugh a bit for a change. I believe the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ aka all of us, is being crucified. Make no mistake about it. Our Lord did it for all humankind, and know we see the book of Daniel and Revelation being fulfilled. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

  10. What do Bergoglio and Hitler have in common? They both wore an Iron Cross

  11. I’m surprised that no one else has noticed this but what Pope Francis says goes against the Nicene and Apostle’s Creed:

    Nicene Creed:
    He will come again in glory
    to judge the living and the dead
    and his kingdom will have no end.

    Apostles Creed:
    from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    Both of our creeds state that Jesus has and will judge us, both alive and dead. But, I guess all of those arguments during the Council of Nicea were all for naught.

    • I think his thinking is that he will judge, but he will be so mild that you have nothing to fear, really… on the other hand, to know what the man thinks becomes more difficult and more disquieting by the day.


  12. “The Nazi ideology is wrong. But I have met many Nazis in my lifetime who are good people…”

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