The War Against Good Catholics


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As this Pontificate enters its second year a trait of Francis’ disquieting personality appears more and more evident: his dislike for good Catholics.

As it seems, there is almost no week in which Francis misses the occasion to put devout Catholics in a bad light. He seems, in fact, utterly unable to believe in the fundamental goodness of people behaving fundamentally well, and striving to do better.

Whether he compares them more or less ironically to “holy cards”, or criticises their “securities”, or lambasts their “hypocrisy”, or mocks their counting their rosaries – rosaries they have prayed for him; quite the gentleman, this one – or calls them all sort of names, or implies (this is just the last one) you have better cards by God if you are some kind of “outcast” (meaning: sodomite, trannie, drunkard, junkie: whatever is not all right in the eyes of real good Catholics) it is clear the man prefers to have you dirty rather than clean; because if you are dirty it allows him to feel good at his vicinity to you, but if you are clean you will actually expose Francis’ own dirtiness.

Let us be frank here: a shallow, vulgar man lacking both manners and spirituality, Francis would look very bad near any one of the good Catholics he so constantly criticises; but put him in the middle of homosexual priests and favela Trannies and he will breath the dirt with relish, and will be very proud of smelling like them.

And in fact, it seems to me the old Jorge Bergoglio is now having a very long field day, shooting at those good Catholics who – seeing in him, fundamentally, a phoney, and saying it; then good Catholics tend not to shut up – have criticised him during his time on the public stage as bishop, archbishop and Cardinal. Now that he is Pope, he ceaselessly hits them with his snide remarks about people who, whilst never called by name, show an uncanny resemblance with your typical…. good Catholic: people who know the Commandments, try to follow them, live orderly lives, rest in Christian Truth, and have granitic certainties about right and wrong. Which is how it is supposed to be.

A very telling sign of this is that Francis never says that, to make an example, to have certainty of the faith is good in itself. No, to him the problem lies in having the certainties. Nor does he say that many people are good Catholics who live saintly lives, whilst others mask their sinfulness under a thick veil of hypocrisy. It is evident from a now countless series of snide remarks that Francis does not believe that people looking fundamentally sound may really be sound Catholics, and that their exemplary behaviour may not hide anything else than.. a truly exemplary attitude. No, it is clear that to Francis you are either dirty, or you are a hypocrite.

It truly goes on and on and on. It is as if those good Catholics who have always pointed out to his shortcomings as a prelate should now be made to pay for what is not only their orthodoxy but also, very clearly, their being largely middle-class, a category Francis clearly looks at as the oppressor and enemy. And here we have it, our standard Bergoglio: “you who always looked down at me”, he seems to say out loud, “you with your faith, with your commandments, with your certainties, with your intact homes, with your prayerful and ordered lives: I do not believe in your authenticity, because I could never be like you. I despise your moral standards, that are clearly not mine; I despise your thinking yourselves good Catholics, and judging me unworthy of my habit. I will therefore bash you whilst I promote and protect homosexual priests and heretical Cardinals, and fight the “holy card world” in which you live in as hard as I can. I don’t care much for the good middle class Catholic. Give me the slum priest stinking of his own sin instead”.

This will not, obviously, be his real words. It can even be that he is not entirely aware of this constant war against bourgeois respectability he is constantly waging. Perhaps his parents brought with them from Piedmont a good dose of resentment for the middle class, and he ended up absorbing some of it. I come from Italy myself. We all know the type. There used to be a lot of them in the past. Again, not saying Bergoglio’s parents were that kind of people. But one observes, and wonders. Perhaps they weren’t, perhaps they were. Perhaps Bergoglio was ruined by the seminary; perhaps a tango-dancing bouncer was not entirely suited to the seminary anyway.

Perhaps; perhaps; perhaps…

What is clear, is that I cannot remember any Pope so constantly at war with good Catholics, as this one.

Mundabor

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on March 25, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. In October I read this comment in a forum:

    “What manner of speaking is this? It is beneath a pope. He sounds like a community agitator from Chicago’s south side. He uses Alinsky tactics: isolate your opposition, label them, put them in a hole that they have to dig themselves out of. Pelagians? Given to ideology? A serious illness? Is this the way to mend a broken reed? Is this the way to lead in love?

    It’s clear that this pope is not interested in winning over our hearts. He is deliberately driving us into the catacombs and drawing the ire of his fellow travelers upon us. He is Obama in a white cassock. He is fomenting a movement, not unifying in charity. It is he who is driven by ideology.”

    I cannot give the link because two links aren´t allowed in a comment 😉

    Apropos Obama: The former community organizer and current President Obama praised Pope Francis to the skies
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/01/31/obama-pope-francis-doesnt-need-advice-from-me-about-staying-humble/

  2. It appears that Francis views the faithful Catholic in the same way that Obama views the patriotic, Christian conservative in the States. We are “in the way” of some grand plan “The Powers That Be” want to implement in church and state. We’ve been put on notice and must comply because we won’t be tolerated much longer.

  3. I don’t think that in Piedmont there has historically been much resentment toward middle-high bourgeoisie and nobility , although I live in the culturally lombard eastern part of the regione .It’s notorious ,for instance ,that members of noble families and their servants ‘si davano del tu ‘ and were as a rule in good relationships. Even in the infamous 1968 year , Turin , FIAT car industry and the university of Turin weren’t the epicentre of revolts or student demonstrations at the same level of Milan,where Capanna and Boato in the beginning were quiet students reading the documents of Vatican 2 at the Catholic University and after a few years became extremist leftists . Bergoglio’s mindset has not , in my opinion, issues originating from his cultural Heritage . In his case something else has worked in youth years and later went totally wrong .It’s not so common to meet a man who thinks : ‘a bad person is at least a sincere person , because he doesn’t hide his wickedness , whilst a good man is surely an hypocrite ‘ Here we must not ,methinks, look at history or politics ,but we have to investigate who he was , what he thought and did from childhood to the aftermath of Vatican 2 at the least ,and to discover the individuals who allowed such a stellar ecclesiastical career when huge personal problems were already evident to everybody .

    • Yes, Piedmont was certainly quieter in all these respects than Milan or even Rome, but a minority would certainly be resentful, and perhaps among the emigranti this was more probable still; on the other hand, this does not have to be; I am an emigrante myself, though of a somewhat finer sort, and never had the mindset.

      M

  4. Once there was a nun driving home from the Italian Talent Show on the TV when she saw a sheep farm. She stops and asks the farmer if she can have a sheep to bring it back to the Favela. The farmer says “If you can count all my sheep I’ll let you have any one you want.” The nun looks around her for a moment and says, “You have 356 sheep.” The farmer exclaims, “Wow — you’re exactly right. I guess nuns really are prophetic. Now go pick yourself out a sheep.”

    The nun makes her choice, picks it up, comes back to the farmer to thank him. “Oh no,” he says, “you can’t have that one.” “Why not?” asks the nun, “you said I could have any sheep I wanted.” And the farmer says, “Sister, that’s my dog.”

    A sheep or a dog with fleas…what’s the difference anymore?

    “Vaya LiLo!”

  5. I read the quote from Bergolio about catholics trying to look like they are a holy card and I was SERIOUSLY creeped out. I think about all the little stories I’ve heard of how saints had holy cards and treasured them etc. It is really like he hates Catholics if they are sincere ones. I guess to him the real Catholics are ones who never mention abortion, gay ‘marriage’, praying the rosary…in other words CINOs.

    • He is not criticising the holy cards per se, rather the attitude of those mysterious people (always insulted, never specified) who think they are living saints.

      Having said that, there is always in what the Bishop says such an undercurrent of coarseness and wordliness that, I think, does get noticed by more than just yours truly.

      M

  6. Mundador, in order for you and our fellow commentators to understand the influences that made Francis the way he is, I recommend that everybody read “Francis, A Pope For Our Time” by Luis Rosales and Daniel Olivera. The book shows the two greatest influences on Francis were Peronism and Communism. The authors, btw, are totally in luv with Francis, so they praise all the stuff that he does, so it’s not a hack job on him. Also, a good source of information onFrancis can be found here: http://romancatholicworld.wordpress.com/ This lady has Francis nailed to the wall.

    • Fine suggestion, but would you have the guts to go through an entire book of “luv”? My coronaries wouldn’t survive the second chapter… 😉

      M

  7. Ibelieve to be a mixture of things: parents living Italy during the first years of fascism, arriving there and not becoming the rich farmers they thought, growing in a very popular quarter with lots of poor, uneducated people, mostly immigrants, not succedeing in getting up the ladder in the classist Argentinian society, ” falling in love” with Peron, then entering a seminar late with, surely, some young boys from rich families, more educated, choosing the Gesuits while they were all becoming marxist, while you are still a peronista…lot of resentmen, ” molti rospi inghiottiti e da inghiottire” …et voila, suddenly you’ re on top !
    L a vendetta e’ un piatto che si mangia freddo…

  8. Bergoglio has the foul stench of Peronism all over, peronism is the doctrine of resentment against anything that is refined, ordered and poised. He want the Vatican to be a favela, remember now he’s got his own favela in Buenos Aires, the Barrio Papa Francisco. He was recently interviewed for a favela radio and the things he said were so scandalous Mundabor, you’d faint if you heard that festival of vulgarity and heresy .. he’s 10.000 more daring when speaking to his soiled sheeps, his praise to the slum lifestyle was disgusting, he supported the illegal occupation of those areas in Buenos Aires and was very happy with a slum named after him, the man is [edit].

  9. I was born in Argentina and live in Buenos Aires. I was wandering how to write some ideas in order to paint an accurate picture of Bergoglio’s background. But rosy1957 has done an excellent work. Bergoglio would be regarded by upper-class people like a tacky and common person with no manners (I doubt he knows how to place correctly the fork and knive on the plate), and that is a usual characteristic of peronists. He certainly met upper-class jesuits (indeed, one of them was Provincial before Bergoglio) and many of them regarded him as a very ambitious man. BTW there is a book published in Buenos Aires by Omar Bello (“El verdadero Francisco”) in which the author -who knew him well- states that Bergoglio used and disposed people for his interests without remorse at all.

  10. Nothing a good romp with a beach ball at the tabernacle will not solve!

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