Salvation, Not The Poor, Is At The Heart Of The Gospel’s Message.

Another day, another terrifying Attila The Hun exercise. We are now informed that Francis thinks that the poor are at the heart of the Gospel.(translation in English available).

Slowly, the question whether he is a communist must be coupled to the other question whether he ever had an inkling in life of what Christianity is about.

I would say Christianity is about the redemption through the sacrifice of our Lord, who died for us to open to us the doors to Paradise; doors through which, though, we must still walk ourselves, meriting – with His grace – to go through them one day.

Nothing of this is to be found in the extremely clear-cut, blanket statement of the Pope.

You may think that this is just a way of saying, or that – for the 453th time – Francis has been misunderstood.

I answer to this: open your eyes.

How many times must Francis reduce the Christian message to pure social “apostolate”, without any reference to the Four Last Things, before you understand he is really, really not interested in them?

How long will it take before you understand that to him the social message is really the heart of the matter, and Jesus merely the marketing instrument he uses to promote it?

How many proves do you want that it is not a coincidence that Francis talks ceaselessly about the poor, whilst de facto abolishing damnation for all but a bunch of mafia members, and they too merely because it is popular to say so? When fear of hell is gone, what is the Christian message reduced to? Exactly: a social worker role, which Francis also disfigures according to his populist – simple- mind.

For Heaven’s sake: it’s in front of us. It’s happening now. It’s a bombardment. A Christianity without Christ, or better said with Christ reduced to teamster, or social worker.

Only such a person can think that the poor are at the heart of the Gospel. But mind this: if Pius X had said a similar phrase, you would know he means it in a strictly social contest. Not so in the case of Francis, because Francis doesn’t talk of anything else – at least, the parts we can understand – and conveniently forgets to teach Christianity in the process.

You could take every average butcher, baker or fruit seller from a Roman Saturday morning street market. Chances are they would all (not one, or two; all) be more fit to be Pope than this unbelievable man, disgracing himself with such a stunning frequency that there is no doubt whatsoever he has no good intentions at all of improving his ways.

Humility, my foot. Crass arrogance, that’s what it is. Arrogance that dares to use Christ as a testimonial of a socialist agenda that is nothing to do with Christ’s message, as the numerous obviously rich men we encounter in the Gospel – Nicodemus probably; Thomas, Zacchaeus, and Joseph of Arimathea certainly come to mind – abundantly prove.

But again, the scandal here is not so much the misrepresentation of Christ’s social teaching: it is the insisted, constantly repeated, ruthlessly executed removal of His fundamental message, and its replacement with those “poor” about whom he is nothing less than obsessed. He is obsessed about them with a zeal worthy of Marx and Engels, whilst he should be obsessed with the salvation of souls of all incomes and means; something that by him seems to play third violin at best, and only when a full orchestra is at play. 

Let me say it once again: no, this is not “just a way of saying”.

This is how the man thinks. He shows it all the time. It is we who deceive ourselves into automatically interpreting everything he says as if he cared. He just doesn’t. To him we are all saved – apart perhaps from a very small number of very wicked people doing things he doesn’t like, and rich all of them – so Christianity qua Christianity is of no further practical use than to promote his own – very populist – concept of social justice.

This is a parody of a Pope.

If a movie with such a character had been filmed in Italy in the Sixties, allowing his character to say one third of the monstrosities Francis says in real life, the movie would have been considered highly offensive, desecrating, possibly blasphemous. If it had been filmed ten years before, it would have been censored straight on.

Now we have everything – the salvation for Atheists, the deceiving Jesus, the doubting Blessed Virgin, the slap on the wrist at most, the criticism of those who count rosaries, the promotion of homosexuals and open mockery of the critics, Judaism as an acceptable alternative to Christ, Muslims invited to hold on to their Korans, the beach ball on the altar, and all that I forget at the moment – live, and in HD Franciscolor. 

It is as if Borat had been elected Pope, and we now had to look at the movie.

But it’s not a movie.

Mundabor

 

 

Posted on April 6, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Amen to that, Mundabor. I read about this yesterday on another blog that I really like (EDIT: I don’t), and my immediate reaction was the same as yours. A big ‘WHAT’? What Gospel is he reading ~ seriously? How can he possibly get away with statements like this? Why aren’t we hearing more outrage (not clarification) from Bishops, Cardinals, Priests? Good Lord.

  2. The Holy Roman Catholic Church is currently going through Her Passion, as pope Francis seems to be paving the way for the Man of Iniquity to one day arrive and solve all world problems. Good thing to know that not matter what happens, God is always in charge, be it through His ordaining or permitting Will. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

  3. At times, he sounds like the kinds of Jesuits who collaborated with (and indeed ‘served’ in) the Marxist-Leninist government which ran Nicaragua back in the ’80s,

    He seems to me to be sympathetic to the aforementioned Jesuits’ world view and programme.

    And there wasn’t a lot of Catholicism to be found there.

  4. Another smh moment courtesy of “Chaos Frank”. I’ve read the Gospels several times and never came away with the conclusion reached by the Holy Father. To reduce the Gospels to such juvenile simplicity is the work of an uninformed Christian……or a master propagandist who knows his dumbed down audience all too well.

    • Or rather, it’s the work of a socialist with no interest in Jesus
      I do not doubt the audience will have been delighted, and many will have thought: “look! It was so easy! How have I not come to the same conclusion before!”
      M

  5. And the gravest thing is he was talking to a group of young people from Belgium ! Poor souls! Their country authorises children’s euthanasia, and all they hear from the Pope is that !!!

  6. I advise you to read some think about the Liberation theology, easily you will understand, all the actions of this pope. You can start from here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_theology. He has been receiving in private the creators of this abomination theology. See this http://ncronline.org/news/theology/pope-meets-liberation-theology-pioneer.
    Luis

  7. I often think that poor Saint Francis must be horrified that a Pope who bears his name says such things. Saint Francis stepped into the ‘lion’s den’ of the camp of Saladin’s nephew in an attempt to convert him and his army and even offered to walk through fire with an imam (no takers unfortunately) to prove the truth of the gospels. The Pope, in contrast, says to Muslims, ‘Hang on to your Koran’. Perhaps Saint Francis and his faithful son, Padre Pio, are the ones to approach in prayer to stop or limit the damage being done by this awful man.

  8. ” Liberation theology”

    That’s what he’s sympathetic to – the ‘People of God’, ‘Base Communities’; etc, etc.

    It’s a world view which is profoundly hostile to the Papacy and the Catholic Church.

    And he did say that he has known many good Marxists. Perhaps he was thinking of his fellow Jesuits, Ernesto and Fernando Cardenal, and the like: In any event, we hear many echoes of their language in the ‘pronunciamentos’ and insults of the “humble” Bishop.

  9. greatpretender51

    “This is a parody of a Pope.” Actually I’ve been wondering if he is an anti-pope, but I think he is just a tool and a front man for the internal enemies of the Church who elected him. At any rate, he is a Jesuit, which explains almost the entire calamity – even, these days, his lack of intelligence.

  10. The other Pope’s expression, ‘Church being a field hospital for sinners’, an expressions being as it appears, from a secular novel, is opposed to our calling: to be saints. The Church is of the saints! In another place St. Paul says that even if he was the one who was preaching a different gospel contrary to the one preached before, we are not to listen and follow him. Pope Francis is not preaching the Gospel.
    And the heavenly physician cannot do better that his creatures with modern medical facilities, with His ‘vicar’ having us in a field hospital? Who would want such a care?

    • St Paul said even if an angel comes down from heaven and tells us novelties, we must not believe him.
      By all kindness, Francis is truly no angel… 😉

      M

  11. I agree with Luis Fernandes.

    Pope Francis has invited another liberation theologian to work for him in Rome:

    24-February-2014
    Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone, who taught Pope Francis during his formation period, will be among the writers of La Civilta Cattolica, an Italian cultural journal of the Society of Jesus.
    (…)
    Fr. Scannone has already contributed to La Civilta Cattolica with an article on the “philosophy of liberation,” and he will soon move to Rome.
    (…)
    Fr. Scannone met Pope Francis when the future Roman Pontiff was a seminarian in Buenos Aires. Fr. Scannone taught him Greek and literature, and attended the first Mass of Fr. Jorge Bergoglio. The two lived together for several years while Fr. Bergoglio was Jesuit provincial in Argentina.

    A pupil of Fr. Karl Rahner, Fr. Scannone is among the leading spokesmen of the “theology of the people,” an Argentine current of liberation theology.

    https://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=128325

    “Forbes” wrote last year :
    “We can get some insights into the Pope’s thinking by reading Father Lucio Gera, who had a great influence on Francis as a theologian and teacher. (…) Gera wrote that as pastors the hierarchy needed to embrace, and have a preferential option for, the poor.”

    F. Gera was a leading liberation theoligian, too.

  12. ladyofquality

    Maybe he’s AA 1026. 😉

  13. ladyofquality

    A play on the book ‘AA 1025’ which is the supposed memoirs of a Russian Communist man’s infiltration into the priesthood to destroy the Church from within. Interesting, short read.

    http://www.amazon.com/Aa-1025-Memoirs-Communists-infiltration-Church/dp/0895554496/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397073558&sr=1-1&keywords=aa+1025

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