Selective Backpedaling



"... and will you do something about the Guards, Frankie dear?..."

No backpedaling on *this*, for sure…

We have just witnessed a clear backpedaling on “Rabbitgate”. This shows that TMAHICH reads around, or at least listens to two or three people who do, and when he thinks something is out there on the planet which does not correspond to his (if you believe him) or Catholic teaching he can, actually, react very fast.

Then one is tempted to ask: what does this mean for all the cases in which there was no correction?

What about the Argentinian woman going around saying that Francis told her to go and receive communion, scandal and adultery and all? Has he corrected this perception?

What about the many blasphemous or heretical statements (from the Blessed Virgin who might have thought “Lies!” on the foot of the Cross; to God that limits Himself to a slap on the wrist; to Jesus who deceived His disciples, & Co, & Co.) uttered by his own very mouth? Has he ever issued a clear backpedaling on them?

What about the “who am I to judge?” slogan, possibly the most obviously subversive statement ever uttered by a reigning Pontiff? Has he issued a clarification about the evil of homosexuality, and the grave sin of sodomy, just so everyone knows what the obvious teaching of the Church is?

Er… ummm… let me think…

No. He never did anything of the sort. And when you look at my Francis Papers page, you see that the list is very long.

Actually, he had the gut to call Cardinal Kasper’s sacrilegious heresies about giving Communion to adulterers “theology on one’s knees”, and “profound and serene theology”. No retraction on that, either. Rather, we had the delirious relatio post disceptationem, of which even my cat knows Francis was the perpetrator and driving force.

So, Francis can retract when he sees that the planet got his words – said, or said to have been said – in a sense not compatible with Catholicism.

He did it in this case. He never did it in the other cases.

What does this tell us?



Posted on January 21, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. The pope decides what he wants published and promoted, and what not, whom he wants to give power and whom he wishes to persecute. He’s been doing it for decades. And he knows just the message he wants to get across to the world, the enemies of the Faith, whom he tries so hard to please. Lord, have mercy.

  2. That bit about Kasper’s theology done on his knees is so over the top drama queenesque that I feel queasy just recalling that specific phrase.

  3. indignusfamulus

    Dear M,
    We were just reading about “Voltaire”, the (Jesuit-trained, Italian and Spanish-speaking) “inspiration” for the French Revolution- and caught these other striking similarities between him, and our “anti-rabit-breeding/large-family loving” current bishop of Rome:

    –“He may not always have been sincere in his descriptions of what he believed.. His life was sometimes in danger for his published (or even suspected) beliefs, and he was forced to make abject apologies…” It becomes quickly clear -to the student- that he was an obsessive, capricious, and not always rational person. These may account for apparent contradictions in his behavior and writing.”
    –“It is difficult to firmly attach a label to his religion.” A simple correspondence between his, and a particular belief system, must be exchanged for a definition that can encompass growth, change, and originality. “One historian wrote that “earlier in his life, he ..drew the arguments with which he attacked miracles, prophecy, and the authority of Scripture, but still believed in a God-opposing both atheism and superstition- while increasing his antipathy to the organized church.
    –He remains an enigma for modern scholars. The Christian image of intercession and redemption does not seem to play a large part in his theology, though he did write an allegorical account in which he accepted Christ’s simple dictum of “Love God and your fellow-creature as yourself.” “He seems to have believed that God should be worshipped- because this practice is good for mankind-as a society which denied God and his retributive power risked anarchy.
    –Stories about his end, range from claims that he repented and accepted the last rites given by a Catholic priest, to others that he remained defiant to his last breath, and in response to a priest asking him to renounce Satan, his last words were, “Now is not the time for making new enemies.”
    –In a related (but also not very encouraging) news note: “according to French publisher Gallimard, publishers are rushing to reprint Voltaire’s 1763 Treatise on Tolerance following a run on copies after-the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. It was written after the execution for murder of Protestant merchant Jean Calas who was championed by Voltaire as a wrongly convicted victim of Catholic persecution.
    “What does this tell us” you asked. Things are likely to get worse before they get better?

    • Voltaire died with the Sacraments, and I think it is reasonable (and charitable) to assume that he wasn’t playing with them.
      A huge talent, that could have been a great weapon on our side.
      P.s. short messages, please…

  4. M,
    Just checking, “even my cat knows” is just one of those archaic, Italian sayings. You don’t really have a cat, do you?

    • It’s a way of saying, but not very frequent. Due to my anonymity I will not give any indication concerning my existing, or non-existing, cat, called Benito… 😉

  5. indignusfamulus

    Dear M,
    TMAHICH does get us going too long.. Thanks for your patience.
    Roger that on the short messages. See? 🙂 🙂

  6. THE

    “He said he chided her…”

    Not to the boys
    Who do their own schtick.
    Not to the girls
    Who call themselves Rick.

    Not to the men
    Who cut off heads quick.
    Not to the Extra
    Ministers’ clique.

    Not to the gals
    On their buses so slick.
    Not to the spouses –
    Find new lips to lick.

    Not to the Prelates
    Preaching heresy thick.
    Not to the kinky
    In lust for a kick.

    But give me the mother
    With child number eight –
    She, I’ll chastise,
    She, I’ll berate,

    Then brag to reporters
    How I admonish sins great –
    A mother and child,

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