Daily Archives: June 19, 2015
Courtesy of Vox Cantoris, we are alerted to the astonishing end of the encyclical, Laudato Si. I wonder if any paragraph worse than this could have been written by any Pope.
The text is below. This is not a draft. It is the official version from the Vatican site.
246. At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
hat we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
A Christian prayer in union with creation
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
It is difficult to believe the level of satanical disorientation promoted by this man.
He publishes two prayers, because he insists in having non-Christians praying in their non-Christian way; not only downplaying their error, but positively encouraging them in persisting in it! Can you imagine Pius XII writing a prayer tailored for the use of Muslims, or Hindus, or Freemasons?
The prayer is in two flavours, is the clear message. Vanilla is for Freemasons and other vague Deists. Chocolate is the choice of us who happen to have a preference for Christ. But we are all good, of course. We all pray together for our common cause. The common cause sanctifies us all. We would never be so tactless as to say that Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We don’t do that anymore, in the Age of Mercy.
The horrible Prayer Of The Freemason obviously ignores Christ and the Holy Ghost. It actually also ignores God the Father as God the Father. It does not even ask to come one day to embrace the fullness of the Truth in the Church. No. This is a prayer by praying which the infidel can be, if no special grace is given to him to embrace Truth notwithstanding Francis’ encouragement to persist in error, surely damned when he dies. And a Pope writes such a prayer for infidels, and encourages them to pray it! Note how many things God should help them to achieve; but True Faith, and therefore Salvation, is not one of them!
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, making them pray the God of the poor”.
Francis is secular through and through. As I have written many times, to him Christianity is merely an excuse to push his agenda. Nowhere is this more evident than here, where Christianity is clearly the excuse, and the environ-mental message is clearly the main point.
Not in the Age of Francis.
There are days, I truly can’t recognise this country anymore. It seems to me as if certain news were actually a parody but no, they are true.
Let us consider this. Fr Ashley Beck is the Dean of the Archdiocese of Southwark in charge of the training of deacons. He says something which in my world is so banal that it wouldn’t even deserve mention: children of people co-habiting shouldn’t be admitted in Catholic schools. To me this is like saying that the Pope should be Catholic, but the fact that Fr Beck says that they should not shows that such a banality is, in fact, a piece of news and that apparently children of a cohabitation are admitted as a matter of fact in many Catholic schools. One wonders how a Catholic school can even begin to raise children in a Catholic environment if it is not even requested…
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From the official text of Laudato Si. Emphases mine.
83. The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been attained by the risen Christ, the measure of the maturity of all things. Here we can add yet another argument for rejecting every tyrannical and irresponsible domination of human beings over other creatures. The ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. Rather, all creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the risen Christ embraces and illumines all things. Human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their Creator.
Chris Ferrara has written an excellent piece about this and other pearls of LS. I invite you to visit the page and absorb the wisdom therein contained. I will, here, limit myself to some considerations of my own about the paragraph above.
If this is Christianity, no one informed me of this up to now. I never knew that it is my duty to lead cats and dogs (and rats, and flies, and spiders) back to their Creator. I thought that God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next. That I would be called to lead Mickey Mouse, Felix The Cat, Gus and Jaq, and Pluto “toward a common point of arrival, which is God” was frankly nowhere. The Baltimore Catechism must be seriously deficient.
Now, your average Patheos blogger might at this point wax lyrical about his new discovery that by not squashing spiders he is growing spiritually to a new dimension of oh so elevated spirituality in which Arachnophobia (or Insectophobia, or any other Phobia) has no place at all. But to me, this is no Christianity. A cow is there to give me a good steak. A forest is there to give me oxygen and fuel. We do not abuse Creation, but we certainly use it; and this creation is there for us to make good use of it, not to be led by us to a sort of Plant And Insect Nirvana.
No, this does not seem Christianity to me. Rather, this seems an attempt to let Christianity go beyond the message of Christ, in a kind of New Age Kindergarten where you can be taught that, at the end of a long path of self-discovery, there is a happy ending for every fly and every spider. The sacred cows cannot be very far away, and note that the Hindus do not eat their meat.
There are evident echos of Teilhard de Chardin here, and of his strange ideas of permanent cosmic evolution tending towards that strange and ever blasphemous sounding Omega Point; the end of the journey where, after having abandoned Christianity, every freaking faggot Jesuit can de facto put whatever he wants. To those who want to delve in such heresies from a completely orthodox point of view I suggest the reading of One Hundred Years Of Modernism.
It seems to me even more alarming than that. If cats and dogs (and flies and spiders) are all moving towards “a common point of arrival, which is God”, what is the special value of Baptism, or of belonging to the Christian religion? If the cat reaches his Feline Heaven, and the spider his arachno-nirvana, isn’t the human the more so destined to his paradise, irrespective of whether he was baptised or not? And if this is not the case, is not the unavoidable consequence that the salvation or damnation of the human will be decided, to a great extent, by the degree in which he has helped his fellow trees and spiders reach self-consciousness, by being oh so delicate with the latter and by hugging the former all the time?
There is nothing here of Christianity. The Last Four Things cannot have any reasonable place in it. A complete reversal of the very concept of sin must be implied in this logic. In Francis’ Kindergarten, a joyous enviro-friendly humanity leads cats and dogs (and flies, and spiders) to their spiritual fulfillment whilst “respecting” sister Co2. It is a warped view of Christianity by which not Christ, but some further “evolution” of His message is the culmination, and the animal kingdom is promised a paradise of sort so we can all feel “inclusive” looking at the forest.
Even in V II times, teilhard de Chardin’s strange and more than vaguely blasphemous fantasy theology was still condemned by the Church, if still in 1962
A decree of the Holy Office dated 30 June, under the authority of Pope John XXIII warned that “… it is obvious that in philosophical and theological matters, the said works [Teilhard’s] are replete with ambiguities or rather with serious errors which offend Catholic doctrine. That is why … the Rev. Fathers of the Holy Office urge all Ordinaries, Superiors, and Rectors … to effectively protect, especially the minds of the young, against the dangers of the works of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and his followers”. (AAS, 6 August 1962).
The feeble mind of Jorge Bergoglio has not been protected from, or was rather already too corrupt not to embrace, the serious errors which offend Catholic doctrine.
Now, someone might say that I am taking a paragraph in isolation and ignoring the context, in which Francis even does us the favour of mentioning Christ a couple of times. But this is exactly what we must do. No Pope will ever write an encyclical entirely devoted to espousing heretical thinking. What will happen is that – like every Modernist – he will publish texts in which the errors or outright heresies are mixed with the orthodoxy. We must, therefore, expose this pernicious ideology irrespective of what else there might be in this encyclical which might happen to be right.
Heaven, Francis is the Pope! He is supposed to publish only 100% orthodox texts! If Francis dishes us a plate containing excrements, we can’t pick the strawberries out of it and declare ourselves satisfied!