Timeo Franciscum Et Dona Ferentem
Pope Francis has addressed the faithful in preparation of the upcoming Year Of False Mercy, instituted from him in order to sabotage Catholic doctrine in every way he can whilst looking oh so pious himself.
The address contains this and that, and is rather uneventful for most of its course. The only difference with Francis' usual allocutions is that one can actually understand what he is talking about; a sure sign, this, that the text has been written by someone else.
However, there is a big surprise in the end:
A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint. I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity. In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.
This is big news from a Pollyanna perspective, and as newspapers go. From December and for one year every devout, rosary-counting Catholic who has scruples in that sense will be able to go to confession to an SPPX chapel, safe in the knowledge that that master of Orthodoxy, Francis, might look on him with less hate than usual because of… mercy.
I do not trust this. I do not trust the time, I do not trust the motives, and most importantly I do not trust the person. I fear Francis even when he bears gifts, because a scheming and heretical pope cannot have in mind anything good for Catholicism.
I do not trust the time and the motives, because it seems to me that Francis is opening the war on the sacraments with a manoeuvre aimed at disorienting his enemy. He is “merciful” to the SSPX: how will the conservative Catholics, then, be angry at him when he is “merciful” to adulterers? I smell a huge German rat here, and whilst many German bishops will feign mock opposition or even mock indignation, I am pretty sure they all know where this is going to end, and will play the game for all they're worth. Adultery is well worth an SSPX confession, and they will now shout even louder that once Francis is “merciful” to the “schismatic” SSPX ( I know, I know… slander and false accusations never get old) how can he refuse “mercy” to the oh so acutely suffering concubines and perverts?
But most importantly, I do not trust the person. Not for one second will I think that Francis has suddenly become an orthodox Catholic. Please understand that Francis is not pursuing a less heretical agenda today than he was yesterday. He will not start today to like the rosary-counting Catholics he so much despises. The Evil Clown that went to bed yesterday evening is the same that woke up this morning. Of course he is throwing a bone to the conservative crowd before he serves the sacrilegious entree to his heretical followers, or at least tries to let them have as much of the dish as he can.
I can hear the Pollyannas already, all excited at how oh so comprehensively merciful this Pope is. They are being fooled.
You recognise the orthodox pope from his orthodox actions. This one isn't an orthodox Pope. Therefore, I do not trust his actions even when they would appear in the interest of orthodoxy.
“You are so mistrustful!”, the one or other will say.
“You are so thick!”, will my answer be.
I fear Francis, even when he comes bearing gifts.