Francis Is But A Blip In The Church’s Radar
It never ceases to amaze me how some Catholics, particularly Converts, stake so much on the holiness or the Pope. Where I come from, this is superstition for the uneducated.
Grow up in Italy and get a good education, and every illusion about the obligatory saintliness of the Pope will be taken away from you at a very young age. From the ferocious battles among Roman patrician families of, say, the X to XIII Century, to the Great Western Schism, to the plethora of, in some cases, astonishingly corrupted Popes (Benedict IX anyone?) there is little to corroborate the theory. Italian Catholics of the more educated sort know all that. To them, it is part of the complex fabric of human sinfulness. They understand the greatness and Indefectibility of the Church exactly when comparing it with the savagely bad leadership she got for such long periods of time.
There is nothing, in Italy, of this crawling Papolatry. Popes are called, without any evil intent, by their family names: Papa Pacelli, Papa Roncalli, Papa Montini…. Try that in England, and there is sure to be someone ready to attack you because you have “belittled the Pope”.
Then there are the sayings: “stare come un papa”, “dormire come un papa”, “mangiare come un papa” and the best of them all, “morto un papa se ne fa un altro”; all of the indicating a healthy, very Italian way of looking at the Papacy.
Therefore, an Italian Catholic will be saddened, and enraged, at the rapscallion we have currently in charge. However, he could never, ever lose his faith because the Pope of the day is an idiot, an evil man, or an outright bastard.
Francis happens. It has happened in the past, it will happen in the future. It happens, however, mostly in times of corruption, either within the Church or among Catholics at large.
We are living one of those period. Good. Let our faith be tested and found not wanting.
“But Mundabor, Mundabor! What happens now is unprecedented!”
Marcellinus' offence to the First Commandment was unprecedented. Liberius' cowardly siding with heresy and forbidding the Creed was unprecedented. The Synodus Horrenda and the ferocious controversies of the following years were unprecedented. John XXII's threat to proclaim a blasphemous “dogma” was unprecedented. The Schism in 1066 was unprecedented. The Western Schism was unprecedented. The Popes leaving Rome to go to a nicer place was unprecedented. The explosion of successful heresies in the XVI Century was unprecedented. WW I was unprecedented. Hiroshima was unprecedented. The factual wiping out of Christianity from half Europe was unprecedented. The life of Christians has often had these unprecedented events. Well, you know what? Add to the list the stupid, lewd, Socialist, Atheist Pope, and you have just another episode in the history of Fallen Man.
You don't like Francis? How would you like the state of utter confusion for several decades of two or three people claiming to be Pope, and with a claim strong enough that even Saints side with the Antipope? Did the Christians lose their faith? Well not those faithful, for sure!
“But Mundabor, Mundabor! Now all the world listens to what the Pope says!”
Their fault if they listen and believe. Never has the quisque de populo been, on average, so literate and so able to inform himself about what is what, no matter what letters the Pope writes around. Therefore, no heretical Pope of the past has been, in fact, so impotent as the Evil Clown is now.
Francis cannot steal one single soul. Those who decide to get lost through him are Reprobates willingly refusing to accept the Truth, and using Francis only as a convenient excuse. Let them eat and drink their own damnation, together with their evil leader. Pray for the poor bastards, and pity them exceedingly. But never, ever lose your faith.
And in all you do, for Heaven's sake believe in One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church. Not in the homemade dogma of the saintly pope.
Francis is a blip in the Church's radar. Like Julian the Apostate or Diocletian, he will be remembered only to show the Indefectibility of the Church. And he will go one day, the old, lewd, lurid rapscallion. He will stretch his paws (another Italian expression for you, courtesy of your humble correspondent) and we will be in with another chance.
But we must pray, and do penance.