“Gaudete Et Exsultate”: More Rubbish (Includes “Seamless Garment” and “God Was Wrong”)
After yesterday’s post, today I will continue with a short exposition of some more disgraceful statements in the latest Papal Excrementation. The list is by no means exhaustive.
If you take it with the right spirit, it will be fun; at least inasmuch as having a clown as Pope can be fun.
Paragraphs 35 to 62
Too long to quote. Clearly, the only two heresies Francis tried to grasp whilst in seminary were Gnosticism and Pelagianism, as he mentions them again and again like the ignorant man who has read two books and plagues everyone with them, thinking himself learned. Here, Francis repeats the same insults he has been throwing at us these past five years: Catholics are heretics, Francis is the Anointed of The God Of Surprises. There is not even a feeble attempt to explain how immutable truth can contain surprises. yes, Francis is just that stupid.
Pots And kettles
If we are constantly upset and impatient with others, we will end up drained and weary. But if we regard the faults and limitations of others with tenderness and meekness, without an air of superiority, we can actually help them and stop wasting our energy on useless complaining (72).
Coming from him, this is simply hilarious.
“Hasta Siempre, Comandante!”
True justice comes about in people’s lives when they themselves are just in their decisions; it is expressed in their pursuit of justice for the poor and the weak. While it is true that the word “justice” can be a synonym for faithfulness to God’s will in every aspect of our life, if we give the word too general a meaning, we forget that it is shown especially in justice towards those who are most vulnerable: “Seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Is 1:17) (79).
It really seems that to this man, everyone who isn’t poor isn’t entitled to justice. Once again, the man reminds you that in Catholicism there is just no place for anything that is not, in some form or other, social justice activism. Insulting quotation shows that the devil can quote the bible, but Francis has helpers who do it for him.
Old Maid (Or Worse)
[…] The world of gossip, inhabited by negative and destructive people, does not bring peace. Such people are really the enemies of peace; in no way are they “blessed” (87).
I’ll never know why this man is obsessed with gossip, something vaguely creepy in a male. However, I am told that homos are specialists in exactly that kind of thing. One wonders.
The bishops of Canada made this clear when they noted, for example, that the biblical understanding of the jubilee year was about more than simply performing certain good works. It also meant seeking social change: “For later generations to also be released, clearly the goal had to be the restoration of just social and economic systems, so there could no longer be exclusion” SOCIAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, Open Letter to the Members of Parliament, The Common Good or Exclusion: A Choice for Canadians, 1 February 2001, 9 (99).
The Bishops of Canada are those who gave us the Winnipeg Statement, which alone suffices to discredit the entire breed for all times. But notice once again the idea that the main worry of a Christian should be his striving to become a good Socialist.
More inequality, say I. It teaches humility to the poor and charity to the rich. Enough with the “inclusion” rubbish. The poor will always be with us.
The Great Seamless Garment Bomb
101. The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist. Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend. Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty.
102. We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue. Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the “grave” bioethical questions. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children. Can we not realize that this is exactly what Jesus demands of us, when he tells us that in welcoming the stranger we welcome him (cf. Mt 25:35)? Saint Benedict did so readily, and though it might have “complicated” the life of his monks, he ordered that all guests who knocked at the monastery door be welcomed “like Christ”, with a gesture of veneration; the poor and pilgrims were to be met with “the greatest care and solicitude”.
These two long paragraphs are straight from “Seamless Garment For Dummies”. I do not share the worries of some commenters on my blog. Reading this document it is obvious that, by its very inclusion in it, Francis has destroyed the “seamless garment” argument even in the eyes of the three people and two stray cats who might, in good faith, have seen some merit in it. I am actually glad that Francis chose to include it in what can only be called another theological suicide letter.
A similar approach is found in the Old Testament: “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you yourselves were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Ex 22:21). “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Lev 19:33-34). This is not a notion invented by some Pope, or a momentary fad (103).
The explanation of why the stranger should be allowed to enter illegally is not given to us. The explanation of why we should not be able to choose which strangers we want is also absent. What this amount to is: “if you are not willing to be invaded by Muslims, you are a bad Christian”. More quotes out of context.
God Used To Be Wrong, You Know
True enough, the biblical authors had limited conceptual resources for expressing certain realities, and in Jesus’ time epilepsy, for example, could easily be confused with demonic possession. Yet this should not lead us to an oversimplification that would conclude that all the cases related in the Gospel had to do with psychological disorders and hence that the devil does not exist or is not at work.
This is the blasphemy anticipated in my former blog post on the matter. What it says is that, as “the biblical authors had limited conceptual resources for expressing certain realities”, we can conclude that some of the cases of demonic possession mentioned in the Bible were cases of epilepsy.
The expression “This is the word of the Lord” means nothing to this guy. Already the concept of the “limited conceptual resources” referring to it is plain insulting, but this is more than that: this is an invitation to give the sacred texts a modern, psychological interpretation, provided you don’t “oversimplify”. This is where all the rubbish about Jesus “overcoming his prejudices” and such like blasphemies come from.
Possession is possession, you idiot.
A Papal Warning
167. The gift of discernment has become all the more necessary today, since contemporary life offers immense possibilities for action and distraction, and the world presents all of them as valid and good. All of us, but especially the young, are immersed in a culture of zapping. We can navigate simultaneously on two or more screens and interact at the same time with two or three virtual scenarios. Without the wisdom of discernment, we can easily become prey to every passing trend.
Translation: “don’t read Catholic blogs. They rubbish me all the time”.
Which, dear reader, we will most certainly continue to do.