Pope Francis IS a progressive Catholic. There can be no question about that after all his interviews and off the cuff comments. This Synod was a progressive attempt to change the Church. At first I believe progressives thought they had it in the bag- hence the “working document” about welcoming gay couples in mortal sin because they have “gifts” to offer the Church. They seemed completely stupefied by the large outcry heard around the world. These people don't know their own Faith or the Saints who kept and taught the faith.
“If one yields ground on any single point of Catholic doctrine, one will later have to yield later in another, and again in another, and so on until such surrenders come to be something normal and acceptable. And when one gets used to rejecting dogma bit by bit, the final result will be the repudiation of it altogether.” –St. Vincent of Lerins
If anyone thinks Pope Francis wasn’t completely behind this progressive push, you’re fooling yourselves. Everything he’s done since day one has pointed to that “working document” so adored and fawned over by progressives.
What he didn’t expect was the complete spanking he got for his efforts.
Church Militant TV’s Michael Voris says it’s because faithful Catholics around the world heard Catholic media reporting these events as they happened and they rightly protested what was going on.
I see it differently.
“The gates of hell will not prevail” against Christ’s Holy Catholic Church. Sure faithful Catholic media and laity voiced their unhappiness and anger at what was going on, but it was the Holy Spirit who stopped Pope Francis and his progressive gang in their tracks.
They [progressives] can waste all their efforts TRYING to change doctrine, but it won’t happen. What they WILL do, is lead people to Hell with their heretical beliefs and THAT is what angers me.
“What shall a Catholic do if some portion of the Church detaches itself from communion of the universal Faith? What other choice can he make if some new contagion attempts to poison, no longer a small part of the Church, but the whole Church at once, then his great concern will be to attach himself to antiquity (Tradition) which can no longer be led astray by any lying novelty.” –St. Vincent of Lerins
I completely trust the Holy Spirit to protect the Church. Pope Francis cannot destroy Her or change Her, but Pope Francis [and other progressive clergy] CAN be the Piped Piper leading ignorant people into heresy and subsequently Hell. That is what faithful devout orthodox Catholics have to fight against. We have to help save people from misleading 'off the cuff' comments and bold heresy- even from our own clergy.
“The Church of the Lord is built upon the rock of the apostles among so many dangers in the world; it therefore remains unmoved. The Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly beat upon the Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress.” – St. Ambrose of Milan
Back to Pope Francis’ final speech … guess he didn’t like the smack down, because he (at least in my opinion) struck back at all the Catholics who dared oppose the progressive agenda he had so hoped would be accepted.
- One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.
He just had to slap traditional Catholics across the face (again) didn’t he?
- The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo], that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”
Guess traditionalist are the “fearful” “do-gooders” ignoring the cause and root of the wounds in the Church. Those “wounds” are of course caused by telling people what sin is and that it must be confessed before Holy Communion. And the “wounds” of telling homosexuals they can’t get ‘married’ because it’s a mortal sin. Pope Francis believes to heal the ‘causes and roots’ of these wounds we need to shut up about gay ‘marriage’ and abortion etc. His idea of “curing them” is leaving them ignorant and in a state of mortal sin.
- The temptation to transform stones into bread to break the long, heavy, and painful fast (cf. Lk 4:1-4); and also to transform the bread into a stone and cast it against the sinners, the weak, and the sick (cf Jn 8:7), that is, to transform it into unbearable burdens (Lk 11:46)
What Pope Francis calls “unbearable burdens” is what the rest of us call “picking up our crosses and following Christ”. Christ didn’t promise anyone life would be easy- Mary, sinless Mother of God suffered pain in this life (Luke 2:34-35) why shouldn’t the rest of us? No one is casting stones at sinners, but we are telling them to REPENT and sin no more because that is what Jesus taught us to do. That is the key: repenting. If the Church doesn’t tell people what sin is, how can sinner’s repent? The Church is COMMANDED by Jesus to teach the FULL Truth to all people so that they might be saved (Matthew 28:19-20). That is the mission of the Church. That is how wounds are healed.
- The temptation to come down off the Cross, to please the people, and not stay there, in order to fulfil the will of the Father; to bow down to a worldly spirit instead of purifying it and bending it to the Spirit of God.
He must have choked on that one. Continually we see Pope Francis and progressive Catholic clergy attempting to 'bow down to worldly spirit" by watering down the Faith and telling Catholics to shut up about abortion and gay marriage. Rather worry about the worst crisis in the world- youth unemployment and lonely elderly people. Ahuh. Last I checked those weren't mortal sins that send a person to Hell. But what progressive is worried about the souls of people? None. They are worried about being welcoming, not offending and finding the "gifts" in homosexual relationships!
- The temptation to neglect the “” [the deposit of faith], not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters [of it]; or, on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so many things and to say nothing! They call them “byzantinisms,” I think, these things…"
If ANYONE is tempting to “neglect the depositum fidei [deposit of faith]" its progressive clergy. They don’t want to be guardians of the faith, they want to change the faith- just like Martin Luther before them.
And another slap to devout orthodox Catholics with “…on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so many things and to say nothing!” Clearly, traditional Catholics to Pope Francis’ mind are “neglecting reality” because we don’t believe the MORTAL SIN of homosexual relationships are a “gift” to the Church.
“It is an error to believe that Christ did not teach a determined body of doctrine applicable to all times and to all men, but rather that He inaugurated a religious movement adapted, or to be adapted, to different times and different places.”–Pope St. Pius X
This Synod has only reaffirmed my already none to favorable views of our current Pope. I don’t trust Pope Francis and I don’t like him. I wanted/want to trust him, like him and love him like I did Pope Benedict before him, but the honest truth is I don’t- and I probably never will. I’ve accepted that. I also accept Pope Francis 100% as our current pope. God (for His own reasons) has allowed Pope Francis to be pope, I accept it. Let’s remember, God also allowed such popes as Alexander VI to hold the papal office for a time. Just because you’re pope doesn’t mean you’re a good one or that the faithful will love you.
“Given the breakdown in family life, the wholesale attack on innocent and defenseless human lives, and the violation of the integrity of the union of marriage in our society, the call to the martyrdom of witness is ever more urgent.” –Cardinal Raymond Burke
Many Catholics are rightly pointing their fingers at progressive Bishops/Cardinals who pushed their liberal agenda’s at the Synod. Like Cardinal Kasper, who is about as Catholic as my dead dog. I don’t like Kasper, not because he’s liberal, but because he’s a heretic. He wishes (and is attempting) to change the Church. Kasper is a closet protestant- he doesn’t love the Church as She is, he wants to change her to be more Protestant. Then he will love Her. Along the way, his heretical beliefs are destroying the weak faith held by many Catholics. Catholics who don’t properly know their faith. He is putting his heretical ideas into the heads of Catholics who sadly, will follow him and his theology away from the Church.
Kasper is today’s Martin Luther. Only instead of opposing the pope, he's working with him to push a progressive agenda that is in direct opposition to Church teaching.
And sadly… Kasper has Pope Francis patting him on the back all the way for months now. Encouraging Kasper to continue spreading heretical beliefs. This is tragic.
Not a single word of public correction has been given to Kasper for all the misleading and heretical views Kasper has PUBLICLY made before, during or after the Synod. Instead we get the above. That’s wrong.
"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them." -Pope St. Felix III
"If the faith is in imminent peril, prelates ought to be accused by their subjects, even in public." -St. Thomas Aquinas
"According to their knowledge, competence and prestige which they possess, [the Christian faithful] have the right and even at the times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful"- Canon Law 212 Section 3
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner
*Yes [to answer the emails on this], I know Church Militant TV took down the video about Cardinal Burke’s comment that “Pope Francis is harming the Church”. Why was the video taken down? I have no idea. Perhaps Burke requested it? Perhaps Voris saw the video as harming the faithful in some way? Or perhaps it was simply to controversial, I honestly don’t know and don’t really care. I saw the video and I agree with Cardinal Burke- though I go much further in my belief that Pope Francis has been damaging the Church since his first Holy Week- that is my opinion and it hasn’t changed.