Francis finds more “Idolatry”…

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“Obstinate and Rebellious”: Francis Trashes Traditionalists in Renewed Push for “Surprise” Theology

Jorge is clearly on a roll these days! Closing out the old year with the unspeakable blasphemy that our Lord “probably had to beg forgiveness” of Mary and Joseph for staying behind in the Temple, and claiming that the Blessed Mother had “rebuked” her Divine Son, the Argentinian pretend-pope began the new year with an apostasy-bomb in the form of a video promoting indifferentism, agnosticism, and perhaps even syncretism. Here are the links:

As regards the apostasy video, Jimmy Akin tried his six-figure-salary best to explain away what was clearly visible to everyone. However, as the interesting combox contributions show, most people aren’t buying the “ten things to know and share” anymore.

What many perhaps failed to notice, but what was extremely significant in this video, is that there was no crucifix or cross anywhere in this promotion of “dialogue” among religions, proving once again that it is all about hiding Christ, not preaching Him to a world which so desperately has need of Him. As the symbol of Christianity, one would have expected to see a crucifix or at least a cross at the end of the clip to represent Catholicism — instead, a plastic figurine of the Divine Infant was shown. Most remarkably, however, in all of the scenes in which the “Pope” appears, Francis goes out of his way to cover even the pectoral cross he wears, so that the cross is hidden from view at all times, with only one single time a little bit of the cross briefly peeking out. Clearly, someone is ashamed of the Cross of Christ, which has always been “unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness” (1 Cor 1:23). Francis is doing his part to ensure that it will remain this way for years to come.

We have created a convenient meme showing Francis’ peek-a-boo game you can share on social media and on forums and blogs — demonstrating once again that Francis, far from being the Vicar of Christ, is actually the Vicar of Judas (click the meme for a larger version):

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In addition, we have also produced a short video clip entitled “Frankenchurch: All Are Welcome” to draw further attention to this unabashed promotion of apostasy. The video can be watched below. CAUTION! Video contains disturbing images not suitable for children:

CAUTION! Video contains disturbing images – NOT FOR CHILDREN

For background on the term “Frankenchurch”, go here.

Yesterday, January 17, Francis visited a Talmudic-Jewish synagogue in Rome and ran through the usual program: blah blah “elder brothers”; blah blah “covenant never revoked”; blah blah “Jewish roots of Christianity”; blah blah “antisemitism”; blah blah “no more violence”; blah blah “peace and dialogue.” If you missed it, you didn’t — miss anything, that is. We’ve heard it for the last 50 years. Here are some links about the event:

Recently, we had published several posts on the Novus Ordo distortion of the Gospel as it relates to today’s “Judaism”; it may be a good idea to review them:

In addition to all this, Francis wouldn’t be Francis if he didn’t constantly insult true Catholics and those caught up in his sect who are sincerely trying to be real Catholics. And thus it came to pass that this morning, Francis opened his Modernist mouth to pronounce anathema once more against those who oppose his whimsical “god of surprises” theology — i.e., against those who aren’t entirely convinced that every waft coming from Francis’ lips is the breath of the Holy Ghost. As Francis’ words are, as usual, a hopeless mess, we must quote the news story from the Vatican in full:

Christians who say “it’s always been done that way,” and stop there have hearts closed to the surprises of the Holy Spirit. They are idolaters and rebels [who] will never arrive at the fullness of the truth. That was the message of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday morning at the chapel in the Casa Santa Marta.

In the first reading, Saul was rejected by God as King of Israel because he disobeyed, preferring to listen to the people rather than the will of God. The people, after a victory in battle, wanted to offer a sacrifice of the best animals to God, because, he said, “it’s always been done that way.” But God, this time, did not want that. The prophet Samuel rebuked Saul: “Does the Lord so delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obedience to the command of the Lord?” Jesus teaches us the same thing in the Gospel, the Pope explained. When the doctors of the law criticized Him because His disciples did not fast “as had always been done,” Jesus responded with these examples from daily life: “No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

“What does this mean? That He changes the law? No! That the law is at the service of man, who is at the service of God – and so man ought to have an open heart. ‘It’s always been done this way’ is a closed heart, and Jesus tells us, ‘I will send you the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into the fullness of truth.’ If you have a heart closed to the newness of the Spirit, you will never reach the full truth. And your Christian life will be a half-and-half life, a patched life, mended with new things, but on a structure that is not open to the voice of the Lord—a closed heart, so that you are not able to change others.”

This, the Pope emphasized, was the sin of Saul, for which he was rejected by God. “It is the sin of so many Christians who cling to what has always been done and who do not allow others to change. And they end up with half a life, [a life that is] patched, mended, meaningless.” The sin, he said, “is a closed heart,” that “does not hear the voice of the Lord, that is not open to the newness of the Lord, to the Spirit that always surprises us.” This rebellion, says Samuel, is “the sin of divination,” and obstinacy is the sin of idolatry:

“Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,’ this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination. It’s as if they went about by guessing: ‘What has been said and what doesn’t change is what’s important; what I hear—from myself and my closed heart—more than the Word of the Lord.’ Obstinacy is also the sin of idolatry: the Christian who is obstinate sins! The sin of idolatry. ‘And what is the way, Father?’ Open the heart to the Holy Spirit, discern what is the will of God.”

Pope Francis noted that in Jesus’ time, good Israelites were in the habit of fasting. “But there is another reality,” he said. “There is the Holy Spirit who leads us into the full truth. And for this reason he needs an open heart, a heart that will not stubbornly remain in the sin of idolatry of oneself,” imagining that my own opinion is more important than the surprise of the Holy Spirit.

“This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God. May the Lord grant us the grace of an open heart, of a heart open to the voice of the Spirit, which knows how to discern what should not change, because it is fundamental, from what should change in order to be able to receive the newness of the Spirit.”

(“Pope Francis: Obstinate Christians are Rebels and Idolaters”News.va, Jan. 18, 2016)

Francis’ gratuitous interpretation of these Scripture passages aside, perhaps someone in the Vatican can explain to Mr. Bergoglio what Divination actually is, and, while they’re at it, cover the heresy of Pelagianism as well.

So, once more we find Francis denouncing “idolatry”. Ah, if only he would denounce real idolatry! The irony here is that when it comes to real idolatry — the Pagan worshipping of idols — Francis strikes a completely different note, as we illustrated in our podcast this past November. Francis only denounces metaphorical idolatries of his own fancy — “idolatry of money”, “idolatry of consumerism”, etc. — but never true, literal idolatry. Rather, for the Heathen creature-worshippers, for the polythesists, Jorge “Preach-the-Gospel-Always” Bergoglio has nothing but kind words and acceptance: They simply “meet God in different ways”, as he says in the interfaith video, they “think differently, feel differently” about matters in which there is supposedly no certainty other than that we are all “children of God.”

Obviously, what is going on here is that Francis is doing his best to groom his hapless listeners for accepting an even more drastic departure from the true Gospel of Christ. That is to say, whoever is still left in the Vatican II Church at this point is now being subjected to an even more radical program of constant change and novelty, quite contrary to the warnings found in Holy Scripture:

Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. And they said: we will not walk. (Jer 6:16)

I wonder that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel. Which is not another, only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema. (Gal 1:6-9)

Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle. (2 Thess 2:14)

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding the profane novelties of words, and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called. (1 Tim 6:20)

The Popes of the 19th and 20th centuries, too, have condemned novelty in philosophy and theology in no uncertain terms, and the most important and hard-hitting documents in this regard can be found in the anthology The Popes Against Modern Errors, which includes the full text of select papal writings from Gregory XVI through Pius XII (1831-1958).

In his 1907 landmark encyclical against Modernism, the great Pope Saint Pius X exclaimed: “Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty!” (Pascendi, n. 49). Five years earlier, Pope Leo XIII had warned: “It is impossible to approve in Catholic publications a style inspired by unsound novelty which seems to deride the piety of the faithful and dwells on the introduction of a new order of Christian life, on new directions of the Church, on new aspirations of the modern soul, on a new social vocation of the clergy, on a new Christian civilization, and many other things of the same kind” (quoted in Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi, n. 55).

In an encyclical issued in 1834, Pope Gregory XVI rebuked those who proudly sought after novelty and went so far as to look for philosophical and theological truth outside the Catholic Church: “…We greatly deplore the fact that, where the ravings of human reason extend, there is somebody who studies new things and strives to know more than is necessary, against the advice of the apostle. There you will find someone who is overconfident in seeking the truth outside the Catholic Church, in which it can be found without even a light tarnish of error” (Singulari Nos, n. 8). And it was Pope Pius VI who had remarked: “Any novelty at all assails the Universal Church” (Bull Auctorem Fidei).

The contrast between the Catholic religion and the New Religion of Vatican II, exemplified in its most mature fruit to date by the apostate Francis, could not be greater. Let us pray that more and more people will muster the courage, the fortitude, to admit the obvious truth, no matter the cost. One day we will all have to render an account: “Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come” (Mt 24:44).