Symbolism that speaks volumes…
Hiding Christ from the Jews? Francis’ Pectoral Cross is covered during part of Meeting with Chief Rabbis
One of the many stops during Francis’ brief visit to the Holy Land was a meeting with the two Chief Rabbis of Israel. The Vatican posted the text of Francis’ address to the two rabbis here, and also made available this video.
In keeping with his program of refusing to ever actually evangelize the Jews (or any other non-Catholics, for that matter), and of mocking Christ our Lord, the false “Pope” Francis wore his pectoral cross behind his sash, so that it was at various times either covered partially or not visible at all.
Did this perhaps just happen by accident? Granted, it’s possible, but given Francis’ track record with hiding Christ from the Jews, a benefit of the doubt would not be justified; in addition, the video of the event shows that Francis entered the room with the cross hidden already — it is not something that just happened accidentally as the result of moving around in a certain way. At the same time, he did eventually take out his pectoral cross (at the 1:54:40 timestamp) and did not put it back in the sash:
Francis enters at the 1:35:12 mark
In any case, if it was deliberate, then this wasn’t the first time Francis tried to hide his pectoral cross from the Jews. He did so at least once before, at the kosher luncheon he hosted in the Vatican for his Jewish buddies (full story here) in January 2014.
Francis prefers to offend Christ rather than the Jews, to whom he is obliged to preach the Gospel. Our Lord Himself was rather unequivocal about this: “For if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sin” (Jn 8:24); “Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned” (Mk 16:15-16).
Plus, Francis himself is the one who frequently says things like the following:
Where there is true life in Christ, there follows an openness to others, and so a going out from oneself to encounter others in the name of Christ. And this is the job of the catechist: constantly to go forth to others out of love, to bear witness to Jesus and to talk about Jesus, to proclaim Jesus. This is important because the Lord does it: it is the Lord himself who impels us to go forth.
…The catechist is conscious of having received a gift, the gift of faith, and he or she then gives that gift in turn to others. This is something beautiful. We don’t keep a percentage for ourselves! Whatever we receive, we give! This is not commerce! It is not a business! It is pure gift: a gift received and a gift given… Are we being fed by our relationship with the Lord, so that we can bring him to others, and not to keep it for ourselves? I’ll tell you, I don’t understand how a catechist can remain stationary, without this movement. I don’t understand!
…To be faithful, to be creative; we need to be able to change. To change! And why must I change? So that I can adapt to the situations in which I must proclaim the Gospel. To stay close to God, we need to know how to set out, we must not be afraid to set out. If a catechist gives in to fear, then he or she is a coward. If a catechist has an easy time of it, he or she will end up being a statue in a museum. We have a lot of these! Please, no more statues in the museum! If a catechist is rigid, he or she will dry up and wither. I ask you: does any of you want to be a coward, a statue in a museum, dried up and withered? Is that what you want to be?
…When we think about going far away, to an extreme outskirt, we may be a bit afraid, but in fact God is already there. Jesus is waiting for us in the hearts of our brothers and sisters, in their wounded bodies, in their hardships, in their lack of faith. But can I tell you about one of the “outskirts” which breaks my heart? I saw it in my first diocese. It is children who don’t even know how to make the sign of the cross.
(Antipope Francis, Address to Catechists, Sept. 27, 2013)
Ah, what happend, Francis? Why won’t you preach the Gospel to the Jews, like St. Peter did in Acts 2? “How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher?” (Rom 10:14).
Make no mistake about it. Francis isn’t afraid of the Jews. Rather — and this is much worse — he does not believe that people must believe in Jesus Christ and become Catholic in order to be saved, least of all the Jews:
Simply put, Francis is an apostate. He is a baptized man who has completely abandoned the True Religion revealed by God. He preaches a greeting-card spirituality combined with an antichrist theology that comes from the depths of hell.
Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ warned sternly:
- “For he that shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation: the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mk 8:38)
- “But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 10:33)
As both St. Peter and St. Paul said, our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, crucified for us, is a stumbling block to those who do not believe:
- “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness.” (1 Cor. 1:23)
- “To you therefore that believe, he is honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner: and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set.” (1 Pet 2:7-8)
Saints Peter and Paul preached Christ Crucified to the Jews. Francis does not — to the contrary!
Christ the Stumbling Block was prophesied in the very Old Testament the Jews claim to believe in:
- “The stone which the builders rejected; the same is become the head of the corner. This is the Lord’ s doing: and it is wonderful in our eyes.” (Ps 117:22-23)
Our Blessed Lord Himself warned the Jews that if they did not believe in him, they would pay the ultimate price for their rejection:
- “Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder.” (Mt 21:43-44)
Obviously, Francis does not believe the teaching of the Old or New Testaments. It turns out that that hidden pectoral cross before the rabbis is an apt symbol of Francis’ theology.