It’s a Francis idea, that explains it…
Shower Power: St. Peter’s Colonnades to get Showers for Homeless
What Bernini missed in his colonnades: Showers!
From our ever-expanding Believe It or Not stack, today comes this news from Vatican Insider and Crux:
- Pope Francis commissions showers for the homeless under St. Peter’s colonnades
- Pope Francis to build showers for homeless in St. Peter’s Square
It is, of course, a good and laudable thing to provide the homeless with food, clothing, shelter, and facilities for washing — such are corporal works of mercy. There is no doubt about that. But for goodness’ sake, showers inside the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square, right under the Apostolic Palace?! They can install showers and offer free haircuts and what not all throughout Rome, using the Vatican alms fund if they wish. But to install showers inside the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square?? Completely uncalled-for.
This move is obviously nothing more than a publicity stunt by Mr. Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”), and designed to get him plenty of additional applause from the world, such as he has been seeking from the beginning on a daily basis. Francis’ concern for matters of the body is only matched by his lack of concern for matters of the soul. He is a Naturalist, as are all Freemasons and like-minded fellows. Wonder if perhaps the money for the showers came from Porsche’s profane use of the Sistine Chapel that Francis so humbly granted to the automaker?
Francis is trying to turn his church into nothing more than a big humanitarian service organization that also mentions God. The great anti-Modernist Pope, Saint Pius X (d. 1914), had something to say on that idea:
We wish to draw your attention, Venerable Brethren, to this distortion of the Gospel and to the sacred character of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God and man, prevailing within the Sillon and elsewhere. As soon as the social question is being approached, it is the fashion in some quarters to first put aside the divinity of Jesus Christ, and then to mention only His unlimited clemency, His compassion for all human miseries, and His pressing exhortations to the love of our neighbor and to the brotherhood of men. True, Jesus has loved us with an immense, infinite love, and He came on earth to suffer and die so that, gathered around Him in justice and love, motivated by the same sentiments of mutual charity, all men might live in peace and happiness.
But for the realization of this temporal and eternal happiness, He has laid down with supreme authority the condition that we must belong to His Flock, that we must accept His doctrine, that we must practice virtue, and that we must accept the teaching and guidance of Peter and his successors.
Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them. Whilst He called to Himself in order to comfort them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. Whilst He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. Whilst His heart overflowed with gentleness for the souls of good-will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them.
He was as strong as he was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing, and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom, and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body.
Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lessons and by His example, He traced the path of the happiness which is possible on earth and of the perfect happiness in heaven: the royal way of the Cross. These are teachings that it would be wrong to apply only to one’s personal life in order to win eternal salvation; these are eminently social teachings, and they show in Our Lord Jesus Christ something quite different from an inconsistent and impotent humanitarianism.
(Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique [“Our Apostolic Mandate”]; underlining and pargraph breaks added.)
The errors of the Modernist/Sillonist position here identified and denounced by Pius X amount to a near-perfect description of the program of “Pope” Francis, who, while deceitfully paying lipservice to the Gospel, really advances an apostate one-world religion, sweetened with plenty of humanitarianism and an apparent concern for “peace” — this helps to win over the gullible and distracts the attentive.
Yet, Francis’ Revolution pushes the Vatican II Church closer and closer to the brink of total collapse, as the further it removes itself from Catholicism, the more irrelevant it becomes to the world. No one needs a Salvation Army on Steroids — an NGO with high-profile hierarchs in fancy costumes — as people will always prefer the original to an imitation. (A November 13 story on the failure of the much-touted “Francis Effect” underscores this point.)
It seems that it won’t be too much longer now before the whole Novus Ordo Sect collapses. Let it. It can only hasten the restoration of the true Catholic Church of our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ!
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