Francis Contradicts Pope Pius XI Verbatim
Consider what Francis said to the (female) Lutheran “Archbishop” of Sweden, Antje Jackelen, whom he received in audience today, May 4:
Pope Francis received the Lutheran archbishop of Sweden in audience on May 4 and said that the Christian division contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and harms the cause of the preaching of the Gospel.
“Much work” remains to be done in the ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans, the Pope said, who said that we should accept one another as “brothers and sisters in the faith” rather than look upon one another as competitors.
“The witness of our persecuted brothers and sisters spurs us to grow in fraternal communion,” the Pope added. “Of urgent relevance is also the question of the dignity of human life, always to be respected, as well as the themes related to the family, marriage and sexuality that cannot be silenced or ignored for fear of jeopardizing the ecumenical consensus already achieved.”
(“‘Much work’ remains in ecumenical dialogue, Pope tells Swedish Lutheran leader”, Catholic Culture, May 4, 2015; underlining added.)
In 1928, Pope Pius XI, in his landmark encyclical against false religious unity by means of “ecumenism”, condemned exactly what “Pope” Francis just said. Listen closely:
Is it not right, it is often repeated, indeed, even consonant with duty, that all who invoke the name of Christ should abstain from mutual reproaches and at long last be united in mutual charity? Who would dare to say that he loved Christ, unless he worked with all his might to carry out the desires of Him, Who asked His Father that His disciples might be “one” [Jn 17:21]. And did not the same Christ will that His disciples should be marked out and distinguished from others by this characteristic, namely that they loved one another: “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another”? [Jn 13:35] All Christians, they add, should be as “one”: for then they would be much more powerful in driving out the pest of irreligion, which like a serpent daily creeps further and becomes more widely spread, and prepares to rob the Gospel of its strength.
These things and others that class of men who are known as pan-Christians continually repeat and amplify; and these men, so far from being quite few and scattered, have increased to the dimensions of an entire class, and have grouped themselves into widely spread societies, most of which are directed by non-Catholics, although they are imbued with varying doctrines concerning the things of faith. This undertaking is so actively promoted as in many places to win for itself the adhesion of a number of citizens, and it even takes possession of the minds of very many Catholics and allures them with the hope of bringing about such a union as would be agreeable to the desires of Holy Mother Church, who has indeed nothing more at heart than to recall her erring sons and to lead them back to her bosom. But in reality beneath these enticing words and blandishments lies hid a most grave error, by which the foundations of the Catholic faith are completely destroyed.
(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos, n. 4; underlining added.)
So much for the much-touted “hermeneutic of continuity”. There is no continuity between pre-Vatican II Catholicism and the Novus Ordo corruption of Catholicism. The two are diametrically opposed; they are contradictory. If one is true, the other is false. We therefore know that the church of the Second Vatican Council is not and cannot be the Roman Catholic Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose last known legitimate shepherd was Pius XII (d. 1958). See the powerful video The Syllogism of Sedevacantism for an elaborate argument on this matter.
Make sure you read Pope Pius XI’s encyclical in its entirety if you have not already, using the link above. It is not very long and filled with powerful refutations of the various errors of ecumenism. Catholic truth is beautiful and clear: The true Church has always taught, and will always continue to teach, that the only genuine religious union that can come about between Catholics and non-Catholics is that of non-Catholics converting to the Catholic Church. Anything else is a betrayal of Christ; anything else would be an abandonment of the divine mission of the Church, which is impossible (cf. Mt 28:19-20; Mk 16:16; 1 Tim 3:15; Mt 16:18). The Church founded by God enjoys “perfect and perpetual immunity … from error and heresy”, as the same Pius XI taught (Encyclical Quas Primas, n. 22), and hence any church which does not seek the conversion of those outside her fold, or which teaches error, cannot be the true Catholic Church.
The following links are other magisterial documents issued by the true Popes on the same question of ecumenism and religious unity — read them carefully, for they are refreshingly clear and beautiful and stand in such stark contrast to the Modernist-Masonic drivel that has come from the Novus Ordo Vatican since John XXIII and Vatican II:
- Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Quanto Conficiamur Moerore (1863)
- Pope Pius IX, Instruction to Puseyite Anglicans on True Religious Unity (1865)
- Pope Pius IX, Apostolic Letter Iam Vos Omnes (1868)
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae (1894)
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum (1896)
- Pope St. Pius X, Letter Our Apostolic Mandate on Society and Interreligious Cooperation (1910)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos (1928)
- Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Orientalis Ecclesiae (1944)
- Pope Pius XII, Canonical Warning on Attending Ecumenical Gatherings (1948)
- Pope Pius XII, Instruction on the Ecumenical Movement (1949)
The evidence that we are dealing with two essentially different religions is simply overwhelming and undeniable. He who has eyes to see, let him see!
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