Heaven forbid someone should convert!
Francis: “Never Proselytize in Schools!”
Mr. Jorge “Preach the Gospel Always” Bergoglio — aka “Pope Francis” — has once again stressed that the last thing he actually desires is anyone’s conversion to Catholicism, and here we don’t even mean authentic Catholicism, as found before Vatican II, but even just the NovusOrdo-distorted version of it.
Vatican City: Never proselytize in schools. Pope Francis said this in the Paul VI Audience Hall to seven thousand participants at the World Congress on Catholic Education organized by the Congregation in charge of Catholic Education.
“Christian education — the Pope says — is not only teaching catechism and proselytizing. Never proselytize in schools. Christian education is bringing up the young in complete reality with human values and one of these [values] is transcendence. Today there is a tendency to neo-positivism, which is education in immanent things, in countries of Christian tradition as well as those of pagan tradition. We are closed to transcendence but closure is of no use in education.”
(“Pope: ‘No to proselytism in Catholic schools’”, La Repubblica, Nov. 21, 2015; trans. by Francesca Romana, in “Pope Francis orders no conversions in Catholic schools”, Rorate Caeli, Nov. 21, 2015)
Glancing over the mumbo-jumbo on “complete reality with human values”, we find here Francis once again returning to one of his favorite subjects: No proselytizing! Because heaven forbid that someone should actually desire to forsake his false religion and become a Catholic! This time, the context was education in schools.
Speaking of schools, we remember that when the question of the education of needy children came up over a year ago, Francis emphasized that he didn’t care whether such a child got a Catholic education or a Protestant, Orthodox, or even Jewish one, as long as the child would have enough to eat and would get some sort of education: “If there is a child that is hungry and has no education, what should matter to us is that he gets food and education. I don’t care if this education is given by Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox or Jews. What matters is that this child receives an education and ceases to be hungry” (source). So much for the words of our Lord, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you” (Jn 6:27). But then again, we know what Francis thinks about the Holy Eucharist.
To feed a needy child is a most noble and worthy and meritorious cause. But to feed a child physically and then starve him spiritually is diabolical. Ultimately, we will all see the grave, our bodies will have been fed for the last time, and they will become the food of worms. The meat which “endureth unto life everlasting” is infinitely more important, ultimately, than the meat which sustains merely our temporary natural life.
When speaking with “conservative” adherents of the Novus Ordo Sect about the Vatican’s dismissive attitude about evangelization (which, although epitomized by Francis, is also found in his predecessors of unhappy memory), one argument one will typically hear before long is that the term “proselytism” doesn’t actually mean converting someone through evangelization; rather, proselytism, so the argument goes, refers to using dishonest or dishonorable means of converting someone. We addressed this specious argument a while back in a post dealing with one of Francis’ most loyal defenders, Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers:
So, no, the argument that Francis opposes merely dishonest means of converting people while whole-heartedly endorsing the idea of converting people per se, won’t fly. It’s simply not true. His latest denunciation of proselytism is just one more instance in an ever-growing series of statements that make clear he does not seek anyone’s conversion to Jesus Christ and the True Religion. Have a look at the other instances he’s already racked up:
- Francis wishes “Abundant Spiritual Fruit” to Muslims for Observance of Ramadan
- Francis says we must abandon the conviction that our ideas alone are True and Absolute
- Francis again confirms Muslims in Unbelief
- Francis, the Muslims, and the Jews
- Francis hides Crucifix before Jewish Rabbis
- Francis: “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism”
- Francis ordered Tony Palmer to be buried as Catholic Bishop, had told him NOT to convert
- Francis: No One has the Truth, it is an Encounter with Christ
- Francis doesn’t care what Religion you are
- Francis tells Protestants: “We all have the Holy Spirit within us”
- Francis disses Catholic Apologetics, Seeking Conversion of Protestants
- Francis and the Buddhist “Relics”
- Ecumenism: Francis contradicts Pope Pius XI verbatim
- Francis: “God has included us all in Salvation, all!”
- Francis: “All the Baptized are Members of the Church!”
Of course, at other times we do find Mr. Bergoglio insisting that we must “preach the Gospel”, but there he doesn’t use the word “Gospel” in the meaning it had between 33 AD and 1958, but rather in the distinctly Novus Ordo sense at best, which essential equates “Gospel” with spreading Freemasonic ideas about liberty, conscience, dignity, fraternity, religious indifferentism, and, you know, those “human values”. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Great Commission given by our Blessed Lord and bringing people into the only true Church, the Ark of Salvation: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20) and, “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).
These all-important saving words of our Blessed Lord, who to redeem mankind and save them from an eternity of hell came into this world, have since been emptied of their meaning and turned into little more than an advertisement to be nice to our fellow man, to feed the hungry and to console the suffering, to give alms to the poor and to shelter the homeless. As laudable as these goals are, they are not ultimately the reason why our Blessed Lord came or why He suffered on the Cross for us, why He rose again and ascended into Heaven and sent the Holy Ghost to establish and vivify the Church and reign in the souls of men, making them children of God.
We have denounced Francis’ false soup-kitchen gospel before, for example, in the following posts:
Francis reduces Christ the King, Redeemer of Mankind, to the status of a nice teacher with a merely natural and worldly mission: to ease human suffering. But no one needs the Incarnation for this, no one needs a Resurrection for this, no one needs a Church for this, no one needs sacraments for this, and no one needs a Pope for this.
Since its inception after the death of Pope Pius XII, the Modernist Vatican II Sect has done all it can to attempt to abolish the Catholic Faith, and the fruits are clearly visible today. Francis is merely putting the finishing touches on the mass apostasy that was begun with the first of the false popes, John XXIII, who prepared the way for the destruction by a number of means, but chiefly with these: the appointment of Bp. Giovanni Battista Montini as “cardinal” (this was practically necessary to enable him to be chosen “Pope” after John XXIII’s death), the establishment of the “Pontifical” Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the calling of the Second Vatican Council.
Of course, we have the divine gurantee that all attempts to destroy the Roman Catholic Faith and subvert the Church from within will ultimately fail; however, in the meantime, countless souls are still being led to hell. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6). This truth is something Francis does not believe, or if he does, he hates it with all his guts.
Francis is clearly the vicar of someone, just not of our Lord Jesus Christ.