Happy Earth Day to youuuu…
“It Doesn’t Matter!”
Just “Work Together”!
Okay, everyone, it’s time to get your surprise face ready: For anyone who was still in doubt about what Francis’ central message to the world from the last 3+ years has been, he has now repeated it in plain English — well, Italian actually — in case his words and actions so far have not been clear enough: It doesn’t matter what religion you are.
Speaking off the cuff to a group of youngsters at Rome’s Villa Borghese park on April 24 to commemorate so-called “Earth Day”, the Argentinian papal pretender said the following:
…Look, these are the things that come to my mind. How to do this? Simply in the awareness that we all have something in common, we’re all human. And in this humanity, we can get close to each other to work together … “But I belong to this religion, or to that one …” it doesn’t matter! [Non importa!]
Let’s all go forward to work together, respecting each other, respecting! I see this miracle: the miracle of a desert that becomes a forest. Thanks for everything you do!
(“Pope Francis on Earth Day: ‘Transform deserts into forests!’”, Crux, April 24, 2016; Italian original here.)
This confirms everything we’ve been saying about Francis from day one. This man is nothing but a Naturalist, a Modernist, and an Indifferentist. He preaches the “gospel of man”, as though the purpose of human existence were found in this temporal life, as though we all lived for a merely earthly purpose.
To those who now rush to Francis’ defense, saying that he only meant that it doesn’t matter what religion one is as far as “working together” to make this world a better place, we respond: First, that this too is part of the Naturalist thesis, that “humanity” is to rise above the differences of religion and work towards the creation of an earthly paradise, as though this world were our true and lasting home and religion just a side issue of no great consequence; second, that Francis would have an obligation to ensure that his words are not misunderstood and taken in an indifferentist sense, to which end he could have easily added that we ought to use every opportunity to evangelize non-Catholics, lest having given their lives for this world they should suffer eternal death and all their work have been in vain; and third… let’s be serious: When has Francis ever given the impression that it does matter what religion one professes? This latest utterance of his fits perfectly into the entire framework of his false gospel of man, which is geared not towards the salvation of souls but towards hugging trees and feeding the hungry. Those of a different religion are only to be “respected” and never to be evangelized in any meaningful sense.
We have proven again and again that Francis is a Naturalist and Indifferentist, especially in the following posts:
Francis preaches the doctrines of Freemasonry, the archenemy of Catholicism. He puts man in the place of God. Saint Pius X had something to say about that:
Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. “He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God” (II. Thess. ii., 2).
(Pope St. Pius X, Encyclical E Supremi, n. 5)
When do Francis and the Vatican II Church ever invoke God? Usually, God is invoked only to comfort us, to forgive our sins, or to solve our problems — He has basically been reduced to a psychological bandaid. When is it ever mentioned that we have duties towards God? That we owe Him, in the strict sense, all our love, Faith, loyalty, and obedience? That God “is a jealous God” (Ex 34:14; Nah 1:2)? That we must make reparation for our sins? That we have a strict obligation to adore, praise, and thank Him? It is never done — any possible rare exception would merely serve to prove the rule. In the Novus Ordo Sect, the Most Holy Trinity is not the One God of Majesty and Glory (cf. Acts 7:2; Apoc 15:8); rather, He is treated like the village idiot who should consider himself lucky that anyone bothered to show up at all for the “Eucharistic celebration”. The empty pews and empty confessionals of the Novus Ordo prove it.
In his 1884 encyclical against Freemasonry, Pope Leo XIII denounced the Masonic sects and their false doctrines of Liberalism, Indifferentism, and Naturalism. See if this sounds familiar:
If those who are admitted as members [in Freemasonry] are not commanded to abjure by any form of words the Catholic doctrines, this omission, so far from being adverse to the designs of the Freemasons, is more useful for their purposes. First, in this way they easily deceive the simple-minded and the heedless, and can induce a far greater number to become members. Again, as all who offer themselves are received whatever may be their form of religion, they thereby teach the great error of this age — that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion, and especially of the Catholic religion, which, as it is the only one that is true, cannot, without great injustice, be regarded as merely equal to other religions.
(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus, n. 16; underlining added.)
Francis’s Naturalist, dogma-less, non-judgmental religion certainly appeals to the anti-Catholic secular world, for it recognizes its own ideas in Francis’ message. This is why he is popular and beloved by the world, yet at the same time no one really takes him seriously and he is no boon to “Catholicism”:
- “U.S. Catholics like the Pope, but don’t listen to him” (Christian Today)
Given the prattle Francis puts out on a daily basis in his countless sermons, speeches, interviews, and off-the-cuff remarks, which are full of pseudo-spiritual talk about “tenderness” and “caressing the poor” and contain endless platitudes about helping the environment and sharing one’s dreams, it will no doubt begin to dawn on people at some point that no one needs a Catholic Church or a Pope if his main job is simply to regurgitate what can essentially be found on any Hallmark greeting card.
This is not to say, of course, that we can simply neglect the corporal works of mercy. We cannot: “Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 Jn 4:7). However, what Francis preaches is not the supernatural charity of Christ, but an earthly “luv”, independent of the true religion, a faux love that is made palatable with recycled slogans from the 1960s.
In his condemnation of Sillonism, Pope St. Pius X put things in perspective in this regard, explaining genuine Christian love, the “charity of Christ” (Eph 3:19):
The same applies to the notion of Fraternity which [the Sillonists] found on the love of common interest or, beyond all philosophies and religions, on the mere notion of humanity, thus embracing with an equal love and tolerance all human beings and their miseries, whether these are intellectual, moral, or physical and temporal. But Catholic doctrine tells us that the primary duty of charity does not lie in the toleration of false ideas, however sincere they may be, nor in the theoretical or practical indifference towards the errors and vices in which we see our brethren plunged, but in the zeal for their intellectual and moral improvement as well as for their material well-being. Catholic doctrine further tells us that love for our neighbor flows from our love for God, Who is Father to all, and goal of the whole human family; and in Jesus Christ whose members we are, to the point that in doing good to others we are doing good to Jesus Christ Himself. Any other kind of love is sheer illusion, sterile and fleeting.
Indeed, we have the human experience of pagan and secular societies of ages past to show that concern for common interests or affinities of nature weigh very little against the passions and wild desires of the heart. No, Venerable Brethren, there is no genuine fraternity outside Christian charity. Through the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ Our Saviour, Christian charity embraces all men, comforts all, and leads all to the same faith and same heavenly happiness.
And now, overwhelmed with the deepest sadness, We ask Ourselves, Venerable Brethren, what has become of the Catholicism of the Sillon? Alas! this organization which formerly afforded such promising expectations, this limpid and impetuous stream, has been harnessed in its course by the modern enemies of the Church, and is now no more than a miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world (if such a Church could overcome) the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak, and of all those who toil and suffer.
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”], 1910; underlining and paragraph breaks added.)
See, then, how great is the difference between Francis’ fake humanist “luv” and true Christian charity.