The “god of surprises” is back…
Francis declares new Work of Mercy: The Care of Creation!
This sounds like a headline straight from the satirical Eye of the Tiber, but it’s not: “Pope” Francis has just declared there to be an eighth work of mercy, the care of creation. In case you’re wondering whether this would qualify as a spiritual or a corporal work of mercy, Francis has the answer that will make everyone happy: Naturally, it is both!
Today, September 1, is the Francis-instituted “World Day of Prayer for Creation”. In his “pontifical” message for the occasion, the Argentinian apostate had a lot to say, as always. Before instituting his eighth “work of mercy”, Jorge played scientist and declared:
Global warming continues, due in part to human activity: 2015 was the warmest year on record, and 2016 will likely be warmer still. This is leading to ever more severe droughts, floods, fires and extreme weather events. Climate change is also contributing to the heart-rending refugee crisis. The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact.
(“Pope Francis: Message on World Day of Prayer for Creation”, News.va, Sep. 1, 2016)
This is nothing but pseudo-scientific New World Order propaganda with a touch of sentimentalism to make you feel bad for having a barbecue in your backyard or using the wrong lightbulbs. If Francis were serious about helping people, he would be seeking, above all, their conversion to the true Faith. But we’ll let that slide this time.
The papal impostor continues:
During this Jubilee Year, let us learn to implore God’s mercy for those sins against creation that we have not hitherto acknowledged and confessed.
Oh, if Francis were only half-concerned about real sins against God as he is about pseudo-sins against creation! You know: Blasphemy, apostasy, heresy, indifferentism, syncretism, atheism, the rights of Christ the King and His Church denied all over the globe — the list is endless. But from Francis, not a word. No, he focuses instead on those sins and “sins” which are politically correct or socially acceptable to denounce, usually sins which men commit against one another or, now, which they commit “against creation”. This man is no Vicar of Christ, he’s a vicar of everything else. He kneels and genuflects before man but not before God.
Throughout his discourse, as in his environmentalist encyclical Laudato Si’, Francis keeps referring to the earth as our “common home.” This, too, shows that the man is a Naturalist, pre-occupied with the temporal world and giving no thought to the eternal, supernatural end to which all human beings without exception are called. Heaven is our true home — not this earth. In fact, one of the things every human being realizes rather quickly is that this earth is transient, full of suffering and evil, and can never make us truly happy: “All the labour of man is for his mouth, but his soul shall not be filled” (Eccles 6:7); “Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries” (Job 14:1); “I said in my heart: I will go, and abound with delights, and enjoy good things. And I saw that this also was vanity” (Eccles 2:1).
As Christians, we are of course called to assist our neighbor and relieve his suffering as much as possible, for the love God, for this is truly a work of mercy (cf. Mt 25:31-46); but it would be entirely wrong to think that the goal of life is to make this earth as wonderful a place as possible. No, it will necessarily come to an end, as will the lives of each one of us at one point or another (cf. Apoc 21:1). The hungry will one day no longer need feeding; the sick will one day no longer need to be cared for; the homeless will one day no longer need a roof over their heads. One day all of us will leave this world, and the most important thing is to leave this world in the state of sanctifying grace, which is not possible without the virtues of Faith and hope: “He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned” (Mk 16:16).
That is the true Gospel that Francis continually suppresses and denies, replacing it instead with a feel-good Naturalism that aims to find lasting happiness in the very world each of us knows will end before long anyway. It is for this reason that he has no answer when a little girl asks him why God permits children to suffer. He does not know because he has no Faith and does not believe in the Gospel. A Naturalist ultimately has no explanation for suffering because he does not understand its true purpose, which is the sanctification of our souls and the obtaining of graces for ourselves and others. God permits everything He permits because, although our limited intellect may not be able to grasp it, it is somehow conducive to our salvation. But salvation is a term utterly foreign to Francis’ Naturalist mind. He seeks salvation in this world, in vain; for he will find only what this world ultimately has to offer to everyone: death (cf. Rom 6:23).
After quoting his own encyclical of 2015, telling us to “avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, [and] turning off unnecessary lights” — yes, in the Novus Ordo Sect, this is part of the “papal Magisterium” — and after more bowing before the golden calf of the pseudo-scientific environmentalist zeitgeist, Francis “propose[s] a complement” to the 14 traditional works of mercy, effectively instituting a new one that is supposedly applicable to both the spiritual and the corporal category:
The Christian life involves the practice of the traditional seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. “We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated, the confessional and spiritual direction for those needing counsel and forgiveness… But if we look at the works of mercy as a whole, we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces” [Third Meditation, Retreat for the Jubilee for Priests, Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome; 2 June 2016].
Obviously “human life itself and everything it embraces” includes care for our common home. So let me propose a complement to the two traditional sets of seven: may the works of mercy also include care for our common home.
As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world” (Laudato Si, 214) which “allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us” (ibid., 85). As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world” (ibid., 230-31).
(“Pope Francis: Message on World Day of Prayer for Creation”, News.va, Sep. 1, 2016)
And there it is. The “god of surprises” has reared its ugly head again: After 2,000 years, there are now 16 works of mercy — just like “Pope Saint” John Paul II instituted 5 new mysteries of the Rosary, the “Luminous Mysteries”, in 2003, almost 800 years after the Rosary was revealed to St. Dominic. Surprise!
The Catholic Church is about saving souls — the Bergoglian Sect is about saving energy. Of course we are not suggesting that we should just trash our planet, poison rivers, and make life uninhabitable. But the tending to creation must be seen in light of the Gospel as a means to and end, not an end in itself.
By the way, the only time the phrase “care of this world” appears in the Holy Scriptures, is in Matthew 13:22, where Our Lord tells the Parable of the Sower: “And he that received the seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choketh up the word, and he becometh fruitless.”
If this isn’t a good description of exactly what is happening here: Concern for the temporal is choking up the Gospel, is choking up the saving truth of the Word of God, “the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world… [but] his own received him not” (Jn 1:9,11).
This temporal world will perish one day, as will our bodies. Make sure, therefore, that your soul not perish with it, in the “everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25:41).
Saving Energy instead of Souls
Truly, the holy Cross of our Redeemer has been replaced by a windmill, the Blessed Mother by Gaia, the Rosary beads by a compact fluorescent lightbulb. What’s next? Ecological mysteries of the Rosary? An eighth sacrament? “Bless me, Father, for I failed to recycle”?
Dear Swiss Guards in the Vatican, if you’re reading this, please act: Expel this blathering fool from the Vatican and send him back to Buenos Aires. We’ll pay for the plane ticket.