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Francis has Six New Beatitudes
Offering the Novus Ordo worship service for his adherents in Malmö, Sweden, on November 1, Francis preached a sermon in which he introduced six new quasi-beatitudes for the “modern Christian.” No, he didn’t officially introduce new beatitudes — and Jimmy Akin will no doubt take great pleasure in pointing it out — but that’s not even the main concern here, because the effect will be similar.
Here is the relevant excerpt from the homily, straight from the Vatican web site:
The Beatitudes are in some sense the Christian’s identity card. They identify us as followers of Jesus. We are called to be blessed, to be followers of Jesus, to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus. Thus we ought to be able to recognize and respond to new situations with fresh spiritual energy. Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart. Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness. Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him. Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home. Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others. Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians. All these are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness, and surely they will receive from him their merited reward.
(Antipope Francis, Homily in Malmö, Nov. 1, 2016; italics given.)
In short, the six new Bergoglian “beatitudes” are:
- Blessed are the faithful and forgiving
- Blessed are those who are with the abandoned and marginalized
- Blessed are those who see God in every person and make others discover Him there
- Blessed are those who recycle and have a low carbon footprint
- Blessed are those who help others despite the discomfort it may case
- Blessed are those who don’t sin against ecumenism but instead practice it
Of course, not all of these are bad, and there is nothing inherently illegitimate in extrapolating the essence and spirit of Christ’s Beatitudes to concrete scenarios, even new ones. In fact, one may condense our Blessed Lord’s Beatitudes as follows: Blessed are those who love God first and their neighbor as themselves second; blessed are those who practice virtue and overcome vice. However, what Francis is doing here is more than that: He uses some of his own made-up “virtues” and declares them to be sources of divine blessing.
Let’s examine each of them for a moment:
- “Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart.” It is clear that forgiving our enemies and those who wrong us, is indeed a great virtue and a source of blessing. There is no issue with that. However, what’s the “remain faithful” part all about? Faithful to whom or to what? We are not told. Why not?
- “Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness.” This is mumbo-jumbo. First, can we please define our terms here? Who or what is meant by “the abandoned” and “the marginalized”? Without a concrete defnition, the terms are too general, too vague. Marginalization per se isn’t wrong — some people deserve to be marginalized (e.g., pederasts): “Put away the evil one from among yourselves” (1 Cor 5:13). Should you show your closeness to a pederast? No, you shouldn’t. You should pray and work for his conversion. As far as “looking into their eyes” goes, that’s just a touch of Bergoglian emotionalism to make it sound holy. Yes, do look into the eyes of those you help, but it’s not an integral part of a beatitude — let’s not be silly.
- “Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him.” It was a given that Francis wasn’t going to say, “Blessed are those who recognize God in the Holy Eucharist and strive to make others also discover and love Him.” No, of course, for him God is always found mainly in the other person. Yes, there is a sense in which this is true (cf. Mt 25:31-46), but Bergoglio’s Naturalist overemphasis on man and this world exaggerates this sense — just recall his outrageous remark that we should “kneel before the poor”. This is just the logical conclusion to his exaggerated and Modernist “God is found in experience” thesis. Remember, this is the man who, most of the time, will not kneel or genuflect before (what Novus Ordo doctrine claims is) his God, whereas he has no trouble kneeling before Muslims and migrants to wash their feet. (See our post “Stiff-Kneed on Demand” for details.) When a Catholic actually tries to help an unbeliever discover God by refuting the errors of atheism, for example, Francis is quick to denounce the Catholic as being “rigidly attached” to “certainties” we must all abandon, since “no one owns the truth”! A sly devil he is, that Francis.
- “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.” Our true home is Heaven, of course, not earth — but never mind. A Naturalist doesn’t understand or believe in that. Francis, on his own authority, here declares that recycling, saving energy, producing less trash, using cloth bags instead of plastic bags, is a great virtue that will draw down God’s blessings on the soul. Apparently our Lord forgot to mention it. This needs no comment.
- “Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.” Indeed, this would be a legitimate application of the True Beatitudes. Congratulations, Frank. You got 2 out of 6 right.
- “Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.” Considering that we know what Francis means by this — i.e. not the conversion of heretics to Catholicism but some sort of morphing into an undefined “unity in diversity” that “transcends” doctrinal controversies –, this is sheer blasphemy. Bergoglio here takes an abominable sin — that of practicing ecumenism — and turns it into a virtue. In a move that at least was logically consistent, the same Bergoglio just recently denounced converting others to Catholicism as a “great sin against ecumenism”! Francis has turned everything upside down: Doubt is good, certainty is bad; marriage is fornication, and fornication is marriage; earth is Heaven, and Heaven is earth; sin is virtue, and virtue is vice; etc. “Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Is 5:20).
Especially when viewed in the context of his never-ending revolution of novelty — whether it be his new “morality”, where sin is simply an imperfect realization of holiness, or his new-found super-work of mercy of the “care of creation”, which is supposedly both a corporal and a spiritual one — Francis’ new “beatitudes” set a dangerous precedent that anyone can now continue to the point of absurdity. What should prevent him or one of his underlings to do precisely that? Blessed are those who build bridges and break down walls, for they facilitate dialogue; blessed are those who plant trees, for they improve the quality of the air; blessed are those who carpool, for they contribute to lower carbon emissions?
Think this is silly? It is! You have only the loquacious oracle of the god of surprises to thank for it. Francis takes his new attitudes and baptizes them into beatitudes. Unhappy those who follow him!
Apparently there is nothing that this man’s impious hands can leave untouched. Whatever, after 50+ years, still hasn’t been wrecked, Francis is sure to blow up or undermine in one way or another. How reminiscent this is of the following passage in Pope Leo XIII’s prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:
These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.
(Pope Leo XIII, Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel)
What’s next, everyone? At this point, expect Francis to introduce an 11th Commandment, or a whole new set of 10 Commandments. Hardly anyone would be fazed by it, and for those who would, if they ever got too vocal, the Vatican would simply placate them by inviting them to a Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage, or by appointing some conservative “bishop” to an unknown diocese in Guyana. That would keep them busy.
Stay tuned, folks. Francis is only getting started.
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