“I can’t believe it’s not Catholic!”
Francis stands up for the Rights of Tradition!
—Pagan Tradition, of course!
Original caption: “Pope Francis met with a group representing indigenous peoples on February 15, 2017 at the Vatican, speaking to them about the need to ‘reconcile the right to development, both social and cultural, with the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples and their territories’. The representatives are participating in the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum hosted in Rome by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The biennial meeting aims to promote greater economic empowerment of indigenous peoples.” Photo by Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)
No matter what happens in or around the city of Rome, you can bet your bottom dollar that Francis has something to say about it — unless it happens to be the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint Pius X, or a set of dubia exposing his heretical claptrap is given him — then he mysteriously discovers the beauty of silence.
At the Vatican today, Feb. 15, 2017, Francis received representatives of indigenous peoples who are currently attending a forum in Rome sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Sure enough, Francis had something to tell them — not about Jesus Christ, mind you, but about their supposed rights to their identity and traditions. Here is a transcript of the brief address he gave:
I am pleased to welcome you at the conclusion of the third Indigenous Peoples’ Forum convened by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, which this year is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of its foundation.
You have come together to identify ways of giving greater economic empowerment to indigenous peoples. I believe that the central issue is how to reconcile the right to development, both social and cultural, with the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples and their territories.
This is especially clear when planning economic activities which may interfere with indigenous cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth. In this regard, the right to prior and informed consent should always prevail, as foreseen in Article 32 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Only then is it possible to guarantee peaceful cooperation between governing authorities and indigenous peoples, overcoming confrontation and conflict. A second aspect concerns the development of guidelines and projects which take into account indigenous identity, with particular attention to young people and women; not only considering them, but including them! For governments this means recognizing that indigenous communities are a part of the population to be appreciated and consulted, and whose full participation should be promoted at the local and national level.
IFAD can contribute effectively to this needed road map through its funding and expertise, keeping in mind that “a technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world and an integrally higher quality of life cannot be considered progress” (Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, 194).
I offer you heartfelt thanks for your presence, and I ask the Almighty to bless your communities and to enlighten the work of all those responsible for governing IFAD.
(“Pope” Francis, Address to Representatives of Indigenous Peoples, Feb. 15, 2017; source: Vatican Radio)
Did you notice something? Francis entertains a curious double standard:
When it comes to Native American heathens and other “indigenous peoples”, Francis insists that “their particular characteristics … and their territories” be respected and protected. He even stands up for their “cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth”. (What exactly that might be a reference to can be seen here.) He suggests that this is necessary to ensure “peaceful cooperation … overcoming confrontation and conflict”. Then he calls for proper respect and appreciation to be shown to indigenous pagans before concluding his address with a reference to “the Almighty” — Heaven forbid he should mention the Most Holy Trinity — whom he wants to bless their communities.
Keeping all this in mind, see how Francis has a strikingly different message for European Christians (using the term “Christian” in a very loose sense for our purposes here). When it comes to Christians and Christian territories being overrun by hordes of Muslim invaders, does Francis call for the protection of Christian heritage? Does he stand up for Christians and say that they have a right to their identity and that their traditions must be respected and appreciated in order to forestall conflict and confrontation? Does he defend their culture and admonish the intruders to ensure that the Christians’ ancestral relationship to the true God must be safeguarded?
Far from it! Instead, Francis denounces the “indigenous Europeans” for rigidly clinging to their traditions, for being “closed in on themselves” and not welcoming the stranger! He accuses them of seeking refuge in certainties and “safe havens” that do not leave room for doubt, of suffering from psychological insecurity that “hides something”! He admonishes them for not being inclusive enough, for building walls instead of bridges, and for failing to see that every so-called “migrant” is basically a second Incarnation!
This underscores our thesis that Francis is mainly interested in one thing: the swift destruction of Catholicism and any semblance of Christianity throughout the European continent and ultimately the entire globe.
A love for pagans is a hallmark of the Vatican II religion. We do not mean “love” here in the proper sense of truly loving them by seeking their conversion to truth and grace so they can enjoy Eternal Beatitude in Heaven (cf. Mk 16:16). Rather, we are referring to that faux love for Paganism and its “ways of conduct and of life, [its] precepts and teachings” that supposedly “often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men” (Vatican II, Decree Nostra Aetate, n. 2).
No one was a greater “Catholic” admirer of Paganism than the abominable “Pope-Saint” John Paul II, the man who is now being treated across the board (from EWTN to The Remnant) as the great hero of orthodoxy and defender of morals simply because he opposed giving the sacraments to those living in open sin against the Sixth Commandment (more on that in a minute). John Paul II’s record with regard to Paganism can be reviewed here, with his praise of Voodooism and Hinduism and his compulsive asphalt-kissing being deserving of special mention.
Francis, however, is not far behind John Paul, and if he were to reign for over 26 years, as Karol Wojtyla did, one shudders to imagine all the things he might say and do with regard to idolatrous religions.
Which brings us to a most curious point about Francis, one we’ve made before but one that bears repeating: It turns out that he, the man who wastes no time constantly condeming all sorts of figurative “idolatry” — such as the idolatry of money, of immanence, of ideas, of oneself, of space being greater than time, of false philanthropy; you name it — has a very soft spot for real, literal idolatry. You know, the idolatry of actual idolaters: pagans who worship the earth or some other creature instead of the Creator. Does Francis ever make an effort to put pagans on the right path by telling them — however kindly or diplomatically — that they must forsake their idols and worship the true and living God (cf. 1 Thess 1:19)? That their practices are diabolical and that Jesus Christ came to deliver them from this wickedness so they can be reconciled to God?
Some beautiful Scripture passages come to mind:
And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols…. Nor shall they be defiled any more with their idols, nor with their abominations, nor with all their iniquities: and I will save them out of all the places in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezechiel 36:25; 37:23)
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24)
Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, fly from the service of idols. (1 Corinthians 10:14)
And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: neither did they penance from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their fornication, nor from their thefts. (Apocalypse 9:20-21)
Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city. Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and unchaste, and murderers, and servers of idols, and every one that loveth and maketh a lie. (Apocalypse 22:14-15)
Of course, Francis really isn’t into this salvation thing at all. As long as you feed the hungry, caress the elderly, and don’t use too much air-conditioning in the summer, you’re good enough to go to Heaven. He is a Pelagian and a Naturalist through and through. He does not believe in the necessity of grace, nor Faith, to go to Heaven, and hence he can speak of true religions in the plural and define them as “the development of the capacity that humanity has to transcend itself towards the absolute” (source).
Francis’ apostasy from the Faith is evident to anyone willing to look, although it does not get people’s ire up until it touches upon matters of sexual morality. Only in the latter case do people get upset, start writing petitions and open letters, and make a big fuss all over the internet. But deny the nature of Faith, the Resurrection of Christ, or the dogma of the Atonement, and barely anyone takes notice or cares.
A perfect illustration of this point is found in how everyone is (rightly) freaking out over Francis’ de facto permission of unrepentant public adulterers to receive the [Novus Ordo] sacraments, yet when in 1983 “Pope” John Paul II allowed public heretics and schismatics to receive the sacraments in certain circumstances as a matter of official Church law (Canon 844.3-4), where was the outrage? Where is the outrage today? This law is still in effect, and it is used in practice!
Don’t even think about interfering with indigenous cultures!
That the Vatican institution has long abandoned the true Catholic Faith and fornicated with the errors and false religions of the world — thus proving that it cannot be the Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII and his predecessors — is more than evident at this point. We recall how in late 2014 the Vatican’s “Cardinal” Gianfranco Ravasi participated in a religious ceremony worshipping an Andean pagan deity known as Pachamama, a “Mother Earth” goddess. Needless to say, Ravasi was not disciplined or demoted for this and enjoys Francis’ full backing even today. Similarly, shortly after the release of Francis’ enviro-encyclical Laudato Si’ in 2015, a televised Canadian Novus Ordo “Mass” closed with a hymn to “Beautiful Gaia, calling us home”. The diocese ended up apologizing and promised that this would not happen again, but only after an outcry had been raised on the internet over the scandal.
As far as paganism and interreligious dialogue are concerned, by the way, let us never forget the following anecdote from the Church’s treasury of saints. St. Boniface Winfrid, Apostle of Germany, once built the following bridge in his encounter with indigenous peoples:
To show the heathens how utterly powerless were the gods in whom they placed their confidence, Boniface felled the oak sacred to the thunder-god Thor, at Geismar, near Fritzlar. He had a chapel built out of the wood and dedicated it to the prince of the Apostles. The heathens were astonished that no thunderbolt from the hand of Thor destroyed the offender, and many were converted. The fall of this oak marked the fall of heathenism.
(Catholic Encyclopedia, s.v. “St. Boniface”)
St. Boniface thus “sinned” not in one or two but in three ways against the Francis gospel: Not only did he not respect the traditions of the indigenous, he actually fomented confrontation and conflict, and mowed down a gigantic tree! And all this, for what?! For nothing more than God’s honor and glory and the salvation of these people’s souls! Had Francis been alive back then and witnessed this, he would still be yelling at St. Boniface today!
Unlike Francis, however, St. Boniface was a real Catholic, one who embraced the teaching of St. Paul:
Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-16)
See, then, how far removed the Vatican II Sect is from the true Gospel. It is so obvious by now that the Modernist Church that emerged at Vatican II is false and is not the Church Jesus Christ established, which enjoys “perfect and perpetual immunity … from error and heresy” (Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quas Primas, n. 22). It is, instead, a false church, that “operation of error” St. Paul warned would be active in the last days before the arrival of the antichrist (see 2 Thess 2:3-11), which is governed by those “who say they are apostles, and are not” (Apoc 2:2).
We will end this post by making our own the words of St. Paul to the Romans: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent” (Rom 16:17-18).
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