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Francis: “It’s not Christian to walk looking down, as Pigs do”
Today it was time for another General Audience, and Francis, pleased to be in the limelight once again, happily used the opportunity to instruct the world once more about what “isn’t Christian”. While in the past we had heard him clarify that it is “not Christian” to exclude, to take an either/or approach to anything, or to attempt to convert non-Catholics, today his hapless listeners were being warned not to have their eyes on the ground like pigs:
It’s not Christian to walk looking down — as pigs do: they always go like this — without raising our eyes to the horizon, as if all our journey ended here, in the span of a few meters of travel; as if there were no aim in our life and no landing, and we were constrained to an eternal wandering, without any reason for our many toils. This isn’t Christian.
(“General Audience: ‘We are People of Spring more than Autumn'”, Zenit, Aug. 23, 2017)
If Francis is trying to send the message that Catholics ought not to dwell upon the things of earth but those of Heaven (cf. Col 3:1-2), then this is certainly laudable, although it contradicts virtually his entire sham pontificate, which has been characterized precisely by what we have called the false gospel of man. Francis is almost exclusively concerned with the things of this world, with man’s temporal happiness, and usually at the expense of eternal considerations. That today he should finally point out that we were created to be happy with God forever in Heaven, is highly unusual for him — and he couldn’t manage to say it without adding an animal metaphor into the mix.
Other gems found in the “catechesis on Christian hope” of today’s audience include:
- “…God, who always creates novelties in man’s life, He creates novelties in history and He creates novelties in the cosmos. Our God is the God that creates novelties, because He is the God of surprises”
- “And what will God do, when we are finally with Him? He will use an infinite tenderness towards us….”
- “…the God of novelty!”
- “We are people of spring more than autumn”
- a soul “of autumn … is always with a face looking down, embittered and, as I’ve said sometimes, with the face of vinegar peppers”
- “Yes, our Father is the God of novelties and surprises”
Francis loves to use metaphors in his speeches because they are sure to attract attention, require no theology, and are sufficiently vague or ambiguous so as to allow him to deflect any challenge by saying, “That’s not what I meant”.
From the last 4+ years and especially today’s general audience, it is clear that the Argentinian Antipope loves novelty. However, the novelties Francis proposes and lauds have nothing whatsoever to do with genuine divine “surprises” nor with Our Lord’s New Creation through His Redemption: “Behold, I make all things new” (Apoc 21:5; cf. 2 Cor 5:17). Rather, the Bergoglian novelties are those of the Liberals and Modernists condemned by Popes such as Gregory XVI and St. Pius X:
…[T]hey are seen to be under the sway of a blind and unchecked passion for novelty, thinking not at all of finding some solid foundation of truth, but despising the holy and apostolic traditions, they embrace other and vain, futile, uncertain doctrines, unapproved by the Church, on which, in the height of their vanity, they think they can base and maintain truth itself.
A lamentable spectacle is that presented by the aberrations of human reason when it yields to the spirit of novelty, when against the warning of the Apostle it seeks to know beyond what it is meant to know, and when relying too much on itself it thinks it can find the truth outside the Catholic Church wherein truth is found without the slightest shadow of error.
Against scholastic philosophy and theology they use the weapons of ridicule and contempt. Whether it is ignorance or fear, or both, that inspires this conduct in them, certain it is that the passion for novelty is always united in them with hatred of scholasticism, and there is no surer sign that a man is tending to Modernism than when he begins to show his dislike for the scholastic method.
Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty!
(Pope St. Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis, nn. 13, 40, 42, 49)
So much for Bergoglian surpriseology.
Francis has a history of complaining about, slamming, shaming, and insulting those he perceives as Catholics or at least as not sufficiently Novus Ordo. We remember when he denounced the Catholic teaching on reproduction as “breeding like rabbits”; when he accused those striving to be moral as “rigid”; when he railed against the “self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism of those who ultimately trust only in their own powers and feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 94); and so forth, ad nauseam. An entire collection of Francis’ affronts has been published in Pope Francis’ Little Book of Insults.
What puts the icing on the cake is the fact that Francis has also, of course, condemned insulting speech: “No insults! Insulting is not Christian!”, he said during his Angelus address of Sep. 7, 2014.