Year after year…
A Francis Christmas:
Roman Curia gets its annual Spanking
It’s that time of the year again!
On Dec. 21, the members of the Roman Curia were gathered in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace to receive what used to be called the Pope’s annual Christmas greetings. While Jorge Bergoglio has occupied the Vatican structures under the stage name “Pope Francis”, however, it is more appropriate to speak of a yearly Christmas spanking, at least since 2014. While most people around this time of year typically wish their fellow men blessings of grace, joy, and peace, Francis knows how to throw a monkey-wrench into the most quiet and contemplative season of the year.
- In his first presentation of Christmas greetings in 2013, there was already a mention of the problem of gossip, but overall the address was quite tame and within the bounds of the ordinary.
- In 2014, Francis priovided a “detailed diagnosis and careful analysis” of what allegedly ails his Curia, identifying as many as fifteen “diseases” such as “spiritual Alzheimer’s”, having a “funeral face”, the “terrorism of gossip”, and “existential schizophrenia”. Enough said!
- In 2015, during the “Year of Mercy”, Francis prescribed “curial antibiotics” with respect to the “diseases” he had diagnosed the year before.
- Last year, Francis denounced “cases of malicious resistance” to his supposed ongoing reform of the Curia, “which spring up in misguided minds and come to the fore when the devil inspires ill intentions (often cloaked in sheep’s clothing). This … kind of resistance hides behind words of self-justification and often accusation; it takes refuge in traditions, appearances, formalities, in the familiar, or else in a desire to make everything personal, failing to distinguish between the act, the actor, and the action.” That this choice of words came after the now-famous dubia on Amoris Laetitia had been made public, is surely pure coincidence.
With such a track record of “Christmas greetings”, it was a given that this year’s edition would be highly anticipated by not a few people, though perhaps not so much by the members of the Curia themselves.
To get straight to the point: Those expecting more Bergoglian fireworks were not disappointed. In over 3,500 words (in English), Francis extended “Christmas greetings” the way only he can. The full text of the address was released by Vatican News:
- Francis’ Christmas Greetings to Roman Curia (Dec. 21, 2017)
Drawing on his usual arsenal of flamboyant and bombastic metaphors, Francis began his spanking by quoting the words of a 19th-century archbishop, who had once noted that “[m]aking reforms in Rome is like cleaning the Sphinx with a toothbrush”. That was sure to get everybody’s attention, especially that of the media.
It didn’t take long before the Jesuit apostate launched into his favorite accusation of “self-referentiality”: “A Curia closed in on itself would betray its own raison d’être and plunge into self-referentiality and ultimately destroy itself.” He added that the Church “is by her very nature projected ad extra [to the outside], and only to the extent that she remains linked to the Petrine ministry, the service of God’s word and the preaching of the Gospel.” These words would carry some credibility if the one who uttered them actually attempted to preach the Gospel ad extra — to those outside the Church, who are most in need of it. Instead, Francis’ “preaching of the Gospel”, if we want to call it that, is entirely ad intra: He only ever mentions Christ to those who already believe in Him. The only time he talks about salvation is in front of those who already know and agree that they have a soul to save and that only Jesus Christ can save it. Everyone else — such as Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or atheists — gets the Masonic “gospel of man” instead, as was most recently on full display in Myanmar, where the “Pope” quoted Buddha and a Buddhist quoted Christ!
After reminding his curial underlings that they must be in communion with Peter, whose successor he falsely claims to be, he let some sparks fly:
This is very important for rising above that unbalanced and debased mindset of plots and small cliques that in fact represent – for all their self-justification and good intentions – a cancer leading to a self-centredness that also seeps into ecclesiastical bodies, and in particular those working in them. When this happens, we lose the joy of the Gospel, the joy of sharing Christ and of fellowship with him; we lose the generous spirit of our consecration (cf. Acts 20:35 and 2 Cor 9:7).
Here let me allude to another danger: those who betray the trust put in them and profiteer from the Church’s motherhood. I am speaking of persons carefully selected to give a greater vigour to the body and to the [curial] reform, but – failing to understand the lofty nature of their responsibility – let themselves be corrupted by ambition or vainglory. Then, when they are quietly sidelined, they wrongly declare themselves martyrs of the system, of a “Pope kept in the dark”, of the “old guard”…, rather than reciting a mea culpa. Alongside these, there are others who are still working there, to whom all the time in the world is given to get back on the right track, in the hope that they find in the Church’s patience an opportunity for conversion and not for personal advantage. Of course, this is in no way to overlook the vast majority of faithful persons working there with praiseworthy commitment, fidelity, competence, dedication and great sanctity.
Francis the passive-aggressive loves to hurl accusations at individuals whose precise identity he leaves to the media and others to speculate about — only to then accuse everyone of the “terrorism of gossip”! In the case above, however, it seems obvious that at least one of the individuals he had in mind is “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who was fired on July 1 in a one-minute audience — but more on that further down below.
Demanding of his Curia faithfulness to him (while he, of course, is entirely unfaithful to our Lord and His Gospel), Francis said they should cultivate “a relationship of closeness to the Pope, a closeness marked by interior trust, a natural idem sentire [thinking the same, having the same opinion], which is expressed precisely by the word ‘faithfulness'”. Antipope Bergoglio is slyly co-opting the Catholic Papacy here to diffuse his Modernist poison to as many souls as he possibly can. He is as clever as he is talkative. Unfortunately, most of those who can see through his perfidy respond by watering down Catholic teaching on the Papacy instead of calling his bluff and denouncing him as a hireling (cf. Jn 10:12) who has usurped the role of chief shepherd of Christendom: “For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Cor 11:13). The problem isn’t the Catholic doctrine of the Papacy, the problem is manifest heretics claiming to be — and being accepted by others as — Pope. A new video we just released drives home this very point.
Switching gears and talking about the upcoming Roman synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”, Francis quoted its preparatory document: “By listening to young people, the Church will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world.” On Twitter, the sedevacantist Fr. Anthony Cekada dealt this nonsense a knock-out punch: “What you will NOT hear the Supreme Doofex say is the reverse: ‘By listening to the Church, young people will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world'”. In this juxtaposition we see the difference between Modernism and Catholicism: The Modernist begins with man and concludes something about God; the Catholic begins with God and judges all things by His revealed truth. The Modernist goes to man to say something about God; the Catholic goes to God to seek the truth about man.
Next, the papal pretender turned to the topic of ecumenism, which is certainly most dear to his Modernist heart:
There are also areas to which the Catholic Church, especially after the Second Vatican Council, is particularly committed. Among these is Christian unity, which is “an essential requirement of our faith, a requirement that flows from the depth of our being believers in Jesus Christ”. It involves a “journey”, yet, as was also stated by my predecessors, it is an irreversible journey and not a going back. “Unity is made by walking, in order to recall that when we walk together, that is, when we meet as brothers, we pray together, we collaborate together in the proclamation of the Gospel, and in the service to the least, we are already united. All the theological and ecclesiological differences that still divide Christians will only be surmounted along this path, although today we do not know how and when [it will happen], but that it will happen according to what the Holy Spirit will suggest for the good of the Church”.
What do you know! This “essential requirement of our faith”, as Francis calls it, was not only missed for roughly 1,930 years by the Church, but downright condemned. We need not enter here into a full-fledged refutation of ecumenism (much of which can be found here); we can simply point to a few papal condemnations before Vatican II, such as:
- Pope Pius IX, Holy Office Letter to English Bishops on Christian Unity (1864)
- Pope Pius IX, Holy Office Letter to Certain Puseyite Anglicans (1865)
- Pope Pius IX, Apostolic Letter Iam Vos Omnes (1868)
- Pope Leo XIII, Apostolic Letter to Archbishop Francis Satolli (1895)
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum (1896)
- Pope Leo XIII, Apostolic Letter condemning the Proselytism of Protestants (1900)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos (1928)
- Pope Pius XII, Canonical Warning Cum Compertum (1948)
- Pope Pius XII, Holy Office Instruction Ecclesia Catholica (1949)
The true Catholic teaching is very simple: There is only one kind of genuine religious unity, and that is the unity of Faith, worship, and government in the Church founded by Jesus Christ, the holy Catholic Church. Everyone who is not yet a part of her must convert to her. No other kind of unity is possible or desirable. That’s what any “journey” or “dialogue” must ultimately culminate in; it is the goal to which all efforts must be directed. The fact that this teaching was abandoned at Vatican II demonstrates that the “Pope” (Paul VI) who ratified that infernal synod could not have been a true Pope.
Francis’ assertion that Catholics and Protestants proclaim the Gospel together is, if not properly heretical, at least proximate to heresy, since it implies that Protestants believe and profess the Gospel. One amusing aspect to this entire ecumenical farce is that, as “Cardinal” Kurt Koch candidly admitted earlier this year, after 50+ years of dialogue, the ecumenical partners cannot even agree on so much as the point of it all:
That the foul-mouthed heretic Martin Luther is now considered a “witness to the Gospel” for the Novus Ordo Sect, speaks volumes about what ecumenism does to souls and what the Vatican Modernists understand by the term “Gospel.”
Francis’ remark, made a bit later in his address, that “true dialogue cannot be built on ambiguity or a willingness to sacrifice some good for the sake of pleasing others”, is mere lipservice, for in jettisoning the Great Commission of teaching and making disciples of all nations (see Mt 28:19-20), “some good for the sake of pleasing others” has long been sacrificed. The Great Commission is a divine mandate, not a pious suggestion. Talk about the Church being “by her very nature projected ad extra“!
After Francis’ address, the pseudo-cardinals lined up one by one to greet their pseudo-pope, as is customary. Francis happily shook hands and exchanged words with all of them, except for one: “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller. No words were spoken. Although Francis was still grinning jollily, Muller’s facial expression remained serious, and the handshake was quicker than you can say “socio-anthropological dynamic”. The incident was noticed by the Italian Vaticanist Sandro Magister and can be seen in this video, around the 51:26 mark. The awkward moment is also captured in the photo below:
Well then: Merry Christmas!
Image source: youtube.com (Vatican News; screenshot)
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