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“In whose hands are iniquities: their right hand is filled with gifts” (Ps 25:10)

Life of Buddha: Francis gifts Manuscript celebrating Paganism to President of Myanmar

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Beware of 21st-century Jesuits bearing gifts!

When Francis visited the Asian nation of Myanmar in late November, he gave, as is customary, a diplomatic gift to the country’s president, who is the official host; and, being the guest, he received one in return. President Htin Kyaw, who is a Buddhist, gave Francis a set of porcelain wares and also a painting of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Pope” Francis, who claims to be the Vicar of Christ and head of “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15), gave President Kyaw a Vatican-produced manuscript entitled Life of Buddha. We turn to Vatican Radio for the frightful details:

When Pope Francis met on Tuesday with the President of the Republic of Myanmar, Mr Htin Kyaw, the two leaders exchanged gifts.

Pope Francis presented President Htin Kyaw with a manuscript, depicting the life of Buddha, the primary figure of the Buddhist religion.

The manuscript features six scenes from the life of Buddha: the conversion of individuals, including King Bimisara, to the teaching of Buddha; the conversion of entire cities; and Buddha’s own stay in the city of Rajagaha are all depicted.

The pictures are accompanied by the texts in the Burmese language.

The manuscript, which is typical of the sorts found in Myanmar, has been produced by the Vatican Library [!].

(“Pope Francis presents manuscript to Myanmar’s president”Vatican Radio, Nov. 28, 2017)

So the “Pope” gave to a Buddhist a gift that confirms him in his Pagan errors. This is so contradictory that even President Kyaw was dumbfounded, as can be seen in the video clip provided by Rome Reports:

More photos of the trip released by the Vatican are posted here.

Some might object that just as the Buddhist president gave the “Pope” a gift that pays tribute to Christ, so Francis gave him a gift that pays tribute to Buddha. Isn’t that a fair sign of mutual respect? What’s the big deal?

The big deal is that the Catholic Church isn’t a human organization that plays by the rules of the world. The Catholic Church — of which Francis claims to be the head — is a divine institution with a divine mission, and that mission is not to esteem false religions for the sake of Christ receiving some esteem in return. Rather, the mission is:

Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Mt 28:19-20)

He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. (Mk 16:16)

Francis claims to be the Vicar of the God who commanded this!

Indeed, now and again Francis likes to talk tough about how we have to preach the Gospel always and everywhere and that the Good News is not something to be kept hidden in a museum (or under a sash?):

When asked in a new interview what specific mission he has for the laity, Pope Francis responded with a frequent appeal: to go outside of oneself and take risks in evangelizing, rather than staying stuffed up at home while the moths move in.

“Sometimes I think the best business we can do with many Christians, is to sell them mothballs so that they put them in their clothes and in their lives and aren’t eaten by moths,” the Pope said in the interview, published Sunday.

The interviewer, journalist Noel Díaz, had questioned the Pope about a comment he had made to him on a previous occasion to “tell the laity to come out of the caves.”

When asked about the comment and what mission he would give to the laity with that image in mind, Francis said that many times Christians “are locked up and they are going to get eaten by moths.”

“They have to go out, they have to go and bring the message of Jesus” to others, he said, explaining that the Good News is meant to be shared, not stored away.

“The message of Jesus is to give it; so just as I receive it from him through a brother or sister, the grace comes to me and I give it,” he said, stressing that Christians shouldn’t “can” the message, trying to conserve it in a jar, because “it’s not to save, it’s to give.”

(Elise Harris, “Pope Francis to the Laity: Go out and evangelize, or buy Mothballs”, Catholic News Agency, Jan. 29, 2017)

Here’s another recent example:

Pope Francis said Tuesday that the Word of God isn’t something that can be explained to people as a mere recommendation, or merely a good idea, but that it requires courage, prayer and humility to preach with honesty – and this is the only way it will have an impact.

“The Word of God cannot be given as a proposal – ‘well, if you like it…’ – or like a good philosophical or moral idea – ‘well, you can live this way…’” Pope Francis said Feb. 14.

“No! It’s something else. It needs to be proposed with this frankness, with this force, so that the Word penetrates, as Paul says, ‘to the bone.’”

(“Pope Francis: Don’t preach the Gospel like it’s a ‘Recommendation’”, Catholic World Report, Feb. 14, 2017)

In Myanmar, we saw this “courage”, “force”, and “frankness” in action: Not only did he not preach, even in the slightest, the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an unbelieving president, he did something infinitely worse: He explicitly confirmed the hapless soul in his soul-destroying Paganism!

To underscore how evil this is, we turn to a Vatican-endorsed book written in 1886 against the then-emerging Liberalism, which was a foreshadowing of the errors of Vatican II. The work in question is Liberalism is a Sin by Fr. Felix Sarda y Salvany. It is a devastating refutation of the Novus Ordo religion, written roughly 80 years in advance. See what Fr. Sarda, with the explicit approval of Pope Leo XIII’s Sacred Congregation of the Index, wrote about how antithetical to true Catholicism the Liberal attitude towards Buddhism is:

When [Sir Edwin] Arnold’s Light of Asia appeared [a work promoting Buddhism –N.O.W.], not a few Catholics joined in the chorus of fulsome praise which greeted it. How charming, how beautiful, how tender, how pathetic, how humane; what lofty morality, what exquisite sentiment! Now what was the real purport of the book and what was its essence? To lift up Guatama, the founder of Buddhism, at the expense of Jesus Christ, the Founder of Christianity! The intention was to show that Guatama was equally a divine teacher with as high an aspiration, as great a mission, as lofty a morality as our Divine Lord Himself. This was the object of the book; what was its essence? A falsification of history by weaving a series of poetical legends around a character, about whose actual life practically nothing is known. But not only this, the character was built up upon the model of Our Lord, which the author had in his own mind as the precious heirloom of Christianity; and his Gautama, whom he intended to stand out as at least the divine equal of the Founder of Christianity, became in his hands in reality a mere echo of Christ, the image of Christ, made to rival the Word made flesh! Buddhism, in the borrowed garments of Christianity, was thus made to appeal to the ideals of Christian peoples, and gaining a footing in their admiration and affections, to usurp the throne in the Christian sanctuary. Here was a work of literary merit, although it has been greatly exaggerated in this respect, praised extravagantly by some Catholics who, in their excessive desire to appear impartial, failed or refused to see in Edwin Arnold’s Light of Asia a most vicious, anti-Christian book! What difference does it make whether a book be excellent in a literary sense or not, if its effect be the loss of souls and not their salvation? What if the weapon in the hands of the assassin be bright or not, if it be fatal? Though spiritual assassination be brilliant, it is nonetheless deadly.

Heresy under a charming disguise is a thousand times more dangerous than heresy exposed in the harsh and arid garb of the scholastic syllogism — through which the death’s skull grins in unadorned hideousness. Arianism had its poets to propagate its errors in popular verse. Lutheranism had its humanists, amongst whom the elegant Erasmus shone as a brilliant writer. Arnauld, Nicole, Pascal threw the glamour of their belles lettres over the serpentine doublings of Jansenism. Voltaire’s wretched infidelity won its frightful popularity from the grace of his style and the flash of his wit. Shall we, against whom they aimed the keenest and deadliest shafts, contribute to their name and their renown! Shall we assist them in fascinating and corrupting youth! Shall we crown these condemners of our faith with the laurels of our praises and laud them for the very qualities which alone make them dangerous! And for what purpose? That we may appear impartial? No. Impartiality is not permissible when it is distorted to the offense of truth, whose rights are imprescriptible. A woman of bad life is infamous, be she ever so beautiful, and the more beautiful, the more dangerous. Shall we praise Liberal books out of gratitude? No! Follow the liberals themselves in this, who are far more prudent than we; they do not recommend and praise our books, whatever they be. They, with the instinct of evil, fully appreciate where the danger lies. They either seek to discredit us or to pass us by in silence.

Si quis non amat Dominum Nostrum Jesum Christum, Sit anathema [“If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema”], says St. Paul. Liberal literature is the written hatred of Our Lord and His Church. If its blasphemy were open and direct, no Catholic would tolerate it for an instant; is it any more tolerable because, like a courtesan, it seeks to disguise its sordid features by the artifice of paint and powder?

(Fr. Felix Sarda y Salvany, Liberalism is a Sin, Chapter 18; some formatting changed.)

Francis is not in the least concerned for the salvation of Pagans. He does not seek that idolaters or other members of false religions be converted to the True Faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is happy to confirm Pagans and other non-believers in their errors. Although he may not perhaps go so far as to say that all religions are equally good, he undoubtedly holds that all religions are good enough for salvation.

But this is not a position a Catholic is allowed to hold, for it is nothing short of the heresy of indifferentism — the idea that it ultimately doesn’t matter what religion you are. In 1846, Pope Pius IX taught:

Also perverse is the shocking theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs, a theory which is greatly at variance even with reason. By means of this theory, those crafty men remove all distinction between virtue and vice, truth and error, honorable and vile action. They pretend that men can gain eternal salvation by the practice of any religion, as if there could ever be any sharing between justice and iniquity, any collaboration between light and darkness, or any agreement between Christ and Belial.

(Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Qui Pluribus, n. 15)

Notice that there is no talk here of not rejecting what is good and holy in other religions — neither is there talk of “ecclesial elements” or of the Holy Ghost using other religions as means of salvation.

In 1928, Pope Pius XI condemned “that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule” (Encyclical Mortalium Animos, n. 2).

If this does not sound like what you’ve been hearing in the last 55 years from the “Catholic bishops”, there is a reason for that: They do not believe it.

There is only one conclusion: The “gospel” Francis wants to spread is not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ but a false, man-made gospel that makes void the Word of God (cf. Mt 15:6; Gal 1:8-9), even in its simplest fundamentals: “Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6).

By the way, Francis is not the first Jesuit to visit Buddhists this year. The Superior General of the (now grossly misnamed) Society of Jesus had a similar “encounter” in July. Remember?

The true Catholic Church is missionary in her very essence, always and necessarily preaching the true Gospel of Christ and seeking the conversion of all who are not yet in her fold. She preaches this Gospel in season and out of season: “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness” (1 Cor 1:23).

That Francis is not a part of that very Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ, could not be more evident. Wisely did King David warn of those “in whose hands are iniquities: their right hand is filled with gifts” (Ps 25:10).

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20 Responses to ““Life of Buddha”: Francis gifts Manuscript celebrating Paganism to President of Myanmar”

  1. Patrick O'Brien

    Oh, but listen to these words from “The Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions” from the Second Vatican Council, passed by a vote of 2,064 to 58: “Buddhism…teaches a path by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, can either reach a state of absolute freedom or attain supreme enlightenment by their own efforts or by higher assistance.” The Council Fathers neglected to tell the faithful that such a “path” is nonsense to the Catholic. So heck, why not become a Buddhist? Wouldn’t you like to be absolutely free? (I’m happily married, so that’s not possible for me.) Don’t you want to attain supreme enlightenment? Sure. But that “by their own efforts” smacks of a sort of Buddhist Pelagianism. Still by some sort of higher assistance (from Heaven…or from Hell?) we can attain supreme enlightenment. Such a deal — no wonder Francis gave “The Life of Buddha” as a gift.

  2. 2c3n1 .

    The Vatican 2 popes don’t want anyone saved, that’s why they masquerade as Catholic Popes spreading lies about Christianity. They are ministers of the devil who serve him faithfully. Since their goal is to lead Catholics astray, naturally, of course, they will do what they can to help keep the lost lost. It’s all part of the plan and they are executing it precisely. Everything the Vatican 2 popes have done, they’ve done under the direction of Satan to bring about the loss of souls. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 12:26: “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself: how then shall his kingdom stand?” The Vatican 2 popes are part of Satan’s kingdom.

  3. Lee

    It was an early Christmas present from Francis or rather a Buddamas present. What Francis should have done was give that president a pair of his clerical garb to put on and ask him if they could have a contest of who could pretend to be a Catholic pope. I put bets on that president because at least his mind was on Christ when gave the painting as a present. Francis is such an Antichrist pagan.

  4. Chris Griffin

    I have to say this entire debacle is a symptom of something terrible wrong with the Catholic Church and most Catholics and N.O.W. and most other Catholic websites and society as a whole. As St. John Chrysostom says “there is no name for it”. We call it abortion. 150,000 babies murdered every day around the world and we debate the latest news to death. N.O.W. and 99% of Catholic websites almost never mention abortion. Some Catholic websites equate abortion with climate change and immigration reform to their everlasting disgrace. The Pope, Cardinals and Bishops utter a few words now and then to their shame because Jesus said to leave the 99 in the wilderness to find the one lost sheep. What Pope, Cardinal or Bishop has ever done that? None. N.O.W. doesn’t do it, and Catholic Answers doesn’t do it and the other thousands of Catholic websites don’t do it. Abortion is an attack upon the person of Christ and most people agree with it or don’t really care about it. If we don’t stop babies from being murdered how can we ever be Christ-like Catholics. That is the basis of corruption in the Church and the world.

    • Novus Ordo Watch

      I cannot believe what I am reading! Have you ever checked our Twitter feed or our news digests?

      It is true that on this web site we do not typically talk about abortion, but that’s because (1) the main purpose of this web site is to demonstrate that the Vatican II Sect is not the Catholic Church; (2) the Vatican II Sect does, at least officially and in theory, condemn abortion; (3) there are so many pro-life web sites and organizations already that are doing outstanding work to expose and counter the grave moral evil of abortion; (4) being limited in resources, we all have to pick the battles we fight. Novus Ordo Watch focuses on defeating the Vatican II religion, which most other web sites are NOT doing.

      But your comment here reveals exactly how terrible the influence of the New Church truly is. You consider yourself — I assume — a genuine Roman Catholic, and yet look at what you just wrote: “Abortion is an attack upon the person of Christ”! As evil as abortion is, it is most certainly NOT an attack upon the person of Christ! You have imbibed the Vatican II religion’s tacit doctrine that man is God, and this shows once more how right we are in focusing all our efforts on exposing and combatting that false religion.

      This will probably sound unacceptable to you, but you need to hear this: Francis confirming Pagans in Paganism is an infinitely greater evil than abortion, as evil as that is. Aborted children go to Limbo; Pagans go to hell.

        • Novus Ordo Watch

          Well that will depend on how exactly you define hell, but typically hell is understood to mean the place where the damned are punished with the punishment of loss and of sense. That is not where aborted babies go. They go to a place of natural happiness, where they are indeed deprived of the Beatific Vision but have to endure no pain.

          • Ded Miko

            There are only two places in eternity, Heaven and Hell.
            Hell is made for punishments.
            In “Cantate Domino” are these words:
            “It [Church] firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not
            living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and
            heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but
            will depart “into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and
            his angels” [Matt. 25:41], unless before the end of life the same have
            been added to the flock …
            Original sin is sin anyway, and Church declare in Council in Carthage that there is no third place for nonbaptised infants (which doctrine was pelagian heresy) and they have not same punishments as adults in Hell because they have only original sin.
            Scholastic theologian 800 years after thought that is too harsh, and then they invent Limbo without punishments, but Limbo is not proclaimed as dogma on any Church council.

          • Lee

            So where did all the prophets and patriarchs in the old testament go after they died, before Christ came and rose from the dead?

          • Novus Ordo Watch

            Your view was condemned by Pope Pius VI in the Apostolic Constitution “Auctorem Fidei”, n. 26:
            “The doctrine which rejects as a Pelagian fable, that place of the lower regions (which the faithful generally designate by the name of the limbo of children) in which the souls of those departing with the sole guilt of original sin are punished with the punishment of the condemned, exclusive of the punishment of fire, just as if, by this very fact, that these who remove the punishment of fire introduced that middle place and state free of guilt and of punishment between the kingdom of God and eternal damnation, such as that about which the Pelagians idly talk,–false, rash, injurious to Catholic schools.” (Denz. 1526)

            Yes, original sin is indeed sin, but it is not a personal fault, only an inherited one. The Limbo of Infants is a necessary conclusion of the Catholic teaching on original sin and its effects, justification, grace, and so on. There is indeed the loss of the Beatific Vision, and in that it resembles hell, but there is no pain of sense, as clearly expressed by Pope Pius VI.

      • Chris Griffin

        If you will stop the personal insults against me I will try again to plead true Catholicism to you.

        “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40. Abortion CERTAINLY IS an attack against the person of Christ in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For you to say no to that is an indication of your wayward understanding of abortion and a lack of compassion for the babies ripped to pieces.

        I don’t do Twitter so you can forget that excuse.

        Your 4 points are highly debatable as to importance and relevance subject to a person’s perspective and opinion. I could put them in perspective for you but don’t have the desire to extend myself. There are 150,000 women every day who commit baby murder and you do very little to stop it. That is your self-admitted truth.

        My fundamental point is that you have missed the Hierarchy of Truth of the Catholic Church. “Repent” (of baby murder) is always the first action required of any and every person who strives to obtain Heaven. The babies go to Limbo but these women go to Hell.

        The mass slaughter of prenatal children is the most horrific and vile perversion ever conjured into existence by our species.

        • Novus Ordo Watch

          Personal insults? What personal insults did I hurl at you?
          Your exaggerated interpretation of Matthew 25:40 is essentially the same one that Bergoglio uses. Matthew 25 teaches that if we do our works of charity for the love of Christ, we will be rewarded by Him because He will consider them as though done to Himself; and if we do not do our works for the love of Christ, or if we do not do them at all, then He will consider them as not done to Himself. That’s all that means. Explained with proper documentation here: https://novusordowatch.org/2017/12/francis-rohingya-muslims-presence-of-god/

          As for the rest of what you assert above, I can simply answer by saying that what is gratuitously asserted is gratuitously denied.

        • 2c3n1 .

          Chris Griffin, what are you doing about abortion besides complaining about it in a comment section? Have you started a website to deal with it?

          What can N.O.W. do to stop it?

          Why don’t you complain to God that He’s not stopping it?

          As for going to hell, you don’t know who goes to Hell. Sure, these women are on the road to hell but whether they repent, convert, etc., you don’t know.

          I’m sure you’re on the road to hell in your false religion where 150,000 abortions a day is considered worse than the billion plus abominations and blasphemies hurled against Almighty God ever minute of every day. N.O.W. has their calling as others have other callings. Some speak out against abortion which is great. Some speak out against Adultery which is great. Some speak out against Homosexuality which is great. N.O.W. speaks out against heresy which is great!

          You, on the other hand, speak out against those who are doing great things but are apparently not doing anything to help anyone.

    • Tom A.

      The best way to stop abortion is to teach the true Catholic faith, unstained by modernism. The NO V2 sect is impotent in the culture war, since they adopted relativism.

      • BurningEagle

        They (the Novus Ordo) also allows birth control, and other sins against marriage. Just ask any diocesan “priest.”
        That is why every case is different, and we have to be merciful. etc

    • 2c3n1 .

      Abortion is the number 1 subject on Relevant Radio. They wear it out. The Catholic Answers website has hundreds of articles, videos, q/a’s, and audio’s on abortion.

      God listed killing number 5 in the 10 commandments. That means God is telling us that there are 4 foundational commandments that are more severe. The first 3 commandments concern God directly and it’s those 3 that N.O.W. is mostly dealing with.

      What are you doing about abortion besides complaining about it in a comment section? Have you started a website to deal with it?

    • BurningEagle

      Abortion is indeed a very heinous sin, crying to heaven for vengeance. But it pales in comparison to the enemies of God, disguised as Catholics, infiltrating the Church, and ultimately the See of Peter in October of 1958, and infecting the Catholic world with novel, foreign, and evil doctrines, disciplines, and worship.
      If those who defend abortion and its doctors are in some way guilty of the murders of all the aborted babies, then one would have to say those who defend Roncalli, Montini, Luciani, Wojtyla, The Rat, and Jorge are also complicit in their crimes against God and His Church.
      All the abortions in the world are nowhere near as bad as as the systematic corruption of Catholicism done by these usurpers.
      Ecumenism was evil before 1958. Now it is virtuous.
      Religious Liberty was condemned. Now it is promoted and promulgated
      The Catholic Church was the One True Church, outside of which there was no salvation. Now all religions are good, and all religions are a means of salvation.
      Divorce and “remarriage” was a mortal sin against God and the sacrament of marriage. Now it is officially approved (Amoris Laetitia), allowing divorced and “remarried” folks to receive “communion.”
      Homosexuality was a sin. Now Jorge receives homo couples (as couples) and hugs them, and blesses them. And don’t forget about the great theologian Cardinal Schonborn, and his escapades.
      Artificial birth control was a mortal sin. Now it is OK and even virtuous for homo’s and other perverts to use it.
      One could go on and on with the contradictions.
      It is due to the existence of this new relativistic, agnostic, Modernist counter-church that abortion-friendly folks like Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and John Kerry can get away with what they do and say.

  5. Sonia

    Hmmm. Jorge (Whore the Hater) who hates Christ and His flock, strikes again.

    “The big deal is that the Catholic Church isn’t a human organization that plays by the rules of the world. The Catholic Church…is a divine institution with a divine mission…”

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