An important message from the “Pope”…
Francis: “The Earth must be treated with Tenderness”
If someone were trying to make sure that the Papacy will forever be perceived as the butt of all jokes among men, he could not do a better job than Jorge Bergoglio, the Argentinian apostate who styles himself “Pope Francis.”
The headlines about the “Pope” that emerge from the Vatican II Sect these days are anything from bizarre to ridiculous to downright idiotic. Latest case in point: Today’s report on Zenit, “‘The Earth Must Be Treated With Tenderness,’ Says Pope Francis”. One really has to wonder whether the poor journalists who have to cover this poppycock are secretly snickering behind their computer screens or whether they actually take this bunk seriously.
The ever-talkative Jesuit Bergoglio, who inserts himself into every discussion and cannot even leave the United States’ Super Bowl alone, has sent a message to attendees of a conference in Madrid, Spain, organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization under the motto “Water, Agriculture and Food: Let us Build Tomorrow.”
Here is a salient quote from the text:
The earth must be treated with tenderness, so as not to cause it damage, so as not to ruin the work of the hands of the Creator. When this is not done, the earth ceases to be a source of life for the human family. And this is what happens in many regions of our planet, where water is contaminated, garbage accumulates, deforestation advances, air is stale and soil acidified. All this generates a harmful accumulation of ills and miseries, which we also find when food is wasted and not shared; that is why it is essential to educate children and young people to nourish themselves healthily, not simply to eat. Correct nourishment involves knowing the value of food, disengagement from frenzied and compulsive consumerism, and making the table a place for encounter and fraternity, not just the space for ostentation, waste or whims.
(Antipope Francis, in Deborah Castellano Lubov, “‘The Earth Must Be Treated With Tenderness,’ Says Pope Francis”, Zenit, Dec. 13, 2018)
This is the kind of thing that is right up Francis’ alley: caring about the temporal world — international secular politics, sociology, environmental concerns. On the other hand, when it comes to Sacred Theology, which would be his first duty if he were what he claims to be, he is quick to withdraw from the discussion. On a number of occasions he has made statements to the effect of “we’ll leave that to the theologians to figure out”, and he has even explicitly stated that he finds fundamental theology to be “boring”. In general he considers Catholic doctrine to be the expression of an unhealthy obsession with certainty and claim to truth. As Bp. Bernard Fellay, SSPX, said about Francis after meeting with him in 2016: “[T]he doctrine is not so important” to him.
Of course Francis does frequently speak about theological matters, but there is no real substance to what he says. He likes to disseminate buzzwords and slogans, make headlines with colorful metaphors, and substitute existentialism and psychology for sound philosophy and theology. That’s Francis. That’s why you keep hearing from him meaningless things about “moving forward”, “time is greater than space”, and “life is bigger than explanations” — all stuff you might just as well hear, in essence, from an agnostic, a New Ager, or a Freemason. It’s a Modernist substitute for Catholic theology. It may sound profound but it ultimately has no edifying meaning and poisons the soul.
Let’s be clear: We’re not saying that everything Francis says about taking care of the earth is wrong. It’s just that this has nothing to do with the Papacy. That’s not the Pope’s job, and certainly not to the excessive extent to which Francis has made it his business — worrying about clean water everywhere, showing concern over deforestation, or pointing out how much plastic has been found in oceans. The Pope has a different job. Not that Francis is actually Pope, but he claims to be and nearly the whole world thinks he is.
If Francis were only 1% as concerned about souls being saved from eternal ruin in hell as he is about bodies not having a perfect earth to live on, he would be running his show quite differently. But he is only too happy to feed people “the meat which perisheth” rather than “that which endureth unto life everlasting” (Jn 6:27), for which he will not even kneel.
Our Blessed Lord warned us not to obsess about the needs of this world, and He exhorted us to be primarily concerned with advancing the Kingdom of God: “And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high. For all these things do the nations of the world seek. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Lk 12:29-31). In that context, Christ reminded us also not to fear “them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28).
One way or another, sooner or later, everyone on this earth will die a physical death. All the clean water in the world cannot prevent it. In this sense, all human life is simply a slow death. This is the punishment of original sin (see Rom 6:23). What matters more than anything, therefore, is the life of the soul, ensuring that we live the life of sanctifying grace, a life of love of God and love of neighbor (see Mt 22:36-40). St. John the Evangelist described people like Francis to a T when he wrote: “They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them” (1 Jn 4:5). Such people will die with the world, and then reap what they have sown: “For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting” (Gal 6:8).
So now the earth is the latest entity to fall victim to the Bergoglian demand for tenderness. Perhaps it’s because Francis is currently on a tenderness trip again. He usually rotates the same talking points over and over, and during this Advent season, so far it’s clear that it’s tenderness’ turn again.
By the way, in a few days it will be time again for the annual spanking Francis gives to his “cardinals” during his Christmas address. One thing you will definitely not see there is… tenderness.
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