“Peace, peace: and there was no peace” (Jer 6:14)…
Apostasy Unlimited: Francis’ Endorsement of “Peace With No Borders” in Madrid
It’s that time of the year again when representatives of all major religions of the world come together and pray for world peace “in the spirit of Assisi”.
Front and center is the Novus Ordo Sect, of course, because the pioneer of these annual interreligious prayer gatherings was the apostate Polish bishop Karol Wojtyla (aka “Pope Saint” John Paul II). He held the first such meeting on Oct. 27, 1986 in the Italian town of Assisi. The following video clip will bring back some unhappy memories:
The latest such gathering took place Sep. 15-17 in Madrid, Spain. The chief cleric representing the Vatican II religion was the local archlayman, “Cardinal” Carlos Osoro Sierra. The theme for the meeting was “peace with no borders”, an obvious allusion to the constant onslaught on the sovereignty of nations, whose borders are being condemned by globalists all around, especially by Jorge Bergoglio, aka “Pope” Francis.
The event was sponsored by the Sant’Egidio Community, a lay “Catholic” social service group founded in 1968 that is continually at the forefront of ecumenical and interreligious activities. The full program of the multi-day conference can be found here.
The prayers for peace, “[i]n the different locations, according to each religious tradition”, took place on the evening of the last day, followed by a peace procession and a closing ceremony (video). The prayer service of the “Christians” was held in a common ecumenical service, of course (video).
Here are some photos of the multi-religious prayers for peace, released by the Community of Sant’Egidio:
Practitioners of Shintoism plead for peace with their gods
The religion of peace petitions its non-trinitarian god
As a quick reality check, we recall that God has revealed to us that “all the gods of the Gentiles are devils” (Ps 95:5) and that idolaters “sacrificed to devils and not to God” (Deut 32:17). How much such idolatry is to be abhorred, even — and especially — in the New Covenant, is likewise clear from Sacred Scripture: “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, fly from the service of idols” (1 Cor 10:14); “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 Cor 6:16).
Strangely enough, he who likes to tell people that Faith “must be constantly nourished by the Word of God”, actually despises that very Word and only refers to It as he can misuse It to buttress and promote his own socio-political agenda.
Keeping all the foregoing in mind, we will now take a look at the Message from “Pope” Francis that was sent to the meeting, and which was presented to all participants at the opening conference on Sep. 15. The full text is posted here.
We will now dissect it by interspersing some critical commentary (all underlining added):
I greet with joy and gratitude Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra, Archbishop of Madrid, and all of you, representatives of the Christian Churches and Communities and of the World Religions, gathered in Madrid for the 33rd Prayer Meeting for Peace, organized jointly by Sant’Egidio Community and the Archdiocese of Madrid. It is a source of joy to see that this pilgrimage of peace, which began after the World Day of Prayer for Peace, convoked by Saint John Paul II in Assisi in October of 1986, has never been interrupted, but continues and grows in the number of participants and in fruits of goodness. It is a pilgrimage that has gone to towns and cities to give witness everywhere of the strength of that “Spirit of Assisi,” which is prayer to God and promotion of peace among peoples.
Here we notice straightaway that Francis considers the prayer of every religion under the sun to be “prayer to God.” This is not surprising, since Bergoglio is an apostate. What is surprising, on the other hand, is that he is willing to say it so openly — but then people are so misled in our day that no one would probably even so much as notice, much less actually object to it.
This year its itinerary reaches Madrid, to reflect on the theme ”Peace Without Borders.” The mind flies to the past, when, in the heart of Europe thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall, fell and an end was put to that lacerating division of the Continent, which caused so much suffering. That day, from Berlin to the whole of Eastern Europe, new hopes of peace were enkindled, which extended throughout the world. It was the prayer for peace of so many sons and daughters of God, which contributed to accelerate that fall. Moreover, the biblical story of Jericho reminds us that walls fall where they are “besieged” with prayer and not arms, with yearning for peace and not conquest, when we dream of a good future for all. Therefore, it’s necessary to pray always and to dialogue in the perspective of peace: the fruits will come! Let us not be afraid, because the Lord listens to the prayer of His faithful people.
Here we see the same theme recur: All the prayers offered are acceptable to God, no matter from what religion they proceed, or whether they are directed to the true God at all — or to a demon. Since Francis is addressing the interreligious prayer gathering as a whole and endorsing it and the “spirit of Assisi” per se, it is clear that where he mentions “the prayer of His faithful people,” he means to include not simply Catholics, who alone are faithful to God’s Revelation (cf. 1 Tim 3:15; 2 Jn 9; Gal 1:8-9), but all of the people who will be offering prayers at the interreligious event. That is what everyone who reads his message will understand him to be saying, and that is precisely what is intended.
But such a position is unacceptable for a Catholic, since it implies what Pope Pius XI denounced as “that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy” — an opinion by which anyone who holds it “is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion” (Encyclical Mortalium Animos, n. 2). In other words, we are talking about nothing less than apostasy.
Ironically, Francis enlists the Scriptural story of the fall of Jericho in support of his interreligious peace prayer initiative. One can only marvel at the shameless audacity of such a move, since if the battle of Jericho was anything, it was definitely not interreligious and it was not peaceful. The fall of Jericho marked the beginning of the conquest of the Promised Land by Josue (then the leader of the true religion, Old Testament Judaism, the forerunner of Catholicism), which was being given to the Chosen People by God and taken away from the Gentiles (the false religions):
Jericho was a strong city, but during the night an angel of the Lord with a drawn sword had appeared to Josue and had given him minute instructions as to how it was to be taken. Josue sent forty thousand fighting men to march around the walls of the city every day for six days. On the seventh day, the soldiers, the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant, and all the Israelites marched around the walls seven times. At the end of the seventh trip, Josue gave the command, “Shout, for the Lord hath delivered the city to you.” The seven trumpets used at the jubilee sounded a continuous blast, the people gave a mighty shout, and the walls fell. Then the soldiers rushed into the city from wherever they stood and killed all the inhabitants except Rahab and her family.
(Rev. George Johnson, et. al., Bible History [New York, NY: Benziger Brothers, 1931], pp. 147-149)
And this is the story to which Francis refers in his advertisement for interreligious prayer for peace? What chutzpah! Yes, those walls tumbled with God’s help rather than with arms, but that was merely the prelude to a very bloody battle in which the Israelites killed the inhabitants of Jericho so they could take over the city. It certainly had nothing to do with a “yearning for peace and not conquest”, nor was it “a good future for all” but only for those who survived. Bergoglio must be counting on the ignorance of his hearers, or he has nothing but contempt for them.
The false pope continues:
Unfortunately, in these two first decades of the 21st century we have witnessed, with great sadness, the waste of that gift of God that peace is, dilapidated with new wars and the building of new walls and barriers. After all, we know well that peace must increase ceaselessly, from generation to generation, with dialogue, encounter and negotiation.
That course of action hasn’t been working out too well, has it? That’s because it is not “the peace of Christ”, which Pope Pius XI taught “is the only true peace” (Encyclical Ubi Arcano, n. 37). Our Blessed Lord Himself — the “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6) — made clear that the peace He would give us is “not as the world giveth” (Jn 14:27). Yet faithless Francis and his henchmen continue to seek after precisely the peace that “the world giveth”, and they are surprised that it never works. A true Pope would promote “the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding” and which “keep[s] your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7). Not the Vatican II “popes”!
The reason why only the peace of Christ is genuine and true peace, and why it cannot be obtained in any other way except by submitting to the sweet yoke of His law and Gospel (cf. Mt 11:30), is that divine grace is needed to aid us in our human condition, to overcome our sins, perfect our nature, and make us virtuous so that we may bear wrongs patiently, forgive our enemies, and do good to those who hate us. Naturalists like Francis and the entire Modernist Vatican II crowd, however, do not believe this, because they deny original sin and its effects and therefore also its divine remedy. They believe that it is possible to eliminate strife and quarrels among individuals and nations by merely natural means, by dialoguing, by planting trees, by lighting candles, by interreligious “fraternity” — and not with the grace of Almighty God moving people to conversion and repentance.
If the good of peoples and of the world is sought, it is foolish to close areas, separate peoples or, even more so, confront one another, deny hospitality to those that need it. Thus, the world is “broken,” using the same violence with which the environment is ruined and our common home is damaged, and asking instead for love, care, respect, just as humanity invokes peace and fraternity.
This is cheap demagoguery — Bergoglio is shallowly appealing to the emotions of his hearers while ignoring Catholic morality. The principles he proposes for nations he would never apply to his own house. He would never say it is “foolish to close” the Casa Santa Marta in which he lives to unauthorized visitors and unexpected guests. He is very happy that there are walls around Vatican City to “separate peoples” and armed guards outside his door so he can safely continue to spread his poison while the leftists of the world adore him. Nor does he give a hoot about the environment as he wastes tons of jet fuel traveling around the globe promoting his toxic ideology.
Our common home cannot endure walls that separate and confront those that live there.
Why not? It’s been working great for the last few millennia.
Instead, it needs open doors that help to communicate with one another, to encounter one another, to cooperate to live together in peace, respecting the diversity and reinforcing the bonds of responsibility. Peace is like a house with many rooms, in which we are all called to dwell. Peace has no borders, always, without exceptions. Such was Saint John XXIII’s desire when, at a difficult moment, he wished to address all believers and men of good will, invoking “peace in all lands.”
The beautiful thing about borders is that they have an official port of entry. Borders do have doors, and attending those doors are security officers who vet each person who wishes to enter the country. It’s a clever way to ensure only those can proceed who actually have legitimate business doing so, and who are not a danger to the inhabitants of the country. Kind of like how you, Francis, do it with the Swiss Guard outside the Casa Santa Marta. Imagine if your conservative critics started flocking to your apartment looking for “open doors that help to communicate with one another, to encounter one another”! What a peaceful encounter that would be — no exceptions!
Distinguished representatives of the Christian Churches and Communities, and of the great Religions of the world, with this, my greeting, I want to say to you that I am at your side during these days and, with you, I pray for peace to the only One who can give it to us. In the tradition of these International Prayer Meetings for Peace — as that of Assisi in 2016, in which I also took part, the prayer that goes up to God occupies the most important and decisive place. It unites us all in a common sentiment, without any confusion — close but not confused! as the yearning for peace is common, in the variety of religious experiences and traditions.
There we see another endorsement of the idea that all of these religions are invoking the true God. Yet Hindus, for example, believe in many gods (they are polytheists), Shintoists believe in a sort of animistic pantheism, and Jains do not believe in a Creator God at all. Clearly, we need some more “interreligious dialogue” for better mutual understanding!
The truth is quite simply that far from happily receiving the prayers and other offerings of all religions indiscriminately, God abhors the stench of false worship: “The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship” (Lactantius, qtd. by Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos, n. 11; cf. Num 16; Jude 1:11). In particular, God detests idolatry (cf. Ex 20:1-6), in which adoration is given to the creature rather than the one true Creator, whose existence can be known even apart from supernatural revelation, simply by the things that are made: “If anyone shall have said that the one true God, our Creator and our Lord, cannot be known with certitude by those things which have been made, by the natural light of human reason: let him be anathema” (Vatican I, Dogmatic Constitution Dei Filius, Ch. 2, Can. 1; Denz. 1806; cf. Rom 1:18-22; Ps 52:1).
As believers, we are conscious that prayer is the root of peace. One who practices it is a friend of God, as Abraham was, model of the man of faith and hope. Prayer for peace, in this time marked by so many conflicts and violence, unites us all even more, beyond the differences, in the common commitment for a more fraternal world.
Here again the true is lumped together with the false, that which is pleasing to God with what is loathed by Him, Christ is made equal to the devil, and truth and light are put on a footing with lies and darkness (cf. 2 Cor 6:15). Far from obtaining peace, such wickedness will only enrage the true God even more, and bring down upon us ever greater calamities and chastisements!
We know well that fraternity among believers, in addition to being a barrier to enmities and wars, is ferment of fraternity among peoples. In this connection, in February of last year I signed in Abu Dhabi, together with the Gran Imam of Al Azhar, the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” — an important step in the path to world peace. Together we said that “religions never incite to violence and do not foster sentiments of hatred, hostility, extremism, or invite to violence or the shedding of blood.” I wish also to entrust the objectives of that Document to all of you taking part in this Prayer Meeting for Peace. The Spirit of Assisi, 800 years after Saint Francis’ meeting with the Sultan, also inspired the work that led us to the act of Abu Dhabi.
The fraternity Francis is promoting is a blueprint for apostasy, for it is a Naturalist-Masonic fraternity, a notion quite opposed to genuine Christian fraternity, as explained by Pope St. Pius X:
Indeed, we have the human experience of pagan and secular societies of ages past to show that concern for common interests or affinities of nature weigh very little against the passions and wild desires of the heart. No, Venerable Brethren, there is no genuine fraternity outside Christian charity. Through the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ Our Saviour, Christian charity embraces all men, comforts all, and leads all to the same faith and same heavenly happiness.
By separating fraternity from Christian charity thus understood, Democracy, far from being a progress, would mean a disastrous step backwards for civilization. If, as We desire with all Our heart, the highest possible peak of well being for society and its members is to be attained through fraternity or, as it is also called, universal solidarity, all minds must be united in the knowledge of Truth, all wills united in morality, and all hearts in the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ. But this union is attainable only by Catholic charity, and that is why Catholic charity alone can lead the people in the march of progress towards the ideal civilization.
(Pope Saint Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique; underlining added.)
As for Bergoglio’s claim that “religions … do not foster sentiments of hatred, hostility, extremism”, we need but recall the words of Jesus Christ: “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household” (Mt 10:34-36). Our Lord made clear that if we truly wish to be His disciples, we must adhere loyally to Him, and this will bring conflicts potentially even in our own family and household because the Gospel is a sword that divides — it is an all-or-nothing Gospel: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:26-27).
Francis, by contrast, preaches a false “I’m OK, you’re OK” gospel, whose essence is works of charity to benefit the needy while saying some prayers and following one’s conscience. His religion is all by man, for man, with man, and about man. God is invoked only to ratify, applaud, and assist in this gospel of man, and to provide forgiveness for failing to live it.
How far the “spirit of Assisi” is removed from the real St. Francis of Assisi can be seen in the very anecdote to which Francis alludes, when the saint went to see a Mohammedan sultan to convert him:
The Sultan Meledin asked him who sent them, and for what purpose they came? Francis answered with courageous firmness: “We are not sent by men, but it is the Most High who sends me, in order that I may teach you and your people the way of salvation, by pointing out to you the truths of the Gospel.” He immediately preached to him, with great fervor, the dogma of One God in Three Persons, and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind.
(Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, The Life of S. Francis of Assisi [New York, NY: D. & J. Sandlier & Co., 1889], pp. 197-198)
Thankfully St. Francis cared more about the sultan’s eternal salvation than about Bergoglio’s Masonic fraternity jazz!
The false pope continues:
We are living a difficult moment for the world. We must all unite — I would say with one same heart and one same voice –, to cry out that peace has no borders — a cry that rises from our heart. It is from there, in fact, from hearts where we must eradicate the borders that divide and confront; and it is in hearts where sentiments of peace and fraternity must be sown.
The truth is, of course, that secure borders around nations contribute immensely to a peaceful and tranquil society. Anyone who doesn’t believe it is invited to open the doors of his own home to anyone who wishes to come in, and then report back in the combox below how peaceful things have gotten. A nation that eliminates its borders will disintegrate, just as a cell in the human body can only exist for as long as it has boundaries that separate it from other cells.
Of course the goal in all this interreligious peace stuff — together with borderless nations that are dissolved into one big world community — is to prepare the way for the Antichrist. Once the true religion’s claims to exclusivity and superiority have been sufficiently muffled or muted and Faith has been reduced to subjective experience with no claim to objective truth or permanent validity, this wicked world will be ready to receive its false messiah: “I am come in the name of my Father, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive” (Jn 5:43).
Francis wraps up his message to the interfaith gathering in Madrid with one final paragraph:
Distinguished representative[s] of the Christian Churches and Communities and of the great Religions of the world, men and women of good will taking part in this Meeting, the great task of peace has also been put in our hands. May the God of peace give us abundance of wisdom, audacity, generosity and perseverance.
What Bergoglio has written is a clear abandonment of the religion revealed by God; it is apostasy. How far the Vatican II Sect has removed itself from the religion the entire world knew exclusively to be Roman Catholicism until the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958!
There are probably no better magisterial documents condemning the ideas he puts forward than the following two:
- Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos
Regarding true peace and how to obtain it, the following papal documents describe just that:
- Pope Benedict XV, Encyclical Pacem Dei Munus
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Ubi Arcano
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quas Primas
We are witnessing the “mystery of iniquity” referred to by St. Paul in full swing, the mystery that was held at bay by all true Popes, but only until it pleased God to take the Pope out of the way and allow the forces of evil to prevail for a short time, in punishment of our sins:
For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: that all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity.
(2 Thessalonians 2:7-11)
Can there be any doubt that the “operation of error” in question is the false church of the Second Vatican Council, the Novus Ordo Sect?
“Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God”, real Catholics pray in the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was prescribed to be prayed in churches on the Feast of Christ the King by Pope Pius XI. That is clearly not a prayer in line with the religion of the Second Vatican Council or with the veritable “Church of Darkness” the council has generated.
By the way: Next year’s interreligious Assisi prayer meeting will be held in Rome.
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