Francis’ contempt for his critics…
“He is Like a Child” – Aboard Airhead One, Francis slams “Cardinal” Müller, and he responds
They’ve seen happier days together:
The “good” Modernist Gerhard Muller with the “bad” Modernist Jorge Bergoglio
The Francis Show is currently underway in Mozambique, a nation in southeastern Africa. On his 10-hour flight to get there, Francis naturally took the opportunity to generate some headlines by speaking to the journalists covering his roughly 9-day blather tour, which will take him also to neighboring Madagascar and Mauritius.
Many news outlets have already reported on his haughty comments about his conservative critics from the United States: “For me, it’s an honor that Americans are attacking me,” he said before his spokesman jumped into damage control mode, claiming that his boss “wanted to say that he always considers criticisms an honor, particularly when it comes from important thinkers and, in this case, of an important nation” (source). No doubt about it! At least this time the antipope didn’t threaten to pray for his opponents.
Our latest podcast, dated Sep. 4, 2019, briefly touches upon Francis’ airborne remarks:
But there was another incident, one that The New York Times broke yesterday. German Vaticanist Andreas Englisch was part of the entourage aboard the plane we have appropriately nicknamed Airhead One, and he had an interesting exchange with the pseudo-pope:
Mr. Englisch said that he also told Francis that not all Germans believed the bad things said about him by the German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the church’s former chief theologian, who was fired by Francis.
When the pope asked Mr. Englisch what Cardinal Müller had been saying about him, Mr. Englisch told him the cardinal had been saying he would try and save Francis’ papacy from bad theology.
Francis replied that Cardinal Müller “has good intentions and he is a good man, but he is like a child,” Mr. Englisch said.
(Jason Horowitz, “Pope Says It’s ‘an Honor That the Americans Attack Me’”, New York Times, Sep. 4, 2019)
Based on reports by the news web sites of the German and Austrian branches of the Novus Ordo Sect, Maike Hickson renders Francis’ unabridged quote about Muller as: “He has good intentions, he is a good man. The Pope likes him. But he is like a child.”
Either way, Francis’ arrogance is on full display here, as conservative Novus Ordos and semi-traditionalists will be happy to point out. At the same time, they will probably take this opportunity to practice solidarity with the Vatican’s former doctrine chief, who, we must never tire to point out, is just as much of a public non-Catholic as Francis is.
Muller is a Rahnerian Modernist to the core, in addition to being a big fan of Liberation Theology. For people to continually paint him as some kind of conservative watchdog of orthodoxy is a great disservice to the cause of truth. We need but recall some of his explicit heresies:
- The Heresies of ‘Cardinal’ Muller, Part 1: His Denial of Transubstantiation
- The Heresies of ‘Cardinal’ Muller, Part 2: His Denial of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary
- ‘Cardinal’ Muller denies the Bodily Resurrection of Christ
- ‘Cardinal’ Muller supports Liberation Theology
The Austrian kath.net asked Muller to respond to Francis’ remarks, who replied thus:
“With Jesus, one could ask His Vicar: why do you call me good? ‘No one is good but God alone’ (Luke 18:19), and one could console oneself with the words of Scripture: ‘we should be called children of God; and so we are’ (1 John 3:1).” The German prelate continues, saying that to be a child of God in Christ “is the greatest dignity to which the Son of God has raised us (Rom. 8:17).”
Commenting on Pope Francis, Cardinal Müller added: “Also, I think that the Pope is a good man and I like him from my heart, especially for everything that he does for the poor and the wounded. Whether many or few in his own surroundings are ‘children’ in the sense of Jesus (Luke 18:15-17) is known to God alone.”
(Maike Hickson, “Pope Francis criticizes former doctrinal head Muller: he has ‘good intentions’ but is ‘like a child’”, Life Site, Sep. 5, 2019)
Muller’s allusion to Lk 18:19 is a bit puzzling, since Christ wasn’t denying either that He was good or that He was God, but was challenging the questioner to infer that if He was truly good, then He must be God. What is the German Modernist claiming about himself?
The pseudo-cardinal’s comments regarding being “children of God” and “as little children” is clearly a deflection, since that’s obviously not what Francis had in mind. But perhaps Matteo Bruni, the new Vatican press secretary, will claim just that in his next round of damage control on behalf of his boss.
A word needs to be said about the reporter Francis had this conversation with, Andreas Englisch. A huge admirer of Francis, he is of the popular-sensationlist kind in his native Germany as he promotes “his man.” Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to underestimate the factual basis of his reporting. It was Englisch who foretold Benedict XVI’s resignation approximately ten months before it happened, and of course he was derided for such an “absurd” prediction.
Here are some posts we’ve published on Englisch in the past:
- “Papal” Biographer: Schism with Benedict XVI as Antipope Possible
- “Amoris Laetitia” and the Coming Schism: Retrospect & Prospect
- Vatican Journalist: “Francis and Benedict no longer on Speaking Terms”
The ongoing circus with this Argentinian apostate and his retired German-Modernist sidekick-in-white, and with the forever-grumbling-but-never-doing-anything “cardinals”, is becoming more and more insufferable by the day.
Someone needs to remind the Swiss Guards that while the impostor is out of town, they have ample opportunity to change the door locks in Vatican City.
Novus Ordo Watch will pay for the one-way ticket to Buenos Aires.
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