If only he’d stuck with the Lutherans…

When the Pastor couldn’t make it:
Francis reveals he once led a Lutheran Service

On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, “Pope” Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) received the Rev. Michael Jonas in a private audience. Although his nationality is German, Jonas is the pastor of the Evangelical-Lutheran community in Rome, a post he’s held since 2018. Most of the roughly 500 members there are or speak German, the language of Martin Luther.

The main reason for the meeting between the two non-Catholics was to discuss the difficulties encountered by the churches in a secularized Europe, according to the Novus Ordo site domradio.de. Official photos of the encounter can be viewed here. The Vatican News service’s German edition published an interview with Jonas afterwards, although not in English. It doesn’t contain any really interesting information, however, so people who don’t speak the language didn’t miss much.

The same cannot be said for another report about the meeting between the two heretical leaders. A brief but explosive post was published by the Lutheran news portal evangelisch.de. Despite its brevity, it includes an explosive nugget, which we have translated for our readers:

During the conversation the Pope shared an anecdote from his time as a young Jesuit in Scandinavia. There he substituted for a Lutheran pastor in a worship service without the Eucharist. The Pope emphasized that Catholics and Lutherans are very close to each other with regard to how they conduct a worship service, according to Jonas. Four years ago the Pope visited the Lutheran community in Rome.

(“Papst empfängt Pfarrer der evangelisch-lutherischen Gemeinde in Rom”, evangelisch.de, Jan. 10, 2020; our translation.)

We must note, just for the sake of clarity in reporting, that Lutherans typically celebrate a “liturgy of the word” service on Sundays; their “communion” service is separate and conducted much less frequently. The one Francis led was a liturgy of the word.

Not that that would make it much less problematic, however: The Lutheran prayer service is still the official service of a heretical religion. Participation in it renders one automatically suspect of heresy (see Canon 2316); and leading it — well, that would have to constitute public defection from the Faith, or something not far from it.

So Bergoglio led a Lutheran prayer service. Would he have had a serious problem with leading a “communion” service? Probably not. Remember the telling answer he gave to a Protestant woman asking him about Eucharistic sharing between the two religions: “Life is bigger than explanations!”

Francis has had quite a love affair with Lutheranism throughout his life, and to list all the instances he’s endorsed Lutheranism as such or preached one or another Lutheran doctrine would be an impossible task. But here are a few samples:

In 2016, in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s revolution against the Catholic Church, the Frankster held an audience in which he proclaimed that “I really like the good Lutherans, the Lutherans who follow the true faith of Jesus Christ.”

That pretty much sums up Francis’ view of the Lutheran heresy.

That there is a Lutheran community in once-Catholic Rome at all is a great tragedy. When Pope Leo XIII ruled the Church of God, he roundly condemned the proselytism of Luther’s followers in the Eternal City:

So much for them “following the true faith of Jesus Christ.” If they follow the true religion, what is the Catholic Church for? But Sacred Scripture warned us from the beginning: “The man who goes back, who is not true to Christ’s teaching, loses hold of God” (2 Jn 9; Knox translation).

Not that this latest revelation about Francis once leading a Lutheran service really matters anymore at this point. Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re shocked that Francis would lead the prayer service of a false religion, you haven’t been paying attention. Bergoglio has already proclaimed that God wills the diversity of religions, which is not merely heretical blasphemy but apostasy. If that is so, then what does it matter whether you worship with the Lutherans or with the (supposed) Catholics? You’re doing God’s will either way!

This latest bombshell revelation on the part of the Jesuit apostate Bergoglio is simply one more straw on the camel’s back that broke a long time ago. In fact, he’d already admitted to essentially the same thing before, namely, last June, when he stated in a press conference: “When I was in Buenos Aires I was invited by the [Presbyterian] Scottish Church to preach a few times, and I went there to hold the service.” You can read all about that in our post covering the story:

Frequent readers of this blog may recall that Francis had no problem allowing an Anglican service to be held at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica in 2017 — it’s too bad he didn’t lead it himself:

All this is consistent with the advice Bergoglio gave to his followers almost three years ago that if there is no Catholic Mass available on a Sunday in your area, you can just go to the Anglican service instead. Yes, he really did say that:

Hey, Novus Ordo mess or Lutheran/Anglican/Presbyterian prayer service — what’s the difference anyway?!

Francis himself just admitted that Lutherans and Novus Ordos are very close with regard to how they worship. Yes, that is quite true — because the “New Mass” in use since 1969 was fabricated by Modernists working with Protestants to wreck the Holy Catholic Mass and make it as Protestant-friendly as possible. Our topical page on the Holy Mass has more information on that.

All this theological junk has its roots in the abominable Second Vatican Council, which declared:

…[W]orship in common (communicatio in sacris) is not to be considered as a means to be used indiscriminately for the restoration of Christian unity. There are two main principles governing the practice of such common worship: first, the bearing witness to the unity of the Church, and second, the sharing in the means of grace. Witness to the unity of the Church very generally forbids common worship to Christians, but the grace to be had from it sometimes commends this practice. The course to be adopted, with due regard to all the circumstances of time, place, and persons, is to be decided by local episcopal authority, unless otherwise provided for by the Bishops’ Conference according to its statutes, or by the Holy See.

(Vatican II, Decree on Ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratio, n. 8; underlining added.)

See! There is “grace to be had from” worshipping together with heretics, so why not lead their prayer service? In fact, “Saint” John Paul II’s Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms of Ecumenism, specifically allows Novus Ordos “to take part in the psalms, responses, hymns and common actions of the Church in which they are guests. If invited by their hosts, they may read a lesson or preach” (n. 118). So there you go — you might as well lead the thing!

Contrary to all this, in 1948 Pope Pius XII’s Holy Office issued the canonical monitum Cum Compertum, warning the faithful against “acts of mixed worship”, reminding them that “any communication in sacred affairs is totally forbidden according to the norm of Canons 1258 and 731, § 2” (underlining added).

How manifestly today’s “Catholic” ecumenism differs from the true Catholic position maintained through the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958, can be seen by reviewing these documents on the topic:

Thus we see once again the manifest rupture between the true Roman Catholic religion and the Counterfeit Catholicism that has been preached and practiced in Rome and throughout the world since the election of Angelo Roncalli as “Pope” John XXIII in 1958.

The Novus Ordo religion is from the same source as its Lutheran, Anglican, and Presbyterian cousins: hell.

Whether Bergoglio leads the one or the other: What difference does it make?

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