Seeks “miracle of an ever wider ‘we’…”
Anticipating Antichrist: In World Migrant Day Message, Francis hints at “Messianic Future” of Naturalist Heaven on Earth
Few things allow the Argentinian apostate Jesuit and professional papal pretender Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”) to do his part to advance the globalist New World Order agenda more effectively than the topic of migrants and refugees. It allows him to exploit the natural human desire to help those in need by inculcating in people his pseudo-Catholic Masonic concepts of liberty, equality, fraternity, and open borders, thus placing the temporal over the eternal, the natural over the supernatural, man over Christ.
On May 3, 2021, the Novus Ordo Vatican, never missing a beat when it comes to matters pertaining to the temporal world, released Francis’ message for the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which this year falls on Sep. 27. It bears the corny title “Towards an Ever Wider ‘We'”:
The message is a typical exercise in Bergoglian pseudo-theology: Start with the desired ideology and then find a clever way to read it back into carefully-selected Scripture texts to make it appear as though your position were deduced from divine revelation.
Of course that doesn’t mean we need to let him get away with it. Step by step, we will now dismantle Bergoglio’s horrendous “message” for the world on the topic of migrants and refugees.
Setting the Stage
Not surprisingly, Francis appeals to the so-called COVID-19 pandemic as a supposed golden opportunity to usher in what he’s been preaching all along, namely, that “we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’” (Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, n. 35).
While this goal certainly has its legitimacy — after all, it can be understood as love of neighbor, which is a commandment and not a mere suggestion — it is much too vague, too broad, too ambiguous for clear communication. Thus it invites all kinds of interpretations incompatible with a proper Catholic understanding of things — which is, of course, precisely what this “Pope” is counting on.
In his Message for the World Day of Migrants, Francis speaks of a “common journey in this world” among men. This would be an excellent starting point for a Catholic message, were it not for the fact that he is not talking about the journey out of slavery-to-sin-and-the-devil into the life of Faith, hope, and charity through the grace of Jesus Christ. Neither, therefore, does he mention that the proper destination of this common journey on which every living man, woman, and child finds himself is a supernatural end, namely, eternal beatitude in Heaven.
Writing in 1939, just after the start of World War II, Pope Pius XII summed up the cause of, and the solution to, the problems the world was facing:
At the head of the road which leads to the spiritual and moral bankruptcy of the present day stand the nefarious efforts of not a few to dethrone Christ; the abandonment of the law of truth which He proclaimed and of the law of love which is the life breath of His Kingdom.
In the recognition of the royal prerogatives of Christ and in the return of individuals and of society to the law of His truth and of His love lies the only way to salvation.
(Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Summi Pontificatus, nn. 21-22)
These supernatural truths enunciated by Pius XII are entirely foreign to Jorge Bergoglio, so it is not surprising that he takes a completely different aproach. Being a true Naturalist, he remains within the confines of the temporal world, both in terms of the diagnosis of the problem and in terms of the solution offered.
The Nature of Man and the Purpose of Human Existence
Francis begins by pointing out that God created mankind to be of a great number, united as a common race with a common end. He does not mention, however, what that end is. He says that “we” are “destined to become ever more numerous in the succession of generations”, but he does not say for what purpose.
Although he acknowledges that man was created in the image and likeness of God (see Gen 1:27), Bergoglio fails to say a word about that likeness consisting of sanctifying grace, which raises us to the supernatural level and constitutes a participation in the very life of God Himself! When Adam and Eve sinned, the image of God in man was obscured, and the likeness to God was lost. More specifically, our intellect was darkened, our free will was weakened, and our sanctifying grace was lost. Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ came to restore this lost grace to us and to assist us in enlightening our intellect and strengthening our will by means of the sacraments and the other ordinary means of grace, such as prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Needless to say, Francis mentions none of this.
In fact, while teaching that God created us in His image and likeness, the false pope makes it appear as though what constitutes that image is the diversity of the sexes, male and female. He elaborates on this false assumption, which is not directly stated but certainly hinted at, when he says that God created us “in the image of his own triune being, a communion in diversity”. In this way he cleverly gives the impression that whatever notion of diversity he preaches really has its source in the Godhead Himself! A sly devil he is!
Turning to the question of sin, Bergoglio indeed acknowledges that when “in disobedience we turned away from God”, He provided us with “a path of reconciliation” through Jesus Christ so as to gather us once again into one united people, namely, His Church. However, by omitting any mention of the supernatural life of grace, Francis manages to leave everything on the level of the natural and gives the impression — without saying it outight, of course — that Christ had come merely to bestow upon mankind the natural unity of the human race that has been “broken and fragmented, wounded and disfigured” by sin.
Thus the papal pretender makes sin to appear as a merely natural matter that harms relations between men, and perhaps between man and the environment, but nonetheless disconnected from the supernatural life of grace that constitutes us in friendship with God.
Having thus reduced the whole matter of the “we” (unity of the human race) to the natural level, he need not bother with a supernatural solution to anything but can introduce a “solution” that remains on the level of the natural; which is exactly what he does, and quite cleverly so.
A Two-Pronged Appeal
As he himself makes clear in his write-up, Francis has one message for “Catholics” or rather, for the baptized; and another for everyone else: “…I would like to use this World Day to address a twofold appeal, first to the Catholic faithful and then all the men and women of our world, to advance together towards an ever wider ‘we'”.
This conspicuously confirms what we’ve been pointing out time and again, namely, that he preaches about sin and religious matters only to those who already believe in the same, whereas everyone else is perfectly fine wherever he is and therefore only needs to hear about fraternity, dignity, inclusion, dialogue, and encounter. This shows that this “Pope” is not interested in raising fallen man from the natural plane to the supernatural order; rather, he is interested in dragging Catholics (or “Catholics”) down to the level of the natural, by putting the supernatural at the service of the natural.
True to his globalist self, Francis locates the problems that his utopian and Naturalist “we” is facing in versions of nationalism and individualism. In his Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he writes:
Our “we”, both in the wider world and within the Church, is crumbling and cracking due to myopic and aggressive forms of nationalism (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 11) and radical individualism (cf. ibid., 105). And the highest price is being paid by those who most easily become viewed as others: foreigners, migrants, the marginalized, those living on the existential peripheries.
But of course! The big problem in our world today is that aggressive nationalism and radical individualism are messing everything up, right? Everything could be so perfect!
No, here the false pope is probably just identifying two major obstacles that are still keeping his globalist dystopia from becoming a reality: the existence of sovereign nations and people who have no interest in being absorbed into a great global collective “we”. For Bergoglio, these are stumbling blocks to be eliminated, and he doesn’t hestitate even to manipulate Sacred Theology for this nefarious end. Since the world believes him to be the Pope, his reach is tremendous, and he can infect massive numbers of people as he markets his wicked doctrine under the guise of Catholicism. It is despicable!
After identifying whom he believes are the victims of the failure to globalize, he adds: “The truth however is that we are all in the same boat and called to work together so that there will be no more walls that separate us, no longer others, but only a single ‘we’, encompassing all of humanity.”
Precisely how his insistence that there not be others but only an ever greater we can be harmonized with his incessant exhortations that we help and serve others, is a conundrum he probably hasn’t thought of yet. Even his lengthy Masonic encyclical Fratelli Tutti is filled with references to “others” — how offensive! For instance: “The ability to sit down and listen to others, typical of interpersonal encounters, is paradigmatic of the welcoming attitude shown by those who transcend narcissism and accept others, caring for them and welcoming them into their lives” (n. 48; underlining added). Who will rework this hopelessly bigoted and individualistic travesty of an encyclical?!
That Francis is himself only too happy to marginalize and exclude those he deems to be sufficiently “other”, is well known. “Cardinals” Raymond Burke and Walter Brandmüller, for example, have been waiting for years for an audience with their boss to discuss the egregious errors in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia. When addressing an interreligious audience in Ur, Iraq, Francis happily excluded our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from his indifferentist star-gazing talk. And of course the Vatican’s summer fun program last year was restricted to the children of Vatican employees only, meaning that everyone else was excluded — even migrants, the elderly, and the unemployed!
The fact of the matter, of course, is that it is necessary to intelligent life to distinguish others from oneself and one group of people from other groups of people. Such distinctions are neither wrong nor useless. It is purely a matter of logic even. Any time a term is defined, a conceptual border is drawn that includes what belongs to the definition and necessarily excludes what does not so belong. That is what Venn diagrams illustrate quite beautifully; and it is part of the most fundamental principles of logic that something cannot both be and not be at the same time and in the same respect — the so-called “principle of non-contradiction”. This cannot be denied, for even its denial would presuppose its truth.
No Peace without the Prince of Peace
The goal of all humanity being united and on friendly terms with one another is, of course, a worthy one. The problem is that Francis is looking at the problem through a thoroughly Naturalist lens, which necessarily denies or distorts original sin and its consequences.
The divinely-revealed truth that Francis (inasmuch as he claims to be the head of the Roman Catholic Church) has an obligation of proclaiming is this: Genuine and lasting peace, true concord among nations and peoples in the way desired by God, ultimately cannot be achieved without sanctifying grace (cf. Jn 15:5), which in turn cannot be had without the true Faith (see Heb 11:6). This requires, of course, that mankind voluntarily subject itself to the sweet yoke of the “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6; cf. Mt 11:30), who is Christ the King!
In his inaugural encyclical letter, Pope Pius XI wrote on this very topic:
It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life. If this were done, then society being placed at last on a sound foundation, the Church would be able, in the exercise of its divinely given ministry and by means of the teaching authority which results therefrom, to protect all the rights of God over men and nations.
(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Ubi Arcano Dei, n. 47)
This doesn’t mean that all natural efforts towards a more peaceful world are useless or forbidden, it just means that they will never be able to bring about that true and lasting peace that Christ the King wants to give to the world, which is “not as the world giveth” (Jn 14:27) and therefore “is not nourished on the things of earth, but on those of heaven” (Pius XI, Ubi Arcano, n. 36).
What is definitely forbidden, of course, is events such as the “Peace without Borders” apostasy in Madrid in 2019 or the interreligious hug fest in Assisi in 2016, since they are diametrically opposed to the Divine Law. No wonder they are endorsed by the Novus Ordo “popes”, beginning with “Saint” John Paul II in 1986.
Bergoglio’s Message to the Vatican II Church
So then we enter into Francis’ “twofold appeal”, beginning with the one he issues for a “Church that is more and more ‘catholic'”. (Even more Catholic than now, huh?)
In a total of four paragraphs, the Argentinian apostate recycles some golden oldies of the 1960s, such as these:
The Holy Spirit enables us to embrace everyone, to build communion in diversity, to unify differences without imposing a depersonalized uniformity. In encountering the diversity of foreigners, migrants and refugees, and in the intercultural dialogue that can emerge from this encounter, we have an opportunity to grow as Church and to enrich one another.
But then he kicks things up a notch: “All the baptized, wherever they find themselves, are by right members of both their local ecclesial community and the one Church, dwellers in one home and part of one family.” Maybe that’s what Vatican II says, but it’s nonsense because even schismatics, heretics, and apostates are baptized, and those are most definitely not members of the Church, as explained in our recent TRADCAST 030. Pope Pius XII left no doubt about that:
Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed. …For not every sin, however grave it may be, is such as of its own nature to sever a man from the Body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy.
(Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Mystici Corporis, nn. 22, 23)
But then again, Francis recently proclaimed that people of all religions are members of the “People of God”, so why should anyone care about baptism?! It seems that Francis can’t keep all his lies straight anymore.
The apostate Jesuit then launches a more concrete appeal, which is a mixed bag:
In our day, the Church is called to go out into the streets of every existential periphery in order to heal wounds and to seek out the straying, without prejudice or fear, without proselytising, but ready to widen her tent to embrace everyone. Among those dwelling in those existential peripheries, we find many migrants and refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking, to whom the Lord wants his love to be manifested and his salvation preached. “The current influx of migrants can be seen as a new “frontier” for mission, a privileged opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ and the Gospel message at home, and to bear concrete witness to the Christian faith in a spirit of charity and profound esteem for other religious communities. The encounter with migrants and refugees of other denominations and religions represents a fertile ground for the growth of open and enriching ecumenical and interreligious dialogue”….
The Church has always been called to go out into the streets and evangelize, so it makes no sense to restrict it to “our day”, as though this were something extraordinary and specific only to our time. Our Lord commanded His Church to make disciples of all nations (see Mt 28:19-20), and to do so specifically by “[t]eaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” (v. 20).
Francis’ phrase “ready to widen her tent to embrace everyone” is troublesome. The “tent” of the Church is as wide and as narrow as her Divine Founder designed it to be. It cannot, and need not, be made any wider or narrower. Certainly, with St. Paul the Church says: “I became all things to all men, that I might save all” (1 Cor 9:22), but only within the parameters set by Christ and certainly not at the expense of truth. As Fr. Andrew Prout wrote in the July 24, 1909 edition of the Jesuit review America (back when the Jesuits were Catholic!), “the Church would rather face the threatened defection of thousands of minds reputed brilliant or learned, than sacrifice one iota of the Truth confided to her by her Founder” (America, vol. 1, n. 15, p. 410). Bergoglio’s attitude to God’s Truth, by contrast, is notoriously indifferent: He really doesn’t give a hoot.
The fake pope can’t make a push for evangelization without, of course, once again cautioning against “proselytism”, that terrible scourge that his entire sect must be so infested with, considering how frequently he denounces the practice. Yet it is precisely through proselytism/preaching, and not merely through some vague “witnessing” that doesn’t teach but only “attracts”, that the Church fulfilled this mission from the very beginning (see Acts 2:14-40).
It is interesting to see Francis pay lipservice to “salvation”, as though that were actually a genuine concern of his. (If it were, he wouldn’t be saying that God wants there to be a diversity of religions.) Then again, he may just be referring to a kind of natural salvation from the cares and sorrows of this temporal life, rather than the salvation of souls from sin through sanctifying grace. The very fact that “Pope” Bergoglio hurries to express his “profound esteem for other religious communities” — not, note well, for people of other religions but for the religions themselves — suggests as much; and the fact that he considers the encounter with members of other religions “a fertile ground for the growth of open and enriching ecumenical and interreligious dialogue” rather than for the evangelization and potential conversion of these dear souls, settles the matter.
Bergoglio’s Message to the World
For the second part of his twofold appeal, Francis addresses “all men and women, for the sake of renewing the human family, building together a future of justice and peace, and ensuring that no one is left behind”. It goes without saying that this “future of justice and peace” he envisions is one that is not ruled by Jesus Christ the King but by the principles of Naturalism. We know how that will turn out:
Because men have forsaken God and Jesus Christ, they have sunk to the depths of evil. They waste their energies and consume their time and efforts in vain sterile attempts to find a remedy for these ills, but without even being successful in saving what little remains from the existing ruin. It was a quite general desire that both our laws and our governments should exist without recognizing God or Jesus Christ, on the theory that all authority comes from men, not from God. Because of such an assumption, these theorists fell very short of being able to bestow upon law not only those sanctions which it must possess but also that secure basis for the supreme criterion of justice which even a pagan philosopher like Cicero saw clearly could not be derived except from the divine law.
Authority itself lost its hold upon mankind, for it had lost that sound and unquestionable justification for its right to command on the one hand and to be obeyed on the other. Society, quite logically and inevitably, was shaken to its very depths and even threatened with destruction, since there was left to it no longer a stable foundation, everything having been reduced to a series of conflicts, to the domination of the majority, or to the supremacy of special interests.
(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Ubi Arcano, n. 28)
To seek to build a different future, such as Francis’ “city of God and man”, therefore, can only end in disaster:
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker – the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants.
(Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique)
Alas, one of those “insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants” is now illicitly running the Vatican. He envisions for society “a ‘colourful’ future, enriched by diversity and by cultural exchanges.” One may suspect that the colors of the rainbow will be particularly prominent in that oh-so colorful Bergoglian utopia, though not in celebration of Gen 9:13.
In his message to the world, Bergoglio boldly puts his Naturalism on display. He writes:
This is the ideal of the new Jerusalem (cf. Is 60; Rev 21:3), where all peoples are united in peace and harmony, celebrating the goodness of God and the wonders of creation. To achieve this ideal, however, we must make every effort to break down the walls that separate us and, in acknowledging our profound interconnection, build bridges that foster a culture of encounter. Today’s migration movements offer an opportunity for us to overcome our fears and let ourselves be enriched by the diversity of each person’s gifts. Then, if we so desire, we can transform borders into privileged places of encounter, where the miracle of an ever wider “we” can come about.
Francis is not ashamed to present the New Jerusalem as the temporal ideal for which he says we must all strive! This is an extremely clever way of teaching people to seek Heaven on earth! Bergoglio is a Communist!
The Jerusalem described in Isaias 60 is a prophecy of the Catholic Church. The New Jerusalem in Apocalypse 21 is an image of the Eternal Bliss of Heaven, the Beatific Vision! Not for the first time Francis twists them into a description of the perfect world he claims we can achieve if only we build enough bridges, tear down enough walls, and let ourselves be “enriched” by waves of migrants, all of whom, of course, only have gifts to offer and are never a danger. In short, we can all have heaven on earth if only we embrace the Naturalist ideologies that promise to get us there! What shall we call them? Communism? Freemasonry? The Great Reset? It doesn’t matter — what is certain is that it is Antichrist doctrine! The denial of original sin and its consequences looms large in all of them.
Bergoglio then continues by preaching some “non-offensive” common sense truths that can be deduced from reason alone. He is careful not to mention any kind of supernatural or eternal end, leaving everything within the here and now — in this his entire message is marvellously consistent. And so he writes about “the profound conviction that whatever good is done in our world is done for present and future generations” — implying that man is the end of man, that people were created for the sake of more people. Such a message can ultimately only lead everyone to despair, for the purpose of each and every man’s existence is not found in this world. So much for the “salvation” Francis earlier told the baptized they were supposed to preach.
Man does not exist for the sake of his parents or his children or the environment; he exists to love and serve God in this world to be happy with Him forever in the next. Bergoglio’s “more sustainable, balanced and inclusive development” may be well and good, but if it does not lead to Faith, hope, and charity, it is ultimately a gigantic waste of time. Creation is not the end of man — the Creator is!
As the saintly Fr. Edward Leen wrote:
The thoughtful ones of earth contemplating the scene presented by a human activity that continually changes its purpose and is powerless to assign itself any purpose that human reason cannot instantly question, must feel the pathos of much well-meaning and humanitarian effort. Great generosity is shown and real kindness is spent in praiseworthy attempts to arrest the ravages of mortality, especially amongst the young. “Save the children” is an appeal that finds a ready response in the hearts of the humane and the kindly. Not with cynicism, but with real sympathy, one may ask, “Save them for what?” Is it for the adult life that frets itself away in vain endeavours to assign itself an adequate reason for living? Is it worth while to preserve children for what any person would logically confess to be not worth while? [Footnote: There is question only of those who have not the view of the aims and objects of life as furnished by the true faith or even by sound philosophy.] Is this charity of the kind-hearted dictated by the hope that somehow life for these children may prove different to what it has been for those who have tried to save them from death and disease? Are there grounds for hope that the little ones when come to adult age will light on, by chance, a solution of the problem of existence that has evaded their grown-up benefactors? What is the use of bestowing health unless there can be given with it the key to such a use of life as will issue in happiness? Life is a precious gift when it is accompanied by the knowledge of how to live rightly and the means to exercise this right living.
Death is not a break, but a stepping stone by which one passes from one stage to another in the same existence. But man will perversely and blindly strive to effect a cleavage in that line and persuade himself that the good of the human life that precedes death can be different from the good of human life that follows death. The result is that he is necessarily at cross-purposes with God. It is not surprising that the creature, seeking to gain the goal of life — namely happiness — by a use of life’s powers and energies at variance with the design of the Creator, should be continually frustrated in his main object, should enjoy no peace, and should be involved in contradiction and become a prey to perpetual dissatisfaction. What is the way out of this impasse? The way out is through a thorough understanding of the religion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and a practice based on such understanding.
(Rev. Edward Leen, Why the Cross? [London: Sheed & Ward, 1938], pp. 23-24,35-36; underlining added.)
In just a few sentences, Fr. Leen topples the entire Naturalist edifice erected by Jorge Bergoglio!
The Nightmare that is Bergoglio’s “Dream”
We have almost arrived at the end of Bergoglio’s wretched Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, but we are not quite there yet. Under the heading “The dream begins”, the “insane dreamer”, as Pius X would call him, sums up his Naturalist nightmare as follows:
The prophet Joel predicted that the messianic future would be a time of dreams and visions inspired by the Spirit: “I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28). We are called to dream together, fearlessly, as a single human family, as companions on the same journey, as sons and daughters of the same earth that is our common home, sisters and brothers all (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 8).
This is utterly frightening because what Francis says here lends itself to being understood in an extremely unsettling way, as we will see momentarily.
Bergoglio rightly notes that the Old Testament prophet Joel speaks of the messianic future — his prophecy chiefly concerns the outpouring of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost, as St. Peter himself explains (see Acts 2:16-21) –, but what was then the messianic future has for the last 2000 years been the present for the Church established by the Messias. For Bergoglio to treat Joel 2:28 as a prophecy still awaiting its fulfillment is more than just wrong or misleading. Especially in the context of a Naturalist “heaven on earth”, it seems to contain a subtle hint that the “messianic future” he has in mind is that of the False Messias known as the Antichrist: “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); “Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God” (2 Thess 2:3-4).
Did we just witness Bergoglio dropping a hint that he is preparing the world to receive the Antichrist, “that he may be revealed in his time” (2 Thess 2:6)? What a truly frightful thought!
No, we are not called to “dream together” of a Naturalist future based on the ideals of Freemasonry. We are called instead to remain quite alert, to “watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is…. Watch ye therefore, … lest coming on a sudden, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch” (Mk 13:33,35-37). And we are to “stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle” (2 Thess 2:14).
A Blasphemous Prayer
The false pope concludes his spiritually deadly Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with the following prayer:
Holy, beloved Father,
your Son Jesus taught us
that there is great rejoicing in heaven
whenever someone lost is found,
whenever someone excluded, rejected or discarded
is gathered into our “we”,
which thus becomes ever wider.
We ask you to grant [all*] the followers of Jesus,
and all people of good will,
the grace to do your will on earth.
Bless each act of welcome and outreach
that draws those in exile
into the “we” of community and of the Church,
so that our earth may truly become
what you yourself created it to be:
the common home of all our brothers and sisters. Amen.
(*The word “all” was omitted from the English translation, presumably by mistake. Each of the other language versions on the Vatican web site says “all”.)
Here too a few critical observations are in order.
First, notice that this petition is not made “through Christ our Lord”, as is commonly done in the Catholic Church, for “Jesus [is] the mediator of the new testament” (Heb 12:24). It is because our Blessed Lord intercedes on our behalf that our petitions have value before God, “for without me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5; see also Rom 8:34).
Second, notice how in the first stanza Francis once again naturalizes the supernatural message of the Gospel of our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He makes reference to the Lord’s teaching that there is great rejoicing in heaven when he who is lost has been found. We can find this in the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Lk 15:4-10) and that of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32). Christ also alludes to it in other sayings of His, such as this one: “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (Mt 18:11).
However, in all cases our Lord is speaking about the salvation of souls. It is souls that are lost and found; it is the Kingdom of Heaven that is located and obtained: “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls. Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it” (Mt 13:44-46).
Francis mentions none of this. Instead, he takes our Lord’s supernatural message and reduces it to what is merely natural. As we have pointed out time and again, this shift from the supernatural to the natural is a very typical way of proceeding for this false pope:
- From the Supernatural to the Natural: How Francis neutralizes the Gospel while appearing to preach it
- Naturalism at Full Blast: Francis on the Existence of All Religions
- A Perfect Example of Naturalism: Francis reflects on Death without mentioning Judgment, Heaven, or Hell
Instead of using created nature to teach supernatural, eternal truths, as the Lord Jesus did (for instance, see Lk 12:22-40), Francis does the opposite: He uses supernatural truths to direct man’s focus on the natural, temporal world (cf. Col 3:1-2).
We also see this in the second stanza of the prayer, where Francis references grace for once but asks for it to be given only for the sake of a natural end, namely, “the ‘we’ of community and of the Church”. And what is the purpose of the human community and the society known as the Church? According to Francis, the purpose of both is “so that our earth may truly become what you yourself created it to be: the common home of all our brothers and sisters” — again a thoroughly natural goal that seeks the ultimate end of human existence in the temporal world. This is apostasy!
Over 1900 years ago, St. Paul cautioned his flock about making this world its final end:
For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction; whose God is their belly; and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things. But our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself
How foolish it is to cling to this world, whether for oneself or for one’s progeny:
But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of the ungodly men. But of this one thing be not ignorant, my beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord delayeth not his promise, as some imagine, but dealeth patiently for your sake, not willing that any should perish, but that all should return to penance. But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth and the works which are in it, shall be burnt up. Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of people ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness? Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the burning heat? But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promises, in which justice dwelleth. Wherefore, dearly beloved, waiting for these things, be diligent that you may be found before him unspotted and blameless in peace.
(2 Peter 3:7-14)
The earth is only our temporary home. It was never created to be our permanent, everlasting home: “For we have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is to come” (Heb 13:14). Francis, who at other times loves to talk about how we ought to let ourselves “be constantly nourished by the Word of God”, should actually take a look at it on occasion.
The fatal flaw in Bergoglio’s Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is its Naturalism. The entire statement remains within the horizon of the here and now; this short, temporal life is its only focal point. Although some references to the supernatural can be found in it, they are put at the service of the mundane. The eternal salvation of souls is not considered at all, not even indirectly or as an afterthought.
If we contrast this with Pope Pius XII’s 1952 Apostolic Constitution Exsul Familia Nazarethana on migrants and refugees, the differences are striking. While acknowledging people’s legitimate temporal needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing, it is evident throughout the document that Pope Pius’ primary concern is the supernatural and eternal end of souls. Thus, for example, he writes: “While we do not neglect whatever material assistance is permitted, we seek primarily to aid them with spiritual consolation” (Title I). Granted, he speaks within a context of Catholics fleeing their home countries due to war, famine, or other evils, but people are people, and just as Catholics have souls in need of sanctifying grace, so do non-Catholics.
At the outset, Pope Pius speaks of the Church’s past efforts for her sons and daughters who for one reason or another were migrating or fleeing.
She sought to preserve intact in them the Faith of their fathers and a way of life that conformed to the moral law. She also had to contend strenuously with numerous difficulties, previously unknown and unforseeable, which were encountered abroad. Above all, it was necessary to combat the evil work of those perverse men who, alas, associated with migrants under the pretext of bringing material aid, but with the intent of damaging their souls.
(Pope Pius XII, Apostolic Constitution Exsul Familia Nazarethana, introduction)
Notice the decidedly supernatural tone. A real Pope’s primary concern is the spiritual wellbeing of his children, without pretending that they have no need of material assistance. He even lauds a Catholic extension society in Canada whose work “was abundantly successful, for it protected from the inroads of heretics the Ruthenian Catholics living in Northwest Canada” (Title I).
One cannot imagine such words ever being penned by Francis or any of the post-Vatican II “popes”. Instead of trying to protect Catholic migrants from heretics, the counterfeit popes would instead be gushing over the mutual collaboration with “other Christian churches and ecclesial communities”. According to the apostate Second Vatican Council, such heretical sects “have been by no means deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Church” (Decree Unitatis Redintegratio, n. 3). That’s Vatican II for you! Now you know where Francis’ “profound esteem for other religious communities” comes from!
The true Catholic position is expressed beautifully by Fr. Michael Müller: “It is impious to say, ‘I respect every religion.’ This is as much as to say: I respect the devil as much as God, vice as much as virtue, falsehood as much as truth, dishonesty as much as honesty, Hell as much as Heaven” (The Church and Her Enemies [New York, NY: Benziger Brothers, 1880], p. 287). And yet, that describes Bergoglio to a tee. All he ultimately cares about is the temporal needs of bodies — souls are of no real concern to him. He is quintessentially a Naturalist.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are witnesses of an incredible historical epoch. For reasons known only to the Most Holy Trinity, we have been chosen by God to witness the Mystical Passion of the Catholic Church. Until very recently, what we are going through in our time would have been utterly unimaginable. And yet here we are.
Let us not take the perversity of our times and the apostasy of Rome as an excuse to despair. Rather, let us accept what we are witnessing for what it truly is: the meticulous unfolding of Scriptural prophecy that will culminate in the Second Coming of our Blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
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