Bergoglio discovers “blasphemy”…
Francis: Violence against Women is ‘Blasphemy’
Now this is rich: The Vatican’s blasphemer-in-chief discovers his hatred of blasphemy. Except, of course, it’s not actual blasphemy he’s concerned about — as usual, the Argentinian apostate posing as the Pope of the Catholic Church is merely misappropriating the concept, applying it to the being he really worships: man. Or rather, in this particular case, woman.
November 25 is the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, obviously a noble cause. Vatican News released a brief report on it today, quoting “Pope” Francis from a sermon he gave on Jan. 1, 2020:
- Pope: Violence against women is blasphemy against God (Vatican News)
It goes without saying that of course it is morally wrong, in most cases, to inflict violence upon another human being — male or female, we might add. (We say “in most cases” since it is certainly permissible to do so in some cases; for example, when necessary for self-defense or in capital punishment inflicted by the lawful authority for a heinous crime.) But however sinful inflicting violence on another is in most cases, it is definitely not a sin of blasphemy.
In his New Year’s Day 2020 sermon for the Novus Ordo Feast of Mary the Mother of God — in the traditional Roman calendar, it is the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ — Francis declared:
The rebirth of humanity began from a woman. Women are sources of life. Yet they are continually insulted, beaten, raped, forced to prostitute themselves and to suppress the life they bear in the womb. Every form of violence inflicted upon a woman is a blasphemy against God, who was born of a woman. Humanity’s salvation came forth from the body of a woman: we can understand our degree of humanity by how we treat a woman’s body.
(Antipope Francis, in “Pope on New Year’s Day: ‘Let’s Stand & Acclaim the Lady, the Holy Mother of God’ … ‘All Together Now, Three Times’”, Zenit, Jan. 1, 2020; underlining added.)
Ignoring for a moment the absurd claim that women in general “are continually insulted, beaten, raped”, etc., it is here that Francis asserts that inflicting violence upon women is blasphemy.
However, a quick look at a pre-Vatican II moral theology manual reveals what the sin of blasphemy actually is: “Blasphemy is any speech or gesture that contains contempt for or insult to God. … Blasphemy may tend directly against God, or only indirectly, i.e., when the Saints or sacred things are reviled” (Rev. Heribert Jone, Moral Theology [Westminster, MD: The Newman Press, 1959], n. 190 I., p. 119).
Notice that indirect blasphemy concerns either sacred things, such as a Crucifix, or saints — not simply any “woman” (or man). Besides, when it concerns a saint, in order for a thought, word, or action to be truly blasphemous, the following conditions must be met, as explained by two Dominican moral theologians:
If sacred persons or things are spoken ill of precisely on account of their relation to God, or in such a way that the evil said of them reverts on God Himself, blasphemy is committed. Example: It is blasphemous to say that the Mother of God was not a Virgin, that St. Peter was a reprobate, that St. Anthony and St. Simeon Stylites were snobbish or eccentric, that the Sacraments are nonsense, that relics are an imposture, etc.
(Rev. John A. McHugh & Rev. Charles J. Callan, Moral Theology [New York, NY: Joseph F. Wagner, 1958], n. 892a; underlining added.)
If someone speaks ill of the saints but not “on account of their relation to God” or so that “the evil said of them reverts on God Himself”, then it is a sin of irreverence or disrespect but not of blasphemy, as the same authors go on to make clear (see n. 892b).
Francis, of course, attempts to relate “woman” to God when he says that God “was born of a woman”. But Jesus Christ was born not simply of “woman” in general but of a very specific one, the Blessed Virgin Mary. And to insult her is indeed a blasphemy. But this is not what Francis is talking about. He tries to make every woman into a saint simply because she is of the same sex as the Blessed Mother. But no mere human being is holy by nature — it is sanctifying grace that makes us holy, which is a pure gift of God that is added on to man’s nature, not inherent in it.
By claiming that violent crime against women is blasphemy, Bergoglio is simply revealing once more that he considers man to be divine or at least sacred by nature. This idea is ultimately rooted in the man-centered (“anthropocentric”) theology of Vatican II. For example, recall that in the council’s insufferable “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” we are told that “all things on earth should be related to man as their center and crown” (Gaudium et Spes, n. 12; cf. Jn 2:24-25). When Antipope “Saint” Paul VI gave his closing address of the fourth session of the council on Dec. 7, 1965, he uttered these stunning words: “The religion of the God who became man has met the religion (for such it is) of man who makes himself God. And what happened? Was there a clash, a battle, a condemnation? There could have been, but there was none.” Indeed, there was none; and the rest is history.
Of course it is quite amusing that Francis’ statement that “we can understand our degree of humanity by how we treat a woman’s body” came on Jan. 1, 2020, less than 24 hours after he angrily slapped a woman on the hand in St. Peter’s Square who had pulled his arm to get his attention, but of course that was a spontaneous reaction probably triggered by physical pain. We will merely point out that, rhetoric and metaphors aside, humanity does not and cannot exist in degrees. There is, therefore, no “degree of humanity” to understand.
Additionally, for Francis to claim that those who mistreat women have a lower degree of humanity than others is simply stunning, not only because it is clearly erroneous philosophically inasmuch it denies the philosophical principle that essence does not admit of degrees (see Bernard J. Wuellner, Summary of Scholastic Principles [Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1956], n. 513), but also because it smacks of the dangerous Nazi and eugenic ideologies of the 20th century, which considered some people to be “subhuman”, that is, inferior humans, and therefore worthy of mistreatment, enslavement, and even extermination.
Of course we are not saying, by any stretch, that it is somehow morally licit to mistreat women. Not at all. We’re simply saying that although it is sinful, it is not the sin of blasphemy; and that, however we may deplore it, very wicked criminals are still human beings — their nature does not (and cannot) change. To deny that would be in itself a great (intellectual) crime; one that, if followed through to its logical conclusion, would create untold suffering and oppression for humanity.
Interestingly enough, Francis is not even consistent with his own false doctrine here, for when in 2019 an atheist sodomite complained to him that he didn’t feel accepted in the Catholic Church, the the false pope told him: “It does not matter who you are or how you live your life, you do not lose your dignity.” Yet since then we have been told that those who commit violent acts against women are less human than those who don’t. What about their “dignity”? Just asking.
It is ironic, but not really surprising, that the Vatican’s blasphemer-in-chief should see blasphemy where there is none, all the while having no problem with real blasphemy, as shown in the following examples:
- Blasphemy! Francis jokes about Most Holy Trinity
- Bergoglio blasphemes again: Jesus Christ “made Himself the Devil” for us!
- Bergoglio blasphemes the Immaculate: A Review of Sundry Examples
- Francis’ Favorite Painting contains Jewish Blasphemy against Jesus Christ
- Francis blasphemes, says Catholic Church has been “Caught in Flagrant Adultery”
- Francis blasphemes again: “This Holy Spirit is a Disaster”!
- Francis blasphemes again, says Holy Spirit created a ‘Mess’ at Pentecost
- Apostasy in Abu Dhabi: Francis says God wills Diversity of Religions
- Monster-ance! Horrid Adoration Ceremony at World Youth Day Vigil Service
- More Blasphemy: Francis says St. John the Baptist doubted Jesus was the Messiah!
Francis’ sermon of Jan. 1, 2020, was an utter disaster. It was disjointed, erroneous, blasphemous — and at times quite bizarre, as when he said that women’s “is the most noble flesh in the world, for it conceived and brought to light the love that has saved us!”
Perhaps the pseudo-pontiff is not aware, but women’s flesh is no different from men’s — both men and women are of the same human race, after all, and all flesh was ultimately drawn from Adam, from whose rib Eve was created:
Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord God built the rib which he took from Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam. And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.
Whether Francis actually believes that, is another matter, of course.
Aside from that, we must point out one other minor detail: The “love that has saved us” was “conceived and brought to light” not simply by the flesh of “women”, as Francis would have it, but by one very specific woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Francis’ claim that it is a blasphemy against God to act violently against women, is simply another instance of him deifying humanity, or at least of exalting all humanity as being intrinsically holy. This is not new for him; indeed the Argentinian apostate has a veritable history of putting man in the place of God, as can be gleaned from the following posts:
- The Passion of Man: Francis’ Anthropocentric Stations of the Cross
- Francis’ Latest Heresy: “God cannot be God without Man”!
- Francis Unhinged: Word of God leads us to Man, Caring for Others more important than Religious Ceremony
- Building the City of God AND Man? Francis and the Idolatry of Migrants
- Francis declares Rohingya Muslims to be “Presence of God Today”
- Francis and the Gospel of Man
- Down on his Knees: Francis Kisses Feet of Four African Politicians
- Francis makes Official Change to Catechism: Death Penalty now universally “inadmissible” because an Attack on the Human Person
- “Man at the Center”: September 2016 “Pope Video” Fails to Surprise
- Are the Poor really at the Center of the Gospel? Countering a misleading Bergoglian Mantra
- Francis at Interreligious Congress: ‘Man is the Way for All Religions’
In his inaugural encyclical over 115 years ago, Pope St. Pius X warned that
this according to the same apostle [St. Paul] is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, [that] man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. “He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God” (II. Thess. ii., 2).
(Pope Pius X, Encyclical E Supremi, n. 5)
Although we don’t know when the Antichrist will arrive, it seems everything is ready for him.
Bergoglio certainly is.
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