No room for the Prince of Peace…
Masonic Fraternity instead of Jesus Christ:
Francis’ Message for World Day of Peace Fails to Surprise
Bergoglio showing his joyful gaze to Canadians on July 26, 2022
On January 1 of every year, the Novus Ordo religion celebrates the World Day of Peace. It was instituted by “Pope” Paul VI in 1967 and first observed in 1968. A “papal” message has been accompanying it ever since, and it is always dated Dec. 8 of the prior year and released shortly thereafter.
So too this time around. In fact, the Vatican held a press conference to introduce the message, which is directed at “all men and women of good will”, not only at Catholics.
For the 2023 World Day of Peace, Jorge Bergoglio — the false pope from Argentina currently occupying Vatican City under the stage name “Pope Francis” — used the opportunity to promote once more his substitute gospel of human fraternity. The true Gospel of our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was conspicuously absent.
The theme chosen for the day showcases the mantra Bergoglio has been preaching from the beginning but with special emphasis for the last 2-3 years: “No one can be saved alone. Combatting Covid-19 together, embarking together on paths of peace”.
The full text of the message, in English, can be found here:
- Antipope Francis, Message for the 56th World Day of Peace (Vatican.va)
The first thing to notice in this Bergoglian message is that the Scripture verse chosen for the occasion, curiously enough, is 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, which in the official Vatican translation of the message reads: “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”
What a perfect opportunity this verse provides to preach that true and lasting peace must be grounded in the supernatural life, which is made possible only by the grace of Jesus Christ, the “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6). Although this does not rule out other, merely natural efforts at fostering peace, it is critical to understand that unless Faith, hope, and charity dwell in our souls and we persevere in them until death, all the temporal peace of the present world, as important as it is, will be of no ultimate benefit to us.
St. Paul’s focus in the verses quoted is clearly not on the temporal problems of the present world, as the greater context of his words makes clear. Rather, his attention is on the spiritual life of souls, on their salvation. Here is the traditional Catholic Douay-Rheims translation of the larger passage:
But of the times and moments, brethren, you need not, that we should write to you; for yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, peace and security; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. For all you are the children of light, and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch, and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunk, are drunk in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but unto the purchasing of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us; that, whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him.
(1 Thessalonians 5:1-10)
It is clear that when St. Paul warns that the day of the Lord will come suddenly, he is speaking of our judgment by God, either the particular judgment which takes place when we die, or the general judgment at the end of the world, when Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. In fact, as verse 3 above indicates, talk of “peace and security” may very well distract us from being prepared for our final judgment.
What Francis does with 1 Thess 5:1-2 in his message is disgraceful, but not surprising. Here is how he begins:
With these words, the Apostle Paul encouraged the Thessalonian community to remain steadfast, their hearts and feet firmly planted and their gaze fixed on the world around them and the events of history, even as they awaited the Lord’s return. When tragic events seem to overwhelm our lives, and we feel plunged into a dark and difficult maelstrom of injustice and suffering, we are likewise called to keep our hearts open to hope and to trust in God, who makes himself present, accompanies us with tenderness, sustains us in our weariness and, above all, guides our path. For this reason, Saint Paul constantly exhorts the community to be vigilant, seeking goodness, justice and truth: “So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober” (5:6). His words are an invitation to remain alert and not to withdraw into fear, sorrow or resignation, or to yield to distraction or discouragement. Instead, we should be like sentinels keeping watch and ready to glimpse the first light of dawn, even at the darkest hour.
Notice how Francis naturalizes the sacred text. Whereas St. Paul’s primary concern is the salvation of the Thessalonians’ souls, Bergoglio does not touch on that all-important topic at all. Instead, he acts as if the Apostle were speaking about temporal concerns, which, from a simple reading of the text, is clearly not the case. On the contrary, St. Paul’s concern is that we not be so involved in the present world that we should lose sight of eternal things, which is exactly what Francis does all the time. Bergoglio worries much more about the global average temperature in 2050 — which no one can predict, nor determine — than about Christ reigning in the soul of every human creature. In fact, regarding the latter, he simply does not care, and teaches instead that the various religions of the world are all an “enrichment” to humanity, and that our religious differences are not only desired by God but in fact “necessary”.
Next, Francis starts talking about Coronavirus, COVID-19, and “the fractures in our social and economic order that the pandemic exposed, and the contradictions and inequalities that it brought to the fore.” Not surprisingly, he uses the mess the world has been in since 2020 as a welcome opportunity to promote his ideological agenda some more, namely, his false gospel of human fraternity. To get his adherents to embrace it, he has to continually push for the acceptance of novelty:
Today we are being asked: What did we learn from the pandemic? What new paths should we follow to cast off the shackles of our old habits, to be better prepared, to dare new things? What signs of life and hope can we see, to help us move forward and try to make our world a better place?
Yes, making the world a better place, at least in theory, that is what Jorge Bergoglio is all about. Apparently, however, bringing the true, supernatural Gospel to as many souls as possible does not fit into his idea of improving the world, unless we reduce the Gospel to the corporal works of mercy, as he often does.
Notice, by the way, how Bergoglio uses passive voice in the quote above: He says we are being asked. But who’s asking? He doesn’t say. For the time being, then, we will assume it is he alone. And notice how he turns the “pandemic” into an advertisement for his ideology. Now we have to “dare new things” (by using the word “dare” he makes it sound virtuous, as if it required courage) and “move forward”! Out with the old, in with the new!
What doesn’t occur to him is that perhaps the COVID-19 mess has taught us that humanity had better turn to the true God, embrace His Gospel, and repent of its sins? “Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls” (Jer 6:16a). But no, that would be supernatural, and supernatural is not on Bergoglio’s Naturalist mind. “And they said: we will not walk” (Jer 6:16b).
Not only does Francis pose the question, “What have we learned from the pandemic?”, he also gives the “correct” answer right away, which just so happens to align perfectly with his socio-political ideas:
Certainly, after directly experiencing the fragility of our own lives and the world around us, we can say that the greatest lesson we learned from Covid-19 was the realization that we all need one another. That our greatest and yet most fragile treasure is our shared humanity as brothers and sisters, children of God. And that none of us can be saved alone. Consequently, we urgently need to join together in seeking and promoting the universal values that can guide the growth of this human fraternity. We also learned that the trust we put in progress, technology and the effects of globalization was not only excessive, but turned into an individualistic and idolatrous intoxication, compromising the very promise of justice, harmony and peace that we so ardently sought. In our fast-paced world, the widespread problems of inequality, injustice, poverty and marginalization continue to fuel unrest and conflict, and generate violence and even wars.
Of course, before 2020, no one knew that human life was fragile and that everyone needs other people. What a discovery! No one knew, apparently, that all people share the same human nature. Thank heavens for Coronavirus, a veritable oracle of divine revelation!
Once again Francis claims that all people, all human beings, are “children of God”. That is ironic, for the very same day his 2023 World Day of Peace message is dated — Dec. 8, 2022 — he stood at his window in the Apostolic Palace for the Angelus and proclaimed that we become children of God at baptism: “God descended into our lives that day [of our baptism], and we became his beloved children forever.”
Next, the false pope proclaims once more that “none of us can be saved alone”. One wonders what he means by that phrase, since the word “save” (or “be saved”) clearly has religious overtones, at least when coming from the “Pope”. And indeed, in his 2013 “Apostolic Exhortation” Evangelii Gaudium, that is precisely the context in which he introduced this mantra of his:
The salvation which God has wrought, and the Church joyfully proclaims, is for everyone. God has found a way to unite himself to every human being in every age. He has chosen to call them together as a people and not as isolated individuals. No one is saved by himself or herself, individually, or by his or her own efforts. God attracts us by taking into account the complex interweaving of personal relationships entailed in the life of a human community. This people which God has chosen and called is the Church. Jesus did not tell the apostles to form an exclusive and elite group. He said: “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). Saint Paul tells us in the people of God, in the Church, “there is neither Jew or Greek… for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). To those who feel far from God and the Church, to all those who are fearful or indifferent, I would like to say this: the Lord, with great respect and love, is also calling you to be a part of his people!
(Antipope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, n. 113; underlining added.)
Never mind that on other occasions the papal pretender will say that everyone is already part of the Church, or that atheists too are saved, as long as they are “good” atheists. Inconsistencies and contradictions are par for the course for Bergoglio’s clearly diseased mind.
So no one is saved alone. Yes, that can be understood in an orthodox sense, but Francis has been using it in a secularist/Naturalist sense in the past few years (see here, for example), and so again in his latest World Day of Peace message, where he uses this principle as the reason why “we urgently need to join together in seeking and promoting the universal values that can guide the growth of this human fraternity.”
Notice also that Francis continually treats inequality as though it were inherently unjust. But inequality is not the same as injustice. Injustice is wrong; inequality is not, at least not per se. On this matter, we will let the true Popes speak:
One would think that his insistence that “no one is saved alone” would lead the “Pope” to introduce people to the Redeemer and Savior of men, the Blessed Lord Jesus Christ — but need of Him is apparently not one of those things the “pandemic has taught us”. Instead, Bergoglio writes:
This [COVID] experience has made us all the more aware of the need for everyone, including peoples and nations, to restore the word “together” to a central place. For it is together, in fraternity and solidarity, that we build peace, ensure justice and emerge from the greatest disasters. Indeed, the most effective responses to the pandemic came from social groups, public and private institutions, and international organizations that put aside their particular interests and joined forces to meet the challenges. Only the peace that comes from a fraternal and disinterested love can help us overcome personal, societal and global crises.
And there he goes again with his Naturalist lowest-common-denominator “remedies” for humanity’s ills. He does not understand — or, at any rate, does not believe — that all the world’s woes have their origin in sin, in man’s estrangement from God. The only lasting and truly effective remedy must therefore be sought in conformity to the Gospel, which is impossible without supernatural help from God. No merely human effort can overcome sin or the effects thereof: “For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).
For all his talk about no one being saved alone, what the master theologian from Argentina doesn’t appear to grasp is that humanity cannot save itself, neither “together” nor individually.
The true Catholic position on true and lasting peace was laid out by the real Popes of the past:
It is … a fact which cannot be questioned that the true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ — “the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.” It is no less unquestionable that, in doing all we can to bring about the re-establishment of Christ’s kingdom, we will be working most effectively toward a lasting world peace.
Pius X in taking as his motto “To restore all things in Christ” was inspired from on High to lay the foundations of that “work of peace” which became the program and principal task of Benedict XV. These two programs of Our Predecessors We desire to unite in one — the re-establishment of the Kingdom of Christ by peace in Christ — “the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.” With might and main We shall ever strive to bring about this peace, putting Our trust in God, Who when He called Us to the Chair of Peter, promised that the divine assistance would never fail Us.
(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Ubi Arcano, n. 49)
How far is the program of Pope Pius XI from the faithless agenda of Jorge Bergoglio! Francis does not even attempt to restore all things in Christ. If anything, he wants to restore all things in man — in fraternity, in dialogue, in human dignity. A Freemason couldn’t do a better job!
Next in his World Day of Peace message, Francis addresses the war in Ukraine, which he calls a “setback for the whole of humanity”. This comment, and what follows, shows he does not understand the fallen human condition. “While a vaccine [sic] has been found for Covid-19″, Bergoglio writes, “suitable solutions have not yet been found for the war. Certainly, the virus of war is more difficult to overcome than the viruses that compromise our bodies, because it comes, not from outside of us, but from within the human heart corrupted by sin (cf. Gospel of Mark 7:17-23).”
Ah, finally a reference to the Gospel! Perhaps Bergoglio just does remember something about the human condition after all, but he is clearly not aware of the remedy provided by God. Perhaps that is because he has long reduced our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to a kind of glorified social worker who came primarily to experience our suffering and teach us to share, caress, and forgive — rather than restore the divine life to our souls through sanctifying grace, helping us to overcome sin, and opening to us the gates of heaven once more.
Of course it was a given that Francis wouldn’t be preaching “the peace of Christ, which is the only true peace” (Pius XI, Ubi Arcano, n. 37). However, that he would point out the ultimate problem behind all war — sin — and then not only fail to tell humanity how to overcome it but in fact claim that no “suitable solutions” have yet been found for it, that raises his denial of Christ to an even greater level.
What does the false pope do instead? He proposes, of course, his false gospel of human fraternity as the solution, and what is worse, he enlists God in its service:
What then is being asked [notice again the clever use of passive voice –NOW] of us? First of all, to let our hearts be changed by our experience of the crisis, to let God, at this time in history, transform our customary criteria for viewing the world around us. We can no longer think exclusively of carving out space for our personal or national interests; instead, we must think in terms of the common good, recognizing that we belong to a greater community, and opening our minds and hearts to universal human fraternity. We cannot continue to focus simply on preserving ourselves; rather, the time has come for all of us to endeavour to heal our society and our planet, to lay the foundations for a more just and peaceful world, and to commit ourselves seriously to pursuing a good that is truly common.
The “foundations for a more just and peaceful world” Francis has in mind are obviously not those of Pius XI:
It is apparent … 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, n. 47; underlining added.)
These are ideas for which Bergoglio has absolutely no use, and it shows.
After listing some of his favorite social causes — some of which are entirely legitimate, of course — the fake pope concludes: “Only by responding generously to these situations, with an altruism inspired by God’s infinite and merciful love, will we be able to build a new world and contribute to the extension of his kingdom, which is a kingdom of love, justice and peace.”
And thus we see Francis equating the results of his Naturalist fraternity gospel with the Kingdom of God, as he has done in similar ways before:
- Building the City of God AND Man? – Francis and the Idolatry of Migrants
- Anticipating Antichrist: Francis hints at “Messianic Future” of Naturalist Heaven on Earth
Notice, by the way, that the Holy Name of our Lord has not come up once. Not once, that is, until the very end, when the Holy Name is used fleetingly in connection with the Mother of God, who is invoked as the “Mother of Jesus and Queen of Peace”, lest the Protestants be offended.
Francis’ World Day of Peace message for 2023 is the usual train wreck we have come to expect from Bergoglio after nearly 10 years of his inglorious reign of error. Trying to appeal to “all men and women of good will” at the expense of the One whose vicar he claims to be, Bergoglio’s message is practically devoid of any supernatural content, and thus it is guaranteed to accomplish absolutely nothing in the important cause of world peace.
“Peace is the epitome of all the good things we can wish for, and for it it is worth spending the best of our material, intellectual and spiritual energies”, Francis wrongly claimed today in a greeting to musicians participating in the Vatican Christmas concert (source; translation by DeepL).
His claim shows once more his insufferable Naturalism. For Francis, the present temporal world is all that matters, and religion — any religion — is of use to him only insofar as it concerns itself with the temporal problems of men.
The true epitome of all the good things we can and must hope for, is Eternal Life, supernatural union with Almighty God, the Beatific Vision in Heaven. If we miss that, all the peace in the world was of no avail.
Our Blessed Lord warned us. He, the Prince of Peace, did not value peace as the highest good: “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword” (Mt 10:34). “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?” (Mk 8:37).
These verses Francis knows well, but he does not believe them. He is a charlatan, a false prophet, one of those “false apostles [who] are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Cor 11:13).
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