See, we told you so…
Francis makes it clear: By Proselytism he means CONVERTING people and that’s wrong!
For the last 10 years or so, Novus Ordo apologists have been bending over backwards trying to defend Jorge Bergoglio’s constant condemnation of “proselytism”. He doesn’t mean convincing people of the true Faith, much less converting them, we were told. Rather, he means pressuring people to convert, using deceptive means to convert them, bullying them into conversion, threatening them with damnation if they don’t convert.
We told you from the very beginning that that is definitely not what Francis means, and this is evident from the context in which he speaks, from the other things he has said, from his general refusal to seek the conversion of anyone, from his lowest common denominator ecumenism, and from the fact that virtually no one in the Novus Ordo Church pressures or bullies anyone into conversion anyway, so where is the need for these relentless tirades against a phantom problem?
Here are just a few links where this is obvious:
- Francis: ‘It is not right to convince others of your Faith’
- Francis: Converting the Orthodox ‘Great Sin against Ecumenism’
- Francis in New Interview: ‘The Most Serious Sin a Missionary can commit is Proselytism’
- Akin vs. Akin on Proselytism: Let’s get Technical!
We live in bizarre times, ladies and gentlemen. Long gone are the days when it was Protestant proselytism that was denounced by the Pope — not because it was proselytism but because it was Protestant!
On Jan. 19, 2023, Francis received an ecumenical delegation from Finland and a Buddhist delegation from Cambodia. To the Finns, he clearly communicated that they were children of God, true believers, justified before the Most High and on the way of eternal salvation. The heresies were staggering but not at all unusual for the false pope:
- Antipope Francis, Address to Ecumenical Delegation from Finland (Jan. 19, 2023)
On the same day, Francis also addressed a delegation of Buddhists, and he spoke to them of conversion. Not, of course, of conversion to Jesus Christ or Catholicism, but of ecological conversion for a healthier planet. He lauded the “profound richness” of Buddhism in that regard, specifically calling out the teachings of the Buddha, “including the practices of metta, which involves not harming living things (cf. Metta Sutta sn 1.8), and living a simple lifestyle…” (source).
Notice how Francis has no problem proselytizing for his environmentalist agenda. It is only Catholicism he doesn’t want people to be convinced of, lest they attain eternal salvation:
Ecological conversion happens when the human roots of the present environmental crisis are named; when true repentance leads to the slowing or halting of trends, ideologies and practices that are hurtful and disrespectful to the earth and when people commit to promoting models of developments that heal wounds inflicted by greed, excessive search for financial profits, lack of solidarity with neighbours and disrespect for the environment.
(Antipope Francis, Address to Buddhist Delegation from Cambodia, Jan. 19, 2023)
Look at that, Francis tells Buddhists about “true repentance”! Good thing the context in which he is speaking is not that of Catholicism, else he would be committing “the most serious sin a missionary can commit”!
Today, May 29, 2023, the false pope confirmed once more that when he condemns proselytism, he means converting people to Catholicism by convincing them of its truth with arguments, with evidence, using reason and divine revelation — basically the very thing the Novus Ordo apologists themselves have been doing. Oops!
Here is what the garrulous apostate from Buenos Aires said today:
Our missionary proclamation is not proselytism – I stress this a [sic] strongly – but rather the sharing of a personal encounter – if you want, the Lord is like this, this is life, but not proselytism – that has changed our life! Without this, we have nothing to proclaim, nor do we have a goal to walk towards together. I had a bad experience in this, in a youth meeting, some years ago; I was coming out of the sacristy and there was a woman, very elegant, and you could see she was wealthy too, with a boy and a girl. And this lady, who spoke Spanish, said to me: “Father, I am happy because I have converted this two: this one comes from such-and-such, that one from such-and-such”. I was angry, you know, and I said, “You haven’t converted anyone, you lack respect for these people: you have not accompanied them, you have proselytized, and this is not evangelizing”. She was proud to have converted! Be careful to distinguish apostolic action from proselytism: we do not proselytize. The Lord never proselytized.
(Antipope Francis, Address to the Clerics Regular of St. Paul, Vatican.va, May 29, 2023)
See, it’s all about encounter! It’s about a subjective experience that you’re supposed to share. The problem with that, of course, is that Muslims, too, have their own experiences, as do Hindus, Zoroastrians, Jews, Protestants, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and others.
As Pope St. Pius X wrote in his landmark encyclical condemning Modernism:
Here it is well to note at once that, given this [Modernist] doctrine of experience united with that of symbolism, every religion, even that of paganism, must be held to be true. What is to prevent such experiences from being found in any religion? In fact, that they are so is maintained by not a few. On what grounds can Modernists deny the truth of an experience affirmed by a follower of Islam? Will they claim a monopoly of true experiences for Catholics alone? Indeed, Modernists do not deny, but actually maintain, some confusedly, others frankly, that all religions are true.
(Pope St. Pius X, Encyclical Pascendi, n. 14)
So, according to ‘Pope’ Francis, the Lord Jesus never proselytized. Really now? And the disciples and Apostles didn’t either, eh? Let’s see. Here are just some very few examples:
Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me. (Jn 14:6)
And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof. And it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people were in admiration at his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the scribes and Pharisees. (Mt 7:26-29)
And he came to Nazareth, where he was brought up: and he went into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the sabbath day; and he rose up to read. And the book of Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart, to preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward. And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears. (Lk 4:16-21)
And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. (Mk 16:15-16)
And he said to them: You are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you, that you shall die in your sins. For if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sin. (Jn 8:23-24)
And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:40-41)
And as they were speaking to the people, the priests, and the officer of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, being grieved that they taught the people, and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. (Acts 4:1-2)
He disputed, therefore, in the synagogue with the Jews, and with them that served God, and in the marketplace, every day with them that were there. (Acts 17:17)
Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. (2 Tim 4:2-4)
Why is Francis doing this? Why is he so blatantly distorting the truth about evangelization and proselytism? Why does he condemn converting people by means of traditional Catholic apologetics?
The reason is simple: You cannot facilitate the building of a Masonic-humanist one-world religion of fraternity for as long as Catholicism claims to be the only true religion, and can prove it to boot. All religion must, according to the Modernist system to which Bergoglio adheres, be based on subjective experience, for then it will change with the times, then it can be adjusted to the needs and contingencies of the moment, then objective truth is out the window and we can just all be one “happy”, apostate human family where the Way, the Truth and the Life (see Jn 14:6) may exist in our personal experience, but not in objective reality which binds everyone equally.
May God soon put an end to this Great Apostasy we are no doubt undergoing right now; since, if this isn’t it, there will simply be nothing left to apostatize from.
Image source: composite with elements from YouTube (screenshot) and Shutterstock (Miti74)
Licenses: fair use and paid