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Francis Blasts Those Who ‘Talk About Their Vision of Humanity but Never About Jesus’
Jorge Bergoglio’s sense of humor was on display this past Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023.
As part of his weekly audience ‘catechesis’, which is ironically on “passion for evangelization” and “apostolic zeal” currently, the man whose professional stage name is ‘Pope Francis’ kept a straight face when he warned:
…we risk talking about ourselves, the group to which we belong, a morality or, even worse, a set of rules, but not about Jesus, his love, his mercy. I see this in some new movements that are emerging: they talk about their vision of humanity, they talk about their spirituality and they feel theirs is a new path… But why do you not talk about Jesus? They talk about many things, about organization, about spiritual journeys, but they do not know how to talk about Jesus.
(Antipope Francis, General Audience, Vatican.va, Oct. 18, 2023)
Now that was funny!
Except Francis was actually being serious.
Yes, the biggest indifferentist the world has ever known — who goes so far as to declare that God actually wants there to be different religions as an expression of His wisdom and as an enrichment for humanity, and who spends countless hours with non-believers confirming them in their unbelief and never uttering to them a word about conversion to Jesus Christ and His religion as the only true one (except to deny he desires their conversion) — is complaining about people who pretend to evangelize but, allegedly, never talk about Jesus Christ!
That’s the same ‘Pope’ Francis who continually rails against ‘proselytism’ — no doubt a huge problem throughout his false church! — even to the point of saying that to attempt to convert another to Catholicism is “a great sin against ecumenism” and “the most serious sin a missionary can commit”! (By contrast, can you guess what he believes are the least serious sins?)
Rome Reports put out a quick video clip on Francis’ latest Wednesday audience:
To be clear: Yes, Francis does talk about Jesus Christ, quite frequently actually, but only to people who already believe in Him and His Gospel (or claim to).
But even then, He does not necessarily teach the truth about Christ. Oftentimes He will simply hijack certain words of Our Lord’s and then twist them into something that supports his Naturalist ideology, in which the supernatural Gospel of God — which is primarily about attaining eternal salvation through the Redemption wrought by Jesus Christ — is replaced by a Naturalist ‘Gospel of Man’, in which Jesus of Nazareth is merely the exemplary teacher of how to practice the corporal works of mercy out of love for our neighbor for a temporal existence with as little suffering as possible.
Most importantly, when it comes to Our Blessed Savior, Bergoglio mentions usually only His love, mercy, tenderness, compassion, and other things that are “not offensive”, so to speak, and that are more or less compatible with other religions as well — while neglecting, spinning, or even explaining away Christ’s exhortations to penance (for example, see Lk 13:3), His warnings of divine punishment, especially that of eternal damnation (see Mt 8:12; Mt 10:28), His prophecies of the damnation of many (see Mt 7:23; Mt 22:14; Mt 25:46; Lk 13:24). That is precisely what Pope St. Pius X criticized in the Sillonist movement when he condemned it in 1910:
We wish to draw your attention, Venerable Brethren, to this distortion of the Gospel and to the sacred character of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God and man, prevailing within the Sillon and elsewhere. As soon as the social question is being approached, it is the fashion in some quarters to first put aside the divinity of Jesus Christ, and then to mention only His unlimited clemency, His compassion for all human miseries, and His pressing exhortations to the love of our neighbor and to the brotherhood of men. True, Jesus has loved us with an immense, infinite love, and He came on earth to suffer and die so that, gathered around Him in justice and love, motivated by the same sentiments of mutual charity, all men might live in peace and happiness.
But for the realization of this temporal and eternal happiness, He has laid down with supreme authority the condition that we must belong to His Flock, that we must accept His doctrine, that we must practice virtue, and that we must accept the teaching and guidance of Peter and his successors. Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them.
Whilst He called to Himself in order to comfort them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. Whilst He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. Whilst His heart overflowed with gentleness for the souls of good-will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them. He was as strong as he was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing, and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom, and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body.
Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lessons and by His example, He traced the path of the happiness which is possible on earth and of the perfect happiness in heaven: the royal way of the Cross. These are teachings that it would be wrong to apply only to one’s personal life in order to win eternal salvation; these are eminently social teachings, and they show in Our Lord Jesus Christ something quite different from an inconsistent and impotent humanitarianism.
(Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique; underlining added.)
Hopefully it will not be necessary here to list all the instances in which ‘Pope’ Francis has addressed a secular or mixed audience and avoided as much as possible any mention of Jesus Christ or the necessity of all men to convert to His holy religion if they want to be saved. Here are just a few stellar examples that come to mind immediately:
- Francis’ Ten Tips for a Happy Life
- Francis to Muslim Elders: ‘Transcendence and Fraternity Alone will Save Us’
- Apostate adrift: Francis says Fraternity is “Anchor of Salvation for Humanity”
- Pie in the Sky: Francis offers Pseudo-Religious Drivel to Mongolian Authorities
- Evangelii Gaudium Reloaded: Francis’ Message to G20 Summit
- United Nations in the Classroom: Bergoglio’s “Global Compact on Education” Examined
- Francis to African University Students: Avoid the ‘Supermarket of Salvation’, but be ‘Apostles of the Earth’!
- Francis to Youth: “You Believe in a New Humanity”!
- Vatican hopes Hindu Idolatry will bring Light and Hope to World of Darkness and Despair
- Francis at Interreligious Congress: ‘Man is the Way for All Religions’
- Francis on meeting with his Jewish rabbi friend: “Neither of us attempted to convert the other”
Most recently, Bergoglio’s appearance at a conference of the Clinton Global Initiative included only one reference to the Bible (Old Testament) and two generic “bless you” exclamations. Of course all three of these came from Bill Clinton, not from the zealous Jesuit with that ‘passion for evangelization’.
By the way: In 2017, even an atheist philosopher saw the need to slam this ‘Pope’ for not caring about the salvation of souls. A year before, German journalist Alexander Kissler had publicly referred to Francis as a “U.N. Secretary General with a pectoral cross” (source) — a scary observation, considering that even his pectoral cross leaves a lot to be desired.
But we can thank ‘Pope’ Bergoglio for one thing at least: a really good laugh!
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