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Francis to Women Prisoners: Christ Forgave Judas!

While Novus Ordo apologists like Jimmy Akin and Steve Kellmeyer try to persuade people that one can ‘hope’ for Judas Iscariot’s salvation, the Argentinian apostate Jorge Bergoglio — otherwise known as ‘Pope Francis’ — has already moved beyond that idea and has now indicated that Judas was in fact forgiven by Jesus Christ.

He made this claim during a mini homily he gave during the ‘Mass of the Lord’s Supper’ (video here) at the Women’s Prison in Rebibbia, Italy. As the Vatican has not yet released an official English translation, we will use DeepL to translate directly from the Italian:

At this moment of the supper, two episodes attract our attention. The washing of Jesus’ feet: Jesus humbles himself, and by this gesture he makes us understand what he had said, “I did not come to be served, but to serve” (cf. Mk 10:45). He teaches us the path of service.

The other episode – a sad one – is the betrayal of Judas who is unable to carry forward love; and then money, selfishness lead him to this bad thing. But Jesus forgives everything. Jesus always forgives. He only asks that we ask for forgiveness.

Once, I heard a little old woman, wise, a little old grandmother, from the people … saying, “Jesus never tires of forgiveness: it is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.” Let us ask the Lord today for the grace not to grow weary.

All the time we all have small failures, big failures: everyone has his own story. But the Lord is always waiting for us, with open arms, and he never tires of forgiveness.

Now we will make the same gesture that Jesus made: washing feet. It is a gesture that draws attention to the vocation of service. Let us ask the Lord to make us, all of us, grow in the vocation of service.

Thank you.

(Antipope Francis, Homily at Rebibbia Women’s Prison, Vatican.va, Mar. 28, 2024; underlining added. Translation with the help of DeepL.)

There are two egregious errors in these remarks: (a) the claim that Christ forgave Judas, and (b) the claim that in order to have our sins forgiven, all we must do is ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness.

Both ideas are false, and the second one is definitely heretical to boot. Let’s have a look at both claims, beginning with the second and more serious one.

What is needed to obtain forgiveness?

To be forgiven by God of our mortal sins, several conditions must be fulfilled after we have examined our conscience. We must have contrition, we must have a firm purpose of amendment, we must confess our sins to a priest and receive absolution, and we must (at least be willing to) make satisfaction. (It is true that confession and absolution are not absolutely necessary and can be supplied by means of perfect contrition, but this too involves certain conditions.)

We won’t elaborate on each of these points now, except to point out that contrition, which is a specific kind of sorrow for sin, must itself have certain qualities: It must be interior, supernatural, universal, and sovereign. Not just any kind of sorrow for sin is compatible with, and sufficient for, forgiveness. For instance, we might regret having sinned because our sin has brought public shame on us, but this would be a merely natural motive, whereas contrition must be supernatural, meaning that  we must be sorry for our sins because they have offended God or because we are afraid of eternal punishment, for instance. Etc.

All this can be found explained in greater detail in the following booklet:

Ironically, Francis had preached about sorrow for sin in his long ‘Chrism Mass’ sermon earlier in the day, but he was addressing priests, for whom it is nothing new. At the same time, the ‘Pope’ withheld this soul-saving information from the very people who needed to hear about it most: the poor inmates at the prison where he was visiting. Them he told that they needed merely to ask Christ for forgiveness, and all sins are washed away!

Thus Francis’ preaching to the imprisoned actually blocks the flow of grace and forgiveness, while at the same time he comes across as incredibly merciful. This is diabolical!

This isn’t the first time Francis has lied to the imprisoned about how to have their sins forgiven, though. He did so before in the exact same context at least once, on Apr. 14, 2022, at the penitentiary complex of Civitavecchia, Italy: “But ask Jesus for forgiveness: He forgives everything. All he wants is our trust to ask for forgiveness. … And how much does he forgive? Everything! And until what point? Always! He does not tire of forgiving. We are the ones who grow tired of asking for forgiveness” (source).

Just as today, back then no mention was made of supernatural contrition, the firm purpose of amendment, restitution, etc., either. Not even sacramental confession does this ‘Pope’ require! With his heretical message, he left the inmates in their sins under the guise of unlimited divine mercy! How salutary it would have been for these prisoners to be taught the necessary conditions for obtaining God’s pardon and have sanctifying grace restored to their souls. Instead, heretical drivel from the Argentinian apostate! (For more information, our podcast TRADCAST 034 delves into this topic at length and spells out what is necessary for true repentance.)

How contrary all this is to the Catholic dogmas regarding justification has been demonstrated in this post:

We have pointed out numerous times in the past that when it comes to justification (and the Holy Eucharist, for instance), Francis preaches Lutheranism. Not only is that apparent from an analysis of his teaching, it is also something he has explicitly admitted: that on justification, he agrees with Martin Luther!

Recall that during an in-flight press conference aboard Airhead One on June 26, 2016, the papal pretender bluntly made known his heretical depravity and also manifested his pertinacity, since he obviously knows that Luther’s doctrines were condemned by the Council of Trent: “I think that the intentions of Martin Luther were not mistaken. …And today Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification. On this point, which is very important, he did not err. He made a medicine for the Church…” (source).

What more evidence is needed? No wonder Bergoglio’s Vatican has honored Martin Luther with a postage stamp! Furthermore, let us recall also what Bergoglio taught in 2021 in an audience catechesis, and what he had said regarding merit in 2019:

Any reasonable person who heard Francis preach today at the correctional facility would have to ask himself: If we can obtain the forgiveness of our sins in this manner, simply by asking God, what do we need baptism for? Why should we bother going to confession? What’s the point of penance? Aren’t the Protestants right then? Does this mean we can keep stolen money? Etc.

Furthermore, it is simply not true that God always forgives.

That “God always forgives everything” is true only if we mean that God remits all sins confessed (and absolved) with the necessary contrition, etc. It is not true if we mean that whatever is confessed is also forgiven regardless of the dispositions of the penitent. While from the very beginning of his false pontificate, Francis has been drowning his sheeple in the misleading mantra that “God never tires of forgiving”, as he repeated again today, he has never, to our knowledge, actually spelled out what constitutes true, supernatural repentance, without which forgiveness is not possible.

Christ Himself warned in the Gospel: “For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences” (Mt 6:14-15).

Yes, as He has promised, God will always forgive us if we seek His forgiveness in the proper way, that is, if we approach the sacrament of penance with the right dispositions, or have perfect contrition, as mentioned above. But God has not promised that each sinner will be given an unlimited number of opportunities to repent.

Bergoglio’s “God never tires of forgiveness” mantra, if not supplemented with the other truths about God, sin, repentance, and forgiveness, will only keep people sinning. Coupled with his “all we must do is ask for forgiveness” heresy, it is a sure way to keep people on the road to perdition.

Our Blessed Lord did not announce the Good News by first promising love, joy, and forgiveness to everyone. His first words were: “The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel” (Mk 1:15).

Did Christ forgive Judas?

No, Christ did not forgive Judas Iscariot. We know this because there is no evidence that He did, and plenty of evidence that He did not. There is no need to rehash the details here, as we have covered them many times before:

Ironically, even by Francis’ own standard of simply asking Christ for forgiveness, Judas still wasn’t forgiven because he didn’t even ask. Although Christ would have gladly forgiven the Iscariot just as He forgave St. Peter, Judas didn’t stick around for it but, succumbing to despair, ended his own life. Thus he heaped sin upon sin and brought upon him everlasting punishment.

Although we may not like the divinely-revealed truth about Judas and his fate, it is nevertheless our duty to affirm and defend it. The tragic fact of the matter is that Judas died in mortal sin, and he was condemned to an eternity of hell. Saying so is not prideful, presumptuous, or otherwise objectionable; it is easily inferred from the clear testimony of Sacred Scripture:

And the Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed. It were better for him, if that man had not been born. (Mk 14:21)

While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou gavest me have I kept; and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the scripture may be fulfilled. (Jn 17:12)

And praying, they said: Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place. (Acts 1:24-25)

The Catholic magisterium has also spoken on the eternal demise of the traitor:

Some are attracted to the priesthood by ambition and love of honours; while there are others who desire to be ordained simply in order that they may abound in riches, as is proved by the fact that unless some wealthy benefice were conferred on them, they would not dream of receiving Holy Orders. It is such as these that our Saviour describes as hirelings, who, in the words of Ezechiel, feed themselves and not the sheep, and whose baseness and dishonesty have not only brought great disgrace on the ecclesiastical state, so much so that hardly anything is now more vile and contemptible in the eyes of the faithful, but also end in this, that they derive no other fruit from their priesthood than was derived by Judas from the Apostleship, which only brought him everlasting destruction.

(Catechism of the Council of Trent, “The Sacraments: Holy Orders”; underlining added.)

Judas, an Apostle of Christ, “one of the twelve,” as the Evangelists sadly observe, was led down to the abyss of iniquity precisely through the spirit of greed for earthly things.

(Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Ad Catholici Sacerdotii, n. 49)

In her Sacred Liturgy, too, Holy Mother Church hints at Judas’ damnation. In the Collect for Holy Thursday, the Church prays:

O God, from whom Judas received the punishment of his guilt, and the thief the reward of his confession: grant unto us the full fruit of Thy clemency; that even as in His Passion, our Lord Jesus Christ gave to each a retribution according to his merits, so having taken away our old sins, He may bestow upon us the grace of His Resurrection. Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

The facts about Judas are clear, but of course there are always “teachers, having itching ears” (2 Tim 4:3) who try to find a way around what God has revealed because they do not believe (cf. Jn 10:26) and, perhaps, seek absolute assurance of salvation for themselves despite their own treachery.

Final Thoughts

Today is Maundy Thursday. Even though Francis gave a long sermon at the ‘Chrism Mass’ and then made more remarks at the prison, the Holy Eucharist was not mentioned by him even once, despite the fact that the ‘Mass’ with the inmates was technically the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Missa in Coena Domini).

In real Roman Catholicism, Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Blessed Sacrament, of the sacred priesthood, and of the ‘new commandment’ of fraternal charity, which was symbolized by the washing of the feet (see John 13). We know where Francis’ focus lies, of course, as he has demonstrated time and again. But even there he is an innovator, for liturgically, the Pope is supposed to wash the feet of priests only, just as Christ washed only the feet of the Apostles, not of Jerusalem’s poor or marginalized. (Turns out this might not be correct as stated. See Fr. Gabriel Lavery’s find here.)

Francis has managed now to make Holy Thursday about two things: the washing of feet and Judas Iscariot. The priesthood and the Blessed Sacrament have been eclipsed, it seems.

Again we must ask: Why is the Vatican II Sect so obsessed with rehabilitating Judas Iscariot? Why do they all want to have hope for Judas, when both Scripture and Tradition are clear that there is no hope for him? The answer, presumably, is that Judas’ damnation stands in the way of their beloved idea of an empty hell, of universal salvation.

Since the Novus Ordo Church is an infernal institution that seeks to damn souls while retaining an outward banner of Roman Catholicism, it wants people not to fear or even think about hell, lest they might repent and be saved.

There is only one who has a vested interest in people not fearing the possibility of going to hell, and that’s certainly not Jesus Christ, who warned frequently against the unquenchable fire, and who gave every drop of His Most Precious Blood so that we would not be damned forever: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting” (Jn 3:14-15). Our Blessed Lord endured the torments of the Cross precisely because hell is a very real possibility for each of us and would most definitely have been everyone’s lot had He not redeemed us.

No, it is the devil alone who profits from people becoming forgetful of hell and the very real possibility of dying in mortal sin and perishing eternally.

And thus we see once again whose ‘vicar’ Bergoglio really is.

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