After the grotesque display of satanic idolatry at St Peter's Basilica on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we continue to see increasingly blatant attempts to deconstruct Church teaching. Many of these attempts are from high Church officials, including Pope Francis.
Thanks to Toronto Catholic Witness, I was directed to the homily that Pope Francis gave on December 8th to inaugurate the "jubilee of mercy". This is on the Vatican's website. Here is the troubling passage: "Before all else, the Council was an encounter. A genuine encounter between the Church and the men and women of our time. An encounter marked by the power of the Spirit, who impelled the Church to emerge from the shoals which for years had kept her self-enclosed so as to set out once again..." (emphasis mine)
I agree with TCW that in that phrase, Pope Francis spit in the eye all his predecessors, some of them saints, blesseds and doctors of the Church, precisely because they acted as shepherds who guarded their flocks. While this pope might prefer that we take the "smell of the sheep", his predecessors (by and large) sought to preserve the Church in the odor of sanctity.
In a recent interview, Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that "some form of birth control" might help with "overpopulation" and resultant "food shortage". He also stated it could help with "climate change". He then reminded us all of the shameful way in which Pope Francis treated the woman who was expecting her eighth child. It would be an interesting thing if that eighth child were to confront the pope and tell him a thing or two, but I digress!
He must have realized his Freudian slip for he tried to backpedal, saying only "natural forms of birth control" were acceptable. I don't buy it; else, why would he have used the general, nebulous "some form" descriptor for birth control? More importantly, periodic abstinence from marital relations cannot be equated with what is commonly referred to as "birth control". Voice of the Family is correct in opining that Turkson's remarks do lend credibility to the attempts to divorce marital relations from the procreation of children. They certainly do make plain the linkage between "climate change" junk science with population control.
According to the Guardian, a Vatican document (name unknown) exhorts Catholics not to attempt to convert Jews to Christianity. This document is from the Vatican commission for relationships with Jews. Boys and girls, can you say "ecumenicide"? You probably noticed during Triduum services that the traditional prayer for Jews to come to Christianity has been scuttled in recent years, so this manifestation of ecumenicide predates the current pontiff. Now what was that again that we read in the Bible, at the end of several Gospels, where Jesus commands (not "suggest", not "request", but "command") the Apostles to baptize all "in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"? Or did the "god of surprises" change his mind?
As I read of this, I think of what St Paul wrote in several of his letters, how he wished that all his brother Jews would be converted. I also think of St. Vincent Ferrar, who once marched into a synagogue, started preaching and converted thousands of Jews on the spot. Paul! Vincent! Naughty-naughty! Stop that now! Leave the Jews (and others) to wallow in darkness! Don't you know that we must be ecumenical? Seriously though, how can one talk with a straight face about a "year of mercy" and yet not seek to bring others to the font of mercy, that is, Jesus Christ, who acts through His Church?
My blogging colleague Julie at Connecticut Catholic Corner put up a piece today entitled "The New Age Of Pope Francis' Church". Read it for I concur with her. I too pray for a holy pope who will save souls. At this time, it appears that this pope will not be Pope Francis, but only God knows. Let us pray.