Holy Mother Church is under attack. Not too many people will deny that for the evidence is irrefutable. What is often denied, despite equally irrefutable evidence, is that many of these attacks are occurring with the approval, if not initiative, of the current pontiff. I had hopes in the early stages of this papacy that such was not the case, but had to address the evidence as it was, not as I might have wished it were.
For that I and many others have been accused of "bashing the pope", "not having faith", "being a sedevacantist", etc. So be it. We pray for our detractors for I believe that many do love the Church; they simply cannot face the fact that not all popes are of the same caliber as some of the sainted ones. In fact, Our Lord never promised us holy pontiffs. He promised that no sitting pope would ever solemnly proclaim error - and that's it!
But let's recap the sorry history of this papacy to date; some others have done much of that cataloging for us. We have, from last week, "The A-Z List Of Concerns With Pope Francis", courtesy of LifeSiteNews. The blogger of "That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill" put up a post called "Pope Francis Little Book Of Insults" (each insult cited is a link that will take you to the context of that insult). Earlier today Steve Jalsevac posted an article that details all the harm caused (so far) by the papal gaffe "who am I to judge".
He certainly has no problem whatsoever judging faithful Catholics, as evidenced by the "little book of insults". A few days ago, in La Civita Cattolica, a publication that enjoys semi-official status at the Vatican, appeared an article co-written by Anthony Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa entitled "Evangelical Fundamentalism And Catholic Integralism In The USA: A Surprising Ecumenism". In it they basically trash all those faithful Christians who have the audacity to bring their faith and morals into the public sphere. Now let's get real. This blog and others have noted how the Vatican, under this papacy, has allied itself with many progressive and yes, anti-life persons while pushing for unbridled immigration and the population-control mantras. It is precisely those faithful Catholics, vilified by Spadaro and Figueroa, who are sounding the alarm regarding these death-dealing policies and who are opposing them. This is one clear reason why those two issued their temper tantrum. I take it as a testament that we are doing something right in opposing them; else they wouldn't be gnashing their teeth and snarling so incoherently. Again, I point out that this publication is under Vatican supervision. Spadaro, one of the two authors, is also a Vatican official. The contents of that article reflect current Vatican - and I mean papal - thought.
We need to have our ears and eyes wide open and to be praying for the Church, which is now being undermined by her highest leaders.
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