As most long-time readers of this blog know, I have broached problems with various actions and words that have issued forth from either the Vatican or from Pope Francis himself. I have found them to be at odds with revealed truth to varying degrees. Other Catholic bloggers have chosen to remain silent on these matters; until now I have not objected to their silence regarding foibles from the Vatican. However, I am more and more finding such silence to be indefensible.
The tipping point occurred Friday, with the Pope's bizarre statement that there should be "legitimate redistribution of economic benefit by the state". I will be blunt. In shilling for socialism, he is advocating that the entire world adopt a philosophy of economic chaos that has visited upon millions of people abject misery and even death.
My fellow Catholic bloggers, in the face of this statement that is beyond reckless, you can no longer afford to maintain facades of polite silence and undue deference. Your silence may well be interpreted as tacit approval of this serious error; do you want any resulting spiritual fallout laid to your charge? Your silence in this matter might be construed as an obligation to accept every utterance from the pope as though it had the weight of infallible dogma. Do you really want this "redistribution" nonsense to be ascribed as having the same weight as the teaching on the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament? Realize what a disaster that would be since the previous pontiffs (during the past 130 years) have not spared any breath in denouncing socialism as the spiritual and moral evil that it is. Sensing the inherent evil of socialism, good Catholics may feel constrained to leave the Church - if we don't raise our voices to make plain that socialism is abhorrent to God and His Church and that the Pope is dead wrong on this most crucial matter.
There are a few others who are speaking out, and for these fellow bloggers I am most grateful. One of them is A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics. He put up a post a few days ago as he himself tried to understand why so many are playing "the three monkeys". Read what he has to say, particularly of ultramontanism. Related to that, he links to another article from the Blaze that also deserves consideration. This author mentions the cults of personality that have arisen around all the recent popes, including Francis. These cults seem comprised of people who do want to be good Catholics but who have lacked (often through no fault of their own) proper education in the most basic of Catholic truth. He points out that in the Church's 2000-year history, some of the popes have been very unsavory characters, and that we should not be surprised to find that any pontiff is not an angel in disguise.
Fellow bloggers/writers, no good will come from stifling the truth any longer. Please end your silence now.
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