The Francis Pontificate: Dialogue with Disaster
The Pope continues, day by day, to dismantle Catholic authority and legitimacy. EWTN's World Over Live provides an expert regular round up of what is going on in the Church. It has become a kind of cataloguing of the weekly errors coming out of Rome.
The episode below covers some of the things I have not had a chance to post on over the last couple of weeks. Indeed, I haven't really had the heart!
The Pope's long interview with Reuters is covered along with his lack of continuity with regard to abortion and Holy Communion. Robert Royal nails it when he says the Pope does not have a clear position on this issue. The Pope's words mean nothing if he is going to act against those words. Pretty much everyone I have spoken to about this is simply disgusted by the Pope's actions. The silence of the Church standing against this issue: if there is no penalty for contradicting doctrine, what's the point of having it even?
On the Pope's involvement of women in choosing bishops, Fr Murray thinks the Pope has bought into the critique that the Church is unjust because it doesn't allow women to run the Church in some fashion. However, inviting the sheep to choose shepherds is a clericalisation of the laity which is not appropriate to their calling.
With respect to his reported resignation the Pope, he says the idea never even entered into his head. This shows his mixed messaging.
Discussing the disastrous Chinese deal, Raymond Arroyo demonstrates how baffling the situation is by quoting a formally excommunicated "bishop" illegitimately ordained by the Chinese Communist Party, giving a homily at his cathedral recently:
How can the Pope say that his China deal is going well? The deal continues to be wrapped in secrecy, a sure sign that something is going on that they don't want us to know about. The Pillar reports that inside the Vatican Secretary of State the opinion is that this deal is an unmitigated disaster:
One senior diplomatic official told The Pillar that within the Secretariat of State it was generally acknowledged that the Vatican-China deal was a “failure,” but one they were committed to because of Francis’ personal support for the project.Of course the one person Pope Francis should be talking to is the one person he has pretty much formerly ostracised. In September of 2020, shortly before the Vatican-China deal was formally renewed, Cardinal Joseph Zen warned in an interview that the Church’s engagement with the Communist government was costing it moral credibility with the Chinese people, both Catholics and non Catholics.
“The deal has not delivered,” the official said on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to discuss the Vatican's deal. But, while he said senior officials at the Secretariat of State “would not sign it again if they could do it over,” Pope Francis remained committed to the process of dialogue and “wishing it never happened is not the same as walking away from the situation now.”
It appears that the brakes are now off the runaway train of the Francis papacy. Every decision, every comment seems to seek to further dismantle the certainties of the faith: the sacramental system, the teachings of the Church, our moral code.
All the dialogue is in one direction - the direction is away from Jesus and towards the world.
The Pope arbitrarily uses doctrine to bolster draconian decisions: take his references to Sacrosanctum concilium to justify his crack down on the Traditional Latin Mass for an example. He utterly ignores it when he wants to act against Church teaching, instead invoking the Holy Spirit as if God seeks to overturn 2,000 years of work to reverse the direction of travel completely.
If everything you do is a disaster, if none of it works out, would you start wondering if you maybe are listening to the wrong spirit?
His slipperiness is part of the warning signs. The way he says he condemns abortion but not the actions people who promote it. Instead, giving them a free pass to act as the will and calling this approach "pastoral" when in fact, it would seem to be the opposite, like a father who's child wants to play on the motorway loudly stating to fellow adults that he disagrees with it in principle, while happily ushering his child over the embankment to play with the speeding vehicles.
We also see this with the August consistory and the rumours about retirement. He knows what he is doing. He enjoys causing controversy, stirring the pot and turning on a dime to act in a way contrary to all the signals he has given off.
All the talk of dialogue and fraternity is utterly meaningless when weighed against this man's actions.
This episode is a must watch - it articulates much more clearly than I can, the damage being done to Christ's Church by this man.
The Mass will be offered by Fr Thomas Lynch, parish priest of Strood. Refreshments and networking after Mass.