From Rome, for the Denzinger-Bergoglio
Psalm 50 (49) offers us the impressive reprimand of God the Father adverting the chosen, though unfaithful, people: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are a friend of his; and you keep company with adulterers. You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit” (Ps 50:18-19). These words of the Psalmist, inspired by the Holy Spirit, come to mind in considering some of the latest news arriving from Rome.
The Sistine Chapel, considered by many as the greatest masterpiece of art in the Christian world, a sacred place where the sublime act of voting for the election of the Pontiffs takes place, has served as stage, not for an adulterer (something that doesn’t even raise an eyebrow these days) but rather for an open defender of “alternative marriage”, that is, homosexual unions. David Howell Evans — called “The Edge”, a member of the group U2 — was invited to sing in this symbolic place. We recall that: “As soon as their world tour had started in Vancouver, U2 declared their strong support for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum on marriage equality back home…during a performance of ‘Pride (In The Name of Love)’ in the US Airways Arena in Phoenix, AZ, on Saturday night, the singer said: ‘We have peace in Ireland today! And in fact on this very day we have true equality in Ireland’” (Bono hails ‘Yes’)
As the Psalm demonstrates, God rebukes the Jews who sought the company of the adulterers; today we could say something similar of those who permit and promote these kind of things…
The new video…
On the other hand, “The Pope video” has appeared for the month of May. Its title is: Respect for Woman. This video is presented as a means of spreading the intentions of the “Apostleship of Prayer.” If there is something that Francis doesn’t mention, it’s prayer; and even less, topics such as God, eternal salvation, grace and sin…without mentioning the commandments or things of the sort.
The phrases pronounced on the video, which do not appear to follow a coherent sequence, have the tone of a syndicalist diatribe; portraying what the French label as sensiblerie, and what we call without hesitation, “idiotic sentimentalism”. Let’s examine some of them: “We have done very little for the women who are in very difficult situations, despised, marginalized and even reduced to slavery.” Does this, “we have done”, refer to Jorge Bergoglio concretely, or some public in particular? Is it forgotten that the Church, through the continuous work of numerous masculine and feminine Religious Orders, has dedicated itself, and is currently dedicated to saving women from all of these situations? Who is it that has “done very little”? The upright Catholics who practice the Commandments, go to Mass and confession, and pray the Rosary?
Another slogan: “We must condemn sexual violence against women and remove the barriers that prevent their full integration into social, political and economic life.” This is a perfect dissertation for any presidential candidate, of the UNO, or an NGO. It’s politically correct. A socialist could easily make the same affirmation. Is this what millions of Catholics hoped for from the Bishop of Rome? Nothing more?
“If you think this is clearly right, join my petition” Besides the colloquial Argentinian turn of phrase used by the pontiff in Spanish, (albeit not generally accepted by worldwide Spanish speakers) this phrase isn’t very coherent. And even less so, the following “Prayer intention”: “that in all countries of the world women may be honored, and respected and valued for their essential contribution to society.”
What exactly does this term imply? “Contribution to society”? When we hear this kind of talk from any politician, we already know that it means: feminism, abortion, gender equality, etc. What does Francis understand by the term “contribution to society”? The affirmation of Saint Paul to the Galatians: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:27-28) refers to the action of grace in souls; but the action of the Holy Spirit does not annul the differences between Greeks and Jews, between Germans and Turks, between men and woman. On the other hand, we would like to ask Francis if he intends to speak of this topic with the Muslim immigrants that he wants to bring to Europe, since this issue regarding woman is mainly a problem in the Arab world. Or is it not politically correct to bring up this topic in their milieu? The problems the Bishop of Rome refers to really do exist in our XXI century (sexual violence, difficulties of social insertion, people — men and woman — who are despised, marginalized or reduced to slavery). But let’s remind the shepherd that instead of protecting his sheep from the wolves, he is merely dedicating his efforts to flapping away the flies that bother them.
These are Bergoglio’s “prayer intentions” while the wolves of generalized adultery (speaking solely of the problems of women) of abortion, of endorsed contraception, of ravaging immorality, destroy the flock; the wolves of the lack of faith, absence of baptism and other sacraments, relativism in the practice of the sacrament of confession, lack of catechists — topics which are avoided more than leprosy itself — degrade the People of God, redeemed by the Sacrifice of Calvary.
And this is the video that Francis gifts Catholics with in May, the month of Mary…That’s right. May, Mary, woman. What could be better than using the month of Mary to encourage “women’s rights” Francis had pondered. We are already aware that these monthly intentions are “universal”, for everyone. In reality, rather than “intentions” they are “programs” of conduct, ethical guidelines that fit in with any religion or “god” as we have already analyzed in the previous videos (see here and here)
Faced with this situation, we end with the same Psalm 50 (49) found at the beginning of the article.
But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?
For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.
If you see a thief, you are a friend of his; and you keep company with adulterers.
You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.
You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.
These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I rend, and there be none to deliver!
He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me; to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God!
(Ps 50: 16-23)
Note of the Denzinger-Bergoglio:
Perhaps Francis, speaking against feminine discrimination, is giving support to feminist movements and current populism around the world: