The internet is seething with commentaries about the so-called Pope-videos, which no doubt fill the emptiness of those minds which only react in a positive manner to musical stimulus. To such individuals, the videos offer the complacent impression that ‘without a doubt, love triumphs over all’ (Francis’ words in his first video). We would like to share with such people certain statements made by Pope Benedict at the beginning of his pontificate; he clearly indicated that all the faithful are under the guardianship of Peter, Vicar of Jesus Christ… not of Buddha or Allah.
In his homily at the beginning of the Petrine Ministry, in Saint Peter Square on Sunday April 24, 2005, Benedict XVI affirmed:
“Here I want to add something: both the image of the shepherd and that of the fisherman issue an explicit call to unity. “I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must lead them too, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd” (Jn 10:16); these are the words of Jesus at the end of his discourse on the Good Shepherd. And the account of the 153 large fish ends with the joyful statement: “although there were so many, the net was not torn” (Jn 21:11). Alas, beloved Lord, with sorrow we must now acknowledge that it has been torn! But no – we must not be sad! Let us rejoice because of your promise, which does not disappoint, and let us do all we can to pursue the path towards the unity you have promised. Let us remember it in our prayer to the Lord, as we plead with him: yes, Lord, remember your promise. Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd! Do not allow your net to be torn, help us to be servants of unity!’(Benedict XVI. Homily at the beginning of his Pontificate, April 24, 2005)
Francis’ most adamant defenders, finding fewer and fewer ways to support him, are holding out in the last trenches: ‘Now that all the Catholics have abandoned him, we will be faithful until the end’, they say…not with solid arguments, but rather with unconvincing slogans.
The problem is that the very Bishop of Rome seems to progressively destroy his own defences, for by clashing with certain key dogmatic truths head on, he ends up bringing them back to the memory of all. Thanks to him, some of these truths now enjoy full circulation on-line, such as this citation of Pius XI from the Mortalium Animos (no. 2) which seems to hold the winning place at the moment: In this document, the Pope warns:
“For since they hold it for certain that men destitute of all religious sense are very rarely to be found, they seem to have founded on that belief a hope that the nations, although they differ among themselves in certain religious matters, will without much difficulty come to agree as brethren in professing certain doctrines, which form as it were a common basis of the spiritual life.”
For Pius XI, the truth must be defined. Therefore, he continued to make it clear that such initiatives:
“can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule.”
Francis’ affirmation that ‘we are all children of God’ (words from the first video message) resumes the message he is trying to get across, and contrasts sharply with the Catechism, which affirms, on the contrary, that we are children of God only by Baptism (no. 1265).
Likewise, we also have studies on his video on “Respect for Woman” (see: A new video, and new profanations…); on his third video (see: The Pope’s latest video… is it Catholic?) and so on. Particular feedback was received by us regarding our study on the Pope-video on the cultures of the indigenous peoples (see: Ill-intentioned intentions)
Though some initially thought that the Denzinger-Bergoglio seemed too pessimistic, many are now changing their opinion and agreeing with us, due to the very persistence of Francis himself in ‘un-defining’ that which the Church has already defined.
This is demonstrated through our studies, the most complete that we know of to date, with 154 doctrines of the Magisterium contrasted with Francis’ absurd doctrines.
The web is wagering about the content of Francis’ next multi-media messages. Will it be some new negation of the doctrine of the Church? Will we arrive at number 200 of our list of studies?
The only thing that would surprise us now, would be if Francis abandoned the path clearly marked out by his agenda of ‘un-defining’. May God help his Church!
DB correspondent in Rome.