157 – “Solidarity becomes a way of making history in a life setting where conflicts, tensions and oppositions can achieve a diversified and life-giving unity”

Among the strange principles of bergoglian philosophy, this novelty stands out: “unity is greater than conflict”. The consequences of this pseudo-principle are explained in Evangelii gaudium, which claims to indicate the course of Francis’ pontificate. In this document, we find expressions like “communion amid disagreement”, “friendship in society”, “multifaceted unity” and many others that, although deliberately ambiguous as Francis’ ideas and gestures have always been, nonetheless still permit an attentive observer to discern their true meaning.

En passant, it is noteworthy that someone who tries to appear as perfectly accessible to all — as a pastor who uses a telephone to reply to those who write to him, who devotes more time to greetings than to instruction when he meets pilgrims — prefers to keep one of the primary aspects of his doctrine shrouded in a nebulous mystery….

‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (Jn 14:6) said the Lord. Yet, in attempting to find communion amid disagreement”, as Bergoglio teaches in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, he proposes the possibility of ways” that lead to life, and not solely ‘the Way,’ which is Christ. Bergoglio also seeks a unity that is greater than conflict, but a unity based on a “friendship in society” and, therefore, one not centered on the Person of Our Divine Redeemer. Is he insinuating that a friendship in society” disconnected from Christ be a ‘way’ superior to Christ, the Way? What does Francis’ friendship in society’ consist of? Does it consist of true friendship, of wishing the best for one’s neighbor, that is, the salvation of his soul? Or does Francis dream of a world where all enjoy the absence of war so as to more easily offend God as they please… and afterward suffer the torments of eternal hellfire? To us this does not seem to be a very a friendly” manner for a shepherd to tend his sheep.

The unfailing Magisterium of the Church is always very clear, and offers us all that we need in this time of confusion.



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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

I – Does the social dimension of evangelization imply disregard for the eternal truths in order to reach communion amid disagreement? What are the principles of unity taught by the Church for dialogue in conflicts?
II – Do social conflicts, tensions and opposition really favor some kind of unity? Do these problems hold the secret to the solution?
III – Is Francis’ solidarity capable of making history and creating new life? Where is the new life that the world and history need?

I – Does the social dimension of evangelization imply disregard for the eternal truths in order to reach communion amid disagreement? What are the principles of unity taught by the Church for dialogue in conflicts?

John Paul II

Dialogue that only promotes peace, justice, freedom and brotherhood has a negative aspect: it is silent about Christ

Paul VI

The desire to come together as brothers must not lead to a watering down or whittling away of truth


Unless the faithful remain bound together by the same ties of faith they cannot be perfectly united with the Divine Redeemer

Pius XI

The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship - Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling

Pius XII

Even on the plea of promoting unity it is not allowed to dissemble one single dogma
If error has clouded the minds of men, they must return to that truth which indicates the right path to heaven
The highest and most needed message: the call to be sons of God

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Church’s constant missionary proclamation is endangered today by relativistic theories which seek to justify religious pluralism
For true unity: the Church must proclaim the truth and announce the necessity of conversion and adherence to the Church through Baptism

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

The Apostles did not address the people in accordance with their opinion at the time but according to revealed Truth

Saint Thomas Aquinas

It is necessary to also preach to the evil so that they convert

II – Do social conflicts, tensions and opposition really favor any kind of unity? Do these problems hold the secret to the solution?

Pius XI

Unity can only arise from one teaching authority, one law of belief and one faith of Christians - a variety of opinions is an easy step to the neglect of religion and to Modernism

Gregory XVI

Fight the battles of the Lord vigorously: stand as a wall against every height which raises itself against the knowledge of God


Amid reckless and widespread folly of opinion it is the office of the Church to defend the Truth

Paul IV

Many presume to profess different heresies and by their example lead many away to the destruction of their souls

John Paul II

Over and above unity in love, what is always urgent for us is unity in truth - purity of doctrine is the basis for building up the Christian community
Give priority to preventing the tendency to make diverse religions and the various spiritual experiences equivalent
The unity willed by God can be attained only by the adherence of all to the content of revealed faith in its entirety

Benedict XVI

‘Let your light so shine before men’. Dispel the darkness of a world overwhelmed by the contradictory messages of ideologies!

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

If dialogue is to be truly constructive it must involve fidelity to the identity of the Catholic faith

Code of Canon Law

The difference of beliefs, far from creating unity, creates heresy

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

Many offshoots of numerous heresies have already been formed: they create disunion

III – Is Francis’ solidarity capable of making history and creating new life? Where is the new life that the world and history need?

Benedict XVI

A new world cannot be born of habits linked to sin
False irenism and of indifferentism is totally foreign to the thinking of the Second Vatican Council - faith becomes substituted by a moralism without deep foundations
It is our mission to proclaim the whole of God’s will, in its totality and ultimate simplicity

John Paul II

The Christian faith is a conscious and free response of man to God’s self-revelation
Conversion to Christ is joined to Baptism not only because of the Church’s practice but also by the will of Christ himself - cooperation that does not lead to Baptism is futile
Among the many dissonant voices the Bishop has the serious responsibility to make things clear
The successors of the Apostles should never be afraid of proclaiming the full truth about Jesus Christ
There is also an urgent need to illustrate and explain more fully the truth that Christ is the one Mediator between God and man

Paul VI

There is no new humanity if there are not first of all new persons renewed by Baptism and by lives lived according to the Gospel

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The signs of the times must be scrutinized and interpreted in the light of the Gospel
The present-day conditions of the world add greater urgency to this work of the Church so that all men might also attain fuller unity in Christ

Pius XII

The great and urgent duty to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ to the men of our time

Catechism of Trent

False prophets have gone forth into the world, to corrupt the minds of the faithful with various and strange doctrines

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

By no means is it permitted to pass over in silence or to veil in ambiguous terms the Catholic truth

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