141 – “This insidious worldliness is evident in a number of attitudes. In some people we see an ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige”

There is a brief observation we would like to make to Francis. It can be noted in his prolific pronouncements that he often mentions the Church as if it were merely a socio-economic organization, rather than a divine institution. There is almost no situation or aspect of the Church that he has spared criticism. He has alleged the need for a “decentralization of the Papacy”; he has shown himself hostile to the hierarchy in declaring that “women are more than the bishops”; he insulted the Roman Curia, labeling it “the plague of the papacy”; and a long et cetera could follow. He voices all this criticism with the purported intention of “helping God’s people”! He is notorious for having removed Christ even from the Gospel, by affirming that “the poor are at the center of the Gospel”.

In these times of confusion, religious orphanhood and secularism, the faithful need to hear, more than ever before, the Word of God proclaimed strongly and clearly. But Bergoglio is the first to lash out at those who do so, accusing them of distancing Catholics from the Gospel…

It has been said that the stained-glass windows of the cathedrals were “the Gospel of the poor”, since all could learn of Christ’s life through their depictions. Today, when so often Christ is relegated to a secondary plane, the liturgy must be celebrated with reverence and dignity so that it speaks of God’s greatness and love in a manner accessible to all. When Mass is celebrated in keeping with the norms proper to it, the Church is respected and God is reverenced. Nevertheless, those who love the liturgy and celebrate it with dignity, are tagged as “worldly and ostentatious” by Francis.

Those who spare neither time nor effort in a conscious and structured endeavor to rescue the afflicted from the grasp of the evil one receive the title of “defeated generals”. We ask, however, are religious indifference and the current hostility to Christianity really such easy adversaries to overcome? When souls are being lost, isn’t it the case to develop an out-and-out battle plan to win them back? Were the organized evangelizing efforts of so many saints, like Saint Francis Xavier and Saint Vincent de Paul, really disconnected from the real lives and difficulties of the people, and a cause for shame in the Church’s History?

Perhaps Bergoglio would do well to think before he speaks and writes. For our part, what we do find ostentatious is presuming to criticize the Church’s two thousand-year past, and considering oneself a sort of new “redeemer” – as if the Father had promised another after Jesus Christ… Rather, we were cautioned to be wary of such folk.

Francis

exhortacion-apostolica

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors
I – Concern for the liturgy, the doctrine and the prestige of the Church is paramount to zeal for the Gospel’s penetration in the lives of God’s people
A – The Church tells us to cultivate the liturgy for the benefit of God’s people
B – Are doctrine and prestige really an evil in the Church?
II –
Any benefit to the organization of the Church is a direct benefit to God’s people. All that favors those most in need, such as missions and charitable establishments, is the product of a well-structured Church
III – Do vast apostolic projects belong to defeated generals or to the true builders of Church History?


I – Concern for the liturgy, the doctrine and the prestige of the Church is paramount to zeal for the Gospel’s penetration within the lives of God’s people


A – The Church tells us to cultivate the liturgy for the benefit of God’s people


John Paul II

In the liturgy the faithful encounter the ever-brimming font of grace

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Popular piety is distorted with the attenuation of values essential to the Liturgy
Contempt for the Liturgy inevitably leads to a clouding of the Christian understanding of the mystery of God
The liturgy can serve as a touchstone for a correct scale of values in popular piety

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The liturgy is the summit of the activity of the Church. For the aim of apostolic works is that all come together to praise God in His Church.

Benedict XVI

It is necessary to redouble efforts for the appropriate celebration of the Liturgy
The beauty of the liturgy is not mere aestheticism, but the concrete way in which the truth of God’s love in Christ encounters us
The simplicity of the liturgy’s gestures communicates and inspires more than any contrived and inappropriate additions

Saint Francis of Assisi

Hold all that pertains to the Sacrifice as precious

Eusebius of Caesarea

After the persecutions, the Christian people celebrate with splendorous liturgical services

B – Are doctrine and prestige really an evil in the Church?


Pius X

It behooves us to cry aloud and make known the great truths of the faith

Pius XII

Nothing is more glorious, nothing nobler, than to belong to the Church

John Paul II

Be conscious of your dignity of ministers of Christ

Pius XII

Unfortunately, there are those who represent the Church’s Magisterium as a hindrance to progress

Leo XIII

When the venerable authority of the Church is despised and set aside, great evils oppress the human race

II – Any benefit to the organization of the Church is a direct benefit to God’s people. All that favors those most in need, such as missions and charitable establishments, is the product of a well-structured Church


Leo XIII

Christ entrusted to His Church the continuance of His work in human society

Benedict XV

We are delighted to see that, under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, efforts to develop the foreign missions in many quarters of the world are intensified

John Paul II

The work of Saint Vincent de Paul was the product of exemplary organization and structure

John XXIII

The needy are well cared-for when the Catholics organize their efforts

Benedict XVI

Young people seek organized groups to grow in the faith and the experience of God
Redouble your efforts to organize catechesis based on Scripture and on the Magisterium

Benedict XV

Being the most perfect type of universal society, the Church possesses an organization and institutions that brings brotherhood among men

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Perfect order reigns in the family or society regulated by the Church

III – Do vast apostolic projects belong to defeated generals or to the true builders of Church History?


John Paul II

Drawing up the best apostolic plans yields the fruits of generous pastoral work

Leo XIII

Excellent institutions, the peaceful life and prosperity abounded when there was most obedience to the Church’s rule and laws

Benedict XV

All continents have benefited from apostolic missionary projects

Benedict XVI

The testimonies of charitable religious orders are true lights in Church history

Pius XII

The devout associations gave rise to innumerable hospices, hospitals for strangers, churches, etc.
The provident enterprises of Mother Church are unjustly assailed, scorned and overlooked by her enemies

John Paul II­­

In the Church’s history, missionary drive is a sign of vitality

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  • 154 – “The Church has never been better. This is a wonderful moment for the Church”

  • 153 – “The Church can sometimes fall into a needless hallowing of our own culture, and thus show more fanaticism than true evangelizing zeal”

  • 131 – ‘I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation’

  • 116 – The thought comes to mind of the temptation of connecting the proclamation of the Gospel with inquisitorial blows. No, the Gospel is proclaimed with gentleness, with fraternity, with love

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    1. In EG, “Francis” writes:

      “This way of thinking also feeds the vainglory of those who are content to have a modicum of power and would rather be the general of a defeated army than a mere private in a unit which continues to fight.”

      Some one forgot to tell Bergoglio that even defeated general still have some troops. But FrancisChurch is quickly running out of them. Here are just two examples about the “vaporizing” post-conciliar church from the past month:

      https://sarmaticusblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/epic-francisfail-how-is-it-that-no-one-seen-it-coming/

      and

      https://sarmaticusblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/plus-ca-change-plus-cest-la-meme-chose/

      Given the reality on the ground, one has to wonder if Francis and the N.O. sect are in fact delusional and writing this stuff just to cover up their incompetence and stupidity or if there is in fact a more sinister motive. Rereading EG no 95, it would appear that they are really bent on destroying the Church as an Institution.

      In the above light, the passage:

      “…whose principal beneficiary is not God’s people but the Church as an institution. The mark of Christ, incarnate, crucified and risen, is not present; closed and elite groups are formed, and no effort is made to go forth and seek out those who are distant or the immense multitudes who thirst for Christ.”

      takes on an entirely new and chilling meaning. The language is not figurative but rather is in fact literally a dreamt up project, meticulously planned, of a mad general.”

      Sheer madness!

      God help us all!

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