Pope Francis: I avoid reading heresy accusations “for the sake of my mental health”
These words were uttered by the Pontiff at a private meeting with 90 Jesuits in Santiago de Chile, during his recent apostolic visit to South America. Their conversation was transcribed by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civilta Cattolicà, and was published in Italian with the Pope’s approval on their online site on Thursday morning.
“[W]hen I realize that there is real resistance, of course it displeases me,” he said. “Some people tell me that resistance is normal when someone wants to make changes. The famous ‘we’ve always done it this way’ reigns everywhere, it is a great temptation that we have all faced,” he added. (Information above supplied by Diane Montagna on LifeSiteNews.)
In this you are correct, Your Holiness: there will be plenty of strong “resistance” from orthodox members of the Church Militant towards your attempts to “make changes” to unchanging doctrines. No man, not even the Pope, has the authority to alter the Catholic Church’s Magisterial doctrinal teachings on Faith and Morals, for these have come down to us from The Word, Christ Jesus Our Lord, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and Doctors of the Church from the very beginning. “Development of Doctrine” (a term that refers to how Doctrine may be brought to a greater comprehension as the world changes around us, whilst ALWAYS remaining exactly the same in essence) does not legitimise changing a Doctrine to mean something totally different. Great saints and scholars of the Church – e.g., St Thomas Aquinas, Bl. Card. John Henry Newman – never made the mistake of wavering from the intrinsic truth of the Doctrine when they delved into clarifying its meaning through development.
There will also be resistance to your incomprehensible desire to change other traditions and devotions of the Church that have never grown old, as you seem to think, for they are timeless. Although some of them are perhaps not strictly part of the untouchable Deposit of Faith, these “traditions” have, through their pious significance and living out of spiritual realities, helped millions of souls down through the centuries to an increase in love and understanding of their faith. Beware of the errors of Modernism!
Pope Francis continued: “There is doctrinal resistance, which you all know better than I do. For the sake of mental health I do not read the websites of this so-called “resistance.” (Ibid.)
“He protects his sanity while he drives the rest of us crazy”: a quote from Bishop Emeritus René Gracida of Texas!
“I know who they are, I am familiar with the groups, but I do not read them, simply for my mental health. If there is something very serious, they inform me so that I know about it. You all know them … It is a displeasure, but we must move ahead. Historians say that it takes a century before a Council puts down roots. We are halfway there,” he said. (Ibid.)
Ah, that explains a lot: the old kumbaya, Spirit-of-Vatican II crowd are still at it, flogging their dead horse! And those “groups” you say you are “familiar with” just happen to be a very large (if not most) of the entire Body of the Catholic Church. Have you not noticed?
The Pope added: “When I perceive resistance, I try to dialogue, when dialogue is possible.” (Ibid.)
No you don’t. The dialoguing is only done by you, Holy Father, or your like-minded progressive bishops. Faithful clergy and laity are given no right to dialogue if their views differ from yours. (E.g., Cardinal Zen, the dubia Cardinals, the faithful Cardinals kicked out of the Synods on the Family, members of the FI, anyone protesting the heretical spoutings of your Modernist and/or lavender clergy, those faithful Catholics speaking out for persecuted Christians like Asia Bibi, and so on, and so on … in fact the list of those who are not allowed “to dialogue” is pages long now, far too long to be included here). Yet you allow the followers of Islam (the greatest persecutors of Christians), LGBT advocates, pro-abortionists, Catholic-loathing Protestants, and many other enemies of the Church – the Church whose teachings you were elected to defend, by the way – to dialogue and spread abroad their errors to their hearts’ content!
Back to Diane Montagna’s article:
Last September, a group of 62 clergy and lay scholars took the rare step of presenting Pope Francis with a “Filial Correction,” charging him with permitting the spread of seven heresies, at least by omission, about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments.
The filial correction, in the form of a 25-page letter, was delivered to the Pope at his Santa Marta residence on August 11, 2017. No similar action has taken place within the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages, when Pope John XXII was admonished for errors which he later recanted on his deathbed.
Expressing “profound grief” and “filial devotion,” the group of clergy and lay scholars “respectfully insist[ed]” that Pope Francis condemn the heresies that, in their view, he has directly or indirectly upheld, and that he teach the truth of the Catholic faith in its integrity.
The initiative provoked admiration and consternation among Catholics and drew considerable attention in secular media outlets — including the AP, BBC, CNN, Fox News, Drudge Report, Huffington Post, and Daily Mail.
The number of signatories quickly grew to 250 scholars, some from prominent institutions around the world. Pope Francis has issued no response. (Ibid.)
It is a horrifying shock for Catholics who in the past always knew that come what may, the solid Rock of the Church and her Vicar on Earth would never fail them. We still have the solid Rock of the Church and her solid Magisterium to cling onto… but where is our true Vicar? We have had a few of what are called “bad Popes” in the Church’s 2000 year history, due to these men’s wordiness and lack of good morals, plus some terrible times of anti-popes and schisms, but with exception of some isolated heretical mistakes made by Popes who later recanted, e.g., Pope John XXII, mentioned above, it is unheard of that a Pope should stick firmly to heretical teachings.
As far as we know, Pope Francis is not an immoral man, nor a lover of luxury. Also, in some cases, he shows concern and sensitivity towards certain people or groups of people who suffer or are marginalised from society in some way (but not, unfortunately, to others). He will not go down in history as a “bad pope” for reasons of immortality or greed. His future much-critisised legacy – unless he too recants, please God, – will be the way he tried to submerge the Bride of Christ into the heresies of Marxist, Secular Modernism.
It is a great tragedy – many souls have been led astray – and a tragedy that will take much time in which the Holy Catholic Church will have to recover. But this we know: She will recover, and this period of Her Via Crucis will be conquered, a thing of the past, through the grace of God and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.