The Upside-Down Church

Pope Francis can’t rest until all Catholics are modernists.

By George Neumayr at The American Spectator:

Pope Francis has often compared the Catholic Church to a “field hospital.” It is an odd analogy in his case, given his penchant for quackery and malpractice. The healthiest patients at his field hospital have their limbs hacked off while the sickest ones receive increased dosages of a medicine that doesn’t work. The pope’s conception of health in the body of Christ is the opposite of his predecessors. They saw the absence of orthodoxy as a cancer in the Church, whereas Pope Francis sees the persistent presence of orthodoxy as the poison.

According to this twisted view, the crisis in the Church derives not from the modernist heresy but from the unwillingness of Catholics to succumb to it. Laboring under this view, he has devoted much of his pontificate to undoing the post–Vatican II conservative retrenchment of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. In complaining about the Church’s reluctance to embrace “modern culture,” he has implicitly criticized those predecessors. Where they viewed the liberal “spirit” of Vatican II with concern, he welcomed it.

At the beginning of his pontificate, he lamented that the progressive promise of Vatican II hadn’t been fulfilled — “very little was done in that direction” — but that he had the “ambition to want to do something.”

The pope embodies the very division that he claims to deplore. He is dividing Catholics at the deepest possible level — from Catholic tradition itself.

The pope’s recent order curtailing the traditional Latin Mass is central to that ambition. He can’t rest until all Catholics have submitted to his modernism. In the past, popes instituted oaths against modern errors. This pope is eager to impose an oath in favor of them. In urging the bishops to marginalize the traditional Latin Mass, the pope reveals the depth of his contempt for Catholic tradition and his desire to cement in place a modernist redefinition of Catholicism.

Pope Benedict XVI used to talk about the theologians at Vatican II who wanted to start a new religion from scratch. He called them anarchic utopians. He said that “after the Second Vatican Council some were convinced that all would be made new, that another Church was being made, that the pre-conciliar Church was finished and we would have another, totally ‘other’ [Church].” That largely sums up the program of his successor. His decree against the traditional Latin Mass is designed to finish off the pre-conciliar Church. It severs any connection between the post–Vatican II Church and the pre–Vatican II Church, thereby allowing the modernists to monopolize the direction of the Church.

In order to take Catholicism out of Catholicism and turn it into an unspiritual and political quasi-religion, the modernists can’t abide any competition from the orthodox. Because the traditional Latin Mass movement was growing, particularly among young people and young priests, the pope had to kill it. The onerous provisions in the decree will first ghettoize the old Mass, then snuff it out. The Church, already suffering from a vocations crisis, will lose even more vocations, as the decree in effect tells tradition-minded young men that the price of entry into the priesthood now is total submission to the pope’s modernism.

For a religion predicated on tradition, the suppression of tradition makes no sense unless the goal is to change that religion fundamentally. By “unity,” the pope means universal acceptance of that project. He is demanding that all Catholics view uncritically changes that have obviously weakened the faith. If they don’t, they are “divisive.”

The pope, of course, embodies the very division that he claims to deplore. He is dividing Catholics at the deepest possible level — from Catholic tradition itself. A “unity” rooted in heterodoxy is a sham. As the modernist Church stumbles from scandal to scandal, he dares to hold it up as the model of Catholicism to which all must aspire. His latest act of ecclesiastical tyranny is nothing more than an attempt to extract from the most faithful Catholics a pledge of allegiance to that crumbling Church.

The spectacle of a pope disloyal to Catholic tradition issuing loyalty litmus tests is an outrageous one. By disregarding the authority of past popes, Francis erases his own. He is not solving crises but creating them so that his modernist revolution can be fulfilled. In the past, orthodox Catholics defended the pope from enemies of the faith. Now they must defend the faith from a pope who has shown himself repeatedly to be their enemy.

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1 Response to The Upside-Down Church

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Look folks it’s become abundantly clear and quite obvious that Bergoglio is against the Church that Jesus Christ Himself began and handed off to Saint Peter to fully establish! This fraud Pope is not unlike what we have for a Puppet POTUS controlled by the Radical Leftist’s here in America and they follow the same Agenda which is derived straight from the Evil One. Do I really need to make it any clearer than that; I hope I don’t have to, to the truly faithful, though some people need supportive illustration and so for them I attach my other posting for today! I believe this helps in confirming for at least myself but hopefully others, as to who are the individuals that are really to blame for the upheaval and depravation here in America; which axiomatically points out just how culpable Bergoglio and his cult followers are in the deterioration of the Catholic Church from within; just as it’s being done in America’s government!

    I quote; “The pope embodies the very division that he claims to deplore. He is dividing Catholics at the deepest possible level — from Catholic tradition itself.” catholicismpure.wordpress.com

    And that is exactly what Biden along with the whole Radical Leftist Marxist Democrat Gestapo Party is doing as well. I do see very well that they get their marching orders from the same source and we know it to be a very hot miserable place between nowhere and oblivion! And is it any surprise that Biden and Bergoglio are such good pals!

    https://lawrencemorra.com/2021/07/26/biden-is-now-complicit-in-gov-cuomos-nursing-home-coverup-us-congresswoman-stefanik/

    Again I quote; “The pope reveals the depth of his contempt for Catholic tradition and his desire to cement in place a modernist redefinition of Catholicism.” catholicismpure.wordpress.com

    I do agree, but, I think it’s safe for me to say that it goes much farther than that; in that, he is attempting to redefine the “Truth and Light of Jesus Christ Himself, overriding the Word of God! I think they call this blasphemy in theological terms! This man has taken a huge leap not of faith; but a walk on the wild side of earthly power and authority; thinking he is above “God’s will.” Like the fallen angels did!

    And these two excerpts size it up completely for me as to what is going on.

    “In order to take Catholicism out of Catholicism and turn it into an unspiritual and political quasi-religion, the modernists can’t abide any competition from the orthodox. Because the traditional Latin Mass movement was growing, particularly among young people and young priests, the pope had to kill it.” catholicismpure.wordpress.com

    “For a religion predicated on tradition, the suppression of tradition makes no sense unless the goal is to change that religion fundamentally. By “unity,” the pope means universal acceptance of that project. He is demanding that all Catholics view uncritically changes that have obviously weakened the faith. If they don’t, they are “divisive.” catholicismpure.wordpress.com

    “Divisive” is a word that Obama the most divisive President America has ever had, and then with all of the Leftist’s used that opportunity for the eight years he was in office to begin the dismantling process of this “Republic under God;” and now this latest lost in space “Leftist Communist” administration with the puppet mouthpiece states is something they have no intention of being accused of! As Biden said during his campaign that the plan was “inclusion and unity;” but we see the facts unfold of how the true dictator within him is arising to the occasion of destroying America; already there is discussion of striking the words “In God We Trust,” out of the Pledge of Allegiance and changing the Flag! Just like Bergoglio is doing on his pedestal attempting to tear down the Catholic Church as it has been known for thousands of years; to be replaced by of course a “modernist concoction geared toward politics and new world order control or dominance!” He is a very bad human being; this to me evil Bergoglio, just like Biden is; both usurping forces from hell!
    Lord have mercy. Amen.

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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