I love Pope Francis. I pray and I fast for him often, and I’m grateful to Our Lord for the great gift that is the exalted office that he occupies.
I’m also ashamed of Pope Francis, embarrassed by his puerile antics, and sickened by his unwillingness to “sentire cum ecclesia,” to think and feel with the Church.
On the afternoon of 13 March 2013, like countless millions of other Catholics the world over, I was on my knees in hopeful prayer watching television in anticipation of meeting the man chosen to be the 266th Holy Roman Pontiff; the pope who would take up the Benedictine restoration with renewed vigor.
Tears came to my eyes as the doors to the balcony at St. Peters opened at long last and the Cardinal Protodeacon, Jean-Louis Tauran, emerged to announce, “habemus papam!”
As he continued, “Eminentissium ac Reverendissium Dominum, Dominum Georgium Marium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum,” a friend turned to me and asked, “Who is it?”
I had to admit that I really didn’t know anything about the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as we watched him walk out onto the balcony looking as if he hadn’t been given enough time to properly vest for the momentous occasion.
“Dear brothers and sisters,” the new pope said. “Good evening.”
From there, it quickly became clear that the Holy Catholic Church was in for a rough ride.
“You know the work of the conclave is to give a bishop to Rome,” he said with a laugh, “It seems as if my brother cardinals went to find him from the end of the earth.”
Really, I thought? That’s why the entire world is watching?
Those words were at once disturbing and ominous, but also eerily familiar and for good reason; they had all but been plagiarized from his Polish predecessor, who upon his own introduction to the world said:
“And now the eminent cardinals have called a new bishop of Rome. They have called him from a far country…”
Though it would take some months to become clear to me, this was the first sign that Francis very deliberately intended to take up the mantle, not of Benedict XVI, but of John Paul II.
In October, I wrote:
A limited review of Redemptor Hominis is sufficient to demonstrate that the pontificate of Pope Francis is not so much a break from Benedict as it is a return, a rather aggressive return, to the task of implementing the conciliar aggiornamento in all of its necrotizing glory, in particular as conceived in the vision of Pope John Paul II.
In the process, the image that emerges is one of kindred spirits; two men unshakably committed to the idea that the Council was the dawn of a new beginning; each one so heavily influenced by a personalist theology that the mission of converting the nations to Christ and His Holy Catholic Church comfortably gives way to a desire to simply accompany their fellow men upon whatever path they may have chosen, content to assume that the Spirit is active in leading humankind along many and diverse ways, which for those who but follow their conscience, ultimately converge in God, a concept closely allied with the Teilhardian theory of evolution toward the “Omega Point.”
Even so, in the case of the former thespian and consummate performer John Paul II, the “Bishop of Rome” crack from the balcony of St. Peter’s was intended as a set-up for what followed.
“I don’t know if I can make myself clear in your… in our Italian language. If I make a mistake, you will correct me,” he said in an attempt to ingratiate himself to the Roman faithful, well aware that he was the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years.
For Francis, by contrast, the “bishop of Rome” comment was far more than just the segue to a punchline; rather, it was the opening act for the humility-on-display spectacle that continues right up to this day.
In any event, mere moments after reducing the “work of the conclave” to a practical service rendered to the Diocese of Rome, Francis bowed his head and asked for the crowd’s prayers, like an alcoholic father asking his children to help him overcome his addiction.
At this, the pit in my stomach had turned into full blown nausea as it seemed all but obvious that dawning right before my very eyes was a pontificate that would prove to be far more a chastisement than a blessing.
Oh, how I wish I could say that I was wrong, but alas I was not…
And so here I sit ashamed, embarrassed and sickened by the awareness that a day will come, if God willing the Church should happen to emerge from the present darkness, when future generations will look back on the present pontificate and ask, “Who was this clown?”
When I ran the video, Google ads gave me an ad superimposed below the screen, “Do you want to be a minister, take courses online to study at home!”
The disgrace is consummated….Freemasonry in league with scandal to disperse the flock….
[Reposting this comment because it is all the more relevant here.]
Hi Louie. Knowing how much you dislike the silly can’t-we-all-just-get-along “coexist” motto, I thought you would be interested to know that the Vatican now seems to be officially endorsing that message. At least Vatican Radio (you know — the Vatican’s version of NPR) has posted a “coexist” banner on an article promoting the “inter-religious soccer match for peace”.
If that is not enough to raise your eyebrows and give you indigestion and spontaneously begin to recite a Hail Mary, then there is also the promotional cartoon featuring bergoglio and a(nother) clown named Plim Plim.
Can bergoglio lunch boxes be far behind?
I respectfully disagree with Mr V here:
“Benedictine restoration”? What “restoration”? A lull in the conciliar revolution perhaps, but can one call that a “restoration”?
Fidel Castro once said (apparently, I heard this in a sermon from an SSPX priest shortly after the election of Francis) that continuing with a revolution is like riding in a bicycle – if you start to slow down too much you fall over, Well, apparently, they decided that the revolution was slowing down too much with B XVI, and they had to replace him with someone who would pedal again with renewed vigor and enthusiasm towards that utopian “omega point” of the “civilization of love” preached by JP II “The Great”. And they had the perfect man for the job – Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
They just don’t realize that the revolution has the seeds of its own destruction within it, both material and spiritual.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the new entrance hymn for the New Order Mass is “Send in the Clowns”. Also, has anyone heard if (or when?) Bergoglio will be participating in the Ice Bucket challenge. Maybe what he needs is a bucket of ice water thrown over him to wake him up from his apparent stupor.
God helps all- He really is a buffoono. He loves the world and the world loves a CLOWN.
Dear Louie. I have learned more about the Plim Plim clown character and have written a new article titled “Plim Plim the occult magic clown (and bergoglio’s friend)”:
bergoglio could not have chosen a more anti-Catholic mascot for his “inter-religious soccer match for peace” than Plim Plim the magic clown.
Here is some of what I found.
When Sri Sri Ravi Shankar penned the Universal Declaration of Human Values and presented it in the United Nations a few years ago, he could hardly have imagined that his teachings would inspire two Argentina-based media professionals to create an animated series for television.
“Guruji said it was necessary that a new hero was born — a hero who should leave behind violence and embrace the flag of human values,” Claudio Pousada, the director of the series, told DNA recently. “So Plim Plim the Clown, A Hero of the Heart was born, with those characteristics. Each chapter is based on the Declaration of Human Values. Additionally, every character represents the layers of existence as Sri Sri has described it.”
Putting a red ball on his nose to support a charity and make people laugh, is harder to take because we know he rejected wearing the red Papal shoes, that remind us of the blood of Christ and the martyrs. It’s no sin to smile, but it’s bizarre to see so much grinning despite the weighty responsibility for the salvation of souls that accompanies the one who sits on the Chair of Peter-especially with sin so rampant, and so many people in immanent danger of losing their lives and souls.
St. Clement also reigned as Pope during a very tumultuous time– 92-99 A.D, and a letter he wrote to the Corinthians, demonstrates the kind of serious dedication, and preaching he did, that are sorely needed today-as opposed to the Chuckle and “Coexist” mentality : He wrote:
“Let us fix our thoughts on the blood of Christ; and reflect how precious that blood is in God’s eyes, .Its outpouring for our salvation opened the grace of repentance to all mankind.
Survey the generations of the past– in every one- the Lord offered the chance of repentance to any who were willing to turn to him. When Noah preached repentance, those who gave heed were saved. After Jonah proclaimed destruction to the people of Niniveh, they repented of their sins and made atonement to God with prayers and supplications, obtained their salvation… All those ministers of the grace of God have spoken, through the Holy Spirit, of repentance. ”
“The very Lord of all Himself has spoken of it…It is not the sinner’s death that I desire, so much as his repentance; “Repent, O house of Israel, and turn from your wickedness.” … Thus, by His own almighty will, he has confirmed his desire that repentance should be open to every one of his beloved. Let us bow, then, to that sovereign and glorious will.”
If we heard a lot more of that kind of talk, the occasional photo-op for charity-might not be so hard to take.
Constant compromise with evil. Words are not adequate to describe the utter desolation.
Teamwork? Respect for environment? Smiles for sick kids? Charity for the poor? What in heaven’s name is going on…I thought this was a concert to promote *peace* and *tolerance* an end to *bigotry against Christians.* So the proceeds went to a school for inter-religious dialogue? And nothing for the underground railroad trying to get victims out of there. What a sham!!! How different is this from Nero dressing up in his armor, rolling around in his chariot, burning Christians for sport and having an after-party with the elite.
What to do when a so-called ‘pope’ teaches against papal fidelity – undeniable – when he refused Palmer’s desire to ‘convert’ he declared the unnecessity of fidelity with Peter as any true pope would know it (likewise Wojtyla with his assisi obsessions). Like Mundabor often says; if the Church was right then, it is right now. Therefore, what they have created now is wrong and is not Church.
It is not nice to denigrate clowns. The professional ones perform a very useful service. They work very hard to hone and perfect their distraction and entertainment skills to fulfill their mission….to save performers from injury. Would that PF1 have the same attitude for his Job1…”Save Souls”. Clearly, pretentious and banal comments, interviews and directives are more indicative of shallowness rather than holiness. There has been nothing to indicate that the march of the banal will not continue. God Help Us.
Happily the Church is stable. She is not a mess – She could not, would not, will never preach, ‘Make a mess’ (direct quote ‘pope francis’ – 2013). She is not a place of shifting sands or arrogant ex-Catholics inventing an ideology within which all and sundry are “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the wickedness of men, by cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive.” The Church is not a wolf, and God is not a fiend that He should demand we follow wolves (or clowns) in His name.
Is this what you had in mind?
The next frontier crossed: “Pontifical Low Mass”.
Groovy chasuble, man. 😉
One for the “obviously obvious” category: Feminism ruins lives.
Link here: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/mallorymillett/marxist-feminisms-ruined-lives/
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill.
Nuff said. 😉
And in the ” Just say no to N.O.” category, this…
“Sadly the Novus Ordo has become the flag waved by those who follow the destroying ‘spirit’ of Vatican II, though it is a spirit which actually stands in contradiction to the texts of Vatican II rather than in harmony with them. To justify the following of this ‘destructive spirit’ and the promotion of the Missanormativa, many engaged in the destruction of the integrity of the Traditional Form and those who held to it.”
The devil makes them do it!
Join the LCWR and see the world?
Link here via Pew Sitter: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=868
“Many of the women who are nuns today joined the vocation because it was a way to become highly educated, travel the world and dedicate themselves to a higher good without being beholden to a husband or children.
Young women today can do that with a passport and a Kickstarter account.”
Sounds very similar to the explanations that the former Polish KGB agents used after the fall of communism.
To anyone who thinks of wavering because some well-intentioned prelates say God would not allow His True Church to appear as “unstable” or a “mess” for a time, or allow his sheep to suffer through leaders who make that “mess” worse….-Today’s Liturgy of Hours reminds us that Jesus Himself prophesied this very thing. (2nd reading-Office of readingstaken from Origen’s Commentary on John’s Gospel (Tomus 10, 20: PG 14, 370-371) For the Church to be “rebuilt” and the body to be “raised up” She first must appear to be destroyed and dead, just as Jesus did before His resurrection
“.. Jesus meant the Jews in this episode to stand for sensual men and those desirous of carnal and sensual things. -angry at His expulsion of the people who were turning his Father’s house into a market- they asked for a sign to justify these actions. He says, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
“..both the temple and the body of Jesus can be seen together as a type of the Church. -built of living stones;- becoming a spiritual dwelling for a holy priesthood, on the foundations of apostles and prophets, with Christ as its chief cornerstone. Hence it bears the name “temple”. -it is written: You are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. Thus even the harmonious alignment of the stones should seem to be destroyed and fragmented and, as described in the twenty-first psalm, all the bones which go to make up Christ’s body should seem to be scattered by insidious attacks in persecutions or times of trouble, or by those who in days of persecution undermine the unity of the temple, nevertheless the temple will be rebuilt and the body will rise again on the third day, after the day of evil which threatens it and the day of consummation which follows.”
“For the third day will dawn upon a new heaven and a new earth when these bones that form the whole house of Israel are raised up on that great day of the Lord, when death has been defeated. So the resurrection of Christ, accomplished after his suffering on the cross, embraces the mystery of the resurrection of his whole body.” https://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_article/221/Christ_s_Body__a_Temple__Origen.html
p.s. It seems obvious to us that those stones are being attacked and fragmented in our time, and we are called to live through this in truth- denouncing the errors we hear and see around us. Beyond that, we await the fulfillment of the Fatima prophecy which promises the “late” Consecration of Russia, the conversion of that poor nation, and a time of Peace.
Not a peace based on a world united in its desire to ignore truth while planting olives trees and meeting for sports and art events, but a peace based on acceptance of the one and only Messiah, Jesus Christ the King, and His and our holy Mother, Mary, the Queen of peace..
Dear Louie. Sorry to keep coming back to bergoglio’s ridiculous occult clown friend, but I thought you would want to know that the original version of the Plim Plim “coexist” banner contained the pentagram symbol for wicca/pagan satanism as the dot to the letter ‘i’. This was doctored up for the Vatican Radio version with a cute little heart replacing the satanic pentagram.
Claro que sí!
Here is a link to an interesting article written by a reader of another blog:
The blogger at call me jorge has been busy so here is a direct link to his blog post containing a link to the article: