“Pilgrims with Mary… But which Mary? A teacher of the spiritual life, the first to follow Jesus on the ‘narrow way’ of the cross by giving us an example, or a Lady ‘unapproachable’ and impossible to imitate? A woman ‘blessed because she believed’ always and everywhere in God’s words (cf. Lk 1:42.45), or a ‘plaster statue’ from whom we beg favours at little cost? The Virgin Mary of the Gospel, venerated by the Church at prayer, or a Mary of our own making: one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God; one sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge; one more merciful than the Lamb slain for us?
Let’s take a closer look at that which Francis clearly rejects:
A Lady “unapproachable” and impossible to imitate…
In other words, woe to those who believe that Our Lady “is to be venerated as something extraordinary, wonderful, eminently holy, and different from the conception of all other human beings” (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus).
A “plaster statue” from whom we beg favours at little cost…
In other words, woe to those who, like “our forebears, receive venerable images of Our Lady with deepest respect and who venerate them with magnificent honors; and their descendants, emulating their piety, continuing to cherish these images as highly sacred treasures” (cf Pope Leo XIII, Adiutricem).
One who restrains the arm of a vengeful God; one sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge; one more merciful than the Lamb slain for us…
In other words, woe to those who believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary “stands near the throne of God and when, because of men’s sins, He is about to submerge the world in a deluge of scourges, like a rainbow of peace she appears in His presence and appeases His wrath” (St. Antoninus of Florence).
In sum, Woe to those who believe and behave as Catholics always have.
If nothing else, Francis is consistent.
So, who is the Bergoglian “Mary”?
It is the woman that he described standing at the foot of the Cross as follows:
“She was silent, but in her heart, how many things told the Lord! ‘You, that day, this and the other that we read, you had told me that he would be great, you had told me that you would have given him the throne of David, his forefather, that he would have reigned forever and now I see him there!’ Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!’”
For all intents and purposes, the Bergoglian “Mary” is the Mary of the Protestants; an honorable but otherwise ordinary woman.
As such, no one can be surprised that he made a mockery of Our Lady at Fatima. We knew that he would, and we can be entirely certain that – barring a truly miraculous conversion – he will continue mocking her, denigrating those who are faithful to tradition, blaspheming Our Blessed Lord, and uttering all manner of heresies.
With every passing day, it seems, we are given yet another reason to ponder the most pressing question facing, not just the Church, but indeed all of humankind:
In what sense is this man even Catholic?