It has been suggested to me that it may be helpful to pare down my less-than-exhaustive observations on the Holy Father’s interview to a simple list of the 10 takeaways, so they can be more easily shared, and read, along with an invitation to explore the much longer supporting text at another time. I agree. There’s something to be said for bullet points and brevity. (Not my gift.)
1. Pope Francis is very uncomfortable wielding authority.
2. As a result, this is a pope who is determined to seek refuge in the conciliar invention known as “collegiality.”
3. Pope Francis’ unwillingness to take up the mantle of Christ’s authority as vested in the Roman Pontiff has a profound, adverse, effect on his ecclesiology.
4. Perhaps this is why Pope Francis seems to imagine that a certain dichotomy, or at the very least, a noteworthy tension, exists between orthodoxy and orthopraxy; belief and practice; doctrine and spirituality.
5. Pope Francis apparently sees a Church that the overwhelming majority of the faithful have never experienced.
6. This pope, like his immediate predecessors, is utterly determined not to allow “the facts on the ground” to interfere with his view of the Second Vatican Council.
7. Pope Francis’ determination to praise Vatican II, and to treat it as if it alone constitutes the fullness of sure doctrine, has engendered in him an open hostility toward those who dare to embrace the doctrine of the faith as it was taught and lived prior to the confusion that was ushered in by the conciliar innovations, firstly, with regard to liturgy.
8. Pope Francis’ hostility toward traditional Catholics also has roots in his compromised ecclesiology.
9. Pope Francis appears to believe that Catholic teaching must be adapted to humankind, not vice versa. Likewise, he believes that Church teaching does not form the man; rather, the man forms the teaching.
10. Pope Francis is a modernist.
We must us fast and pray much for this Holy Father, that he may, by the grace of God, govern the Church according to His will.
Agree absolutely, the interview revealed so much of his modernist thinking. I just don’t think the commentaries of Fr Z and others which seek to place his thought into an orthodox mould are convincing. Better to read Francis the modernist through Francis the modernist, then you see the pattern fall into place. I am just waiting now to see where he takes us next and I think we are going to see more seriously disturbing developments before the year is out.
I hope I am not in error to be very wary of this pope, because i am becoming increasingly untrusting. I respect his position and athority in the church, but there have been questionable popes before. It’s the vaugeness. Did I mean this or did I mean that? You decide! Heck, have a nice dialogue about it! I was born in 1972. I have not known anything different, yet I am sick to my stomach with this feel good, dialogue, nicey nice culture. Talking things out is fine, but you MUST proclaim the truth! When someone knows how the secular media is going to interpret a statement, yet they are vaugue anyway, it really makes you wonder. Saint Michael, pray for us and protect us.
I concur with your analysis.