Pope Francis, with supreme bridge burning, claims that all those who offer or attend the Traditional Latin Mass are lost to ideology. It used to be that the word “ideology” was used quite exclusively for Marxism, Atheistic Communism, you know, the hammer and sickle mockery of God stuff, whereby people were tortured and killed by the hundreds of millions, Stalin, Mao et alii. But, I mean, like, see the picture above. Ideology is from the Father of Lies, Satan.
Ideology is that which is disconnected from reality, being merely one’s own singular idea that is projected onto everything and everyone regardless of inconsistencies and contradictions, egoism and arrogance, violence and the cancellation of life. Marx imposed his analysis of dialectical materialism so as to impose hatred of God, hatred of neighbor, hatred of self, killing everyone and destroying everything, inconsistent and contradictory to the One True God of Life, forbidding worship of God, forbidding conscience and individual rights. There is no softer version of ideology; it’s just a matter of how much violence you want to use to smash others down who do not share your ideology. It only gets more violent, ever darker, with no hope whatsoever.
Francis is saying that all those who offer or attend the TLM are now ideologues who must be stopped, and stopped now. Everything that was the pastoral intention of Pope Benedict XVI (which he misinterprets) has been (already past tense) transformed into ideology, no exceptions, all are ideologues, all men, women, youngsters, children, infants, sucklings at the breast, and they, as a group, must be stopped! After a “survey”, Francis said:
- “The concern that appeared the most was that something that was done to help pastorally those who have lived a previous experience [but not only! Summorum Pontificum of Benedict XVI 7 July 2007] was being transformed into ideology. That is, from a pastoral thing to ideology.”
“Was being transformed” = fait accompli. It’s all ideology, and all are ideologues.
- INTERVIEWER: “I don’t know if Pope Francis is a man who likes to bang his fist on the table. Would it be possible that the last blow on the table has been the pontifical document limiting the celebration of the ‘Tridentine Masses’? And I also ask you to explain to my audience what the ‘Tridentine Mass’ is, what is it about the Tridentine Mass that is not mandatory.”
- POPE FRANCIS: “I’m not one to bang on the table, I don’t get it. I’m rather shy. The history of Traditionis custodes is long. When first St. John Paul II—and later Benedict, more clearly with Summorum Pontificum—, gave this possibility of celebrating with the Missal of John XXIII (prior to that of Paul VI, which is post-conciliar) for those who did not feel good with the current liturgy, who had a certain nostalgia… [That’s not Benedict’s motivation] it seemed to me one of the most beautiful and human pastoral things of Benedict XVI, who is a man of exquisite humanity. And so it began. That was the reason. After three years he said that an evaluation had to be made. An evaluation was made, and it seemed that everything was going well. And it was fine. Ten years passed from that evaluation to the present (that is, thirteen years since the promulgation [of Summorum Pontificum]) and last year we saw with those responsible for Worship and for the Doctrine of the Faith that it was appropriate to make another evaluation of all the bishops of the world. And it was done. It lasted the whole year. Then the subject was studied and based on that, the concern that appeared the most was that something that was done to help pastorally those who have lived a previous experience was being transformed into ideology. That is, from a pastoral thing to ideology. So, we had to react [a dialectical usage there] with clear norms [clear=brutal, as in throwing Jesus out of His own church, off His own altar, part of his protocol]. Clear norms that put a limit to those who had not lived that experience [No. This kicked everyone in the face with extreme prejudice]. Because it seemed to be fashionable in some places that young priests would say, “Oh, no, I want…” [judging that this desire cannot be about Jesus, that these young priests cannot have pure motives, but only evil motives] and maybe they don’t know Latin they don’t know what it means [but it’s more likely they know Latin better than he does, and that’s his real fear]. And on the other hand, to support and consolidate Summorum Pontificum. [obliterating it, literally erasing it] I did more or less the outline, I had it studied and I worked, and I worked a lot, with traditionalist people of good sense. And the result was that pastoral care that must be taken, with some good limits. For example, that the proclamation of the Word be in a language that everyone understands; otherwise it would be like laughing at the Word of God [which just demonstrates how little he knows]. Little things. But yes, the limit is very clear. After this motu proprio, a priest who wants to celebrate that is not in the same condition as before—that it was for nostalgia, for desire, &c.— and so he has to ask permission from Rome. A kind of permission for bi-ritualism, which is given only by Rome. [Like] a priest who celebrates in the Eastern Rite and the Latin Rite, he is bi-ritual but with the permission of Rome. That is to say, until today, the previous ones continue but a little bit organized. Moreover, asking that there be a priest who is in charge not only of the liturgy but also of the spiritual life of that community. If you read the letter well and read the Decree well, you will see that it is simply a constructive reordering, with pastoral care and avoiding an excess by those who are not…” [[ You can read the rest at LifeSite]]
In Article 1 of Traditionis custodes Francis vaunts himself as the great ideologue, destroying the Lex orandi, the Law of Prayer, the Sacrifice of Jesus at the Last Supper united with Calvary regardless of the rite, saying that that Sacrifice of the Mass at the Traditional Mass is no longer valid, and therefore is no longer valid as a source for the Lex credendi, the Law of believing. We believe that which we are presented in the Holy Sacrifice of Jesus. But if Pope Francis says this is not valid for one rite, then it is invalid for all rites. Therefore, he can come up with whatever “faith” he wants to invent by way of a dialoguing Church, which he is now founding with the Synod on Synods. Let’s see… who’s the ideologue?
For myself, the TLM has bolstered my priesthood. The TLM has pointed me very directly to Jesus and His Sacrifice, in Mass, outside of Mass. For me, this has everything to do with Jesus. For Pope Francis, it has nothing to do with Jesus.