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A note on time-lines: While in feverish preparation for the Amazon Synod and the world-wide promotion of idol worship of the most blood-thirsty idol-goddess (Pachamama) and the release of the Wuhan virus and then it’s papal sanctioned abortion-tainted fake-remedies, Pope Francis decided that it was a perfect time to reject the Immaculate Conception. Here’s the essential paragraph of the Pope’s address to the employees of the Holy See and Vatican City State in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Friday, 21 December 2018:
- “So who is happy in the crib? Our Lady and Saint Joseph are full of joy: they look at the Child Jesus and are happy because, after a thousand worries, they have welcomed this Gift of God, with so much faith and so much love. They are “overflowing” with holiness and therefore with joy. And you will tell me: of course! They are Our Lady and St. Joseph! Yes, but we don’t think it was easy for them: saints are not born, they are made, and this is also true for them.”
That’s true for Saint Joseph, who was sanctified post-reception of original sin, and also daily saying yes to God’s grace in difficult circumstances. Dearest Mary also daily saying yes to God’s grace in difficult circumstances grew in sanctification throughout her life, but was sanctified at the moment of her conception, never tainted with original sin or, for that matter, any personal sin later in life. Meanwhile, John the Baptist was in reception of original sin in his conception, but was freed from this before his birth during the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth.
Here’s the deal: I’m not judging the soul of Pope Francis. I don’t see his soul. I don’t have the beatific vision. I have no standard of comparison by which, by Whom to judge that which I cannot see. But I must, we must judge that which is presented on the outside. It’s judging external matters: is this statement consonant with the truth or is it not? I’m not judging the soul of the guy who’s driving against traffic in my lane, but I am judging what is external, that he is going to cause a head-on-collision and I need to make a judgment about external circumstances in order to avoid him. If Pope Francis rejects the Immaculate Conception, I’m not going to judge his soul, but I am going to judge that what he says is incorrect.
By the way, just to be clear: Just because I criticize something that the Pope says doesn’t mean that I am against him personally. No. I’m not judging his soul, merely what he presents externally.
There is probably no one in the world who prays more for Pope Francis than myself.
How can I be so sure of that? Because I not only very frequently include Pope Francis in public prayers, and not only in the Roman Canon of Holy Mass (the Eucharistic Prayer), but also and primarily because I offer Holy Mass for him. No other intentions. Just him. A lot. Who does that? I do. I offered Holy Mass for him on none other than 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. That Holy Mass was the main parish Mass in the parish church at 12:00 PM. Yes.
P.S. For the second year in a row, Pope Francis cancelled the traditional pilgrimage to the other side of the Tiber River to the statue of the Immaculate Conception at the Spanish Steps. Then he secretly went there just after 6:00 AM, just to make sure no one was there. Is this because of Covid? Let’s take a look at this picture, taken just days before 8 December 2021, that is, 1 December 2021:
Lots of masks and social distancing there, yes sir-ee, sooooo careful!
And yet he brutally smashes down everyone in Vatican City and on his trips to ensure everyone gets the abortion-tainted fake-vaccine. Taking that vaccine is like taking a machete to the wombs of Mary and Elizabeth, extracting Jesus and John, taking out their organs, murdering, researching, developing and testing babies-as-cash-cows for what? Big-Pharma?
And that‘s how the Pope confirms his brethren in the faith?
Tell us, Pope Francis, why is it that Mary and Joseph are joyful?
Answer: because they escaped from you.
On 13 December 2021, I put up the above post about Pope Francis dissing the Immaculate Conception. I did that based on a Christmas address to the workers of the Holy See / Vatican City State. Just before Mass, I saw some alarming comments in the moderation queue. With no time to answer them I just took the post down until such time as I could take a closer look. It’s surprising to see – from my stats program (now with fully eight algorithms – how very many can break into the admin section of the blog and take a look at what’s going down behind the scenes despite otherwise impossible passwords. There were three comments rolling in from the same troll:
- (1) This is a flat out lie. Pope francis over and over has AFFIRMED the IC. Just do a one minute google of Pope Francis Immaculate conception. It’s easy so you are culpable.
- (2) Those who bear false witness should not receive communion until they repent.
The third comment was filled with proof texts of his Google search. Just below I’ll take a look at just those proof texts that he himself provided.
Before doing that I should like to note that much of that post above was about not judging the soul of Pope Francis or anyone else for that matter, but that we must judge what someone presents, particularly the Pope, so as to understand if what is presented is in accord with the faith… or not. This is an obligation of the faithful inasmuch as any of us is able to do this in our daily circumstances.
Meanwhile, I was judged as guilty of mortal sin, condemned, unable to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and receive Holy Communion (see (2) above). Hmm… It sets my heart to palpitations. Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Palpitations, edition)
Alright, let’s jump into to this guy’s Google search. I gotta think that there’s more than this across the years, and there is a risk that he’s cherry picked these as proof-texts, but that’s fine with me. There’s more at play when it comes to clear teaching, such as the correct maxim: “Bonum ex integra causa sed malum ex quocumque defectu.” A thing is good if it is integrally so but it is evil by whatever defect. So, we already have a defect as presented in the original post above. But let’s see if there are any more provided by the troll himself. I’ll assume he is sincere and did not provide skewed texts:
- 2015 – Today the Feast of the Immaculate Conception leads us to contemplate Our Lady who, by unique privilege, was preserved from original sin from the very moment of her conception. Even living in a world marked by sin, she was not touched by it: Mary is our sister in suffering, but not in evil or in sin. Instead, evil was conquered in her even before deflowering her, because God had filled her with grace (cf. Lk 1:28). The Immaculate Conception signifies that Mary is the first one to be saved by the infinite mercy of the Father, which is the first fruit of salvation which God wills to give to every man and woman, in Christ. For this reason the Immaculate One has become the sublime icon of the divine mercy which conquered sin. Today, at the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy, we want to look to this icon with trusting love and to contemplate her in all her splendour, emulating her faith.
- [My comment: Sounds great! Yay! But my question is about the timing of the Immaculate Conception. Does “conception” mean, you know, when sperm enters egg and FLASH, there is conception, there is life? Pope Francis is ambiguous about when conception occurs. Think not?Let’s continue with his other comments. But keep this on the back burner…]
- 2019 – Today we celebrate the solemnity of Mary Immaculate, which takes place within the context of Advent, a time of expectation: God will accomplish what he promised. But on today’s feast day we are told that something has already been accomplished, in the person and the life of the Virgin Mary. Today we consider the beginning of this fulfilment, which is even before the birth of the Mother of the Lord. In fact, her immaculate conception leads us to that precise moment when Mary’s life began to palpitate in her mother’s womb: already there was the sanctifying love of God, preserving her from the contagion of evil that is the common inheritance of the human family.
- [So, we are narrowing down on the time frame of the Immaculate Conception: before birth. So, sometime in those nine months between what science calls conception and her birth. Let’s see: Pope Francis has it that the Immaculate Conception takes place at the time of… of… palpitation. Seriously? This recalls the heart-beat anti-abortion legislation which limits abortion to a time before palpitation, because the legislature cannot yet get this limitation all the way back to actual conception. At this point, review statement at the very top of this post from 2018, where it seems that sanctification for Mary is what happens after birth.]
- 2020 Today’s liturgical feast celebrates one of the wonders of the history of salvation: the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. Even she was saved by Christ, but in an extraordinary way, because God wanted that the mother of his Son not be touched by the misery of sin from the moment of conception. And thus, for the entire course of her earthly life, Mary was free from any stain of sin, she was “full of grace” (Lk 1:28), as the angel called her. She was favoured by a unique action of the Holy Spirit so as to always remain in perfect relationship with her Son, Jesus. Indeed, she was Jesus’ disciple: his Mother and disciple. But there was no sin in her.
- [So, this adds nothing to the previous weirdness about conception taking place… um… long after conception… you know… as “the thing” for those pre-palpitation weeks wasn’t, like, alive.]
- 2021 The angel calls her “full of grace”. If she is full of grace, it means Our Lady is void of evil: she is without sin, Immaculate. Now, at the angel’s greeting, Mary — the text says — is “greatly troubled” (Lk 1:29). She is not only surprised, but troubled. To receive grand greetings, honours and compliments sometimes brings the risk of provoking pride and presumption. Let us recall that Jesus is not gentle with those who go in search of greetings in the squares, adulation, visibility (cf. Lk 20:46). Mary, instead, does not exalt herself, but is troubled; rather than feeling pleased, she feels amazement. The angel’s greeting seemed too grand for her. Why? Because she feels “little” within, and this littleness, this humility attracts God’s eyes.
- [Again, this adds no nuance to the timeline as to whether Mary’s conception takes place at… conception… or just sometime before birth, like at palpitation.]
Just to be clear: Pope Francis is trolling the Immaculate Conception. I find that disgusting. I am indignant. It’s certainly necessary to correct the record: Mary is perfectly transformed in grace from the first scientific moment of her conception, you know, the whole Joachim and Anne thing. Get it? Not at palpitation or sometime before or even after birth: at her conception.
Let’s review: Bonum ex integra causa, malum ex quocumque defectu. A thing is good if it is integrally good, but is evil if it suffers any defect whatsoever. Pope Francis is increasingly less ambiguous. His clarity of defect is becoming ever more integral. Say a good thing, say a bad thing, say a good thing, say a bad thing, say a good thing, say a bad thing… The kids don’t like it:
You know, like on the plane: In one breath: abortion is like hiring a sicario (a hitman); in the next breath: giving pro-abort-politicos Communion is a pastoral decision by pastors who cannot be mistaken in pastoral decisions. That means abortion is just fine. That means that the Most Blessed Sacrament means nothing. What a crock.
Pope Francis needs to be called out. This is for his own good.
To “protect” Pope Francis from being called out is not for his own good.