- We’re not against the person of Pope Francis. We just don’t know what he means about anything.
- “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Nobody’s against the person of Pope Francis. That’s a straw-man. Fake news by breathless fraudsters.
And do you see what they did there? They’ve made religion all about a human being who is as fallen as all the rest of us. “Pope Francis is god! Pope Francis is god! Pope Francis is god!” they shriek.
But actually, the whole time, of course, religion is a virtue of justice, having us render to Almighty God that which is His due from His creatures who have free will: obedience, and now, obedience unto death.
Jesus is the One. Jesus is the only One.
But the anti-Christs insist that Pope Francis is one, the only one. They never speak of Jesus. They are merely political, centered on this world only, the power of brow-beating believers into submission.
The problem for the anti-Christs is that believers are remaining believers. The anti-Christs are afraid. Very afraid. “What is to be done with believers? We can no longer control them. How can we put them down, stop them, those wretched believers?!” So, the high priests and the liberal-ass Sadducees who were all part of the good ol’ boys club at the public jail, of course (Acts 5:17-41 nab)…
- Then the high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” When they heard this, they went to the temple early in the morning and taught. When the high priest and his companions arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin, the full senate of the Israelites, and sent to the jail to have them brought in. But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison, so they came back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked and the guards stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” When they heard this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss about them, as to what this would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people.” Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them in, but without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the people. When they had brought them in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders [did we not?] to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
- But Peter and the apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
- When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the men to be put outside for a short time, and said to them, “Fellow Israelites, be careful what you are about to do to these men. Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed, and all those who were loyal to him were disbanded and came to nothing. After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census. He also drew people after him, but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered. So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” They were persuaded by him.
- After recalling the apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
These days, Canon Law is cited to the effect that if any believer expresses his belief in, say, the worship of God instead of demon idols, or, say, in the necessity of a firm purpose of amendment instead of the ongoing lackadaisical “accompaniment” of sin, or, say, that the image of God is man/woman/marriage/family as we read in Genesis, then one is said to be fomenting hatred and violence against the Pope.
What a bunch of idiots. We’re not against the person of the Pope. It would be beautiful and wonderful and all for the greater glory and honor of God if the Holy Father were to strengthen his brethren in the faith. I pray to that end also for the benefit of the eternal soul of Pope Francis.
If these idiots want us to follow Pope Francis’ ever action and every word, they we have to know what every action and every word means. As it is, we’re just trying to figure out the ambiguity. If one has to agree with the ever-changing, ever-contradictory, ever-inconsistent, ever ambiguous opinions of Francis and, much more importantly, of all the Francis-pundits from one moment to the next, even then they won’t like you. You have to scream: “Pope Francis! Pope Francis! Pope Francis!” and then while reading the commentary of Maximum Beans in the National Catholic Reporter, also scream: “Maximum Beans! Maximum Beans! Maximum Beans!” you know, that reporter extraordinaire at that minor synodesque meeting of thugs in Chicago. I say thugs because no believers were invited.
2. We’re not against Vatican Council II. We just don’t know what it is.
And nobody’s rejecting Vatican Council II for that matter. Even those who say that they reject Vatican II aren’t rejecting “it” because, actually, they cannot define what “it” is. How do you reject something without knowing it to be a thing, like, “It’s a thing.” It’s not. It’s amorphous, ambiguous, inconsistent, contradictory. And if anyone says anything whether or not in line with the likes of Maximum Beans, one is still condemned for saying what it is that Vatican II is, like it was rigid, something you can cite, lean on. You cannot. It’s all about the “spirit”. And how is that defined? Better, how is it that one becomes the perfect sycophant of Maximum Beans? And is that what it’s all about, being praised by Maximum Beans?
I pray for Pope Francis. I offer Holy Mass for Pope Francis. I pray for a Council that will fearlessly confirm the brethren in the faith. How about that for a change?
I bet there are people that are really angry that I offer Holy Mass for Pope Francis, wondering what language and what rite at what location I offer Holy Mass, not at all thankful that I offer Mass for Pope Francis. If we spoke about Holy Mass we would be speaking about Jesus. And one cannot speak of Jesus. I mean, you know what Jesus said: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Need I go on?