Modern Pontifical Rhetoric and the Confusion of the Masses
“And I will break the pride of your stubbornness: and I will make to you the heaven above as iron, and the earth as brass.”– Leviticus 26:19
I used to write long and detailed essays about Francis, in order to inform readers about his past as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina– and what the world could expect from him. Click on this LINK for the FRANCIS archive– and you’ll see what I mean. This link is also available on the top Menu of this website.
Sadly, just about everything I said would happen during Francis’s reign in the Vatican has happened. I’ve written so much about him– so, at this point my readers should not expect longform blog posts whenever I decide to comment on his latest activities or pronouncements.
I began to cover Francis from the moment he first stood on the Loggia, as he greeted the enthusiastic faithful in St. Peter’s square–many of whom had no clue who he was, even though he had just been elected to sit on the Chair of Peter. Read FRANCIS: Jorge Mario Bergoglio– a Jesuit from the “end of the world” may end up taking you there.
Today, I couldn’t help reading about his interview on the return flight to Rome from Fátima’s 100th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady. His statements require commentary, in order to stop the bewilderment of the masses!
The following quote on homosexual “marriage” and abortion was obtained from CruxNow.
Finally, the pope was asked about the recent adoption of gay marriage and the decriminalization of abortion in once-Catholic Portugal.
“There are zones, in Italy and Latin America, for example, in which many people are Catholic and at the same time anti-clerical and priest-eaters,” he said, using a colloquial Italian term, mangiapreti.
“It worries me, but I say to priests that it’s clericalism that drives people away,” he said. “Clericalism is a plague in the Church.”
Let’s examine the meaning of clericalism:
Clericalism is the application of the formal, church-based, leadership or opinion of ordained clergy in matters of either the church or broader political and sociocultural import.
The brandishing of the term “clericalism” has caused much confusion. Criticism of clericalism was the basis of Karl Marx’s rejection of religion as the “opiate of the masses.” Marxists inside the Church, such as those active in Liberation Theology (which Francis has enthusiastically welcomed in the Vatican), love to throw and slap around the term “clericalism.” But ministerial clericalism, as long as it is respectful of Church teachings, is not a problem. Clericalism is only a problem when it involves abuse of power, as in the infestation of pederast priests– which accounts for over 85% of sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church.
Pederast priests and prelates are predatory homosexual men who engage in sex with prepubescent and adolescent boys, and who often use their clerical power to intimidate and silence their victims.
So while this horrific crime of pederasty, intimidation and cover-up continues to destroy the lives of young Catholic boys and their families, Francis is criticizing holy priests who refuse to remain silent on abortion and homosexual “marriage”– and accuses them of “clericalism”? Look out! That’s a semantic manipulation that confuses the average unsuspecting Catholic.
Homosexuality and the murder of helpless unborn babies (abortion) are strictly forbidden by the Catholic Church. These are GRAVE sins that go against our most sacred laws. As such, the responsibility of a priest is to denounce evil, according to the teachings of the Church– and to guide his flock, by word and deed!
Detoxify your brain from this Marxist indoctrination. Read LONGINQUA - THE ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON CATHOLICISM IN THE UNITED STATES
So… Is Francis trying to circumvent the teachings of great Saints and Doctors of the Church, like St. Peter Damian, who vigorously denounced sodomy as an evil act?
Are priests being reprimanded by Francis for speaking out against evil acts– for fear of being accused of “clericalism”?
Since Francis has such disdain for clericalism, and the bad form of clericalism is abuse of power– why doesn’t Francis give Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles the pink slip for “clerical abuse”– given his cover up of the sexual abuse of so many boys at the hands of pederast priests at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles?
Have you examined Mahony’s court records, dear reader? It’s devastating!
The same goes for other prelates who have a sordid history of pederasty cover-ups. There are ongoing pederasty scandals in the Catholic Church in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.
For the love of God and children– enough is enough!
Keep your eyes on the ball and don’t let Francis’s rhetoric confuse you!
A SKY OF IRON AND AN EARTH OF BRASS
St. Peter Damian condemned homosexuality in his famous Book of Gomorrah, which I quote below from the acclaimed translation by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman (available on Amazon):
“Certainly, this vice, which surpasses the savagery of all other vices, is to be compared to no other. For this vice is the death of bodies, the destruction of souls, pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the intellect, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, introduces diabolical inciter of lust, throws into confusion, and removes the truth completely from the deceived mind… It befouls everything, it stains everything, it pollutes everything, and for itself it permits nothing pure, nothing foreign to filth, nothing clean.
This vice eliminates men from the ecclesiastical assembly and compels them to pray with those who are possessed and oppressed by the devil. It separates the soul from God, to unite with the demons… And what more shall I say? Since indeed it expels every cornerstone of the virtues from the court of the human heart…
Undoubtedly, whomever this most atrocious beast devours once with its cruel jaws, it binds from all good works and unleashes in every chasm of the most evil depravity. Whenever anyone falls into this abyss of most extreme perdition, he is exiled from the heavenly homeland, separated from the body of Christ, confounded by the authority of the whole Church, condemned by the judgement of all of the holy Fathers, despised among men on earth, and rejected from the fellowship of heavenly citizenry. Heaven is made for him like iron and earth like brass.”
Please read the following critical analysis by the distinguished Catholic journalist, Mrs. Randy Engel, on St. Peter Damian vis-à-vis our modern times:
FINAL WORDS: GRAB THE BULL BY THE HORNS!
This is what’s happening, while you’re not watching… (See article on The Telegraph published on May 14, 2017).
Parents must remain alert, informed and engaged with their children and observe those they come in contact with– including educational settings, in order to protect them from being misled into a dangerous and immoral abyss. Yes, the responsibility is overwhelming, given the state of our turbulent and immoral times. But remember that a sky of iron and an earth of brass is your clarion call.
Someone has to say the truth…
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For more on Francis’s press conference, please read the article on CruxNow.
SCREEN CAPTION OF FRANCIS’S QUOTES ON CruxNow: