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Sunday Devotional: Hell is real

Matthew 13:34-43

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Did you know that Jesus preached three times more about Hell than Heaven?

And yet a 2009 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that only 59% of Americans believed in hell, compared with 74% who believed in heaven. That same year, a Barna poll found that 6 out of 10 American Christians did not believe that Satan is real.

Among Christians who appear to not believe in Hell is none other than Pope Francis.

According to his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis in an interview that was published March 28, 2018 in La Repubblica, said that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just “disappear.” This, of course, is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul.

After Scalfari’s report garnered worldwide attention, the next day the Vatican issued this equivocating statement, which is not an outright denial (source: CNS News):

“The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however giving him any interviews. What is reported by the author in today’s article [in La Repubblica] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”

Those who don’t believe in Hell not only ignore Jesus’ own words, the French philosopher-mathematician-physicist Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) would say unbelievers are making a dangerous bet or wager.

In his post-humously published Pensées (Thoughts), Pascal set forth what became known as Pascal’s Wager — a cost-benefit argument for believing in God. Pascal argued that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (giving up some pleasures in life), whereas if God does exist, he stands to receive infinite gains (eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).

There is another cost-benefit reason for the belief in Hell. A study in 2012 found that societies with a strong belief in Hell have lower crime-rates.

Then there are fools who believe Hell is real, but actually choose Hell.

These fools have convinced themselves that, like Lucifer in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, it is “Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven”, only to discover that “Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell.” See:

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May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Catholic website calls anyone who questions military intervention to oust Pope Francis ‘out of line’

Three days ago on January 25, I published a post on a poll on a traditional Catholic website, From Rome, on whether there should be a military intervention at the Vatican to oust Pope Francis (real name Jorge Bergoglio) and restore 92-year-old Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the papacy.

From Rome‘s editor is a Franciscan monk, Br. Alexis Bugnolo.

I explained that the poll was prompted by frustration about Pope Francis and the conviction that Benedict XVI had not “really” resigned as pope, but only from the active ministry as pope — which, of course, is exactly what the title “Pope Emeritus” means, just as the title “Professor Emeritus” refers to a professor who has retired from teaching at his/her university (“emeritus”), but nevertheless retains the title “professor”.

About the poll, a From Rome reader StMA posted this comment:

Which military does From Rome imagine would “intervene” at the Vatican to oust fake pope Bergoglio? If the Church’s clergy — from cardinals to priests — would do their job, no military intervention would be needed.

To which From Rome responded defensively and disingenuously:

“We do not imagine anything. We are just taking a poll.”

Today, From Rome published the final results of the poll, crowing that “Catholics overwhelmingly support military intervention at the Vatican”.

From the post:

The Poll Results are in, and they speak for themselves:

The same reader posted a comment about the results of the poll:

Once again, I must ask this blog and its 159 readers who voted “Yes” in this poll:

Which country/government do you imagine would risk the lives of their soldiers to launch a military intervention against the Vatican, a sovereign state, when this is a matter solely for the Catholic Church to resolve?

From Rome responded by calling the commenter “out of line”:

The Catholic Faithful have appealed to Kings and princes hundreds of times throughout the Centuries to clean up the Church by means of military intervention, whether or at Rome or elsewhere. It is their God given right to appeal to Christ the King, either through their superiors in the Church or through their superiors in the Temporal Powers, since Christ is Lord of them both. So you [sic] comment is way out of line. — As for risking the lives of their soldiers, you got to be kidding…

The dictionary defines “out of line” as:

Not in agreement or accordance with generally accepted or established limits.

Contrary to or in violation of acceptable rules, conventions, or standards; improper or inappropriate.

One wonders what rule, convention, or standard reader StMA had violated?

Also, by asserting “The Catholic Faithful have appealed to Kings and princes hundreds of times throughout the Centuries to clean up the Church by means of military intervention, whether or at Rome or elsewhere” in its dismissive and abusive response to the reader, From Rome‘s editor in effect belies his previous disingenuous denial that he was not advocating a military intervention but “just taking a poll.”

Frankly, From Rome‘s speech and behavior do no credit to the cause of traditional Catholics who are, with good reasons, unhappy with Pope Francis.

I now repeat what I had written in the January 25 post:

As an American, I do not want a U.S. military intervention at the Vatican for any reason. And if the U.S. were to intervene and oust Jorge Bergoglio from the papacy, then what? Should the U.S. military occupy Vatican City until Benedict XVI is restored to St. Peter’s? Benedict is 92 years old and frail. Should the U.S. military then force a papal conclave to elect a new pope? And if another Bergoglio is elected, then what?

The Catholic Church’s cardinals created this mess. The Catholic Church, and no one else, should resolve their own problems.

~Eowyn

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Traditional Catholic website wants military intervention to oust Pope Francis

On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he resigned as “Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter”. In a brief statement in Latin announcing his resignation, he cited his deteriorating strength and the physical and mental demands of the papacy, but declared that he would continue to serve the church “through a life dedicated to prayer”. In so doing, he became the first pope in 600 years to retire rather than die in office

After two weeks of ceremonial farewells, the Pope left office at the appointed time. A month later, on March 13, 2013, the papal conclave elected an Argentinian cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, to be pope. Meanwhile, in retirement Benedict retained his papal name rather than revert to his birth name, Joseph Ratizinger. And so the Catholic Church found itself in the unprecedented situation of having two popes: Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. 

Ever since his resignation, there are persistent whispers that Benedict’s resignation had been coerced and that he is imprisoned “in a certain sort of way,”  with fingers pointing to a shadowy cabal of high-ranking leftist homosexual clerics dubbed the St. Gallen Mafia.

See also “The Illegitimate Pope: Election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis was contaminated by lobbying in violation of papal laws

But on the eve of the first anniversary of his resignation, in a letter to a Vatican correspondent of La Stampa newspaper, Benedict denied he had been forced to step down:

“There isn’t the slightest doubt about the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry. The only condition for the validity is the full freedom of the decision. Speculation about its invalidity is simply absurd.”

About the video: Pope Francis angrily slaps hand of woman who said ‘Help me!’

Notwithstanding Benedict’s denial, Catholics unhappy with Pope Francis continue to insist that Benedict XVI had been coerced to resign. Some say that in his statement of resignation, Benedict never said he was resigning from the papacy, but merely that he was resigning from the ministry, that is, the active exercise of being a pope.

Note: But doesn’t the title “Pope Emeritus” mean precisely that? — that Benedict retains the title of “Pope” but is retired and no longer active as pope, thus “Emeritus”. Just as the title “Professor Emeritus” refers to a professor who has retired from his/her university (emeritus), but nevertheless retains the title “professor”.

Increasingly frustrated by Pope Francis’ speech and behavior, some traditional Catholics are becoming unglued, notably the traditional Catholic website From Rome.

On January 18, 2020, From Rome initiated a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking President Trump issue a tweet that he’s “concerned” about Pope Benedict XVI:

“I am concerned for the welfare of all the elderly and that they not be abused or manipulated, including Pope Benedict XVI. I urge all to take effective steps for their care!”

The petition requires 100,000 signatures for the White House to act. A week after the petition was begun, only 579 people have signed.

From Rome‘s latest act of desperation is a poll on whether there should be a military intervention at the Vatican.

On January 19, 2020, a day after the petition to the White House, From Rome published a poll asking its readers if an armed intervention is needed to restore Benedict XVI as pope:

In view of the Massive public interest in the welfare of Pope Benedict, the growing and soon to explode public consensus that He is still the true and only Pope and that Bergoglio is an uncanonical anomaly, From Rome wants to take the pulse of Christendom with a poll asking a very very impolitic question. Please share this on all social media, so we can get the best response:

As of this morning, here are the poll results:

A reader commented:

“Which military does From Rome imagine would ‘intervene’ at the Vatican to oust fake pope Bergoglio? If the Church’s clergy — from cardinals to priests — would do their job, no military intervention would be needed.”

To which From Rome responded defensively and disingenuously:

“We do not imagine anything. We are just taking a poll.”

After which, the website posted this disclaimer:

Disclaimer: The taking of this poll in no way implies any action, support or condoning of private military or armed action against the Vatican City State or anyone in its territories. It is merely a journalistic appeal to know what people are thinking and how strongly they feel it. Whether the USA or an Italian government in the future might take this action or not, is neither foreseen nor solicited by FromRome.info

As an American, I do not want a U.S. military intervention at the Vatican for any reason. And if the U.S. were to intervene and oust Jorge Bergoglio from the papacy, then what? Should the U.S. military occupy Vatican City until Benedict XVI is restored to St. Peter’s? Benedict is 92 years old and frail. Should the U.S. military then force a papal conclave to elect a new pope? And if another Bergoglio is elected, then what?

The Catholic Church’s cardinals created this mess. The Catholic Church, and no one else, should resolve their own problems.

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~Eowyn

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Pope Francis angrily slaps hand of woman who said ‘Help me!’

But this imposter of a pope actually has the conceit that he’s “on the waiting list” for sainthood.

Louis Caslano reports for Fox News that last night, Dec. 31, 2019, “A visibly annoyed Pope Francis slapped away a woman’s hand and pulled himself away from her while greeting a crowd in St. Peter’s Square Tuesday night.”

The exchange was captured on video in @CatholicSat’s tweet, with this comment:

This evening after visiting the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis loses his cool after being grabbed by a pilgrim who wouldn’t let go of his hand. The Pope repeated slapped her hand and told her to let go of him.

Here’s the video.

At the 00:06 mark in the video, as the pope, with a visibly angry, annoyed look on his face, turns away from the woman after slapping her hand, I can clearly hear the woman say:

“Help me!”

What would Jesus have done?

Update (Jan. 4, 2020):

Pope Francis issued an apology, but then this tweet shows him slapping another woman’s hand, which means he has a history of being rude to and abusing well-wishers who reach out to him. (H/t Lola)

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Pope Francis compares President Trump to homicidal tyrant King Herod, and anti-LGBT to Hitler

I thought the Catholic Church, like other religions, have tax-exempt status so long as the clergy refrain from politics and making political pronouncements.

Not only do some priests and deacons violate that rule, Pope Francis clearly exempts himself from that rule as well.

Not only has Jorge Bergoglio, his real name, made comments that are political in nature, he calls people who are critical of homosexuals “Hitler”. Pope Francis also compares President Trump to the homicidal tyrant King Herod who, in an attempt to kill baby Jesus, gave orders to kill all 2-year-old and younger male babies in Bethlehem and its vicinity (the Massacre of the Innocents in the New Testament). But Bergoglio doesn’t have the integrity or guts to actually name Trump, although it is obvious his target is Trump.

According to BreakingIsraelNews, La Civilta Cattolica reported on Dec. 6, 2019 that while visiting Thailand, in an oblique reference to President Trump’s policies on the southern border, Pope Francis compared the policy of building border walls and refugee detention centers to the acts of King Herod. The pope said: “In other parts, there are walls that even separate children from parents. Herod comes to mind. Yet for drugs, there’s no wall to keep them out.”

Earlier, on Nov. 15, 2019 at the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Criminal Law in Rome, Pope Francis called “goverment leaders” who oppose homosexuality Hitler-like.

Calvin Freiburger reports for LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis said (the Vatican has published the original Italian here):

“It is not coincidental that at times there is a resurgence of symbols typical of Nazism. And I must confess to you that when I hear a speech (by) someone responsible for order or for a government, I think of speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936. With the persecution of Jews, gypsies, and people with homosexual tendencies, today these actions are typical (and) represent ‘par excellence’ a culture of waste and hate. That is what was done in those days and today it is happening again.”

Although the Pope made his remarks in his “typically ambiguous” way “without specifying any particular politicians, movements, or regions,” the news media understood those remarks as a broad criticism of politicians who oppose the homosexual agenda. As an example, Reuters ran the headline, “Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler,” and cites as an example Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who told an interviewer he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.

LifeSiteNews‘ Freiburger points out that “While left-wing activists often compare conservatives and Christians to Nazis for their views on issues such as homosexuality, the Nazi regime in fact sought to supplant Christianity, and its persecution of homosexuals came from its views on Aryan population growth, not out of any Christian understanding of the nature of sex and sin.”

Freiburger also notes that “given the pope’s broader record on LGBT issues, his remarks may extend to world leaders who merely express disapproval of homosexuality and oppose the LGBT agenda.” Freiburger cites the following as pointing to Pope Francis’ partiality toward homosexuals:

  • He met with various LGBT individuals and pro-LGBT groups, including the notorious Jesuit priest James Martin, who has touted the meeting as an endorsement of his “ministering with LGBT Catholics.”
  • This summer, Pope Francis appointed Newark archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who has vocally dissented from Catholic teaching on homosexuality, to the Congregation for Catholic Education.
  • The pope has sent mixed messages on the permissibility of same-sex relationships. In an interview six months into his pontificate that began in 2013, he recommended that the Church pull back from her perceived emphasis on “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” saying it is “not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

H/t John Molloy

Speaking of tyrants, see “Vatican threatens to excommunicate priest for criticizing Pope Francis”, “Catholic Church under Pope Francis: Critics censored, threatened with excommunication” and “Cardinal Müller: ‘Pervading sense of fear’ in Pope Francis’ Curia”.

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Pope Francis calls Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross a ‘failure’

Jorge Bergoglio, the creature in the Vatican pretending to be Pope, joked about Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, is ashamed of the crucifix and conceals it so as not to offend Jews, and refuses to genuflect at the consecration of bread and wine into His Body and Blood.

Most recently, according to Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari on October 8, 2019, Pope Francis said that once Jesus Christ became incarnate, he was a “man of exceptional virtues” but “not at all a God.”

Although this happened four years ago, I’ve only just be made aware of this:

On September 24, 2015, Pope Francis was in New York City, where he delivered a homily at evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

Beginning at the 0:34 mark, Pope Francis said, to thunderous and sustained applause:

“we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”

Whoa!

The Pope called Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross a “failure”?

Is the “failure of the cross” quote taken out of context?

Here’s the full English-translation transcript of his homily (sources: Washington Post; ABC News). I’ve emboldened and colored red the pertinent paragraph containing the “failure of the cross” quote:

I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice. I would have wished my greeting to be warmer. My sentiments of closeness, my sentiments of closeness in the face of tragedy. The tragedy that they suffered in Mecca.

In this moment, I give assurances of my prayers. I unite myself with you all. A prayer to almighty god, all merciful.

This beautiful cathedral of St. Patrick’s, built over many years through the sacrifices of many men and women is a symbol of the work of generations of American priests and religious and faithful who helped build up the church in the United States.

Many priests and religious in this country that have not only in education but in other areas have had a central role assisting parents in handing down to their children the food that nourishes them for life. Many did so at the cost of extraordinary sacrifice and with heroic charity.

I think, for example, of saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded the first free catholic school for girls in the United States or in saint John Neumann, the founder of the first system of catholic education in this country.

This evening, my brothers and sisters, I have come to join you in prayer that our vocations as priests will continue to build up the great edifice of God’s kingdom in this country.

I know that, as a the presbyterate in the midst of god’s people, you recently have suffered greatly in the not distant past by having to bear the shame of some of your brothers, brothers who have harmed and scandalized the church in the most vulnerable of her members.

In the words of the book of revelation, I know well that you have come forth from the great tribulation and I accompany you at this time of pain and difficulty. And I thank god for your faithful service onto his people, doing so in helping you to preserve on the path of fidelity to Jesus Christ.

And I would like to offer two brief reflections. The first concern is of the spirit of gratitude. The joy of men and women who love god attracts others to him. Priests and religious are called to find and radiate lasting satisfaction in their vocation. Joy springs from a grateful heart.

Truly, we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings. And in this, we rejoice. It will do us good to think back on our lives with the grace of remembrance.

Remembrance of when we were first called, remembrance of the road traveled, remembrance of graces received. And, above all, remembrance of our encounter with Jesus Christ so often along the way.

Remembrance of the amazement which our encounter with Jesus Christ has awakened in our hearts.

Sisters, brothers, priests and religious to seek the grace of remembrance so as to grow in the spirit of gratitude. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves: are we capable of counting our blessings? Or have I forgotten them?

A second area is the spirit of hard work. The grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve the lord and to find expression in a life of commitment to our work. Once we realize how much god has given us, we learn that a life of sacrifice, of working for him and for others, becomes a privileged way, a privileged way of responding to his great love.

Yet, if we are honest, we must recognize how easily this spirit of generous self-sacrifice can be dampened. There are a couple of ways that this can happen. And both are examples of the spiritual worldliness which weakens our commitment to serve as dedicated men and women.

And it diminishes the wonder of our first encounter with Christ. We can get caught up in measuring the value of our apostolic works by the standards of efficiency, good management and outward success, which govern the business world.

Not that these things are unimportant, of course. But we have been entrusted with a great responsibility, and this is why god’s people rightly expect accountability from us but the true worth of our apostolate is measured by the value it has in god’s eyes, to see and evaluate things from god’s perspective, calls for constant conversion in the first days and years of our vocation and, need I say, it demands great humility.

The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.

Another danger — another danger emerges when we become jealous of our free time, when we think that surrounding ourselves with worldly comforts help us to serve better. The problem with this way of reasoning is that it can blunt the power of god’s daily call to conversion, to encounter with him.

Slowly but surely, it diminishes our spirit of sacrifice, our spirit of renunciation and our spirit of hard work. It also alienates people who suffer material poverty and who are forced to make greater sacrifices than those that we make ourselves.

Rest is needed, as are moments of leisure and self-enrichment, but we need to learn to rest in a way that deepens our desire to serve with generosity. Closeness to the poor, the refugee, the immigrant, the sick, the exploited, the elderly living alone, prisoners and all god’s other poor, will teach us a different way of resting, one which is more Christian and generous.

Gratitude and hard work, these are two pillars of the spiritual life which I have wanted to share with you this evening. With you, the priest and religious men and women this afternoon.

I thank you for your prayers and your work and for the daily sacrifices that you make in the various areas of your apostolate. Many of these are known only to god, but they bear rich fruit for the life of the church.

I would especially like to thank and express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States.

What indeed — what would the church be without you? Women’s strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you on the front lines in the proclamation of the gospel. To you, religious women, sisters and mothers of this people, I wish to say thank you.

A big thank you and to tell you that I love you very much. I know that many of you are on the front lines in meeting the challenges of adapting to an evolving pastoral landscape, like Saint Peter, I ask you, that regardless of the difficulties and trials that you face, be at peace and respond to them as Christ did. He gave thanks to the father, took up his cross and looked forward.

Dear brothers and sisters, in a few moments, we will sing the Magnificat. Let us commend to our lady the work we have been entrusted to do. Let us join her in thanking god for the great things he has done. And for the great things he will continue to do in us and in those whom we have the privilege to serve.

So are the words “failure of the cross” taken out of context?

No matter the protestations of those who try to defend this pretender to the seat of St. Peter (see the ABC News readers’ comments), note that Pope Francis did not follow the words “failure of the cross” with any explanation or elaboration of what he meant:

  • Pope Francis did not say that Jesus’ death on the cross was salvific — a spiritual victory over sin and evil. By His sacrificial crucifixion, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead freed humanity from the wages of our first parents’ terrible sin, making possible the salvation of our eternal souls.
  • Nor did Pope Francis say that the “human” Jesus triumphed over death with His resurrection, which gives to those who follow Him the promise of eternal life.

This pretender to the seat of St. Peter is an abomination.

So are the Catholic Church’s hierarchy of cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests who continue to recognize Jorge Bergoglio as their Pope.

H/t Maziel

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Heresy: Journalist claims Pope Francis said Jesus Christ is not God

Eugenio Scalfari, 95, is an Italian journalist, editor of the news magazine L’espresso (1963–1968), former member of parliament in the Italian Chamber of Deputies (1968–1972), co-founder of the newspaper La Repubblica and its editor from 1976 to 1996.

Scalfari is an atheist and reportedly a long time friend of Pope Francis, real name Jorge Bergoglio.

In July 2014, Scalfari reported, in an interview, Pope Francis’s claim that about 2% (or 8,000) of the Catholic Church’s total number of priests, including bishops and cardinals, were pedophiles.

In 2018, Scalfari wrote an article on his interview with Pope Francis, claiming that the pope said Hell did not exist. Scalfari later admitted that some words attributed to the pontiff “were not shared by Pope Francis” himself, whatever that means.

In an editorial in the October 8, 2019 edition of La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari claims that Pope Francis told him that once Jesus Christ became incarnate, he was a “man of exceptional virtues” but “not at all a God.”

One must subscribe to La Repubblica in order to read Scalfari’s editorial, but Niccolò Magnani reports for the Italian-language Ilsussidiario.net (Google translation here) that Scalfari wrote:

Whoever had the good fortune of meeting him [Pope Francis] and speaking to him with the utmost cultural confidence, as I have done several times, knows that Pope Francis conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnated, Jesus ceases to be a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross…. Pope Francis told me: “I am the proven proof that Jesus of Nazareth, once he became a man, though a man of exceptional virtues, was not at all a God.

According to Magnani, “the Vatican was forced to correct Scalfari,” as the Vatican did on Scalfari’s previous claim that Pope Francis said hell does not exist” or on Scalfari’s fake interviews with Bergoglio.

Director of the Vatican Press Office Matteo Bruni said in a statement:

As already stated on other occasions, the words that Dr. Eugenio Scalfari attributes in quotation marks to the Holy Father during the talks he had cannot be considered as a report faithful to what was actually said, but rather represent a personal and free interpretation of what he has heard . . . regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Vatican spokesman Bruni then quoted what Pope Francis said in the general audience of December 18, 2013:

“God wanted to share our human condition to the point of doing one thing with us in the person of Jesus, who is true man and true God. But there is something even more surprising. The presence of God in the midst of humanity did not take place in an ideal, idyllic world, but in this real world, marked by many good and bad things, marked by divisions, wickedness, poverty, bullying and wars. He has chosen to inhabit our history as it is, with all the weight of its limits and its dramas. In doing so he demonstrated his merciful and loving inclination towards human creatures in an unsurpassable way.”

Michael Voris of Church Militant observes that Vatican spokesman Bruni “does not actually deny Scalfari’s characterization, merely hinting at the possibility. Likewise, it does not affirm in any fashion that Pope Francis does indeed hold the divinity of Christ during Our Savior’s earthly ministry.”

For his part, Michael S. Chapman of CNS News points out that if Scalfari indeed had repeatedly misquoted Pope Francis, it is curious that the Vatican website and the Vatican publishing house (LEV) have published Scalfari’s interviews with Pope Francis.

So, did Eugenio Scalfari lie?

What I do know is that Pope Francis joked about Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, is ashamed of the crucifix and conceals it so as not to offend Jews, and refuses to genuflect at the consecration of bread and wine into His Body and Blood. Those are not the behaviors of someone who believes Jesus Christ is God.

Pope Francis conceals the cross to not offend Jewish rabbis

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H/t Steve Quayle

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St. Francis of Assisi’s end times prophecy and the two popes

At the end of the book, Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis Of Assisi (London: R. Washbourne, 1882), is a section titled “Some Prophecies of the Holy Father St. Francis.” On pp. 248-250 is the following prophecy about the Church (paragraph breaks added):

Shortly before he died in 1226, St. Francis of Assisi called together the members of his order and warned them of great tribulations that would befall the Church in the future, saying:

Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.

The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.

Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.

There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.

Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

Those who preserve their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head [Jesus Christ], these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish [physically] rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.

Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.

H/t Yahoo News commenter Sabazios for the St. Francis prophecy.

Below are 6 facts for your reflection and discernment:

Fact No. 1

“Church law says a pope’s resignation is valid only if he takes the decision in full freedom and without pressure from others.” (Reuters)

Fact No. 2

On Feb. 28, 2013, after serving 8 years, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from the papacy. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294.

Described as “the main intellectual force in the Church” since the mid-1980s, now-Pope Emeritus Benedict was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. A genuine scholar, Benedict’s prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of the West. He regards relativism’s denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions, including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position.

Fact No. 3

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his spokesmen repeatedly deny he was forced to resign. (Reuters)

Fact No. 4

Despite the denials, speculations that Benedict had been forced to resign persist to this day.

“Two years ago this week, [Pope] Benedict’s announcement that he was stepping down for health reasons shocked the Catholic Church and much of the world. It also loosed conspiracy theorists who believe Benedict was forced to resign…. The circumstances surrounding Benedict’s decision to step down have titillated scholars and the journalists alike, especially given the fact that his resignation came not long after the ‘Vatileaks’ scandal. The release of internal Vatican memos, by some accounts, revealed how Benedict’s efforts to reform the church, like provide transparency on the global sex abuse scandal and the management of the Vatican bank, were undercut by internal politics. (The Atlantic)

Fact No. 5

Homosexuals love Pope Francis:

  • Pro-homo GQ loves the Pope
  • Pope Francis made the cover of Time, New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The Advocate, an LGBT magazine that makes no secret of its problems with previous Popes but chose Francis as “person of the year”. (CNN)

Fact No. 6

The satanic pop singer who calls herself “Madonna” — she who dressed up as the Baphomet in the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show and cavorted with horned masked demons in the recent Grammy Awards show before a cheering crowd also wearing horns — calls Pope Francis “kind of groovy.” (Billboard)

Draw your own conclusion!

See also Joan’s post on St. Francis of Assisi.

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Pope Francis says we should obey the United Nations

Pope Francis conceals the cross to not offend Jewish rabbis

On September 10, 2019, while jetting from Madagascar to Rome, Pope Francis gave an in-flight press conference in which he said:

“I would like to repeat the doctrine of the Church, that international organizations, when we understand we give them the ability to judge internationally. We think for example to the international court of AJA, and many times also the United Nations, when they speak. If we are a humanity we should obey. It is true that things do not always seem right for all humanity, they are right for our pockets, but you should obey international institutions, the United Nations was created for this.”

Read the full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference at Catholic News Agency. Click here.

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Pope Francis calls capitalism ‘a fallacious economic model’

Pope Francis, real name Jorge Bergoglio, is a neo-Marxist liberation theology adherent who, in May 2014, endorsed the redistribution of wealth by the state.

On July 9, 2015, he accepted from Bolivian socialist Evo Morales the sacriligious “Marxifix” — a crucifix in the shape of a hammer and sickle.

On May 3, 2019, speaking like the Green Nazi he is, Bergoglio blamed environmental degradation and the world’s poor on capitalism, calling it “a fallacious economic model that has been followed for too long”.

Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis made those remarks in an audience with 60 participants in the meeting, “Mining for the Common Good,” in the Apostolic Palace. The meeting was organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Mining industry executives from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Canada participated in the meeting, along with Anglican, Methodist, and Catholic leaders “dedicated to development” — whatever that means.

In his remarks, Pope Francis blames the state of the world’s environment and of the poor (“the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”) on capitalism: “The precarious condition of our common home has been the result largely of a fallacious economic model that has been followed for too long” — an economic model that is “profit-oriented, shortsighted, and based on the misconception of unlimited economic growth,” which results in a “disastrous impact on the natural world.”

He said “We need a paradigm shift in all our economic activities” because capitalist economic powers “continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to […] the pursuit of financial gain, which fail to take the context into account, let alone the effects on human dignity and the natural environment.”

If Pope Francis thinks the solution of the world’s environmental problems is to replace the “outmoded” economic model of capitalism with socialism, he is only displaying his ideological blindness and gross ignorance. Does he not know that, in addition to a human toll in the hundreds of millions, socialism/communism is an unmitigated disaster on the environment? As examples:

  • East Germany: At the time of its reunification with West Germany an estimated 42% of East Germany’s moving water and 24% of its still waters were so polluted that they could not be used to process drinking water; almost half of the country’s lakes were dead or dying and unable to sustain fish or other forms of life; 44% of its forests were damaged by acid rain. Sten Nilsson, a Swedish forest ecologist, described East Germany as “on the verge of total ecological collapse.” (The Federalist)
  • Poland and Romania: Children from the Upper Silesia area of Poland had five times more lead in their blood than children from Western European cities. In some areas of Romania, the air was heavily polluted that horses were only allowed to stay for two or three years. (1992 Cato Journal paper)
  • Soviet Union: A 1996 study by the Library of Congress found that post-Soviet Russia’s air was “among the most polluted in the world”; 75% of its surface water was polluted; 50% of all water was not potable (drinkable). Then there is the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, one of numerous episodes of serious environmental damage which plagued the Soviet nuclear sector. Less known than Chernobyl is a 1957 explosion at the Mayak nuclear reactor, which resulted in “long-term contamination of an area of more than 800 to 20,000 square kilometers” with 10,000 people forced to evacuate and an unknown number of deaths. (Wikipedia) The Soviet fleet — the largest nuclear-powered navy in the world — sometimes disposed of reactors by simply dumping them into the ocean.
  • China: Thousands of dead, bloated pigs floating down the river that supplies Shanghai with its drinking water. Air pollution in Beijing so impenetrable the U.S. Embassy’s air quality measuring station can only call it “beyond index.” Industrial towns where rates of cancer are so high they’re known as “cancer villages.” More than half of China’s surface water is so polluted it cannot be treated to make it drinkable; one-quarter of it is so dangerous it can’t even be used for industrial purposes. About 1 million square miles of China is now under desertification — that’s about one-quarter of the country’s total land surface, spread across 18 provinces. (Live Science)

Colin Grabow, a policy analyst based in Washington, DC, points out that the environmental destruction associated with communism is no coincidence or accident of history, but rather a logical outcome of political authoritarianism, an absence of private property rights, and capitalism’s production of wealth and technology. His rebuttal to Pope Francis would be:

There is no society, nor has one ever existed, which featured zero pollution or harm to the environment. The only question is how best to manage it, and which system is best positioned to accomplish this. On that question the answer is surely capitalism, home to the world’s richest countries and cleanest environments. It isn’t even close.

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