|A square named for Martin Luther? Wish I'd thought of that!|
I only gave him a postage stamp.
Editor's note: The Huffington Post loves to quote the pope these days as they did with his comments about hypocrites in the Church. Isn't that interesting? They happily reported on Vatican approval of a square in the city of Rome being named after Martin Luther. They seem especially to love every criticism by Pope Francis of those deplorable rigid Catholics (especially bishops) who cling to Christ's doctrine and tradition. In today's Church one seems to find more mercy for Martin Luther than for the martyrs of England who died clinging to the Mass of the ages.
Francis Laments Hypocritical Catholics?
By David Martin
Pope Francis on Thursday suggested that it is better to be an atheist than to be a Catholic who leads a hypocritical double life. At his private morning Mass at his residence, he said, "How many times have we all heard people say 'if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist'."
It indeed would be better to be an atheist than to come to Mass every single day with the intention of changing the Church. Those who seek change and who are dissatisfied with tradition, i.e. the modernists, are the true hypocrites, because in the name of God they reject His Church, while seeking a new religion that incorporates heretics and homosexuals.
However, the pope appeared to be pointing a finger at conservative Catholics, saying, "There are those who say 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association.'"
Amen, there are those who are in the Church every day, putting up their Renew banners, clowning with the liturgy, scandalizing children with "youth ministry," bossing the priests, overrunning the altar, lecturing the faithful at Mass, administering Communion, using the Church for meetings, for pagan rehearsals, for socializing, for charismaniac seances, for Protestant Bible studies, even for teaching the youth that they should respect alternative sexual orientation.
Is Francis really upset with these "Catholics?" Here these hypocrites continue their wreckovation campaign 24/7, boasting of their work in "the spirit" when in fact their work is to resist the Holy Spirit, yet the pope says nothing.
The pope in his sermon said, "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life." Indeed, it is a scandal for him to say he is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and then not act to put an end to this socialist merry-go-round that is destroying souls and making a mockery of the Church.
But too, it is a scandal for him to preach mercy, and then punish the innocent, just as it is a scandal to preach love of the poor, and then rob the faithful of their heritage. The faithful today are being robbed of the treasures of tradition, while the pope is in praise of the global pirates that have pillaged the Church and left his people poor. Where is his love of the poor, persecuted Catholics?
We all know that failure to give to the poor, to feed the hungry, and to show kindness and forgiveness are classic signs of hypocrisy among Catholics. But has Francis enriched his impoverished church with things eternal? Has he fed his starving flock with doctrine and tradition? Has he forgiven the tradition of the Faith that he holds in such contempt?
Referring to professed Catholics, the pope said that some of these people should say, "My life is not Christian, I don't pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business." Lamenting this hypocrisy, he said, "There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal."
Has he considered himself? Here he sacks loyal bishops and priests, while praising criminal offenders like genocidist Nelson Mandela, heretic Martin Luther, and abortionist Emma Bonino. He proclaims love of life and family values, while inviting U.N. pro-abortion advocates like Ban Ki moon and Jeffrey Sachs to use his Vatican as a platform to advance a more "sustained" planet through population control via abortion and euthanasia. And then he points out the hypocrisy of others?
Jesus words most certainly apply: "Why seest thou the splinter that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?" (Matthew 7:3)
It is enough to say that the Church does not "build bridges" to the world synagogue, but has built a one-way bridge to Heaven which ends at the "narrow gate." The Church invites all people, Jews and Gentiles, to get onto that bridge, that they may leave their one-world religion and press toward that narrow gate as Catholics.
But now Francis is against the idea of converting outsiders to the Catholic Faith, and has gone so far as to dub "idolaters" those Catholics who hold to tradition, even alleging that their refusal to change is "the work of the devil." A divine comedy this is that faithful Catholics who adore God are now "idolaters" while their leader bows and makes reparation to the planetary idol of "Mother Earth." Read Laudato Si and you'll see!
Hypocrisy indeed is a great evil plaguing the Church today, but the greatest hypocrisy is the boast of possessing grace and mercy while at the same time telling Almighty God to begone with His ancient mercies. The spirit of Martin Luther certainly has a hold on the Church at this time, thanks to its leader who under the guise of mercy has protested tradition and erected a statue of Martin Luther at the Vatican, even proclaiming Luther a "witness to the Gospel."
Yes, it would be better to be a simple atheist, or to come to Church for only five minutes a week and bend a knee to God, than to show up every single day with revolutionary intentions of change, change, change. Our new-found, ecumenical religion of today is born of pride and protest, and a need to be praised by man, which offends Christ.
The Gospel points out that the publican who made no account of himself and who humbly struck his breast in plead of mercy was kindly received by Christ into his Kingdom, while the Pharisee who boasted of the grace and salvation he thought was his was barred from the Kingdom. (Luke 18:10-14) Scripture says "his communication is with the simple" (Proverbs 3:32), and that "his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him." (Luke 1:50)
Let us pray that Francis will fear God, and that it will finally dawn on him that his only duty as pope is to instruct the faithful of their baptismal obligation to maintain a docile submission to doctrine and tradition.