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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Political Pope

Front cover of recently published story of Pope Francis
Rarely do I find a book written since 1960 that I think is truly worth raving about.  An example of what generally impresses me is the book I read two weeks ago, the Catechism of the Council of Trent written in 1566.  So I surprised myself when I felt compelled to read The Political Pope, published this past May, written by George Neumayr, an author young enough to be one of my kids. 

With this pope, I feel the world was handed a box of jigsaw pieces and we’ve been scrambling ever since to put them in order.  The picture was always there, but indiscernible.   The most charitable among us has wanted to believe Francis was the work of the Holy Spirit and that we all should find it in our hearts to keep an open mind about his “make a mess” style.  The skeptics who started out with a negative opinion of a “new world” pope from the home of liberation theology have been shamed into the background and thought of as disloyal to the Church itself by many, since it is simply “not Catholic” to say negative things about the “Holy Father.” 
With The Political Pope, we can end the doubt and speculation having now a view of who this curious bishop of Argentina truly is.  Thanks to Neumayr who has skillfully organized the history, the personality, and the commentary of this pope, using the pope’s own words, and the testimony of first hand witnesses and associates, we see clearly who Francis has been since his youth and will always be---the much longed for liberal leader who holds close the best interests of every good socialist on earth that has ever dreamed of a New World Order. 
Name calling generally speaking is the tool of the left and I avoid it most of the time, but there is a place for it as we see in Revelations 2:6, and in the great encyclical letters of Leo XIII who called out by name the secret societies all of which formed the body of Freemasons.  He labeled them as they are:  indifferent to the truth and a clear threat to the Church.  Such is also applicable, in my own opinion, of socialists, many of whom attach themselves to the Church in “faith based” organizations to advance the cause of “social justice” which is neither just nor social but agitation and unrest.  
The Political Pope is an easy read so if you are a timid reader who doesn’t want to get bogged down in a long difficult to understand tome, this is a book (221 pages) you will appreciate.  With historical data interlaced with direct quotes from Francis over the years and current opinions from “people in high places” that know him best, who “wish not to be named” for obvious reasons Neumayr has created a book the world will be talking about for a long time. 
I had an odd peace of mind when I finished the book.  That may sound strange since it really is a total expose of Bergoglio and the dangers he represents, but I felt my suspicions had been validated and my concerns were not just a failure on my part to have charity toward the Bishop of Rome, but what I believe are a reasonable reaction to what I have known in my heart and mind is wrong.
Neumayr includes this quote from St. Robert Bellarmine:
“Just as it is lawful to resist the pope that attacks the body, it is also lawful to resist the one who attacks souls or who disturbs civil order, or, above all, who attempts to destroy the Church.  I say that it is lawful to resist him by not doing what he orders and preventing his will from being executed.”
The One Peter Five blog site has an interview with Neumayr by Maike Hickson which includes the entire first chapter of the book, thanks to Steve Skojac, moderator of 1P5.  I encourage you to read it for a taste of what is in store for you in the rest of this incredible book.  Speaking of Catholics today, the author ends by saying, “where their ancestors defended the pope from enemies of the faith, they now must defend the faith from a pope who aligns with her enemies.  So true.  So true.  Thank you, George Neumayr, for showing us all what we surely will lose if we are not brave enough to stand and protect it.  Molon labe! 


Susan said...

Great article! Thanks so much, Chriss!

Mary Fran said...

I find myself vindicated. When Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of the Vatican upon his election, I immediately did not like or trust him. It was the absence of the red shoes and all the other traditional papal garb. This was NOT a humble person despite his words and posturing to the contrary. I have been admonished for that view of him, but have stuck to it.

Donna said...

Amen. Thank you, Mary Ann, for publishing this review, which speaks for so many heartsick Catholics.

Catechist Kev said...

Yes, thank you for this Mary Ann. :^)

When I first saw it I thought "Well, I've got enough of the 'This is what's wrong with the Church and why' type books."

However, because of your review, I plan on getting a copy for a priest friend whom I will be visiting next week.

God bless you!
Catechist Kev