Moving on to 2014, we see the wheels of the Francis agenda whirling along. He says many orthodox things not backed up by his actions. The media pope worship continues. "Friends of Francis" seem to be those who are most antagonistic toward orthodoxy. The pope's negative rhetoric is increasingly aimed at the orthodox who are labeled "rigid" and "Pharisaical." This harping on "rigidity" began in 2013 and is a continuous thread running through the pope's homilies and addresses. It is almost universally aimed at those who embrace orthodoxy as it's been handed down through the millennia from the Fathers of the Church and the magisterium. Francis often sounds like Obama talking about Christians who cling to their Bibles and their guns. Meanwhile he aids and abets those whose agenda includes turning the Church into one more politically correct Protestant sect in line with the Spiritus Mundi.
- January 16, 2014: Pope Francis has personal audience with Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles. Mahony will become an important "friend of Francis" acting as papal representative following his resignation in 2011. Let's take a look at Cardinal Mahony. He is notorious for wrecking the West Coast Religious Education Congress (REC) which is a hotbed of dissent and liberalism. He also was personally disgraced when diocesan personnel files, which were finally revealed after a six-year lawsuit, showed that he covered up for over 100 predator priests in Los Angeles. Mahony was stripped of all "administrative and public church duties" in the Archdiocese by his successor, Archbishop Jose Gomez, in 2013. There is ample evidence of Mahony's misdeeds including his personal sex life. Researcher and psychologist Richard Sipe exposed Mahony to the Vatican (as he did McCarrick) but his warnings were ignored. Mahony is a master of deceit and cover-up but that doesn't seem to have diminished his reputation in Pope Francis' eyes. Despite his disgrace, a few weeks after Gomez's disciplinary action Mahony was back in the saddle. What happened? Pope Benedict resigned and the conclave to elect a new pope was imminent. Mahony participated in the conclave saying “the highest folks at the Vatican" wanted him there. Of course! He was a safe vote for the mafia. Since then Pope Francis has rehabilitated Mahony who continues to be treated as an honored prince of the Church. Mahony was among the pope's entourage in 2015 when Francis visited the United States. Francis appointed Mahony as his special envoy for the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Scranton in 2018. Mahony withdrew after protests, presumably afraid of pickets and heckling. But he popped up again at the 2019 REC as a speaker where once again LGBTQ workshops were featured and dissent was everywhere. Mahony, an enemy of the church who belongs in jail, a man responsible for covering up hundreds of rapes and molestations of youth in his L.A. archdiocese, continues on his merry way thanks to Pope Francis! When you hear the pope talk about how horrible clerical sex abuse is and how vigorous he is to protect children, remember his friend Mahony!
- February 22, 2014: Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals. Among them is Archbishop Vincent Nichols, a gay friendly bishop in the UK who did nothing to rein in the "Soho Masses" celebrating homosexuality. The scandalous Masses featured gay rainbow decorations with gays and transvestites serving as lectors. These supposedly "ended" in 2013 when in fact they were simply moved to another location on Farm Street run by the Jesuits where the gay liturgies were incorporated into the regular community. (Surprise!) How, after all, can the gay agenda be advanced if it's insular. After getting the red hat, Nichols said in 2015 that he wanted the Farm Street experience to become a model for the nation. Nichols also, like so many of Francis' friends, covered up sex abuse in his diocese and moved molesters around putting the reputation of the Church above the welfare of children.
Transvestite lectors at gay Mass in Nichol's diocese.
|Cardinal Zen has called for Parolin's Resignation, and warns that the Vatican agreement may lead to the "death of the true faith" in China. The pope appears uninterested in listening and recently refused to meet with Zen shuffling him off to Parolin leading Zen to lament, "Then it is lost."|
2014 was a big year for the Church wreckers and there's plenty more that could have been added here. But it was just the beginning! Many of us, including myself, were still giving Francis the benefit of the doubt in 2014. We listened to the orthodox things he said and then wondered why we were pulling the shrapnel out of our backs when he lobbed the next grenade at faithful Catholics. We don't wonder any more.
TO BE CONTINUED....