Skip to comments.[Catholic Caucus] Francis: We must not focus on the words of Christ
Posted on 05/25/2018 3:35:50 PM PDT by ebb tide
In his Santa Marta homily given earlier today, the God of Surprises (aka Jorge Bergoglio) once again took the occasion to mangle Sacred Scripture in order to justify his departure from the Catholic faith; in this particular case, as it concerns marriage.
Todays victim text was the Novus Ordo Gospel reading taken from Mark 10:1-12 familiar words that bear reconsidering:
Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife? They were testing him. He said to them in reply, What did Moses command you? They replied, Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.
But Jesus told them, Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.
As reported by Vatican News:
The Gospel passage for the day, from the Gospel of St Mark, speaks of the intentions of the Pharisees, who asked Jesus a question precisely in order to test Him. Pope Francis described questions of this kind, about what you can or cant do, as casuistic.
Lets stop here for a moment to define (in Catholic terms) this word, casuistic.
According to Fr. John Hardons Modern Catholic Dictionary:
Although the term [casuistry] has taken on some unsavory meanings, due mainly to critics of Roman Catholic moral practice, casuistry is an integral part of the Churchs moral tradition. Its purpose is to adapt the unchangeable norms of Christian morality to the changing and variable circumstances of human life.
In other words, casuistry is the entirely valid process of justly applying a moral norm to a given situation; e.g., when applying Thou shalt not kill to a case of self-defense, one may reasonably conclude that the taking of an aggressors life can at times be justified.
In a situation such as this, it is understood that the Decalogue concerns the taking of innocent human life. We see this reflected in the Churchs traditional teaching on capital punishment.
In the present case, Francis (as he has come to be known) is determined to relegate Thou shalt not commit adultery, and the words of Our Lord on marriage as recorded in the Gospel passage under discussion, to a moral norm that can be adapted according to certain concrete circumstances.
This, needless to say, is a novelty that has no place in Catholic tradition; indeed, on the contrary, it has been condemned.
Be that as it may, according to Vatican News:
He [Francis] explained: Not the great yes or no, with which we are familiar. This is God. Instead, the Pharisees reduce the Christian life, the way of following God, to a question of yes, you can, or no, you cant.
So, in order to accept the Bergoglian exegesis, one must believe that when questioned about the lawfulness of divorce, Our Lord simply shrugged His shoulders and essentially said: Gee, I dunno I guess it depends on the circumstances!
Clearly, this is a wholesale fabrication from someone who hates the Catholic faith and her Head; one that stems from the Bergoglian Christological heresy that Ive mentioned in this space many times Francis doesnt really believe that when Jesus speaks this is God speaking.
Our Lords words are very plain; they are precisely the no, you cant that Francis rejects. If you reread his words above carefully, you will see that, in essence, he is accusing Jesus of being a Pharisee in the most pejorative sense!
This is nothing new as his insistence in Amoris Laetita that the Divine Law is too difficult for some persons to keep amounts to turning Our Lords admonition of the Pharisees against Him: You shut the Kingdom of Heaven to men and do not lift a finger to help them!
According to Bergoglio, speaking on the Gospel passage (again, as reported):
Jesus lays aside the problem of separation, and goes to the beauty of the couple, who ought to be one.
The Pope continued:
We must not focus, like these doctors do, on [the answer] Yes, you can divide a marriage, or No, you cant. At times there is misfortune, when it doesnt work, and it is better to separate in order to avoid a world war. But this is a misfortune. Let us go and look at the positive.
This guy can spin toe-to-toe with the slimiest of politicians!
Jesus was asked about adultery. He was not addressing the problem of separation at all; much less those cases when (for example, for the safety of a woman and her children) physical separation is warranted.
The headline to the Vatican News piece reads, Pope Francis: Marriage is an image of God. The one I chose for this post, however, is far more accurate.
It is reported by Vatican News:
Man and woman are created in Gods image and likeness; and for this reason, marriage likewise becomes an image of God. This makes marriage very beautiful, the Pope said. Matrimony is a silent homily for everyone else, a daily homily.
Nice try, but dont be fooled. Bergoglio is a modernist and thus is wont to pervert the meaning and force of things and words (cf Pope Leo XIII, Ut Mysticum, and Pope Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis).
As such, when he speaks of marriage, be aware that he is not speaking of such as the Church understands it; rather, he is, in the manner of liberals and liars, citing the word marriage while deliberately seeking to impart to it an entirely novel meaning.
Recall his address to the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome in 2016 (available in Italian) wherein he spoke of cohabitating couples:
Yet I really say that I saw so much fidelity in these cohabitations, so much loyalty; and I am sure that this is a true marriage, they have the grace of marriage, precisely because of the loyalty they have. But there are local superstitions.
So, you see, Bobby and Susie are shacking up, with one or both of them perhaps presently married to another, and provided only that they stick it out for some undefined period of time, voila, its a marriage! And not just a natural marriage, mind you, but one endowed with Gods grace; i.e., its a sacrament!
What were witnessing in todays homily is nothing other than a transparent ploy (transparent to those with eyes to see, at any rate) to avoid at all costs the non-negotiable words of Christ.
And why? For the simple reason that Bergoglio disagrees with Our Lord.
Over the last five years, many of us have grown numb to these magnificent attacks against the Faith, but take a step back and consider what Francis is telling the world:
We must not focus on what Jesus actually said, nor on what the Holy Catholic Church has always taught; rather, I am in charge, you must listen to me!
And this is a Catholic speaking?
For those who still insist (in particular, those who fancy themselves defenders of tradition), that Jorge Bergoglio remains a member of the Mystical Body of Christ in good standing (never mind his claim to the papacy), I will ask yet again in the hopes that even one will demonstrate the integrity to answer:
Is there anything this man can do to sever himself from the Church?
I never thought I would see the day where I would question the basic salvation of a sitting Pope. Yet here I am.
If you are no longer following the words of Christ, you are no longer a Christian.
The Church leaderships drift into heresy is largely responsible for the falling away of western Catholics (see todays pro-abortion vote in Ireland). They are being told from the top that any sin can be justified by circumstances.
The Holy Spirit will rescue His Church. This false shepherd will be replaced soon.
I got sick of organized religion after working with wedding photography for a couple of years. I got to see the ugliness of the so-called professionals.
Too many people have their egos attached to their beliefs.
God gave every one of us a brain, we should use it.
Very True your comment: “The Holy Spirit will rescue His Church. This false shepherd will be replaced soon.”
Will the leadership stand up for the Truth or just go the way of the world?
My concern is that many may not find the narrow gate from Matthew chapter 7:
The Narrow Gate. 13* Enter through the narrow gate;* for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.j 14How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.
Will the leadership stand up for the Truth or just go the way of the world?
I pray that they will stand up and be counted and shepherd their flocks.
I see some standing up and speaking out about the Truth, but too many seen to be silent.
Yes, too many are silent. We must pray for them to take on the armor of God.
The so-called leadership hasn’t been standing up for “the Truth” since Vatican II.
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