MSM Remaking Pope Francis in their own image

by Datechguy | May 26th, 2013

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MSM Remaking Pope Francis in their own image

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I’ve held back speak­ing about the cur­rent feed­ing frenzy con­cern­ing Pope Fran­cis to see how the media is react­ing. They have not dis­ap­pointed:

New York Times:

Fran­cis’ speeches clearly draw on the themes of lib­er­a­tion the­ol­ogy, a move­ment that seeks to use the teach­ings of the Gospel to help free peo­ple from poverty and that has been par­tic­u­larly strong in his native Latin America.

USA Today:

We are a com­mu­nity that is just try­ing to do good and live good lives, just like most com­mu­ni­ties are,” said Greg Epstein, Har­vard University’s Human­ist chap­lain and author of “Good With­out God.” ”His state­ment is an acknowl­edg­ment of that. It is wel­come and it is gratifying.”

Salon:

It likely doesn’t mat­ter much to the athe­ists of the world that — of all peo­ple — Pope Fran­cis is on their side. But he is. And that’s a cool thing for all of us.

The Huff­in­g­ton Post: (empha­sis mine)

Of course, not all Chris­tians believe that those who don’t believe will be redeemed, and the Pope’s words may spark mem­o­ries of the deep divi­sions from the Protes­tant ref­or­ma­tion over the belief in redemp­tion through grace ver­sus redemp­tion through works.

There seems to be a giant cheer among some on the left almost sug­gest­ing that this might be the first post Chris­t­ian Pope although at least some like Allah­Pun­dit who are not Catholic were wise enough rather to jump to con­clu­sions to ask ques­tions:

How can it be that, if the Church is the path to Christ and Christ is the path to sal­va­tion, some­one who didn’t choose that path can find sal­va­tion regard­less? It’s true that the Church since Vat­i­can II has opened the door to sal­va­tion for non-​Catholics

If you’re a faith­ful Catholic and you are con­fused, you might be even more con­fused by these words from the very ortho­dox Fr. Z.

If you go through his com­ments as reported, and I did, there is noth­ing in Pope Francis’s remarks about the pos­si­bil­ity of athe­ists being saved that is not in keep­ing with the doc­u­ment Domi­nus Iesus.

Domi­nus Iesus, signed by then Joseph Ratzinger, (Pope Emer­i­tus Bene­dict XVI+ and approved by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000 which says in part

Fur­ther­more, the salvific action of Jesus Christ, with and through his Spirit, extends beyond the vis­i­ble bound­aries of the Church to all human­ity. Speak­ing of the paschal mys­tery, in which Christ even now asso­ciates the believer to him­self in a liv­ing man­ner in the Spirit and gives him the hope of res­ur­rec­tion, the Coun­cil states: “All this holds true not only for Chris­tians but also for all men of good will in whose hearts grace is active invis­i­bly. For since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same des­tiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the pos­si­bil­ity of being made part­ners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery”

and con­cludes thus:

The rev­e­la­tion of Christ will con­tinue to be “the true lodestar” in his­tory for all human­ity: “The truth, which is Christ, imposes itself as an all-​embracing author­ity”. The Chris­t­ian mys­tery, in fact, over­comes all bar­ri­ers of time and space, and accom­plishes the unity of the human fam­ily: “From their dif­fer­ent loca­tions and tra­di­tions all are called in Christ to share in the unity of the fam­ily of God’s chil­dren… Jesus destroys the walls of divi­sion and cre­ates unity in a new and unsur­passed way through our shar­ing in his mys­tery. This unity is so deep that the Church can say with Saint Paul: ‘You are no longer strangers and sojourn­ers, but you are saints and mem­bers of the house­hold of God’ (Eph 2:19)”.

OK if you are a non-​Catholic read­ing this or a poorly taught Catholic your reac­tion is likely Say What?

Let’s look at what the Pope actu­ally said in the ser­mon:

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Every­one! ‘Father, the athe­ists?’ Even the athe­ists. Every­one! And this Blood makes us chil­dren of God of the first class! We are cre­ated chil­dren in the like­ness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this com­mand­ment for every­one to do good, I think, is a beau­ti­ful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to oth­ers, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gen­tly, lit­tle by lit­tle, we will make that cul­ture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an athe­ist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

First of all this mes­sage is sim­i­lar and oppo­site to this pas­sage artic­u­lated in the Screw­tape letters:

You will say that these are very small sins; and doubt­less, like all young tempters, you are anx­ious to be able to report spec­tac­u­lar wicked­ness. But do remem­ber, the only thing that mat­ters is the extent to which you sep­a­rate the man from the Enemy. It does not mat­ter how small the sins are pro­vided that their cumu­la­tive effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing

Screw­tape of course con­sid­ers the enemy God but Fran­cis has very pub­licly named the enemy as Satan and under­stands that by encour­ag­ing those who do not believe to virtue even if in their minds it is not dri­ven by Chris­tian­ity it moves them away from the dark­ness and the far­ther you go from the dark­ness the closers to the light.

Chris­tian­ity 101 is that Christ is the Son of God and died for the sins of all mankind. He didn’t die just for the sins Chris­tians, of Jews, Of Rus­sians, Mem­bers of the Fra­ter­nal Order of Moose, peo­ple who eat cab­bage on Thurs­day, or the cast of Hustler’s new par­ody of the HBO series girls, EVERY­BODY! But that gives the pos­si­bil­ity of sal­va­tion not the cer­tainly because that requires an act of free will.

The ques­tion is and remains given free will does a per­son accept that gift at some time before the final moment of death or does one com­mit the one unfor­giv­able mor­tal sin and reject it?

But even this Mor­tal sin, this sin about the gravest of sub­jects, even if done delib­er­ately has one final require­ment to make it mor­tal and damn­ing, understanding.

You and I, imper­fect crea­tures that we are don’t make that judge­ment (and a damn good thing too because we are imper­fect) but God does, and I trust his judgement.

Final thought: The media is report­ing the Pope’s remarks in the way they are not because of their igno­rance of the Catholic Faith as taught, but because as always, they wish to jus­tify them­selves and the rejec­tion of it, but if it was really the way to live, they wouldn’t need to jus­tify its valid­ity by invok­ing the Pope or actu­ally remak­ing the Pope in their own image, because if they did they would also report things Pope Fran­cis say like this:

Mother of the silence that pre­serves the mys­tery of God, deliver us from the idol­a­try of the present, to which those who for­get are con­demned. Purify the eyes of pas­tors with the balm of memory:that we might return to the fresh­ness of the begin­ning, for a pray­ing and pen­i­tent Church.

Wouldn’t they?

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I’ve held back speaking about the current feeding frenzy concerning Pope Francis to see how the media is reacting. They have not disappointed:

New York Times:

Francis’ speeches clearly draw on the themes of liberation theology, a movement that seeks to use the teachings of the Gospel to help free people from poverty and that has been particularly strong in his native Latin America.

USA Today:

“We are a community that is just trying to do good and live good lives, just like most communities are,” said Greg Epstein, Harvard University’s Humanist chaplain and author of “Good Without God.” ”His statement is an acknowledgment of that. It is welcome and it is gratifying.”

Salon:

It likely doesn’t matter much to the atheists of the world that — of all people — Pope Francis is on their side. But he is. And that’s a cool thing for all of us.

The Huffington Post: (emphasis mine)

Of course, not all Christians believe that those who don’t believe will be redeemed, and the Pope’s words may spark memories of the deep divisions from the Protestant reformation over the belief in redemption through grace versus redemption through works.

There seems to be a giant cheer among some on the left almost suggesting that this might be the first post Christian Pope although at least some like AllahPundit who are not Catholic were wise enough rather to jump to conclusions to ask questions:

How can it be that, if the Church is the path to Christ and Christ is the path to salvation, someone who didn’t choose that path can find salvation regardless? It’s true that the Church since Vatican II has opened the door to salvation for non-Catholics

If you’re a faithful Catholic and you are confused, you might be even more confused by these words from the very orthodox Fr. Z.

If you go through his comments as reported, and I did, there is nothing in Pope Francis’s remarks about the possibility of atheists being saved that is not in keeping with the document Dominus Iesus.

Dominus Iesus, signed by then Joseph Ratzinger, (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI+ and approved by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000 which says in part

Furthermore, the salvific action of Jesus Christ, with and through his Spirit, extends beyond the visible boundaries of the Church to all humanity. Speaking of the paschal mystery, in which Christ even now associates the believer to himself in a living manner in the Spirit and gives him the hope of resurrection, the Council states: “All this holds true not only for Christians but also for all men of good will in whose hearts grace is active invisibly. For since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery”

and concludes thus:

The revelation of Christ will continue to be “the true lodestar” in history for all humanity: “The truth, which is Christ, imposes itself as an all-embracing authority”. The Christian mystery, in fact, overcomes all barriers of time and space, and accomplishes the unity of the human family: “From their different locations and traditions all are called in Christ to share in the unity of the family of God’s children… Jesus destroys the walls of division and creates unity in a new and unsurpassed way through our sharing in his mystery. This unity is so deep that the Church can say with Saint Paul: ‘You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are saints and members of the household of God’ (Eph 2:19)”.

OK if you are a non-Catholic reading this or a poorly taught Catholic your reaction is likely Say What?

Let’s look at what the Pope actually said in the sermon:

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

First of all this message is similar and opposite to this passage articulated in the Screwtape letters:

You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing

Screwtape of course considers the enemy God but Francis has very publicly named the enemy as Satan and understands that by encouraging those who do not believe to virtue even if in their minds it is not driven by Christianity it moves them away from the darkness and the farther you go from the darkness the closers to the light.

Christianity 101 is that Christ is the Son of God and died for the sins of all mankind. He didn’t die just for the sins Christians, of Jews, Of Russians, Members of the Fraternal Order of Moose, people who eat cabbage on Thursday, or the cast of Hustler’s new parody of the HBO series girls, EVERYBODY! But that gives the possibility of salvation not the certainly because that requires an act of free will.

The question is and remains given free will does a person accept that gift at some time before the final moment of death or does one commit the one unforgivable mortal sin and reject it?

But even this Mortal sin, this sin about the gravest of subjects, even if done deliberately has one final requirement to make it mortal and damning, understanding.

You and I, imperfect creatures that we are don’t make that judgement (and a damn good thing too because we are imperfect) but God does, and I trust his judgement.

Final thought: The media is reporting the Pope’s remarks in the way they are not because of their ignorance of the Catholic Faith as taught, but because as always, they wish to justify themselves and the rejection of it, but if it was really the way to live, they wouldn’t need to justify its validity by invoking the Pope or actually remaking the Pope in their own image, because if they did they would also report things Pope Francis say like this:

Mother of the silence that preserves the mystery of God, deliver us from the idolatry of the present, to which those who forget are condemned. Purify the eyes of pastors with the balm of memory:that we might return to the freshness of the beginning, for a praying and penitent Church.

Wouldn’t they?

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