Friday, April 25, 2014
THE ENEMIES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE PAPACY AND THEIR DISINFORMATION
During the war years and also during the cold war, propaganda and disinformation were quite common to disorient the enemy.
The Church and this pope (and by the way, Pope Benedict also) have many enemies both inside and outside the Church. The Church and the Papacy are seen as the enemy by godless secularism the epitome of which can been seen in how the liberal press covers the Church.
Unfortunately and sadly, Pope Francis has many enemies in the Church, as did Pope Benedict, but from differing factions and ideologies.
I always thought the more progressive Catholics symbolized by those who write and comment at the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) and at Praytell (and Whine) were some of the most small minded and cynical of Catholics in their hatred of Pope Benedict and his Magisterium.
Yet, I have been more scandalized by the ultra-traditionalist right that has become like a brood of vipers in their contempt for Pope Francis and their shrill and vitriolic condemnation of this pope. They are like their ultra-progressive counterparts at the NCR and PT but more vicious and unCatholic in their lack of charity, which by the way, is the greatest of the gifts God gives us above faith and hope!
The media has made an art of handing out disinformation to confuse and confound Catholics, especially conservative, orthodox Catholics. This shouldn't be shocking to anyone. Catholic ultra-traditionalists as well as those on the left do the same thing. This should be shocking when we consider how much our Lord desires the Church to be One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic and prays for that unity in his farewell discourse in John's Gospel.
Pope Francis is a progressive when it comes to pastoral sensitives and placing people above rules, some of which he has indeed called small-minded rules. After more than a year of his papacy, this should not be shocking. And quite frankly, we know of many bishops and priests who do not prevent divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion--there is nothing new in this although it is illicit. That Cardinal Jorge Bergolio would be of this school is not a shock, but that he would promote it as the Bishop of Rome is. He needs to clarify his position on this and I hope he will if not it smacks of the highest degree of clericalism and will lead Catholics to think that whatever lifestyle choices they make, even being a member of the mafia, entitles them to receive Holy Communion if they so desire.
But there is also a bit of recklessness in Pope Francis' Italian/South American heritage of personality and culture. He is not careful in choosing his words and is naive in not realizing how his words are twisted and used against him by Catholics and secularists and the media.
A symbol of his recklessness occurred in South America when he arrived for World Youth Day when his compact car got lost on the way to an event and was mobbed by the faithful. I actually thought (as I watched it live on television) that the Pope's security might have been severely injured or killed in the chaos that ensued not to mention the laity, many men, women and children, even infants in the arms, that might have died being crushed between moving cars or stampeded or run over. The Holy Father seemed oblivious to this danger, not only to himself, which is okay, but to others he endangered by his recklessness and this is unacceptable.
The same is true when he allowed two young boys to ride in the pope-mobile at a Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square. On the surface it looked sweet. But let's face it this pope could be a target for assassination. Did he place these children into an unsafe environment (an open air vehicle) and could they have been in the line of fire in an assassination attempt?
We need to pray for Pope Francis that he be as serious and somber in his everyday life as Pope as he is when he celebrates Mass. There needs to be integration of personality and persona in these two parts of his public life.
Pope Benedict's splendid example of apologizing for poorly chosen words:
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