We know that Pope Francis is upholding Pope Paul VI's prophetic Humanae Vitae where His Holiness predicted in 1968 the trials and tribulations of a culture drunk on disconnecting sex from marriage and sex from the procreation of children, opposed to natural law. It is all intimately related to much of the demise of Catholicism in Western Europe and elsewhere.
This is what Pope Francis said last night (Trinity Sunday night) in a neighborhood in Rome close to the North American College:
“A people that does not care for its elder members, one that does not take care of its young people, is a people without a future, a people without hope – for young people - children, young people - and seniors carry [the people] forward in history.” Pope Francis went on to say, “Children and young people [do so] with the vim and vigor natural to youth, to be sure [It. I bambini, i giovani con la loro forza biologica, è giusto]. The elders [do so] by offering memory. When a society loses its memory, though, it is finished.”
Pope Francis went on to tie the crisis among the young and the elderly in society to the “throw-away culture” that drives and dominates globally. “In order to maintain such a [system], in which, at the center of the world economy, there are not man and woman, but the idol of money, it is necessary to discard things. Children are discarded.”
“Just think,” he continued, “of the birth rate in Europe: in Italy, Spain, France – and the elderly, [too], are thrown away, with attitudes behind which there hides a form of euthanasia. [The elderly] are no longer useful – and that which is not useful is to be tossed aside,” he said.
“Europe is tired,” said Pope Francis. “We have to help Europe rejuvenate, to find its roots. It is true: Europe has disowned its roots – and we must help Europe to rediscover those roots.”
MY COMMENTS: Pope Francis recently excommunicated two lay people who are post-Catholics and who celebrated "mass" without priests--a mockery of the true Sacrament. But there were other post-Catholic, post-Christian elements that led to the Holy Father's extreme steps to call this couple back to orthodoxy and thus salvation by returning in a repentant way to the full communion of the true Church.
Hopefully Pope Francis will continue to address also the disintegration of the Sacramental and devotional life of the Church. He has done so already in one major way with his revival of popular devotions and making these central in Catholic lives which can be accomplished in the home and in communities by laity themselves. Catholic popular devotions in the home and on the streets will help revive authentic Catholicism.
But the banal manner in which so many of the sacraments of are celebrated, included the source and summit of the Church, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, needs to be addressed. Certainly reviving the Sacrament of Penance which Pope Francis is doing is good and foundational. But the example of Pope Benedict in calling for a "reform of the reform" of the Ordinary Form of the Mass by allowing its roots, the now called Extraordinary Form of the Mass, to exert a greater influence on the Ordinary Form's authentic renewal needs to be recaptured and soon!
The contraceptive mentality logically leads to a sterile form of sexual unions called homosexual sex acts. There are Catholics throughout the world wanting secular society, its judicial, legislative and executive branches of government to redefine marriage (which is ordered by natural law) into something unnatural and thus immoral.
Nancy Pelosi, who should have been excommunicated years ago for her pro-abortion ideologies that encourages people to kill their children, now in line with her ideologies, is criticizing the Archbishop of San Francisco for marching and speaking at a pro-marriage rally later this month in Washington, DC. It is outrageous and the truth of her non-Catholic status needs to be made explicit by the highest authority of the Church in her home diocese which is the very archbishop she is criticizing and calling to join her in her post-Catholicism. Pope Francis needs to act in concert with the Archbishop of San Francisco to make explicit the true status of Nancy Pelosi's post-Catholicism.
What will it take for the Pope to act against the real leaders of the demise of Catholicism in Western Europe and the United States similar to what he did to the two post-Catholics in Belgium which he excommunicated?
In an article at The New Liturgical Movement, I print the following which ties in very clearly with the revival of Catholicism in Europe and the rest of the world. We need to be reminded of this each and everyday:
Tracey Rowland’s tour de force of theological anthropology, “The Usus Antiquior and the New Evangelization” (pp. 115–37) is required reading for both those who already know that the traditional Latin Mass is crucial to the Church’s mission in the contemporary world (these will gobble it up), or those who suspect and worry that it might be so (these will come to a sobering realization and then start making plans for learning how to celebrate the EF). Here is a sample of Rowland’s vigorous style:
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, Aidan Nichols and other lesser names have argued that the liturgy exists to worship God and that if we promote it for any other reason we are promoting sub-theological ideologies. The most common of these are liturgy as group therapy and liturgy as community building. Nonetheless, it is possible to hold that while the sole purpose of liturgy is worship, there are obvious spiritual and educational side effects and it is in this context that the usus antiquior can play an important role in the New Evangelisation. Specifically, the usus antiquior may be an antidote to the ruthless attacks on memory and tradition and high culture, typical of the culture of modernity, and it may also satisfy the desire of the post-modern generations to be embedded within a coherent, non-fragmented tradition that is open to the transcendent. (p. 117)