Monday, December 13, 2021



This poll which is a part of a longer article in Crux today is from Argentina, Pope Francis’ native country. This is what it discovered:

I will highlight in red below, some of what contributes to Argentina’s dismal attitude toward Pope Francis. Keep in mind, they knew him when he was the Cardinal Archbishop of Bueno Aires! 

According to a 2020 poll by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), nine in ten Argentines affirm that their religiosity did not increase after the election of history’s first pope from the global south. Furthermore, 40 percent of Argentines are “completely indifferent” to the pope, and within this number, 32 percent of those who answered identify as Catholic. And 27 percent of the people think he’s too involved in politics instead of spiritual affairs.

Seeing these numbers, it comes as no surprise that the head of the Argentine bishops’ conference, Bishop Oscar Ojea of San Isidro, believes that two of the six challenges the local church faces for the coming years involve Pope Francis and his magisterium:

  • The missionary challenge posed by Pope Francis Encyclical Evangelii Gaudium. Yet, Pope Francis seem to conflate proselytism inadequately used by him as an evil, something we shouldn’t do which seem to point to a “universalism” that is not a part of the perennial magisterium of the Church, in fact, universalism is considered a heresy. 
  • The Synod on Synodality convoked by Pope Francis. The synod on synod appears to be to most Catholics an bizarre exercise in “self-referentialism” which Pope Francis has continued to condemn but now promotes. Many wonder if the Catholic Church will even be recognizable at the end of this process or leads to a process of “re-imagining” the Church in a way that no one wants to be a part of except the geeks of this movement.
  • Accompanying the Social Magisterium of the Church. The Social teaching of the Church is what it is and there must be a concern for the poor. However, endorsing political movements that promote this, that and the other for the poor while also promoting population control by use of abortion and artificial means is ignored and Catholics who are vehemently pro-choice, like the current president and Speaker of the House are called “good Catholics” when seems to deny a significant element of the Church’s social teaching which is pro-life for the most innocent in our midst. 
  • The Defense of life. The Pope is clear when he is but ambiguous when he is. He calls the president a good Catholic and then calls abortion homicide and hiring a hitman to kill a child. So being the hitman is comparable with being a good Catholic?
  • Abuses in the Church. The pope’s track record on this has be dismal and only when he has gotten bad press, small crowds and serious condemnation does he react; think Chile and the debacle there. But there are many other examples and with some who are closest to him. 
  • Gender ideology. New Ways ministry promotes homosexual fornication, mockery of the Sacrament of Marriage and gender ideology. A link to their ministry was removed from a Vatican website because the USCCB had condemned this “ministry” in 2010. However, it was revealed this weekend that Pope Francis had written a letter to this ministry praising them for accompanying active homosexuals and those who promote gender ideology. And by Monday (today) the Vatican official apologized to New Ways for removing the link. If the pope who thinks sexual sins aren’t serious thinks that, then gender ideology is no big deal—that’s what this debacle indicates. Ambiguity, confusion, mixed messages does not make for a great religious leader. 


John said...

Reformatio capitis is indicated but who is to do it? Back to the XV-th century.

John Nolan said...

When John Paul II returned to his native country he received a rapturous welcome from his compatriots; when Benedict XVI visited Germany after his election they brewed a special beer in his honour. In nine years Francis has not set foot in Argentina, and has no plans to do so.

Interesting to contrast his low approval ratings there with his apparent popularity among practising Catholics elsewhere. Most of them do not read the Catholic press or frequent Catholic blogs, and are blithely unaware of the controversies surrounding this pontificate.

Fascinating footage of Leo XIII. He was the first pope whose portrait, widely reproduced, adorned the living-rooms of English working-class houses. Previous generations of Catholics would not have known what their pope looked like.

It's too easy to get worked up about PF's antics. But he's not the first bad pope nor will he be the last, although I would not have expected two of them to have cropped up in my lifetime. Since 2013 the Oratorian parish I attend has become even more 'traditional' and since I no longer watch papal Masses on YouTube, the decline in standards does not directly impinge on me.

qwikness said...

All these little straws on the camel's back. This New Ways thing has me disgusted.