When he read Pope Francis’s latest assault on the papacy, Petrus submitted the following commentary for discussion. As Editor, speaking on behalf of the Catholic Truth team, I agree with his every word. Do you?
In his first Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis continues his attack on the papacy. This attack began minutes after his election, when he rejected the ermine lined red cape and stole worn by his predecessors. Minutes after the election result was declared in the Sistine Chapel, the Master of Ceremonies offered to the new Pope these garments. “No thank you, Monsignore,” Pope Francis is reported to have replied. “You put it on instead. Carnival time is over!” Along with his continued use of “Bishop of Rome”, Pope Francis very quickly signalled his intent to demean the papacy.
His latest attack takes place just sixteen paragraphs into his latest document. ” Nor do I believe that the papal magisterium should be expected to offer a definitive or complete word on every question which affects the Church and the world. It is not advisable for the Pope to take the place of local Bishops in the discernment of every issue which arises in their territory. In this sense, I am conscious of the need to promote a sound “decentralization”. What exactly does the Pope mean by this? Clearly, he subscribes to the Anglican model of “First Among Equals”.
The Pope goes on to say ” I too must think about a conversion of the papacy. It is my duty, as the Bishop of Rome, to be open to suggestions which can help make the exercise of my ministry more faithful to the meaning which Jesus Christ wished to give it and to the present needs of evangelization.” So, last week we had a questionnaire asking us what we think of contraception, abortion, divorce and homosexuality, and now the Pope himself is asking for suggestions on the papacy? He goes on to say ” a juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated.” For me, this is a no brainer. If Jorge Mario Bergoglio disliked the papacy so much, he should never have accepted it. For a man who never tires of telling us how humble he is, it is rather arrogant to say the least for him to try so blatantly to change the papacy to suit himself.
“It is not the task of the Pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality”. claims Pope Francis. Well, this is the task of the Pope. This is what Pope St. Pius X did when he issued his Encyclical Letter “Pascendi”. It is What Pope Leo XIII did when he issued Rerum Novarum. This “humble” Pope cannot distinguish between true and false humility. His dislike of the papacy, issued under the guise of humility, is, in actual fact, pride. He himself cannot separate the man from the office. When the Pope teaches and commands, he does this because of the office he holds, not because of the man he is. When he wears traditional papal dress, he does this to glorify the office of the Pope, not the man. Pope Francis should never have accepted the papacy.
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