Vatican City, Feb 15, 2015 / 04:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After elevating 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded them that true honor is found in service, and urged them to follow Jesus in breaking rigid ways of thinking and touching society’s marginalized. “Jesus is not afraid of scandal! He does not think of the closed-minded who are scandalized even by a work of healing, scandalized before any kind of openness, by any action outside of their mental and spiritual boxes,” the Pope said Feb. 15. Rather than seeking to conform to the norms of others or adhere to a ritualistic purity, Jesus seeks to “reinstate the outcast, to save those outside the camp.” Source
Since the “outcasts” are easily “reinstated” within the Church by doing what all sinners do, confessing their sins, showing true sorrow for their sins and making determination not to return to those sins, it’s not easy to work out exactly what it is that Pope Francis is talking about, to put it as politely as possible. In the context of the recent Synod scandal, with promise of more to come, I wonder if, by exhorting the cardinals to think of actions “outside of their spiritual boxes” he is suggesting that applying Canon Law to the divorced and “remarried” and to reject any recognition of homosexual unions, is to treat people uncharitably, like “lepers”. Maybe I’m wrong, of course, bound to happen one of these days, but, whatever, Pope Francis’ address to the 20 new cardinals brought to my mind the Christian Order editorial below (well, actually, somebody emailed it to me today and THEN I put it together with the address to the new cardinals!) Seems Papa Francis blames the Holy Spirit for the mayhem that has broken out since the launch of the Bergoglian ‘project’.
Read the extract below from the Christian Order article and then share your thoughts. Am I misinterpreting the Pope’s exhortation to the new cardinals? If so, would someone please explain to this simple gal, what the dickens point he’s making? WHO are the “lepers” and just what is a “spiritual box”, especially one that need to be set aside in order to help said “lepers”? I need to know in case I’ve got one and just didn’t realise it. There’s so much paperwork and boxes around here that I just might have missed it.
The Locust Project
One does not remain faithful, like the traditionalists…, to the letter. …. Our certainties can become a wall, a jail that imprisons the Holy Spirit. Cardinal Bergoglio, 30 Days, Nov. 2007
If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing. … Those today who always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ … – [their] faith becomes an ideology….
Pope Bergoglio, America, 19/9/13
[One] temptation [is] to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) … ; within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve. … it is the temptation of the … so-called… “traditionalists” … – Pope Bergoglio, Extraordinary Synod, 18/10/14
Is it just our traditionalist ‘infidelity’ to the Holy Spirit? Our ‘ideological’ desire for doctrinal ‘security’? Our ‘temptation’ to ‘hostile inflexibility’? Or is this repetitive party line precisely as it appears: a purposeful neo-Modernist desire to demean and deconstruct the Faith of Our Fathers? A Bergoglian ‘project’?
The rhetorical questions underline the obvious answer. From the outset of this pontificate, as thoroughly documented in these pages, we have endured one long, ruthless Bergoglian assault on all we hold dear (to include the papacy itself). And that being the case, why, on the first anniversary of his election, during a 5 March 2014 interview with Corriere della Sera, did Pope Francis dare to state:
“Last March , I didn’t have a project to change the Church”?
The Holy Spirit Made Me Do It!
Now, papolators need not panic or reach for a valium (— just yet: best wait till the end and take a handful of pills at once). I am not accusing the pope of bare-faced lying. In keeping with Modernist duplicity, it’s more nuanced (‘messier’?) than that.
In the first place, while feigning to ‘listen’ more than any pope in history, Francis talks so much that he does not hear himself! He does not detect, never mind evaluate, the hallmark pride of anti-dogmatic Modernism that resounds whenever he discusses Catholic Tradition and its upholders. Our opening quotations typify the tone: self-righteous, jarring, condescending. Read entire article here