Pope Francis’ very own 10 step program August 11, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, the return.
So when I first saw the below at Fr. Ray Blake’s site last week, I took it Fr. Blake had developed his own “10 step” program of life according to Pope Francis, based on Fr. Blake’s interpretation of some of Pope Francis’ statements. So, he posted this:
So, like I said, I thought this was just Fr. Blake riffing on some of Pope Francis’ more, ummm…..worldly statements. That is to say, I did not think this was a real list from Pope Francis himself, nor a shorthand compendium of some ideas he expressed in an interview, but just someone extrapolating from some of Pope Francis less edifying moments. Coupled with the fact I am extremely busy and have nary a chance to cover much of any news,I sort of let the matter go.
But then I saw some other coverage just today, and realized……ay caramba, these are for realz?!!? And it seems save for a little bit of squabbling over some of the translations, they are.
This is really how the Great Fisherman, Sweet Christ on earth, the occupant of the most exalted office in the history of mankind, and the spiritual leader of at least a billion souls, thinks? When did Dale Carnegie get promoted to the See of Peter.
And as a member of a 12 step program, I can say Pope Francis missed step 3 rather badly, which is the foundation of all the rest: acknowledge the Higher Power. He also excluded step 8, make amends for one’s sins.
And it’s having more than just a slight effect. This very worldly, in some cases nearly new age, conception of “happiness,” with nary a mention of Jesus Christ, is having an immediate and strong impact.
Aside from a mention of Sunday being a
holy day holiday day off from work, the entire list is completely secular. That’s not right, even the mention of Sunday is completely secular, and there is no mention of reserving a day to honor God, which 90+% of the people in the world would accept at least as a sort of nice intention. What is all this bending over backwards to please atheists? There is even a denouncement, at least in the Catholic News Service article, of proselytizing, something I think many early Church fathers and great Saints might take a bit of exception to:
9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the pope said.
Poor Saint Francis de Sales, poor Saint Francis Xavier, and thousands of other Saints……they did it all wrong! Saint Paul, too, apparently, and the entire early Church, which existed in a perpetual state of condemnation of the dominant pagan culture. That living rebuke of paganism drove the non-Christians nuts, and provided much fire for the ongoing persecutions. But now we are told to be a proselytizer is the very worst thing one can be.
What can one say? Ten steps to happiness, and Jesus Christ not even in the mix.
I really wish I could meet the Pope, and ask him (in Spanish, since he doesn’t speak English), whether I made a horrible mistake in converting to the Faith.
I know the answer……I have absolutely no doubt……but I have to openly wonder what his answer would be.
Is it either unfair or inappropriate to state that the viewpoint expressed above is unequivocally one of secular humanism? A belief system that says all religions are basically the same, we should throw away any ideology that “divides,” and come together with a mushy, totally ineffectual spirit of nebulous good will (that denies sacrifice and rarely produces any good works), without a thought for the afterlife?