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Pope Francis casts out Saint Paul, St. Vincent of Lerins, basically all Church Fathers… January 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Bible, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.

……in a stunning rant given at Casa Santa Martha today.  He cites what I am sure is meant to be traditional, observant (or “fundamentalist”) Christians as rebellious idolaters guilty of divination and being possessed of a closed, self-serving heart (that means you).  In so doing, he, intentionally or no, contradicts and rhetorically casts out such figures as St. Paul (see Galations i:8), St. Vincent of Lerins (Keep the deposit of Faith whole and entire, which has been entrusted to you, not that which you yourself have devised……), and virtually every great Saint and Church Father.  It’s a declaration of revolution, a revolution this Pope arrogates to believe stems from the Holy Spirit, rather than his own warped ideology (emphasis in original, my comments):

Christians who stop at “it’s always been done that way” have hearts closed to the surprises of the Holy Spirit. They are idolaters and rebels will never arrive at the fullness of the truth. That was the message of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday morning at the chapel in the Casa Santa Marta.

In the first reading, Saul was rejected by God as King of Israel because he disobeyed, preferring to listen to the people rather than the will of God. The people, after a victory in battle, wanted to offer a sacrifice of the best animals to God, because, he said, “it’s always been done that way.” [Today’s reading is I Sam xv:16-23 in the Novus Ordo.  I have literally ZERO idea how Pope Francis has come up with this explanation for this passage, Saul was not punished for sparing the king of the Amelekites, whom God had ordered killed, and for setting aside the best of their cattle for his own plunder, instead of offering that for sacrifice.  It had nothing to do with tradition, or things being done a certain way, but because Saul disobeyed a direct command of God.  Would that Pope Francis would consider his fate a bit more with respect to himself]  But God, this time, did not want that. The prophet Samuel rebuked Saul: “Does the Lord so delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obedience to the command of the Lord?” Jesus teaches us the same thing in the Gospel, the Pope explained. When the doctors of the law criticized Him because His disciples did not fast “as had always been done,” Jesus responded with these examples from daily life: “No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.” [Once again, this is a false analysis.  The Pharisees would criticize Jesus no matter what – fasting, not fasting, He would be pointed out for failures no matter what He did, because the Pharisees were against Him at this point. Yes, Christ is also saying that there is a New Law coming, because the old one had grown corrupt and pro forma, with the outside performance of the works of the Law no longer signifying a changed heart.  But this bit of Gospel is relied heavily upon progressives to find in Christ justification for their revolutionary intent.]

“What does this mean? That He changes the law? No! That the law is at the service of man, who is at the service of God – and so man ought to have an open heart. ‘It’s always been done this way’ is a closed heart, and Jesus tells us, ‘I will send you the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into the fullness of truth.’ If you have a heart closed to the newness of the Spirit, you will never reach the full truth. And your Christian life will be a half-and-half life, a patched life, mended with new things, but on a structure that is not open to the voice of the Lord—a closed heart, so that you are not able to change others.” [Now he is conflating simple discipline with Doctrine. It is one thing to change exterior practices that have no impact on the Truth, and solemnly defined Doctrines that have been held since Christ walked the earth.  We know this because Pope Francis has attacked not just disciplines, but hard doctrines. But progressives tend, for their own ideological convenience, to find very few actual Dogmas/Doctrines and just a whole bunch of discipline that can be forever altered.  This is a tenet inherited directly from modernism]

This, the Pope emphasized, was the sin of Saul, for which he was rejected. [No, he was rejected for not killing the Ameekite king Agog] “It is the sin of so many Christians who cling to what has always been done and who do not allow others to change. And they end up with half a life, [a life that is] patched, mended, meaningless.” The sin, he said, “is a closed heart,” that “does not hear the voice of the Lord, that is not open to the newness of the Lord, to the Spirit that always surprises us.” This rebellion, says Samuel, is “the sin of divination,” and obstinacy is the sin of idolatry:

“Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,’ this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination. It’s as if they went about by guessing: ‘What has been said and what doesn’t change is what’s important; what I hear—from myself and my closed heart—more than the Word of the Lord.’Obstinacy is also the sin of idolatry: the Christian who is obstinate sins! The sin of idolatry. ‘And what is the way, Father?’ Open the heart to the Holy Spirit, discern what is the will of God.” [Which just happens to amazingly correlate with the progressive-leftist program!  The god of political expedience is the one being honored here]

Pope Francis noted that in Jesus’ time, good Israelites were in the habit of fasting. “But there is another reality,” he said. “There is the Holy Spirit who leads us into the full truth. And for this reason he needs an open heart, a heart that will not stubbornly remain in the sin of idolatry of oneself,” imagining that my own opinion is more important than the surprise of the Holy Spirit. [What’s that line about those who twist Scripture to their own destruction?]

“This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God. May the Lord grant us the grace of an open heart, of a heart open to the voice of the Spirit, which knows how to discern what should not change, because it is fundamental, from what should change in order to be able to receive the newness of the Spirit.”

And so all those Saints, too many to list, who said “Don’t change one jot or tittle from what I have passed onto you, just as I have held all that I received as so precious and unchangeable” were just a bunch of hard-hearted close-minded Pelagian idolaters.


Look, there are certainly many aspects of the Church that have changed over the centuries.  No one says everything must remain exactly as it was in 1962 or 1898 or 1214 or whatever.

But that’s not what’s been going on in this pontificate.  We’re not talking about some detail changes around the edges. We’re talking about a full-court press to almost totally redefine the Church along worldly progressive lines, and Doctrine has definitely been put in play on many fronts.

I’ll just note once again that some of the few souls Francis feels are worthy of judging, and quite harshly (contra his stand on sodomites in the Church), are those Catholics most rooted in the Faith and most zealous for the Truth.  We’re lumped in with the mafiosos, “polluters,” arms manufacturers, and profiteers as the only evil people in the world.

I don’t say that because it hurts my wittle feewings, but because of what it reveals about the man.  It is not insignificant.

Look, I know at this point those with eyes to see know just exactly what this pontiff is about.  If you read The Collaborator, I think Mitchell Hadley nailed this pontiff precisely.  That’s what he is.  He is so ideological that he radically misconstrues even easy to understand sections of Scripture because everything must always hammer in the direction of his ideology, even when the supporting “evidence” makes no sense.

At this point I’m just basically down to begging God to have mercy on His Church and relieve us of this chastisement. If it weren’t for his ability to wreak such havoc, I’d ignore him entirely.

More on that in a bit.



1. taliesin319 - January 18, 2016

Well one thing is for certain. Francis
sure knows his wineskins. Surely there is at least one Trappist Monastary who might be persuaded to offer him a retreat complete with a vow of silence ?

2. c matt - January 18, 2016

I’ll also give that he is shrewd enough to build in plausible deniability (as all modernists are). No doubt the last line “May the Lord grant us the grace of an open heart, of a heart open to the voice of the Spirit, which knows how to discern what should not change, because it is fundamental, from what should change in order to be able to receive the newness of the Spirit.” will be seized upon by defenders to show he means to impart orthodox teachings.

If his actions coincided with orthodox interpretations, perhaps they would have a point. But what comes out of his mouth, barely orthodox when it is, is completely belied by his actions.

3. Xopher - January 18, 2016

“Christians who stop at “it’s always been done that way” have hearts closed to the surprises of the Holy Spirit….”

Might as well include St. Thomas Aquinas in your list of the newly anathematized. I’m sure he’d be flipping back to Prima Pars to be sure that he wrote that in God there is no potentiality, and, therefore, not likely any surprises. God never changes.

Additionally, you point out where he lists new “sins” of idolatry and divination that clearly aren’t. He’s really starting to scare me when he starts fiddling with teaching on morals like this. God forbid he ever try to sit in The Chair and say something like that.

4. Xopher - January 18, 2016

You might as well add St. Thomas Aquinas to your list of the newly anathematized. After reading, “Christians who stop at ‘it’s always been done that way’ have hearts closed to the surprises of the Holy Spirit,” he’s bound to turn back to Prima Pars to double-check that he wrote that “It is therefore impossible that in God there should be any potentiality,” instead of “in God there are wonderful surprises to be found!”

Also, as Pope Francis goes on to list sins that are not, teaching on morality, I just hope he doesn’t try to sit in The Chair and say such things. May God forbid it.

5. TE - January 18, 2016

I am thinking of praying a novena for the conversion of Pope Francis to the Roman Catholic Faith.

Baseballmom - January 18, 2016

Amen. Been praying for that in my Morning Offering for about 18 months or so….

6. Daniel Brooks - January 18, 2016

He conflates refusing to follow the new paradigm, the new gospel with being in rebellion and idolatry. He then vaguely refers to 1 Samuel 15:23.

[23] Because it is like the sin of witchcraft, to rebel: and like the crime of idolatry, to refuse to obey. Forasmuch therefore as thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord hath also rejected thee from being king.

He’s basically saying abandon the old ways and obey the new Gospel of Mercy© or you are refusing to obey [you’re an idolater] and you are a rebel [guilty of divination].

How upside down is that?

7. Ignatz - January 19, 2016

The great saints – Francis, Thomas Aquinas, Paul – actually said things that were NEW and caused great anger.

Jesus, himself, of course made enemies of His society’s most religious people – self-righteous priests who condemned other people’s sins, were experts on the Bible, and certain that they were the keepers of sacred tradition.

There is a difference between tradition and Tradition. Not every old practice is Tradition. Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s still a good idea.

Don’t tell the Holy Spirit what to do.

8. Brian - January 19, 2016

I don’t recall reading about a “God of Surprises” anywhere in the Bible. But Pope Francis keeps referring to it as if it were an amazing key insight of the Faith he discovered for us. It actually emerged (surprisingly) as a doctrine about 3 years ago.

Jesus, however, does not talk like Pope Francis. Jesus refers to things like He is the Vine and we are the Branches; a continuously living thing. That implies sameness to me; like a Fir Tree that grows taller but is always the same regardless of size. Human nature craves stability. We see it all the time and not just in our Faith. People by nature like constancy, firm foundations, contractual obligations, keeping one’s promises, faithfulness to death, stability. Who in the world would value a “God of Surprises”?!

The Mass on earth is but a dim shadow of the Mass of eternity which is the Beatific Vision for eternity; unchanging forever.

I have read the Bible cover to cover more than once. Scripture’s theme is constancy. Constancy. God gives the Law and demands Man comply. End of story. There is no other story in the Bible. It is repeated over and over again up to and including the Baptist. How can anyone miss it? Man is frequently unfaithful. God never is. He is constant. There is zero evidence of a “surprising” God in scripture.

I don’t know, there is a nasty odor of effeminacy in the phrase “God of Surprises” that really, really grates.

9. Gary - January 19, 2016

I used to think that we had to worry about the progressive infestation in the Federal government; 😂😂 we better worry about it in our beloved Church🙀🙀

10. Confused Catholic - January 19, 2016

Act bravely, my Brethren; take courage, and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.

The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.

Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.

There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.

Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

[b]Those who preserve their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth.[/b] But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head [Jesus Christ], these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish [physically] rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.

Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.

tg - January 19, 2016

Who said this? I’ve read it before.

Eoin Suibhne - January 19, 2016

St. Francis of Assisi.

11. tg - January 19, 2016

“At this point I’m just basically down to begging God to have mercy on His Church and relieve us of this chastisement. If it weren’t for his ability to wreak such havoc, I’d ignore him entirely.” My exact sentiments. I wonder if other church leaders are ignoring him because there is no outrage on his intentions about other religions.

12. Anthony - January 20, 2016

As a great priest friend of mine said, “God is ultimately in control of everything!” Pray, fast, and let’s do penance joyfully together. Let the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross permeate our hearts and souls. It is “The Great God of Heaven and of Earth in His Only Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus, the Christ, that Victory is assured.” Let’s have Christ-like radical confidence in the Blessed Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Our Lady of Fatima teach us to pray the Rosary as you do Blessed Mother, today, tomorrow, and forever. St. Michael and the Angels of God rest assured are more than ready than ever. Who is like God?

13. Anthony - January 21, 2016

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we adore thee profoundly and we offer to thee the Most Precious, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the World in reparation for all the horrible, sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which HE is offended, and by the infinite merits of HIS Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we beg of THEE, the conversions of US POOR SINNERS. AMEN. Angel of Fatima Prayer taught to the little Fatima Pilgrims, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia.

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