If You Could Get Rid of Francis with the Push of a Button, Would You? August 9, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, demographics, error, Francis, General Catholic, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
I’m lifting a whole lot from this post at St. Corbinian’s Bear, which, because of time constraints, I rarely get to enjoy anymore. I’d forgotten how funny he is.
I am excerpting a great deal, because of the evocative nature of the question – would you, if you could, and without harming him in any material way, remove Francis as pope with the push of a button? – and because of how Bear describes Francis. It is not flattering, but I think it expresses what many frustrated souls feel at this point.
The upshot of Bear’s question is this: might not someone far worse come along? For me, who tends to be hopeful about the future in some fundamental way in spite of all evidence to the contrary, I absolutely would press the button. Yes, there is risk of someone far worse, far more capable in their efforts at destruction following after, but there does remain a distinct possibility of someone much better. That possibility may be slight, but it is not non-existent. The damage being done by the present occupant is unbelievably severe, so in spite of future risk, any chance of reward is very enticing:
Or perhaps the whole post is a joke meant to ID the “bad Catholics,” I don’t know. To the ripoff (I know the post I’m quoting is ancient in internet terms – a whole 8 days old! – but too bad, I’m doing it anyway – my emphasis and comments):
The Bear has become an expert on Papal Oral Flatology over the last horrifying three years and eight months. He has noticed, as have many others, that the most noisome eruptions tend to occur when Francis rides in airplanes. It is then that Francis most clearly reveals that he is the West’s traitor-in-chief.
In the latest episode of the Vatican Gong Show, “Terror at 30,000 Feet,” the Pope’s word salad would win praise for sheer daring from Hell’s Kitchen’s Gordon Ramsay, and the envy of America’s dhimmi poster child, Archbishop Blase “Mentally Unstable” Cupich.
The question from a journalist was about 84-year-old french priest Jaques Hamel, who, while saying Mass, had his throat slashed by – oh, never mind, you know with taxonomical certainty by whom.
Pope Francis opened his mouth, and this remarkable statement came out. “Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and to the extent the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person.”……..[Contrary to reason, as many of the terrorists who have attacked targets in the West, anyway, came not from grinding poverty, but from the professionally educated middle class.]
………the picture of Francis as a not-very-bright, narrow-minded, self-loathing Catholic and panderer with no talent for original thinking merely grew clearer. [Ouch. I’m not sure I agree he’s not very bright. Not very imaginative, surely, blinded by ideology, certainly, provincial, yes, but not bright? I think he has substantial native intelligence, it’s just been applied to dumb and self-serving things. Also, while smart, he’s not the world-beating intellect he thinks he is. Like so many on the Left, he has no idea what he doesn’t know.]With full knowledge that only the people he really cares about would agree with him, he went on to say that one could not speak of Islamic violence without speaking of Catholic violence. Really? The Bear must be reading the wrong newspapers. Unless he is speaking of violence to the Faith, and against logic. There are violent people in every religion, you see. It’s like a “mixed fruit salad,” in his words. (Archbishop Cupich would prefer “a mixed nut cup”).Pope Francis is either a liar or a lunatic with no grasp on reality. In either case, he is not fit to be Pope. But everybody knows that, even his friends. They value his dimness and gullibility. What an insult to Christians and others being killed everywhere with monotonous regularity by adherents of just one religion. The Pope just spit in Fr. Hamel’s dead face, and the face of Christ Himself, Who was present at that Mass……….………..What if there was a button for Pope Francis? A magical button that would not kill, or hurt him in any way. He just wouldn’t be Pope anymore. He and his non-Western, screwed up Argentinian Marxist-Peronist worldview; his Narcissistic Personality Disorder; Islamophilia; borderline mental retardation and Modernism would just go away.Then we could at least play Conclave Roulette and hope there wasn’t another Francis in the chamber.On second thought, we know Francis’ “extreme danger is mitigated by manifold non-compensatable personal deficiencies.” [That’s Bear’s conclusion, not mine] But if we got a smart Francis, one who was able to broaden the appeal of his awful message beyond the majority of usual suspects, then we might be willing to give anything to have the incompetent Jorge Bergoglio back.Someday Francis will shuffle off this mortal coil and ascend to Marxist-Islamic Heaven, where righteous Reds get to live on a collective beet farm with 72 virgins with hoes. His will all look like Eva Peron. Then we’ll find out whether the Church threw up an outlier, or if Francis was the first Pope of the new normal.
How about a little of column A, and a little of column B?
That is to say, the choice may not be binary. It may not be, either we get someone much more radical, and much more capable, than Franics, or we get a new Benedict. A few thoughts.
Leftists, while often wily and quite bright, naturally, are not nearly as smart as they think they are, overall. They tend to be lazy – morally, intellectually, etc. Yes, that’s somewhat self-serving, and there are certainly exceptions, but as one generation on the Left has replaced another, has it been marked by a rapidly spiraling upward intellectual trend, or are they more or less persisting on the vapors of work done generations ago? I have long tended to believe, it is the latter. And that is true even more in the Church than in the world, because the Church is an insular authoritarian state where opposition can be easily crushed by a small cadre holding great power. This has led to inbreeding, decadence, and intellectual softness.
Put another way: what if they pushed and elected Francis because they recognized in him the very best they have?
I think we’ve had two generations of churchmen now who have very little knowledge of Scripture, or Doctrine, or Canon Law, or Church machinery. They know their own little bailiwick enough to run it – after a fashion – but not much outside it. They spout tired liberal pablum because that’s all they know. There aren’t many Bea’s, Congar’s, Schillebeeckx’, Rahners and young Ratzingers running around, men exceedingly well formed who rejected orthodoxy to various degrees but always kept the enormous benefit of the rigorous environment in which they were formed.
That’s not to say there isn’t a danger of a “new normal.” The danger is huge and growing every day Francis stays in office, as the cardinalate is stacked more and more with his appointees. But there is a chance things may not get much worse than they are now.
On the other side, the same applies. I love Cardinal Burke in many respects but I question whether his formation is the equal of a middling Cardinal of, say, 1940. There may not be many Benedicts left in the till, either.
So what am I saying? A Church that steadily falls into a grinding, monotonous mediocrity.
To me, however, the chances of finding a “better than Francis” decrease with each passing day. So, I’m pounding that button hard.
What we need is a miracle. A Pius V or X or even Gregory XVI.
Not that I’m holding my breath.