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Francis: Pope accuses Christians of ‘cowardliness’ for overfocus on following ‘all’ 10 Commandments February 2, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.

Reveal a bit too much, perhaps, Papa Bergoglio?  Those who are capable of observing the 10 Commandments rarely find cause to chastise others over their doing the same.

Anyway, this has already been all over, but Francis has once again made plain he has no mercy for those he perceives as his ideological opponents, and would really rather they not be in his new, oh-so-humble and merciful church.  “Why don’t you just leave?” is a not-unreasonable summation of this latest rant (my emphasis and comments):

In another in a long stream of apparent attacks on his critics, Pope Francis gave a homily last week accusing Christians who avoid taking risks out of concern for the Ten Commandments as suffering from “cowardliness,” warning that such people become “paralyzed” and unable to “go forward.” 

“‘Not taking risks, please, no… prudence…Obeying all the commandments, all of them…,’” [Do you not get the implication that the pope sees something seriously wrong with people who actually obey the Commandments?  That would explain a very great deal, wouldn’t it?] the pope said, characterizing the thinking of such Christians. “Yes, it’s true, but this paralyzes you too, it makes you forget so many graces received, it takes away memory, it takes away hope, because it doesn’t allow you to go forward.”

Such people become “confined souls” who suffer from the sin of “cowardice,” the pope added. “And the presen[ce] of a Christian, of such a Christian, is like when one goes along the street and an unexpected rain comes, and the garment is not so good and the fabric shrinks…Confined souls…This is cowardliness: this is the sin against memory, courage, patience, and hope.” [This doesn’t remotely make sense.  It’s just a gratuitous insult.]

The remarks were made during a homily delivered on January 27th during a mass he was celebrating in Casa Santa Marta….. A translation was provided by both Rome Reports and Vatican Radio (the Rome Reports translation is quoted above).

The translation published by Vatican Radio rendered the Italian word “pusillanimità” (similar to the English word “pusillanimity”) as “faintheartedness.” However, Italian-English dictionaries translate the word “pusillanime” and “pusillanimità” as “cowardly” and “cowardice.” The pope used the word twice during his homily.

The pope’s remarks appeared to be directed against those who criticize him for using Amoris Laetitia to permit those who are living in adulterous second “marriages” to receive Holy Communion at the discretion of their priest. The practice contradicts the Church’s Code of Canon Law, as well as its perennial tradition of prohibiting the sacraments to those who are living in public mortal sin……….

…….The pope’s statements are the latest in a volley of barbs apparently aimed at critics of Amoris Laetitia in recent weeks.

In late December, addressing the issue of resistance to his attempted reforms, [THEY’RE NOT REFORMS!  WHY DO PEOPLE GRANT HIM ALL THAT INTELLECTUAL ASSENT!  They are massive attacks on the solemn Doctrine of the Faith!  They are radical and dangerous innovations!  They are a surrender of the Church’s sacred duty!  But they are not “reforms!”  Reforms improve things, they don’t wreck them!]Francis decried “malicious resistance” that “takes refuge in traditions, appearances, formalities, in the familiar, or else in a desire to make everything personal, failing to distinguish between the act, the actor, and the action.”  The last reference seems to be to those who object to his insinuation in Amoris Laetitia that those civilly remarried and living in an adulterous relationship are not guilty of a sin if they commit it with the intention of maintaining unity for the sake of children, or if they fear they might fall into another sin. [So now the ends justify the means, apparently. It’s better to commit this mortal sin than that one!]

On January 20 Francis complained in a homily about “lazy Christians, Christians, who do not have the will to continue, Christians, who do not struggle for a change of things, for new things to come, those that if changed would be a good for everybody.”[Ummm, that’s pretty much all and those like me do.  But you’re not talking about what is really best for souls, Francis, you are talking about what is best for your ideological presuppositions.] He made an apparent comparison of his critics to “the doctors of the law who persecuted Jesus,” observing that “these men did everything prescribed by the law. But their mindset was distanced from God. Theirs was an egotistical mindset, focused on themselves: their hearts constantly condemned [others].”

And once again Francis clothes himself with a false cloak of Jesus Christ, inverting the truth – Christ chastised the doctors of the law for permitting sin in exactly the same way Francis encourages it – in order to justify his massive novelties and dangerous (im)moral experiments.

Ah whatever.  I’ve gotten to the point where I expect nothing less than ad hominems on the faithful and a wholesale assault on the Faith from this guy.  It’s infuriating and makes me very sad because I know he’s wreaking massive destruction on souls, but for whatever reason it is our lot to be stuck with this man at this time.  May God have mercy on His Church and send us a worthy successor of St. Peter soon if not immediately.

h/t reader TT




1. tg - February 2, 2017

If I no longer think of him as my pope, am I still in the Catholic Church? I pray for his conversion and pray for God to stop him. I try not to think of him. It’s an occasion of sin for me.

Beatrice - February 2, 2017

I just pray to St. Michael Archangel to protect Pope from snares of Satan.
I do believe his having become Pope is part of God’s chastisement

Tantumblogo - February 2, 2017

Oh yeah. Big time.

Baseballmom - February 2, 2017

I’ve come to believe he is not the pope. I believe Benedict’s Boss did NOT ACCEPT his resignation. I believe the rules set in place for a conclave (by JP2) were not followed, and that this is an invalid papacy. I do pray for the conversion of Bergoglio.

Tantumblogo - February 2, 2017

Privately, this is where I strongly tend. Publicly, I don’t have the certainty to make this claim. Oops.

NickD - February 2, 2017

I’m quickly approaching the point where I 1) doubt the validity of Pope Benedict’s abdication; viz., whether he did so under outside influence and 2) can’t help but think that, since the rules for a conclave were broken, deals struck, and factions formed, the conclave itself that chose the man once known as Cardinal Bergoglio was invalid

2. Tim - February 2, 2017

I don’t know who is Pope right now. When we pray the family Rosary I simply say for the intentions of the Holy Father. I cannot discount Ann Barnhardt’s arguments that Benedict XVI is still the Pope. Pray for them both, one is Pope and they both have souls to save. It’s all screwed up.

3. Margaret Costello - February 2, 2017

“THEY’RE NOT REFORMS! WHY DO PEOPLE GRANT HIM ALL THAT INTELLECTUAL ASSENT! They are massive attacks on the solemn Doctrine of the Faith! They are radical and dangerous innovations! They are a surrender of the Church’s sacred duty! But they are not “reforms!” Reforms improve things, they don’t wreck them!”

Spot on. I always cringe when I read the word “reforms” when it comes to Pope Francis…just like Luther “reformed” the Church too, eh? NOT. This is diabolical revolution pure and simple. May Our Lord have mercy on this man’s soul…and on ALL of our souls. We are getting seriously chastised. He is VERY angry re; Vatican II, modernists, “neo-Catholicism”, the sodomites, the careerists, the liberals and our own sins too. We are getting a just smacking.

God bless~

Tantumblogo - February 2, 2017

And this nation, too. We’re getting the same thing – think all this civil unrest after this nation legalized so-called gay marriage is accidental? Give me a break. We’ve sown the wind, now we reap the whirlwind.

In fact, that should be a post.

4. bluebird4458 - February 3, 2017

I hate to say it but he is off the wall. Thank God my faith doesn’t rest with him.

5. The Lord's Blog - February 3, 2017

He is the Pope but I must ask has he forgotten our Lord did not come to abolish the Law. He, out Lord even asks what are the two greatest commandments. Love God with mind and heart and neighbor as thyself. Pray for Francis. Something is wrong. I can only feel sorrow for him and nothing else in love of Christ. He is in a confusing world one which was probably harder back in his country its no wonder they turned to Liberal Theology. I oppose Liberal Theology of course. Let us hope our Lord can help this Pope.

Keep in mind Catherine of Sienna and Pope Pius X what they said about a Pope:

6. The Lord's Blog - February 3, 2017

He made an apparent comparison of his critics to “the doctors of the law who persecuted Jesus,” observing that “these men did everything prescribed by the law. But their mindset was distanced from God. Theirs was an egotistical mindset, focused on themselves: their hearts constantly condemned [others].”

Yes but is it charitable to let your brother or sister be mired in sin? How are we different today than in the days of Christ when he talked to the woman at the well? The key again here is changed. The Lord never wanted us to change His meaning or His words.

We maybe in a complex world but our Christianity pretty much stays the same in this world which has an overseer and our protector Jesus, quote from St. Michael’s prayer: ‘Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”

Please pray for this poor lost leader in the Vatican. Pray the Lord helps him to see the error of his ways against the Lord. Pray that our Lord has such sweet sorrow for him on Judgment day. I worry very much for his soul.


Barbara Hvilivitzky - February 3, 2017

Let’s not fall into the error of thinking our world is more complicated than in times past – it’s not. Read history, ancient, mid-ages, and modern – nothing has changed. We are still the same sad, selfish, fallen creatures we have been since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden.

Always keep in mind that when someone tells you they cannot do something because “things are so complicated now,” they are progressives, and under the influence of flawed philosophy.

The Lord's Blog - February 3, 2017

I never said it was. I subscribe to this:
St. Anthony of the Desert (4th Century) “Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our dy, Faith would be simpl an esay. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Chuch mst be brought up t date and made meaningful to the day’s problems. When the church and the world are one, then those days are at hand. Because our Divine Master placed a barrier between Hi things and the things of is world.” Like you I’m already seeing this. I wont sugarcoat anything. I don’t have to stay and listen to the progressives. As late Father Groeschel said, “Look for another Catholic Church if the message isn’t taught right.”

The Lord's Blog - February 3, 2017

Very aware of the world today. God Bless you.

7. Michelle - February 3, 2017

Let us play the 10 stringed harp in charity anyway. But it is sad to see how far we have fallen in just 11 years almost to the day : http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=2944&page=2

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9. Rebecca - February 3, 2017
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11. Barbara Hvilivitzky - February 3, 2017

I have been thinking about this a bit and I wonder if in this case we are misunderstanding Francis? Could he mean those who “only” obey the 10 Commandments and do nothing else? It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone following these Commandments of God Himself without growing in virtue and good works, but maybe Francis doesn’t see this. Am I clutching at straws?

Rebecca - February 3, 2017

Barbara, I believe he is speaking of those whose past has been a sinful one and who focus so much on their transgressions that they forget the mercy of God. This can lead to fear and also paralyze them from moving forward.

12. Magdalene - February 3, 2017

You can twist and turn and say the pope really meant this or that and this has been done for almost 4 years. But, bottom line, he says the things he is reported to say. He has sowed confusion and refuses to defend the teachings of Christ and His holy Church. We see vindictiveness and retributions going on. We see the sacraments attacked, moral teachings set aside, and now even the commandments are denigrated. He is at least a VERY bad pope –so far as conversions can happen–or he is an anti-pope. One or the other at present. He makes a fair lutheran or protestant though….but maybe not with the way he likes mason, communists, abortionists, and naturalists…

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14. Scott Smith - February 4, 2017

In the event its of interest, please see my Apologia for the orthodoxy of Amoris Laetitia. https://reducedculpability.blog/2017/01/19/amoris-laetitia-an-apologia-for-its-orthodoxy/

15. Tim - February 5, 2017

How does one “sin against memory”?

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