“The refreshment that Francis of Assisi brought to the 12th. century is what seems to be served up (by Pope Francis) in the 21st. century,” writes Fr. John Rose SJ (The Examiner, September 28). One of the flaws of human nature is to fall for novelty right from our First Parents without realizing the consequences. And so Pope Francis’s off-the-cuff quips amidst a back drop of pauperism project him to the post Vatican II Catholic as a papal novelty of wit and candour that reaches out to the marketplace.
St. Francis of Assisi embraced the religion given by God; Pope Francis embraces the Vatican II New Religion instituted by man. The former was ordained “to offer sacrifice to God and celebrate Mass for the living and the dead in the Name of the Lord;” the latter was ordained end 1969 “to receive the gifts from the people to be offered to God,” whatever it may mean.
Coming to details, Pope Francis has dubbed as Pelagians, restorationists and triumphalists those good Catholics who presented him with a spiritual bouquet of 4500 Rosaries or who adhere to the immemorial Latin Mass of all times which no legitimate authority to date has banned. W.e.f. August 11, he has prohibited the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass.
Marcelo González, of Panorama Católico Internacional, who knows the Church of Argentina as well as the palm of his hand, has this to state on Pope Francis: “Of all the unthinkable candidates, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is perhaps the worst. Not because he openly professes doctrines against the faith and morals, but because, judging from his work as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, faith and morals seem to have been irrelevant to him.
A sworn enemy of the Traditional Mass, he has only allowed imitations of it in the hands of declared enemies of the ancient liturgy. He has persecuted every single priest who made an effort to wear a cassock, preach with firmness, or that was simply interested in Summorum Pontificum. Famous for his inconsistency (at times, for the unintelligibility of his addresses and homilies), accustomed to the use of coarse, demagogical, and ambiguous expressions, it cannot be said that his magisterium is heterodox, but rather non-existent for how confusing it is.”
The difference between Francis of Modernist Rome and Francis of Assisi is the difference between chalk and cheese.