But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water.I recall Michael Voris saying that we should pray that God gives us the pope we need and not the pope we deserve.
-- Gospel according to St. John 19:34
After six months, it seems that God has given us the pope we deserve.
In case there was even the slightest bit of doubt left, the current resident of the Vatican... I mean the current wearer of the papal tiara.. I mean the... well whatever. The cardinal that was elected and pronounced Pope. You know the guy...
Here is the latest papal news as reported by LifeSiteNews which is very faithful to the Catholic Church...
In comments rocking the Catholic world today, Pope Francis’ has recommended that the Church pull back from her perceived emphasis on “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.”Folks, it doesn't get much worse than this. One of the few bright spots about Pope Francis was that he seemed to be very pro-life. Yeah, well... apparently not so much.
The comments appear in a lengthy interview with La Civilta Catholica in partnership with America magazine, which was published just before noon today in most Jesuit publications around the world.
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” Pope Francis said.
“This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that,” he added. “But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
In the interview the Pope says that the Church’s preaching must begin first with the “proclamation of salvation.” “Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence,” he said.
The life issues are central because they are the point of the spear that the anti-Catholic forces are thrusting into the side of the Church.
Previous popes understood this well... even Paul VI!
A pope who is not doing everything possible to protect the Church from this attack is going to be wildly popular with the mass media. They have already declared him to be the "people's pope". Indeed, his goal seems to be the pope of non-Catholics and Catholics alike. Which of course is impossible without redefining what it means to be pope.
However, a redefinition of this sort would be the same as abolishing the papacy.
Is the Pope Catholic?
...not such an easy question any more.