Monday, October 7, 2013

Video of Pope Francis praying before St. Francis Crucifix (50 seconds)

[27] And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him: That which thou dost, do quickly. [28] Now no man at the table knew to what purpose he said this unto him. [29] For some thought, because Judas had the purse, that Jesus had said to him: Buy those things which we have need of for the festival day: or that he should give something to the poor.
 -- Gospel According to Saint John 13:27-29

About a year ago I wrote the following in this blog:

The other day I was struck by some words from Pope Benedict about Judas. Perhaps I am reading too much into his words, but he seemed to have a message for those who dissent from Church teaching. Here are his words which are a reflection on the reaction of many of his disciples to Christ's teaching that He is the Bread of Life from John Chapter 6...
In the end, Jesus knew that even among the Twelve there was one who did not believe: Judas. Judas too could have left like the other disciples did; perhaps he should have left had he wanted to be honest. Instead he stayed with Jesus. He stayed not because of faith, not because of love, but with the secret plan to get back at the Master. Why? Because Judas felt that Jesus had betrayed him and he decided to betray Jesus in turn. Judas was a zealot and wanted a victorious Messiah who would lead a revolt against the Romans. Jesus frustrated these expectations. The problem is that Judas did not leave and his gravest fault was falsity, which is the sign of the devil. Because of this Jesus said to the Twelve: “One among you is a devil!” (John 6:70). Let us pray to the Virgin Mary, who helps us to believe in Jesus, as St. Peter did, to be ever more sincere with him and with everyone.
Is the Pope asking the dissenters to leave the Church? Could he possibly be comparing their acts of treason with the betrayal of Jesus Christ?

NOTE: Notice how this video report from CatholicTV skips over the more important words of Pope Benedict and in so doing does not convey the Pope's message at all. Instead CTV communicates a secular humanist feel-good message. This is par for the course for the official Vatican news services. Vatican Radio and the rest are more interested in portraying the Church as an NGO that is in line with the mundane goals of secular humanism rather than the Church of Jesus Christ with a divine mission to save souls.

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