Thursday, October 16, 2014

... from Ratzinger... to bergoglio... and beyond...

... from Ratzinger... to bergoglio... and beyond...

How did we get here (to a bergoglio papacy)?

What can we expect from the post-bergoglio papacy?

This is a reflection on two articles I read recently. The authors of the two articles are both troubled by the synod and the bergoglian papacy. And to a certain extent both challenge the authority of bergoglio as pope -- one very severely... the other less severely...

And yet I felt both authors were skating around the truth... and at least part of the reason is that they are both to lesser or greater degree still under the ratzingerian "hermeneutic of continuity" spell...

And in order to see clearly the fallen state of the Church we must emerge from the fog... the elaborate smoke screen... which Ratzinger has spent decades creating... this "hermeneutic of continuity"... this very cleverly applied "lipstick on a pig"...

One must give credit to Ratzinger because he has dressed up Vatican II so beautifully in traditional garbs that one can barely recognize the wolf under the sheeps clothing... but the odor of the wolf still hangs in the air...

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The first article comes from Deacon Nick Donelly who was the author of the Protect the Pope blog. That blog was ordered shutdown by his bishop... and so I was surprised to find out that Deacon Nick is active on Twitter and is writing articles...

The article is titled "On the chaos surrounding the Synod in Rome"... here is a quote...

LINK

Never in my life have I witnessed such confusion and disorientation about the Faith at the heart of the Church, the Holy See of Rome. During the past 35 years I have looked to Rome for certainty and consolation while the storms of dissent and disobedience ravaged the local churches. However, in this week my faith in the competence, even willingness, of Rome to uphold the Faith has been badly shaken.

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The second article comes from Mundabor who needs no introduction.

The article is titled "What JP II’s Catechism says about Francis"... here is a quote...

LINK

Is [bergoglio] the Antichrist? Poppycock. If Bergoglio were the best effort Satan can dish out, we would not be at this point. 

Is he, at least, the False Prophet? I cannot believe it, either. Too obvious, too vulgar, too vain, too imprudent, and too stupid, this man is not fooling anyone with some solid instruction and a basic thinking. I read around the blogs, and I have not been finding for months any properly formed intellect daring to support him. If it’s not silence (probably the most common reaction up to now, at least among religious) it’s incredulity, or attempt to think he said something else.

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Deacon Nick fits Mundabor's description of one who recognizes the errors of bergoglio. His article indeed as a feel of "incredulity"...

As if to say, "how can this be happening after the traditional/conservative/restorational papacy of Ratzinger?"

How indeed? This is the underlying question on the minds of many that are "traditionalists" (the Remnant) or at least leaning in a "traditionalist" direction (Deacon Nick).

And I think that Mundabor unintentionally gives us a clue as to the answer to "how can this be happening?"...

On the one hand I disagree with Mundabor's statement that bergoglio "is not fooling anyone" (even with his qualifications)... bergoglio is casting a wide net and he is reaping a great harvest of lost souls that otherwise might hear the call of Our Lord.

It is true that bergoglio is "vulgar"... although I don't think he is as "stupid" as some believe...

But the really interesting idea that Mundabor puts out there -- but then does not pursue -- is do we have examples that are the anti-thesis of Mundabor's description of bergoglio...

The perfect anti-thesis of bergoglio as described by Mundabor would be...

NOT too obvious...
NOT too vulgar...
NOT too vain...
NOT too imprudent...
NOT too stupid...

This man WOULD fool EVEN THOSE with some solid [Catholic] instruction and a basic thinking...

Ratzinger?

Yes!

Is Ratzinger then the true anti-Christ or False Prophet?

No I don't think so, but he is a prototype...

... perhaps the next pope... or the one after that...

Imagine for example if Cardinal Burke were to become pope...

Clearly Burke would steer the Church away from the direction of bergoglio and move the Church in a more "traditional" direction... a la Ratzinger...

But would Burke be capable of totally repudiating Vatican II... ?

And if he didn't wouldn't he just be preparing the way for the next bergoglio... ?

... a la Ratzinger... ?

As long as Vatican II is still in force then the Barque of Peter is still among the rocks near the shore and in danger of destruction...

Of course Burke will not be the next pope so we can safely disregard this scenario...

... but what if Cardinal O'Malley were the next pope... ?

This is much more likely... (and scary)

He would be a slightly more "conservative" version of bergoglio... he would continue to steer the Church in the same direction but be capable of fooling "EVEN THOSE with some solid [Catholic] instruction and a basic thinking... "

Is bergoglio preparing the way for someone like O'Malley... ?

... in much the same way that John XXIII prepared the way for Paul VI... ?

Would that be followed by a pope bergoglio o'malley the first and second... ?

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