Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

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…or so you’d think if you got all your information about Catholicism from blog comboxes.

Not surprisingly, Pope Francis has been in the news lately. The media jumped on his offhand comments about homosexuals, breathlessly reported on a letter he wrote to an atheist, and made much hay over an interview given by the Vatican’s new Secretary of State (the media was apparently under the impression that Pope Francis is a very clever ventriloquist, and he was the one talking while the new Secretary’s mouth was moving – at least, that’s what they reported).

A common refrain I’m observing in the comboxes of various Catholic bloggers lately, when said blogger discusses one of these media reports, goes something like this:

“The Pope needs to stop making remarks like this! They’re too easily misunderstood! No one should have to write an article after the fact explaining what the Pope actually said/meant. The Pope needs to deliberate for hours on end before so much as opening his mouth! Every word must be crafted with the utmost perfection so that the media doesn’t get the wrong idea!” etc., etc.

And, my favorite:

“This kind of thing never happened when Benedict XVI/John Paul II was Pope!”

To these people, I respond:

Really? That’s some pretty amazing selective memory you have going on there. Granted, I’ve only been Catholic for the last ten years, but I remember:

The Condom Kerfuffle, in which the MSM proclaimed that Pope Benedict said condoms were perfectly okay for everyone to use (when he actually said that in certain situations, the use of a condom could indicate that someone was trying to act in a moral fashion by not spreading disease, and that trying to act morally could be a good first step on the road to repentance).

Pope Benedict’s speech at the University of Regensburg, in which (according to the media) the Pope said that Mohammed was evil incarnate and all Muslims were going to hell. (The Pope later explained that his words had been misunderstood by Muslims.)

The publication of Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate, in which the MSM announced that the Pope attacked capitalism as always evil in any circumstance and wholeheartedly supported the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was, according to the media, Pope Benedict’s last ditch attempt to revive a dying church by resurrecting a dead language.

John Paul II’s release of Dominus Iesus in 2000 spawned dozens of newspaper headlines (one of which I remember seeing in my college newspaper) proclaiming that “the Pope says non-Catholics aren’t really Christians!”

In Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, John Paul II stated unequivocally, “Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren […] I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful” (emphasis mine). Seems pretty straightforward, but the MSM headlines in response? “Pope’s words about women’s ordination spark debate” or similar.

I’m sure I could list hundreds of examples dating back decades, if not centuries, about how the media flagrantly and deliberately misrepresents a pope’s statements, leading to a need for the Vatican et al to issue a clarification. This is not a new phenomenon. The media does not exist to tell the truth – it exists to make people rich. Juicy headlines sell newspapers and garner millions of website hits, which generate revenue. “Pope Reiterates 2,000-year-old Teaching of the Church” doesn’t make money; “Pope Declares that All Atheists Go to Heaven” does. Truth has nothing to do with it, and this type of misrepresentation for personal gain is something that’s been happening as long as the papacy has existed.

Indeed, St. Peter himself could have been speaking about the mainstream media when he said, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

Of course, in every combox you find at least one person lamenting that the current Pope is destroying the Catholic Church. One example:

“This is doctrinal immodesty, if I may use the phrase. Rather than clothe the precious doctrine of the Body of Christ in garments of sobriety, modesty and Prudence, the truths of the Church are being sold away [by Pope Francis, presumably] cheaply to the moral perverts and enemies of Christ.”

I’m very curious what the commenter in question would have had to say about some of the Church’s earlier Popes:

  • Pope Stephen VI (896–897), who had his predecessor Pope Formosus exhumed, tried, de-fingered, briefly reburied, and thrown in the Tiber.
  • Pope John XII (955–964), who gave land to a mistress, murdered several people, and was killed by a man who caught him in bed with his wife.
  • Pope Benedict IX (1032–1044, 1045, 1047–1048), who “sold” the Papacy
  • Pope Boniface VIII (1294–1303), who is lampooned in Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • Pope Urban VI (1378–1389), who complained that he did not hear enough screaming when Cardinals who had conspired against him were tortured.
  • Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503), a Borgia, who was guilty of nepotism and whose unattended corpse swelled until it could barely fit in a coffin.
  • Pope Leo X (1513–1521), a spendthrift member of the Medici family who once spent 1/7 of his predecessors’ reserves on a single ceremony
  • Pope Clement VII (1523–1534), also a Medici, whose power-politicking with France, Spain, and Germany got Rome sacked.

(The preceding examples are taken from E. Chamberlain’s book “The Bad Popes,” as summarized by Wikipedia.)

We once had a Pope who was murdered while engaging in the act of adultery – and the Church survived! After that, can anyone honestly believe that the Church will be utterly decimated and destroyed simply because the current pope made statements about atheists that were deliberately misconstrued by the media in order to boost ratings?! Perhaps the Holy Spirit is insulted by the implication that His protection of the Truth was considered so weak and ineffective.

So please, fellow Catholics, the proper response when reading a MSM headline about the Pope changing a long-held doctrine of Catholicism is not panic or rage or despair. Rather, it’s a yawn, an eye-roll, and a resigned sigh – as well as a realization that we’re once again called upon to engage in the new evangelization for the sake of the Kingdom in the realm of social media and among our friends and family.

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943 thoughts on “Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism”

  1. Alfred G.,
    I too feel your pain with modern music destroying Christmas by playing modern ‘hippie’ music. However, I believe God also enjoys listening to modern music such as Jingle Bell Rock.

    I believe I walked with God along a path in Newburgh, IN a few years ago. His name is John and he carried a transistor radio sharing a selection of Christian music as he walked along a path by a river. There is no doubt in my mind that he had God’s spirit with him. Our paths crossed several times during my daily walks when I lived in a small town in Indiana. When we walked in the same direction, John would slow down to converse with me to be polite. Then he would hurry ahead since he was much faster at walking than me. I was always a little uncomfortable with our conversations since I’m not overtly religious. However, I have a powerful belief in God that is unshakable since I believe God spoke to me when I was 18 years old. I completely forgot my conversation with God until after I ‘sensed’ his death on the exact day he died on May 7, 2015. The memories started returning after I googled his name and made the remarkable discovery that he died on the exact day I sensed his death.

    One day, I saw John ahead walking in the same direction. I knew our paths wouldn’t cross that day. However, as soon as he rounded a corner into the woods, I heard him walking behind me carrying his transistor radio. I knew without a doubt that he was ahead of me moments before and then miraculously was behind me. It was on this day, in Newburgh, IN, that he decided to walked the entire path with me. During our walk, John told me what needed to happen in order for God’s son to return. He predicted that God’s son would be coming very soon. I have no doubt that John was speaking the truth because of this phenomenon. Before we parted, John asked me if I was prepared for God’s son’s arrival.
    I told his that I hoped I would be prepared. He reassured me that I would be prepared.

    If modernization brings God back to us, then let it be so. The song, Jingle Bell Rock, sounded on his transistor radio. We both like the song Jingle Bell Rock. Amen!

  2. I am irate that the pope continues to allow the Catholic Church to lose its sanctity in several ways. But by far the worst is allowing secular music and fractured sacred hymns to be played during Holy mass. My parish of 45 years no longer uses its blessed pipe organ. The organ was once blessed by a former bishop of the diocese nearly 100 years ago. So I know the organ remains blessed with the bishop’s spirit and God and Jesus’ spirit. Nowaday’s my parish church is plagued with a piano, drums, electric guitars and loud horrible bass guitar, and some fellow who plays the triangle with the drums; there is also a portable keyboard that sounds horrible. This is a travesty beyond a travesty. Last Holy Christmas mass they even had a mechanical music box with a microphone amplifying it playing “Silent Night”, as a teenage girl sang along fracturing the sacred lyrics. What has become of society and our Blessed church? For decades the pipe organ was Gods voice that boomed with thunderous force as it played. I spoke with my pastor, who’s relatively new to the parish, regarding the matter of restoring the use of the church’s organ, and he said that the organ is in a state of disrepair and that the parish’s budget is in no way of allowing repairs. He also said that the pipe organ is no longer considered sacred within the parameters of Catholic worship. I couldn’t believe what I just heard. I was beside myself. The pipe organ is sacred and the music from its pipes is God Our Father speaking to his congregation. Why dosen’t the church realize this anymore? I’m too old to look for a different parish and start all over. I love the parish that I’ve know for 45 years. I don’t want to hear demonic electric guitars or plinky-plunky pianos and drums beating away. I don’t want to hear secular pop music played. This does nothing to capture the hearts of younger churchgoers. In actuality it’s a turnoff to them as well as us aged folks. And God forbid if Holy Christmas mass is mired again with an amplified tinkling music box, and a young girl singing a sacred Chrostmas hymn poorly, I’ll be forced to resign as a parishioner. May the Lord Jesus and Almighty God The Father watch over His Blessed Holy Church. May the regretful modernization and continuous changes to the Catholic Church be seen as a force of evil dictated by Satan himself. In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, Amen. I pray to you Dearest, Sweetest Jesus, Our Heavenly Father God, Blessed Mother Mary and St. Joseph that the Catholic Church will abandon the evils of attempts to remove sacred traditions from the houses of God. The evils to modernize the church only allows the devil to further prevail in destroying the church. With your guidance and mercy, Dearest Lord, I ask that you hear my prayers and lead, guide, direct, and touch the hearts of those who represent the Catholic Church, and those of us who are the Catholic community. In your Holy name, Amen.

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