Francis Castigates the Church Triumphant
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Every single day.
Every single day with relentless fury and great emotional glee.
Filled with smug self-satisfaction.
Although it is only two days since part one of this commentary was published, Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis has been very, very busy in his daily effort to castigate anyone and everyone who holds to the remotest semblance of Catholic Faith, Worship, Morals and even simple practices of piety. By so doing, of course, this coarse, vain, vulgar little revolutionary egomaniac is castigating every single member of the Church Triumphant in Heaven just two weeks before we celebrate All Saints Day. It is very reasonable to presume that Bergoglio/Francis will use the Solemnity of All Saints to proclaim that only those who "served the poor," at least as he defines such "service," and that the ranks of those in Heaven include even atheists who "did good" to the poor. This is not at all unrealistic given the way things have unfolded on a daily basis in the past seven months, five days.
"Evangelizing" In Behalf of the One World Ecumenical Church
On Monday, October 14, 2013, the Feast of Pope Saint Callistus I, Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis, spoke in behalf of what is called "the new evangelization," which is, of course, nothing other than a program of indoctrination in the joys of conciliarism to those who are "illiterate" about it, especially those non-Catholics who are under the unfortunate misapprehension, as he sees it, that the Catholic Church adheres to a "moralistic ideology" and is to "closed-in-on-itself" to "accept" others as they are without seeking with urgency their unconditional conversion to her maternal bosom and to adhere to everything she teaches without any reservation or qualification whatsoever.
That's about as cogent a summary of the goals of the "new evangelization" as can be provided as a means of "framing" Bergoglio/Francis's screed to the "Pontifical" Council for Promoting the "New Evangelization":
I greet you all and thank you for what you do at the service of the New Evangelization, and for the work for the Year of Faith. My heartfelt thanks! What I would like to say to you today can be summarized in three points: primacy of witness; urgency of going out to encounter; pastoral program centered on the essential. (Antipope Discusses New Ways to Propagate Conciliarism, October 18, 2013, from the Italian.)
Once again, Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis clams that it is "necessary" to concentrate on what he thinks is the "essential," which means, of course, that there are matters pertaining to the Sacred Deposit of Faith that are "non-essential" or "non-fundamental." Although phrased differently, this is the exact same approach taken by a certain heretic for whom he has expressed much admiration and respect, Martin Luther.
As readers are prone not to remember points made in various commentaries, permit me to cast this conciliar shibboleth aside once again by calling upon Pope Pius XI to explain to that are no such things as "fundamental" and "non-fundamental" doctrines:
Besides this, in connection
with things which must be believed, it is nowise licit to use that
distinction which some have seen fit to introduce between those articles
of faith which are fundamental and those which are not fundamental, as
they say, as if the former are to be accepted by all, while the latter
may be left to the free assent of the faithful: for the supernatural
virtue of faith has a formal cause, namely the authority of God
revealing, and this is patient of no such distinction. For this
reason it is that all who are truly Christ's believe, for example, the
Conception of the Mother of God without stain of original sin with the
same faith as they believe the mystery of the August Trinity, and the
Incarnation of our Lord just as they do the infallible teaching
authority of the Roman Pontiff, according to the sense in which it was
defined by the Ecumenical Council of the Vatican. Are these truths not
equally certain, or not equally to be believed, because the Church has
solemnly sanctioned and defined them, some in one age and some in
another, even in those times immediately before our own? Has not God
revealed them all? For the teaching authority of the Church, which in
the divine wisdom was constituted on earth in order that revealed
doctrines might remain intact for ever, and that they might be brought
with ease and security to the knowledge of men, and which is daily
exercised through the Roman Pontiff and the Bishops who are in communion
with him, has also the office of defining, when it sees fit, any truth
with solemn rites and decrees, whenever this is necessary either to
oppose the errors or the attacks of heretics, or more clearly and in
greater detail to stamp the minds of the faithful with the articles of
sacred doctrine which have been explained. But in the use of this
extraordinary teaching authority no newly invented matter is brought in,
nor is anything new added to the number of those truths which are at
least implicitly contained in the deposit of Revelation, divinely handed
down to the Church: only those which are made clear which perhaps may
still seem obscure to some, or that which some have previously called
into question is declared to be of faith. (Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928.)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a true disciple of his false religion, conciliarism, one of whose "essential" premises is that it is necessary to "strip away" all that be a stumbling block to true "brotherhood" with mankind. This means that dogmatic pronouncements and "moralizing" and an "excessive attachment" to liturgical ceremonies must be stripped away as entirely "non-essential" to engaging in "dialogue" to get to "know the other" "where it is" in order to help him understand that the Catholic Church is not the "no church" that he may think it to be.
Are you ready for the next part of Bergoglio/Francis's speech about the "new evangelization" four days ago now?
Ready or not, here it is:
In our time we often witness an attitude of indifference to faith, regarded as no longer relevant in man’s life. New Evangelization means to reawaken the life of faith in the heart and mind of our contemporaries. Faith is a gift of God, but it is important that we Christians show that we live the faith in a concrete way, through love, concord, joy, suffering, because this elicits questions, as at the beginning of the journey of the Church: Why do they live like this? What drives them? These are questions that go to the heart of evangelization, which is the witness of their faith and charity. What we need especially in these times are credible witnesses who with their life and also with the word render the Gospel visible, reawaken attraction for Jesus Christ, for God’s beauty.
So many people have fallen away from the Church. It’s a mistake to put the blame on one side or the other, in fact, it’s not about talking about fault. There are responsibilities in the history of the Church and of her men, in certain ideologies and also in individual persons. As children of the Church we must continue on the path of Vatican Council II, stripping ourselves of useless and harmful things, of false worldly securities which weigh down the Church and damage her true face.
There is need of Christians who render the mercy of God visible to the men of today, His tenderness for every creature. We all know that the crisis of contemporary humanity is not superficial but profound. Because of this the New Evangelization -- while calling to have the courage to go against the current, to be converted from idols to the only true God --, cannot but use the language of mercy, made up of gestures and attitudes even before words. In the midst of today’s humanity the Church says: Come to Jesus, all you who labor and are heavy laden and you will find rest for your souls (cf. Matthew 11:28-30). Come to Jesus. He alone has the words of eternal life. (Antipope Discusses New Ways to Propagate Conciliarism, October 18, 2013, from the Italian.)
The blaspheming lay Jesuit revolutionary from Argentina must always slay his straw men. He seems to be diabolically compelled to do so, blaming Holy Mother Church and her true popes for "certain ideologies" that he believes have hindered the "true message" of the Gospel.
To accomplish this end of disabusing fallen away Catholics, most of whom have been driven out by conciliarism or have left because they have immersed themselves in lives of unrepentant sin, Bergoglio/Francis, who is rather merciless and cold-blooded in his treatment of traditionally-minded and "conservative" Catholics in the structures of his false church (see Francis: The Latest In A Long Line Of Ecclesiastical Tyrants, to say nothing of his daily screeds), believes that the "medicine of mercy" must be used.
There have been fifty-one years of this false mercy, begun with Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII's "opening address" at the "Second" Vatican Council on October 11, 1962, the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This has resulted in the alienation of Catholics from the true Church, an alienation that is the result, at least in part, of the raising of "expectations" in the wake of the "Second" Vatican Council and the "liturgical renewal" represented by the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical service by making it appear that everything about the Catholic Faith was negotiable and subject to alteration and/or adaptation to the "needs" of the times.
By making constant advertence to the false mercy of conciliarism and by denouncing certain "ideologies" and "individual persons" who have been "closed" to the "needs" of the people, Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis is explaining that those who have been alienated by the as of yet "unfulfilled" expectations raised by the "Second" Vatican Council need wait no longer. The day of the "open church" for which they have waited so long has arrived, and it is communicate this demonic message that the "new evangelization" has been launched.
Can you stand any more?
Well, to be honest with you, I cannot stand much more of this. However, as I got a decent night of sleep last night for the first time in ten days or so, I will forge ahead with the next section of Bergoglio/Francis's address four days ago to the "Pontifical" Council for Promoting the New Evangelization:
Every baptized person is a “cristoforo,” a bearer of Christ, as the ancient holy Fathers said. Whoever has encountered Christ, as the Samaritan woman at the well, cannot keep this experience to him/herself, but has the desire to share it, to bring Jesus to others (cf. John 4). It is for all of us to ask ourselves if one who meets us perceives in our life the warmth of faith, sees in our face the joy of having encountered Christ!
Here we move to the second aspect: the encounter, to go out to encounter others. The New Evangelization is a renewed movement towards him who has lost the faith and the profound meaning of life. This dynamism is part of the great mission of Christ to bring life to the world, the Father’s love to humanity. The Son of God “went out” of his divine condition and came to encounter us. The Church is within this movement; every Christian is called to go out to encounter others, to dialogue with those who do not think the way we do, with those who have another faith, or who don’t have faith. To encounter all because we all have in common our having been created in the image and likeness of God. We can go out to encounter everyone, without fear and without giving up our membership.
No one is excluded from the hope of life, from the love of God. The Church is sent to reawaken this hope everywhere, especially where it is suffocated by difficult existential conditions, at times inhuman, where hope does not breathe but is suffocated. There is need of the oxygen of the Gospel, of the breath of the Spirit of the Risen Christ, to rekindle it in hearts. The Church is the house whose doors are always open not only so that everyone can find welcome and breathe love and hope, but also because we can go out and bring this love and this hope. The Holy Spirit drives us to go out of our enclosure and guides us to the fringes of humanity.
In the Church all this, however, is not left to chance or improvisation. It calls for a common commitment to a pastoral plan that recalls the essential and that is “well centered on the essential, namely on Jesus Christ. It is no use to be scattered in so many secondary or superfluous things, but to be concentrated on the fundamental reality, which is the encounter with Christ, with his mercy, with his love, and to love brothers as He loved us. A project animated by the creativity and imagination of the Holy Spirit, who drives us also to follow new ways, with courage and without becoming fossilized! We could ask ourselves: how effective is the pastoral of our dioceses and parishes? Does it render the essential visible? Do the different experiences, characteristics, walk together in the harmony that the Spirit gives? Or is our pastoral scattered, fragmentary where, in the end, each one goes his own way?
In this context I would like to stress the importance of catechesis, as an instance of evangelization. Pope Paul VI already did so in the encyclical Evangelii nuntiandi (cf. n. 44). From there the great catechetical movement has carried forward a renewal to surmount the break between the Gospel and the culture and illiteracy of our days in the matter of faith. I have recalled several times a fact that has struck me in my ministry: to meet children who cannot even do the Sign of the Cross! Precious is the service carried out by the catechists for the New Evangelization, and it is important that parents be the first catechists, the first educators of the faith in their own family with their witness and with the word.
Thank you, dear friends, for this visit. Good work! May the Lord bless you and Our Lady protect you. (Antipope Discusses New Ways to Propagate Conciliarism, October 18, 2013, from the Italian.)
"It is no use to be scattered in so many secondary or superfluous things."
You know, little things such as the Cantate Domino, February 4, 1442, issued by Pope Eugene IV at the Council of Florence.
Little things such as the doctrinal exactitude of the Scholasticism of Saint Thomas Aquinas, which Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis, in perfect lockstep with his predecessor, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, has "obscured" the "true Gospel" of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and corrupted the writings of the early Church Fathers.
Little things such as Purgatory.
Little things such as the Council of Trent.
Little things such as the condemnations of "religious liberty" issued by Popes Pius VI, VII, Gregory XI, Pius IX, and Leo XIII.
Little things such as the condemnations of the separation of Church and State made by Popes Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, Saint Pius X and Benedict XV.
Little things such as The Syllabus of Errors, issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1864.
Little things such as the [First] Vatican Council's teaching on the Divine Constitution of Holy Mother Church, on the immutability of Catholic doctrine, on Papal Primacy and Papal Infallibility.
Little things such as Pope Leo XIII's declaration of the absolutely invalid nature of Anglican sacramental rites as found in Apostolicae Curae, September 15, 1896, and his firm exhortation to the Orthodox and Protestants to return to the true Faith as found in Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae, June 29, 1894, which was merely a reiteration of the exhortation given to Protestants to return to the Catholic Church that had been made by Pope Pius XI in Iam Vos Omnes, September 13, 1968.
Little things such as Pope Saint Pius X's Pascendi Dominci Gregis, September 8, 1907, The Oath Against Modernism, September 1, 1910, and Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.
Little things such as Pope Pius XI's reminder that there can be no peace in the world which is not the "peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ," as he taught in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922, and Quas Primas, December 11, 1925.
Little things such as Pope Pius XI's condemnations of false ecumenism in Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928, and of contraception and abortion in Casti Connubii, December 31, 1930, and classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929, and of any cooperation whatsoever given to socialism or Communism by Catholics as found in Divini Redemptoris, March 19, 1937.
Little things such as Pope Pius XII's reiteration in Mystici Corporis, June 29, 1943, of Catholic doctrine concerning the invalid nature of the Mosaic Covenant and that only those who are members of the Catholic Church.
Little things such as Pope Pius XII's denunciation, contained in Humani Generis, August 12, 1950, of the "new theology" in which a German seminarian named Joseph Ratzinger was being formed at that precise time.
You know, little things like that, those, just "superfluous" and "secondary" "Pharisaical" things adhered by "restorationists" and "triumphalists" and "legalists" who long for the "no church," the "moralizing church, the "ideological church" of the past that was "too-closed-in-on-itself."
Perhaps more "superfluous" and "secondary than everything else is Immemorial Mass of Tradition, whose very permanence and stability, transcendence and glory, Bergoglio believes, impeded the "true Gospel of the Divine Redeemer more than anything else, something that he reiterated, if only by implication, just today, Friday, October 18, 2013, the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist.
Conciliarism's "new evangelization" that is now in the charge of Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis is simply the work of Antichrist to turn everything about Catholic Faith, Worship, Morals and pastoral praxis upside down, all to the inflaming the wrath of God and to the ruin of so many countless hundreds of millions of souls
Just Say No To "Moralizing Ideologies"
Continuing along the same themes that mentioned at length to "Father" Antonio Spadoro, S.J., and to atheist Eugenio Scalfari, Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis has been on a rampage in the past several days against what he considers to be "false piety" and "moralizing ideologies," thereby once again castigating the entire membership of the Church Militant in Heaven and giving encouraging to those who are living lives of rank libertinage.
Here is just a sampling:
This was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily during his Thursday morning
Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. During his homily, the Pope warned
Christians against behaving as though the “key is in [their] pocket, and
the door closed.” He reiterated that without prayer, one abandons the
faith and descends into ideology and moralism. “Woe to you, scholars of
the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge!” (Luke 11: 52)Pope
Francis referred back to this passage from Thursday’s Gospel in his
homily, moving from Jesus’ warning. He warned: “When we are on the
street and find ourselves in front of a closed Church,” he said, “we
feel that something is strange.” Sometimes, he said, “they give us
reasons” as to why they are closed: They give “excuses, justifications,
but the fact remains that the Church is closed and the people who pass
by cannot enter.” And, even worse, the Lord cannot be close to the
people. Today, the Pope said, Jesus speaks to us about the “image of the
[lock]”; it is “the image of those Christians who have the key in their
hand, but take it away, without opening the door.” Worse still, “they
keep the door closed” and “don’t allow anyone to enter.” In so doing,
they themselves do not enter. The “lack of Christian witness does this,”
he said, and “when this Christian is a priest, a bishop or a Pope it is
worse.” But, the Pope asks, how does it happen that a “Christian falls
into this attitude” of keeping the key to the Church in his pocket, with
the door closed? (Prayer keeps us from losing faith.)
I laughed out loud when I read this the first time as the transparency of Jorge Mario Bergoglio's hatred of anything to do with even a semblance of the Catholic Faith is but a caricature of conciliarism and buries once for all time the efforts made by his immediate predecessor, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, a true revolutionary in his own right as a progenitor of the "Second" Vatican Council, to "reconcile" the "novelties" of the "Second" Vatican Council and the "magisterium" of the conciliar "popes" with the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church.
Upon re-reading it just now, however, I must admit to being very sad, recognizing that, yes, while some people are, thanks be to God, seeing through all of this and recognizing that none of it has anything to do with the Catholic Faith, many others will be led astray as each of their own prejudices against all that is authentically Catholic is being reaffirmed by the "pope" who shares their false views in their entirety.
To claim that an adherence to the Sacred Deposit of Faith as it has been handed down to us from the Apostles "descends into ideology and moralism" that keeps the Catholic Church "closed" is to blaspheme every single Catholic who suffered much in this life, up to the point of shedding their own blood in many instances, to defend the integrity of the Holy Faith and the purity of moral teaching.
It was in like manner that the rest of his screed at the Casa Santa Marta yesterday morning, Thursday, October 17, 2013, the Feast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque:
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller
and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In
ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his
meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And
when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the
faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this
attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken
away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into
an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the
door with many requirements.”The Pope continued, Jesus told us: “You
burden the shoulders of people [with] many things; only one is
necessary.” This, therefore, is the “spiritual, mental” thought process
of one who wants to keep the key in his pocket and the door closed:
faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the
people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of
the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians.
It is an illness, but it is not new, eh? Already the Apostle John, in
his first Letter, spoke of this. Christians who lose the faith and
prefer the ideologies. His attitude is: be rigid, moralistic, ethical,
but without kindness. This can be the question, no? But why is it that a
Christian can become like this? Just one thing: this Christian does not
pray. And if there is no prayer, you always close the door.”“The key
that opens the door to the faith,” the Pope added, “is prayer.” The Holy
Father warned: “When a Christian does not pray, this happens. And his
witness is an arrogant witness.” He who does not pray is “arrogant, is
proud, is sure of himself. He is not humble. He seeks his own
advancement.” Instead, he said, “when a Christian prays, he is not far
from the faith; he speaks with Jesus.” And, the Pope said, “I say to
pray, I do not say to say prayers, because these teachers of the law
said many prayers” in order to be seen. Jesus, instead, says: “when you
pray, go into your room and pray to the Father in secret, heart to
heart.” The pope continued: “It is one thing to pray, and another thing
to say prayers.”
“These do not pray, abandoning the faith and
transforming it into moralistic, casuistic ideology, without Jesus. And
when a prophet or a good Christian reproaches them, they the same that
they did with Jesus: ‘When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began
to act with hostility toward him’ – they are ideologically hostile –
‘and to interrogate him about many things,’ – they are insidious – ‘for
they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.’ They are not
transparent. Ah, poor things, they are people dishonoured by their
pride. We ask the Lord for Grace, first: never to stop praying to never
lose the faith; to remain humble, and so not to become closed, which
closes the way to the Lord.” (Prayer keeps us from losing faith.)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a master projectionist as he is the one who has attempted to transform revolutionary ideology into an expression of the Catholic Faith while he condemns those who stand fast in Its holy defense.
A firm preaching of the Catholic Faith has attracted souls to the true Church from the time that our first pope, Saint Peter the Apostle, preached on Pentecost Sunday following the descent of God the Holy Ghost upon he Apostles and our dear Blessed Mother and the others who were gathered in the same Upper Room in Jerusalem where Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ had instituted the Holy Priesthood and the Holy Eucharist fifty-three days before.
Yes, there are those who have been repelled by the preaching of the true Catholic Faith over the centuries. Such people, however, were not interested in changing their lives or of enduring the suffering from friends and relatives that would come their way if they had converted. They, like the rich young man who turned away from Our Lord when He asked him to follow Him, had many "possessions" (career security, human respect, friendships, family ties, financial independence) that they were unwilling to surrender. Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis is telling such people that there is never to change, there is nothing to give away, there is nothing about which to be ashamed, that they must not listen to his mythical straw men who have "kept them away" in the past.
Perhaps Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis would like to name the names of those who have been "Christian ideologues" and "moralists."
How about Saint John Mary Vianney? He was a firm moralist who scared the living daylights out of the people so as to get them back into the confessional, where he spent up to eighteen hours a day most days.
How about Padre Pio? He was very firm about modesty and purity.
How about Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, the very Patron Saint of Moral Theologians and a Doctor of Holy Mother Church, who communicated with firmness and clarity.
Here is just one example:
"A friend of fools:, says the Holy Ghost, "shall
become like them"--Prov., xiii. 20. Christians who live in enmity with
God, are, Father M. Avila used to say, all fools, who deserve to be shut
up in a madhouse. For, what greater madness can be conceived than to
believe in Hell, and to live in sin? But the man who contracts an
intimacy with these fools, shall soon become like them. Although he
should hear all the sermons of the sacred orators, he will continue in
vice, according to the celebrated maxim: "Examples make greater
impressions than words". Hence the Royal Prophet has said: "With the
elect though wilt be elect, and with the perverse thou wilt be
perverted"--Ps., xvii. 27. St. Augustine says, that familiarity with
sinners is as it were a hook, which draws us to communicate in their
vices. Let us, said the saint, avoid wicked friends, "lest by their
company we may be drawn to a communion of vice". St. Thomas teaches,
that to know whom we should avoid, is a great means of saving our souls.
"Firma tutela salutis est, scire quem fugiamus".
"Let their way become dark and slipper, and let the
angel of the Lord pursue them"--Ps., xxxiv. 6. All men in this life
walk in the midst of darkness, and in a slippery way. If, then, a bad
angel--that is, a wicked companion, who is worse than any devil--pursue
them, and endeavour to drive them into an abyss, who shall be able to
escape death? "Talis eris", says Plato, "qualis conversatio quam
sequeris?" And St. John Chrysostom said, that if we wish to know a man's
moral habits, we have only to observe the character of the friends with
whom he associates: because friendship finds or makes him like his
friends. "Vis nosse hominem, attende quorum familiartate assuescat:
amicitia aut pares invenit, aut pares facit:. First, because, to please
his friends, a man will endeavour to imitate them; secondly, because, as
Seneca says, nature inclines men to do what they see others do. And the
Scripture says: "They were mingled among the heathens, and learned
their works"--Ps., cv. 35. According to St. Basil, as air which comes
from pestilential places causes infection, so, by conversation with bad
companions, we almost imperceptibly contract their vices. "Quemadmodum
in pestilentibus locis sensim attractus aer latentem corporibus morbum
injuicit sic itidem in prava conversatione maxima a nobis mala
haurinutur, etiamsi statim incommodum non sentiatur"--S. Bas., hom. ix.
ex. var. Quod Deus, etc. And St. Bernard says, that St. Peter, in
consequence of associating with the enemies of Jesus Christ, denied his
Master. "Existens cum passionis dominicae ministris, Dominum negavit".
But how, asks St. Ambrose, can bad companions give
you the odour of chastity, when they exhale the stench of impurity? How
can they infuse into you sentiments of devotion, when they themselves
fly from it? How can they impart to you a shame of offending God, when
they cast it away? "Quid tibi demonstrant castiatem quem non habent?
Devotionem quam non sequuuntur? Verecundiam quam projiciunt?" St.
Augustine writes of himself, that when he associated with bad
companions, who boasted of their wickedness, he felt himself impelled to
sin without shame; and to appear like them, he gloried in his evil
actions. "Pudebat", he says, "me esse pudentum"-lib. 2, de Conf., c. ix.
Hence Isaias admonishes you to "touch no unclean thing:--Isa., lii. 11.
Touch not what is unclean: if you don, you too shall be polluted. he
that handles pitch, says Ecclesiasticus, shall certainly be defiled with
it; and they who keep company with the proud, shall be clothed with
pride. The same holds for other vices: "He that toucheth pitch, shall be
defiled with it; and he hath fellowship with the proud, shall put on
pride"--Eccl., xiii. 1.
What then must we do? The Wise Man tells us, that
we ought not only to avoid the vices of the wicked, but also to beware
of treading in the ways in which they walk. "Restrain they foot from
their paths"--Prov., i. 15. That is, we should avoid their
conversations, their discourses, their feasts, and all the allurements
and presents with which they will seek to entice us into their net. "My
son," says Solomon, "if sinners shall entice thee, consent not
them"--Prov., i. 10. Without the decoy, the birds are not enticed into
the fowler's net. "Will the bird fall into the snare upon the earth, if
there be no fowler?"--Amos, iii. 5. The Devil employs vicious friends as
decoys, to draw so many souls into the snare of sin. "My enemies", says
Jeremias, "have chased me, and have caught me like a bird without
cause"--Lamen., iii. 52. He says, without cause. Ask the wicked whey
they have made a certain innocent young man fall into sin; and they will
answer: We have done it without cause; we only wish to see him to do
what we ourselves do. This, says St. Ephrem, is one of the artifices of
the Devil: when he has caught a soul in his net, he makes him a snare,
or a decoy, to deceive others. "Cum primum capta fuerit anima, ad alias
decipiendas fit quasi laqueus".
Hence it is necessary to avoid, as you would a
plague, all familiarity with these scorpions of Hell. I have said that
you must avoid familiarity with them--that is, all fellowship in their
banquets or conversation; for, never to meet them is, as the Apostle
says, impossible. "Otherwise you must needs go out of this world"--I.
Cor., v. 10. But, it is in our power to abstain from familiar
intercourse with them. "But now I have written to you, not to keep
company, etc........with such a one, not so much as to eat"--ibid., v.
11. I have called them scorpions: so they have been called by the
Prophet Ezechiel: "Thou art among unbelievers and destroyers, and thou
dwellest among scorpions"--Ezech., ii. 6. Would you live in the midst of
scorpions? You must then fly from scandalous friends, who, by their bad
examples and words, poison your soul. "A man's enemies shall be they of
his own household"--Matt., x. 36. Wicked friends that are very familiar
and intimate to us, become the most pernicious enemies of our souls.
"Who", says Ecclesiasticus, "will pit an enchanter struck by a serpent,
or any that come near wild beasts? So it is with him that keepeth
company with a wicked man"--Eccl., xii. 13. If the man that makes free
with serpents, or with ferocious wild beasts, be bitten or devoured by
them, who will take pity on him? And so it is with him who associates
with scandalous companions; if, by their bad example, he be contaminated
and lost, neither God nor man will have compassion on him; because he
was cautioned to fly from their society.
One scandalous companion is enough to corrupt all
who treat him as a friend. "Know you not", says St. Paul, "That a little
leaven corrupts the whole lump?"--I. Cor., v. 6. One of these
scandalous sinners is able, by a perverse maxim, to infect all his
companions. They are the false prophets whom Jesus Christ warns us to
avoid. "Beware of false prophets",--Matt., vii. 15. False prophets
deceive, not only by false predictions, but also by false maxims or
doctrines, which are productive of the greatest mischief. For, as Seneca
says, they leave in the soul certain seeds of iniquity which lead to
evil. "Semina in animo relinquunt, quae inducunt ad malum". It is too
true that scandalous language, as experience proves, corrupts the morals
of those who hear it. "Evil communications", says the Apostle, "corrupt
good manner"--I. cor., xv. 33. A young man refuses, through the fear of
God, to commit a certain sin; an incarnate David, a bad companion,
comes, and says to him what the serpent said to Eve--"No; you shall not
die the death"--Gen., iii. 4. What are you afraid of? How many others
commit this sin? You are young; God will have pity on your youth. They
will, as is written in the book of Wisdom, say: "Come, therefore, let us
enjoy the good things that are present,...let us spend our time in
amusements and in joy. "O nimis iniqua amicitia", says St. Augustine,
"cum dicitur, eaumus, faciamus: pudet non esse impudentum". O cruel
friendship of those who say: Let us go and do, etc.; it is a shame not e
shameless. He who hears such language is shamed not to yield to it, and
not to be as shameless as they who utter it.
When any passion is kindled within us, we must be
particularly careful in selecting the persons whom we will consult. For,
then the passion itself will incline us to seek counsel from those who
will probably give the advice which is most agreeable to the passion.
But from such evil counsellors, who do not speak according to God, we
should fly with greater horror than from an enemy; for their evil
counsel, along with the passion which is excited, may precipitate us
into horrible excesses. As soon as the passion shall subside, we shall
see the error committed, and the delusion into which we have been led by
false friends. But the good advice of a friend, who speaks according to
Christian truth and meekness, preservers us from every disorder, and
restores calm to the soul.
"Depart from the unjust", says the Lord, "and evils
shall depart from thee"--Eccl., vii. 2. Fly, separate from wicked
companions, and you shall cease to commit sin. "Neither let the way of
evil please thee. Flee from it, pass not by it; go aside and forsake
it"--Prov., iv., 14, 15. Avoid the ways in which these vicious friends
walk, that you may not even meet them. "Forsake not an old friend; for
the new will not be like to him"--Eccl., ix.. 14. Do not leave your
first friend, who loved you before you came into the world. "I have love
thee with an everlasting love"--Jer., xxxi. 3. Your new friends do not
love you; they hate you more than your greatest enemy; they seek not
your welfare, as God does, but their own pleasures, and the satisfaction
of having companions of their wickedness and perdition. You will,
perhaps, say: I feel a repugnance to separate from such a friend, who
has been solicitous for my welfare; to break off from him would appear
to be an act of ingratitude. What welfare? what ingratitude? god alone
wishes your welfare; to break off from him would appear to be an act of
ingratitude. Your friend wishes your eternal ruin; he wishes you to
follow him, but cares not if you be damned. It is not ingratitude to
abandon a friend who leads you to Hell; but it is ingratitude to forsake
God, who has created you, who has died for you on the cross, and who
desires your salvation.
Fly then from the conversation of the these wicked
friends. "Hedge in thy ears with thorns, hear not a wicked
tongue"--Eccl., xxviiii. 28. Beware of listening to the language of such
friends; their words may bring you to perdition. And when you hear them
speak improperly, arm yourself with thorns, and reprove them, not only
for the purpose of rebuking, but also of converting them. "Ut non
solum", says St. Augustine, "repellantur sed etiam compunganatur".
Listen to a frightful example, and learn the evil which a wicked friend
does. Father Sabatino relates in his Evangelical Light, that
two friends of that kind were one day together. One of them, to please
the other, committed a sin; but, after they separated, he died suddenly.
The other, who knew nothing of his death, saw, in his sleep, his
friend, and according to his custom, ran to embrace him. But the
deceased appeared to be surrounded with fire, and began to blaspheme the
other, and to upbraid him for being the cause of his damnation. The
other awoke, and changed his life. But his unhappy friend was damned;
and for his damnation there is not, and shall not be, any remedy for all
eternity. (Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost: On Avoiding Bad Company.)
Just another moralistic ideologue, I suppose, in the mind of Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis, who keeps regular company with the enemies of Catholic Faith and Morals in order to "learn from them" and to "be there" for them and to show them how "open" he is to their "needs."
Then again, he is an enemy of Catholic Faith, Worship, Morals and true pastoral praxis in his own right. It is thus natural for him to keep bad company, which is why no Catholic should want to keep any kind of
"company" with him any offering or staging of any version, traditional or modernized, of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition, to say nothing of the hideous, abominable and sacramentally invalid Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical that will be, yes, yet again, the "star of the show" in the article whose writing commences immediately after the posting of this current commentary.
Day after day.
There is just so much that one can write about all of this insanity. Indeed, the process of writing about it is very draining.
It is, though, important to try to correct error and to refute faslehood for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity and to help a few souls to refuse to "keep company" with the likes of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and his false church any longer, which is why some commentary on this insanity, which is all so very repetitive and redundant and evocative of the cliches I heard so frequently in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, continues now and again.
With full confidence in Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, may we rise above
the insanity found in the counterfeit church of conciliarism and in the world-at-large to pray and to work for the restoration of Holy Mother Church as the fruit of the triumph of that same Immaculate
Heart. We may not see the results with our own earthly eyes. Please God
and by the intercession of Our Lady, especially by means of her Most
Holy Rosary, that we die in states of Sanctifying Grace, may it be our
privilege to see the results from eternity, where those who have won the
only election that matters, God's favor for all eternity, will praise
and glorify Christ the King forever in Heaven. after having been absolutely firm in the Faith until the moment of their deaths.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saint Luke the Evangelist, pray for us.