as “the Prince”
This World ..."?
Logical Conclusion of
is the logical conclusion of the Second Vatican Council understood
as the Assisted Suicide of the Church. He is the logical consequent of nearly every flawed statement,
every questionable postulate, and every sophistical premise either substantive
or implicit, within Vatican II as so many antecedents to a catastrophically
spurious argument. As he himself stated as early as 2013 — but
not before a rude slap in the face to all his predecessors
(one still alive: Pope “Emeritus” Benedict):
“In the interview, Francis
denounced the “Vatican-centric” nature of the Holy See administration
and acknowledged that popes past had been infatuated with the
pomp of the
Vatican and its “courtesans.” and then:
“He said the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings
that brought the church into the modern world, had promised
such an opening to people of other faiths and non-believers,
but that the church hadn’t made progress since then.”
He then went further,
to make the paradoxical claim that:
have the humility and ambition to do so,”
In other words
“I, Francis the celebrated, acclaimed,
and famously humble and unpretentious — propose to fully
actualize all the nonsense embodied in the equally celebrated
(albeit spurious) ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ because
I alone among
all my predecessors have the real
humility — and the unbridled ambition — that
they lacked — and the iron will to do so!
Bet on it.”
Francis as "the Prince"
... "of this world"?
Let us ponder
that for a moment, for it is fraught with significance.
Does a humble
man boast of his humility? Of course not, for he sees
the contradiction inherent in such a question.
still is the question: is ambition consonant with
humility in ... of all men ... a pope?
At the apex of power (at which Francis now sits)
ambition dangerously verges on becoming Machiavellian. As Niccolo
observed in his famous work, The Prince,
“Ambition is so powerful a passion in the heart, that however
high we reach we are never satisfied.” 1
There is a
very troubling theological and scriptural parallax in this
reference that is too recurrent to ignore; indeed a
supercession that increasingly and illicitly
infringes on ultimate Authority that is not
invested in the papal office ... that even has the
hubris to abrogate Sacred Scripture, that seeks to amend the
one and only prayer Christ explicitly taught us, that
even dares not simply to attenuate, but to
countermand the Commandments at will! On what
authority? Is the servant greater than the Master? (Saint
John 15.20) Is there a greater than God?
Deus solus Rex est ! God alone is King. His
Vicar must faithfully represent Him —
not supersede Him!
Apropos of this line of reasoning, we must equally recognize
that there is indeed one other who would defy
God Himself, and Christ spoke of him, warned us of him,
in terms of eschatological enmity:
the prince of this world cometh, and in Me he hath not any
14.30) In other words,
has nothing to do with Me.”
Machiavelli was a vehement
atheist. Francis is an unbridled progressivist. In both cases,
however otherwise divergent, the pressing question appears identical:
“How far can I go? What can I get away with? To what extent
can I push the limits of this power vested in me?”
These are serious questions, especially as they pertain to the
Vicar of Jesus Christ on Earth.
Has the Church, as Francis insists, really been stagnant for
50 years — until the epiphany of Francis who alone can achieve
what Vatican II proposed — because he alone has the humility
to accomplish this, coupled with an unbending determination?
Is there something disconcerting about this statement? Even contradictory?
What is more, we need only look at the anemic state of the Church following
Vatican II: the dearth of clergy, religious, seminarians — the
aging and emptying pews … to see that no such “stagnation” in the Church
occurred. To the contrary, prior to Vatican II it was
a Church full of vitality in every conceivable metric — and growing
To understand how Francis arrives at this spurious conclusion we must
first understand that Francis is the quintessential product of a unique
generation. He is among the last of that now dwindling generation
(thank God) who themselves were products of the psychotropic culture
of the 1960’s — which, in our rear-view mirror — is a now barely visible,
and from which we cannot speed away fast enough. It has long
begun to fade to fatuity. Most of us have, by now, come to our senses
and recognize this.
A Deadly Age
It was a deadly age,
a noxious age whose poison still leeches into Western society.
At a given stratum it will be percolated through reason, eventually
strained of its poison, and become the historical nonsense it was —
even if it contaminated so much and so many lives before it was bleached
out of our consciousness and finally became innocuous , together with
the psychedelic caricature of a reality it had never known. Timothy
Leary, et alia, “Turned on, tuned in, dropped out” and in alignment
with his not-so-famous literary micropiece “Design for Dying — Dying?
Throw a House Party! ” — dropped dead.
The Age of Aquarius and the Psilocybin mushroom
are dead and what is left of that sad crop are dying leaves on a withering
tree, fretted by songs still strummed by the arthritic hands of the
elderly on guitars three times the age of the audience. They are pathetic
figures clinging to a youth that betrayed them to an old age that wasn’t
supposed to happen in the euphoric Flower Days.
In truth it was a miserable age that opiated America; an age that filled
the valleys and made the mountains low — for the coming of the Flower
Child who littered it with filth. It was Woodstock after the rain
and the music stopped: a wasteland of plastic trash, condoms and roach
The Segue into Vatican
Same time, same culture, same euphoria, same mantra against inhibition, same
contempt for authority, same disdain for absolutes. It was the time
to experiment with society, with minds, and — most sadly — with
souls. While students occupied the chancellor’s office at the university,
“liberated” Catholic theologians, together with Avant-guard bishops
and their ecumenically requisite Protestant advisors occupied the Vatican.
“The Establishment” was shut out — in academic, ecclesiastic and civil
society. “Old school” was out. “New school” was in: a new and radical
school of theology and spirituality; new interpretation, “exegesis”,
“hermeneutics”, and now “discernment”. “Dogma” became “anathema”
and “anathema” was finally scrubbed from the Catholic lexicon altogether:
both became something pejorative: nothing was incontrovertibly
true (itself a reflexive contradiction).
Latin as an Ecclesiastical Marker or Identifier was out. Banality was in.
Priests spoke the vernacular and finally realized that they had nothing
to say. Homily became comedy. Comedy became skit. The Guitar
is King! — no longer Christ Jesus. And the only Choir we know is
not of Angels: they ceased their accompaniment with us when “Liturgists”
discarded Gregorian Chant in favor of the insipid ditties of Marty Haugen
who is Lutheran or the “Saint
Louis Jesuits (not all of whom remain Jesuits, or priests, or even Christians.”1)
No Going Back: DNR and the Church
as a Hospice
New vestments, new language(s), new Mass, new spirituality that emphasized
man through a unilateral (Catholics gave up virtually everything.
Protestants relinquished nothing) effort at a newly-reformulated notion
of “ecumenism” instead of salvation. Nun’s and Sister’s Habits
were shortened, then abbreviated, then thrown out. The new “cool” was
the collarless priest, the unidentifiable Sister. The various “Conferences
of Catholic Bishops” (which have no binding authority) became social,
then political. The Church effectively became the
“field hospital” envisioned by Francis — but it was also the only patient —
mortally wounded, and strapped to it was the purple rescript DNR
(“Do Not Resuscitate or Revive”) upon the inauguration of Francis as
pope with a ready hand on the plug. Vatican II, it turns out, was really
an act of Assisted Suicide as Francis has more than amply demonstrated
and the Church has become less a “field hospital” than a hospice.
“Better that the one true Church die than acknowledge our mistakes and
return to the business of saving souls as we had done for the
2000 years preceding Vatican II.”
But even the model of a hospice is inadequate, for after the last Catholic
dies, the hospice itself altogether ceases to be. This is nihilism —
not Catholicism — and it has been for some time.
The Birth of Theo-Politics
was born. Peace, Poverty, Immigration, Inclusiveness, Equality, Linguistic
Neuterization in the Liturgy, Feminism, and “Ministries” without meaning
or number became the New Evangel.
Not a chance. That outdated mandate belonged to the 2000 years prior
to the Second Vatican Council — and is something of an embarrassment
to contemporary Catholic priests, theologians, scholars, and … yes …
laymen. Ask yourself: when was the last time you so much as even heard
that phrase at Church? Modernism — that
“synthesis of all heresies” — replaced every
vestige of the theological concept of Tradition that is
inseparable from the identity of the Church
especially as it is articulated through infallible Church Teaching
The Kingdom of God became the Polity of Man. Language
was purged of “salvation”, “soul”, “Hell”, “Penance”, “repentance”,
“Mary”, woman, virgin, man, he, she, her, hers, his, gender, evil, the
devil, conversion, sin, suffering, chastity, mortification
— anything that stifled the desires of men and the ambitions
of women. Heaven now has Open Borders — and they are coterminous with
A Replica or a Counterfeit?
We built a simulacrum, a meretricious and largely plastic replica of the Kingdom
of Heaven and placed in on earth — complete with electric votive candles.
And yet, for all its semblance we secretly fear it is counterfeit.
It is little wonder that we fear dying and leaving our
Kingdom … for, perhaps, another and fabled Kingdom of which we heard
long ago where Someone else ruled and in which the totality of man did
not abide, given his sin, selfishness, cruelty, malice and indifference
to God — a place of ceaseless Light and no fire divided from a chasm
of ceaseless fire with no Light.
But we know that Vatican II — or at least its true “spirit” abolished
all that 50 years ago. “Everyone and everything goes to “Heaven”
— despite the explicit teaching of Christ to the contrary
(Saint Matthew 7.13-14).
appalling vision offend you? Have I injured your “sensibilities”?
Reality is like that
— much like the “Reality TV Shows” that you probably watch. Not every
episode has a good ending. Many do not even have a good beginning —
much like Vatican II — and even more apropos of the spectacle that is
Francis as its culmination.
Niccolo Machiavelli —
Geoffrey K. Mondello
for the Boston Catholic Journal
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