Francis as “the Prince”
This World ...”?
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:
“I have the humility and
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.”
“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.
More troubling 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
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
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 thing.”
(Saint John 14.30)
In other words,
has nothing to do with Me.”
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
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 clips.
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
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.
“The salvation of souls”? 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 and Dogma.
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 earth.
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”?
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.
Machiavelli — The Prince
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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