What I predicted is coming to fruition. The Left are getting their social justice Pope, but not in the way they expected.
While both men share the same Faith, they have different priorities and they emphasize different things. So God uses them to speak to both sides of the political spectrum to communicate a message of return and to remind us all that the Catholic Faith cannot be put into a political box that cannot possibly hold it. It is a message neither the Right nor the Left particularly want to hear: the Church is not about awarding a political faction power over the other. It’s about holding fast to the Faith once delivered to the saints.
If some parts of the Faith don’t challenge us and shake us out of complacency, then either we’re mega Liars or we’re Saints. Accepting a Pope that isn’t our favourite flavour will make us all grow in sanctity, unity, and truth. And guess what? Not all of the Pope’s pastoral decisions are necessarily going to be good ones. So what? Suck it up and take one for the team because where he might fail in one area, he’ll score hansomely in another place – a place which God thinks is particularly important to heal right now.
Pope Francis is the answer to the socialist cabal that run the joint in the West today. They will not be able to dismiss this Pope lightly (as they might have with Benedict) because Francis has walked the talk of championing the rights of the poor. But while he “speaks their language”, he doesn’t march to their beat. His view of social justice is radically different from theirs, and I think he will show them up for the hypocrites they are. (Source)
Pope Francis is turning out to be the Left’s nightmare. They can’t write him off or ignore him without showing themselves up to be politicians.
The Pope “always saw the people who live in the slums from a different point of view” from promoters of liberation theology, said Father Pedro Brunori. “His interest wasn’t in resolving structural problems with the economy, but helping these people address the concrete problems of their lives. It was a pastoral perspective.”
“One can certainly understand the great injustices that gave rise to liberation theology, but sometimes it was missing the dimension of personal charity, of concern for the concrete person in front of you,” Father Bruroni told journalist John Allen. “That’s the sense in which I think the Pope tried to orient the pastoral work in the slums of Buenos Aires. His idea was the every single one of those people ought to interest the Church, equally. He actually walked in these places.”
“He spoke about the importance of the laity a great deal, though without confusing laity with priests,” Father Brunori added. “He didn’t want to ‘clericalize’ the laity. His primary interest wasn’t in having more lay ministers of communion, or things like that. He wanted everyone in their proper place, doing the things that pertained to their area.”
After discussing the Pope’s simple and direct leadership style and willingness to delegate, the priest also spoke of the Pope’s willingness to hear confessions.
“More than once, someone would call him up and say, ‘I’m sick, I need a priest to say Mass for me,’” Father Brunori recounted. “He’d tell them not to worry, I’ll take care of it, and he’d go to say the Mass himself. Sometimes he’d bring another priest, while he heard confessions. For him, confession is about the mercy of God. There are a lot of parishes in Buenos Aires, and they sometimes don’t have enough priests to hear confessions. Quite often, he would go and do it himself, while a priest celebrated the Mass. He would also go to hear confessions in the slums.”
In recent days, Allen has also interviewed others who know the Pope, including the archdiocesan spokesman, the Pope’s sister, and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
“I was raised in a kind of Catholicism that was very spiritual on one side, praying and going to Mass and the sacraments, but on the other side it was also very socially minded, interested in helping the poor and meeting the concrete needs of the people,” says Nobel nominee Juan Carr. “Here in Argentina, for this generation, Bergoglio has been the one who brought these two dimensions of the faith together – the spiritual and the social.”
The correct version of “social justice” is what we need to aim for; that is, an emphasized focus on personal charity and not on “structural problems” and “group love” i.e. socialism. The latter focus has been the one that Development & Peace has been obsessed with for the past 45 years.
Besides the social justice misapplication these past 45 years, there has been a massive imbalance between the spiritual and the social. Not too much spiritual and way too much wrong-kind-of social.
We need the right social justice and the right balance of it with the spiritual. Then, we’re in business but not before.
Development & Peace, the Canadian Bishops’ Social Justice organization, has lost a lot of support from all quarters over the past several months - in the pews, among their own members, from their Leftist allies in politics and media, and even from the Government. The only place that their support has stayed largely in tact has been with the Bishops of Canada who have stubbornly refused to make any meaningful reforms. Read the rest of this entry »
And that stuff about helping the poor. He means, you know, actually rolling up your sleeves and helping the poor, rather than signing a self-righteous e-petition against some government adjustment to the benefits system. (Source)
And there, my friends, is the difference between the real deal of Pope Francis and the counterfeit that the Canadian Church supports.
What does that mean in practise? Canadian Catholics would hear in those words a particular urgency, as the annual collection for their overseas development agency — Development and Peace — is being taken up in these days. The desire of Francis for a Church that does not abandon the proclamation of Jesus Christ to become only a charitable agency would challenge the standard operating procedure at Development and Peace for decades, where the Christian faith has been downplayed in favour of generic good works. (Source)
Well, Father. Here’s the thing. LifeSite News, this blog, and a smattering of other blogs have covered this story from the get-go. We’ve striven to bring this scandal to the public’s attention and, for the most part, we’ve been left dangling by the bishops and their bureaucratic CCCB Borg. (Note to the Borg: the clean-up of the bureaucratization of the Church does not just need to happen in Rome). There’s not one single bishop in this country who has come to our defense in public – not one, even though LSN and ‘Bust been slandered and lied about by D&P and by the Quebec press. Not a single peep. All we’ve seen is the circling of the wagons and official support for Development & Peace. Whoops…that’s not entirely correct. My apologies. LSN has been banned twice by the CCCB’s otherwise useless Plenary – more evidence of the dialogue envisioned by Vatican II, no doubt. Read the rest of this entry »
Jesuit Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa told Canadians last week that while the new pope is all about ‘social justice’, it may not be the flavor of social justice that people associate with Latin America.
Prendergast said that former Cardinal Bergoglio, as the Argentinean Provincial at that time, took a “very strong stance that the Jesuits should stay out of political issues and certainly not take up the liberationist theology.” (Source)
Well, done, your Grace. Now it’s time to turn around and take a good, long look at Development & Peace. It’s not enough to simply extol the Pope. As Jesus says, “Go and do the same.” D&P has lots of problems….not just its pro-abortion-pushing partners.
Right from the Authentic Social Justice Playbook. Without Jesus, you might as well be Melinda Gates. The Social Justice crowd would be well advised to take the blinkers off and stop drinking too much champagne. The cold, hard reality is that Pope Francis is a reformer of social justice, not its lackey.
The path of the Church always entails difficulties, the Pope said, and Church leaders should be prepared to embrace them. He explained that “when we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess a Christ without the Cross… we aren’t disciples of the Lord.”The Pontiff warned the cardinals that in this case: “We are worldly. We are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord.”
“Pope Francis is a man of great spirituality who is known for his commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy as well as for his simplicity of life,” Rev. Sirico said. “Like Benedict XVI, he combines concern for the poor with an insistence that it’s not the Church’s responsibility to be a political actor or to prescribe precise solutions to economic problems. In that regard, he’s a model for all Catholic bishops and clergy throughout the world.” (Source)
He is a Latin American Jesuit with a huge heart for Social Justice, and yet distanced himself early on from currents of “Liberation Theology,” which would have us practice the Gospel seen through a Marxist prism. Such a stance may have made him unpopular in his seminary days. It takes humility to buck trends and stick to the truth. It takes humility to recognize your own weakness and ask for prayers. It takes humility to live humbly as a prince of the Church. (Source)
In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: “Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” He has also insisted that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children. This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church’s tone was reminiscent of “medieval times and the Inquisition”. (Source)
He consistently preaches a message of compassion towards the poor, but some observers would like him to place a greater emphasis on issues of social justice. Rather than articulating positions on matters of political economy, Bergoglio prefers to emphasize spirituality and holiness, believing that this will naturally lead to greater concern for the suffering of the poor. He has, however, voiced support for social programs, and publicly challenged free-market policies. (Source)
This election is significant for two reasons.
1) We have a “social justice” Pope which will bring respectability back to the phrase – firstly, in bringing respect for life and true marriage back into the “social justice” equation and secondly, putting another nail in “Liberation Theology”. While there might be some premature excitement among the social justice crowd, this Pope is going to really, really be a disappointment to them – at least on the political front.
2) He’s a Jesuit. Maybe there’s going to be a real reform of that once formerly great Society.
I still can’t get over this: “Francis, rebuild my Church.”
I just checked my box of envelopes and it turns out that the collection for Development and Peace is taking place this weekend at St. Patrick’s Basilica.
Don’t be played for a fool. Find out when your parish is doing the D&P collection. If you’re not sure, withhold donations until the end of Lent, at which point you can make a large donation to compensate for the weeks you missed.
PEMBROKE, Ontario, March 7, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Canadian bishop is committed to withholding all funding from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as the organization remains enmeshed in an abortion funding scandal.
For the third year in a row, Bishop Michael Mulhall of Pembroke has urged that the faithful to contribute to other worthy Catholic apostolates in the developing world that have been vetted by the diocese instead.
News of the bishop’s decision comes as LifeSiteNews.com has launched a new project urging prayerful support of the effort of Canada’s Bishops to reform Development and Peace. The Charity in Truth Project, based at CharityinTruth.ca, is raising awareness about the ongoing D&P scandal with a video, petition, and other resources.
In a February 20, 2013, letter to the faithful, Bishop Mulhall wrote, “We will continue with the practice of sharing the collection with religious communities and apostolates that have a connection with the diocese to be used in their efforts with the poor.”… (Source)
Mulhall is the only bishop in Canada who’s got the guts to do as he ought. The only one.
Benedict’s pontificate, while comparably much shorter than JPII,will have been considered a revolution for the Church.
The implementation of Benedict’s new law will resuscitate true voluntary charity after a century-long Church alliance with a government that has now turned against it in fury. But do not expect it to be welcomed. Leaders of these Church bureaucracies (including the colleges and universities) will undoubtedly insist that Intima Ecclesiae Natura changes nothing, that they need the money, and that they are already obeying it anyway.
Unfortunately, they aren’t. But it will be a brave bishop who will hold their feet to the fire; and it will take a brave pope who will guide, support, and instruct those bishops with love, fortitude, and perseverance. After all, billions and billions of dollars are at stake—a drop in the bucket to the feds, but critical to funding Church institutions as they are run today.
And that is why those institutions will change dramatically as Intima Ecclesiae Natura is implemented in coming years, and the Church renounces government funding (as bishops in Illinois and Oklahoma already have). Once those “golden handcuffs” are removed, liberated Catholic bishops will also be able to implement existing Canon Law regarding public scandal. Raymond Cardinal Burke, who heads the Vatican’s highest court, insisted earlier this month that, if a Catholic politician “support[s] legislation which fosters abortion or other intrinsic evils, then he should be refused Holy Communion.”
Such steps are taken not only to bring the supporter of “grave moral evil” back to the Church, but also to avoid “the grave sin of sacrilege,” as well as to prevent public scandal, since failure to act “gives the impression that the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion is not firm.”… (Source)
One wonders when this is going to come into play in Canada with Development & Peace. My guess: not bloody well soon enough. I fear it’s more of the same.
My dear readers, we can clearly see that once the Church is financially tied to the State, the Church just becomes another organ of it. We’ve lost our moral power. We’ve lost our independence. We’ve lost our prophetic voice. We’ve lost the respect of our society. We’ve become comfortable and minor professional bureaucrats of the State.
We’re bought and paid for like a prostitute – a cheap version of a televangelist with a Roman collar, peddling “social justice” instead of the other fraudster who does the health and wealth “Gospel”.
Socialism is triumphant where the Church is subordinate and dependent on the State for its missionary work. It needs to end. It must end. And it has to end. Right now.
We need to renounce that ring.
“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.
Slide 2: 90 partners, 22 countries. Big reduction from the over 300 “partners” they had.
Slide 6: D&P down to $7.4 Million? What happened to the $35 Million Budget?
Slides 3-6: 7 themes, but sadly no mention of the Unborn. They. just. can’t. do. it. They can’t even mention the word ‘abortion’ – even if they didn’t allocate any money to fighting it. It grates them. It’s not their problem. Human Dignity, after all, has its limits.
Trees are more important than the unborn. They get a mention and some money. The unborn get nothing except more of the same.
D&P still has not come clean…4 years to the month since their scandal broke.
And the bishops have done little more than smoke screen it away. But we won’t forget and we won’t let them forget.
…In his post, Duceppe says he has supported D&P “for years” but stopped this year because the organization has too closely aligned itself with the Vatican’s moral stance on contraception and abortion, and the Harper government’s “ideological obsession” that is “inspired by a certain religious right.”…(Source)
I don’t know what is a greater indictment….the actual evidence against Development & Peace or the fact that proto-Communist, Gilles Duceppe supported them all these years. I actually think the latter is more damning.
You’re known by the company you keep, friends. That’s a maxim the Left likes to use a lot…but hey, this street goes both ways.
D&P is getting purged….inside and out. This is going to be a looooooooong surgical operation, but it’s getting done. And by my watch, my prediction will probably be about right….it’s gonna take 10 years. The first 4 were spent exposing…the last 6 will be spent unwinding.
Either way, the D&P might want to continue on with their trajectory, but it won’t last forever. They’re peeling support every day.
ROME, Jan. 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI says Catholic agencies must sometimes refuse partnerships that would even indirectly support activities opposed to the Christian view of the human person.
“We must exercise a critical vigilance and at times refuse funding and collaborations that, directly or indirectly, favour actions or projects that are at odds with Christian anthropology,” the Pope stressed in a Jan. 19th address to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and its president, Cardinal Robert Sarah, in excerpts released by the Vatican Information Service….