Being a Catholic has been the most difficult aspect of my life. Hard as it has always been, it has become impossible for me under Pope Francis. He is at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church’s problem, a secularist in the most spiritual position on earth. He reflects what the Church has become, a mirror image of a worldwide culture which eschews tradition to make itself relevant in a world become increasingly evil with every passing day. Instead of confronting that evil, the Church has either absorbed it or become its ally.
From the homosexuality that is rampant among the priesthood (witness the reports of homosexual orgies within the Vatican itself and the admission by Pope Francis that a “gay lobby” exists within the Curia), to a pope who is more concerned with the falsehood of global warming and befriending terrorists than the spiritual health of his flock as the direct representative of Jesus Christ Himself.
The Church is sick, from the top down. There are pockets of genuine resistance and fundamental Catholic principle, many of them represented right here in the United States by several bishops in myriad dioceses across the land, but the Roman church, that is the Holy See is a European entity with the disintegrating values of that continent under the guise of keeping pace with a changing world.
I remember learning that the essence of the Catholic Church was that it did not change for purposes of keeping up with the times, that it existed as a monolithic tribute to the never changing message of Jesus Christ, that this world will pass away, but His words would not, that it is in our interests to recognize Jesus as the Savior, the Messiah and to put our trust and hope in Him alone in preparation for an afterlife in which we will either be elevated to the status one in the same with the Father or cast down as associates of the evil one. To paraphrase Jesus, the Church was created for man, not man for the Church. But it was created on a rock, that is, it must be never changing in its fundamental teachings as to what is good and what is evil, for the two never change.
What we Catholics are supposed to believe is not that the ways of the world impact our values such that we abandon our Catholic truths to a didactic which proclaims to show us a better way. But the present pope seems to have forgotten this. His invitation to homosexuals, while laudatory had he been calling them from their sin, is more or less a denial that homosexual activity is a sin at all. His labeling Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a known supporter of terrorism, an “Angel of Peace” smacks of a political effort to reach some kind of rapprochement with Islam, an altogether cowardly capitulation especially in light of the mass murder of Christians by those animals all over the world.
There have been prophecies regarding the last pope, both Nostradamus and some say in the third message from the Blessed Virgin to the children of Fatima. If it is to be, let Pope Francis be the last for he has made it clear the Church, in his mind and perhaps soul is nothing more than a political vehicle structured such as to be one of the world’s political powers rather than its chief instrument of spirituality in the constant war against evil.
Instead of appeasing Islam, Francis should be fighting it. Instead of interjecting himself in the spurious science of climate change, he should be returning the Church to its once vaunted position as a beacon of spiritual and moral stability in a world sinking under secularism, socialism and immorality. This, though so distinctly warranted, is not what Francis will do however. He will remain the mass media’s darling, a Hollywood Pope destined to be accepted by the fringes of mankind where morality, decency, belief and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are but issues for philosophical discussion which must necessarily devolve into matters of simple personal preference over which there is no moral authority, ergo a perversion of what free will actually is.
The end times may or may not be near. Christ told us such a determination is known by His Father alone and no one else, not even the Son. But Christ also told us to beware the signs of the times. And while He promised He would never leave our side and Catholics have been taught He meant the Holy Spirit would forever guide the Catholic Church, I am of a mind that reading the signs of the times, a warning from Christ Himself trumps the manifestation of men’s intentional failure to properly interpret Christ’s promise, regardless of their positions in the hierarchy and history of the Church.
If Francis is the last pope the world will suffer a cataclysmic vacuum of moral and religious authority and yet the Church incarnate in the word of Christ will survive for belief in the Lord is the Church.
Consider then the exhortation by Pope John Paul II at the instruction of the Blessed Virgin through the third and final message given to the children of Fatima as written by the last surviving member, Sister Lucia. The Blessed Mother called for a consecration of all humanity to her that through her intercession the Lord would again save humanity from itself:
“Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.
From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world’, sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope! (italics and all other enhancements sic)
Sister Lucia personally confirmed that this solemn and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wished (‘Sim, està feita, tal como Nossa Senhora a pediu, desde o dia 25 de Março de 1984’: ‘Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked, on 25 March 1984’: Letter of 8 November 1989). Hence any further discussion or request is without basis.”
Therefore, I am no longer a Catholic under the auspices of Rome as the Church exists today though I remain a Roman Catholic in my heart and soul in keeping with the tradition of my forefathers and the beliefs I have grown to trust throughout my life if not wholly obeyed. I suggest all Roman Catholics begin to see what is happening to our Church. You need do nothing more than look at it. Structured as a tyranny, it can no longer be trusted to act as the fountainhead of spiritual fulfillment for it has become as corrupt as the culture from which it presently takes its life and breath.
If we Catholics want a return to Godliness within a framework of traditional and undeniable truths, we must take back our faith as surely as we Americans we must take back our country.