I am a Roman Catholic, but no longer a Papist. My faith is not in the politics of a Jesuit priest, but in the words of Christ, not as interpreted by the Society of Jesus, but through the use of my own intellect. I am qualified to do so. Jesus himself qualified me as he did all who read his word and obey his commands. Thus, when Pope Francis speaks on matters which have nothing to do with the word of God, he is doing precisely what Jesus chided the Pharisees for doing over 2,000 years ago and the reason why he has separated me from my church.
Matthew tells us (Chapter 15, verses 1-9) a group of scribes and Pharisees watched Jesus’ disciples eat without first washing their hands. This violated Jewish tradition. “And the Pharisees and scribes asked him: ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash [their] hands when they eat a meal.’”
Jesus responded, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy about you when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are. And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and precepts of men. For leaving the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, the washing of pots and of cups: and many other things you do like to these. Well do you make void the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.’”
The same can be said of Pope Francis. He stands before the people of the United States and chides us for not allowing millions of illegal immigrants to cross our borders. He complains that our economic system ignores the poor. He takes junk science and makes it a precept of church doctrine. And yet he practically ignores the teachings of the church from its earliest days only alluding to teachings against homosexuality, the murder of innocent children in the womb and the wholesale slaughter of Christians in the Mideast by Muslims. Where was his voice on those matters?
Pope Francis admonished all religious fundamentalists by stating they should modify their viewpoints and become more tolerant. In this the Pope is entirely wrong. Tolerance is what brought us to this point in our society and the societies of other countries around d the world. When the Pope calls for tolerance, is he not calling for more tolerance of evil? For an educated man, Francis is either extremely naïve or he is purposely ignorant of the fact that tolerance is a very gray area and should be seen not as a virtue, but as a cold calculation based on fundamental principles of right and worn. He should have stood firm in calling for intolerance of what is patently evil and sinful in life. He made no such distinctions.
The College of Cardinals, Roman Catholicism’s princes of the church whose duty it is to elect the pope, failed miserably in their choice of Francis. There should be a rule at that level: no Jesuit shall be named Pope, ever. The history of the Society of Jesus, from its founder, Ignatius of Loyola, through the ranks of priests who follow in his name to this day are notable for two things, intellectual pursuits and revolutionary concepts which often offend the Catholic faith itself. It is well known that Jesuits have walked an extremely fine line when it comes to what they adore more, the academic intellect or the word of God.
Jesuit institutions like Georgetown University have spawned radical liberals who not only convolute the faith, but in many cases disparage it to the point of labeling it evil instead of their own actions. The likes of Sandra Fluke were not only tolerated, but supported by that institution when she called for free birth control to be paid for by the university. The discussion of abortion rights is encouraged on that campus as well as many others run by Jesuits and other clerical orders. Tolerance is the danger facing the Catholic Church, not intolerance.
Watching and listening to Pope Francis as he subtly excoriates this country was very difficult. Many Catholics probably felt the same way. Many are perhaps confused that if they do not heed the Pontiff’s words, they are somehow violating the law of God and teachings of Jesus Christ. But if Christ taught us anything, it was that the law of God is written on each person’s heart as the prophet Jeremiah said it would in Chapter 31, verse 33: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD (sic): I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Jesus is the fulfillment of that covenant, we need no human being to tell us what must be in our hearts if we believe in the him. His grace will enrich us and by his word we will know whether or not we’ve been faithful enough to have the law of God written on our hearts.
While a sincere man by all accounts, Pope Francis is not a defender of the faith as much as he is an intellectual liberal who sees the world not as God intends it to be seen, that is spiritually, but as man should see it, through the eyes of socialist liberalism. The Pope should review his thinking, for without the free efforts of individuals through an open economic system based on capitalism, there is no liberty nor the freedom to seek Christ’s truth and justice so that we can learn his law and write it ourselves on our hearts while attending to the needs of those who truly cannot tend to their own, something that cannot be done by taking the product of one man’s work and handing it to someone else. Perhaps the Pope should reread the New Testament where Jesus states “…for the laborer is worthy of his wages.”