WORST POPE EVER? FRANCIS’ ASSAULT ON ORTHODOXY FROM A TO Z
by Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
The above question is, I am afraid, no longer just a way to let off rhetorical steam. The present Holy Father is not of course a libertine or a worldly and irreligious seeker of power and wealth, as were a few notoriously immoral medieval and Renaissance popes (e.g., John XII, Alexander VI and Julius II). On the contrary, Francis is a man whom no one has accused of failing to live up to his Jesuit’s vow of chastity; and his modest personal lifestyle and concern for the poor are not only well-known to all, but remind us that these virtues are central to Christ’s Gospel.
However, the Church’s greatest and most essential treasure – to be guarded and preserved at all costs – is the revealed deposit of saving truth: Christ’s doctrine, transmitted through Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium, and given its primary living expression in the Sacred Liturgy. The aforesaid ‘bad Popes’, in spite of grave scandals in their personal lives, rarely if ever made public statements that contradicted or undermined Catholic orthodoxy. But Pope Francis has not only done that innumerable times in a seeming effort to accommodate Christian doctrine to the worldly ‘wisdom’ of current secular élites; he is – still worse! – harshly punishing those offering orthodox resistance and filling the Church’s key leadership positions with like-minded prelates who will, he hopes, entrench his revolution permanently. Since this project is provoking a terrible and unprecedented crisis throughout the Catholic Church, and is set to do her far greater long-term damage than an immoral private papal lifestyle, the question must be raised in deadly seriousness as to whether he is the worst pope in history. Not the worst man to attain the papacy. The worst pope, qua pope: the one whose governance of the universal Church is the most harmful on record.
This pungent LifeSiteNews ‘A-to-Z’ list of the boldest Bergoglian bombshells, all backed up with hyperlinks to documentary sources (see below), strikes me as an excellent resource to pass on to friends and family whose views have been formed by glowing mainstream media presentations of Francis as a smiling, humble, open-minded pontiff, and who therefore can’t imagine why any Catholic should be troubled by his leadership.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/b logs/the-abcs-of-our-concerns- with-pope-francis
The A – Z list of concerns with Pope Francis
The confusion caused by Pope Francis in the Catholic Church is out of control.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Brian W. Harrison OS (born 1945 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian-born Roman Catholic priest and theologian. Harrison is a prolific writer on religious issues and an emeritus professor of theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (1989–2007). He speaks Spanish fluently. Harrison is also an associate editor of “Living Tradition”, a publication of the Roman Theological Forum hosted by the Oblates of Wisdom in St Louis, Missouri, United States, where Harrison currently lives at the order’s study center. The forum’s website contains many articles by Harrison, including one of the very few serious theological analyses carried out so far regarding biblical and Catholic teaching on torture and corporal punishment.
Harrison is doctrinally conservative. While opposing some interpretations of the Second Vatican Council allegedly made by progressive and Modernists, he also opposes what he considers excessive criticism of the actual texts of that council by some traditionalist Catholics. His main published work is Religious Liberty and Contraception (Melbourne: John XXIII Fellowship, 1988), in which he argues for the doctrinal continuity (non-contradiction) between Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) and the earlier papal encyclicals on church, state and religious tolerance. He concludes that the kind of doctrinal development represented by Dignitatis Humanae does not, as some[who?] have claimed, set a magisterial precedent for more radical changes such as a hypothetical future papal reversal or mitigation of Catholic teaching against contraception.