Pope Francis’ Pauline conversion on the road to Orthodoxy 

On November 15, Pope Francis reinstated an infamous homosexualist (and female ordinationist), Father Ansgar Wucherpfennig, as rector of the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt, Germany.1 Then days later, on December 3, Pope Francis released an interview in which he stated that homosexuals should not be allowed in the priesthood.

2 Moral whiplash. Can a tiger change his stripes in a fortnight?  Typically   not. But instant conversions are not unknown phenomena.  Could it be that this Pope has experienced a sudden, Pauline conversion on the road to      Orthodoxy?  That is possible.  But not probable So, what do we make of all  this? In order to navigate the labyrinthine corridors of this very confused mind, one must take the time to consider the history of his actions over      years, not weeks, and, one must consider the ever-increasing probability that his statements and actions are intentional, not accidental. 

Pope Francis:  “Who am I to judge (homosexuals)?”  (2013)3Pope Francis:      “The Church should consider the benefits of gay civil unions.” (2014)4      Pope Francis concelebrated mass and kissed the hand of an infamous homosexualist priest known for his campaign to change the Church’s treatment of     homosexual acts. (2014)5Pope Francis personally appointed Cardinal          Godfried Daneels to the Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015.  Cardinal  Daneels’ resume at the time included the wearing of rainbow liturgical vestments and his statement, in 2013, that “I think that gay marriage is a            positive development, that states are free to open up civil marriage for gays if they want.”  (Synods 2014, 2015)6Pope Francis appointed (and still retains)   infamous homosexualist and gay rights advocate, Fr. James Martin, to high Vatican office.  (2017)7In a book-length interview, Pope Francis signaled support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. (2017)8Pope Francis:  “God made you this way (homosexual).” (2018)9Pope Francis consecrated as bishop a Portuguese homosexualist priest, and placed him in charge of the “Vatican Secret Archives” which contains much of the history documenting Pope Francis’ complicity in the McCarrick child sex abuse crimes.  (2018)10A French priest announced that Pope Francis had personally approved his blessing of homosexual couples, to which announcement Pope Francis responded with silence. (2018)11One of Pope Francis’ nine special Cardinal advisors announced that homosexual couples should receive “spiritual encouragement” from the Church, to which announcement Pope Francis responded with silence. (2018)12Reinstatement of homosexualist rector of German seminary. (2018)13  With that behavioral history, why would Pope Francis now say that “homosexuals should not be Catholic priests”? I suggest that his historical pattern of behavior is a product of his strategy, and his statement this week is a product of his tactics.  The two may seem contradictory, but they are in fact complementary.   His long-term goal is to remake the Church in his image, which includes the dilution of sin as the Church understands it to be.  That goal has no chance of success if the Vigano allegations stick.14  Therefore, in order to distance himself from those allegations, and thereby maintain control of his power to make change, this Pope engages in short-term tactics of legerdemain by which he shows momentary behaviors which seemingly contradict the Vigano allegations.  The left jab, distracting the opponent from the right cross, is an oft proven tactic in human conflict. Pope Francis’ biographers have described him as “politically astute” and “cunning”.15  Those skills are evident and at work. Chip“We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in the finding of it.”    – Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle   Footnotes 1.    Pope Francis reinstates homosexualist as rector of seminaryhttps://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/vatican-approves-pro-homosexual-priest-as-rector-of-catholic-university https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/vatican-refuses-to-approve-pro-homosexual-jesuit-as-university-rector-germa https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/false-compromise-for-vatican-to-allow-pro-homosexual-priest-to-lead-univers   2.    Pope Francis says that homosexuals should not be priestshttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/pope-francis-says-he-s-worried-about-homosexuality-priesthood-n942726 https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/if-gay-priests-religious-cant-be-celibate-they-should-leave-pope-says https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-homosexuals-book/be-celibate-or-leave-the-priesthood-pope-tells-gay-priests-idUSKBN1O10K7  3.    Pope Francis:  “Who am I to judge?https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/30/world/europe/pope-francis-gay-priests.html  4.    Pope Francis:  “The Church should consider the benefits of gay civil unions.”https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/cardinal-dolan-pope-francis-opened-door-gay-civil-unions-debate http://time.com/13161/pope-francis-willing-to-evaluate-civil-unions-but-no-embrace-of-gay-marriage/  5.    Pope Francis concelebrated mass and kissed the hand of an infamous homosexualist priest.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-kisses-the-hand-of-gay-activist-priest-allowed-to-concelebrate-mass  6.    Pope Francis personally appointed Cardinal Godfried Daneels to the Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015.  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/gay-marriage-a-positive-development-retired-belgian-cardinal-danneels  7.    Pope Francis appointed (and still retains) infamous homosexualist and gay rights advocate, Fr. James Martin, to high Vatican office.  http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/segreterie/segreteria-comunicazione/documents/segreteria-per-comunicazione_profilo_en.html https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/04/12/father-james-martin-appointed-pope-francis-vatican-department-communications https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fr.-james-martin-pope-appoints-gay-friendly-bishops-cardinals-to-change-chu  8.    In a book-length interview, Pope Francis signaled support for legal recognition of same-sex unions.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-quietly-affirms-homosexual-civil-unions-contrary-to-catholic-t  9.    Pope Francis speaks to homosexual man:  “God made you this way.”https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/world/europe/pope-francis-gays-god-made-you-this-way-.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/21/pope-francis-gay-man-god-made-you-like-man-juan-carlos/628438002/ https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/21/europe/pope-francis-gay-comments-intl/index.html  10.           Pope Francis consecrated as bishop a Portuguese homosexualist priest, and placed him in charge of the “Vatican Secret Archives”.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-elevates-to-bishop-pro-gay-priest-who-says-jesus-didnt-establi  11.           A French priest announced that Pope Francis had personally approved his blessing of homosexual couples.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-priest-pope-francis-approved-my-blessing-of-homosexual-couples   12.           One Pope Francis’ nine special Cardinal advisors announced that homosexual couple should receive “spiritual encouragement” from the Church.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-marx-i-did-not-propose-a-blessing-for-gay-couples-only-spiritual-e  13.           Pope Francis reinstates homosexualist as rector of seminary.https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/vatican-approves-pro-homosexual-priest-as-rector-of-catholic-university https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/vatican-refuses-to-approve-pro-homosexual-jesuit-as-university-rector-germa https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/false-compromise-for-vatican-to-allow-pro-homosexual-priest-to-lead-univers  14.           Archbishop Vigano’s allegations against Pope Francishttps://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4786599-Testimony-by-Archbishop-Carlo-Maria-Vigan%C3%B2.html http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/archbishop-vigano-responds-to-cardinal-ouellets-letter-with-new-testimony  15.           Biographies of Pope Francishttps://www.amazon.com/Dictator-Pope-Inside-Francis-Papacy/dp/1621578321 https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Shepherd-Francis-Misleading-Flock/dp/1621577228/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=VGB8N317BZWBY4S25J2K https://www.amazon.com/Pope-Francis-Untying-Paul-Vallely/dp/1472903706/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543952269&sr=1-1&keywords=Pope+Francis%3A+Untying+the+knots    Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It’s up to YOU, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious.”  — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, speaking to the Knights of Columbus, June 1972. “In accord with the knowledge, competence, and preeminence which they possess, [lay people] have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard to the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons.”                   – Catholic Catechism #907 and Code of Canon Law, Can. 212 #3 “If the faith is endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.”            -Aquinas, Summa Theologiae: Fraternal Correction (Secunda Secundae Partis, Q. 33) “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, he is, by that preaching, condemned.”     St. Paul,  Galatians 1:8   

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  1. hellenback7 says:

    The Scripture quotes at the end of this posted article should be sent to the African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, who just blasted Raymond Arroyo on Twitter (preferably on a wall poster in large print)!

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