He Doesn’t Speak For Me

September 26, 2015

I have to confess something. I am a devout Catholic. I recognize the papacy as the spiritual office that heads the Church I love. Most times, I also admire and respect the men who occupy that position. It is an office of grave responsibility and sacrifice. Whether they are good and saintly, like Benedict, or righteous and strong like John Paul II, they have all always had my respect.

But, I have to admit that from the first moment I laid eyes on the current occupant, Pope Francis, I have had very serious reservations about his fitness for the position. A child of his upbringing, he is a South American socialist, and, like the current placeholder in our own White House, he can only spout what he has been taught and groomed to repeat.

Faithful and believing Catholics do not worship the environment any more than they worship the concept of “income equality,” and other such Marxist pillars of belief. But, sadly, what we have heard from Pope Francis since his elevation to the Chair of St. Peter, is nothing less than textbook Marxist socialism.

I have been a Catholic most of my life. I converted from Mormonism as a teenager, and have always believed it was where I was supposed to be, even when I was “lapsed,” the Church’s term for Catholics who believe but don’t practice. Being back in Communion since the early Seventies, religious experiences varying widely, about ten years ago I found the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church, and called it “home at last.” I have been there ever since.

Please believe me when I tell you that what Francis is expounding in his speeches is NOT Catholic doctrine, no matter how much he wishes it were so. It is his personal belief (obviously propped up by the leftist sycophants in the College of Cardinals who saw to it that he was elected). His authority in this matter can only be that, and is not binding on any Catholic. He can preach about it all he likes, but that does not make it Catholic Doctrine.

He does not speak for me, any more than he speaks for any faithful Catholic, and he does NOT reflect my own beliefs. In matters such as he expounds, I have to say that I have to politely disagree. I can only pray that the light of the Holy Spirit enlightens him and he has an earthly opportunity to reverse his problematic beliefs in “climate change” and “income equality,” among other things.

(Interestingly, in his address to the joint Houses of Congress on Friday, he did not mention Jesus Christ even one time.)

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  1. Fr. D /

    Liz said, “Please believe me when I tell you that what Francis is expounding in his speeches is NOT Catholic doctrine, no matter how much he wishes it were so. It is his personal belief (obviously propped up by the leftist sycophants in the College of Cardinals who saw to it that he was elected). His authority in this matter can only be that, and is not binding on any Catholic.”

    The is quite correct, until he speaks ex cathedra at which point it becomes Catholic doctrine, like it or not. I realize that this does not happen often; I’m not aware of any ex cathedra statements from the marxist pope. But there is no telling when it will happen.

    Have you read Ann Barnhardt’s latest post about him? Breaking Blockbuster: Prima Facie Evidence that Francis is, in fact, Antipope at http://www.barnhardt.biz/ It does not sound too good, to say the least. But then, it sounds pretty believable also.

    I am reminded of this passage from Scripture: Psalms 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. It seems to apply to princes of the Church as well.

    1. lizp4 / Post Author

      Ann, God love her, is the epitome of a “radical right-wing Catholic.” I like the fact that she is willing to back up what she says with action. I’ve heard other people say that Francis is “the antipope.” I think he is AN antipope (or antipapacy), but we have no way to know without legitimate prophetic interpretation, and so far, aside from lots of personal opinion, we have had none.

      I do not believe this pope has silenced the authority of the Church. I trust the Lord. When he said, “The gates of hell will not prevail against it,” I think He meant it. They can try and try. They may even get the key in the lock, but I don’t think it will turn until HE says it can turn. In the meantime, I’m hunkering down right under His throne.

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