UltraLeft “Scared” of John Vennari in re. Francis As “Hero” of the Left

[ The raw comedic value of this incoherent, hysterical screed is substantial! Cin cin! / gpmtrad ]


Pro-Pope fever has swept the imagination of those who love both Christian principles and progressive thinking. The approval rating is soaring sky-high for the man in the funny hat. Francis has graced the covers of The Advocate and Rolling Stone and was voted Time’s Man of the Year. Obama even gave PF a shout out in his State of the Union address this week: “As His Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of ‘small steps.’ These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba.” Pope Francis has his own fanzine and smartphone app. The man even tweets!

The Cool Pope has a mission to make the Catholic Church more gay-friendly, acknowledging that this is after all the year 2015. On homosexuality, the Pope quipped: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

He also declared economic inequality a social evil, is going to bat to combat climate change and endorsed science (and logic) regarding evolution and the Big Bang theory.

Tentative Republican presidential candidate and practicing Catholic Rick Santorum is not having it. Just this week, Santorum declared in an interview that “It’s sometimes very difficult to listen to the Pope.” Then again, this is coming from a man who once made comments comparing homosexual sex to bestiality and incest.

Santorum made a big frowny-face over the Pope’s statement that Catholics don’t have to breed like rabbits, insisting that doctrine requires the faithful to “be fruitful and multiply.” (Santorum has seven kids.) Santorum’s Pope-a-dope: “The most important thing is that as a Catholic, I believe he has the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit isn’t going to let him make that kind of mistake.”

Santorum isn’t alone. Cool Pope Francis’ comments are driving other uber-conservative Catholics insane. Here are five conservative Catholics who still want to party like it’s 1899.

1. American Cardinal Raymond Burke

The ultra-conservative former archbishop of St. Louis has emerged as the archaic face of opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda. In an attack on the Pope’s leadership, Burke likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without a rudder.”

“I would like to be a master of the faith, with all my weaknesses, telling a truth that many currently perceive,” he said. “They are feeling a bit seasick because they feel the church’s ship has lost its way.”

Burke has said the Catholic Church was “the pillar of marriage” and continues to challenge the pope’s revolutionary “Who am I to judge?” remark on gay people. This is from a man who has previously said that Catholic families should not expose children to the “evil” of homosexuality by inviting a gay son and his partner home for Christmas.

In the words of Burke: “The acts must be judged; I do not think that the Pope thinks differently. They are sinful and unnatural. The Pope never said we can find positive elements in them. It is impossible to find positive elements in an evil act.”

2. Pat Buchanan

The right-wing pundit declared: “I’m more Catholic than the Pope.” He lambasted Francis for sowing “confusion among the faithful” with his criticism of the “hostile rigidity” of “so-called traditionalists” in the Roman Catholic Church.

In the conservative words of Buchanan: “While Francis has nether denied not sought to change any doctrine, Cardinal Burke is correct. The Pope has done a lot of harm. He has created confusion among the faithful and is soon going to have to speak with clarity on the unchanging truths of Catholicism.”

3. Friar Dwight Longenecker

On his site Patheos, Catholic priest Dwight Longenecker advises conservative Catholics who are in opposition with Pope Francis on how to cope with his pontifications:

“Is your faith in Jesus Christ and the faith of the church or is it in the pope? Catholics should love the pope, but they should love Jesus more. If one pope comes along who you find difficult to love and understand, take heart. You weren’t supposed to love him that much anyway.”

4. John Vennari

As editor of the Catholic Family News, John Vennari has been trumpeting his horn over the danger of Pope Francis ever since the Pope was elected.

Vennari writes, “He seems to have a good heart and some good Catholic instincts, but theologically he is a train wreck—remarkably sloppy.” He goes on to say, “Though this might shock some readers, I must say that I would never allow Pope Francis to teach religion to my children.”

5. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput expressed great concern about the Synod on the Family Pope Francis oversaw in Vatican City last fall. In yet another example of Pope playa-hating he wrote a critical post on his blog: “I was very disturbed by what happened at the synod. I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was one of confusion.”

Plenty of crazy remarks, to be sure. But since everyone knows the Internet is where the most ridiculous statements are made, I’ll leave you with this reader comment on a Religious News article titled “Pope Francis Is Unsettling—and Dividing—the Catholic Right”:

“This current Pope is the Trojan horse with the 20 of his close Masonic friends. The goal, to remove Jesus out of the church. Jesus did not choose this man the Masons did. Remember the end is closer then you think. The warning second coming…Jesus God and our blessed Mother are giving this information for all not to be decived. Pope Benadict is our last Pope this new one is the anti. Discern this information and keen to the new changes. God bless you all. Praise be to Jesus!”

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8 comments on “UltraLeft “Scared” of John Vennari in re. Francis As “Hero” of the Left

  1. It is interesting that he sees these “ultra right wing Catholics” as “scary”.

    Perhaps he should read Fr Longenecker’s reply to this article where the Father disassociates himself completely from those who criticise Pope Francis and calls John Vennari “venomous”.

    Perhaps if the conservatives really were a bit scary then people would take more notice.

    Meanwhile, people like Fr Longenecker, who in other areas seems like a non heretical, orthodox Catholic, are doing the most amazing mental gymnastics to explain why we should sit back and basically take everything Pope Francis dishes out to us and learn from him.

    Michael Voris takes a slightly different stand to Fr Longenecker. Mr Voris will attack every modern evil and dangerous teaching in the Church no matter who says or does it – unless it comes from the Pope, in which case he pretends it never happened.

    Someone once said, I think it was Michael Matt, that the best hope for the Church is if all the true Catholics started telling it like it is and letting Rome know when they are disturbed by what is happening.
    Why can’t the large group of supposedly loyal Catholics, like Voris, Longenecker, Catholic Answers etc, realize the dire strait we are in and stop being total Ultramontanists and Papalotrists?
    (Note : I do not include Mark Shea in my list, because unlike some others I do not consider him any form of loyal Catholic but rather a heretic in sheep’s clothing, a very dangerous man.)

    • Venomous Vennari? He really said that? (I can’t read long neck anymore.) It’s a compliment, actually. John can pack more substance in one sentence than Father can say in a whole article. I’ve been reading John for more than 20 years now, and he continually improves himself. It’s a truly Catholic approach: substance and clarity without resorting to emotional or vulgar substitutes.

  2. Follow the $$$$ trail, fidei.

    Shea commands a six figure income for his Catholic Answers’ bloviating. How would he ever keep himself in such fine culinary shape if he turned his back on that?

    Longenecker is just another snotty Anglican with an agenda. He is, as I’ve intimated elsewhere, an “illegal Kathlyck immigrant” under that concoction dreamed up by B16.

  3. “How would he ever keep himself in such fine culinary shape…”

    LOL! That’s funny!

    This forum is hilarious! I get my laugh in for the day every time I visit. It’s great!

  4. Irene, just out of curiosity, how long have you been visiting us and what prompted you to sign on?

    Btw, AQ’s crack comedy writers do try to work 24/7 to lift at least some of the pall which has become neo-Kathlcyk modChurch’s experiment in self-immolation, PC idolatry and garden variety Leninist buffoonery and mayhem.

  5. I don’t remember when I signed on. It was a year or two ago I guess. I rarely visited back then though and commented even less if at all. Papa Frank has got me all stirred up here lately though! I need some comic relief!

  6. Actually, Irene, hard liquor may work even better.

    ; – )

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