On the Separation of Church and State: Pope Francis vs. Pope Pius X
Written by Michael Matt | Editor
Pope Francis believes that a healthy secularism paired with a strong law that grants above all a religious freedom is the key to a successful and peaceful state, while states tied to a single religion don’t have a future.
“Confessional states end badly…I believe that secularism accompanied by a strong law which guarantees religious freedom provides a framework for moving forward,” the Pontiff said in an interview with Guillaume Goubert, director of French Roman Catholic newspaper La Croix.
Thank you, Francis for throwing St. Pope Pius X under the popemobile officially. At least now the world knows where you stand.
“That the State must be separated from the Church,” said the great (and actually humble) Pope Pius in Vehementer Nos, “is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him…”
I guess old Saint Pius is yet another one of those rigorist doctors of the law that Francis so enjoys maligning. And besides, what did he know about mercy!
At any rate, the Revolution has finally come full circle, with Peter himself now making common cause with the freemasons and their secularist creed so thoroughly condemned by the popes of yesterday.
If you can’t lick ’em, join ’em–eh, Holiness?