FrankenPope denounces ‘restorationist’ orders bursting with young people

FrankenPope denounces ‘restorationist’ orders bursting with young people

[Another caricaturing of authentically Catholic religious life]

Pete Baklinski

ROME, February 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has stated that the rise of new religious institutes that attract numerous religious vocations “worries” him because they often promote “rigidity.” Francis denounced new traditional religious orders as “Pelagians,” who want a return to asceticism and penance.

In an obvious reference to the Legionaries of Christ, he called young people in traditional orders “soldiers who seem ready to do anything for the defense of faith and morality, and then some scandal emerges involving the founder [male or female].”

“So, do not put hope in the sudden, mass blooming of these Institutes,” he added.

“When they tell me that there is a congregation that draws so many vocations, I must confess that I worry,” he said during the closed-door meeting with 140 Superiors General of male religious orders and congregations that took place November 25. The transcript of the unscheduled Q&A was published this week by the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Asked about how to fire the hearts of young people for the cause of the Gospel, the pope turned his focus to the training of “seminarians and future priests.”

Francis said that in priests’ training the “logic of black and white” that “can lead to abstract casuistry” must be avoided.

“Discernment, meanwhile, means moving forward through the gray of life according to the will of God. And the will of God is to be sought according to the true doctrine of the Gospel and not in the rigidity of an abstract doctrine,” he said.

Asked what should be done about the plummeting number of vocations to the priesthood, the pope said that while the decline “worries me” he is also worried about the rise of new traditional religious orders.

“Some are, I might say, ‘restorationist’: they seem to offer security but instead give only rigidity,” he said.

“When they tell me that there is a Congregation that draws so many vocations, I must confess that I worry. The Spirit does not follow the logic of human success: it works in another way. But they tell me that there are so many young people prepared to do anything, who pray a great deal, who are truly faithful. And I say to myself: ‘Wonderful: we will see if it is the Lord!’.”

Traditional orders do not simply worry Pope Francis. Within months of becoming pope in March 2013, Francis moved quickly to utterly dismantle the flourishing Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. The order, which encouraged the Latin Mass, was one of the most faithful of all of the new Catholic religious orders, especially in regard to their pro-life commitment. The move stunned faithful Catholics.

In 2015 the pope warned bishops against ordaining “traditionalist” seminarians, stating that doing so was like placing a “mortgage on the Church.”

In 2012 under Benedict XVI, the Vatican was in the process of reforming the umbrella group of American nuns and sisters for their “secularist mentality [and] ‘feminist’ spirit.” After Francis took over the reigns of the Church, that process concluded by offering the nuns’ group a “positive message.”

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2 comments on “FrankenPope denounces ‘restorationist’ orders bursting with young people

  1. Jorge Bergoglio said ” Asked what should be done about the plummeting number of vocations to the priesthood, the pope said that while the decline “worries me” he is also worried about the rise of new traditional religious orders.
    “Some are, I might say, ‘restorationist’: they seem to offer security but instead give only rigidity,” he said.
    “When they tell me that there is a Congregation that draws so many vocations, I must confess that I worry. The Spirit does not follow the logic of human success: it works in another way. But they tell me that there are so many young people prepared to do anything, who pray a great deal, who are truly faithful. And I say to myself: ‘Wonderful: we will see if it is the Lord!’.”

    And this is the guy that the SSPX wants to be in “full communion” with?!
    For the last 4 years Bergoglio has gone out of his way to slam the traditional and orthodox teachings of Christ, and of His Catholic Church, and has waged war against any order, bishop or layman who have dared to uphold those orthodox teachings.
    IMO, this guy is pure evil!
    Good Lord help us

  2. Francis Pounds ‘Rigid Priests’: Time for SSPX to Regularize?

    Written by Michael Matt | Editor
    2/11/17

    REMNANT COMMENT : So, do you think this is a particularly good time for the SSPX to get “regularized” — under a Pope who is “worried” about the “rigidity” (read: orthodoxy) of traditional Catholics’ priestly formation?

    Have you noticed something odd about all this? The Trad-leaning neo-Catholics have become the most outspoken proponents of SSPX regularization. Now why do you suppose that would be? I confess to a certain bewilderment at their adamant claim that the SSPX will absolutely positively be in a position to fight much harder for Tradition and against the Revolution, once regularized by Pope Francis.

    Really? Well, let’s hope so.

    “Besides,” our trad-leaning neo-Catholics argue, “the SSPX can always go back to where they were, should the Vatican stab them in the back as it has stabbed the FFI and now the Knights of Malta.” But is that how it actually works in the real world?

    When a Society of 600+ priests gets regularized—only to discover that some pretty hefty strings were attached, after all—do they really get to go waltzing merrily back to where they came from, as if the Church weren’t hierarchical at all? No harm no foul? Surely, some SSPX priests would do just that but, let’s be honest, many would not, preferring instead to stay on and work from a less confrontational position. This is just human nature.

    Isn’t this precisely what happened back in 1988, by the way: some SSPX priests took the Vatican’s deal, some didn’t. And the two factions have been at loggerheads ever since. Well played, Vatican!

    If things go awry, as critics of “regularization” argue they might, then hindsight will make it much easier for us all to see that the Vatican’s intention was nothing more profound than to divide and conquer its opposition. But, of course, by then this would be a moot point.

    Never going to happen? Really? Is that why we have all those thousands of “regularized” traditionalist priests out there thundering against the Francis Revolution where Communion for public adulterers is concerned—because once a priest is regularized it gets so much easier for him to oppose the folks that just regularized him?

    Again, really?!

    Archbishop Lefebvre didn’t end up in “schism” because he was a bad boy who did something wrong. He ended up in “schism” by choice, because he refused to go along with the great apostasy being spearheaded by the Modernist Revolution in the Church, including all the way to the top of the Vatican. That was many years ago.

    Question: Have things improved in the Vatican since then?

    Is it time for the largest resistance movement of priests in the world today to come down out of mountains and sign on Pope Francis’s dotted line? Perhaps. But perhaps not. And anyone who tells you he knows God’s inscrutable will on this, one way or the other, is either lying or delusional. Nobody knows, which is why Bishop Fellay has been so wise to wait and hold the holy ground of Tradition for which Archbishop Lefebvre fought and died.

    The only thing we can do now is pray: Come Holy Ghost fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy divine love. Send forth Thy spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

    Let us pray. O God, Who by the light of the Holy Ghost didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in Thy consolation. Through Christ our Lord.

    Amen.

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