Antonio Spadaro and the Gospel of Conformity

Antonio Spadaro and the Gospel of Conformity

by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 19, 2017

Antonio Spadaro, SJ, commonly referred to as the “mouthpiece” of Pope Bergoglio, has co-authored for the Pope’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano (OR), a cliché-ridden mélange of liberal certitudes, jumbled together with a valid observation or two about American exceptionalism and the “prosperity Gospel.” Spadaro’s co-author, Marcelo Figueroa, is a mainline Protestant friend of Pope Bergoglio’s whom he decided to appoint as editor of the Argentine edition of OR.

The piece, entitled “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A Surprising Ecumenism,” is essentially the usual summons to placid conformity to the spirit of the age as reflected in the modern state system. Conformity to the political status quo is portrayed as a civic virtue, whereas any form of Christian resistance is dangerous “fundamentalism” no different in principle from the terrorism of ISIS.

Lost on the likes of Spadaro is Francis Fukuyama’s telling observation that “The liberal state growing out of the tradition of Hobbes and Locke engages in a protracted struggle with its own people.” (The End of History and the Last Man, p. 215.) The liberal state is the end result of a trail of blood spilled in violent revolutions by which an enlightened few first imposed their will upon the Christian masses. The enlightened ones continue their oppression of Christians today via the now unchallengeable coercive power of that same state, which compulsorily subsidizes the mass murder of unborn children and now, with the madness of state-imposed “gay marriage” and transgenderism, threatens to obliterate not only every last vestige of Christian morality in public life but even the recognition of being itself.

Archbishop Charles Chaput has penned a rebuke to Spadaro and Figueroa, found here, which — too politely in my view — rightly suggests that they are what Lenin putatively described as “useful idiots” of the West, cooperating in their own subjugation and ultimate destruction. As useful idiots of the modern state system do reflexively, Spadaro and Figueroa recite the usual litany of liberal fears about any sign of a Christian militancy that might pose a challenge to the secular hegemon. Hence, they dutifully denounce their fellow Catholics along with evangelical Protestants for the following sins against state secularism:

“the problematic fusion between religion and state, faith and politics, religious values and economy”;
“this mingling of politics, morals and religion”;
“Christian-Evangelical fundamentalist principles”;
“a strong and determined religious-moral influence to bear on democratic processes and their results”;
“a literal adherence to the Bible”;
any criticism of “modernist spirits, the black civil rights movement, the hippy movement, communism, feminist movements and so on”;
“whites from the deep American South”;
“a literalist understanding of the creation narratives of the book of Genesis that put humanity in a position of ‘dominion’ over creation”;
“fight[ing] the threats to American Christian values”;
“the desire for some influence in the political and parliamentary sphere and in the juridical and educational areas so that public norms can be subjected to religious morals”;
“political leaders appearing triumphant with a Bible in their hands”;
a “‘religion in total freedom,’ perceived as a direct virtual challenge to the secularity of the state”;
“the persuasive temptation for a spurious alliance between politics and religious fundamentalism”;
“exaggerating disorder, agitating the souls of the people by painting worrying scenarios beyond any realism”;
the idea that “Religion [is] a guarantor of order and a political part would incarnate its needs”;
“a strange form of surprising ecumenism… between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists brought together by the same desire for religious influence in the political sphere”;
“a theocratic necessity: submit the state to the Bible with a logic that is no different from the one that inspires Islamic fundamentalism… the same cult of an apocalypse that needs to be brought about as soon as possible.”
In short, our useful idiots demand the total disqualification — indeed the veritable criminalization as ISIS-like “terrorism” — of any role for Christianity in politics. That is precisely the antithesis of the Church’s constant teaching on the Social Kingship of Christ, recognized (however imperfectly) even by the more conservative evangelical Protestants as the sociopolitical imperative of the Incarnation, compelled by reason itself. As Pope Leo XIII declared in Immortale Dei (On the Christian Constitution of States): “Such, then… is the Christian organization of civil society; not rashly or fancifully shaped out, but educed from the highest and truest principles, confirmed by natural reason itself.”

The post-Vatican II abandonment of the Social Kingship doctrine, in favor of an irrational and ultimately fatal divorce of the Law of the Gospel from public life, is symptomatic of the terminal disease of our once Christian civilization, which John Paul II lamented (too little, too late) as “silent apostasy.” As Pius XI warned in 1922 in his landmark encyclical on the Social Kingship of Christ, Ubi Arcano:

“What We said at the beginning of Our Pontificate concerning the decline of public authority, and the lack of respect for the same, is equally true at the present day. ‘With God and Jesus Christ,’ we said, ‘excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.’”

The liberal Jesuit Spadaro and his liberal Protestant co-author typify the smug certitude of the doctrinaire conformism they equate with enlightened Christianity. Praising Pope Bergoglio without realizing they are in fact indicting him as a traitor to the Church’s mission of making disciples of all nations, they declare: “Francis wants to break the organic link between culture, politics, institution and Church.” They mindlessly applaud the deliberate, self-inflicted disintegration of the Christian body politic. They preach, not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but The Gospel of Conformity to the Spirit of the Age.

Spadaro and Figueroa doubtless view themselves as intellectually subtle defenders, alongside Bergoglio, of a “realistic” modern Catholicism. In fact, they are posturing buffoons who lock themselves in a jail cell and then jauntily toss the key to their jailers, while condemning Catholics who will not likewise consent to their own imprisonment. The current triumph of political modernity over the Church is owing largely to the assistance of such ecclesiastical quislings. But in the end, of course, God “shall laugh at them [and] shall bring all the nations to nothing.” (Psalm 58)

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4 comments on “Antonio Spadaro and the Gospel of Conformity

    • [Sooner or later it or they will all be “coming out”! Tantumblogo at A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics on July 19, 2017 asks and discusses] How Long Before Father James Martin SJ Comes Out As An Open/Active Sodomite?

      Discuss. He may as well come out, he’s done everything but put up a billboard attesting to his proclivities and, probably, unchastity.

      But the Vatican’s got his back, at least the heresiarch/demoniac Fr. Tom Rosica does. I doubt Rosica says or does much of anything without clear direction from Francis. You do the math.

      One day, and that day may not be as far off as we fear, traitors/double agents like Martin and Rosica will be pitied and reviled by all good souls and even the Church as an institution. God will bring this revolution of self-interested sexular paganism in the Church to an end. It’s only a matter of time.

      How many souls are led to eternal suffering by the lies and errors of these men, however, is too terrible to contemplate. May God have mercy on us all.

      To know why former Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell got his red hat, consider this: he endorsed Martin’s immoral book:

      Who else do we find endorsing Fr. Martin’s 2017 repackaging of the New Ways message of the 1990’s? None other than three of Pope Francis’ most recent episcopal appointments: Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey; Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life; and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, California.Who’s really responsible for Fr. James Martin’s revolution? (LifeSiteNews, June 20, 2017)

      Farrell is a hardcore modernist and worker of amoral revolution in the Church and against all the souls alive in the world today. Whatever he pretended to be while Benedict was still Pope to get an appointment in Dallas is long gone. But what would we expect from a protege of McCarrick?

      And I’ve been reliably informed that Farrell more or less hand-picked his successor, our current Bishop Edward Burns. Yippee.

      UPDATE: Just read this in I Corinthians ii:

      9 But as it is written: *That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him:

      10 But to us God hath revealed by his Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, even the profound things of God.

      11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God.

      12 Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God, that we may know the things that are given us from God:

      13 *Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom, but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

      14 But the sensual man perceiveth not the things that are of the Spirit of God: for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand: because it is spiritually examined.

      Martin, Rosica, the rest of their ilk, and, yes, Francis, are sensual men. To them, the things of the Spirit, the constant belief and practice of the Church, are foolishness, because they have neither eyes to see, nor ears to hear. They are blinded and deafened by their attachment to the “pleasures” of this world, and to its master.

  1. It may take a while for the sophistication and subtlety of the Never-Trumper narrative behind the Spadaro hit piece on the Catholic integralist alliance with Evangelical Protestants in U.S. politics to sink in. Hillary, you see, went to Wellesley and Yale Law, where she learned the importance of the separation of religion from politics, hence, the need to crash the demographics of Europe with theocrats from the Middle East and for similar social engineering in the U.S. You have to puzzle over totalitarian Leftist secular humanism for a long time before these insights leap out. The Alinskyite plan to destroy Western civilization is very brainy.

    • Exactly. Trump has caused panic on an international scale because his election signals to the Left a repudiation of the globalist socialist doctrine in America. They were reveling that they had us “by the short hairs,” with King Barry the Arrogant’s policies and ideological enforcement of PC values (fascism), and the successor to the throne, Hillary Queen of Sodom.

      All their work is not in vain, though, as they’ve created a cadre of metrosexual basement dwellers who pontificate online about the virtues of a nanny state with state-funded lifelong brainwashing at colleges and state-funded health care with exit pills for when life becomes difficult, content to work part-time at Subway so mom doesn’t kick them out.

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