No One Listens To Him, When He Defends Life and Family. And There’s a Reason

No One Listens To Him, When He Defends Life and Family. And There’s a Reason

Sandro Magister – 1/24/17

One time, when he was visiting Turin, he said to a crowd of young people: “Be chaste, be chaste.” And he almost apologized: “Pardon me if I am telling you something you did not expect.”

Pope Francis is also this. A pope who occasionally goes back in time and reiterates the precepts of the perennial Church. Such as not aborting. Or to use his words to the young people in Turin: not “to kill children before they are born.”

The mainstream media minimize it or are silent when Francis departs from his dominant image, as a pontiff who is permissive on subjects that until a few years ago the Church defined as “non-negotiable.”

And yet there have been so many times, at least a hundred, in which he has departed from it, even in solemn circumstances as in Strasbourg, in front of the European parliament, when he condemned the logic of the “discardable,” of the elimination of all human lives that are no longer functional, “as in the case of the sick, of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for.” It is what he customarily calls “hidden euthanasia.”

But it was as if he had not even said it. His speech in Strasbourg was greeted with thunderous applause from all the seats of the assembly, and calmly shelved.

This is also what happened in mid-November, when Francis dug up no less than a warning from Pius XII to reiterate the condemnation of euthanasia, here too with the media instead interpreting his words as an “opening.”

A week later, in two consecutive homilies at Santa Marta, the pope also took aim at the “ideological colonization” that presumes to wipe out the difference between the sexes. One year ago, while he was in Georgia, he even branded it as “a world war to destroy marriage.”

Even these repeated outbursts of his trickled away like water on marble. Ignored.

The press may have its share of the blame, but it is truly paradoxical that this should happen to a pope like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, whose mastery in the use of the media is seen as unbeatable. Unless one were to hypothesize that he in the first place is the one who wants these statements of his to have no impact, and above all to do no damage to his reputation as a pontiff with the passing of time.

One thing is certain: the epic head-on confrontation between a John Paul II and modernity, or between a Benedict XVI and the “dictatorship of relativism,” is something that Pope Francis does not want to revive in the least. He is perfectly content to have his pontificate interpreted in the reassuring light of “who am I to judge?” and as a consequence never to have any of his spoken or written words on these divisive issues taken as definitive and definitional, but to be offered as harmless, pliable, up to the judgment of each individual.

This result has also been produced by Bergoglio’s ability to perform gestures with an impact in the media that is incomparably more powerful than that of words.

When two years ago, at the end of his visit to the United States, he gave a very warm audience (see photo) to one of his Argentine friends, Yayo Grassi, accompanied by his Indonesian “partner,” Iwan Bagus, this was enough to consecrate the image of Francis as open to homosexual marriage, in spite of all his words to the contrary.

And vice-versa, when imposing crowds, Catholic and not, take to the streets in defense of marriage between man and woman and against “gender” theories, as happened in Paris with the “Manif pour tous” or in Rome with the “Family Day,” the pope is cautious not to say a single word in their defense. Nor much less to protest against the victories of the opposing side. When in May of 2015 in Ireland the “yes” on homosexual marriage won, Francis left to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the secretary of state, the duty of calling that result “a defeat for humanity,” and thus of taking upon himself the inevitable accusations of obscurantism.

In short, where and when the political and cultural battle is raging for or against the affirmation of new rights, Pope Francis remains silent. And he speaks instead far away from the contest, in the places and moments most sheltered from attack.

He preserves the Church’s traditional doctrine this way, as in an air raid shelter.

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2 comments on “No One Listens To Him, When He Defends Life and Family. And There’s a Reason

  1. Not a bad point.
    God judges intentions but, in strict justice does not fail to note just how perfectly said voleities were carried out. Which means, of course, firm resolutions that are righteous and give glory to God AND which achieve their object against all opposition are meritorious, expiatory and truly rewarded with grace. Those that are abandoned or weakly pursued result in yet more debt of sin and more temporal suffering for the one who fails.
    In other words, God expects REAL perfection because He IS perfect justice and judges accordingly. You may consult the Saints on this. ( I’d suggest those who made the cut before JP II ixnayed the office of the devil’s advocate ).
    That said, resolutions are the product of formation in the moral, intellectual and, above all, the spiritual life. Those who were trained on spiritual garbage, barring a profound reform of their interior lives, rarely if ever are going to make meritorious decisions, thus meritorious acts.
    Flash-in-the pan grandstand acts are showy but almost worthless since there likely is no intent or capacity to see the intention all the way through. Contrast the words matched by deeds of the Apostles and great Saints, even certain truly holy popes, with the “noblesse oblige” retorts that all the conciliarist ModPopes have, every once in awhile, managed to toss out.
    So, yes. Signore Magister’s view is correct. In charity, I would hope my little buttinski aside may help explain why Francis has a serious problem not in what he said ( and I don’t doubt his sincerity ) but insofar as he in all likelihood may not realize that it DOES require heroic followup when a pope, well… pontificates
    His head is full of mush from creepy “spiritual masters” that go back to the time of the hippies.
    Pray that he runs into some actually Catholic thinkers who will more impress him than the Bob Dylan / Janice Joplin wannabes he’s listened to since his seminary “daze” back in sunny Argentina.
    PS: Yours truly is every bit as guilty as anyone who’s ever lived on this point. The major difference between His Holiness and me is I DID encounter quite a few “actually Catholic thinkers” in my stumbling around. ( Not that I can think of a single heroic act of virtue I’ve ever pulled out of a hat, mind you. I’m a very slow learner. )

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