FrankenPope’s modus operandi

FrankenPope’s modus operandi

Five years into the Bergoglio pontificate, Rorate is (finally!) far from alone in our reporting and analysis of Pope Francis. Several books exposing the behavior and methods used by Jorge Bergoglio have been, or are in the process of being, published.  Ross Douthat, the lone conservative columnist at the New York Times, has one such book in the works, which will be released next week.
Mr. Douthat had a column in the Sunday New York Times (largely an excerpt from his forthcoming book) exposing the myth that Francis would grow the Church (Mass attendance has been down under this pontificate), and examining how calling for a “truce” on hot-button issues has been part of a stealth agenda of incremental liberalization.

This paragraph is perhaps the most eloquent we have seen in a while, unmasking the tactics of Bergoglio:

The papal plan for a truce is either ingenious or deceptive, depending on your point of view. Instead of formally changing the church’s teaching on divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, euthanasia — changes that are officially impossible, beyond the powers of his office — the Vatican under Francis is making a twofold move. First, a distinction is being drawn between doctrine and pastoral practice that claims that merely pastoral change can leave doctrinal truth untouched. So a remarried Catholic might take communion without having his first union declared null, a Catholic planning assisted suicide might still receive last rites beforehand, and perhaps eventually a gay Catholic can have her same-sex union blessed — and yet supposedly none of this changes the church’s teaching that marriage is indissoluble and suicide a mortal sin and same-sex wedlock an impossibility, so long as it’s always treated as an exception rather than a rule.

It is a healthy thing to see large media outlets expose the deception employed by this pope, amplified by blogs and social media, even if it has taken five years. Had this sunshine been a fraction as bright in the 1960s and 70s, it is likely the Second Vatican Council and its implementation — particularly concerning the liturgical revolution — would not have slipped by quite so easily.

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One comment on “FrankenPope’s modus operandi

  1. Yes, better late than never, I suppose.
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    However, the price of lateness is egregious. More on that, below.
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    The NYT and TIME were the principal agents driving pro-subversive American media coverage of Vatican II. I doubt the Old Gray Lady had pangs of remorse over that, so the most that can be said is Douthat’s presence as a mild-mannered NeoKathlyck pundit for a (never) great metropolitan newspaper is nothing but a marketing play. The dying rag is on life support and, hey, 99.9% of Catholics are liberals, right? Thus, its a niche to try to attract and retain.
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    On the price everyone must pay for influential persons in powerful roles in society coming late to the party, Our Lady made crystal clear that had the consecration of Russia occurred during the Pius XI era, both WW II and Soviet expansionism would have NEVER OCCURRED.
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    The former didn’t.
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    And both latter consequences did.
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    Same story in France, 150 years earlier.
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    When God invites, it’s never a good idea to ignore Him.
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    As for the 1962-65 Revolution, while not specifically itemized in any visitation from Heaven, Pius XII and Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, STD each had serious clout with American bishops, prior to the un-council, as to what was shaping up as an outright doctrinal and liturgical revolt from within the Church.
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    Both were ignored.
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    60 years later, Ecce!

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