“Gaudete et Insultate”: Francis Points Finger – at Himself

en.news – 4/11/18

Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (April 9) has been labelled by the Internet community “Gaudete et Insultate” or “Goad and Insult”.

The following quotes of “Gaudete et exsultate” are just few examples.

Francis is portraying “some Christians” who are “self-centred” and “bereft of true love”. They have “an obsession with the law, an absorption with social and political advantages, a punctilious concern for the Church’s liturgy, doctrine and prestige” (57).

However, Francis has been accused of putting himself before his office and of trying to gain prestige and political advantages by pleasing the anti-Church media and to show little love to those who try to correct him.

The exhortation hammers against those “who use religion for their own purposes, to promote their own psychological or intellectual theories” (41).

However, even bishops have charged Francis of inventing his own religion and of using it for his own purpose.

He criticises the idea of doctrine as a “closed system, devoid of the dynamic capacity to pose questions, doubts, inquiries” (44). Since November 2016 Francis has sternly refused to answer the doubts (Dubia) of his cardinals and faithful.

Francis’ exhortation slams those who search a safe haven in “the rejection of new ideas and approaches, dogmatism, nostalgia, pessimism, hiding behind rules and regulations” (134).

However, Francis himself cultivates a nostalgic paleo-liberal party-line eliminating everybody who does not strictly play according to his rules.

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