Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope for the ostensible reasons of stemming the flow of worshipers away from the Church (especially in South America) and cleaning up Church finances and sex abuse scandals. However, on these points – and so many others – the Franciscan papacy has been a litany of failures.
In his February 26 magazine article, Kevin Andrews wrote on the Vatican’s silence regarding the persecution of Catholics, as well as those of other denominations and denominations. In 2018, the Vatican signed a provisional agreement with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on the appointment of Catholic bishops. When renewing the secret accord in 2020, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the pact was “just a starting point” for better relations between the two. As Andrews said, when the former bishop of Hong Long, Cardinal Joseph Zen, flew to Rome to discuss the issue with the Vatican, Pope Francis refused to meet with him. Others, including many Catholic lawmakers and public officials around the world, have sought to engage Pope Francis on the grave situation of believers in China, but he has refused the requests. He refused to meet the Dalai Lama.
In March 2020, Pope Francis announced that the theme for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops would be “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”. This “Synod on Synodality” will take place over two years. It started in October last year and will end in October 2023.
In opening During the Synod, Pope Francis called on the Catholic Church to “encounter, listen and discern” and to become “a different Church” while avoiding any mention of the Church’s God-given mission to teach the faith and to adhere to the doctrine. In particular, the Pope called for a “living expression of the Church” and asked that Catholics “not muffle our hearts; let us not remain barricaded in our certainties. Very often, our certainties can shut us down. Let’s listen to each other”. Just as he listened to Cardinal Zen and the Dalai Lama.
The Synod is nothing but finding more excuses to “modernize”, even if this insistence on modernizing has led to a decrease in congregations – except in parishes and orders faithful to tradition, to the doctrine and to the Magisterium of the Church.
The fundamental mission of the Church has always been a counter-cultural mission. As Saint Paul says in 1 Corinthians (4:10), we are fools because of Christ. In his letter to Titus (2, 11-14), Saint Paul affirms even more categorically the need for the Church to be counter-cultural:
“The grace of God appeared, offering salvation to all. He trains us to reject ungodly ways and worldly desires, and to live with moderation, righteousness, and devotion in this age as we await our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of the great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is he who sacrificed himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for him a people of his own, eager to do what is right.
It is obvious that being counter-cultural – that is, adhering to tradition and not trying to get rid of it – is the key to “revitalization”, since it is what distinguishes the Church of the modern world and makes it “a living expression of being Church”.
It is reasonable to assume that the fact that the only areas of growth in the Church are those which are faithful to the tradition and teaching of the Church is a source of great irritation for Pope Francis and his fellow travelers. , hence the recent draconian crackdown on tradition.
Last year the pope published the motu owner entitled Traditional Custodianscalling for the restriction of the celebration of the traditional Mass in Latin. Another document dealing with its implementation, the Reply to Dubiaunderlined these restrictions, which means that many priests will be prohibited from saying the traditional Mass, and it can only be celebrated in limited settings, all in the name of promoting “unity” in the world. ‘Church.
Ironically, it is this Pope who is causing the division, apparently with the aim of driving out pious and devout Catholics, who want nothing more than to remain members of the one, holy, Catholic Church. and apostolic.
His apparent support for relativism, which Bergoglio’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, spoke out against in the strongest possible terms, was evident in Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in 2017. Following its promulgation, nearly 70 lay and clerical leaders sign a statement known as Subsidiary correction. This is the first time that such an action has been undertaken since the Middle Ages.
After his election as Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla made his first international visit to his native Poland. Benedict XVI made a trip to his native Germany a priority. However, Pope Francis never returned to Argentina. Why?
As reported by church militant in JanuaryFrancis’ blatant refusal to travel to Argentina cannot be separated from what Bishop Sergio Buenanueva, coordinator of the Pastoral Council for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults of the Argentine Episcopal Conference called Argentina’s “most serious” crisis of modern times: clerical sexual abuse.
Talk with The Nation, Argentina’s largest daily, Buenanueva said the Church in Argentina does not yet have a register of abusive clergy. Buenanueva also criticized the “sick system within the Church which either covered up or did not favor exposed abuses and ended up favoring the criminal”. Critics allege that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was part of this ailing system, pointing out that Bergoglio was allegedly active in protecting convicted pedophile priests or promoting those who covered up past clergy abuses. These would include Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, found guilty on February 21 of sexual abuse of two seminarians. Unlike Cardinal George Pell, who steered clear of his position as Prefect of the Economics Secretariat until he was finally unanimously cleared by the High Court in April 2020, Zanchetta has retained the protection of Francis. In 2017, Francois named Zanchetta Assessor of the administration of the patrimony of the Apostolic See after the resignation of Zanchetta from his position as bishop of Orán, invoking “reasons of health”.
This, despite the fact that in 2016 five priests – including three of Zanchetta’s vicars general – and two monsignors formally accused the bishop of financial mismanagement, authoritarianism and sexual misconduct.
Then last week it emerged that the pope had relieved Bishop Fernandez Torres of Puerto Rico to speak out against the vaccine mandate there. Because currently available coronavirus vaccines have been tested or produced with cell lines from aborted babies, the Church has determined that getting vaccinated is a matter of personal discernment that each individual must make after informing their conscience. Thus, the Church teaches that there is no moral obligation to get vaccinated. Indeed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Church’s teaching authority on matters of faith and morals, issued a statement to this effect in December 2020.
While Papa Begroglio has time to inform nuns that they must “fight” against sexism in the Church, as he did in a recent Twitter post, he is speechless about the persecution of millions of believers, active in its alienation from traditional Catholics and irresponsible in the face of the scourge of clergy sexual abuse. All betrayals of Gospel values. Much like his friend Joe Biden, he calls for unity while constantly causing division. Pope Francis has no other alternative, for the good of the Church, than to resign.
Dr. Rocco Loiacono is a senior lecturer at Curtin University Law School. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Curtin University.
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