As a young man in Argentina Pope Francis had a communist mentor. And we know how manipulative and domineering such people are in their zeal to spread their political poison. The American Spectator website reports:
Pope Francis grew up in socialist Argentina, an experience that left a deep impression on his thinking. He told the Latin American journalists Javier Camara and Sebastian Pfaffen that as a young man he “read books of the Communist Party that my boss in the laboratory gave me” and that “there was a period where I would wait anxiously for the newspaper La Vanguardia, which was not allowed to be sold with the other newspapers and was brought to us by the socialist militants.”
The “boss” to whom Pope Francis referred is Esther Ballestrino de Careaga. He has described her as a “Paraguayan woman” and a “fervent communist.” He considers her one of his most important mentors. “I owe a huge amount to that great woman,” he has said, saying that she “taught me so much about politics.” (He worked for her as an assistant at Hickethier-Bachmann Laboratory in Buenos Aires.)
“She often read Communist Party texts to me and gave them to me to read. So I also got to know that very materialistic conception. I remember that she also gave me the statement from the American Communists in defense of the Rosenbergs, who had been sentenced to death,” he has said.
This is frightening stuff. But this is the history of the world over the last 170 years since the publication of the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Despite communism’s horrific failures its proponents ignore reality and just keep trying.
Today we see this pope (his born name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio) pushing a far-left agenda on the church. Here is just one example of many:
He said that, “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”
This plays into the hands of the most extreme environmentalists who for the most part are far-left anti-Christian political activists.
What will the pope do next? Put solar panels on the Vatican? Don’t laugh. He might.
Writing on the Politico website Hannah Roberts has reported on the drift of this pope to the left and its ramifications for the church. Here are excerpts from Roberts with a Nikitas3.com comment after each excerpt:
Roberts reports: Celebrated by progressives around the world for his push to update and liberalize aspects of church doctrine, Francis is facing fierce blowback from traditionalists who take issue with his openness to Muslim migrants, his concern for the environment and his softer tone on divorce, cohabitation and homosexuality. Opposition has become so heated that some advisers are warning him to tread carefully to avoid a “schism” in the church.
Nikitas3.com comment: No, he is not seeking to “update and liberalize” church doctrine. That is what his left-wing supporters are saying to soften his radicalism. He is actually seeking to undermine and overthrow church doctrine. He cannot do it overnight. But since he became pope in 2013 he has pushed the steering wheel insistently to the left.
Francis is the first Jesuit pope, and thus we can understand his liberalism since Jesuits are on the far left.
Roberts reports: Father Thomas Weinandy, a former chief of staff for the U.S. bishops’ committee on doctrine, has accused Francis of causing “theological anarchy.” Another group of bishops has warned Francis risks spreading “a plague of divorce.” Last fall, more than 200 scholars and priests signed a letter accusing Francis of spreading heresy. “This was not something I did lightly,” Father John Rice, a parish priest in Shaftesbury in the U.K. said, claiming the pope’s liberal push has caused “much division and disagreement, and sadness and confusion in the church.”
Nikitas3.com comment: These are serious charges that we have never seen before. Thus the perception of this pope as a militant is not just political posturing; it is very real.
If this schism comes to pass – and it will do so over the next 10 years if Francis is not removed – then there will be two Catholic churches. One will retain traditional Catholic teaching while the other will disintegrate and become part of “the world” that the church was established to supersede. What percentage remains true to Catholic doctrine is yet to be seen. It could be 20% or it could be 60%. Nobody knows yet.
Roberts reports: Conservatives have been irked by some of his more liberal stances. In 2015, Francis ordered every parish to host two refugee families. And last week, in his most explicit acceptance of homosexuality yet, he told a gay Catholic that God had made him that way and that his sexuality “does not matter.”
Nikitas3.com comment: Yes, it does matter and Nikitas3.com has personal experience. My cousin was gay. Within three years of his becoming entangled with the gays in New York City his live-in boyfriend died of AIDS. My cousin got sick seven years later, lost his executive job with a top bank, and slowly died a gruesome death over a period of three years, going blind first and succumbing at age 39. This was my closest association with homosexuality, and my last.
The Catholic church also suffered grievously at the hands of several hundred homosexual American priests who were responsible for virtually all of the “sexual abuse” scandal in the church. These priests have cost the Catholic church millions of adherents and hundreds of millions of dollars in legal settlements with victims of the abuse.
Roberts reports: The focus of most traditionalist dissent has been Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, an “apostolic exhortation” — a type of papal communication — in which he called for a “merciful” approach to divorcees and opened the door for those living with new partners to take communion with their priest’s permission.
Nikitas3.com comment: So what distinguishes this from the thinking of the non-Christian, non-churchgoing man-in-the-street?
Roberts reports: By rendering doctrine more ambiguous, Francis is effectively undermining the church’s authority and reducing the role of priests to that of companion and advisers to their parishioners — a thorny issue that dates back to the Vatican II reforms of the 1960s, according to one diplomat. “The battle is between [loyalty to retired Pope] Benedict, vestments, liturgy and rules, and Pope Francis, who wants priests to use their own judgment and humanity in their reading of individual situations,” the diplomat said.
The shift may seem like small beer to non-Catholics — and Francis’ suggestions are already the practice among many priests. But the changes have become the touch-paper for conservative dissent, enflaming mutterings of disapproval into open mutiny. The Vatican’s conservative flank is increasingly taking action.
The rebellion has grown to include not just arch-conservatives but also more middle-of-the-road Catholics who adhere to the church’s teachings on abortion and marriage and resent Francis’ flexible approach.
Nikitas3.com comment: They have tried to blame opposition to Francis on “arch-conservatives” but like so many political issues in our day, opposition is spreading once more and more people understand what is happening. Those conservatives were just the canary in the coal mine since conservatives are the smartest and most vigilant people in any society.
This drift to the left has also happened in America’s courts, arts, universities, media, Democrat party, etc. They started out with some liberalism here and there and since have been totally consumed, with horrendous consequences. But more and more people now understand what is happening. They voted for president Trump.
Roberts reports: At a conference on “the limits of papal authority” in Rome last month, Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the key figures leading the charge against Francis, reminded the audience the pope’s power is not “magical.” If a pope has “deviated from the faith” he “must as a duty, be disobeyed,” said Burke.
Nikitas3.com comment: This is significant, not just a one-off warning from a malcontent.
Roberts reports: Francis is a “master strategist” who achieves his agenda “by stealth and cunning,” according to the diplomatic observer. He prefers shuffling people around rather than directly confronting or sacking them. But he has on occasion shown that he doesn’t shy away from direct conflict and has successfully faced down challenges to his authority, instigated by Burke, from the Order of Malta. “He doesn’t back down, he is really tough and steely,” the observer said.
Last week, after meeting and apologizing to victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile, Francis summoned the county’s entire conference to Rome, rebuking them so severely that they resigned en masse. Close allies claim Francis is not worried about public disagreement. “He tries to draw [dissenters] into the open. He thinks that’s healthy,” a person close to the pope said. “But some of it is coming from a very bitter place.”
Nikitas3.com comment: In other words, Francis is like a communist dictator. He puts on a fake air of humility and kindness but really is a hard-nosed political tyrant. He obviously learned well from his communist indoctrination in Argentina, including the tactics of political control and intimidation.
Roberts reports: But if Francis fails to ensure a liberal succession before he’s gone, his conservative opposition could yet prevail.
A pope’s real power lies in his mandate to appoint the cardinals who will vote in his successor, and there too Francis has been making strides. In June, he will hand out 14 new red hats, including three to key collaborators. At that point he will have selected 47 percent of the 125 voter-cardinals eligible to choose his successor, just shy of a majority.
If Francis can hold on for several more years until he can rally enough cardinals, he may be able to guarantee that his legacy is not lost. “It’s a numbers game,” said Willey.
Nikitas3.com comment: This is often the way that a dictator takes over a country – in stages, step by step, inch by inch.
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