"Perception is everything."
The following brief observations on Pope Francis' revolutionary exhortation have as their intention to put to rest hopefully once and for all the notion that because doctrine was supposedly "not changed" we can and must look at the Pope's words in the light of past Church teachings, and that if we do that we will find no need to be anxious over the whole thing. Unfortunately such a notion is untenable, and we have five decades of recent experience to show that it is untenable.
Blaming the media for misinterpretations is also untenable. The media was given precisely what it needed by the Vatican; Rome wanted its message to get out and it allows the media to convey to the world exactly what it wants conveyed. If this were not so we would be hearing and.or reading thundering denunciations from St Peter's. That there is a satisfied silence coming from the Holy See is sufficient to convince anyone that the Pope is pleased with how the media is treating his letter. Rome understands, even if many Catholics do not, that perception is everything, and that the perception everyone has of the document - a Church abandoning Her former protections of the Sacred Species - is the perception that was intended. It is simply silly to try to look at this document as one of continuity with scripture and tradition. It isn't, and never can be. Its divorce from scriptural reality is clear for all to see; one does not need to be a Biblical scholar to know that the words of Jesus Christ have been suppressed in order for a worldly Pope to be even more admired by the world. (That's the same world that would like nothing better than to see the Catholic Church exterminated in case anyone is interested.)
If the disastrous, unnecessary Vatican Council II has taught us anything at all it is that the Modernists now in complete control of the Vatican apparatus will use any lie, any subterfuge, any traditional-sounding phrase it can muster up to obliterate Christ's clear teachings and reduce the one, true Church into another mere Protestant sect. The Pope's all-mercy-no-repentance approach is nothing if not pure Protestantism, which will lead untold millions of souls into the same final place in eternity that Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry VIII led their followers.
To put it simply, if you wish to go to Hell after death just do what Francis now recommends and go receive Holy Communion in your present state of mortal sin. The perception now is that sodomites and adulterers can receive Communion without any troublesome "torture" in the Confessional. What else does the Pope's exhortation say if not that? He and his dicey theologians have been hinting about this for the last three years and now it is on official Vatican stationery.
But doctrine hasn't changed! so say the papal defenders, like the perpetually clueless Ed Peters (who can always be counted on to miss the main point). Yes, it has. Not de jure, of course, but de facto. Perception is everything. Those who keep telling themselves that doctrine hasn't been changed kid only themselves and a few gullible Catholics who read them uncritically. If the practice changes - which in this case it most certainly will - the doctrine for all intents and purposes becomes a dead letter.
But, some insist, the priests wont allow this to happen. A naive belief, and one only need recall the winks and nods priests gave Catholics at the time of Humanae Vitae. That will be repeated a billionfold in the upcoming years.
The other day LifeSite News reported a story about an abortion butcher who discovered to his dismay that the aborted child lying on the table was still breathing. While the nurses watched he strangled the child to death to finish the job. In Poland a few months ago an aborted child cried itself to death after being aborted. But, you see, we "obsess" too much over abortion according to our Pope who didn't find too much need to mention such things in his "love" exhortation. I bring this up because I believe it dovetails with the whole situation we are in these days. Nations that allow such unspeakable horrors to go on unpunished, will be punished themselves. That in fact nations are already being punished. I will go out on a limb and add that it is my opinion that Pope Francis is one part of that punishment. His love affair with the World is destroying the only institution on earth that could be an effective fighter against the evils brought about by the stooges of Satan. His every word and action emasculates Catholicism. He has blunted the Church's sword so much that it is virtually useless. He is far from the only recent Pope to have done so but he is one of the worst in that regard. He is leaving the Church defenseless against an onslaught that is growing and will become more severe with every passing hour. Author James Larson believes it will take an "extraordinary chastisement" to bring the Church back to her senses. I agree. That chastisement will be not only spiritual as in the case of bad Popes and Bishops but also, I fear, physical. Countries like America and most European countries that allow what they are allowing will be severely punished, as will a Church that remains silent while murderers and sodomites gain the ascendancy.
The Pope's exhortation is nothing more that the latest manifestation of the Modernist heresy that has haunted Catholicism for at least two centuries. It is the culmination of the process that began in earnest at Vatican II, whereby three generations of Catholics have been severed from their past, deliberately, by the destroyers who were in charge of that miserable Council. By a deliberate act of the will the mandarins behind Vatican II cut off Catholics from their roots, and that fifty-year debacle has ended with a Pope like Bergoglio. Chastisements come in many forms: physical, mental and spiritual. Francis, whether he even realizes it or not, is a part of the spiritual chastisement we suffer. God has permitted the Church to be inflicted with a long series of ineffective and now downright bizarre Popes who have done severe, near-irreparable damage to His Church. This catastrophe can no longer be reversed by simple means. It will take something else to cleanse the Church of the filth, the scum, which is now rising rapidly to the top. Whatever it is, it will be awful.
So, please dear defenders of this latest papal atrocity, do not bother telling the world that doctrine has not changed. As Rome well knows, and its defenders do not, it isn't what you say that is important; it's what people think you say that is crucial. Perception is everything.
God help those in high places who have scandalized Christ's little ones. That includes those Bishops and Cardinals who should be confronting this insanity but are not.
With his ideas of "unmerited" mercy Pope Francis clearly wants us all to now be Lutherans. I am sorry, Francis, but I will not accept your suggestion.
With this latest stink bomb from the Vatican there is only one thing left that I know of: to occupy our hearts and minds: Jesus, Mary and Joseph.