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Taking Francis At His Word

At this stage of the “so-called pontificate” of Francis (to quote +Father Nicholas Gruner), there might be no affordable doubt by now that Francis is indeed a man of his word. How so? Because Francis says exactly what he means, and means precisely what he says.

Oh sure, he may be shrewdly ambivalent or equivocal in his method of claiming, he could also be cleverly ambiguous at occasions, he might even be astutely “confusing” to many, alas, but only to those who are unwary, or those who simply can’t see by means of his words, or those that are content material to remain conveniently confused…

However two things are plain and certain: Francis is sort of clear in his “confusing” statements; and Francis can—and certainly ought to be—taken at his word.

No need for the proverbial twisting right into a pretzel with a purpose to artificially pressure some type of Catholic which means to statements which might be simply not Catholic, because they have been merely not inspired by Catholic thought.

We aren’t referring to only one instance right here and placing a magnifying glass in an effort to see more than there’s. We’re merely considering the identical consistent sample of un-Catholic-sounding utterances for over six years now.

Modernism is usually referred to as the “synthesis of all heresies.” But Pope St. Pius X speaks of Modernism extra because the “collector”, as it have been, of all heresies. All past, present, and future heresies have a place in Modernist thought since it is their pure habitat.

In his homily in the course of the Novus Ordo Mass of Corpus Christi in Rome (23 June 2019), Francis stated that through the multiplication of the loaves and fish, Jesus did not perform a magic trick and didn’t, subsequently, rework the 5 loaves into five thousand. He trusted within the Windfall of God.

To cite Francis’ phrases from the official Vatican web site:

Bread isn’t solely something to be consumed; it is a means of sharing. Surprisingly, the account of the multiplication of the loaves doesn’t mention the multiplication itself. On the contrary, the words that stand out are: “break”, “give” and “distribute” (cf. Lk 9:16). In effect, the emphasis just isn’t on the multiplication however the act of sharing. That is necessary. Jesus doesn’t perform a magic trick; he does not change five loaves into five thousand and then to announce: “There! Distribute them!” No. Jesus first prays, then blesses the 5 loaves and begins to break them, trusting in the Father. And those 5 loaves never run out. This is no magic trick; it’s an act of belief in God and his providence.

In a Fb discussion, somebody had claimed that the Pope had spoken appropriately but that his manner of claiming was confusing, that it needed some type of… clarification. Oh please.

It’s now been over six years of this tediousness… sorry, however I’m afraid not. The plain as a-nice-summer-sunny-day-in-Spain fact is that Francis spoke incorrectly, his manner of saying shouldn’t be in the least complicated, and subsequently no clarification is required in any respect.

The type readers of akaCatholic ought to take into account that those who err in doctrine (otherwise often known as heretics before Vatican II) are often very intelligent in their methods.

Sometimes, they make use of the same Catholic words and concepts, thereby disorienting by seemingly appearing to be Catholic. But in actuality, they assign totally different meanings to these Catholic words and ideas, however that reality is unknown to others.

Lengthy earlier than St. Pius X warned about Modernism in the early XX century, St. Irenaeus of Lyon already referred to as them out in the II century: The Gnostic heretics might sometimes say one thing that sounds Catholic, but they don’t assume like us Catholics.


Scholastic mediaeval thought had an awesome idea for reasoning and debating: explicatio terminorum / rationalization of terms, whereby before stepping into any meaningful and worthwhile discussion, the which means of phrases can be the first precedence.

If otherwise, utilizing the the similar phrases however with totally different meanings would make any change of concepts ineffective and fruitless.

However in fact, it is a good method of propagating heresy…

For example, Arius (IV century) was most definitely a heretic. However not a lot in his terminology, however moderately in the which means he gave to these terms.

Thus, Arius appropriately referred to as Jesus Christ the Word made Man, and appropriately thought-about Him to be the Son of God, even going so far as to name Him God. Arius, subsequently, was right in his terminology. The place he erred was in the which means of sure terminology.

For Arius, the Word was not eternally begotten of the Father, the Word was the primary creature created by the Father. And although he appropriately attributed the rest of Creation by the Father by means of his Word, his foremost doctrinal error was not attributing an eternal nature to the Word.

This implies, subsequently, that although Jesus Christ was appropriately recognized by Arius as the Word made Man, since for Arius the Word was not eternally begotten of the Father, there can be no eternal dimension in Christ.

And this elementary trinitarian error essentially signifies that Jesus Christ could not probably be true God made Man, as a result of nothing in Christ could possibly be attributed to eternity—which is important to the divine nature.

Thus, regardless of calling Christ the Word made Man, Son of God, and even God, Christ might not likely be God. Why not? Again, as a result of since for Arius the Word was not eternally begotten, there can be nothing in Christ’s nature simply as everlasting—and subsequently just as divine—as God the Father, and God the Holy Ghost.

Christ might solely be solely a creature of the Father—and never just his human nature which was indeed created—and if the individual of the Word was created He could not be the eternal Creator. Oh sure, the primary and most good of God’s creatures, alas, but then he might not likely be God, for Christ—the Word Incarnate—couldn’t be of the identical eternal substance because the Father and the Holy Ghost.

The Arian heresy was propagated with monumental ease and following, even among the many Hierarchy of the Church, since it blended properly with the prevailing culture of the pagan Greek philosophy of the semi-gods.

The Bishops of Alexandria, Alexander and later Athansius, combatted Arius. When the First Council of Nicaea was convened in 325, the Arian heresy was condemned and the true Catholic faith was defined: Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour, is the eternally begotten Word-Son of the Father made Man, of the same divine substance (homoousios) as the Father and the Holy Ghost.


On reflection, one can’t however really marvel at what Paul VI should have had in his thoughts when he advised Archbishop Lefebvre that the purposely non-dogmatic, merely pastoral Second Vatican Council was even “more important” (sic) than the First Council of Nicaea, when nothing less than the divinity of Christ was being denied…


With respect to his Corpus Christi homily, what Francis says is NOT right and does NOT lend itself to confusion, once more, besides for many who are comfortable with being confused. That is nothing new and it is truly quite simple.

That’s, in accordance with Francis, since Jesus doesn’t perform a “magic trick”, (by the best way, the miracles of the Lord are NOT magic tips to begin with), he does NOT rework the 5 loaves into five thousand.

NOR does he give some other Catholic rationalization of the miracle of how Christ might have offered, from those 5 loaves and two fish, greater than enough meals for the five thousand.

In different words, Francis is denying the multiplication of the loaves of bread and fish, insofar as he is understanding it in a very totally different, non-Catholic method.

He is actually denying any Catholic which means of how the Church has acquired this historical occasion from Divine Revelation by way of her Apostolic Tradition.

Identical to Francis’ remedy of the Eucharist: Within the presence of the Eucharist, Jesus who becomes bread, this easy bread that accommodates all the actuality of the Church… So, based on Francis, within the Eucharist, it isn’t bread that’s transubstantiated into Jesus; it is Jesus who turns into bread, simple bread to be more specific (sic).

Appropriately understanding the Eucharist is completely undermined if you go about wrecklessly, praising the arch-heretical and arch-schismatic Martin Luther as a “witness of the Gospel”, despising Catholic theology of the Real Presence for the sake of an unattainable “inter-faith Communion”, and celebrating solely the Novus Ordo Missæ far too long…

As many others have identified, this may clarify the curious customized of Francis not genuflecting throughout Mass and not kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, when it is evident that he can get down on his knees.

He has no drawback getting down to scrub the ft of Muslim ladies through the Workplace of Holy Thursday, and kissing the ft of African governmental delegates during a reception at the Vatican.

Getting back to his homily, allow us to recall that Francis stated that the accent DOES NOT fall on the “multiplication” of the loaves, however within the “breaking”, “giving” / “sharing”, and “distribution” among the individuals. That is essential, he stated. It positive is! It’s all the things!

Because… the individuals. It’s not likely about God, you see, though He does get an honourable mention. Subsequently, it’s not likely about Christ, and much much less as God made Man, perhaps. It’s all concerning the individuals. Mere anthropocentrism. Identical to in the “reformed” postconciliar liturgy…

Individuals “break”, “give”, and “share” the bread that is then “distributed”, hence the “multiplication” of the loaves, which was NOT performed by a “magic trick” of Jesus. But let’s insist: when has the Church ever taught that the miracles of the Lord have been magic tips?

A particularly awkward statement is when Francis says—with none qualification—that Jesus prayed, blessed, and trusted in the Windfall of God… the third remark sounding most odd: is just not Jesus Christ God Himself made Man?

From Francis’ very own phrases, one can’t however get the robust impression that Jesus Christ has actually nothing at all to do with the “multiplication” of the loaves. As if He have been just an atypical man, albeit with a robust relationship with God, who merely puts his belief in God’s Windfall.

My pricey readers, these are plainly Modernist heresies, by the e-book. Modernists all the time deny the supernatural and historic character of the miracles of the Lord. And with a robust dosis of Arianism.

I’ve heard this very same rationalization from others in my diocese, even in priest reunions. And Francis himself has given the identical materially heretical rationalization of the multiplication of the loaves and fish on one other event.

The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic religion is cheap. There are causes to consider, hope, and love. Within the superb historical past of Holy Mother Church, nice bishops, clergymen, and theologians have given good, sound, healthful Catholic explanations of the faith, following St. Peter’s exhortation (I Peter three: 13-15):

And who is he that may harm you, when you be zealous of excellent? But if additionally you endure any thing for justice’ sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their worry, and be not troubled. But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready all the time to satisfy each one that asketh you a cause of that hope which is in you.

But these Modernists—who usually are not Catholic—drink from the same contaminated waters of rationalism that do not admit the supernatural or the miracle, simply because the Holy Mom Church receives it from Revelation and transmits it faithfully in her Apostolic Custom.

And Francis is in line with the identical strawman tactic: to disclaim what is just not, for the aim of denying what is. And it is only, to make certain.

That is, the miracles of the Lord are NOT a sign of magic. Why, then, deny the apparent? Why… to disclaim the miracle!, in fact. And maybe even to deny the divinity of Christ. Or no less than forged some doubt on the matter.

Ah, some will say: it is handy to catechise individuals for many who erroneously consider that miracles are magic…

Certainly… however that IS NOT what Francis is doing. What he IS doing is way extra harmful from a catechetical perspective. He’s inducing unwary Catholics, sluggish on the uptake, to affiliate miracles with magic, after which by denying that miracles are magic (which they don’t seem to be anyway), deny that miracles exist (which they do).

In fact, the reasoning is that since Jesus does NOT do magic tips (clearly), he does NOT carry out a miracle (supernatural character) of the multiplication of the loaves, and but being cautious sufficient to not truly deny that the loaves are “multiplied” by “breaking”, “giving”, “sharing”, and “distributing.” And voilà! The Modernists are like that.

And with none qualification, Jesus simply trusts within the Windfall of God—however, as the Incarnate Word, is He Himself not as God and in addition as eternal as the Father and the Holy Ghost, and simply as Providential?

Oh, however Francis doesn’t truly deny the multiplication, the loaves are nonetheless multiplied! Nicely, sure, in a Modernist manner of talking, but no, not likely, not in any significant Catholic sense…

“Multiplied” but how so? BECAUSE the people who have been there, broke, gave, shared, and distributed bread amongst themselves. It’s all concerning the individuals… Imagine all of the individuals… Does this tune sound familiar?

Nothing magical about that, right? Ergo, nothing miraculous about it either…

Ah, the Modernist mind is ever so delicate and so very clever.

Once more, St. Irenaeus of Lyon describes them in a really suggestive manner. For identical to the Gnostics of the II century, the musings of the Modernists are the deleriums of those who assume they’ve discovered one thing beyond Fact.


As a result of their philosophical and theological prejudices impede them from believing revealed Catholic truths, the Modernists cause like this: miracles (as the Church understands them via Revelation and Apostolic Tradition), can’t exist, subsequently they do not exist (because they say so).

Miracles, then, come to be the identical as magic for the Modernists.

So, there are various methods to seemingly say something of fact so as to deny the underlying Fact.

Genuine Catholics already differentiate miracles from magic. However, how precisely have been the loaves and fish multiplied? Was it that those 5 loaves and two fish one way or the other lasted, by no means ran out, and offered food for 5 thousand? Or have been those five loaves and two fish literally became 5 thousand? And with greater than enough left over both approach.

Nevertheless it was completed, the multiplication of loaves and fish is miraculous, i.e., a unprecedented, non-magical, however indeed supernatural act of Christ, God Incarnate, who supplies for the individuals.

Within the Holy Gospels, throughout a second multiplication, Our Lord bids the doubting apostles to recall the first multiplication: Do ye nonetheless not but perceive?, He tells them.

But keep in mind that for Modernists, miracles are magic tips.

Modernists are also very shrewed. Francis will never say that “Jesus does not perform the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves…” That’s much too blatant and obvious. Even so, there would probably be those obstinate papolaters who would defend even an outright and flagrant denial of the Most Holy Trinity…

That’s why Francis says: Jesus does not perform a magic trick, which for the unwary Catholic sounds right and orthodox.

Ah… But what Francis DOES NOT say is that for him, magic is identical as a miracle. So, by saying that Jesus doesn’t do a magic trick, it’s the identical as saying that Jesus doesn’t carry out a miracle.

THAT’S WHY he says that Jesus DOES NOT change five loaves into 5 thousand after which orders their distribution. In different words, it’s NOT Jesus who multiplies the loaves! It’s the individuals sharing!

He very clearly says so, thus: In impact, the emphasis shouldn’t be on the multiplication but the act of sharing. That is necessary. Jesus does not carry out a magic trick. He does not change five loaves into 5 thousand… He doesn’t work spectacular miracles or wave a magic wand; he works with simple issues.

Again, we will readily see the intentionally deceptive association of miracles and magic. The plain which means of Francis’ phrases are fairly clear.

But why does Francis say what he says? Aside from denying outright that miracles exist, perhaps it’s also as a result of Jesus can’t carry out a miracle? Perhaps because Jesus is not more than a person who occurs to have a particularly close relationship with God?

Jesus prays, blesses, and depends on “trusting in the Providence of God”—which is clumsy and really suspicious of Christological heresy—in order that the loaves “never run out” BECAUSE the individuals there broke, gave, shared, and distributed the bread.

In the long run, then, it is NOT Jesus, God made Man, who multiplies the loaves and fish (i.e., he does not do a magic trick = he does not perform a miracle) so the “miracle” consists within the breaking, giving, sharing, and distributing amongst themselves of the individuals.

So, identical to the magic of magicians, the miracle is a trick, because it have been, of the Evangelists to speak another extra rational—and for the unbelieving Modernist mindset, a much more credible—reality that has NOTHING to do with revealed Fact.

Operari sequitur esse / the impact follows being. In different words, though typically things aren’t what they seem, oftentimes issues are certainly what they seem like.

In Tolkien’s Center-earth, the Hobbits of The Shire reside by a saying, filled with widespread sense wisdom: good-looking is as handsome does.


So, the subsequent time Francis pronounces something that doesn’t quite sound Catholic—very doubtless given his monitor document—perhaps, simply perhaps, it’s because it isn’t. In any case, let us not—in vain—twist his phrases. Let us moderately take him on his word. If only out of respect for him… and out of respect for Fact.

With my blessings to the readers of akaCatholic: +Father José Miguel.

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