Pope Francis: advancing the 'gospel of mercy' through deception, dishonesty, manipulation and lies

John Vennari:
"Archbishop Bruno Forte, confidant and collaborator of Pope Francis, revealed in a recent interview a statement from Francis that displays the cagey manner by which he manipulated the Synod toward a pre-determined heterodox outcome.

To quote the May 3 Zonalocale.it Italian news report provided in English by Steve Skojec:

“Archbishop Forte has revealed a ‘behind the scenes’ [moment] from the Synod: ‘If we speak explicitly about Communion for the divorced and remarried,’ said Archbishop Forte, reporting a ‘joke’ of Pope Francis, ‘you do not know what a terrible mess we will make. So we won’t speak plainly, [but] do it in a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusion’.” 1

Let’s take a look at what is here revealed:

  1. Francis is determined to open the door for sacrilegious Communion via admission of divorced and remarried to the Blessed Sacrament;
  2. He is aware that to speak openly of this aim would make a ‘terrible mess,’ in other words incite a healthy Catholic opposition;
  3. He urges his collaborators not to speak plainly of this insidious aim but to lay the groundwork and prepare the structure;
  4. “And I will draw out the conclusions,” that opens the door to sacrilegious Communion under the false pretext of tenderness and mercy.

Is anyone else long weary of dishonest tactics enacted by the one man on earth who has the greatest obligation to speak the truth?

We are well aware that what Forte describes as taking place behind the scenes is what occurred in broad daylight. We endured a riotous two year Synodal process, starting in February 2014 with Francis publicly backing Kasper’s proposal for Communion for the divorced and remarried, the forming and shaping of the Synodal documents, the speeches given by radical prelates during Synod press briefings, all leading to Amoris Laetitia which furtively opens the door to Communion for divorced and remarried. What we learned by means of Forte’s revelation is exactly what any clear-thinking observer had already surmised.

There is a fundamental principle of morality that one may never use a bad means to a good end. Francis, however, does not even employ a bad means for a praiseworthy end but a dishonest means for a sacrilegious end.

Yet Francis’ pontificate is marked by such dishonesty, which cannot help but call into question his trustworthiness on any issue.

We will content ourself with four more examples of Bergoglian caginess: the first from Francis’ book on Mercy and three from Amoris Laetitia.

“Who am I to Judge?”

In his recent book, The Name of God is Mercy, Francis was asked by interviewer Andrea Tornielli about his famous “Who am I to judge?” comment that occurred during the inflight interview during the Pope’s return trip from Rio de Janeiro.

Francis responded, “On that occasion, I said this: if a person is gay and seeks out the Lord and is willing, who am I to judge. I was paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church where it says that these people should be treated with delicacy and should not be marginalized.”2

This is a woefully incomplete response, and hence, a dishonest response.

Francis fails to acknowledge that homosexuals around the world latched on to his “Who am I to Judge?” phrase to publicly celebrate their homosexuality. Homosexuals now sport “Who am I to judge” t-shirts complete with Francis’ picture on display. Francis also does not acknowledge, neither in this book nor elsewhere, the vicious bullying of homosexual activists to impose public acceptance of their lifestyle (a bullying that includes the corruption of young children).

Further, Francis does not acknowledge the damage his “Who am I to judge” statement has caused in the political realm. To give but one example, in November 2013, two Catholic lawmakers, after claiming to be be undecided, cast their vote in favor of same-sex ‘marriage’ legalization in Illinois, due to Francis’ “Who am I to judge?” comment. We read in the November 5, 2013 Chicago Tribune, “As a Catholic follower of Jesus and the Pope, Pope Francis, I am clear that our Catholic religious doctrine has at its core love, compassion and justice for all people," said Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Democrat from Aurora who voted for the bill after spending much of the summer undecided.

Likewise, Illinois House Michael Madigan also cited the Pope's comments in explaining his same same-sex “marriage.” support. “For those that just happen to be gay — living in a very harmonious, productive relationship but illegal — who am I to judge that they should be illegal?" the speaker said.

Francis, given an opportunity in his book to publicly repair the harm of his statement, glides along defending his words as if they are blameless.

Finally, Francis claims he merely quotes the New Catechism and speaks of the alleged respect we should nurture for homosexuals. Again, this is not quite true. He fails to repeat the most important aspect of the Catechism’s teaching on this point: that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law.” #2357

In fact, Francis never seems to call homosexual acts or any immoral acts intrinsically disordered. And he effectively undermines natural law in Amoris Laititia wherein he presents natural law not as an objective reality that must be acknowledged and lived but only at the level of “inspiration” that one may take or leave as the individual works out his “deeply personal process” of deciding one’s moral behavior. (#305).

Keep in mind, his book on Mercy was not an off-the-cuff interview wherein he blurted his words even before he had time to think them through. Rather, the text was a book, the contents of which he had plenty of time to consider, re-write and fine-tune to the exact answer he wished to convey.

His response was inexcusably self-excusing as well as misleading, for he quoted only the ‘tenderness’ part of the Catechism, with no mention of the fact that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”

Amoris: No One Condemned Forever?

The final three examples of Francis’ less-than-honest approach are from Amoris Laetitia.

We read in Amoris Laetitia document one of the most bizarre claims yet to come from a post-Conciliar pontiff: “No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the language of the Gospel.” (#297)

This is blatantly untrue. It is actually embarrassing to have to answer Francis on a point so fundamental.

As any sane Christian knows, Our Lord often spoke of the punishment of eternal hell and warned us of the judgment of those who will not be saved, “Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matt. 25:41).

It appears that Francis, as is not unusual among modernist Jesuits, does not believe in eternal hell despite the obvious words of Our Lord and the teaching of Catholicism since its inception. In a La Republica interview published on March 15, 2015, Eugenio Scalfari relates that Francis believes the “condemned soul” is simply annihilated: “What happens to this lifeless soul? Will it be chastised? How? Francis’ response is exact and clear: there is no chastisement, rather, this soul is annihilated.”

Francis’ personal failure of Faith does not give him license to pervert the truth of Christ and mislead his flock especially in what appears to be a magisterial document (though as Father Nicholas Gruner would often observe, the Pope himself has no authority to teach an untruth, and if he does so, then what he says is not a magisterial statement.) Even Cardinal Burke noted that Amoris Laetitia is a “personal reflection of the Pope” that is “not [to be] confused with the binding faith owed to the exercise of the magisterium.”

Amoris: Misuse of Concilar Text

Speaking of divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, Francis writes in Amoris Laetitia: “In such situations, many people, knowing and accepting the possibility of living ‘as brothers and sisters’ which the Church offers them, point out that if certain expressions of intimacy [i.e., the ‘marital act’] are lacking ‘it often happens that faithfulness is endangered and the good of the children suffers’ (Gaudium et spes, 51).” - AL fn. 329. Canonist Dr. Edward Peters calls this “a serious misuse of a conciliar teaching,” since “Gaudium et spes 51 was speaking about married couples observing periodic abstinence. Francis seems to compare that chaste sacrifice with the angst public adulterers experience when they cease engaging in illicit sexual intercourse.”

Dishonesty again.

Amoris: Selective Silence

In an effort to excuse divorced and remarried Catholics, Francis quotes a passage from Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II which acknowledges that that there can be situations “where, for serious reasons, such as the children’s upbringing, a man and woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate.”

Francis, however, quotes only the first part of the sentence and makes no mention of John Paul II’s conclusion which insists that such couples must “take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.” Francis here displays the standard tactic of the modernist who will engage in “selective silence” and, in the words of the eminent Father Edward Hanahoe, will “pretend the magisterium has not spoken”.

Deception and manipulation again!

I have not even bothered to recount Francis’ misuse of St. Thomas Aquinas in Amoris Laetitia (two references). Suffice to say that even EWTN’s Fr. Gerald Murray observed in a televised panel discussion critical of Amoris: “I can’t believe a good group of Thomists won’t have a response to that.”

“Because they have no love of the truth…”

In light of Francis’ ongoing deceptive tactics - there is no other term for them – I cannot help reflect that such caginess displays a desire to deceive as well as a contempt for the truth. There could be no more unacceptable behavior for a Pontiff and no greater danger for the Church at large.

The Church demands clear-thinking and holy leaders to teach doctrine with precision and fortitude, but Francis’ attempt to outfox the truth places himself and the Church in grave peril.

Sacred Scripture warns of the spiritual blindness that befalls those who harbor contempt for the truth. “For they have not received a love of the truth .… therefore God sends them a misleading influence that they may believe falsehood.” (2 Thes. 2:11).

As the modernist has no love of the truth, he is punished by a “deceiving influence” wherein he will actually believe his modernist delusions. A more apt description of many in today’s Church leadership could hardly be found...

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