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A Curiously Selective Crusader

by Christopher A. Ferrara
November 24, 2015

On October 7, 1571 the Holy League’s armada, commanded by Don Juan of Austria and sent into battle with the blessing of Saint Pius V, won a miraculous victory at Lepanto when the wind suddenly changed direction, filling the sails of the Holy League’s ships and stilling those of the Turks.  The Turkish fleet was decimated, 30,000 Muslim invaders were slain, and all of Europe was saved from the scourge of Islam.  Saint Pius V recognized that the Rosary and the intervention of Our Lady had been decisive in the outcome of the battle — which he knew by interior illumination even before the news reached Rome. He ordered a feast day for commemoration of the victory [October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary], later extended to the universal Church by Pope Clement XI.

Today, a thoroughly neutralized Church militant, rendered impotent by the pseudo-doctrines of “dialogue,” “interreligious dialogue” and “ecumenism,” offers only endless blather about “the path of peace” even as a resurgent Islam threatens Rome itself.  Pope Francis has just responded to the Paris attacks and the threat by ISIS to target the Vatican with a pacifist diatribe condemning all war, even a just war in defense of a Christian homeland.  In his usual mocking tone, Francis declared:

“A war can be justified — quote-unquote [fra virgolette in Italian] — with many, many reasons. But when all the world as it is today, is at war — all the world! — piecemeal though that war may be, a little here, a little there, and everywhere, there is no justification. And God weeps. Jesus weeps.” 

I rather doubt that God is weeping over efforts to recapture territory invaded by ISIS, from which Christians have been driven out if they have not already been butchered, burned alive, raped, beheaded or forced into slavery.  Nor do I think that God was weeping when the battle was won at Lepanto.  I rather think that the entire heavenly court was rejoicing along with Saint Pius V.

But as is so often the case with Pope Bergoglio, what he says today will be found to have been flatly contradicted by something he said before.  In this case, as Ann Barnhardt has reported, Cardinal Bergoglio had this to say in 2012, on the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s failed attempt to invade the Falkland Islands:

“We come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the homeland who went out to defend their mother, the homeland, and to reclaim what is theirs, that is of the homeland, and it was usurped.”

Apparently Cardinal Bergoglio did not think God was weeping when the Fascist-Peronist government of Argentina engaged in a war of naked aggression for purely nationalistic reasons: to “reclaim what is theirs” but which in fact was not theirs. As Barnhardt notes, the Falklands had been a possession of the United Kingdom since the Spanish abandoned them in the 1830s, and a 2013 referendum of the islands’ 1516 inhabitants yielded a grand total of three votes in favor of coming under the authority of the Argentine government.

Yet when it comes to the legitimate use of force to defend Christians against Muslim savages bent on their destruction, and the just war in general, Pope Bergoglio informs the world there is no justification for war under any circumstances and that God is weeping.  The only reasonable explanation for this blatant self-contradiction — along with so many others — is a tendency to say whatever seems expedient at the moment without regard for any consistent underlying principles. But then we were warned within hours of Cardinal Bergoglio’s election that he was “famous for his inconsistency.”

A NOTE TO READERS: One might reasonably ask why this column has been devoted almost exclusively of late to the scandals that Francis provokes almost daily.  This, unfortunately, is unavoidable — and precisely because these pages are written from the perspective of Fatima. 

The Pope is the earthly head of the Catholic Church. As such, he has immense power: the power to guide the Church aright and literally to renew the face of the earth, but also the power to inflict immense harm upon the Church and the cause of the Gospel, with consequent grave harm to the world at large, through imprudent and even reckless words and deeds outside the very limited scope of papal infallibility. 

That is why the Pope stands at the very heart of the Message of Fatima and its divine prescription for the rescue of the Church and the world in this chaotic epoch: the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope in union with the world’s bishops.  And that is why this Pope, at least so far, can only be seen as a central figure in the ever-worsening ecclesial and world crisis Our Lady warned would be the consequence of failing to heed Her request. 

Concerning Francis and his program, therefore, one cannot be silent.