On Ankara and Berlin
Has the Magisterium Been Replaced by a Ministry of Propaganda?
by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 21, 2016
Pope Francis has done a masterful job of placing in key positions throughout the Church obedient promoters of what Antonio Socci has so aptly termed “Bergoglianism.” Bergoglianism consists essentially of what Francis thinks, as opposed to what the Church has always taught. For example, in the case of admitting the divorced and “remarried” to Holy Communion despite their condition of “permanent and public adultery,” Bergoglianism trumps even the contrary teaching of Francis’ two immediate predecessors, who — in line with all of Tradition — declared “intrinsically impossible” what Bergoglianism holds is not only possible but “merciful.”
A key tenet of Bergoglianism, enunciated in the manifesto Evangelii Gaudium, is the spectacularly false assertion that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” The entire history of Islam and its war against Christianity speaks against this absurd claim.
But the men Francis has strategically stationed in the hierarchy dutifully defend this patent falsehood concerning a matter of fact (not Catholic doctrine) as if it were an authentic teaching of the Magisterium as opposed to what it obviously is: pro-Islam propaganda uttered by a Pope who seems intent on furthering the Muslim hijra (conquest of the infidels by immigration) now unfolding in Europe and the United States. This is especially the case in Italy, where 71 percent of the “refugees” Francis insists must be allowed to flood into the country are military age males.
Thus, in the wake of the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara by an Islamic terrorist who shouted “Allahu akbar” and the mass murder of Christmas shoppers in Berlin by another truck-driving “soldier” of ISIS, Francis’ man in the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI), Bishop Nunzio Galantino, rushed to inform the press that these latest incidents of Islamic terrorism had nothing to do with any “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, but only “egoism and domination” for the gain of those who “are interested in power or money, who trade in arms.”
Francis implanted Galantino in the CEI as Secretary General in order to neutralize its President and insure that the CEI would follow the Bergoglian line. And this, Galantino has done to the letter. Hence in a 2014 interview he echoed the Bergoglian call for “free discussion” of settled moral teachings, à la the rigged “Synod on the Family,” declaring that his wish for the Church is that “one could speak of any subject, of married priests, of the Eucharist for the divorced, of homosexuality, without taboo, starting with the Gospel and giving reasons for her positions.” As if the Church had to give “reasons” for her “positions” on the divine and natural law!
And it was Galantino who, dutifully parroting the Bergoglian distaste for Catholics “obsessed” with abortion, contraception and euthanasia, infamously ridiculed pro-life advocates:
“In the past we have concentrated too much on abortion and euthanasia. It mustn’t be this way because in the middle there’s real life, which is constantly changing. I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”
The false disjunction between moral absolutes and “real life” is another familiar Bergoglian theme. As Francis told a group of Polish seminarians during his visit to Krakow: “In life, not everything is black over white or white over black. No! The shades of gray prevail in life. We must teach them to discern in this gray area.”
Of course, no Pope in Church history has ever spoken this way. But Francis has surrounded himself with, and is systematically installing at the levers of ecclesial governance, men who speak and think as he does. And now, as four cardinals courageously query the Pope in public on whether he means to undermine the entire moral edifice of the Church, one has the net impression of an effort to replace the perennial Magisterium with a kind of Ministry of Propaganda whose sole mission is to promote the thought of Francis rather than the Truth that makes us free.
For indeed, as Francis has said of his own endless stream of pronouncements: “I’m constantly making statements, giving homilies. That’s magisterium. That’s what I think, not what the media say I think.” But the Magisterium is neither what Francis thinks nor what the media say he thinks. Rather, the Magisterium is the constant teaching of the Church to which Francis must conform himself in “obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”
Thus spoke Francis’ immediate predecessor concerning the most basic duty of a Pope. But it was Benedict’s mysterious resignation that has led to the astounding situation that now confronts us — a situation in which little or nothing that came before seems to be of any account to the current occupant of the Chair of Peter.
Hence the letter of the Four Cardinals. Hence the prayer of the faithful that the Church be delivered from an astounding, utterly unparalleled, ecclesial crisis — a crisis that can be fully appreciated only from the perspective of Fatima and the precious Secret revealed there on July 13, 1917.