“And they that passed by, blasphemed Him, wagging their heads, And saying: ‘Vah, Thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days dost rebuild it: save Thy own self: if Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking, said: ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the king of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him now deliver Him if He will have Him; for He said: I am the Son of God.’ ” (Matt. 27, 39-42)
In the great spiritual classic, “The Passion of Jesus and Its Hidden Meaning“, Father James Groenings, S. J. teaches us that the mocking words with which the scribes and pharisees attacked Christ during His passion are the same words and attitudes modern man uses to deride the saving message of Christ’s cross. Father Groenings remarks, “To encourage the Redeemer to descend from the cross, they sneeringly add the promise, ‘And we will believe Him’. … What wretched hypocrisy and lying!”
Remarking that the sermon of the cross is to the modern world a foolish scandal, Father Groenings points out that “There might perhaps be no objection to believing in Christ if only He would descend from the cross, if only He would cease to preach, from this pulpit (of the cross) the crucifixion of the flesh and of vicious inclinations. … One would, with pleasure even, tread the path of virtue and of perfection if only Christ would descend from the cross, that is, if the practice of virtue were possible without continued mortification and self-denial.” St. Gregory the Great assures us that, “It was a greater deed to destroy death through the Resurrection than to preserve life by descending from the cross.” But that point of view is utterly rejected by modernism, which places material comfort and the esteem of the world above all else.
The crucifixion is a scandal to modernism and this has never been so apparent as today, with Pope Francis’ blasphemous “Way of the Cross” which proposes to place superficial inanities on the lips of Our Savior as He trod the Way of the Cross, and then uses the Eleventh Station, “Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross”, as a pretext to demand the abolition of the death penalty. To juxtapose the sacrificial death of Our Lord Jesus Christ with the execution of murderers is so offensive, and even more so by the supposed Vicar of Christ. But it is totally understandable with the renewed emphasis on stripping from the faith all references to sin, judgement, and hell. If the modern church wants to separate mercy from justice — and it definitely does! — then the crucifixion of Christ becomes just as much a scandal as it was to the pharisees of Christ’s time.
The Faith teaches us that sin is the greatest evil, because it separates us from God. But modernism, in contrast, believes suffering to be the greatest evil and relativizes sin away, thus negating the need for the crucifixion. Indeed, to Pope Francis, the only sinners worthy of condemnation are the faithful Catholics who will not get on board with his whole mercy and tolerance schtick. But oddly enough, that tolerance and mercy only gets extended to those outside the faith, those who have chosen to thumb their noses at the 2,000 year old dogmas and practices of the faith such as the proscription against fornication, adultery and sodomy. Now, if we are to be accepted by our hierarchy as merciful, loving Catholics, we must ignore the crucifixion, which is an anachronism since we are taught by Cardinal Kasper and his ilk that sodomites have gifts to offer us, and we should not only welcome them into our churches, we should invite them to partake of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the unblemished Lamb Who gave His life to free us from sin.
How can this be? I have wondered at this for some time, but it was not until I read the text of Pope Francis’s Way of the Cross that I realized, this can only happen because these people, Bergoglio and Kasper, Marx and Forte and the rest, have lost their faith. The Bergoglio Way of the Cross shows no evidence of the Catholic Faith that we all knew and accepted prior to Vatican II. Please follow the link and read for yourself how pathetic and asinine this “Way of the Cross” is. Then pray for this poor Pope that he open his heart to the Holy Ghost and allow God to bring him to the faith, the one faith by which alone we are saved.
Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!