28. May 2015 · Comments Off on “Something controversial, or even heretical” · Categories: Catholic Commentary, Heresy in the Church · Tags:

“I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps. But there is someone who “knows” that, despite our differences, we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he who is persecuting Christians today, he who is anointing us with (the blood of) martyrdom. He knows that Christians are disciples of Christ: that they are one, that they are brothers! He doesn’t care if they are Evangelicals, or Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic…he doesn’t care! They are Christians. And that blood (of martyrdom) unites. Today, dear brothers and sisters, we are living an “ecumenism of blood”. (Pope Francis, May 23, 2015 to the John 17 Movement)

I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical ...

I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical …

 

From the text of Pope Francis’s recent video address to the John 17 charismatic ecumenical meeting in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday, May 23. We have the following interesting remarks:

“Together today, I here in Rome and you over there, we will ask our Father to send the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and to give us the grace to be one, ‘so that the world may believe’. I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps. But there is someone who ‘knows’ that, despite our differences, we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he who is persecuting Christians today, he who is anointing us with (the blood of) martyrdom. He knows that Christians are disciples of Christ: that they are one, that they are brothers! He doesn’t care if they are Evangelicals, or Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic…he doesn’t care! They are Christians. And that blood (of martyrdom) unites. Today, dear brothers and sisters, we are living an “ecumenism of blood”. (Zenit)

Although the Pope prefaces his remarks with the interesting statement that he is aware that they may sound “controversial or even heretical”, he proceeds to affirm that the devil is anointing “us” with the blood of martyrdom, … “we are living in an ecumenism of blood”.

The Pope firmly expresses once again, in case there is ever any doubt, that in his opinion, presumably as the Vicar of Christ, all who identify themselves as Christians are “one”. And further affirms that “he who knows they are one”, persecutes them. Clearly, he is here referring to the devil and not the islamic terrorists who actually are actually doing these horrid things. So now we have the statement that the devil is “anointing” them with blood, and “we are living in an ecumenism of blood”.

In his closing remarks at the last Synod Pope Francis  reminded the Fathers that he is, ” – by the will of Christ Himself – the “supreme Pastor and Teacher of all the faithful”. And that he enjoys, “supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church”. For my part, although I have no particular claim to any such authority, I am unaware that the devil actually anoints anyone, especially not martyrs.  Now, I don’t claim to have Jimmy Akin’s stellar qualifications. (He does have some kind of qualifications, doesn’t he?) He is quite confidently assuring his readers that Pope Francis definitely did not mean what his stated words said.  For my part, I find the Pope’s remarks troubling. Do you?

Sweet Heart of Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, intercede for us!

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

 

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