“And he took me away in spirit into the desert. And I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Apocalypse, 17,3)
St. John thus makes note of the important place that blasphemy holds in these latter days. Wouldn’t you love to see this remarkable papacy from St. John’s eyes! Well, as luck would have it, here we are in the midst of those times so long ago prophesied. . .
Isn’t this the fifth Christmas for this benighted papacy? This poor pope must be about 83 or so, and his time is running out. It seems to have brought with it an increase in his vengeance against Christ and His Blessed Mother. On Friday, 21 December, the day he addressed the Curia, he also spoke to his employees and their families at the Vatican.. According to Vatican News,
“Drawing attention to the Nativity scene, the Pope said that Our Lady and St. Joseph are happy because, after a thousand worries, they have received this Gift from God with so much faith and so much love. ‘They are overflowing with holiness and therefore with joy.’ But it was not easy for them, the Pope said, adding ‘saints are not born, they become so, and this also applies to them.’ “
And so, in a very off-hand manner, the pope asserts that Our Lady and St. Joseph “were not born saints, they become so”; thus, neatly divesting Our Lady of her infallibly proclaimed Immaculate Conception. This continued along the lines of his earlier affront to Our Lady which we discussed in “Pope Francis tells us about Mary, a normal girl”
This insult was then echoed by a protege of the pope, Bishop Manuel Linda of Oporto, Portugal in a Christmas interview with the Observador, a widely read newspaper of Portugal. According to Rorate Caeli:
“He [Christ] was conceived by Mary and Joseph as any other person… Virginity is only associated with Mary as a metaphor to prove that Jesus was a very special person.”
“We should never refer to the physical virginity of Mary.” “The Old Testament says many times that Jesus was to be born of a maiden, a daughter of Israel, who was simple, poor, and humble. But this is truly just a reference to the full devotion of this woman to God.The gift of being mother of God was given to Mary because she had an undivided heart.What matters is full giving of herself,”explains Bp Manuel Linda.
“And he adds, “There certainly are women with a ruptured hymen who are more virgin in the sense of full devotion to God than some with an intact hymen.”
Well, we know what happened to the “woman” who rode the scarlet coloured beast. “And the ten horns which thou sawest in the beast: these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her with fire.” (Apoc. 17, 16)