Have you ever heard of Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov? Me neither, but Pope Benedict XVI invited Cardinal Giacomo Biffi to speak on Solovyov’s prophecies during a week long retreat at the Vatican back in 2007.
Came across an article from February, 2007 on Zenit which recounts a retreat preached at the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI and the Curia by Cardinal Giacomo Biffi. On Tuesday of the week long retreat, the Cardinal based his meditations in part on the work of the Russian philosopher and mystic Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov, considered by many to be the greatest Russian philosopher.
Solovyov, who died in the year 1900 proposed the reunion of Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches under the Pope. He also foretold that the twentieth century would be a century of unparalleled horror and bloodshed. Cardianl Biffi quoted from Solovyov’s work “Three Dialogues on War, Progress and the End of History,” and told his listeners, including Pope Benedict, that:
“the Antichrist presents himself as pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist.” …
“He will convoke an ecumenical council and will seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions, granting something to each one. The masses will follow him, with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants,” he said. …
The Cardinal added that Solovyov says in that work: “Days will come in Christianity in which they will try to reduce the salvific event to a mere series of values.” …
Cardinal Biffi warned, “Today, in fact, we run the risk of having a Christianity which puts aside Jesus with His cross and resurrection.” …
“Nothing Francis says in the final “Catholic section” of Chapter Six (of Laudato Si) leads the soul to conversion from sin, toward the life of sanctifying grace, towards acceptance of perennial Catholic doctrine, toward true devotion to these Catholic goods as ends in themselves. Rather, these holy images: the Eucharist, the Trinity, Our Lady, Saint Joseph, are mentioned by Francis to urge us toward the naturalistic end of ecological awareness and ecological conversion. This manipulation of supernatural treasures is an abuse of the Papal Office, and indicates the man presently holding the office does not know what the Papacy is.” (John Vennari, Catholic Family News)
John Vennari has offered an important key to a Catholic understanding Pope Bergoglio’s encyclical Laudato Si. To help us look at the encyclical with a truly Catholic sense, Mr. Vennari necessarily returns to the words of St. Pius X, more than a century ago.
“If we wish to review what is first duty of the Roman Pontiff, we turn to Pope St. Pius X, the greatest Pope of the 20th Century. Pius opened his 1907 Encyclical Against Modernism stating the first duty of the Pope is to preserve the purity of doctrine and to combat error.
“In the first lines of Pascendi, Pius teaches that one of the “primary obligations assigned by Christ to the office divinely committed to Us of feeding the Lord’s flock is that of guarding with the greatest vigilance the deposit of the faith delivered to the saints, rejecting the profane novelties of words and the gainsay of knowledge falsely so called.” He explains that in the face of the Modernist heresy, “We may no longer keep silence, lest We should seem to fail in Our most sacred duty …”
“To neglect teaching the Faith in its integrity, and to allow heresy to run rampant among the flock, is a Papacy of failure.
“In contrast to Pius X, Francis mocks “those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists—they have a static and inward-directed view of things.” He spends his energy provoking moral confusion (the tumultuous Synod of 2014 and the worrisome upcoming 2015 Synod) and on humanist endeavors, such as ecological awareness. It is safe to say that Francis’ understanding of the nature of the Papacy is skewed and deficient. He certainly has a different understanding from that of Pope St. Pius X.”
Vennari points out the sure to be overlooked connection with Leonardo Boff, an ex-priest and proud neo-pagan. I’ll give just one brief quote from Boff:
“Blessed are those among you who believe in the hidden strength of the seed. You have the power to raise up the people and give back life to their culture, bringing joy to the aged and praising my holy name: God, Virachocah and Quetzalcoatal.” (p. 3)
Quetzalcoatl was the Aztec “Feather Serpent” god, one of the two gods to whom ancient Aztecs offered human sacrifice.” So our pontiff presumably shares neopagan Boff’s devotion to Quetzalcoatl? Really? Well, adoring the bloodthirsty idol with massive human sacrifices would be a big step forward in the population control agenda, I suppose…
Vennari, quoting from papal biographer Paul Vallely, explained that, after becoming pope, “Pope Francis asked Boff to send him his writings on eco-theology in preparation for a majory encyclical Francis is considering on environmental matters.”
Vennari summed up his impression of the encyclical,
” … For the first time in history, an alleged magisterial document contains a prayer for non-Christians, and a prayer for Christians [#246]. This borders on apostasy, since there is no true ‘religion’ apart from the Catholic Faith. Never was there a Pope in history who composed and inserted into an alleged magisterial document what appears to be a prayer that invokes an unnamed “god” who has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.
It is not wise to be unduly taken in by the Catholic vocabulary we find kneaded into the document.
As mentioned at the outset, the purpose of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si is to promote “ecological awareness,” “ecological conversion,” and to advance responsible “ecological citizenship.” Everything else in the document – everything else – is meant to serve this final goal.
The text is permeated by the sprit of neo-pagan Leonardo Boff. It is religion at the service of humanity, religion at the service of ecology.”
I regret to say that throughout this dreary papacy, I’ve never been able to obtain any reassurance for my nagging premonition that in Pope Francis we at last have arrived at the nadir of the papacy, a truly modernist, apostate pope in whom there is no intention of being a Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He seems determined to drag the Bride of Christ down to serve the Lord of the World. May God have mercy on us all.