A Very Serious
to invoke several absolutely vital, indeed, indispensable passages from
— words of Our Blessed Lord Himself,
and His Apostles.
then to present the words of Francis.
no judgment on the latter. Francis’s words are clear and unambiguous.
a reading of the two,
both in conjunction and contraposition — apart from the profoundly questionable
theological adaptation of
“hermeneutics” and the German “Emeritus” Benedict’s adjunct “of continuity”
— reveals not simply a disjunction (semiotic or otherwise) but much
more importantly a contradiction.
well aware of the Scriptural references adduced, but perhaps less aware
of Francis’s repudiation
it important to make them clear, and to allow the Catholic reader to
make the necessary inferences — even deductions — entailed, completely
explicit — to such a point that even the most disinterested reader will
arrive at an ineluctable conclusion at which he will recognize either
The conclusion is of the utmost importance, involving as it does, the
and concomitantly the primary mission of the Catholic Church:
or the Salvation of Souls.
“Peter and John replied:
Do you think that God wants us to obey
— or Him?”
(Acts of the Apostles 4.19)
uttered the following:
“Go therefore, and teach all nations;
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost. Teach them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you.”
the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but
he that believeth not shall be condemned.”
(Saint Mark 16.15-16)
by contrast, uttered the following:
“Do you need to convince
the other to become Catholic?
out and meet him. He is your brother.
This is enough.”
is solemn nonsense.
It makes no sense!”
[just] need to get to know each other.”
On the other hand, the
Apostle Saint John argued the following:
then shall they call on Him, in whom they have not believed? Or
how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And
how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach
unless they be sent ...?
And the Apostle Saint
Paul was absolutely clear:
(I Corinthians 9.16)
question is “How do we reconcile these quite disparate
and apparently contradictory utterances?”
is equally clear: we cannot. They are contradictory. What
Christ, Saint John, and Saint Paul teach is not simply incompatible
with what Francis teaches — but, much more seriously — irreconcilable.
wrong, or one is wrong.
Not all can
be wrong, but not all can be right.
It is a matter
of Logic 101: The Principle of Non-Contradiction which holds
that “contradictory propositions cannot both be true, e. g. the
two propositions “A is B” and “A is not B” are mutually exclusive.
Formally this is expressed as the tautology ~(p & ~p)” and The
Law of the Excluded Middle which “states that for any proposition,
either that proposition is true, or its negation is”)
Conclusion? Francis is either a heretic — or non compos mentis
(not of a sound mind). He can be both. But he cannot be neither.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
April 10, 2019
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