Unlike the Catholic Identity Conference, which seeks to honor God by encouraging Catholics to fight for the Faith He entrusted to His Church, Francis’s “Together” wants all people to refrain from using language that might suggest that non-Catholics should follow the religion given to us by God:
“The prayer vigil will be a time of Christian prayer, but the programme is open for all. And as we prepare, we would like to encourage everyone to be careful with the language they use – never to seek to hurt or wound the other, but to listen to them as they are.”
Francis and his team are so committed to safeguarding the non-Catholic feelings of participants that they developed a “personal pledge” to help participants avoid perpetrating both sexual and spiritual abuse against each other.
Indeed, Francis and his team are so committed to safeguarding the non-Catholic feelings of participants that they developed a “personal pledge” to help participants avoid perpetrating both sexual and spiritual abuse against each other:
“Through hospitality, personal closeness and trust are created. These must not be used to the harm others. In view of this, everyone involved in Together | Gathering of the People of God will make a big effort to help build an atmosphere in which everyone, regardless of origin, culture or age, is treated with respect. The following pledge will help to maintain healthy boundaries in our dealings with each other and to promote a culture of trust:
– I undertake to uphold the psychological, physical and sexual integrity of all persons and refrain from any behaviour that violates this. I will show the maximum respect for people’s privacy and intimacy
– By communicating openly, I will draw my counterpart’s attention to behaviour that transgresses my own boundaries.
– If I am affected by sexual harassment, spiritual abuse or violence or notice this happening around me, I will immediately inform the safeguarding team or a specialised agency.”
Francis evidently intends that the safeguards against “spiritual abuse” will help foster the Synod’s enlarged tent that means “leaving no-one behind,” as we read in the “Together” Inclusivity Charter:
“‘Enlarging the space of the tent’ means that those who seem to be on the edges of our societies or of the Church can be heard and valued. As we walk together and join our voices in prayer, we want to affirm our hope that all God’s people will one day come together as one. By inviting us to welcome in our hearts those who are on the margins of society, the synodal journey means leaving no-one behind.”
At first glance, this would seem to leave room in the “tent” for those of us who think the entire Synodal process is from hell. After all, the Inclusivity Charter makes is abundantly clear that no-one is left behind.
For better or worse, though, we know that this is not really the case. As we learned from the Synod’s Preparatory Document in 2021, the Synod embraces all people except for the “extra actor” who seeks to separate the “three actors” welcomed at the Synod — Jesus, the “crowd,” and the “apostles.” Here is how the Preparatory Document described the dastardly “extra actor”:
“Then, there is the ‘extra’ actor, the antagonist, who brings to the scene the diabolical separation of the other three. Faced with the perturbing prospect of the cross, there are disciples who leave and mood-changing crowds. The insidiousness that divides—and, thus, thwarts a common path—manifests itself indifferently in the forms of religious rigor, of moral injunction that presents itself as more demanding than that of Jesus, and of the seduction of a worldly political wisdom that claims to be more effective than a discernment of spirits. In order to escape the deceptions of the ‘fourth actor,’ continuous conversion is necessary. Emblematic in this regard is the episode of the centurion Cornelius (cf. Acts 10), the antecedent of that ‘Council’ of Jerusalem (cf. Acts 15) which constitutes a crucial reference point for a synodal Church.”
This “extra actor” has the characteristics Francis warns us about when he talks about Traditional Catholics: religious rigor; more demanding than Jesus; and thwarting a common path. This is why Francis and his Synod could schedule “Together” on the same weekend as the Catholic Identity Conference without fear of threatening their attendance numbers: the only people in the world excluded from the all-inclusive ecumenical prayer meeting are the rigid Catholics who hold to the same Catholic identity shared by all the saints who have followed Christ. We are the extra actors, the only ones excluded from Francis’s big Synodal tent.
Bergoglio has become one of the most evil men in the history of the world . . . and the one thing he hates most is the true Catholic Faith. The only thing that would make it more clear would be if Satan himself appeared in readily identifiable form to persecute Catholicism.
Understandably, many of us want our shepherds to “resolve” the crisis caused by Francis (which is inextricably linked to the crisis caused by Vatican II). It seems, though, that we do better to recognize that God has allowed the reputed pope to represent one of the most stunning signs in the history of the Church: by partnering with globalists, promoting woke ideology, and embracing all religions, Bergoglio has become one of the most evil men in the history of the world . . . and the one thing he hates most is the true Catholic Faith. The only thing that would make it more clear would be if Satan himself appeared in readily identifiable form to persecute Catholicism.
There was another sign like this in Church history: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself. (Now this He said, signifying what death He should die.)” (John 12:32-33). Our Lord has not abandoned His Church, but He appears to be allowing it to suffer a Passion resembling the one He suffered leading up to the Crucifixion. Then, as now, we can find the Way, the Life, and the Truth by seeing what Satan and his followers strive with all their might to destroy. Then, as now, Christ’s faithful followers must look past the confusion and bitter disappointment to see that Truth has not changed. What has changed, however, is that Satan has been given enough power to make it look like he has almost triumphed . . . right before God crushes him.
In all likelihood, the solution of this crisis does not consist of ousting Francis, anymore than the “solution” to Our Lord’s Passion consisted of Jesus eliminating His enemies. Instead, as Bishop Athanasius Schneider wrote, we must see the current situation as a sign that we must turn to God with greater devotion than ever:
“Good Catholics know the truth and must proclaim it, offer reparation for the errors of an erring Pope. . . We must have enough supernatural faith, trust, humility, spirit of the Cross in order to endure such an extraordinary trial.”
Those who cooperate with God’s grace to do this will find themselves in the most favored of all positions until God finally defeats what Francis represents — they will stand beneath the Cross with Our Lady of Sorrows, trusting that this is precisely where God wants His faithful servants to be. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
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