Before the pandemic, Pope Francis was the subject of criticism from all sides, especially on the issue of “Papal Heresy” and the Amazon Synod. He was mostly silent and hardly fought back. In some cases, he reacted and did something about it, but he never issued rebuttals. He just kept on going with his duties as the Vicar of Christ in silence. In the onslaught of Media, his credibility eroded rapidly. He was in the middle of a global storm.
The pandemic changed all that. Suddenly, everyone turned to his leadership. The criticisms vanished. Suddenly, he reached the eye of the storm. Suddenly, he was on the spot. Suddenly, everybody responded to his global calls to prayer. The pandemic was indeed a wake-up call to prayer on a massive global scale. His Urbi et Orbi Homily went viral (link shown below). His leadership as the Vicar of Christ in a chaotic planet was restored in the blink of an eye. In his Easter Mass, the Vatican was empty. But ironically, millions were listening online. Refuting ‘Papal Heresy’ and the Amazon Synod
This is a raging theological issue among Conservatives and Liberals. The Conservatives consider the presence of a pagan statue in the Vatican as a ‘desecration’. The Liberals argue that there is a subtle racism against ‘pagans’ by the Conservatives. The liberal view is that IT WAS NOT BRINGING PAGANISM TO THE CHURCH BUT BRINGING THE CHURCH TO THE PAGANS.
The root cause of the crisis in the Church today revolves around the never-ending war between Conservatives and Liberals. It is better to be fence-sitters in this complex irreconcilable war.
In a complex 20-page open letter, 18 signatories, mostly editors and academicians who were not an authority on Theology and Church dogma, together with some prelates, issued a vague and unfounded accusation against Pope Francis of the ‘crime’ of ‘heresy’. It is possible that many signed without reading the fine print. The signature is possibly still ongoing.
A Life Site News article, which cited the letter, did not describe the exact nature of the ‘crime’, and used vague accusations; for example, the Pope’s “positions (are) contrary to the faith”. No evidence was given on the ‘heresy’ except this 20-page document, which used dogmatic jargon so hard for ordinary readers to understand. Thus, it was labelled by Papal defenders as black propaganda against the Pope.
The letter cited “Amorsi Laetitia 295 where Pope John Paul II issued a statement on ‘the law of gradualness’. The letter simply pitted the words of the two Popes against each other, who were both NOT exercising their rights to ‘infallibility’. It was actually the OPINION of the open letter that the two papal statements were contradictory without showing how and why, without revealing the statements themselves in detail, and finally concluding Pope John Paul II was right and Pope Francis wrong and heretical. All the 20 points ‘proving’ heresy in the letter are questionable and vague.
The goal of Media, traditional or social, Catholic or non-Catholic, is to go viral, to achieve visibility to millions of readers. Many are prone to shoot from the hip, forgetting the fact that their arguments can be subtly flawed in their haste to publish. Many forget their mission to evangelize. Indeed, many, especially in Social Media, are instruments of the devil without knowing it.
Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted. Many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other. Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:10-14 (excerpts). beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing snakes in red robes demons in white robes with wings and halos learn to discern truth and falsehood sincerity and deception hidden in eloquence and smiles pray to the Holy Spirit for the wisdom of discernment in our troubled world
COMPLETE TEXT OF THE ‘URBI ET ORBI’ HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS THAT WENT VIRAL. http://www.sisterraquel.com/2020/03/pope-francis-urbi-orbo