I was with some dear friends this weekend, people I dearly love, who were using Pope Francis words and actions to justify the sin of adultery and discredit the deposit of faith.
These are people who feel very comfortable expressing their conflicts in the knowledge that I love them and they me. Some of us friends since grammar school.
We have discussions on faith almost each time we meet. I usually just lay out logic of Church teaching as best I can and hope those seeds some day plant.
They are of course intercepted by priests, bishops, Cardinals and now Pope, who prevent those seeds from taking root.
While spending time with these precious friends, I was reminded, once again, of the catastrophic damage Pope Francis is doing to the Church and family every time he opens his mouth and proclaims his belief that Church teaching is a false teaching of some "real" Christ he has invented in his head.
I have watched the Holy Father's words and actions gnawing on their trust and confidence in Church teaching like a rat gnawing on a big piece of cheese.
Ever undermining, ridiculing, slandering the fiat that draws the soul into Sanctifying Grace and salvation.
He did it again over the last few days.
John Allen summarizes the Pope's 'vision' that Church teaching must change and reject using Church teaching and the Sacraments to control impulses to sin. Loosen up the rigidity of resisting sin. Join the club and commit adultery every once in a while. Encourage others to sin. Because Jesus died for everyone.
This homily stinks to the high heavens of the protestant heresy that Christ's Sacrifice on the Cross purchased salvation and we are therefore free to shed inhibitions and prohibitions against sin.
I drove home from my gathering of friends thinking about his habitual deception, ie that he has come to save us all from Church teaching that has led people astray for 2000 years. Taking an inventory of people I love who are being deceived by him, the damage it is doing to them and perhaps generations ahead.
My disgust deepens with each encounter and confirmation of the damage of his deception.
Elton John, the longtime advocate of caricaturing the sin of adultery as virtue in the public square, said Pope Francis is an ally in the culture of death and encouraged him to keep on doing what he is doing:
On BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme the musician said he considered Pope Francis an “ally” against conservative bishops in Africa in his views on same-sex relationships.
“My sly bet is yes he is. He’s just had the [synod] in Rome and I think he’s fighting an uphill battle against the African cardinals and bishops.”
Elton John said his message to the Pope was: “Keep going, keep pushing it. Change is very hard, especially in the Catholic Church, you don’t get things done immediately, you’re not going to persuade people, just keep going and keep going and eventually the wall will fall. I think he’s on our side.”
If he isn't on your 'side' he might as well be.
As Elton explains, they are not in a hurry. If the Holy Father publishes an edict out to obstruct Church teaching in catechesis and contradict it in practice, they will effectively rob our people of the temporal goods of the Church. After a generation or two, the Body of Christ will be drawing its last breath. In It's place will be the hare krishnas dancing in the sanctuary and the instincts to resist sin almost completely overcome.
Oh wait, they have already accomplished it!
The disservice the Holy Father is doing to Christ's Church cannot be calculated. He has made Truth an enemy of the people he was ordained to lead to It. He's pulled the rug out from the underneath It's efficacy and beauty.
We must continue to confidently and very loudly express that there will be no opening to his changes in the family and as soon as he issues his long-awaited declaration, he will be rubber stamped as anathema.
His rude awakening will be a change he can take to his corrupt bank.