RNS: Is Pope Francis is a heretic? No, but he does raise questions

Is Pope Francis is a heretic? No, but he does raise questions

Excerpts from RNS

David Gibson | May 24, 2013

(RNS) Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy?

March 19, 2013 -- World leaders are heading to Rome for Tuesday’s inauguration mass for Pope Francis. The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics will be formally enthroned at a mass in St Peter’s Square, with city authorities preparing for an influx of up to one million people to Rome. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, who until his election was Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit to become pontiff. Illustration shows Pope Francis I.  RNS photo courtesy Graphic News


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It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross.

The passage that prompted the reports came from Francis’ brief homily at the informal morning Mass that he celebrates in the chapel at the Vatican guesthouse.

Speaking on Wednesday (May 22), Francis said that as human beings created in the image of God, everyone has a “duty to do good.”

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists,” he said, answering his own query. “Everyone! And this blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the blood of Christ has redeemed us all!”

Cue the jaw dropping and head scratching. Atheists were pleasantly surprised, conservative Catholics were dazed and confused, and the pope’s comments raced around the Internet; for a while they were the second-most shared piece on Reddit.

So was Francis preaching a form of “universalism”? That is the unorthodox teaching that says, essentially, that all faiths are equal and all are going to heaven, especially if you are nice to people here on earth. It’s also a heresy that Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, spent a career quashing every time he thought he thought he spied a hint of it in some theologian’s writings.

But the short answer to the question is easy: No. Francis was only affirming the doctrine that Christ redeemed the whole world. Whether people accept that belief is another matter.

[The point is that atheists and secular humanists interpret this half-truth to mean that they can skip Jesus Christ and His One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church, which is the goal of the One World Church - “universalism,” also promoted by Freemasonry.]

Read the rest there.

16 responses to “RNS: Is Pope Francis is a heretic? No, but he does raise questions

    On June 15, 2013 pope Francis has spoken a heresy calling Jesus: A SINNER!!! Link: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-the-christian-life-proclaims-the-road-to-reconciliation
    Through the prophet Maria Divine Mercy: – “God the Father: When My Son is deemed to be a sinner, know that this is the greatest blasphemy” /2013.06.23/
    You suppose to publish here /this above mentioned/ his homily and underline his heretical words for everybody to see. He made Jesus to SINNER about twice there and created very unusual thinking about confession… Read it and see it for yourself.


  2. Francis did not say Jesus sinned. Francis is however a universalist with a view of Our Lord’s atonement as applying to and efficacious for all mankind regardless of one’s faith or sin condition or state. All humanity therefore according to Francis is already reconciled to God, and that to him is the “core message” of Christ and His Gospel. Francis uses the word “us” to include all humanity. That is rank heresy of the first order and it makes the Gospel writers deceivers, the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church a deception and Jesus Christ Himself a deceiver. In addition to his vehement assertion on May 22 that all men including atheists are redeemed and made “children of God of the highest order,” in his June 15th address below he explains his view of actual universal reconciliation to God in Christ.
    Pope: The Christian life proclaims the road to reconciliation with God
    Text from the Vatican Radio website: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/15/pope:_the_christian_life_proclaims_the_road_to_reconcilation_with_god/en1-701813

    (Vatican Radio) Christian life is not a spa therapy “to be at peace until Heaven,” but it calls us to go out into the world to proclaim that Jesus “became the sinner” to reconcile men with the Father. These were Pope Francis’ words during his homily at Mass Saturday at the Casa Santa Martha.

    The Christian life is not staying in a corner to carve a road which takes you into heaven, but it’s a dynamic that encourages one to stay “on the road” to proclaim that Christ has reconciled us to God, by becoming sin for us. In his usual profound and direct way, Pope Francis focuses on a passage from the Letter to the Corinthians, from today’s liturgy, in which St. Paul very insistent, almost “in a hurry”, uses the term “reconciliation “five times.

    “What is reconciliation? Taking one from this side, taking another one for that side and uniting them: no, that’s part of it but it’s not it … True reconciliation means that God in Christ took on our sins and He became the sinner for us. When we go to confession, for example, it isn’t that we say our sin and God forgives us. No, not that! We look for Jesus Christ and say: ‘This is your sin, and I will sin again’. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us, to liberate us. ”

    It is the beauty and the “scandal” of the redemption brought by Jesus and it is also the “mystery, says Pope Francis, from which Paul draws” zeal “that spurs him to” move forward ” telling everyone” something so wonderful “the love of a God” who gave up his Son to death for me. ” Yet, explains Pope Francis, there is a risk of “never arriving at this truth” in the moment when “we ‘devalue a little the Christian life”, reducing it to a list of things to observe and thus losing the ardor, the force of the ‘”love that is inside” of it:

    “But philosophers say that peace is a certain ordered tranquility: everything is tidy and quiet … That is not the Christian peace! Christian peace is an uneasy peace, not a quiet peace: it is an uneasy peace, which goes on to carry this message of reconciliation. The Christian Peace pushes us to move forward. This is the beginning, the root of apostolic zeal. Apostolic zeal is not to go forward to persuade and make statistics: this year Christians in this country have grown, in this movement … Statistics are good, they help, but that is not what God wants from us ,is to persuade… What the Lord wants from us is to announce this reconciliation, which is his own core message . ”

    Concluding his homily the Pope recalls the inner anxiety of Paul. Pope Francis underlines that which defines the “pillar” of Christian life, namely, that “Christ became sin for me! And my sins are there in his body, in his soul! This – says the Pope – it’s crazy, but it’s beautiful, it’s true! This is the scandal of the Cross! ”

    “We ask the Lord to give us this concern to proclaim Jesus, to give us a bit of ‘that Christian wisdom that was born from His pierced side of love. Just a little to convince us that the Christian life is not a spa therapy: to be at peace until Heaven … No, the Christian life is the road in life with this concern of Paul. The love of Christ urges us on, it pushes us on, with this emotion that one feels when one sees that God loves us. We ask this grace. “


  3. Here are some additional thoughts on my account above on Francis’ June 15th affirmation of universal reconciliation: All the Gospel writers (Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45; Luke 16:20 ff.; Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15) and the Catholic Church since the beginning have affirmed precisely the opposite, that not all would be redeemed, while Jesus said additionally that it would be “many” even professing the Christian faith would not be redeemed (Matthew 7:22)!
    Francis’ doctrine is John Calvin’s devilish Protestant heresy of “sovereign grace and election” (divine election or salvation apart from any human condition or choice) coupled with the monstrous heresy of “universal election,” a heresy many mainline Protestant denominations, especially formerly strong Calvinistic communions like the Presbyterian Church USA, now embrace.
    Note also how Francis seriously and deliberately denigrates the Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation by implying that is merely “saying our sins.” The Catholic concept of Reconciliation requires far more than listing them off. It requires confessing our sins with a contrite repentant spirit! That scandalous insinuation to the contrary is followed by a blatant heresy claiming that the Atonement of Christ actually eliminates human accountability for sin and thus dwelling on personal accountability is actually a denial of the Gospel of Christ! The confessor no longer confesses his own sin for he actually no longer has any sin but confesses the “Good News” that his sin literally is “Christ’s sin”! This is then followed by what can only be taken as an affirmation that “sin” is an inescapable inevitability and thus not something to be bothered about: “and I will sin again.” This is moral determinism. Talk of human accountability for sin is thus seen as a denial of the work of Christ. This is a very popular “progressivest” heresy today and a total perversion of the Christian faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One must also bear in mind that these “progessivists” do not even believe the Gospel narrative is an accurate historical record but is largely a creation of ingenious or inspired minds that stumbled onto a clever way of communicating spiritual truths.
    Note also Francis’ view of evangelization is simply to announce this false doctrine of universal reconciliation. The fact is evangelization is to announce Our Lord’s atoning Sacrifice and a call for people themselves to become reconciled to God by responding in faith and obedience to Christ because He indeed opened up Heaven to all who would come to him in faith and repentance.!
    “It is for Christ that we implore you, be reconciled to God! 21 Him [Christ], Who knew no sin, God has made [virtually] sin for us [on our behalf], that we might be made [examples of] the righteousness of God in Him [Christ]. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
    Concluding his homily the Pope says “Christ became sin for me! And my sins are there in his body, in his soul!” “It’s crazy, but it’s beautiful, it’s true! This is the scandal of the Cross! ”
    Indeed, Francis’ free pass on all sin in humanity IS CRAZY! IT’S AN APOSTATE DOCTRINE FROM HELL AND THIS IS PRECISELY THE DOCTRINE BY WHICH THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL DECEIVE SO MANY WHO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE BEEN SO POORLY TAUGHT BY THEIR PRIESTS! But “crazy” is one thing the scandal of the Cross is not! As revealed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1: 17-31 the scandal is that something so repulsive like an ignominious death violating all justice, but accepted by the sacrifice in forgiving grace becomes the greatest means to actually restore justice and righteousness in the hearts of men of Good Will! This is not crazy, but falls in the category of astounding and scandalous because it is an affront to human pride that seeks a more dignified and comfortable way to turn men from sin.


    • Thank you so much for your detailed and deeply analytical answers. My question is than – Why NOBODY from the cardinals and bishops around him will not see that and protest in the name of protecting our Catholic Faith?
      Why everything is so quiet? None criticism is allowed. Everything is seems so passive, like nothing really is happening.


      • I think there are several reasons for public silence here among the leaders in the Church and most Catholic ministries. For those who have not been listening to Heaven’s warnings from LaSalette, from Fatima, from Valtorta, from, Garabandal will understandably not be prepared to hear the plainest evidence staring them in the face. The Disciples of Jesus, too obsessed with thoughts of position and glory likewise ignored the plain warnings of the Lord, and were likewise unprepared for the betrayal and death of Our Lord. Human nature can be such a snare to all of us in different ways. On the other hand to speak out and warn the public usually gets you persecuted and scorned. So public silence in a crisis is caused by both ignorance of the situation by many and by cowardice in others. Both come from loss of relationship with in God If you understand Garabandal, however, you will know that God in His great Mercy will soon in a most dramatic way end all this confusion and deception. Here is a writeup I did to explain precisely how the Church leadership brought this crisis upon itself: http://www.saveourchurch.org/ourchurchincrisis.htm or a more complete answer: http://www.saveourchurch.org/voidheaven.pdf


  4. Pope Francis said only that atheists are redeemed, as is of course all of humanity. That does not mean they are saved. Redemption and Salvation are two different things. From my earliest childhood, 50 years ago we always said at stations of the Cross, “we adore you O Christ, and we bless you because by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world”.


  5. lyn St Clair

    Would it not have been more appropriate as Bishop of Rome for Bishop
    Francis to have informed atheists that they need Christ in order to obtain
    salvation? friendship with the world is enemity with Christ.


    • Fred, Francis said all men, even atheists were “reconciled” to God and had been made children of God in the highest order. That goes far beyond the larger application of the term “redemption and is flat out heresy. Though the price has been “paid” universally for the sin of all mankind, and in that sense all are “redeemed,” only those who believe and repent and submit to Christ are reconciled to God and only if this a new covenant salvation via baptism by which they receive the Holy Spirit do they become “sons of God” in any sense. Abraham, though justified before God and thus reconciled to God was not made a son or child of God until he entered the new covenant after the Resurrection of Christ. There is no wiggle room around these two inviolate Catholic tenants of faith clearly taught in the canon of Scripture.


    • He wasn’t addressing atheists at the time, and one has to choose your words carefully as the Apostles did sometimes. He is preaching Christ to the world in fact every day. Followers of mdm keep trying to bend reality to make him something he is not.


  6. And “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” God is the greatest friend the world ever had. John 3:16


  7. Are they children of God? This is the way the Catholic Encyclopedia defined Redemption in 1910: “The restoration of man from the bondage of sin to the liberty of the children of God through the satisfactions and merits of Christ.” http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12677d.htm


  8. Very analytical, thoughtful comments David, You make a lot of sense. This blog needs to be shown to the masses!


  9. Read mine Barry, I just disproved what David said. Don’t be a pathetic fanatic and a tool of the demons.


  10. Fred, you failed to put in any sort of valid argument. No pope has ever needed to be defended like this. The fact that the Vatican stopped publishing his homilies is extremely telling. Fred, you’re the one that’s pathetic. You have no idea what this imposter has in store.


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