|So, diversity is the|
road to unity?
In a visit with his long-time friend Evangelical preacher Giovanni Traettino, Pope Francis apologized for Mussolini's persecution of Pentecostals during the 1930s, which Catholics, "tempted by the devil," joined in.
The Pope admitted that he, also was tempted by the devil. He said this: “there is the temptation of assessing: I am the Church, you are a sect. Jesus has prayed for unity. The Holy Spirit makes diversity in the Church. But the same Holy Spirit makes unity, and the Church is unity in diversity. A diversity reconciled through the Holy Spirit.”
This is worth looking at more closely.
- the Pope is tempted by the devil -- nothing wrong with this, we're all subject to temptation, but...
- it is the devil who suggests that the Catholic Church is the one true faith, and Traettino's Pentecostals are just "a sect" -- however, this suggestion cannot come from the devil, because it is true, and the devil is a liar and the father of lies, so where is the discernment?
- the Holy Spirit makes diversity in the Church -- hard to make sense of, but in the context of a meeting with Protestants, it suggests that Protestantism is part of the God-given diversity of the Church (good luck arguing otherwise in the context)
- the Church is "unity in diversity" -- what is this other than Modernist doublespeak?
So, the Pope holds that anyone who believes the Church is the one true faith and non-Catholic groups are just sects is under a demonic delusion. The Pope believes that Protestantism is just part of the Holy Spirit's wonderful plan of "diversity," which will one day be resolved by that same Holy Spirit, and all of us richer for it.
Was Martin Luther under the influence of the Holy Spirit when he launched the diversity-creating Reformation? Perhaps Henry VIII, when he diversified England with his personal no-fault adultery Church?
Is there any, any call in anything the Pope says to these people he obsessively meets with, and apologizes to, to return to the Church? Not metaphorically, as in "going to the peripheries and touching the flesh of Christ," but by coming into the Church and consuming the flesh of Christ?
The answer is no.
What does the Pope really believe about the Church he leads? Deep down and as a practical matter?
Honestly, I don't know.
And that is a pretty disturbing admission.