|"Hey, Antje, let's do Halloween together in Sweden. |
I'll bring both the treats and the tricks. You can tell me what you think of my book."
This Halloween, Pope Francis is traveling to the Swedish city of Lund for a joint Catholic-Lutheran celebration of heresiarch Martin Luther to kick off the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. This according to Vatican Radio. Other Protestants will also be participating in the event.
|"Excellent! Another photo op! And all I had to do was admit the Church|
was wrong all along! Man, this is so easy." Cardinal Koch.
There will be a worship service using a common Catholic-Lutheran liturgical guide ginned up by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Cardinal Koch, is the president of that council, and seems to be caught holding a sledgehammer behind his back whenever the Church is attacked from within. (His finger was in the poisonous "Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable" pie about which the Bear has written extensively.) "By concentrating together on the centrality of the question of God, and on a Christocentric approach, Lutherans and Catholics will have the possibility of an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation," Cardinal Koch said.
Which begs the question: why?
Once again, we see Pope Francis eaten up with the cancer of Modernism. That's the charge. The specification is Indifferentism. One might conclude he no longer wishes for Lutherans to return to the Church. He just doesn't see the need. The Catholic Church isn't really any different when it comes to "the centrality of the question of God," or whatever smokescreen Cardinal Koch is laying down for this travesty.
Oh, the world will laud his vision and courage for participating in this historic celebration of a man unfit to have a dog pound named after him. The Bear is glad he isn't responsible for deciding just where Francis is on the continuum of legitimacy. But, how could any true Catholic purport to celebrate a "joint liturgy" with heretics to laud an apostate priest whose ignorance and pride rent the Body of Christ? Pope Francis will be approving, promoting, and, indeed, participating in the worst disaster to befall Christianity.
If Martin Luther was a heretic in his ignorance, what do you call someone who celebrates Luther's heresy with full knowledge of its worldwide consequences during the last 500 years? Who will revel in photo ops while 800 million Protestants are living a faith that is maimed, at best? You call him the hireling who will not go after the lost sheep. The bad tree that bears bad fruit. The foolish servant who buries his Master's talents. A man who takes the candle from its candlestick and hides it under a bushel. A scandal. A fraud. A false prophet. Possibly, even anathema.
We must pray that this Halloween devil's prank does not happen. For deliverance. Whatever else he is doing, Pope Francis, who seems to hold real Catholicism in such contempt, is teaching us to rely on prayer, no matter what the earthly prospects.
If Francis is right, the Catholic Church is wrong, and always has been.
If the Catholic Church is right, Francis is wrong.