Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Francis’ fan club loses another member

 Aldo Maria Valli, author of three books on Francis,
isn’t very keen on the man or his ideas anymore.

Italian author, journalist, and reporter, Aldo Maria Valli, once a huge fan of Francis, now feels cold towards him due to his “perplexion(s) culminat(ing) after Amoris Laetitia.” Valli sees “superficiality” and “ambiguity” in the actions of Francis;
“I especially see superficiality in three distinct arguments: the unity of Christians, the acceptance of migrants, and the dialogue with Islam. With regards to the unity of Christians, when the Pope asks to leave out some theological aspects in order to concentrate on things that Christians of different confessions have in common, he seems to me to be risking wanting to divide by zero. The Church is not a welfare office, or at least that is not her first role. If everything is reduced to social work, without awareness of theological fundamentals, then there is risk to dilute the faith and to cut away the basis of everything. Furthermore, without theological depth the dialogue also remains generic “benevolence.”

We should never lose sight of the fundamental question of truth.

In regard to migrants, it seems to me that the Pope is too generic when he says to open the doors without thinking about the problem of the defense of the Christian identity and the European identity especially. It is true that Europe is composed of different cultures, but it is also true that there would be no Europe – as we know it today – were it not for Christianity, and also today’s Europe has known moments in history during which it had to defend itself against Islam. Concerning dialogue with Islam, I think that the Pope is superficial when he affirms that extremists exist in all religions. This is surely true, but it is equally true that Islam has a particular problem with violence and the origins of the problem are within the Koran. It is a given fact that we cannot ignore and the best way of helping our Muslim brothers is to make them realize it.

The ambiguity lies mostly with Francis’ teaching of mercy. God is without doubt a merciful father, but it is not possible to separate mercy from justice. If we do so, then we risk transforming mercy into God’s duty and the obtainment of mercy into man’s right. It is not like that. Mercy is a gift offered for those who are open to conversion, to penance, and to recognition of their sin. Furthermore, mercy is not the soft slap of a father who forgets all. If it were like that, then the principle of personal responsibility would be defeated and liberty would be self-abased. We have to ask ourselves in the end: a generic psychological-physical well-being or the salvation of the soul? If we do not ask for salvation, then we risk putting man in the center, not God.”

Ouch! The truth stings!  And Mr. Valli isn’t finished yet,
 “in Francis there exist a kind of inconclusiveness, too much doctrinal confusion, and a certain flattening of himself to the dominant mentality of the world, as we see in Laudato sì. My perplexity exploded after Amoris Laetitia.” 

Further stating how he perceives Francis’ goal of integrating everything and everyone into the Novus Ordo,
“the results are not at all brilliant. Those who are far away from the Church stay away and they get the impression that they are right. Those who are close grow more and more perplexed. I do not expect confirmation of lay dogmas (I think of ecologism, feminism, or radical subjectivism) from the Church. I expect instead an alternative vision, presented with courage. When the Pope receives too much applause from the world, then something is not right.”

Aldo’s words bring to mind what Christ said in the Gospel According to Saint Luke 6, 26:
“Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.”

St. Francis of Assisi before he died warned of a “Destroyer” who will cause “great Schisms” in a prophecy.  Much of it rings true to Francis.
“At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.  Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.  There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.
Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.”

Let us hope and pray fervently that more people, like Mr. Valli, begin to awaken as to the reality of who Francis is and that they find the Faith!

source for quotes of Mr. Aldo Maria Valli: Life Site News, Author’s admiration for Pope Francis turns to disenchantment over his ‘superficiality,’ ‘ambiguity’

Did Aldo make the cover of his new book red for a reason?

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