Francis is on his Lenten retreat this week in Arricca. Yesterday, Fr. Giulio Michelini, OFM gave two spiritual meditations on “Jesus’ last words at the beginning of His Passion” in the Gospel According to Saint Matthew. So far so good, right? Here’s what Zenit reported:
Quoting Rabbi Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), considered the founder of modern Hassidism, he noted that the words that come out of the mouth of masters, or of those who pray without having a heart turned to heaven do not rise, but fill the house from one wall to the other and from the floor to the ceiling.”
Jesus, continued the preacher, was silent before those who accused him of being a blasphemer and wanted to destroy Him. It was a silence broken by the cry with which Jesus ended His earthly life and by the thrust of the lance.
However, the Franciscan observed, there are different forms of silence: the silence of rancor that ponders vengeance, or the silence of one, as Elie Wiesel said, who ”never helps the victims.”
Why on a Lenten retreat during as spiritual meditation is Michelini quoting someone who practiced the Lurianic Kabbalah, believed that “to conceive a child on Christmas Eve will result in the birth of either an apostate or a pimp (Sefer Baal Shem Tov Vol. 2:43a)”, told his followers that his son’s conception and birth were miracles as he hadn’t been with his wife for fourteen years, etc...? Then to follow it up with a quote from Elie Wiesel, the Hasidic high priest of holocaustianity himself? To quote two men who denied the divinity of Christ and did everything in their power to destroy Christianity! What frauds Francis and his ilk are!
It only gets worse as Michelini like the rabbis and Talmudists he so greatly admires twists the word of God to mean something other than what the Church has always taught:
Father Michelini then evoked the different personages that appear in this passage of Matthew: Caiaphas, the chief priests and the elders of the people, who decided to arrest Jesus, but not during the feast to avoid a revolt. He immediately observed that in no case is it about stigmatizing the Jews because this attitude concerns a religious hierarchy that can represent all sorts of religious institutions: it is an attitude that loses the right perspective believing that it serves God. It is the confrontation between two logics: on one side there is Jesus, a practicing Jew but a “layman” who is preparing to celebrate the Passover, and on the other the great priests who are preparing to kill an innocent, who are concerned with the feast in the sense of its exterior unfolding.
See dear reader, according to Michelini the Jews who condemned Christ are innocent, instead it’s an analogy to the religious hierarchy in all sorts of religious institutions, you know those whom Francis refers to as obsessed with ‘small-minded rules’ and “rigidity”. What a load of bunk! Michelini quotes two who deny Jesus — as the Christ, as the Son of God, as the second person of the Trinity — who are spiritual descendants of Caiaphas, the chief priests, and the elders of the people who condemned Jesus the Christ to death, in order to explain Our Lord’s passion in the Gospel of St. Matthew! Then Michelini has the audacity to exculpate Caiaphas and company for Our Lord’s death! What chutzpah!
“And the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death: And they found not, whereas many false witnesses had come in. And last of all there came two false witnesses: And they said: This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and after three days to rebuild it. And the high priest rising up, said to him: Answerest thou nothing to the things which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said to him: I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us if thou be the Christ the Son of God. Jesus saith to him: Thou hast said it. Nevertheless I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priests rent his garments, saying: He hath blasphemed; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy: What think you? But they answering, said: He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him: and others struck his face with the palms of their hands, Saying: Prophesy unto us, O Christ, who is he that struck thee?”