...spin these words of Francis!
As readers of Call Me Jorge... know, today Francis made his private visit to the Pentecostal Church of Caserta known officially as the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. Interestingly the pastor, Giovanni Traettino when he is not being a minister works full time in his family's cement/contracting/construction business. We bring this up because the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation is still in the less than half finished state of being built as one can see from the photos we have posted.
Turns out Francis was to visit his Evangelical friends this past Saturday. This was changed to Monday because the local Bishop told Francis over the phone what bad press it would make, if Francis visited the Evangelicals on the Feast of St. Anne. Francis replied to the Bishop,
So he changed the day to Monday and to placate the Catholics who were very upset at being snubbed, decided to visit them on St. Anne's Feast instead. Are you kidding us? He doesn't even know what the proper Feast Day is? Does he even celebrate the Novus Ordo Missae if the cameras are not there? What religion is this man practicing?
After getting out of the official Papal Econobox, a Ford Focus with his friend Giovanni Traettino, they went into the eyesore, the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. Traettino addressed the 200 members of his congregation plus another 150 guests, mostly evangelical ministers of other denominations,
"Good morning everyone, we are happy to see Pope Francis among us and to applaud him, but we have to do a cheer even louder for Jesus."
After this Francis proceed to say a some words to those assembled.
"Some people are surprised that the Pope has come to find evangelicals. I came to find the brothers. "
..."(it is) a temptation to say, I am the Church you are the sect. Jesus prayed for unity. The Holy Spirit is the diversity in the Church. He makes all the difference. But then the Holy Spirit that makes the Church is a unity and diversity. A diversity reconciled to the Holy Spirit. "
A little Italian history before we proceed with quotes from Francis. During the reign of the Fascist Party in Italy, Pentecostals pastors were arrested and jailed. A circular on April 9, 1935 signed by the Secretary within Buffarini Guido Guidi, countersigned by the police chief Arturo Bocchini, forbade the Pentecostal worship because,
"(Pentecostalism) as expressed in concrete and religious practices is contrary to the social (well-being) and harmful to physical and mental integrity of the (Italian) race."
No religious freedom in Italy, imagine that in a Catholic country? This is the "official" reason for Francis' visit and apology which follows.
"Among those who have persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were fools who ruined the race, there were also Catholics: I am the shepherd of the Catholics, and I ask forgiveness for those brothers and Catholic sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil, they made the same mistake as did Joseph's brothers."
Once he got his apology out of the way, Francis continued on with his blasphemous themes.
"On the road of unity we would do well to touch the flesh of Christ, go to the suburbs, where there are so many needy brothers and sisters of God, they are hungry, but not for bread, but hunger for God!"
..."You can not preach an intellectual Gospel. The Gospel is truth, love and beauty."
..."I do not understand a Christian who stands still, the Christian must walk. There are Christians who walk in the presence of Jesus, but at times they walk not in the presence of Jesus. This is because there are Christians who confuse Walking with turning, they are wandering. The latter is lacking in hope."
This was followed at lunch by Giovanni Traettino saying of Francis,
"Our joy is great, that of myself and of my family. We love you. One thing we must be knowledgeable in: toward his person there is great love and many of us are praying for him. Moreover, it is easy to love him. And some of us even believe that his election is the work of the Holy Spirit. "
"And with this unexpected gesture he has widened the door. We wanted to absorb as many as two trips to Caserta. It was not enough to entrust his heart to a document or a messenger. He wanted to touch us in person. He showed great courage and freedom and gave himself for our diversity and also to our embrace. The glory of humility. Just a little power. It takes a lot."
All the above quotes confirm what the recent Evangelical visitors have related of their visits to the Vatican to see Francis. Yes, the quotes sound no different than what the late Tony Palmer was telling everyone he met with. The apologists for Francis can no longer pretend as if the Evangelicals misunderstood what Francis told them. That excuse doesn't wash anymore! We heard it straight from the horses mouth!
In the Gospel for yesterday, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus the Christ couldn't say it more directly. Taken from The New Roman Missal by Rev. F. X. Lasance page 664,
Gospel. Matt. 7, 15-21
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.