I almost WANT the Church to be lost to most of the West. All of the buildings and art torn down and burnt. All of the churches converted into bars. Relics lost. Music forgotten. And role models and men of good standing--nowhere to be found. Pure chaos and no culture. No education. Just endless anarchy, sodomy, misery, and death. The libs will lie to themselves and tell themselves that they actually like such a condition of life. I almost WANT the fools of the future to look around, miserable in their chaos, and wonder "Gee, what happened?" And then, no one will be around to help them. This generation of people in the West deserves to be marched around in the desert for 40 years until it dies off...
After clarifying that this was not despair, I finished by stating:
that I will be satisfied with the justice of the faithless masses stewing in their own juices once they lose everything. In either this life or the next, these people will get what they deserve, and that's a comfort.
Well, guess what? Almost one year to the day of that post, Rorate Caeli has joined up with Laramie Hirsch in Level Jonah. Not officially, of course. They are simply reacting and concluding the same thing I already have.
The editors at Rorate Caeli have basically said that we deserve Pope Francis and the...unfortunate things he is doing. This is a merited punishment due to our collective sins. According to Rorate Caeli, we deserve Pope Francis, emphasis mine:
We deserve Francis. What is missing in many souls is a typically Christian attitude: resignation. It was not the Holy Spirit who chose Francis, that is not how conclaves work. But God has certainly allowed it, and he has allowed it to continue, and he will allow it until He deigns it necessary to end his Vicar's time here on earth, as He does to each one of us.
Other than resignation, missing from many spirits is the notion of collective justice -- and collective punishment. We have sinned, we have grievously sinned. So many Catholics have been for long immensely unfaithful to the Apostolic tradition they have received, to the pure doctrine that was passed on: is it surprising that from this soil arise unfaithful hierarchs? What is surprising is not that we have Francis as Pope, but that it took so many centuries for us to have a Pope like him
What can I say? People are starting to conclude the same thing about this matter. People have not been willing to say this outright.
I recall how, back in 2013, when a large portion of the online Traditional Catholic community was still over at Fisheaters, there was a big discussion about Pope Francis. This was before Tracy decided to defend a transsexual, before she became so completely gay-friendly, before she decided to give up the culture war in public spaces because "that's mean," and long before she began her self-righteous crusade against "Toxic Trads."
Back then in March of 2013, we had a huge discussion about what Pope Francis would be like. And then, we started getting video footage of his actions in Argentina, and we started to learn from the parishioners down there about what kind of leadership he offered. Various forum members started getting nervous, more discussions of what to expect came out. By March 17th, Tracy had told everyone that she was tired of hearing everyone's critical opinions.
People can change, and they often do when they become Pope. Let's see if he does. We can see the video, and could watch 100 like them (or watch the same one over and over aga in), and someone could post them in every thread (and risk a ban) -- we get it. He is not a trad when it comes to the liturgy. Looks like it will likely be JPII all over again. OK. But as long as he isn't messing around with Catholic doctrine, it shouldn't affect the lives of trads that much at all. We've been down this road before. We know the tune. And we need to be doing what WE need to be doing, whether the Holy Father is doing what we (rightfully, IMO, obviously) think he needs to be doing or not.
I really don't look forward to another 5, 10, 20 years of seeing old liturgy videos posted when a small handful are enough to make the point that the Holy Father, at least when he was Cardinal, was a bad liturgist. Maybe the papacy will change him in that regard. Or maybe it won't. Time will tell. But as for now, we've seen the videos. We get it. It sucks. Too bad for us. Too bad for the Church. Wah, wah, wah. We can cry about it, we can bitch endlessly about it, we can get all peevish and sarcastic about it -- or we can DO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE OURSELVES.
I thought Tracy's opinion was Pollyannish then, and I am confirmed in that today. Many people back then thought, "Just give him a chance. You don't know!" As though a man's past had no bearing on how he would behave in the present or the future. But the St. Gallen's group chose well when they hand-picked this Jesuit for the papacy. Their hard work in expunging Pope Benedict XVI has reaped them many fruits. By the summer of his first year, Pope Francis had successfully squashed the Traditionalism of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. And that was just a warm-up.
Of course, by March 14th, 2013, Ann Barnhardt had already reached Level Jonah before I even coined the phrase:
We got what we deserved, and probably better than we deserve. God’s chastisement of His people is sending them bad priests, bishops, and now, in all likelihood, a bad pope. What do you expect? Look around. The world is awash in staggering sin and blasphemy and no one will lift a finger to do anything about it.
Yup. That lady is a spitfire. If you haven't read her, Barnhardt's expressed opinions are FAR MORE pungent than mine will ever be (...probably). But by December of that year, I was in full agreement with her. I said that Pope Francis is the perfect leader for our time and that he reflected the laity quite accurately. "I'm fresh out of pity for people. You want this, West? You got it. Drink it in." A lot of people didn't understand where I was coming from then. But that is not the case today.
Returning to an old Fisheaters discussion, I recall a poster stating the following:
Everything I have read is that this guy is described by the word “humble”. Perhaps you could even say he takes a great deal of “pride” in his “humility”. PERHAPS he simply dislikes “trappings of high office” and “high” liturgy and the like because he personally views it all as some kind of barrier between the people and their clergy. Maybe he uses “Bishop of Rome” because he thinks it is the least pretentious of all the titles and he by instinct always gravitates towards the title, thing, manner of dress, etc. that is perceived by him to be the least pretentious or the most humble. If so, then this is purely an aesthetic preference. It does NOT automatically follow therefore that he accepts the entire progressive decentralization mantra and all that would follow. He may of course – but we don’t know that. Yet.
Remember those days, kids? "Oh! Pope Francis is so humble! And if you have anything to say against him, then you're a complete asshole!" Of course, we can now look back and see that a "Humble Pope Francis" image was a wonderful disarming way to shut down any discussion about concerns or worries. Everyone who dared to question the man was considered an outright jerk.
|Look! Cardinal Bergoglio took the subway in Buenos Aires! |
How deliciously subversive and humble!
HOW DARE you question this cool cool man!
His humility persona was disarming. It shut down opposition. The world--and I mean The World, like secular media and movie stars--just went gaga over Pope Francis. "Only a Holy Father like Francis could pull off this kind of stunt," Time magazine said. " Buckle up, people. We’re only fourteen months in to his papacy. This is already fun." Before we knew it, Vanity Fair and Time had declared him Man of the Year.
And yet? Pope Francis is a friend to the world's major players, he works to conform the Church to fit the world's preferences, and the world loves, not hates, Pope Francis. Even though Satan is the prince of this world, Pope Francis still believes in global initiatives to control global problems, working with the anti-life United Nations and other organizations, treating the Church like a non-governmental organization.
Does this pope love the world, and thus, the love the Father is not in Pope Francis? I dare not say that. I am not his heart's judge. I recognize Pope Francis as the pope, and I will pray for his conversion to the Traditional Catholic Faith. Whatever the condition of his soul, we will find out on the other side. I will not be like Dante Alighieri, who in his work, The Divine Comedy, placed Pope Boniface VIII in Hell before the pope was even dead. Even if it seems that Pope Francis is working against the interests of the very Church Herself.
|Here, the pope is awarding medals to Hollywood activists who promote abortion and same-sex "marriage."|
Others are becoming more publicly vocal. Others are now openly admitting that Pope Francis is making a great quantity of unfortunate decisions. Just this past weekend, LifeSiteNews stated:
It has been a difficult and disturbing process, but many of us have finally had to face that we had to stop making so many excuses for Pope Francis. The evidence has become overwhelming be that there are serious problems that we must no longer withhold the uncomfortable truths from our readers. Many others are coming to the same conclusions. Francis' statement yesterday that 50% of marriages are likely invalid will pull the rug out from millions valiantly trying to save their marriages and the millions who did save their marriages by perseverance, prayer, forgiveness and deeper love. Every day seems to bring an even worse pronouncement from Francis.However, even though LifeSiteNews is concluding this, they have not yet reached Level Jonah. Level Jonah is both a reaction as well as a conclusion. It is the point at which you realize that the game is up, the world is screwed, and God is punishing us. You realize that God is punishing us by letting us have exactly what we want so that we stew in our own juices.
"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad," said the writer Longfellow. The first five seals of the Apocalypse are man-made disasters. Natural and supernatural punishments don't even BEGIN until the sixth and seventh seal. That is how God has always worked. He first gives us a short moment of mercy (such as this Year of Mercy) to repent. After that, we are left to our own madness. Then? The asteroid hits us.
Realized this, and you have reached Level Jonah.