Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Yesterday, I was interviewed on the question, "are liberals in love with a Pope of their own creation?"



 Yesterday morning, it was a luminous, sunny day here in London.  A team from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation came to my small, sunlit flat. Intrepid reporter, Ellen Mauro interviewed me on camera, about ‘the Francis Effect’ and whether or not liberals love the real Pope Francis or their idea of Pope Francis.  
 
There is an audience of millions the world over, who are fascinated by Pope Francis and they think he will dramatically change Church teaching. They are under the impression that Pope Francis will admit women to the priesthood, lift the ban on gay marriage, allow contraception for married couples, and make exceptions for abortions in hard cases. 

He is of liberal-sounding speech, but conservative action.

Take for example, last autumn when Francis said that he finds devout Catholics who are unhealthily fixated on abortion. This led many to think that Pope Francis would allow for abortions in certain cases. But look back to Pope Francis in 2006 when he fought with the President of Argentine, Mrs Kirchner. He went head-to-head with her because he opposed the loosening of abortion laws in Argentina. Or, during his first year as Pope, when he plucked up the courage to ring a pregnant mother under pressure to abort, and told her that he would personally baptise her baby.

I discussed the above and many more topics such as the sex abuse crisis, was it appropriate for Pope Francis to ask for forgiveness, Pope Benedict’s papacy in contract to that of Pope Francis, gay marriage, contraception, and Pope Francis’s quote that the reservation of the priesthood to males ‘is not a question open to discussion’. 

He is of liberal reputation, but conservative record.

(People who are more open-minded than me, might think at this point, reading this post, that I am underscoring the word ‘conservative’ to serve my own ideals, that I am trying to make Pope Francis look traditional because that’s the way I’d like him to be.) 

But regardless of what I like, or how people like to think of him as a soft lefty, you have to see that there is a huge gap between fantasies about him and the reality of his actions.  

Where will it all end, will liberals be so disappointed that their wishes are not being granted by Pope Francis, that their love will turn to hate? 

The heart of my interview really concerned the unsteady foundation on which the liberals base their love for him. The foundation is based on a false misconstruction – that Francis will re-build the Church in the image of modern secular liberalism. 

When the foundation crumbles, will they disown Pope Francis?  Taking a pessimist view I could see the headlines turning to the 'great disappointment' suffered by liberals. Being an optimist, I could see many open-minded people taking a greater interest in the Church, and even trying out Catholicism, perhaps even converting.  Perhaps the end result will be a bitter-sweet mix of both. 

I was interviewed for over an hour, and it will be heavily edited and most likely only a tiny snippet will be used in the program on Pope Francis that will air this coming Easter Monday on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  

The reason they were interviewing me was on account of a post that I wrote for The Catholic Herald entitled, 'Catholic journalists and bloggers have a duty to tell the truth about Pope Francis'.

Watch this space, I will post a link to the episode on Easter Monday, the day it will be broadcast. 

PS - For people reading this post today, Spy Wednesday, and who are looking for something that pertains directly to Holy Week, you might like this most recent post

6 comments:

  1. Drawing a parallel between our Lord Jesus and Pope Francis: during Jesus' public ministry He was applauded by almost all, yet before long the crowd turned against Him; from "Hosanna" to "Crucify Him!"

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    1. Heel of Christ, Thank you for following the blog. Your comment has given me a lot to think about.

      Have a good Holy Week,

      Mary

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    2. Pope Francis is not being applauded by the right reasons. The crowds "adore him" because he is preaching an anthropocentric Gospel, where "the poor" are at the center, while the centrality of Our Lord Jesus's message is for us to REPENT because His Kingdom is at hand. A pope that says that he believes in God but "not a Catholic God" cannot possibly faithfully fulfill his duties as the Vicar of Christ. Our Lord Himself told his disciples that the world would hate them, because it hated Him first. The liberals are not in love with a pope of their own creation but a pope that has no problem catering to their worldly ways which will never help them save their souls.

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  2. Oh Mary, good heavens....CBC? As a Canadian, I have long banished the CBC from my viewing list. For sure they will be presenting a pope in their own image. Good for you for giving them an interview, but I would be very surprised if the documentary presents a non-skewed version of the Catholic view, and it will be interesting to see how they choose to edit your interview. Nevertheless, I pray for the mainstream media here, that it will no longer be a vehicle for the deception of many, particularly young people. God bless you!

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  3. If you read our Holy Father's daily sermons you will know what a Holy man we have been Blessed with. Do not be taken in by secular media reporting. God Bless all.

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  4. Not only are "liberals" in love with a pope of their own creation, but I anticipate that at some point these same Francis sycophants who initially fawned over the Holy Father's alleged deviances from Catholic orthodoxy (esp. on moral matters) will, when they discover the "real" Pope Francis, turn on him with a vengeance for "betraying" them and (in their delusional thinking) letting them believe all along he was some kind of "progressive" dream-come-true who, with a wave of his papal wand, would end the Church's condemnation of same-sex unions, free Catholic women to use birth control and abort whenever they wish, bless divorced and remarried Catholics (sans a certificate of annulment), and dismantle with the stroke of a pen the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (once known as the Office of the Inquisition).

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