Pope Francis’ criticism of the ‘human sacrifices’ of progressive Catholics must be about abortion and euthanasia

Pope Francis has given a stunning homily this morning at St Martha’s that criticises progressive Catholics for the human sacrifices that they make in order to conform to the spirit of the world, which must be a reference to their advocacy and support of abortion, contraception and euthanasia. The Holy Father categorises this desire to conform to the spirit of the world as the apostasy described in Robert Hugh Benson’s ‘Lord of the World’.

‘And with a reference to the 20th century novel “Lord of the World” that focuses on the spirit of worldliness that leads to apostasy, Pope Francis warned against the desire to “be like everyone else” and what he called an “adolescent progressivism”. “What do you think?” – he said bitterly – “that today human sacrifices are not made? Many, many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them”.

What consoles us – he concluded – is that the Lord never denies himself to the faithful. “He waits for us, He loves us, He forgives us. Let us pray that His faithfulness may save us from the worldly spirit that negotiates all. Let us pray that he may protect us and allow us to go forward, leading us by the hand, just like a father with his child. Holding the Lord’s hand we will be safe”.
Vatican Radio reports:
‘Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Lord save us from the subtle conspiracies of worldliness
Homily at Daily Mass – November 18, 2013

Drawing inspiration from a reading in the Book of the Maccabees, Pope Francis warned the faithful to be attentive in our secularized and pleasure-seeking life-style which often attacks the Church and imposes unjust rules on Christians.
Referring to the first Reading of the day, the Pope spoke of the passage which portrays the effort by the Jews to regain their cultural and religious identity after Antiochus IV Epiphanes suppressed the observance of Jewish laws and desecrated the temple after having convinced the people of God to abandon their traditions.
Lord, the Pope prayed, give me the discernment to recognize the subtle conspiracies of worldliness that lead us to negotiate our values and our faith.
During his homily, Pope Francis warned the faithful against what he described as a “globalized uniformity” which is the result of secular worldliness. Often he said, the people of God prefer to distance themselves from the Lord in favour of worldly proposals. He said worldliness is the root of evil and it can lead us to abandon our traditions and negotiate our loyalty to God who is always faithful. This – the Pope admonished – is called apostasy, which he said is a form of “adultery” which takes place when we negotiate the essence of our being: loyalty to the Lord. And he spoke of the contradiction that is inherent in the fact that we are not ready to negotiate values, but we negotiate loyalty. This attitude – he said – “is a fruit of the devil who makes his way forward with the spirit of secular worldliness”.
And referring again to the passage in the Book of Maccabees, in which all nations conformed to the king’s decree and adopted customs foreign to their culture, the Pope pointed out that this “is not the beautiful globalization, unity of all nations, each with their own customs but united, but the uniformity of hegemonic globalization, it is – he said – the single thought: the result of secular worldliness”.
And Pope Francis warned that this happens today. Moved by the spirit of worldliness, people negotiate their fidelity to the Lord, they negotiate their identity, and they negotiate their belonging to a people that God loves.
And with a reference to the 20th century novel “Lord of the World” that focuses on the spirit of worldliness that leads to apostasy, Pope Francis warned against the desire to “be like everyone else” and what he called an “adolescent progressivism”. “What do you think?” – he said bitterly – “that today human sacrifices are not made? Many, many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them”.
What consoles us – he concluded – is that the Lord never denies himself to the faithful. “He waits for us, He loves us, He forgives us. Let us pray that His faithfulness may save us from the worldly spirit that negotiates all. Let us pray that he may protect us and allow us to go forward, leading us by the hand, just like a father with his child. Holding the Lord’s hand we will be safe”.
Protect the Pope comment: By setting the apostasy of progressive Catholics in the context of Benson’s Lord of the World Pope Francis is signalling that the Church is facing the work of anti-Christ that, as he puts it, ‘is a fruit of the devil who makes his way forward with the spirit of secular worldliness’. These words from Benson describe the spirit of apostasy that is more brazenly revealing itself each day, ‘From every Catholic centre throughout the world had come in messages imploring guidance; it was said that apostasy was rising like a tidal wave, that persecution threatened everywhere, and that even bishops were beginning to yield.’ Pope Francis’ reference to the ‘human sacrifices’ of progressive Catholics is enigmatic, but must refer to their advocacy of abortion and contraception, and in some countries, euthanasia.

28 comments to Pope Francis’ criticism of the ‘human sacrifices’ of progressive Catholics must be about abortion and euthanasia

  • Rifleman819

    The defence of the Faith-paradoxically ….has to be unCatholicly ruthless.
    I cannot see any other option.

  • Michael Petek

    It looks as though Pope Francis and I share a common spirit.

    I recently wrote some notes in which I commented that, of all Satan’s promises, the emptiest is the one that says: “If you take this Pill, you won’t conceive.”

    When he breaks his promise and you do conceive, enter Marie Stopes and her clinics of horrors. When Satan gains control of a nation he demands human sacrifice.

    • Toadspittle

      Well of course Satan’s promise is a lie.What do we expect?
      Unless he actually says, “If you take this Pill, you will be much less likely to conceive, than if you don’t.”
      Which is true.So Michael is right, and we should take Satan’s promises with a large pinch of salt.

  • Bob Hayes

    ‘Often he said, the people of God prefer to distance themselves from the Lord in favour of worldly proposals.’

    It sounds as though the Holy Father flicked through a copy of The Tablet before preparing this homily.

  • Peter 2

    “Pope Francis’ reference to the ‘human sacrifices’ of progressive Catholics is enigmatic,” – aren’t all his statements, or at least a good portion of them enigmatic? Why can’t he just say things clearly?

    • Bosco

      I wholeheartedly agree with your remark, Peter 2. The Sword of Christ’s Truth is bright and sharply divisive. It is not a butter-knife.

      “Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34–39)

  • Sean Brennan

    I read ‘Lord of the World’ last year, as it is outside the publishing rights you can get it free from amazon on kindle or through ipad etc. It is a great book and from that i started to read the paradoxes of Catholicism by the same author. I fond ‘Lord of the World’ very believable even though the language is from the period but i found it both chilling and reassuring. The paradoxes I am really enjoying.

  • Joseph Matthew

    More of this please Holy Father.

  • Anna J

    Thank you for posting this Deacon Nick!

  • William

    Why will this pope not say the word abortion and why will he not condem it for the evil that it is? Everyone is desperately trying to say he means this or that. Why will he not say the word abortion?

  • Benedict Carter

    It’s like this.

    There is not one country or society on earth other than the traditional Catholic countries where the principal marks of paganism do not show themselves or reign. These marks I believe are:

    i. Great ostentation. A culture of bling bling. Shiny, new, and the most expensive things are the gods chased after.
    ii. Violence – acts, thoughts, manners, words.
    iii. The glorification of lust and sex.
    iv. Human sacrifice. Man must sacrifice and there must be blood.

    Greeks exposing their weak babies to the elements, the Aztecs ripping the beating hearts out of their thousands of victims, the Celts’ devotion to beheading their enemies and preserving their heads, American Indians scalping, South Pacific islanders and their cannibalism. Their are countless, countless examples. Every age, society, culture, language.

    And then Christ comes into the world, God Himself. What does He give Man? Knowing us and our fallen natures, He gives us a religion that incorporates the human sacrifice (Himself) but in an unbloody manner. Man now worships God as God wishes to be worshipped, in spirit and in truth. Without blood.

    And slowly the natures of individual human beings are changed. Men soften, learn kindness, become more gentle. Even the Circus in Rome is closed. The old gods with their thirst for blood are smashed. The Church ripples out across Europe and then the world .. the Empire of Grace through the Sacraments reaches even the furthest corners of the globe. And all the time enobled human civilisation advances. A Catholic civilisation.

    But the devil is not passive: he can do little for many centuries but then he finds willing partners in the rebels of the 16th century, the devils of the so-called Enlightenment and direct servants in the form of the Masons and the revolutionaries.

    And so Catholic civilisation, the civilisation of Jesus Christ, is first disturbed, then attacked, then defeated in many areas, in our own time almost overcome. The Empire of Grace shrinks. The Church itself is attacked from within, the bastions fall, the walls crumble, the enemy howls in triumph.

    And what do we see? The triumph of lust where even the little ones are exposed in the very streets to the foulness of the depraved. The triumph of violence, the barbarity of thought, word and deed. The triumph of the material god of ostentation. And once again, Man’s need for blood comes to the fore and the need for blood reasserts itself. Human sacrifice. Blood, blood, running in rivers. The blood of the innocents massacred by their own parents in the womb. The blood of the old emptied out by atheism and hopelessness, killed in hospitals and health clinics (!). The blood of the dead and maimed in war after war, fought for copper and diamonds, for gold and bauxite, for oil and power.

    May the Lord come quickly! I myself await thee Great Chastisement which I believe will happen in my lifetime.

  • Wake Up England

    Those who enjoy Monseigneur Benson’s books should also read “Dawn of All” which shews a picture of an entirely Catholic England (including a priest being executed for holding a heretical view!). It’s a bit like a Catholic version of the Day of the Triffids!

  • Wake Up England

    William:

    Very well said.

  • Kevin P

    The situation is further complicated when the UK government presses Google and Microsoft to reduce access to child abuse sites and at the same time seeks to reduce the age of consent below the current level. Is this to reduce the age range for child abuse activity?
    A further paradox is that the Education System is obliged to provide education to all ‘children’ up to the age of 16 and yet of the 10,000, children, who cannot attend school, many girls cannot attend due to pregnancy. It seems quite bizarre to me that all this is occurring now, but this country is harvesting what has been sown and by their fruits they shall be known.

  • This is a defining Homily of his Pontificate, and it is stunningly powerful.

    Those of you with enough Italian can find an excellent description of it here : http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/cotidie/2013/it/papa-francesco-cotidie_20131118_fedelta-non-negoziabile_it.html

    • Benedict Carter

      There evidently are some Catholics left in Rome. Some of them have been whispering in his ear. Let’s see how long the row-back lasts.

    • Peter 2

      I can’t speak Italian, so I’m at a disadvantage, but based only on the synopsis above, if in the defining homily of his pontificate, he can’t bring himself to specifically use words like abortion and/or euthanasia, but only human sacrifice, in the belief that we Catholics know what he really means, if he can’t boldly condemn these evils by name, if it’s all down hill from here, then we are in a whole lot of trouble…

  • CelebrateThePope

    Well, Rifleman, how about a nice auto de fe?

    But I guess it’s good that our Church has both a left wing and a right wing so I and my Catholic brothers and sisters can find the center (which is the spot from which I suspect Pope Francis is calling us).

  • SteveD

    If it ‘has to be about abortion and euthanasia’ why didn’t he just say that he was referring to these great sins?

  • Jane Yavis

    Even while reminding us of the evils of secular worldliness, his message of God’s love for us rings loud and clear. Thank you Pope Francis.

  • lynne miller

    perhaps the pope’s remarks about human sacrifice do not (or don’t only) reference abortion and euthanasia; perhaps they also make reference to those who leave the poor to starve, the sick to die without treatment, the imprisoned to suffer loneliness, the naked to freeze. perhaps he thought of those who are shunned because of their appearance or their race or their gender preferences, or who they love. there is more than one kind of sacrifice, people.

  • Lynda

    Some specificity would be good. So-called progressives depend on vagueness and innuendo.

  • abey

    To the Prophecy of Daniel ” The Abomination of desolation” in the latter days where “Daily sacrifices will be stopped”. Now the term “daily sacrifices” need to be understood not in the physical “Rituals” as in the OT but to be understood spiritually to the words of Christ Jesus “Pick up your Crosses DAILY & follow me”. Acts of sacrifices amounts to Crucification of the flesh, & by it to equate with Him to his sufferings, its necessities for the salvation. For Faith without works is dead But against this is come the beliefs & preachings that belief in him is enough to the words “Faith only” Now this belief that is mentioned in the Bible is the belief in the Spirit & not of the mind, for it is the Spirit which declares ones belief in Christ, & the Holy Spirit unlike the flesh does not lie. Now these prosperity & social preachers much like the pagans do not feel it necessary for such self sacrifices other than through rituals a good life, hence the non necessity of the daily sacrifices would be to its removal in the false beliefs, thus cutting off from God which is but to make oneself into god leading to the Prophesied Abomination . That old Lie ‘golden calf” come as the Strong Delusion prophesied for they love not the truth & its gods are denoted by the many alters figured within the Freemasonic Supreme Court.

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