Francis the gaslighter
Funny little aside here, the pope saying that it’s the media that’s obsessed with the issue of D&R Communion.
The question that followed Frank Rocca’s:
Jean-Marie Guenois (Le Figaro): I had the same question, but it’s a complementary question because you wrote this famous ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on the problems of the divorced and remarried (footnote 351). Why put something so important in a little note? Did you foresee the opposition or did you mean to say that this point isn’t that important?
Pope Francis: One of the recent popes, …[This is hilarious… “one of the recent popes…” Do you think he really doesn’t remember that it was the last public speech of Pope Benedict, his immediate predecessor whom he claims to consult with regularly, like “grandpa”?]… speaking of the Council, said that there were two councils: the Second Vatican Council in the Basilica of St. Peter, and the other, the council of the media.
When I convoked the first synod, the great concern of the majority of the media was communion for the divorced and remarried, and, since I am not a saint, this bothered me, and then made me sad. Because, thinking of those media who said, this, this and that, do you not realize that that is not the important problem? Don’t you realize that instead the family throughout the world is in crisis? Don’t we realize that the falling birth rate in Europe is enough to make one cry? And the family is the basis of society. Do you not realize that the youth don’t want to marry? Don’t you realize that the fall of the birth rate in Europe is to cry about? Don’t you realize that the lack of work or the little work (available) means that a mother has to get two jobs and the children grow up alone? These are the big problems. I don’t remember the footnote, but for sure if it’s something general in a footnote it’s because I spoke about it, I think, in ‘Evangelii Gaudium.’
“Oh, that little thing? Who cares about that stuff anyway? It’s all the media…”
The media’s all obsessed with Communion for D&R Catholics… yeah. Because it was the media who appointed Cardinal Kasper, the prelate most known as a champion of this cause – that is also THE leading issue for the German bishops – to give the consistory address that launched the entire fiasco in February 2014.
It was the media who pre-approved the topic of the address, which was … wait for it… giving Communion to the divorced and civilly “remarried” Catholics.
It was the media who, the day after the Cardinals were in an uproar about it, praised Kasper – the most notorious heresiarch and opponent of both John Paul II and Benedict XVI’s teaching on marriage and the family – for his “serene theology”.
It was the media who stood up on the balcony on their first ever Angelus address and told the crowd all about Kasper’s wonderful book about “mercy,” all about how the Old Church was mean and nasty for refusing Communion to public adulterers.
Wow! The media sure has a lot of power in the Church these days!
And anyway, that stuff really just isn’t that important No? Yes?
Kind of reminds me of the secularists who are always complaining that the Church is obsessed with sex.
He’s habitually mendacious, but I sometimes wonder if he’s not so inured to lying that he does it without even noticing.