Sunday, November 16, 2014

What Are We To Make of Pope Francis?


Having written on the causes of the crisis of faith bordering on apostasy in many Catholic circles in these troubled times, and troubled times are nothing new to the faithful disciple of Christ, I from time to time watch "Church Militant TV." Now, mind you, do not be dissuaded by use of the term "militant." If we are in a spiritual war, and we are, then the fight against evil we are all called to by virtue of our baptismal promises will from time to time employ bellicose terminology: From St. Paul to the Ephesians:

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

Now, to the subject of Pope Francis. I have chatted with many who think he is the only relevant thing the Church has going for her these days, and with those who believe his pontificate will oversee a schism soon, reminiscent of the Great
Western Schism of 1054. What to make of the controversy coming out of Rome of late if one is a regular occupier of a pew each Sabbath? As of yet I have not found anything that is not tried and true on Church Militant TV. It is balanced an accurately assesses the crisis of faith I wrote about in The Smoke of Satan. Give it a try.