Lumen Gentium Section 16 was bad enough with its universalism and favoring of Islam. Now we have the new Pope praising atheists and Muslim leaders.
Here is the full story from Christian News, with my commentary on excerpts, below:
Rome, Italy – Pope Francis held his first ecumenical meeting at the Vatican Wednesday, greeting Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, as well as those who ascribe to no faith at all.
Ain’t ecumenicalism a wonderful thing.
He then praised the Muslim leaders that had also come for the meeting, remarking that they were men who “adore the one, living, and merciful God and who call upon Him in prayer.”
With all due respect, Pope, this is an exceedingly ignorant, misleading, and dangerous comment. The Allah of Islam shares NOTHING in common with the God of the Bible. Muslim leaders around the globe urge the wrath of HELL upon those infidels who believe in the “polytheism” of the Christian God. And the “wrath of hell” is to be initiated by fellow Muslims, personally, in this life, as opposed to waiting around for God’s justice in the next. This is, in part, what informs and motivates Muslims worldwide to hate Jews and Christians and promote the killing of us: Because our God is different from their Allah. While the Pope may not consider his statement to be a lie, it is not true. He is being as disingenuously “politically correct” as any atheistic faux Christian politician in the United States. He is also being unhelpful with regard to his flocks understanding of the nature of the Islamic ideology that is in the process of destroying the Catholic Church. Having made a statement like this, I would not be surprised if he appointed a Muslim to his inner circle given his perceived “similarities” in their belief systems.
Likewise, while he commented that the “attempt to eliminate God and the Divine from the horizon of humanity” by some has been disastrous for the world, Francis also extended a welcome to atheists and those who ascribe to no particular religion.
This is beyond ecumenicalism. Here is the clincher:
“I feel close to all men and women who, although not claiming to belong to any religious tradition, still feel themselves to be in search of truth, goodness and beauty,” he said. “[Atheists and nones] are our precious allies in the effort to defend human dignity, in building a peaceful coexistence between peoples, and in carefully protecting creation.”
Precious allies? Atheists have no moral basis for doing what they do. Atheists, for the most part, are the very ones who promote abortion, infanticide, gay marriage, and homosexuality. The Pope might as well enter into a pact with Satan, if he believes in such being, which I am prone to doubt. Francis, as well as recently minted Catholic doctrine, provide little reason to be Catholic if being Muslim and atheist can be so highly regarded by the head of the Catholic Church.
Reports state that a number of atheists are favorable toward the new pope, mainly because of his humanitarian goals.
This is not surprising given the Pope’s abrogation of historic Catholic distinctions and doctrine. If the Pope prayed to Mecca he would receive the same accolades from Muslims.
In an article entitled Why This Atheist Has a New Hope in Pope Francis, author Luis Ruuska echoed this sentiment from a personal standpoint.
“As an atheist, I should not have any interest in the matters of the Catholic Church. … But I do,” he wrote. “I care about who is the head of the Catholic Church because similar to the way that one country’s economy can have drastic effects on another’s, what direction the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics take affects the rest of us.”
Luis cares about anyone who compliments atheism. If the Pope buddied up with abortionists, abortionists would praise the Pope, too.
“If attitudes within Catholicism on women and women’s rights, poverty, and the LGBTQ community change on the global scale starting with the Vatican, then they will gradually change on the country-by-country scale as well,” Ruuska explained. “I do believe the pontiff to be a genuine man when it comes to taking care of the poor and perhaps we will see an increased interest in combating poverty from the Catholic Church.”
“I might not believe in God, but I believe that Catholics and atheists can work together just as all of humanity can work together towards equality and justice when we put the needs of modern people first and the arcane doctrine second,” he concluded. “He might not be the one to approve doctrine condoning same-sex marriage or approve doctrine changing global attitudes towards women and their rights, but Pope Francis certainly has all of the makings to shift the Catholic Church in a progressive direction; that is, if he wants to.”
Yup, this atheist is given hope by the Pope that the Church will come around to support the pop cultural norms of immorality, including homosexuality, equality of outcomes (socialism/communism), same-sex marriage and the rest of human licentiousness that Christianity has abhorred for 2,000 years. Yes, this Pope does indeed have all the makings to shift the Catholic Church in a progressive direction “if he wants to.” And given his misdirected and indiscreet ecumenicalism, he may just want to.