Thursday, November 28, 2013

And as anger normally follows disillusion — UPDATED

H/T to Rorate Caeli, who has apparently gotten over his traditionalist initial reservations and joined the legion of orthodox fans of Pope Francis.

"Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country" (Luke 4:24). The video below shows Argentinian pro-abortion feminists in front of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista) in San Juan de Cuyo, burning Pope Francis in effigy this last Sunday night [WARNING: BRIEF PARTIAL NUDITY]

Francis has indicated before that there would be no budging on the Church's teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion, yet many in the commentariat insisted on painting him as The Chosen One Who Would Lead the Church Out of the Dark Ages and Into Progressive Enlightenment. Now comes this passage in Francis' recently-released apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), paras. 213-214 (bold type mine):

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual” (John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici (30 December 1988), 37: AAS 81 (1989), 461).
Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

Now, if you can get radical feminists to burn you in effigy and that pompous reactionary blowhard Rush Limbaugh to stop just short of calling you a Communist, you must be doing something right.

¡Viva el Papa!