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Today a quick repost from the Eponymous Flower blog.
The reason I am bringing this to your attention is that a debate has broken out in the Catholic blogosphere about what in fact is Francis’ main motivation. Specifically, is this motivation:
In the humble opinion of your even more humble blogger, I think that the above question posed in this manner is a logical fallacy, of the false choice variety.
If we look at Francis’ background, what we see is that Francis doesn’t care about finances. He has no problem with running down dioceses, religious orders or even the entire Roman Catholic Church, bringing it to a state of economic ruin.
On the ideological side, Francis doesn’t care about ideology either per se. He has adapted a radical leftist ideology, but that is just because of the forces who brought him to power, i.e. the German Episcopate ( in reality, the extension of the German state “soft power” operations) and Soros, the Foundations and the state subsidized International NGO’s (in reality, the extension of the UN power grab ONE WORLD ORDER with the ONE WORLD RELIGION component, and most likely backed by German “soft power” operations likewise) need the leftist ideology to easily promote their HIDDEN AGENDAS. A good example of the veracity of this ASSUMPTION is the joint statement that Francis and the Russian Patriarch Kirill issued after their Cuba meeting.
So what is Francis about?
Francis is about power. He did whatever it took to attain power and now is doing everything he can to maintain it. This is why The “Dossier” has been deep sixed. It has been “sight unseen” since it threatens the constituency that provides the administrative
snitches backbone to Francis’ bishopric of Rome. Remember, personnel is policy. But it’s not that he or his people likes them. Necessity, like politics makes for strange bedfellows. Excuse the pun.
What Francis also cares about, is his legacy. Being a megalomaniacal narcissist, not to mention a Peronist (not Juan, but the Evita-type and a beta male) populist, he cares about how posterity will perceive him. He has pandered to “the poor” because he knows that there will always be “the poor”. And it’s not because Our Lord said the same thing. What is most likely the case is that he sees the “love” that “the poor” have for Evita, and he says: I want to be like that.
So at the end of the day, Francis is a dyed in the wool Machiavellian.
So that is the background.
Now we get to the post below. The reason that Francis is dismantling the “traditional” religious orders is not because they want to Restore Catholicism to that which was taught by it’s Founder. What he fears most is that successful religious orders demonstrate the failures of Francis. So what Francis has to do is to destroy everything, so that he can claim that the destruction, and by extension his EPIC FAILURE, was inevitable.
It’s called plausible deniability.
On an aside, with respect to the “mystery” of why Francis liked the SSPX in Argentina, it was most likely because he needed a “stick” to beat up the other Traditional Order that set up shop in his diocese. So he did a classic SSPX = good (because they are “irregular”) and the Institute of the Incarnate Word = bad (because they are regular and against the “spirit of the new springtime”).
So summa summarum, what Francis hates is success. And Francis hates success of other religious orders and dioceses, (think Bishop Livieres or Bishop Oliveri) is because he is a complete and utter EPIC FAILURE.
So that is the official Deux Ex Machina HYPOTHESIS.
Given the above, now we can go and read Francis latest move against the Heralds of the Gospel in Brazil.
General Superior of the Heralds of the Gospel Resigns (Avoiding the Fate of the Franciscans of the Immaculate?)
(Rome) The founder and first Superior General of the Lay Community of the Heralds of the Gospel (Evangelii Praecones) and the Order, Community of Virgo Flos Carmeli, Monsignor João Scognamiglio Clá Días, has resigned from office. He announced this step in a letter of June 2nd, yesterday. Is there suspicion in the Church, of that which attracts many vocations?
João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, founder and Superior General of the Heralds of the Gospel and Confreres.
Monsignor João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, founder and Superior General of the Heralds of the Gospel.
The Heralds of the Gospel and the male and female branches are a young, traditionally based foundation, which originates from Brazil and is now represented in 80 countries of the world. The charism of the community is strongly missionary and Marian. The Heralds originated in the 1970s, when the founder and other young men personally felt the need for a deepened religious and communal life. The actual development as a lay community and then as a branch of the Order took place in the mid-nineties.
The Heralds of the Gospel are the first lay community of pontifical right, recognized by Rome in the third millennium. They therefore also see themselves as “Heralds” of the third Christian millennium. Not for a progressive, but for a renewed, faithful Church. The recognition of the lay community took place with Pope John Paul II. The recognition of the two branches of the order (societies of the Apostolic Life without perpetual vows, but with promises of celibacy) took place in 2009 with Pope Benedict XVI.
In 2005, the first priests were consecrated, including the founder, Monsignor João Scognamiglio Clá Días, whom Pope Benedict XVI. conferred as a sign of appreciation and recognition in 2008, the title of honorary canon at the patriarchal basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
Fast-growing, missionary community – Numerous vocations
Today the priestly branch of the Community already has 120 priests and 20 deacons. The two societies of the Apostolic Life include more than 4,000 members. Heralds of the Gospel are over 40,000.
Quickly Growing, Missionary Community. They are Now Available in 80 Countries.
While John Paul II and Benedict XVI. completely stood behind the traditional, missionary community, Pope Francis suddenly changed this relationship. The tradition, the special worship of Our Lady of Fatima, the community discipline of an army which is already expressed in the name of “Heralds,” the rigor in youth formation, rapid growth and numerous vocations, have aroused suspicion, envy and resentment in other ecclesiastical circles. It’s a negative attitude of which even the Holy See is not free of under Francis.
João Scognamiglio Clá Días will complete his 78th birthday on the Feast of the Assumption. By his resignation he seems to want to save himself from the like that of the Franciscans of Immaculata. The Congregation of Religious, which has already unjustly and acquisitively subjected the Franciscans of the Immaculata, had already set up in recent weeks to take action against the Heralds of the Gospel.
See the background story of the Heralds of the gospel: Is The Pontifical Commissioner Ready for The next “Too Pious” Order?
Text: Giuseppe Nardi